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How to Spend 2 Days in Bologna

How to Spend 2 Days in Bologna

In Bologna, one of Italy’s top food cities, set out on a market tour, sample locally made wines, and learn about where famous foods are made. To work up an appetite, see the historic sights and explore by bike. Here are our tips for how to spend 48 hours in Bologna.

Day 1: Classic Bologna: Sights, Markets, and Wine

**Morning:**See the classic sights of Bologna during a morning introductory tour. Choose between a walking tour, a Segway tour, or a bike tour and learn about the city’s history, architecture, and culture from your guide. Both small-group and private tours are available.

**Afternoon:**Taste your way through Bologna with a food-themed walking tour to vibrant markets, traditional food shops, and bakeries. Sample Bolognese specialties including cheese, cured meats, baked goods, gelato, and more. Meet the local people behind restaurants and cafés during your stroll.

**Night:**Join a local guide for a private wine-themed tour. The itinerary can be customized according to your preferences and includes a wine tasting with local winemakers. The tour also includes a visit to the Old Vinegar Works to see where the area’s famous traditional balsamic vinegar is made. 

Day 2: Beyond the City Center: Hot-Air Balloons and Food at the Source

**Morning:**See Bologna from a new perspective with an early morning private hot-air balloon flight. Soar over the hills, castles, and towns of Emilia Romagna in the basket of a hot-air balloon during this scenic journey. Learn about what you’re seeing from the pilot and toast the adventure with a glass of sparkling wine.  

**Afternoon:**Explore beyond the Bologna city center with a themed tour. Choose a food experience that includes factory visits to see where cheese and balsamic vinegar are made plus wine tastings or a Ferrari-themed tour that includes a visit to the Museo Ferrari and a gourmet lunch.

**Night:**Zip through the city streets like a local with a Vespa rental. A stylish Italian scooter allows you to maximize time in Bologna and cover ground quickly. You can explore independently or join a guide for a Vespa tour and see the city by night. 

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Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting

Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Follow your senses on a full-day culinary tour of Bologna’s famous food region. Visit local factories and family-run producers for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of products enjoyed around the world, including Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Modena balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, and wine. Enjoy samples of fresh, hand-crafted products along the way and indulge in breakfast and multi-course Italian lunch with wine pairings. It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the sights, smells, and tastes of Emilia-Romagna!
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bologna Half-Day Walking Food Tour and Tasting for Small Group

Bologna Half-Day Walking Food Tour and Tasting for Small Group

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Bologna is home to one of the best cuisines in Italy—where favorites like tortellini and were created—but it can be a challenge for travelers to find down-to-earth meals in the restaurant circuit.  With this tour, a guide takes you to at least half a dozen restaurants and cafes serving dishes away from the tourists. It’s an immersion in local gastronomy with pasta, salumi, pizza, wine, and gelato.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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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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Private cooking class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Bologna

Private cooking class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Bologna

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Discover the secrets to Bolognese cuisine in a local’s home with this half-day private cooking class. Learn how to prepare fresh stuffed pasta including tortellini and tortelloni during this hands-on class. After the pasta workshop, relax over a meal to sample what you prepared alongside local red and white wines.
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  • 3 hours
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Bologna Segway Tour

Bologna Segway 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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Private Tour: Emilia-Romagna Hot Air Balloon Flight with Transport from Bologna

Private Tour: Emilia-Romagna Hot Air Balloon Flight with Transport from Bologna

Soar up, up and away on a hot air balloon ride over the hills of Emilia-Romagna. The experience includes pickup and drop-off from Bologna, and the ride takes in sights of the region’s vineyard-speckled valleys and castles such as Castello Estense of Ferrara — a moated fortress with a drawbridge. Cap the experience with a glass of sparkling wine, and then relax on the journey back to Bologna. The hot air balloon holds up to five people in addition to the pilot.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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