Private Walking Tour of the Historic Center of Bologna

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Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Center of Bologna

From $128.15

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Make the most of your day in Bologna with this guided walking tour that touches on the city’s A-list sights in just hours. Stroll beneath the UNESCO-listed porticoes to the main Piazza Maggiore to visit Basilica of San Petronio and Fountain of Neptune, gaze up at the twin medieval towers - a symbol of the city - and admire other significant city landmarks while you learn about Bologna's long history and famed cuisine.
  • Skip the hassle of following a map with a guided walking tour of Bologna
  • See the top landmarks with insights into their history and architecture
  • Admire the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world
  • A small-group tour for a more intimate experience and relaxed pace

What's Included

  • Guided tour with licensed guide
  • RC insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Snacks
  • Audio guides (optional)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Bologna Welcome - Official Tourist Office
    Piazza Maggiore, 1/e, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy

    Outside the entrance

End point

  • Two Towers di Porta Ravegnana, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy

What To Expect

Piazza Maggiore

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Fontana del Nettuno (Pass By)

Palazzo Re Enzo (Pass By)

Biblioteca Salaborsa (Pass By)

Palazzo d'Accursio (Pass By)

Basilica di San Petronio

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Archiginnasio di Bologna (Pass By)

Mercato di Mezzo

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Light walking involved
  • 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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24 reviews
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A walk around Bologna with a guide was great!
Sharon_F, Jul 2023
We had a private tour. The guide was very informative and pleasant. She took her time, and we enjoyed her very much.
Good tour of the heart of Bologna
Theresa_C, Mar 2023
Good tour. Learned a lot about the city. The guide was good. English was decent, better than my Italian for sure, but not 100% fluent. Didn’t detract from the tour, but occasionally struggled to understand her. Maybe slightly overpriced for what you get, but I did find Bologna to be surprisingly expensive compared to other cities in Italy (it’s more on par price-wise with Florence and Rome). Overall, no regrets with the tour.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Theresa, I am sorry you did not find my English very good as I often get praised for my fluency since I lived for 4 years in an English speaking country. Anyway, there's always room for improvement so thanks for your review and I'll try and do better on my next tours Thanks! Isadora
Bologna History Tour
William_C, Oct 2022
Turns out it was just me and my husband on this tour. Isadora is a friendly knowledgeable guide who covered so much in a short amount of time. She knew the perfect balance of history and food. This tour was short and sweet and just what you need for Bologna.
You will not be disappointed
Laurens_V, Jul 2022
Highly recommend this tour by a true local. She was very knowledgeable and managed to add extra background and context to the things we saw and threw in some “secrets” to make the tour even more enjoyable. You will not be disappointed!
Great introductory overview of the historic center of Bologna
Sally_L, Jul 2022
The tour guide was excellent - knowledgeable and just the right pace for a walking tour. I recommend this tour for first time visitors to Bologna.
Lovely Bologna
AnthonyC, May 2022
We enjoyed it all especially the church and food market area Issadorra was personable with knowledge and stories
Great tour guide in a beautiful city
Marlene_M, May 2022
Isidore did a great job of leading us through the major sites of Bologna. We really enjoyed her anecdotes and delightful personality.
Isadora was a great and...
Odette_T, Jan 2022
Isadora was a great and thorough tour guide! She's also a great storyteller, taking her time to give you the history and background of our entire surroundings than just telling us what we're seeing. We felt like we were incredibly immersed and vested in the history of Bologna after our tour with her. We took her tour the first day of our visit, and it was a treat to have someone guide us around the little alleyways and show us the sights we probably wouldn't have ventured into. We also took many other different tours after hers, and she definitely stood out above the rest with her knowledge and history of Bologna.
Our Walking Tour of Bologna with Isidora Was Wonderful!!
Kurt_C, Oct 2021
Our walking tour of Bologna with Isidora was wonderful. She was enthusistic, knowledgeable, and fund to be with. We thoroughly enjoyed out time and saw all the highlights of the historic city!!!
1st Time in Bologna
Elizabeth_H, Aug 2021
We loved our tour with Isadora. We learned so much about the history of Bologna that we never would have known. It was our first time to Bologna, and we would love to come back!
elena_c, Dec 2021
Complimenti per la passione che ci hai regalato e la competenza! Hai trasformato una città piena di bellezze in un ricordo bellissimo.

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