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Notable Porticoes in Bologna

Notable Porticoes in Bologna

Almost 25 miles (40 kilometers) of porticoes, or shaded arcades, line the streets of the Italian city of Bologna. Simultaneously functional and architecturally beautiful, the porticoes provide outdoor promenades that are protected from sun and rain. Here’s where to find the best examples throughout the center of Bologna. 

Piazza Maggiore

Dating back to the 13th century, this square has porticoes on three sides. Each side has its own architecture and character, reflecting the era in which they were built and the style of the designer.

Via dell'Indipendenza

Dating back to 1888, the porticoes along Via dell'Indipendenza are relatively new compared to other historic walkways in Bologna. Connecting Piazza Maggiore to the railway station, this road is lined with shops, and the wide walkway offers shelter from the weather.

San Luca

Stretching almost 13,125 feet (4,000 meters), the porticoes along Via San Luca and Via Saragozza were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. This covered walkway was considered a religious route and leads to a church, the Madonna of San Luca (Santuario Madonna di San Luca). 

Via Marsala

Some of the oldest examples of this architecture style can be seen in the wooden porticoes of Via Marsala, dating back to the 13th century. 

Via Zamboni

You can see porticoes from different eras in history along Via Zamboni, once the home of many noble residences now belonging to offices and universities. A range of architectural styles and intricate details are displayed here. 

Piazza Santo Stefano

Two sides of this square are lined by porticoes dating back to different moments in Bologna’s history from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Craftsmanship on the columns and arches is especially noteworthy.

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Bologna Food Tour from a local perspective

Bologna Food Tour from a local perspective

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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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Street Art BikeTour in Bologna

Street Art BikeTour in Bologna

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The Italian city of Bologna is home to some of Italy’s most stylish and skilled street artists, with colorful murals and dazzling displays round every corner—but knowing where to find the best art takes local knowledge. On this bike tour, spin along safe cycle paths with your guide to lead the way, and head straight to the latest and most impressive pieces of street art. Along the way, learn how the locals preserve and protect Bologna’s vibrant creativity.
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  • 2 hours
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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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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
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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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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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Ferrari Lamborghini Pagani Factory and Museum Day Tour from Bologna

Ferrari Lamborghini Pagani Factory and Museum Day Tour from Bologna

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Motor Valley is home to some of Italy’s most iconic car manufacturers, but the factories and museums are hard to get between. Save hours with this tour that takes you to three of the top destinations for sports car enthusiasts in Emilia Romagna: the Ferrari Museum; Lamborghini Museum and Factory; and Pagani Museum and Factory. Stop to taste the area’s famed traditional balsamic vinegar and relax over lunch.
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Bologna Traditional Home Cooking Class with Lunch or Dinner

Bologna Traditional Home Cooking Class with Lunch or Dinner

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Learn to cook with an experienced chef in Bologna — Italy’s famous food capital. Roll up your sleeves and learn authentic recipes from the Emilia-Romagna region, including an appetizer, homemade pasta dough and fillings, a savory second course, and a delicious dessert. When the cooking’s done, sit down to enjoy your well-earned feast with new friends and a glass of wine.
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Motor Valley Tour from Bologna

Motor Valley Tour from Bologna

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Fulfill your need for speed on a private full-day tour of Italy’s ‘Motor Valley’ from Bologna. Get an insider’s look into the production of some of the world’s fastest and most coveted cars and sport bikes as you tour the factories and museums of Ducati, Ferrari and Lamborghini. Feel the power of these famously sleek machines with an optional test drive of a Ferrari California Turbo or other world-class model. Taste regional cuisine with a midday lunch break, and enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide all day.
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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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Ferrari Ducati Lamborghini Factory and Museum Day Tour from Bologna

Ferrari Ducati Lamborghini Factory and Museum Day Tour from Bologna

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A tour that motoring enthusiasts and super-luxury cars can't miss. The Motor Valley of Emilia Romagna is an experience to live intensely: we will take you on an incredible journey through the "Land of Motors" to visit the factories of the most famous Italian supercars and motobikes in the world: the legendary FERRARI, the LAMBORGHINI supercar and the famous DUCATI bike. The tour lasts 8 hours and includes a visit to the Ferrari Museum, the Museum and the Lamborghini Factory, the Museum and the Ducati Factory. Also you will delight with a lunch of typical Italian flavor and you will have the chance to taste the king of cheeses and the famous Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. With an additional cost, it will be possible to drive a Ferrari or a Lamborghini on the road or on the track, or try the F1 Simulator to feel like a real driver on the most important circuits in the world.
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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
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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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Bologna Private Food Tour with a Local Foodie: Bologna's Tastiest Treats

