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Bologna Piazza Maggiore Tours

Bologna Piazza Maggiore

Bologna’s beating heart is Piazza Maggiore, in the city’s old center. A classic example of Renaissance town planning, it is one of the most graceful public squares in Italy.

The pedestrianised square is surrounded by the Basilica di San Petronio, the Palazzo Communale (city hall), palatial public buildings and Bologna’s trademark covered walkways ringed by arches.

Sit at an outdoor cafe to enjoy people watching in the sunshine during the day, and visit in the early evening to see the beautifully floodlit Fountain of Neptune, sculpted in 1566.

Practical Info

To get here from the station, take a stroll south down Via dell'Indipendenza.

Address: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
Admission: Free
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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
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$45.72
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2-hour Walking Tour of Bologna

2-hour Walking Tour of Bologna

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With a large historic center that was built over millennia, Bologna is rich in important architectural and cultural monuments. Be sure to see all the highlights with this guided walking tour that touches on the Cathedral and Fountain of Neptune in Piazza Maggiore, the city’s two most famous medieval towers, and the university—the oldest in Europe—along with other important attractions.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.08
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$30.08

Classic Walking Tour Bologna

Classic Walking Tour Bologna

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A classic walking tour together with a private guide through the streets of the center of Bologna visiting the major cultural attractions of the city and the history of local gastronomy to discover all the secrets of the city that our guide will tell you. At the end a small tasting of local products in a historical shop.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.25
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A Half Day In Bologna With A Local: Private & Personalized

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A Half Day In Bologna With A Local: Private & Personalized

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A great tour for first-time visitors, you’ll see the city with a local guide who has a passion for Bologna. The tour is completely customizable—visit a cafe for a snack based on your dietary preferences (or maybe some grappa), indulge in a bit of shopping, or check out a few art galleries. Learn about the city’s Medieval and Renaissance history and explore the plazas and old buildings downtown.
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  • 4 hours
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$105.07
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Local market visit and private cooking class at a local's home in Bologna

Local market visit and private cooking class at a local's home in Bologna

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Learn the secrets behind traditional recipes from Bologna during this private cooking class, complete with a local market visit. Get tips for selecting the best ingredients at the market and then settle into the chef’s home in the Bologna city center for a cooking class. Prepare three courses and then feast on everything you cook alongside a variety of local red and white wines.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$224.33
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Private Bologna’s Wine & Bites Walking Tour with a Local

Private Bologna’s Wine & Bites Walking Tour with a Local

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Imagine sipping delicious Italian wine in an authentic bar filled with locals. Let a local host in Bologna make this your reality! Discover Bologna’s relaxing bars and blend in with the regulars while you enjoy delicious local wine paired with Italian bites. 7 delicious tastings included. Start your experience at an award-winning wine bar where you’ll enjoy a glass of light and fruity sparkling Italian wine paired with some tasty local cheese. Then stroll through the city and admire the historic canals! Step inside a homely bar beloved by the locals. Sip on a glass of sparkling red wine with an Italian classic, parmesan cheese. The rich and salty flavors of the cheese paired with the citrus and floral notes of the wine are a match made in heaven. Follow your local host through the city’s old market and then weave your way to a local osteria (Italian restaurant). This local favorite has been serving wine since 1465 making it one of the oldest in Bologna.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$97.45
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San Luca Experience Tour and Food Tasting

San Luca Experience Tour and Food Tasting

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The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Located on Monte Guardia, the sanctuary connects the city center through the longest continuous port in the world, consisting of 666 arches. At the meeting point you will receive from a member of our staff a map and a table with the times of the return train, available every 45 minutes. At the end a person of our staff will accompany you inside the historical market for a fabulous tasting of typical products and a glass of wine. This tour starts every day and will help you discover the city on board the San Luca Express train, on which the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you the history of the city until you arrive at the Basilica of San Luca. You will have the opportunity to visit this sacred place at your own pace and you will be able to decide at what time to return by consulting the timetables on the map. On board you will find staff who will welcome you and answer your questions
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.09
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$34.09
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Bologna Food and Wine Walking Tour

