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
3-hour guided tour service in Bologna city centre.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3 euro - Ticket for anatomic theatre in Archiginnasio € 3,00/each. Free of charge under 18
Tickets for Anatomic Theatre in Archiginnasio € 3,00/each
Bologna is one of the easiest cities to reach by rail network and highways.
From VENICE, return train ticket costs € 23 and it takes 2 hours by "Regionale Veloce" - return train ticket cost € 60 and it takes 1h30 minutes by "Frecciargento" trains.
From MILAN, return train ticket costs € 80/120 and it takes 1h10 by "Frecciarossa" trains - return train ticket costs € 32 and it takes 3h00 by "Regionale Veloce" trains.
From VERONA, return ticket costs € 19 and it takes 1h30 by "Regionale Veloce" - return ticket costs € 46 and it take 50 minutes by "frecciargento"
From FLORENCE, return ticket costs € 30/40 each and it takes 40 minutes by "Frecciarossa"
I am a Licensed Tourist Guide/Tour Guide and have access to any landmark
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Manuela is extremely knowledgeable, was able to put all that we saw into context and the tour was very enjoyable. She is a delightful person, speaks English fluently, and was able to answer all of our questions. I would recommend her to anyone visiting Bologna...