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Meet your guide at the bike rental store, near the train station, and take off on an easy 10 km (6 miles) bike ride through historic Bologna.

Beginning with a look to the modern quarter of Manifattura delle Arti, now the focus of the hi-tech centre of the city, you will be guided around the history of the medieval harbour of Bologna with a focus on the importance of the subterranean canals in Bologna. Arrive at the Prendiparte Tower, an elegant and well preserved tower, to lead your imagination into the past.

The discovery of the ghetto will show the importance of the Jewish community in Bologna, and then a gaze to the two owers, the symbol of this city: Garisenda and Asinelli Towers.

Through the classic porticoes you will reach the main square, Piazza Maggiore. This airy, open space is lined with the city's most important buildings: Palazzo d'Accursio, the seat of the city council, the majestic San Petronio Basilica, the elegant Fountain of Neptune and the imposing Palazzo Re Enzo. Discover the Archiginnasio, seat of the University of Bologna, Europe's oldest university.

The bike tour continues to the beautiful romanesque façade of St. Dominic Church, built to contain the remains of the saint and house of the masterpiece Ark of St. Dominic, by Nicola Pisano, Niccolò dell'Arca, and a young Michelangelo.

A mandatory stop is at the Complex of Santo Stefano, seven religious buildings surprisingly interconnected whose origins go back to the dawn of Christianity.

To conclude the bike tour, you will look to one of the mystery of this amazing city: the canal to power the medieval mills for the production of the silk is still visible through a little window in Via Piella; the reason why Bologna is also called "a little Venice".

Locations visited
Piazza Maggiore
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano
Giardini Margherita
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A historic university city, culinary capital, and hub of architectural beauty, Bologna offers no shortage of attractions—and this zippy bike tour through town gives you the perfect opportunity to explore. Get up close and personal with the sights, from the bustling Piazza Maggiore to the Basilica of San Domenico and the modern Manifattura delle Arti district. As you go, hear about the city’s long history from your guide.

  • Get an up-close experience of the city on an immersive bike tour

  • All cycling equipment is included, plus insurance

  • Discover many of Bologna’s key attractions in a single tour

  • Learn all about the city’s long history from your guide

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Reviewed 26 May 2018
Gentle overview of Bologna

Young participants and lecturer did a good job which was OK for a 70+ couple who cycle recreationally. Wouldn't say there was much depth to the history, food or other remarks but the solid equipment worked. Helmets are optional. Hope the earpieces were cleaned if...More

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BikeinBO Staff B, Proprietario at BIKEinBO, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Hi Jim! Thanks for your review :) Helmets are in fact not mandatory, but we provide for them just in case ! Rest assured, the earplugs are always replaced!! The company that provides the audio equipmant in Bologna is very good, efficient and professional! We're...More

Reviewed 25 April 2018
Fun way to learn about Bologna and get oriented

This is a great way to find your way around when you first arrive. The tour guide was well informed especially about the buildings and history. It is good for anyone who is used to cycling, probably a bit more difficult for Brits who aren't...More

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BikeinBO Staff B, Direttore at BIKEinBO, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Hi Linda! Thanks for your kind review :) Now that- finally!- the weather is nice and sunny, a nice Ice-cream tasting is a good option to :) We sure hope to see you back here again soon! Cheers

Reviewed 21 April 2018
Interesting and not too strenuous

This is as always a great way to explore a new city. The bikes were comfy and the guide was very good. Our only negative would be the radio ear sets which were hopeless most of the time.More

Thank kel35
BikeinBO Staff B, Direttore at BIKEinBO, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Hi Kel! Thanks for your review :) We're glad you enjoyed the tour and our bikes. We're sorry for the ear sets, we have indeed found some problems in the past week with some of the radios. We've talked to the company that provides the...More

Reviewed 1 April 2018
Great tour!

Excellent tour and guide. Great way to see the city especially if you are there only for a short period.More

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BikeinBO Staff B, Responsabile reception at BIKEinBO, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hi Jonathan! Thanks for your kind words :) We're always happy when visitors like our tours and enjoy the tour! If you ever come back to Bologna (which we sure hope you do) we'd love to take you on another of our tours..maybe one out...More

Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile
Great way to see the city!

This tour was the perfect length and amount of information about Bologna. Bikes, tour guide, and route were all fantastic...highly recommend:)More

Thank Melanie D
BikeinBO Staff B, Responsabile reception at BIKEinBO, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hi Melanie :) We love that you liked the experience with BikeinBO!! Our Classic Bologna Tour is in fact prepared for a first time visitor,..Now that you know the city you can, next time you come over, try one of our Tours in nearby cities...More

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