A stroll around the city


Classic tour visiting the historic centre of Bologna

3 hours 1,5 km groups, schools, individuals photo friendly

A stroll around the city : Bologna classic tour

Small, cozy, ancient and modern, Bologna can be easily visited on foot. On this tour we walk under its porticos, decoding the bizarre names of its streets and turning the nose upwards to admire its medieval towers. We visit the most representative monuments and we hear about its many identities, anedocts and tales of past and present times. We discover why the statue of a god of the sea is the symbol of the city and what the true size of the tagliatella is! We pass from the church of life to the porch of death, and we play at the "broken telephone" under the vault of the Podesta. Ready to discover Bologna?


The standard itineray can be customized according to your needs and requests.

Piazza del Nettuno: meeting point
The tour starts from the Fountain of Neptune, also known as “The Giant”, one of the most famous monuments of the city and one of its undisputed symbols. The statue was built between 1563 and 1567 by the Flemish scupturer Jean de Boulogne.
Sala Borsa*
*only on opening days (tue-sat). Sala Borsa building now houses an important library: it is difficult to find in the city a place that has changed its appearance and use so many times in more than 2000 years. By visiting Sala Borsa we make a real journey through time!
Piazza Maggiore
Piazza Maggiore is the beating heart of the city. The square was embellished during the centuries with important buildings: the Basilica di San Petronio, Palazzo dei Notai, Palazzo d’Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo dei Bianchi.
Basilica di San Petronio
After having admired from the outside the imposing mass of the basilica with its unfinished façade, we visit the church and its many treasures, including medieval stone crosses, the famous frescoes of the Three Kings’Chapel and an impressive meridian.
This important palace was the seat of the University until 1803. In 1838, it became home to the Municipal Library. Inside we admire thousands of curious coats-of-arms and student names and the stunning anatomical wooden theater.
Delicatessens, jewelers, butchers, fruit and vegetable stalls, fishmongers, bakeries, historic workshops and other handicraft activities: the “Quadrilatero” area has an ancient tradition and kept its trade vocation throughout the years.
Santo Stefano
One of the most charming squares of Bologna, it is dominated by the ancient basilica of Santo Stefano, also known as “the seven churches”. Today we can admire four of them and a beautiful romanic cloister.. a real doozy!
Two towers
The itinerary ends under the two towers, the Asinelli and the Garisenda, symbol of Bologna and essential element of the city skyline. The towers are strategically placed at the entry point in the city of the ancient Via Emilia (Aemilian Way).
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