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Notable Porticoes in Bologna

Notable Porticoes in Bologna

Almost 25 miles (40 kilometers) of porticoes, or shaded arcades, line the streets of the Italian city of Bologna. Simultaneously functional and architecturally beautiful, the porticoes provide outdoor promenades that are protected from sun and rain. Here’s where to find the best examples throughout the center of Bologna. 

Piazza Maggiore

Dating back to the 13th century, this square has porticoes on three sides. Each side has its own architecture and character, reflecting the era in which they were built and the style of the designer.

Via dell'Indipendenza

Dating back to 1888, the porticoes along Via dell'Indipendenza are relatively new compared to other historic walkways in Bologna. Connecting Piazza Maggiore to the railway station, this road is lined with shops, and the wide walkway offers shelter from the weather.

San Luca

Stretching almost 13,125 feet (4,000 meters), the porticoes along Via San Luca and Via Saragozza were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. This covered walkway was considered a religious route and leads to a church, the Madonna of San Luca (Santuario Madonna di San Luca). 

Via Marsala

Some of the oldest examples of this architecture style can be seen in the wooden porticoes of Via Marsala, dating back to the 13th century. 

Via Zamboni

You can see porticoes from different eras in history along Via Zamboni, once the home of many noble residences now belonging to offices and universities. A range of architectural styles and intricate details are displayed here. 

Piazza Santo Stefano

Two sides of this square are lined by porticoes dating back to different moments in Bologna’s history from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Craftsmanship on the columns and arches is especially noteworthy.

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Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting

Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Follow your senses on a full-day culinary tour of Bologna’s famous food region. Visit local factories and family-run producers for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of products enjoyed around the world, including Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Modena balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, and wine. Enjoy samples of fresh, hand-crafted products along the way and indulge in breakfast and multi-course Italian lunch with wine pairings. It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the sights, smells, and tastes of Emilia-Romagna!
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Classic Bologna Food Tour

Classic Bologna Food Tour

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Explore the culinary traditions of Bologna with this half-day food tour. Join a guide for a small-group walking tour and taste local specialties such as Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Bolognese ragu, and mortadella. Begin the tour with a gourmet coffee, visit markets, and meet artisans at work to see how tortellini are made. Lunch at a historic osteria and a gelato tasting are included.
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Bologna Food Tour from a local perspective

Bologna Food Tour from a local perspective

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Bologna is home to one of the best cuisines in Italy—where favorites like tortellini and were created—but it can be a challenge for travelers to find down-to-earth meals in the restaurant circuit.  With this tour, a guide takes you to at least half a dozen restaurants and cafes serving dishes away from the tourists. It’s an immersion in local gastronomy with pasta, salumi, pizza, wine, and gelato.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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 Bologna Food Farm Excellence Tour With Lunch

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 Bologna Food Farm Excellence Tour With Lunch

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A unique experience to visit and touch the production of Emilia gastronomic excellences, including parmigiano reggiano, lambrusco and modena gold, vinegar. Visit the local factories and family-run producers for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of products appreciated throughout the world, including Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar of Modena and Lambrusco and Pignoletto wine Program : 8:00 am Pick up at the hotel in Bologna 8.10 am Departure Tour in Private Transfer 9:00 Guided tour of the dairy producing Parmigiano Reggiano with tasting 10:30 Guided visit to the Historical Acetaia with tasting 11:40 Guided tour of the winery with tasting 13:00 Light Lunch wine included 14:30 Return to the starting points n.b The stages may undergo logistical changes and the dairies and the vinegar factories may be different from those listed.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Private Arrival Transfer: Bologna Airport to Florence Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer: Bologna Airport to Florence Hotel

Reaching Florence from the Bologna airport by public transportation can be time-consuming. Save hours with this private transfer with a professional driver that includes pickup directly at the airport and drop-off at your hotel or other accommodation in Florence. Relax on board with Wi-Fi and bottled water, arriving at your destination refreshed and ready to explore.
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The 10 Tastings of Bologna With Locals: Private Food Tour

The 10 Tastings of Bologna With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Eat your way through Bologna's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour will leave every foodie satisfied! Enjoy tastings typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food like Tortellini fritti and Formaggio Bianco Bologna. But that's not it! This tour is more than just food; it's a cultural experience! In between food stops, you'll also find city highlights making this experience a well-rounded tour that will satisfy every foodie. Withlocals The 10 Tastings Private Food Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.
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Learn to Cook Regional Italian Cuisine with a Local in a Rural Estate Home

Learn to Cook Regional Italian Cuisine with a Local in a Rural Estate Home

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Join local host Chiara on her farm outside Bologna for a hands-on private cooking class. Learn how to cook three dishes from scratch, including tagliatelle pasta with prosciuttio di Parma and lemon zest. Catch a glimpse into local life as you share the meal you helped to prepare with your host. Local wine is included and a vegetarian option is available.
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Live an afternoon as a chef!

Live an afternoon as a chef!

