The Educated, the Fat, the Towered and the Red
From art and culture up to gastronomic excellence. Bologna, chief town of Emilia-Romagna Region, is known worldwide as "La Dotta" ("The Learned" because it was home to the first university in Europe founded in 1088, even Dante and Petrarch can be numbered among its former students and the 100, 000 students enrolled nowadays make it a lively and cosmopolitan place), "La Grassa" ("The Fat" thanks to reputedly the best cuisine in Italy), "La Rossa" ("The Red" referring to both the colour of its brick buildings) and "La Turrita" ("The Towered" for the presence of 24 towers of the 100 built in the city around the XII century). The tour will show you the reason why Bologna is known in Italy and abroad as dotta, rossa, turrita and grassa.
The best way to explore the city is on foot, taking time to admire the architecture and see the wonderful food that you're sure to find.
3 HOURS TOUR
The tour starts at Piazza Maggiore, meet up location of the tour, with its main buildings: the City Hall, the Podestà Palace, the Neptune's Fountain, the King Enzo's Palace, the Sala Borsa (closed on Sundays), Palazzo dei Banchi, Palazzo dei notai, Accursio Palace and the Basilica of Saint Petronio (visit inside according to opening hours and services), one of the biggest churches in the world and the only one with the longest sundial in Europe. The tour continues with the Galluzzi court (a medieval group of houses, Piazza Galvani and the Archiginnasio, the first seat of the University of Bologna. Walk through the historical Mercato di Mezzo (Food Market)up to Saint Steven square and its porticos and beautiful palaces and the Saint Steven Churches Complex (visit inside according to opening hours and services). The complex is made of seven churches. Through the medieval Isolani Court we will reach the Two Leaning Towers of Asinelli and Garisenda.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Piazza Maggiore 1/e outside the Tourist office information (IAT - Bologna Welcome) under the portico. The tourist office is in front of the Saint Petronio Basilica
End location: As meet up location: Piazza Maggiore
Duration: 3 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3 euro - Ticket for anatomic theatre in Archiginnasio € 3,00/each. Free of charge under 18
I am a Licensed Tourist Guide/Tour Guide and have access to any landmark
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Manuela was wonderful. Highly recommend!