Bologna City Walking Tour

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Overview

Visit medieval squares and landmark churches on a 2-hour guided walking tour of Bologna. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and see the city's key sights including Piazza Maggiore, the unfinished Basilica di San Petronio, and the prominent Two Towers (Due Torri), which, due to geographical and architectural reasons, tilt at a precarious angle. Admire monumental sculptures including Fontana del Nettuno, and explore its market streets, where the abundance of gastronomic delights act as a testament to the citys gourmet reputation.

Highlights

  • Led by a Blue Badge guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

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Choose from a morning of afternoon departure, then make your way to the tourist office in Piazza Maggiore, which is situated in the heart of Bologna Old Town. After introductions, pop in your headphones (if your group consists of eight people or more) to ensure you can hear the live narration, and set off on foot with your guide.

Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. Italians have several nicknames for the handsome city, one of which is ‘La Rossa’ meaning ‘The Red.' This nickname is partly due to the dominant red hue of the city’s buildings and façades.

Before leaving Piazza Maggiore, admire the 16th-century Fontana del Nettuno, which depicts the sea god Neptune in all his muscly glory. Make your way to the nearby Basilica di San Petronio, a superb example of Gothic architecture. Listen as your guide talks you through its standout features including a large sundial on the interior floor, and several unfinished details on the façade.

Continue on foot toward Piazza della Mercanzia and stroll around the narrow streets surrounding the square, where rows of vendors hawk local food products. As you browse the quality produce, it will soon become clear why Bologna is frequently cited as one of Italy’s top food cities.

Next, arrive at the courtyard of the Archiginnasio, the former seat of the University of Bologna. The university, which is Europe’s oldest, dates back to the 11th century.

After hearing about Bologna’s scholarly past, stop into the Church of Santa Maria della Vita to admire a monumental group of life-size Baroque terracotta sculptures. The work depicts several figures mourning over the dead Christ.

Lastly, cast your eyes skyward to view the leaning Asinelli and Garisenda towers. Commonly known as the Two Towers (Due Torri), they are Bologna’s most conspicuous landmarks. Yout tour then concludes at this location.

Inclusions for Bologna City Walking Tour

  • Professional guide
  • Earphones
  • The Bank holiday days of April 25th, May 1st, June 2nd, August 15th will run on as per Sunday's schedule at 10.30AM.

Exclusions for Bologna City Walking Tour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Wheelchair accessible

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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77 reviews by the users

  • You let me down. You couldn't get hold of your tour guide and so there was no communication back to me. My booking remained Unconfirmed for a long period. I eventually booked elsewhere.

  • A well constructed tour covering the main sights of the city. A busy tour, there were lots of us, so we used the audio to hear the comments.Native guide's English was very clear. Gave us a good introduction to the city.

  • Very good, great tourguide!

  • The tour helped us get oriented to a wonderful city but was marred by very poor audio equipment and the time-consuming process of a dual language guide: Italian speakers had to wait through the guides English remarks and vice-versa for the English speakers. Very tedious!

  • The guide had a real passion for the architecture of the city but it felt like he got lost in too many details. It all felt a bit slow. Also he explains everythign twice, once in English and then the same thing again in Italian. When we left the historic operatiing theatre, he didn't wait for the whole group and as a result he lost us about a quarte rof teh group and we spend 20 min trying to find the rest of the group. That was unfortunate.
    I personally would not book this tour again.

  • Great intro to the buildings, history and areas of Bologna's old city. Quality of audio could be improved.

  • A good intro to most significant areas and sites in the old centre of Bologna and not too long. Quality of audio guide could have been better.

  • There were only 7 English speakers on the tour and the rest were all Italians. Although the guide's English was excellent, our descriptions of the various sights took a fraction of the time she spent describing the same scenes to the Italians. Unless you understand Italian or are happy standing about listening to Italian, I would not recommend this tour.

  • A really nice summary of the history and related buildings in Bologna. Well worth the tie and the cost.

  • I was under the impression that this was an english speaking tour, there were two of the women in our group who spoke only Italian so the guide did the tour in both English and Italian. She was very rushed and kept telling us that we didn't have enough time to complete the tour route due to the time of day that the tour started. We were rushed through every place and she spoke at warp speed to tell us everything in English and then repeat it all in Italian. It was a very frustrating experience and I found myself wishing the tour would be over after the first 15 minutes. It was impossible to interact or ask questions as she didn't quit talking long enough for any interactions. It was not a tour experience I would recommend or repeat although I do believe there was much to see and talk about in Bologna just wish our tour was better.

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