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If you're off your adventures, the best way to experience local life is through its food! Cà Bianca Bio Agricultural Company is a peaceful and breath-taking place in the hills of Bologna.
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Bologna Private Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

Bologna Private Tours with Locals: 100% Personalized, See the City Unscripted

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Explore the historic streets of Bologna with a private guide leading the way during this walking tour. See top landmarks including Piazza Maggiore, taste espresso under the famous portici (arched colonnades), and wander through the Montagnola Market. The itinerary can be customized according to your interests.
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  • 5 hours
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Bologna By Night Food & Wine Walking Tour

Bologna By Night Food & Wine Walking Tour

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Allow yourself an evening break enjoying a walk in the historic center where you can discover the secrets of the city while having fun with a drink and a taste of typical products.  Program: Meeting in Piazza del Nettuno  Piazza Maggiore Via D'Azeglio Piazza Galvani Quadrilatero Historical market Two towers Piazza Santo Stefano Tasting
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Ferrari Lamborghini Pagani Factory and Museum Day Tour from Bologna

Ferrari Lamborghini Pagani Factory and Museum Day Tour from Bologna

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Motor Valley is home to some of Italy’s most iconic car manufacturers, but the factories and museums are hard to get between. Save hours with this tour that takes you to three of the top destinations for sports car enthusiasts in Emilia Romagna: the Ferrari Museum; Lamborghini Museum and Factory; and Pagani Museum and Factory. Stop to taste the area’s famed traditional balsamic vinegar and relax over lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Market Tour and Cooking Class in Bologna with a Local in Her Home

Private Market Tour and Cooking Class in Bologna with a Local in Her Home

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Enjoy a private and authentic market tour and cooking class in a local Bologna home with your host Giovanna, a native who has lived in Bologna for over 60 years. This is a perfect experience for anyone looking to connect with local culture over food. Start with a memorable tour of one of Bologna's markets. Depending on the day, visit the Mercato del Quadrilatero (a market with medieval origins) or del Erbe where Giovanna buys her seasonal fruit and vegetables. Here, you can buy local and regional produce, from fruit and vegetables to meat, cheese, and salami. Return to Giovanna's home kitchen where she will teach you 2-3 traditional Italian dishes from family recipes - a pasta, sauce and a side or dessert. After cooking, enjoy your meal together with your host, a warm and gentle retired history and philosophy teacher who lives in an apartment in a large villa with her daughters. Giovanna loves cooking particularly enjoys introducing guests to traditional Bolognese culture and cuisine.
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Cars&Food: Lambo, Ferrari, Maserati, Parmesan, BalsamicVinegar, lunch, transport

Cars&Food: Lambo, Ferrari, Maserati, Parmesan, BalsamicVinegar, lunch, transport

Discover the excellences of our region: motors and food. Emilia Romagna produces some of the best italian product as Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar. You will learn how these excellences are produces and of course, you will also taste them. But in this area is also located the Motor Valley! The new “Lamborghini Museum of Technologies” is an amazing journey through the history, prototypes, special models and models on production today of the Bull. The Ferrari Museum is an unique trip into the Reds world. A typical italian lunch in a restaurant will be served during the tour. An english-speaking authorized assistant will accompany you for giving you informations and some secrets about the history of these cars! MIN. PEOPLE REQUESTED: 2
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Historical Tour of Bologna

Historical Tour of Bologna

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A mix of art masterpieces, history, food stories, legends and secrets described by a local art lover with a great experience and knowledge of the city. The tour itself will be like a dive into history and time. All information about art will be experienced by the visitors as a trip enriched with details about life, food, culture, music and traditions of those ages.
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Ferrari Lamborghini Maserati Museums-Parmigiano Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

Ferrari Lamborghini Maserati Museums-Parmigiano Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

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Give yourself an exciting day with engines and flavors famous all over the world! A tour to discover the legendary supercars and the world famous foods: you will can visit the Ferrari Museum, the "Casa Enzo Ferrari" Museum, the Lamborghini Museum and a wonderful private collection of Maserati cars; we will take you where the organic Parmigiano Reggiano is produced and you will have the chance to taste the king of cheeses. Also you will delight with a lunch of typical Italian flavor and you will have the chance to taste the famous Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. With an additional cost, it will be possible to visit the Lamborghini Factory, to drive a Ferrari or a Lamborghini on the road or on the track, or try the F1 Simulator to feel like a real driver on the most important circuits in the world.
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Pasta Masterclass with a Local in Bologna

Pasta Masterclass with a Local in Bologna

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Learn to make fresh pasta from scratch with a small-group cooking class in a home kitchen, where you’ll sip a glass of wine or beer as you make batches of tortellini and tagliatelle. When you’ve prepared the fresh pasta, sit down to the gourmet meal you’ve created, joining a group of fellow food-loving travelers for a hearty dinner.
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  • 4 hours
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2-hour Walking Tour of Bologna