Bologna Private Food Tour with a Local Foodie: Bologna's Tastiest Treats

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Follow your senses — and a gourmet guide — around Italy’s culinary capital on a private food tour in Bologna. Remove the guesswork from choosing eateries and let a local show you the best delis, cafes, markets, and bakeries scattered through the historic city center. Sample Bolognese specialties like tortellini and mortadella, discover new favorite dishes, and rest your feet over an aperitif at an open-air market.
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Ferrari Lamborghini Maserati Museums-Parmigiano Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

Ferrari Lamborghini Maserati Museums-Parmigiano Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

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Give yourself an exciting day with engines and flavors famous all over the world! A tour to discover the legendary supercars and the world famous foods: you will can visit the Ferrari Museum, the "Casa Enzo Ferrari" Museum, the Lamborghini Museum and a wonderful private collection of Maserati cars; we will take you where the organic Parmigiano Reggiano is produced and you will have the chance to taste the king of cheeses. Also you will delight with a lunch of typical Italian flavor and you will have the chance to taste the famous Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. With an additional cost, it will be possible to visit the Lamborghini Factory, to drive a Ferrari or a Lamborghini on the road or on the track, or try the F1 Simulator to feel like a real driver on the most important circuits in the world.
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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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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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Bologna's Best Kept Secrets Tours by Locals: Private & 100% Personalized ★★★★★

Bologna's Best Kept Secrets Tours by Locals: Private & 100% Personalized ★★★★★

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Follow a local to their favorite places in Bologna with this best kept secrets walking tour. See contemporary street art, trendy bars, quirky boutiques, and innovative restaurants during your stroll. Explore neighborhoods that are loved by locals for their vintage markets and contemporary art galleries. Discover a side of Bologna that's not in guidebooks.
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From Bologna: Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour with the winemaker

From Bologna: Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour with the winemaker

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Italians have been producing wine for thousands of years. Get a unique insight into the wine-making experience on a visit to a family-owned winery. Explore the vineyards and cellars, then sample three of their finest wines paired with food on a terrace with views of wine country. Choose between morning and afternoon tours.
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From my Kitchen: Home cooking lessons at Grazia's house

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From my Kitchen: Home cooking lessons at Grazia's house

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If on your trip to Bologna you feel the desire to totally immerse yourself in the local culinary culture, you are in the right place, welcome to Grazia's kitchen! I offer a cooking lesson which includes the preparation of two types of fresh egg pasta, with two different typical condiments, including Bolognese ragù. It will be a well-balanced cooking lesson, a part with my show cooking where I will show you various sizes of Italian pasta and a part with your hands in dough and a rolling pin. When everything is ready we will sit at the table set with my grandmother's tablecloths, you will taste the freshly prepared dishes according to homemade recipes. Local wine, water and coffee, surprise desserts. Possibility of vegetarian menu on request and many news on the history of food and a small recipe book will be sent by email to be able to cook at home for your friends
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Bologna traditional food tour - Do Eat Better Experience

Bologna traditional food tour - Do Eat Better Experience

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Bologna is known as a culinary hotspot, and this walking tour offers an excellent overview of the city’s food scene. Visit a historic center with local food boutiques in addition to several cafes. Sample the city’s culinary offerings including wines, cheese, pasta, espresso, and either gelato or cake depending on the season.
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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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Small-group Tortellini Class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Bologna

Small-group Tortellini Class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Bologna

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If you go to Bologna, you have to try the fresh pasta the city is famous for: tiny handmade tortellini!. Let a local explain the art of pasta-making to you! We are the “Cesarine”, the Emperors of the kitchen, Italy’s oldest network of home cooks. We have seen our mothers and grandmothers prepare these dishes every Sunday, we have cooked them over and over again for our families, and now we share our skills with curious travellers like you. Come to our homes and immerse yourself in a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to make an egg “fontana”, knead elastic pasta dough, stretch it until it becomes almost transparent and prepare fresh filling with local ingredients. Sip some wine while you learn and chat with new acquaintances. After the cooking class, let’s taste the fruit of our labour: We share the freshly made pasta around the table in a comfortable home and have an Italian style meal. Dessert, local wine and espresso at the end of the meal are included! Buon appetito!
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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
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