Bologna: the red medieval pearl and its delicious food (private tour)

Bologna, Italy

From $286.43

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 to 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience the food culture of the Apennine Mountains between Florence and Bologna — a region beloved for its cuisine. On this food-focused day trip, you’ll travel with a private guide to visit producers of two traditional ingredients from the region: Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar. A basic cooking class, lunch, and tours are included, along with visits to a historic castle and abbey.
  • Book a private food tour from Bologna to cut out the crowds
  • Relax in an air-conditioned vehicle with your personal group
  • Skip the tourist fare, and try the prestigious Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Learn about the ingredients that hail from the mountainous area

What's Included

  • Entrance to Bolognini Chapel (San Petronio Basilica)
  • Tastings of local delicacies
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic Beverages

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Piazza del Nettuno
      Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna BO, Italy

    Start time

    09:30 AM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect


    1 hour Admission Ticket Free

    Acetaia Giusti - Boutique di Via Degli Orefici

    20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Operated by Riccardo Bacchi

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    Historical Travel in Bologna
    Ericka_A, Nov 2022
    I highly recommend this tour for those who are interested to learn about the history of Bologna! I learned so much from the information that Riccardo shared about the history of Bologna (and its connection with other Italian cities and other countries) from the Roman times up to the present. This tour is like a peak into how the people of Bologna lived during different historical periods.
    Response from Host, Nov 2022
    Thanks so much for the attention and the interest that you showed during the tour ! Take care and Hope to see you back to Bologna and Emilia for other discoveries ! Riccardo
    The best of our Italy trip!
    Niki_D, May 2022
    Our tour with Riccardo was incredible! We learned so much about the region’s art, food, and history throughout the day. We could tell right away that he was passionate and extremely knowledgeable on the region. This was the highlight of our 2 week Italy trip hands down. Riccardo is not just an excellent tour guide, he was an excellent person to spend the day with and talk to!
    Response from Host, Jun 2022
    Same to me ...spending a day with you! Thanks for the review!!! See you soon ! R.
    Out of this world!
    Emily_P, Apr 2022
    Wow! A fantastic day, Riccardo is hugely knowledgeable and so friendly! This is an absolute must do!
    Must do tour in Bologna
    Ryan_M, Oct 2021
    The food at the restaurant and seeing the aged Parmesan!! Plus the guide (Ricardo) was great! Fully of knowledge about the culture, the food, the Parmesan product process…..all of it! Much recommended tour for all.