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Notable Porticoes in Bologna

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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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2-hour Walking Tour of BolognaCultural Tours

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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Discover Bologna's Best Kept SecretsHalf-day Tours

Discover Bologna's Best Kept Secrets

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Follow a local to their favorite places in Bologna with this best kept secrets walking tour. See contemporary street art, trendy bars, quirky boutiques, and innovative restaurants during your stroll. Explore neighborhoods that are loved by locals for their vintage markets and contemporary art galleries. Discover a side of Bologna that's not in guidebooks.
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Walking tour unveiling BolognaCultural Tours

Walking tour unveiling Bologna

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After savoring the aroma of the most delicious coffee brewed in the city we will discover the narrow streets of the historic center visiting the representative places of the Bolognese identity (the towers, the arcades, the signs of the Middle Ages). Our local expert will lead you through the city to have an authentic and direct contact with the sites that makes the city unforgettable. This is not the usual tour. A taste of the typical street food of the Romagna area will complete our experience.
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Ice-Cream Bike Tour in BolognaMountain Bike Tours

Ice-Cream Bike Tour in Bologna

A bike tour to combine the incredibly rich and vast historic and cultural heritage of Bologna with its likewise famous and delicious ice-cream! You will admire the incredible characteristics of Bologna’s architecture, like the famous porticoes and the ancient defensive towers and be fascinated by its cultural heritage riding through the medieval “Jewish Ghetto”, seeing the oldest University in Europe and visiting the amazing Church of Santo Stefano or Sette Chiese. Cycling between the majestic Piazza Maggiore enclosed by some of the most important buildings in the city, and the main landmarks of the city an ice-cream tasting will make your experience unforgettable: you will in fact be guided to 2 of the best artisanal ice-cream shops in Bologna. Depending on the weather conditions, your guides will take you to the Giardini Margherita park, with its Art Nouveau chalet and English style gardens, for a nice green stroll in the shade and an ice-cream.
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San Luca Experience Tour and Food TastingDining Experiences

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San Luca Experience Tour and Food Tasting

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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Bologna Private Walking TourCultural Tours

Bologna Private Walking Tour

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Explore the beautiful and historic capital of Emilia-Romagna on this private 2-hour walking tour in Bologna. See the highlights of the bustling city and hear about Bologna's university, the oldest in the world. Learn about Bologna's fascinating history, dating back to 1000 B.C., and how the city remains popular among Italian and international students. Discover this fascinating and Medieval town with your private guide.
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Food Tasting Walking tour of BolognaCultural Tours

Food Tasting Walking tour of Bologna

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Bologna’s cuisine is so famous that the city is known as “La Grassa”, or “The Fat Lady”, for its rich local specialties. This guided walk combines sightseeing with tastings so you can experience both the city’s cultural and gastronomic treasures in one tour. Pair highlights like the Cathedral of S.Petronio and Fountain of Neptune in Piazza Maggiore with two gourmet stops during your visit.
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Bologna : a walk into historyPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Bologna : a walk into history

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The city of Bologna is a rich tapestry of art, culture, cuisine, and music—a UNESCO–listed gem in the heart of Italy. On this morning or afternoon walking tour, follow your guide through Bologna’s medieval streets and find out what makes the city special. Hear the stories behind top attractions including Piazza Maggiore, the Quadrilatero, and the 14th-century San Petronio Basilica, and gain insight into Bologna’s colorful past.
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Bologna Tour of Must-See Attractions with Local Top Rated GuideHalf-day Tours

Bologna Tour of Must-See Attractions with Local Top Rated Guide

The ideal introduction for first-time visitors to the history-filled city, this half-day, private walking tour of Bologna covers top attractions. Listen to in-depth commentary from your own art historian guide, and enjoy a personalized travel experience adapted to you and your party. Highlights include Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica di San Petronio, and the Mercato di Mezzo.
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Bologna Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local GuideCultural Tours

Bologna Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

On this history-packed, small-group tour of Bologna, you’ll discover a mix of top attractions and under-the-radar sites. Wander along medieval-era canals, see a pair of towers that lean more than Pisa, and learn about the origins of the spectacular buildings in Piazza Maggiore. You’ll listen to entertaining facts and legends along the way.
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Private tour of Bologna with a local guidePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private tour of Bologna with a local guide

Stroll through the historic center of Bologna with a private guide during this walking tour. Learn about architecture from a local as you explore squares, arcades, churches, and palaces. See top landmarks including Piazza Maggiore and the old market, Mercato di Mezzo. Customize this private tour according to your interests.
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Bologna Highlights Private Walking Tour with Local GuidePrivate and Luxury

Bologna Highlights Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

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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! Kickstart your time in Bologna with a 90-minute introduction to the town with the help of your favorite local. See the best local spots of Bologna and discover the city through the eyes of a local. On this private tour, you’ll visit the must-see hangout spots of the city, but also see hidden places that will give an authentic feeling of the town. Enjoy the atmosphere and views from beautiful Piazzas and, hear all about the oldest University in the western world as you walk down Via Zamboni. Get your recommendations from your local host plus extra tips and tricks on what to see and do in Bologna. Get insights on the local lifestyle and find out true stories about the city’s past as you take in historical, full-of-life Bologna.
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Bologna Walking Tour PrivatePrivate Sightseeing Tours

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Bologna Walking Tour Private

Bologna, the chief town of the Emilia-Romagna district, is famous worldwide for its art, culture and history heritage. Home to the first university in Europe, founded in 1088, and place of birth and / or home to a great number of world-known artists, writers, musicians, scientists etc, it is also renowned for its food tradition (let alone thinking about the bolognese sauce, known and used all over the world). This is customizable walking tour, specifically designed for first-time visitors, will show you the reason why Bologna is so popular all over the world.
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Discover Bologna an amazing cityPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Discover Bologna an amazing city