2-hour Walking Tour of Bologna

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With a large historic center that was built over millennia, Bologna is rich in important architectural and cultural monuments. Be sure to see all the highlights with this guided walking tour that touches on the Cathedral and Fountain of Neptune in Piazza Maggiore, the city’s two most famous medieval towers, and the university—the oldest in Europe—along with other important attractions.
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Private Pasta & Tiramisu Class at a local's home with tasting in Bologna

Private Pasta & Tiramisu Class at a local's home with tasting in Bologna

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Immerse yourself in a private pasta and tiramisu-making class in a welcoming home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and tiramisu and taste the fruit of your labour for lunch or dinner accompanied by local wines. - During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your host will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. - Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages. This experience is held by Cesarine: Italy’s oldest network of 1000+ home cooks all over the country in more than 500 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.
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Bologna Wine Tasting in One of the Oldest Inns

Bologna Wine Tasting in One of the Oldest Inns

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Are you in the city and want to taste the best local wines and typical products without leaving the center? This tour is for you! Spend an afternoon or evening in one of Bologna's oldest wine bars and wineries, famous all over the world for its wines and salami and cheeses. Tour includes: - Local escort - 3 tastings of typical local wines with description - Platter of cold cuts and cheeses with homemade bread and breadsticks - walk to one of the historic areas of the center
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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From my Kitchen: Home cooking lessons at Grazia's house

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From my Kitchen: Home cooking lessons at Grazia's house

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If on your trip to Bologna you feel the desire to totally immerse yourself in the local culinary culture, you are in the right place, welcome to Grazia's kitchen! I offer a cooking lesson which includes the preparation of two types of fresh egg pasta, with two different typical condiments, including Bolognese ragù. It will be a well-balanced cooking lesson, a part with my show cooking where I will show you various sizes of Italian pasta and a part with your hands in dough and a rolling pin. When everything is ready we will sit at the table set with my grandmother's tablecloths, you will taste the freshly prepared dishes according to homemade recipes. Local wine, water and coffee, surprise desserts. Possibility of vegetarian menu on request and many news on the history of food and a small recipe book will be sent by email to be able to cook at home for your friends
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Learn to Make Bolognese Pasta: Private Cooking Lesson in Bologna with Giovanna

Learn to Make Bolognese Pasta: Private Cooking Lesson in Bologna with Giovanna

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Enjoy a private and authentic cooking class in a local Bologna home with your host Giovanna. This is a perfect experience for anyone looking to connect with local culture over food. Your cooking class will take place in a local home kitchen where Giovanna will teach you 2-3 traditional Italian dishes from her family recipes, a pasta, sauce and a side dish or dessert. After cooking, you will enjoy your meal together. Your host Giovanna is a warm and gentle retired history and philosophy teacher who has lived in Bologna for over 60 years. She lives in an apartment in a large villa with her daughters Francesca and Laura. She learned to cook from her mother and grandmother and from her husband’s family. She loves cooking for family, friends and guests and particularly enjoys widening her culinary repertoire with new dishes she learns on her travels. She enjoys introducing guests to Bologna's snacks such as crescentine, tigelle and piadine in addition to its pastas, vegetables and desserts.
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  • 3 hours
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From Bologna: Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour with the winemaker

From Bologna: Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour with the winemaker

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Italians have been producing wine for thousands of years. Get a unique insight into the wine-making experience on a visit to a family-owned winery. Explore the vineyards and cellars, then sample three of their finest wines paired with food on a terrace with views of wine country. Choose between morning and afternoon tours.
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Bologna Food and Wine Walking Tour

Bologna Food and Wine Walking Tour

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contact me on IG @stayhungrystaybologna infos and SPECIAL deals! I'll show you my favorite places, I'll help you to discover the few true local spots in town, where a true bolognese goes shopping and eat. The places who made our city famous, making what is now called the food capital of italy! We meet in "piazza maggiore", the heart of Bologna and we will walk around downtown making 6-7 stops Oldest meat and fish market Fruit market Cheese shop Best sliced pizza Visit to the pasta shop where tortellino was invented! Typical and local sandwich place Bakery with 150 years old recipe of cake! Oldest Hosteria of Italy since 1465 for some wine and champagne Best Gelato place of town While we walk I'll be happy to share story and colture of the city, with some secrets just few local knows;) I will send you PDF with all informations and places! I will be happy to give you guide to all good restaurants, things to do, and book you places..this is a full package deal for your visit!
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My fresh pasta Bologna

My fresh pasta Bologna

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First we take a coffee !!! After having illustrated my activity we will begin phase 1 we will begin to prepare the broth and the Bolognese sauce that we will use to season the tortellini and tagliatelle Bolognese. Step 2 preparation of tortellini and puff pastry dough for tagliatelle and tortellini. Phase 3 tasting of wines from the Emilia region. Step 4 cooking tortellini and tagliatelle, serving and tasting. Phase 5 release notebooks with recipes made in the course.
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