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

Bologna, Italy

From $156.13

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Half-day tour of Bologna
  • Local tour guide
  • Tour can be completely personalized to your interests
  • Hang with a local for a more authentic experience

What's Included

  • Private and personalised experience
  • 4 hours with a Local Host
  • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Comet
    Via IV Novembre, 6/A, 40123 Bologna BO, Italy

    Upon booking a different meeting point can be arranged (e.g. your hotel/accommodation), however this MUST be confirmed and agreed by the experience planners in advance.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Once you have booked your experience, we will be in touch in order to finalise the meeting point details with you. We can arrange pick up from hotels and other locations in the centre of the city. Your meeting point must be confirmed and agreed by the experience planners in advance. This is a walking experience. If you require a private vehicle please get in touch with our team for details and costs.

What To Expect

Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia (Pass By)

Fontana del Nettuno (Pass By)

Mercato delle Erbe (Pass By)

Piazza Maggiore (Pass By)

Tamburini (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • We’ll be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality, tastes and interests so we can assign a like-minded Local who can create a bespoke experience for you.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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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21 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 21 reviews
Antonia was...
Jessica_G, Sep 2023
Antonia was fantastic—knowledgeable, friendly, and she gave us a wonderful introductory tour highlighting the history of beautiful Bologna.
Flavio_M, Aug 2023
Chiara is a very nice young lady but, unfortunately, not as well prepared as many other guides we have had. Her English is also below expectations which added to our frustration. Maybe a better fit for Italian speakers that are not looking for information / guidance.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Hello Flavio, I understand the frustration of having a host who didn't quite meet your expectations, especially when it comes to language proficiency and depth of knowledge. I'm genuinely sorry that your experience with our host wasn't in line with what you were hoping for. Your feedback is invaluable to us and we'd love another opportunity to pair you with a local who aligns seamlessly with your preferences and offers a deeply fulfilling experience. Warm regards, Ruslan and the City Unscripted Team.
Great company for a personal perspective
Maria_B, Mar 2023
The knowledgeable host who was kind, competent and engaging. I loved how she told stories that made the history come.alive.
Best way to spend our first day….
david_c, Nov 2022
We bought lunch and brought it the oldest tavern in Bologna! Learned about the university and some of the buildings and architecture downtown. It was the perfect thing to do for our first day…..
Bologna experience beyond the obvious.
Thomas_A, Nov 2022
We had a lovely guide, a native Bolognese, who was personable and knowledgeable on the city's history and locales. We threw an unspecified plan at Giacomo and he was great at showing us the city in the non-tourist fashion that we prefer.
Walking tour of Bologna with Mirko
Doug_H, Oct 2022
Mirko was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide with a wealth of information about Bologna. My wife and I had a very special day. It was the highlight of our trip. Because he had lived for a brief time in the United States he was able to contrast the differences in the cultures which made our tour particularly insiteful.
Bella Bologna ❤️
Rita_M, Oct 2022
Being introduced to all the beautiful areas and sights of lovely Bologna.Giacomo was very interested in sharing his lovely city with us.
Great tour, lots of sights and plenty to do!
Amber_K, Jun 2022
Our guide did a great job showing us around. His knowledge of the city’s history was excellent as was his recommendations for eateries and places to visit. We now have a good understanding of the city and what we want to see on our own. Thank you Jeet!
Simply magnificent!
jeanette_n, Apr 2022
Antonia was remarkable! There would have been no way we could have seen as much as we dud without her. She was so knowledgeable and went out of her way to find us things we were interested in seeing and doing! Would highly recommend this tour and using Antonia!
Wonderful day in Bologna
Peter_Y, Oct 2021
Antonia guided us through many interesting sites and neighborhoods in Bologna's historic area, sharing fascinating insights about the people, culture, history and cuisine along the way. We enjoyed every minute. You will too!
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Dear Peter_Y Thank you for the lovely review, I am so glad to hear you had a wonderful time in Bologna with Antonia and enjoyed every minute of it. We hope to host you again soon for another 5* experience - if not in Bologna - then one of our other cities worldwide. Kindest, Liezel
Carole_G, Sep 2021
Saw the old Jewish ghetto. Thought we would see today’s lifestyles of present day but we got lots of historic info. Asked for a mix and didn’t get it.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Dear Carole_G I am sorry to hear that your experience was disappointing and you did not receive the mix of historic and modern you requested. I thank you for your feedback as this helps us to improve experiences for future guests. I hope that we will be able to make this up to you in the future with a 5* experience in one of our 60 cities worldwide. Warm regards Liezel
Guides need training
Guide52976276568, Aug 2019
Our trip was supposed to be bicycling and food tastings. We bicycled hard for two hours. No tastings just a stop for lunch. Our guide told no stories about the city just pointed things out.
Response from Host, Sep 2019
Dear Guide52976276568, I am so sorry to hear that your recent experience with us was a disappointment. Customer’s happiness is paramount to everyone here at City Unscripted, so please know that we take all feedback very seriously. After a thorough research we could not find a booking for this review. This would have allowed me to get in touch with you personally since I would have loved to investigate this further. You can still get in touch with me at I would like to take some time to sort this out for you. Again, my sincerest apologies for the disappointing experience. We'd love to make this up to you so hopefully you can give us another chance in any of our 45+ cities worldwide. Kind regards, Sonja Mursula Customer Happiness Manager - City Unscripted
Bologna with Tour guide, Adele
Susan_C, Jul 2019
I had a lovely day! Adèle was so nice and educated me on the culture and historical sights of Bologna. She was so sweet. Got some exercise- walking. Pizza 🍕 , granitas. Saw many churches ⛪️, and towers, secret window, Adèle was quite helpful , as I attempted to converse with the local Italians. She was so kind to pick me up and take me back to my hotel. It was a wonderful experience!!
Fundiertes Wissen, Charme und Spass
n0rbertsteiner, Dec 2019
Pünktlich, freundlich und individuell. Gabriele hat genau unsere Wünsche berücksichtigt und es war super informativ. Sehr zu empfehlen!

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