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

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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
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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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  • 8 hours
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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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The 10 Tastings of Bologna With Locals: Private Food Tour
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The 10 Tastings of Bologna With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Eat your way through Bologna's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour will leave every foodie satisfied! Enjoy tastings typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food like Tortellini fritti and Formaggio Bianco Bologna. But that's not it! This tour is more than just food; it's a cultural experience! In between food stops, you'll also find city highlights making this experience a well-rounded tour that will satisfy every foodie. Withlocals The 10 Tastings Private Food Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.
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Cars&Food: Lambo, Ferrari, Maserati, Parmesan, BalsamicVinegar, lunch, transport

Cars&Food: Lambo, Ferrari, Maserati, Parmesan, BalsamicVinegar, lunch, transport

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Combine two of Emilia Romagna’s most celebrated traditions—automobiles and food—during this unique, two-for-one private tour. Get a peek at some of the region’s famous cars at the Ferrari and Lamborghini museums, with an English-speaking guide to orient your visit. Then, enjoy a Parmesan cheese tasting in a unique setting—the Maserati-filled Panini Motor Museum—followed by a visit to a fifth-generation Modena balsamic vinegar producer.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Antagonist Motor Tour: LamboFactory,Ferrari Museum,Pagani Factory&Museum,Lunch

Antagonist Motor Tour: LamboFactory,Ferrari Museum,Pagani Factory&Museum,Lunch

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Discover the three best Italian Supercars' producers. In Pagani you will see with your eyes how a supercar is built, through the production lines of the factory, as well as the hands of the workers that realize a Pagani car! The new Lambo Museum is an amazing journey through the history, prototypes, special models of the Bull. The factory tour is an exciting tour into the production buildings and the production lines! The Pagani Automobili Museum is a journey back to the beginning of Mr. Horacio Pagani, but you will see also the history of the Zonda and all its models, and of course the new amazing Huayra. The Ferrari Museum is an unique trip into the Reds world. A typical italian lunch in a restaurant will be served during the tour. An english-speaking authorized assistant will accompany you for giving you informations and some secrets about the history of these cars! MIN. PEOPLE REQUESTED: 2
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Food tour: Parmesan, Balsamic, Red Wine, delicious lunch, transport

Food tour: Parmesan, Balsamic, Red Wine, delicious lunch, transport

This tour is a fantastic opportunity to discover how some of our food specialities are produced. It's very interesting to learn all the phases of the parmesan cheese production. This tour finishes first with the visit to the storage, where hundreds of wheels sleeps and then with a tasting of 24months aged Parmigiano. The Balsamic Vinegar is called also the Black Gold, because it needs a long and patience process of min. 12 years! A tasting of three different aged balsamic vinegar finishes this tour. You will continue to taste the Vinegar during the lunch: tortelloni home made, meat with potatoes, dessert… all with drops of Balsamic Vinegar. The wine production of this area is very important: the visit starts with a guided tour inside the private Museum of Wine Traditions, and it continues into the cellars where bottles today stay and finishes with a tasting of 3 different wines.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Ferrari Full Day

Ferrari Full Day

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Live a full day in contact with the Ferrari Myth. An incredible tour that will take you to visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Guided tour of the Fiorano factory and runway, and the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, all including an excellent lunch at the farmhouse Program From Bologna: 8.30 Pick up at the hotel or at the meeting point 8.40 Departure for Maranello in Private Transfer 10:00 Visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello 12.30 Tour by bus from the factory and the Fiorano track 13.30 Lunch in a Farmhouse Near Maranello 15:00 Visit Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena 16:15 Return Program From Milan 7:30 am Departure with Altavelocità train to Bologna 9:30 am Departure from Bologna for the Ferrari Museum 10:30 Visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello 12.30 Tour by bus from the factory and the Fiorano track 13:30 Lunch in a Farmhouse Near Maranello 15:00 Visit Casa Enzo Ferrari Modena Museum 16:45 Return to Milan by train
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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. 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. The tour leader will accompany you throughout the tour, providing information in English.
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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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Day Trip from Bologna to Ravenna

Day Trip from Bologna to Ravenna

Ravenna was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire from 402 until the collapse in 476, then served as the capital of the Ostrogothic Kingdom, then a lordship of the Byzantine Empire in Italy after which it became the seat of the Kingdom of the Lombards. Today Ravenna is the capital city of the Province of Ravenna, Northern Italy and is connected to the Adriatic Sea by the Candiano Canal. All across Ravenna, you'll be able to see some of the finest and best-preserved examples of late Roman and Byzantine architecture, with eight buildings consisting the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna. We'll mention some of them such as the Baptistery of Neon, the Basilica of San Vitale, adorned with mosaics, and the Archbishop's Chapel, located on the first floor of the bishops' palace. The more fun side of Ravenna is reflected in various events held all around the year, with the most famous one being the Ravenna Music Festival.
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Discover the wine producers of Emilia Romagna

Discover the wine producers of Emilia Romagna

Live a day in one of the most famous wineries in the world immersed in an oasis of greenery. Program 8.30 am pick up at the hotel in bologna 9.45 am Arrival at the winery 10:00 am private guided tour of the company 11:00 am Wine tasting and visit to the wine shop 12:15 pm Lunch in a typical restaurant 2.00 pm Drop off at the Hotel in Bologna
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Bologna Food & Wine tour with a local Chef

Bologna Food & Wine tour with a local Chef

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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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Name your recipe:Food Market Tour and Workshop with a Local Home Cook in Bologna

Name your recipe:Food Market Tour and Workshop with a Local Home Cook in Bologna

Have you ever been to a local market and traditional food shop in Italy? This is your chance to visit a market with a local expert, choose your most inspiring ingredients, and create and name your very own two recipes.  Go food shopping with your host and choose 3-5 staple ingredients that capture your imagination before immersing yourself in a private cooking class at their home. With their expert guidance, you will learn how to prepare your chosen ingredients and make your own two Italian creations. Cultivate your creativity and confidence in the kitchen by adding an Italian flair to your dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. This experience is held by Cesarine: Italy’s oldest network of 1000+ home cooks all over the country in more than 500 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.
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From my Kitchen: Home cooking lessons at Grazia's house

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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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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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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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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Balsamic Vinegar Experience with Private Transfer

Balsamic Vinegar Experience with Private Transfer

A fantastic experience in the heart of the Food Valley. The perfect place to visit for anyone who wants to discover the history and millenary tradition of the famous "Black Gold" of Modena Guided tour + tasting Basics of the grapes used, visit of the cooking environments. Acetification and aging in wooden barrels. Afterwards there is the possibility of tasting directly from the barrel. Illustration of the various qualities of balsamic vinegars with tasting Note: The vinegar factory visited may vary based on availability.  
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Bologna Half Day Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

Bologna Half Day Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

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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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Wine Degustation Ebrezze

Wine Degustation Ebrezze

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Careful selection of wines designed to describe the excellence of our region; pleasant, refined and elegant local; comprehensive explanations on the uniqueness of the wines and their characteristics; friendly and helpful staff.
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Bologna Food Tasting box

Bologna Food Tasting box

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With this Bologna food tasting Box you will have the opportunity to visit Bologna and discover its secrets by following the aromas of the food through 7 typical tastings to be done independently at the times you want! At the meeting point, one of the staff will welcome you and give you the box valid for 24 hours and will show you all the places you can visit and the tastings you can do.
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From Bologna: Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour with the winemaker
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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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