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San Petronio Basilica (Basilica di San Petronio)
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San Petronio Basilica (Basilica di San Petronio) Tours and Tickets

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Dedicated to the fifth-century bishop Petronius, who became Bologna’s patron saint, the San Petronio Basilica (Basilica di San Petronio) dominates Piazza Maggiore in the heart of the city. One of the largest churches in the world and a soaring example of Gothic grandeur, the basilica Is a highlight of any Bologna city tour.

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2-Hour Bike Tour of Bologna

2-Hour Bike Tour of Bologna

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.50
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$44.50

Secret Food Tours Bologna w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tours Bologna w/ Private Tour Option

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Treat your hungry self to a food tour of Bologna, and discover why the city is known for its love of gastronomy. With a local guide, you’ll savor breakfast, then sample fresh pasta, balsamic vinegar, cheese, wine, gelato, and even a secret dish—to be revealed on the tour. Explore the city by foot in between tastings, and learn about Bologna and its food heritage through the tour. Just let the local supplier know in advance if you have special dietary requirements.
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  • 4 hours
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$129.78
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Historical Tour of Bologna

Historical Tour of Bologna

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A mix of art masterpieces, history, food stories, legends and secrets described by a local art lover with a great experience and knowledge of the city. The tour itself will be like a dive into history and time. All information about art will be experienced by the visitors as a trip enriched with details about life, food, culture, music and traditions of those ages.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.76
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$57.76

Bologna City Walking Tour

Bologna City Walking Tour

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Enjoy a tour through the streets of the historic center of Bologna, in the company of a licensed tour guide, to discover all the secrets that this unique city hides. You will discover one of the most impressive churches in the world, San Petronio, and stroll through some of the most evocative squares in the city, which have inspired great songwriters such as Lucio Dalla or Gianni Morandi! You will fall in love with the narrow streets of the historic market and will remain with your nose up in front of the elegant grandeur of the Asinelli Tower, the last bastion of the medieval grandeur of the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.22
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$31.22
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CSTRents - Bologna Segway PT Authorized Tour

CSTRents - Bologna Segway PT Authorized Tour

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See Bologna, with its narrow streets, crooked medieval towers and miles and miles of arcaded walkways, from a different perspective: from a Segway. Cruise around this handsome Italian city on a Segway, learning about the history of each place, and seeing major landmarks, such as the five-hundred-year-old Fountain of Neptune, the Basilica di Santo Stefano, and much more. This small-tour is limited to just eight participants, which means you’ll get plenty of attention from the local guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.79
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Classic Walking Tour Bologna

Classic Walking Tour Bologna

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Bologna is rich in cultural and culinary treasures. Experience both with this walking tour that touches on the city’s top sights before ending with a tasting of famed local specialties in a landmark gourmet shop. Explore highlights like Piazza Maggiore and the Two Towers and learn about their history and architecture from your guide. Cap off your tour with a stop in a local delicatessen to sample area wine and delicacies.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$98.19
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$98.19
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Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Center of Bologna

Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Center of Bologna

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Make the most of your day in Bologna with this guided walking tour that touches on the city’s A-list sights in just hours. Stroll beneath the UNESCO-listed porticoes to the main Piazza Maggiore to visit Basilica of San Petronio and Fountain of Neptune, gaze up at the twin medieval towers - a symbol of the city - and admire other significant city landmarks while you learn about Bologna's long history and famed cuisine.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$51.98
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$51.98

Private Local Tour Guide Bologna: Kickstart your Trip, 100% Personalized

Private Local Tour Guide Bologna: Kickstart your Trip, 100% Personalized

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Get a feel for Bologna on an intimate private walking tour. In addition to navigating and translating, your guide customizes the day’s itinerary according to your interests, planning stops at top landmarks and hidden gems loved by locals. Leave with an inside perspective on the city and a handle on its layout and transit system.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.91
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$121.91
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Bologna Private Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

Bologna Private Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

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Explore the historic streets of Bologna with a private guide leading the way during this walking tour. See top landmarks including Piazza Maggiore, taste espresso under the famous portici (arched colonnades), and wander through the Montagnola Market. The itinerary can be customized according to your interests.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$268.75
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$268.75
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Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Bologna

Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Bologna

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This tour will provide you with an experience above and beyond tasting some of the best Italian food in places where locals enjoy dining. A combination of flavorful ingredients, local produce, old-world knowledge and a centuries-old passion for food is why Bologna is the country's culinary capital. As a private tour, everything works around you! Our start times are much more easy going, dates can open up. It's a much more intimate and cozy experience. No need to shout over other tourists, you will have every question answered, and leave feeling like a native yourself!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$129.78
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Bologna : a walk into history

Bologna : a walk into history

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The city of Bologna is a rich tapestry of art, culture, cuisine, and music—a UNESCO–listed gem in the heart of Italy. On this morning or afternoon walking tour, follow your guide through Bologna’s medieval streets and find out what makes the city special. Hear the stories behind top attractions including Piazza Maggiore, the Quadrilatero, and the 14th-century San Petronio Basilica, and gain insight into Bologna’s colorful past.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.62
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Welcome to Bologna! Private Walking Tour

Welcome to Bologna! Private Walking Tour

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This is the ideal tour of Bologna if you want to get to know the best of the city on a half-day walk in the historic center. You will discover the history and culture behind each building and you will also receive further information to make unique and unforgettable your stay. We will end up in the medieval market area where you can receive some suggestions for your lunch and dinner based on typical local products. The tour is carried out by a local expert and certified local guide.
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  • 2 hours 40 minutes
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$127.07
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$127.07
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Bologna Food Tour with Wine Tasting & Guided Sightseeing of Top Attractions

Bologna Food Tour with Wine Tasting & Guided Sightseeing of Top Attractions

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Bologna’s traditional cuisine is so important to the city’s identity that it is known affectionately as “La Grassa”, or “The Fat Lady”. With this walking tour, explore both the cultural and culinary highlights of this vibrant city, taking in its main square, churches, and towers, as well as strolling through the historic market to sample local specialties and wines—all while learning about their history and significance with a guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.36
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$114.36

Private exploration game: Murder Mystery Tour in Old Town Bologna

Private exploration game: Murder Mystery Tour in Old Town Bologna

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Be the hero of a quest and follow clues to discover amazing places and local stories in Bologna. You will learn about Bologna’s terracotta art and many of the stories behind the city’s most iconic places. You will see the historical Ghetto, walk along the legendary Via dell’Independenza, and much more. Are you up for discovering Bologna with a twist of mystery? You’ve come to the right place. Highlights: Uncover the stories behind Bologna’s central square Learn about the puzzling history of the Old University Discover the city’s most famous marketplace Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, an outdoor escape game, and a treasure hunt. The city game will take you about 1 hour to complete, but there’s no time limit which will allow you to go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.
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  • 1 hour
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$5.76
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$5.76
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Bologna ​by Private Night Tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Bologna ​by Private Night Tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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As the soft evening light falls across the city’s sights, follow your local host to discover local gems. From the ‘beating heart’ piazza of Bologna itself, where the city’s best open-air market once came to life, to one of the largest Gothic Cathedrals in the world, your host will point out some of the details you might otherwise miss. Stop beside the dominating bronze statue of Neptune, and learn a few interesting anecdotes. Take advantage of the cooler, calmer evening to visit some of Bologna’s ​busier areas, as you head towards the Voltone del Podesta Archway. Wander around. Take a break at the Caffe ‘Delle Sette Chiese, testing delicious local treats while you take in the sights of the historic square below, and discover two incredible 12th Century leaning towers with their significant tales to tell. Away from the main tourist areas, see the places where locals gather to spend their evenings socializing in bars and restaurants.
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  • 2 hours
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$58.91
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$58.91
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Private tour of Bologna, its University and its UNESCO heritage arcades

Private tour of Bologna, its University and its UNESCO heritage arcades

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The only Bologna tour dedicated to the world of the University and the arcades (now a UNESCO heritage site). The Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio with its Anatomical Theater and its immense collection of books and on the other side the Palazzo della Scienza (Palazzo POGGI), which became a large collection of natural finds, and a model for the study of science in the XVIII century .. on a European level. The visit is completed by the numerous and splendid churches linked to the art and world of the city study, from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.66
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$101.66