Bologna Food and Wine Walking Tour

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contact me on IG @stayhungrystaybologna infos and SPECIAL deals! I'll show you my favorite places, I'll help you to discover the few true local spots in town, where a true bolognese goes shopping and eat. The places who made our city famous, making what is now called the food capital of italy! We meet in "piazza maggiore", the heart of Bologna and we will walk around downtown making 6-7 stops Oldest meat and fish market Fruit market Cheese shop Best sliced pizza Visit to the pasta shop where tortellino was invented! Typical and local sandwich place Bakery with 150 years old recipe of cake! Oldest Hosteria of Italy since 1465 for some wine and champagne Best Gelato place of town While we walk I'll be happy to share story and colture of the city, with some secrets just few local knows;) I will send you PDF with all informations and places! I will be happy to give you guide to all good restaurants, things to do, and book you places..this is a full package deal for your visit!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.29
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Walking Tour of Bologna for Instagram

Walking Tour of Bologna for Instagram

The first visit to Bologna is always an exciting discovery; some fall in love with its narrow and ancient streets; some enjoy walking under its magic and never-ending porticos and yet some just relax with a glass of wine and a dish of cold cuts. This amazing tour offers to the photography enthusiasts a unique perspective of the city, combining a pleasant bike tour with the best photo stops: you will be able to capture and immortalize many significant moments of the tour through wonderful picture shots. Your passion for framing and details will combine with the pleasure of discovering Bologna’s culture and traditions. Throughout the tour you will enjoy plenty of stops inside the city centre and its surroundings, admiring incredible sites out of the tourist classic tracks, in an unforgettable experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Self-guided tour of Bologna

Self-guided tour of Bologna

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Get to know Bologna in 5 tours with over 30 places to visit and more than 80 works presented. Ideal for travelers who want to visit Bologna in complete autonomy and with the quality of a true professional tour guide. GUIDE OF BOLOGNA ItalGuide transforms your mobile device into a personal tourist guide: the APP knows the best routes in the city; understand where you are; locate the building, monument or artwork through the camera and describe what you are seeing. The contents of the Bologna Guide App are constantly updated with information on the main events in the city. BOLOGNA GUIDE ItalGuide is an app for mobile phones and tablets that takes the travel experience to a whole new level by combining the advice and information on the attractions of a city with the technological innovation of visual recognition and the advantages of GPS navigation technology. .
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  • 2 hours to 1 day
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$10.26
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$10.26

Bologna Walking Tour 2H Shared

Bologna Walking Tour 2H Shared

We provide tours with the best local certified guides, our guides had to pass a severe exam abouth the history of the city to obtain this grade level. The experience we provide is unique and will make the difference for bringing back a great memory of this amazing city. We can arrange the tour in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and many other languages please ask us your needs.
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  • 2 hours
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$57.74
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Bologna Walking Tour 2H

Bologna Walking Tour 2H

We provide tours with the best local certified guides, our guides had to pass a severe exam abouth the history of the city to obtain this grade level. The experience we provide is unique and will make the difference for bringing back a great memory of this amazing city. We can arrange the tour in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and many other languages please ask us your needs.
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  • 2 hours
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$102.66
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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
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Bologna Wine & Cocktails Walking Tour

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Bologna Wine & Cocktails Walking Tour

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A fantastic experience in the heart of Bologna where you can accompany our guide to taste excellent Italian wines and exquisite drinks accompanied by small themed tastings among the most historic and fashionable places in the center of Bologna
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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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
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$295.55
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Bike Tour of Bologna for Instagram

Bike Tour of Bologna for Instagram

Photography buffs sometimes miss out on the most picturesque spots when visiting an unfamiliar city. With this bike tour created specifically for shutterbugs, you’ll be sure to capture Bologna’s beauty and charm. Follow your guide on bike to the most photogenic corners of the historic center, stopping to snap its endless porticoes, majestic squares, and historic shops and cafés.
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  • 3 hours
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$36.09
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Bologna Highlights, city walking tour with private guide