The beauty of Bologna is not only that it's got (almost) everything that you expect of a big city, but on a human scale, Bologna is not only the seat of the oldest Western World University, founded in 1088, it also has an established reputation of capital of gastronomy and a well preserved medieval city centre containing some 40 kilometres of porticoes built over 1,000 years.
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Tower and Power, Virtual tour in Medieval BolognaAttraction Tickets

Tower and Power, Virtual tour in Medieval Bologna

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She wears a viewer and enters a vast scenery in the center of Bologna, walking freely through porticoes, streets and alleyways, visiting shops and meeting characters, to experience a real day in the Middle Ages, up to an exciting breathtaking flight among the many towers.
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Self-guided tour of BolognaArchitecture Tours

Self-guided tour of Bologna

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Get to know Bologna in 5 tours with over 30 places to visit and more than 80 works presented. Ideal for travelers who want to visit Bologna in complete autonomy and with the quality of a true professional tour guide. GUIDE OF BOLOGNA ItalGuide transforms your mobile device into a personal tourist guide: the APP knows the best routes in the city; understand where you are; locate the building, monument or artwork through the camera and describe what you are seeing. The contents of the Bologna Guide App are constantly updated with information on the main events in the city. BOLOGNA GUIDE ItalGuide is an app for mobile phones and tablets that takes the travel experience to a whole new level by combining the advice and information on the attractions of a city with the technological innovation of visual recognition and the advantages of GPS navigation technology. .
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Walking Tour of Bologna for InstagramHalf-day Tours

Walking Tour of Bologna for Instagram

The first visit to Bologna is always an exciting discovery; some fall in love with its narrow and ancient streets; some enjoy walking under its magic and never-ending porticos and yet some just relax with a glass of wine and a dish of cold cuts. This amazing tour offers to the photography enthusiasts a unique perspective of the city, combining a pleasant bike tour with the best photo stops: you will be able to capture and immortalize many significant moments of the tour through wonderful picture shots. Your passion for framing and details will combine with the pleasure of discovering Bologna’s culture and traditions. Throughout the tour you will enjoy plenty of stops inside the city centre and its surroundings, admiring incredible sites out of the tourist classic tracks, in an unforgettable experience.
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Bologna Cultural Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Bologna Cultural Walking Tour

Meet clients under the Vault of Palazzo del Podestà. Introduction of the tour to the participants. Walking tour outside and inside the most important and historic buildings of the city centre, either civil or religious architectures. The clients will have an indepth into the Bolognese culture starting from the foundation of the town during Etruscan and Roman age until the present days through a lively and open/interactive discussion about society and traditions over the times. Customers will have an explanation of the most remarkable feauters of this city: the influence of the religious order, the presence of brilliant local artists and the birth of the firt University in the world. In the end, the tour will have a conclusion inside the area of the market to see how important food and gastronomy are for the citizens of this city.
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Bike Tour in Bologna with Gelato TastingMountain Bike Tours

Bike Tour in Bologna with Gelato Tasting

With limited traffic and a tranquil vibe, the level streets of Bologna’s historic center could have been designed for bike touring. Discover the beauty of the city’s medieval buildings and ancient porticoes with a professional guide. Along the way, taste artisan gelato from a store under one of the prettiest colonnades.
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Bologna 3 hour walking tourHalf-day Tours

Bologna 3 hour walking tour

In this tour you will find out why did the porticos and the towers come to define the skyline of Bologna and how the oldest university of the western world was born exactely here in 1088. You will discover that the "Boloni sandwich" was invented at the time of the roman Emperor Tiberius and "spagnetti bolognese". . . . doesn't really exist. PIAZZA MAGGIORE, the heart and soul of Bologna since roman times, where the history of the city is written on its buildings. BASILICA OF SAN PETRONIO, one of the biggest churches of christianity and a "masterpiece of the unfinished", where the longest sundial ever realised is preserved. ARCHIGINNASIO PALACE, the historical seat of the University of Bologna, where you will have the chance to visit the anatomic theater, in which dissections used to take place. MEDIEVAL MARKET , with its narrow alleys and really tempting food shops and historical inns
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San Luca Experience Guided Tour With Ascent By Panoramic TrainPrivate and Luxury

San Luca Experience Guided Tour With Ascent By Panoramic Train

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What makes this guided tour unique is the view of Bologna from above, the history of the sanctuary and the view of the longest portico in the world. The journey will be made by the San luca Express train which connects the city to the Sanctuary in a panoramic way
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Bologna Full Day Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Bologna Full Day Private Tour

A full day in the city of Bologna visiting all the major attractions of the city together with a private guide It starts in the morning with a guided tour of the city with a certified expert guide. During the visit it will be possible to climb to the Asinelli towers. We continue with a typical lunch in a historic trattoria in the city and afterwards together with the guide you can go up to San luca with the train included in the price and visit the beautiful Basilica and enjoy the fantastic panorama. Upon returning, a delicious homemade ice cream
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Bologna: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking TourCultural Tours

Bologna: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Join this guided tour of Bologna’s old center, one of the best preserved in Europe. You'll walk through fascinating squares and welcoming typical arcades, and have the chance to visit historical churches and stunning ancient palazzi.
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Bike Tour of Bologna for InstagramMountain Bike Tours

Bike Tour of Bologna for Instagram

Photography buffs sometimes miss out on the most picturesque spots when visiting an unfamiliar city. With this bike tour created specifically for shutterbugs, you’ll be sure to capture Bologna’s beauty and charm. Follow your guide on bike to the most photogenic corners of the historic center, stopping to snap its endless porticoes, majestic squares, and historic shops and cafés.
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