Bologna city walking tour

Explore the Diverse Faces of Bologna on a City Walking Tour

Type: Small group tour (private options available)
Duration: 3 hours
Availability: Daily, except national holidays
Special information: Entry to churches in Italy requires appropriate attire (no miniskirts, shorts or uncovered shoulders)


Discover all of Bologna's iconic attractions, including Piazza Maggiore, the food markets and Quadrilatero

The city of Bologna lies between the Po River and the Apennine Mountains and is home to the oldest university in the western world: the University of Bologna, which was founded in 1088. Bologna is widely recognised for its architecture, especially its palette of terracotta reds, burnt oranges and warm yellows, which have given the city the name Bologna La Rossa (Bologna The Red).

The historic centre has many sights to enjoy but you can easily get lost among the many little streets! To make the most of your time and ensure you don't miss any of the iconic sights, we recommend booking our Bologna city walking tour, which can be added to any of our Bologna holidays. To add it to your Bologna holiday booked through us, please speak to your personal travel adviser.


Tour itinerary

Our walking tour of Bologna takes you to all the main sights of the city and starts at the Fountain of Neptune, one of the symbols of the city, and then continues to the following attractions:

  • Piazza Maggiore, the city's main square
  • Palazzo D'Accursio, the city’s Town Hall and home to the Morandi Museum and the City Art Collection
  • Basilica of San Petronio and the famous "whispering gallery"
  • Via dell’Archiginnasio, which is home to some of the most exclusive shops in Bologna
  • Archaeological Museum (entry is an optional extra)
  • Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, the first unified seat of the University of Bologna and Teatro Anatomico, where anatomy lessons were once held

No tour of Bologna would be complete without taking in the food markets and our Bologna city tour takes you behind Piazza Maggiore to the Quadrilatero, where you will find stalls filled with local delights, such as mortadella, fresh fruit and tortellini. In the evening, this region becomes a popular area for socialising.

Finally, the city walking tour of Bologna takes you to Strada Maggiore to see the Two Towers. If you wish, you can climb the 498 steps up to the top of the Asinelli Tower and look out over the city - a perfect photo opportunity!

If you would like to add this tour to your Bologna vacation booked with us, or you would like us to arrange any customised tour for you, please call one of our dedicated team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500, or Click here to send us an enquiry.