Bologna Highlights, city walking tour with private guide

A journey from the medieval reminders of the ancient city to the Renaissance and beyond, seeing the signs of its past. An enchanting tour to discover the timeless atmosphere of the historical center of Bologna, the location of the oldest University in western world, dating back to 1088 A. D.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$116.32
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Bologna Food Walking Tour Eating For The Center

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Bologna Food Walking Tour Eating For The Center

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Take home little pieces of heaven one bite at a time. Stroll with our guide through the center of Bologna, tasting the culture and tradition of the culinary art of Bologna Between stories of history and tastings of Bolognese specialties you can taste every specialty of the region. Explore the historic markets of the city and discover the aromas and flavors typical of the Bolognese culinary tradition
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.88
$117.51
$17.63 savings
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Bologna Food & Cultural Walking Tour

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Bologna Food & Cultural Walking Tour

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This walking tour was created for those who are in the city and do not want to miss the chance to admire the beauties of Bologna but at the same time savor the flavors of typical products such as salumi, crescentine and good wine. Piazza Maggiore, Palazzo Daccursio, Via d'azeglio, Archiginnasio, are just some of the destinations you can admire. The market of the quadrilateral will welcome you with its ancient perfumes where you can taste the authenticity of high quality products Absolutely not to be missed
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  • 3 hours
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$122.71
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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
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$47.48
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$47.48

Ice-Cream Bike Tour in Bologna

Ice-Cream Bike Tour in Bologna

A bike tour to combine the incredibly rich and vast historic and cultural heritage of Bologna with its likewise famous and delicious ice-cream! You will admire the incredible characteristics of Bologna’s architecture, like the famous porticoes and the ancient defensive towers and be fascinated by its cultural heritage riding through the medieval “Jewish Ghetto”, seeing the oldest University in Europe and visiting the amazing Church of Santo Stefano or Sette Chiese. Cycling between the majestic Piazza Maggiore enclosed by some of the most important buildings in the city, and the main landmarks of the city an ice-cream tasting will make your experience unforgettable: you will in fact be guided to 2 of the best artisanal ice-cream shops in Bologna. Depending on the weather conditions, your guides will take you to the Giardini Margherita park, with its Art Nouveau chalet and English style gardens, for a nice green stroll in the shade and an ice-cream.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.41
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Bologna Full Day Private Tour

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Bologna Full Day Private Tour

A full day in the city of Bologna visiting all the major attractions of the city together with a private guide It starts in the morning with a guided tour of the city with a certified expert guide. During the visit it will be possible to climb to the Asinelli towers. We continue with a typical lunch in a historic trattoria in the city and afterwards together with the guide you can go up to San luca with the train included in the price and visit the beautiful Basilica and enjoy the fantastic panorama. Upon returning, a delicious homemade ice cream
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.24
$213.65
$53.41 savings
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Classic Bologna Food Tour

Classic Bologna Food Tour

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Explore the culinary traditions of Bologna with this half-day food tour. Join a guide for a small-group walking tour and taste local specialties such as Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Bolognese ragu, and mortadella. Begin the tour with a gourmet coffee, visit markets, and meet artisans at work to see how tortellini are made. Lunch at a historic osteria and a gelato tasting are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$127.00
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$127.00
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The best of BOLOGNA and RAVENNA on a Private Tour

The best of BOLOGNA and RAVENNA on a Private Tour

Thanks to this FULL DAY tour you'll have the chance to discover the stunning wonders of this land: Bologna and Ravenna. Both cities were protagonists in the historic panorama of this part of Italy. The presence of the University, the oldest in the Western world, has made BOLOGNA a cultural center of extraordinary importance. We'll visit the most evocative monuments and places in the city center. RAVENNA, a Unesco site known worldwide because of its early Christian era mosaics, gives you the opportunity to see preserved monuments from the 5th and 6th century. We will meet in Bologna in the morning and we will visit the city center highlights. Then together we'll catch the train to Ravenna. * I would be happy to customize this tour so that it fits your requirements best!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$410.62
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