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Food Lover's Guide to Bologna

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Food Lover's Guide to Bologna
The Emilia-Romagna region is Italy’s gastronomic heartland and its capital, Bologna, is the perfect place to discover the country’s rich culinary heritage and overindulge on delicious Italian cuisine. Here are our favorite Bologna food tours and experiences.

Must-Try Dishes 
Many of Italy’s most famous delicacies hail from the Emilia-Romagna region—Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (Parmesan cheese), Parma ham (prosciutto crudo di Parma), mortadella sausage (the origin of the processed stuff we’ve come to know as bologna), culatello (cured meat), piadina (flatbread), and balsamic vinegar.

Affectionately known as La Grassa (“the Fat One”) among Italians, Bologna is also renowned for its hearty and delicious cuisine. Signature dishes include tortellini, tagliatelle alla Bolognese (pasta with meat-and-tomato sauce), and lasagna, which you can pair with a glass of Lambrusco, then cap it all off with an scrumptious dessert like zuppa inglese (a trifle-like custard and sponge cake) or sweet raviole pastries.
 
Must-Do Experiences 
  • Visit a Parmigiano-Reggiano factory, a traditional balsamic vinegar producer in Modena, and a prosciutto factory on a full-day tour of Bologna’s legendary food valley.
  • Sample delicacies including ragù, mortadella, and gelato on a walking tour of Bologna’s local markets and foodie hot spots.
  • Learn to make fresh pasta and tortellini from scratch with a home-cooking class at a country farmhouse.
  • Hunt for wild truffles in the forest, then dine on Michelin-starred cuisine at a traditional trattoria on a Bologna truffle tour.
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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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  • 9 hours
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Bologna Half-Day Walking Food Tour and Tasting for Small Group

Bologna Half-Day Walking Food Tour and Tasting for Small Group

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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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Local market visit and private cooking class at a local's home in Bologna

Local market visit and private cooking class at a local's home in Bologna

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Learn the secrets behind traditional recipes from Bologna during this private cooking class, complete with a local market visit. Get tips for selecting the best ingredients at the market and then settle into the chef’s home in the Bologna city center for a cooking class. Prepare three courses and then feast on everything you cook alongside a variety of local red and white wines.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$223.59
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Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings

Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings

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Take a food-centric 4-hour tour from Modena to learn how traditional Italian specialties Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegar are made. Travel to a cheese producer to find out what it takes to make Parmigiano Reggiano, and sample some of the famous cheese. Visit an 'acetaia' (vinegar maker) back in Modena to learn just how long it takes to produce the best quality balsamic vinegar.
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  • 4 hours
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Secret Food Tours Bologna w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tours Bologna w/ Private Tour Option

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Treat your hungry self to a food tour of Bologna, and discover why the city is known for its love of gastronomy. With a local guide, you’ll savor breakfast, then sample fresh pasta, balsamic vinegar, cheese, wine, gelato, and even a secret dish—to be revealed on the tour. Explore the city by foot in between tastings, and learn about Bologna and its food heritage through the tour. Just let the local supplier know in advance if you have special dietary requirements.
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  • 4 hours
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Withlocals 10 Tastings: Safe & Private Bologna Food Tour with a Local Expert

Withlocals 10 Tastings: Safe & Private Bologna Food Tour with a Local Expert

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Please be aware that this tour is adapted to the local regulations post Covid-19. Our hosts will deliver this experience with the required equipment always keeping the distance suggested by local authorities. It will be safe and entertaining! Ready to taste the best food in Bologna?Satisfy your cravings for local food and culture with highlights along the way, together with a foodie host. Enjoy 10 delicious tastings that range from torta di riso, Crescenta, and Lambrusco on a tasty food tour in Bologna. Fall in love with the flavorful Italian cuisine on this delicious food tour in Bologna! Enjoy a selection of 10 food and drink tastings hand-picked by your foodie local host, just for you. From yummy must-tries like the piadina, a thin Italian flatbread filled with a variety of cheeses, cold cuts, and vegetables, to unique dishes like Tortellini fritti, bites of crispy filled pasta, that legend says, was inspired by Venus’ belly button; you’re in for a treat, so bring your appetite.
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  • 3 hours
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From my Kitchen: Home cooking lessons at Grazia's house

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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  • 4 hours
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Real Traditional Taste of Bologna

Real Traditional Taste of Bologna

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FOR THIS SUMMER EXPERIENCE WILL TAKE PLACE IN A LOCAL RESTAURANT IN DOWNTOWN Bologna So there will be more safety, social distance and we use a professional kitchen. Great opportunity! Restaurant will be all for us, private use of the place! it's a lifetime experience to get in touch with local food and local tradiotion .. you will be able to learn some secrets and go back home and surprise your family and friends with a real dish of pasta bolognese!
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  • 3 hours
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Bologna traditional food tour - Do Eat Better Experience

Bologna traditional food tour - Do Eat Better Experience

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Bologna is known as a culinary hotspot, and this walking tour offers an excellent overview of the city’s food scene. Visit a historic center with local food boutiques in addition to several cafes. Sample the city’s culinary offerings including wines, cheese, pasta, espresso, and either gelato or cake depending on the season.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Walking tour and Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna

Private Walking tour and Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna

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Learn the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine with a traditional home cooking experience in Bologna. This 4-hour tour will introduce you to Bolognese specialties as you tour the local market, watch a tortellini-making demonstration at a local home, then tuck into delicious pasta lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Bologna

Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Bologna

Italy has a vast and varied culinary heritage, and our local hosts are proud to share its hidden secrets. Share your passion for Italian gastronomy with other lovely guests, immerse yourself in the vibrant local market and enjoy an authentic hands-on cooking class. You'll visit the local market with your Cesarina host, who will teach you all about how to select the best ingredients with the seasons. Then, you'll return to their home, warm up with an Italian Aperitivo and enjoy the class. You'll learn how to make one iconic Pasta type, typical of the city you are visiting, and the famous Tiramisu. After the class, you will enjoy everything you've prepared with local wines. This experience is the perfect choice if you want to encounter the real Italian regional gastronomy through genuine connections, food, and friendship.
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  • 5 hours
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$153.79
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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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  • 4 hours
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Food tour: Parmesan Cheese Balsamic Vinegar Red Wine, delicious lunch

Food tour: Parmesan Cheese Balsamic Vinegar Red Wine, delicious lunch

This tour is a fantastic opportunity to discover how some of our food specialities are produced. It's very interesting to learn all the phases of the parmesan cheese production. This tour finishes first with the visit to the storage, where hundreds of wheels sleeps and then with a tasting of 24months aged Parmigiano. The Balsamic Vinegar is called also the Black Gold, because it needs a long and patience process of min. 12 years! A tasting of three different aged balsamic vinegar finishes this tour. You will continue to taste the Vinegar during the lunch: tortelloni home made, meat with potatoes, dessert… all with drops of Balsamic Vinegar. The wine production of this area is very important: the visit starts with a guided tour inside the private Museum of Wine Traditions, and it continues into the cellars where bottles today stay and finishes with a tasting of 3 different wines.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Local market visit and dining experience at a local's home in Bologna

Local market visit and dining experience at a local's home in Bologna

Italy's Cesarina program connects travelers with local "home cooks," known as cesarinas, in an effort to promote the Mediterranean country's rich culinary traditions. With this experience, you'll get to join a ceserina as she shops in a local market, watch her make typically Bolognese preparations, and sit down to dine on a four-course meal, served with local wine.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Classic Walking Tour Bologna

Classic Walking Tour Bologna

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A classic walking tour together with a private guide through the streets of the center of Bologna visiting the major cultural attractions of the city and the history of local gastronomy to discover all the secrets of the city that our guide will tell you. At the end a small tasting of local products in a historical shop.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Tagliatelle and Ragù Cooking Class in Bologna

Tagliatelle and Ragù Cooking Class in Bologna

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Foodies know that anywhere your travels take you, there's a regional dish that stands out from the rest. In Bologna, most would agree that dish is Ragù alla Bolognese. Learn to make this celebrated pasta in this cooking class, where can prepare a traditional recipe with hand-cut egg pasta, and a simmering sauce. Best of all, you reap the rewards of your hard work by dining on the dish you create, with a glass of wine and great company included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vinegar Balsamic Experience with Private Transfer

Vinegar Balsamic Experience with Private Transfer

A fantastic experience in the heart of the Food Valley. The perfect place to visit for anyone who wants to discover the history and millenary tradition of the famous "Black Gold" of Modena Guided tour + tasting Basics of the grapes used, visit of the cooking environments. Acetification and aging in wooden barrels. Afterwards there is the possibility of tasting directly from the barrel. Illustration of the various qualities of balsamic vinegars with tasting Note: The vinegar factory visited may vary based on availability.  
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  • 3 hours
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$174.05
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Small-group Tortellini Class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Bologna

Small-group Tortellini Class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Bologna

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If you go to Bologna, you have to try the fresh pasta the city is famous for: tiny handmade tortellini!. Let a local explain the art of pasta-making to you! We are the “Cesarine”, the Emperors of the kitchen, Italy’s oldest network of home cooks. We have seen our mothers and grandmothers prepare these dishes every Sunday, we have cooked them over and over again for our families, and now we share our skills with curious travellers like you. Come to our homes and immerse yourself in a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to make an egg “fontana”, knead elastic pasta dough, stretch it until it becomes almost transparent and prepare fresh filling with local ingredients. Sip some wine while you learn and chat with new acquaintances. After the cooking class, let’s taste the fruit of our labour: We share the freshly made pasta around the table in a comfortable home and have an Italian style meal. Dessert, local wine and espresso at the end of the meal are included! Buon appetito!
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  • 3 hours
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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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  • 8 hours
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Cooking class

Cooking class

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A unique experience, surrounded by the warm and cordial atmosphere of a family born and raised in Bologna, where you will learn to make the classic first courses of typical Bolognese cuisine and you can also sit at the table tasting the creations you have created. It will be a unique experience, like being back in time and entering our "zdoure" homes, creating together with them what for years has made extraordinary and famous in the world everything related to the food of Bologna
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  • 3 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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  • 4 hours
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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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$66.84
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Private Pasta-Making Class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Bologna

Private Pasta-Making Class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Bologna

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Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruit of your labour accompanied by a glass of local wine. You'll have a fully equipped workstation with utensils and ingredients and your local host will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipe, handed down by generations of mammas and nonnas. After the class, sit down at the table with your Italian family and taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. This experience is held by Cesarine, Italy’s oldest network of home cooks and wine experts. Cesarine are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences. Every host is reviewed for authentic culinary traditions.
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  • 3 hours
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$171.54
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San Luca Experience Tour and Food Tasting

San Luca Experience Tour and Food Tasting

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The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Located on Monte Guardia, the sanctuary connects the city center through the longest continuous port in the world, consisting of 666 arches. At the meeting point you will receive from a member of our staff a map and a table with the times of the return train, available every 45 minutes. At the end a person of our staff will accompany you inside the historical market for a fabulous tasting of typical products and a glass of wine. This tour starts every day and will help you discover the city on board the San Luca Express train, on which the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you the history of the city until you arrive at the Basilica of San Luca. You will have the opportunity to visit this sacred place at your own pace and you will be able to decide at what time to return by consulting the timetables on the map. On board you will find staff who will welcome you and answer your questions
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.98
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