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Florence Tours: City Tours

Introductory Walking Tour of Bologna


Exploring the Heart of Bologna

Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of Bologna with Your Own Italy’s “Introductory Walking Tour of Bologna.” This experience offers a perfect first encounter with the city, known for its medieval architecture, prestigious university, and delicious cuisine. Led by an expert local guide, you’ll explore the heart of Bologna, walking through its picturesque streets and squares, and discovering the stories behind its famous towers, ancient buildings, and bustling marketplaces. This tour is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of the city, blending historical insights with contemporary life.

Exploring the Heart of Bologna

Piazza Maggiore and Surrounding Sites: Begin your journey in the historic center at Piazza Maggiore, surrounded by some of Bologna’s most important buildings, including the Basilica di San Petronio, the Palazzo d’Accursio, the Palazzo del Podestà, and the Palazzo dei Notai. Learn about the historical and cultural significance of these landmarks.

The Two Towers: Visit the iconic Due Torri, symbols of Bologna, offering insights into the city’s medieval past and the significance of tower houses in the social and political landscape of Bologna during the Middle Ages.

University of Bologna: Explore the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world, founded in 1088. Discover the university’s historic buildings and its role in the development of education and science through the centuries.

Quadrilatero Market: Wander through the bustling Quadrilatero market area, where the narrow streets are alive with vendors selling fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and other delicacies. Experience the vibrant heart of Bologna’s culinary scene.

Hidden Canals: Uncover one of Bologna’s best-kept secrets – its hidden canals. Learn about the city’s intricate system of waterways that once powered mills and transported goods, remnants of which can still be glimpsed through small windows in the city’s streets.

Your Own Italy: Discovering Bologna’s Charms

Your Own Italy’s “Introductory Walking Tour of Bologna” is the perfect way to acquaint yourself with the city’s rich history, architectural beauty, and culinary heritage. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or returning to delve deeper into Bologna’s culture, this tour offers a comprehensive and engaging introduction to one of Italy’s most fascinating cities.

Ready to Explore Bologna?

Are you prepared to uncover the secrets of Bologna and experience the unique blend of historical grandeur and vibrant street life that defines this city? Contact Your Own Italy to customize your introductory walking tour, and embark on a journey through the heart of Bologna.

What's Included

Prepare to embark on a wonderful exploration of Bologna, a city celebrated not only for its prestigious university but also for its distinctive architecture, including its famous arcades. Your personalized walking tour with a guide will take you through the heart of this historic city, allowing you to soak in its vibrant atmosphere and architectural beauty.

Piazza Maggiore: This is the main square of Bologna, surrounded by significant buildings, including the City Hall, the Palazzo dei Notai, and the Basilica of San Petronio. It’s a bustling hub of activity and a great place to start your exploration.

Piazza Santo Stefano: Often referred to as the “Square of the Seven Churches,” this picturesque square provides a glimpse into the religious and architectural history of Bologna.

Fountain of Neptune: A symbol of Bologna, this monumental fountain is not just a masterpiece of mannerist art but also a popular meeting point for locals and visitors alike.

Basilica of San Petronio: One of the largest churches in the world, this gothic basilica dominates Piazza Maggiore and houses an array of art, including frescoes and chapels adorned with Renaissance masterpieces.

Portico of San Luca: This covered walkway stretches approximately 4 kilometers, connecting the city with the hilltop sanctuary of San Luca. It’s an impressive architectural feat and offers stunning views of the city and its surroundings.

This walking tour promises an immersive journey through Bologna’s rich history, vibrant cultural scene, and architectural wonders. Enjoy discovering the charm and secrets of one of Italy’s most beloved cities.


Tips for Your Tour

Engage with Your Guide: Your personal guide is a treasure trove of knowledge about Bologna’s history and culinary traditions. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and seek recommendations.

Comfortable Footwear: You’ll be exploring on foot, so wear shoes that are comfortable for walking through city streets and historic sites.

Camera Ready: Bologna’s blend of medieval architecture, bustling squares, and mouth-watering food displays offers endless photo opportunities.

Appreciate the Architecture: Take the time to observe the details of Bologna’s famous arcades and buildings. Their design and construction tell the story of the city’s past and present.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.