Bologna Private Walking Tour
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Bologna Private Walking Tour

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Explore the beautiful and historic capital of Emilia-Romagna on this private 2-hour walking tour in Bologna. See the highlights of the bustling city and hear about Bologna's university, the oldest in the world. Learn about Bologna's fascinating history, dating back to 1000 B.C., and how the city remains popular among Italian and international students. Discover this fascinating and Medieval town with your private guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$168.66
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$168.66
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Bologna Private Tour

Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Bologna Private Tour

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This is not just another city tour; this is the best of Bologna from a unique perspective! Get to know Bologna on a city tour that gives you the perfect overview, with city highlights, hidden gems, storytelling, and a local treat - this tour has it all! Forget about big touristy groups and the crowds; it's time to see Bologna at its best but from the eyes of a local. Check out main landmarks like Piazza Maggiore, Quadrilatero, Due Torri and uncover hidden gems and city secrets with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. And the cherry on top, a local treat is included. Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems Private City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.79
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$128.79
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Best of BOLOGNA on a Private Tour

Best of BOLOGNA on a Private Tour

An enchanting tour to discover the timeless atmosphere of the historical center of Bologna, the seat of the most ancient European university, dating back to 1088 A. D. This visit will give you the chance to witness the real heart of the city, walking through its most ancient area and monuments.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$219.48
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$219.48
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Bologna: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Bologna: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Join this guided tour of Bologna’s old center, one of the best preserved in Europe. You'll walk through fascinating squares and welcoming typical arcades, and have the chance to visit historical churches and stunning ancient palazzi.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$287.64
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$287.64
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Full Day Ravenna & Bologna Tour of Must-See Sites with Native Top-Rated Guide

Full Day Ravenna & Bologna Tour of Must-See Sites with Native Top-Rated Guide

Take a journey in this culturally rich, deeply historic and well-preserved towns, with our exclusive walking tour for a unique and unforgettable experience. You will see the highlights of Ravenna, with its mosaics, and Bologna just in one day with a top rated & local guide. The tour will start in Ravenna where you will spend about 3 hours, then you will travel by train or your own car to Bologna where the guide will led another 3 hours tour.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$237.12
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$237.12
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Discover Bologna an amazing city

Discover Bologna an amazing city

The beauty of Bologna is not only that it's got (almost) everything that you expect of a big city, but on a human scale, Bologna is not only the seat of the oldest Western World University, founded in 1088, it also has an established reputation of capital of gastronomy and a well preserved medieval city centre containing some 40 kilometres of porticoes built over 1,000 years.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.97
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$103.97
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Bologna Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

Bologna Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

On this history-packed, small-group tour of Bologna, you’ll discover a mix of top attractions and under-the-radar sites. Wander along medieval-era canals, see a pair of towers that lean more than Pisa, and learn about the origins of the spectacular buildings in Piazza Maggiore. You’ll listen to entertaining facts and legends along the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.81
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$102.81

Bologna in one day Tour experience

Bologna in one day Tour experience

How do the Bolognese live, eat and drink? What are the main attractions of the city? Why does the sight of San Luca make a Bolognese feel at home even if he is still on the street? All these questions will find the right answer in the tour designed to let you experience the city and all its secrets in the round: from morning to evening. It starts from Piazza del Nettuno, the meeting point of our tour, and then continues to Piazza Maggiore where you will admire the architectural and artistic grandeur of San Petronio. You will go to Piazza Galvani, where you will discover the secrets of the Archiginnasio and its Anatomical Theater. In Piazza Santo Stefano, the Bolognese lounge par excellence, you will get lost in the discovery of the 7 Churches. You will have lunch in the suggestive, and very good, historical market, and then resume your tour full of energy for the discovery of the Asinelli Tower, symbol of the city, and the breathtaking view that can be enjoyed from the Sanctuary of the Virgin of San Luca.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$196.38
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