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Best of Bologna Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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2 hours

Private Tour

Why take this tour?

Bologna’s historic center is renowned for being one of the best preserved in all of Europe - and its fascinating 6th century roots are best experienced with an expert. Join your guide on a private walk that takes you to the city’s awe-inspiring churches, ancient medieval palaces and beyond, unveiling the rich history of an area brimming with character and charm. Weave through the vibrant alleys and piazzas, soak up the peaceful atmosphere of Pavaglione Portico and discover another side to this picturesque, cosmopolitan city with the help of your private guide’s illuminating insights. This tour is a private experience with the added benefit of being for your group only, led by a private local guide. These private experiences enjoy a more intimate setting along with the ability to tour at your desired pace. This tour is operated by one of our partners. We searched the world to find expert partners offering incredible experiences in locations you want to go - so wherever you go, you can #takewalks!

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy a private walking tour of Bologna’s perfectly preserved historic center with insights from an expert local guide
  • Created with Sketch.Discover the beautiful medieval civic palaces at the Piazza Maggiore
  • Created with Sketch.Admire the famous Fountain of Neptune and learn about the Giambologna sculptures nearby
  • Created with Sketch.Visit the gothic Basilica of San Petronio and enjoy a stroll along the Pavaglione Portico
  • Created with Sketch.Browse the unique shops that line the Mercato di Mezzo
  • Created with Sketch.Receive expert local recommendations for where to shop, drink and eat for the duration of your stay

Bologna - beyond the bolognese!

Beautiful Bologna is home to one of the best preserved historic towns in Europe, and there’s simply no better way to experience it than with an expert guide on-hand to show you its true character.

Your private tour starts at the city’s famous Piazza Maggiore where your guide will begin by introducing you to its civic medieval palaces: Palazzo di Re Enzo, Palazzo of the Notaries and Palazzo dei Banchi. From here, you can gain an understanding of the rich history of the area, before moving on to explore its breathtaking art - including the imposing Fountain of Neptune and the precious late Renaissance Giambologna sculptures nearby.

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Beautiful Bologna is home to one of the best preserved historic towns in Europe, and there’s simply no better way to experience it than with an expert guide on-hand to show you its true character.

Your private tour starts at the city’s famous Piazza Maggiore where your guide will begin by introducing you to its civic medieval palaces: Palazzo di Re Enzo, Palazzo of the Notaries and Palazzo dei Banchi. From here, you can gain an understanding of the rich history of the area, before moving on to explore its breathtaking art - including the imposing Fountain of Neptune and the precious late Renaissance Giambologna sculptures nearby.

Did you know one of the major churches in Bologna, the Basilica of San Petronio, is also home to one of its most impressive art collections? Inside, not only will you find the remains of Saint Dominic, but also the late gothic paintings of Cappella Bolognini and the sun-dial designed by the astronomer Cassini. An oasis of peace and calm from the bustling Bologna, it makes an ideal stop on this illuminating walk.

Moving on you’ll soon stroll down the atmospheric Pavaglione Portico, perusing its elegant shops until you reach the 16th-century Archiginnasio Palace, the old university building decorated with about 6000 student coats of arms. You'll meander through the picturesque alleys of the Mercato di Mezzo and by its unique food shops before eventually arriving at the enchanting Square of Santo Stefano where your tour comes to an end.

  • Sites Visited
  • Piazza Maggiore
  • Fountain of Neptune
  • Basilica of San Petronio
  • Pavaglione Portico
  • Archiginnasio Palace
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
Price varies by group size