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Notable Porticoes in Bologna - page 2

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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Welcome to Bologna! Private Walking Tour

Welcome to Bologna! Private Walking Tour

This is the ideal tour of Bologna if you want to get to know the best of the city on a half-day walk in the historic center. You will discover the history and culture behind each building and you will also receive further information to make unique and unforgettable your stay. We will end up in the medieval market area where you can receive some suggestions for your lunch and dinner based on typical local products. The tour is carried out by a local expert and certified local guide.
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  • 2 hours 40 minutes
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E-Bike tour on the hills of Bologna

E-Bike tour on the hills of Bologna

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See a side of Bologna that many visitors overlook—and enjoy unparalleled views of the city—with this electric bike tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and set off with just a small group for company. You’ll visit photogenic green spaces like the Parco Giardini Margherita and Parco di Villa Ghigi, will admire city panoramas, and will even bike to the hilltop Sanctuary of San Luca.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Cars&Food: Lambo, Ferrari, Maserati, Parmesan, BalsamicVinegar, lunch, transport

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

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Combine two of Emilia Romagna’s most celebrated traditions—automobiles and food—during this unique, two-for-one private tour. Get a peek at some of the region’s famous cars at the Ferrari and Lamborghini museums, with an English-speaking guide to orient your visit. Then, enjoy a Parmesan cheese tasting in a unique setting—the Maserati-filled Panini Motor Museum—followed by a visit to a fifth-generation Modena balsamic vinegar producer.
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  • 5 to 7 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 Pasta Cooking Class in Bologna

Private Pasta Cooking Class in Bologna

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You will enjoy a beautiful location together with a fabulous experience through cooking and good home-made food. Learning how to cook in a city center home, is a wonderful way to gain insight into Italy’s real culture. Be prepared to get your hands dirty, as you’ll be cooking in a real Italian kitchen with expert locals. Get ready for some serious cooking…and eating!
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  • 3 hours
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Bologna Food Tasting box

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Bologna Food Tasting box

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With this Bologna food tasting Box you will have the opportunity to visit Bologna and discover its secrets by following the aromas of the food through 7 typical tastings to be done independently at the times you want! At the meeting point, one of the staff will welcome you and give you the box valid for 24 hours and will show you all the places you can visit and the tastings you can do.
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Food markets tour with a local!

Food markets tour with a local!

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I will bring you to the typical and local food markets. We will go shopping in the best food shops of Bologna, where usually locals go. We will taste local salumi, local cheese and home-made pasta, and local wine of course! We will go also to a special ancient indoor market, where you can buy specialities of the town to bring home! I will suggest you what to but and how to cook it. We Will also have amazing gelato! You will enjoy the special atmosphere that makes the district so special, lively and energetic while learning more about things you can’t miss when visiting Bologna. For DISCOUNT contact me also on my instagram: @my.bologna IMPORTANT: the price of the food and the drinks are not included, everyone will pay for himself, i will suggest you what to buy, to taste, and where, i will be your "food guide" ! (If you want to try all that i suggest, you will spend not more than €17/18 each person).
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  • 2 hours
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Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Center of Bologna

Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Center of Bologna

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Make the most of your day in Bologna with this guided walking tour that touches on the city’s A-list sights in just hours. Stroll beneath the UNESCO-listed porticoes to the main Piazza Maggiore to visit Basilica of San Petronio and Fountain of Neptune, gaze up at the twin medieval towers - a symbol of the city - and admire other significant city landmarks while you learn about Bologna's long history and famed cuisine.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Wine Degustation Ebrezze

Wine Degustation Ebrezze

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Careful selection of wines designed to describe the excellence of our region; pleasant, refined and elegant local; comprehensive explanations on the uniqueness of the wines and their characteristics; friendly and helpful staff.
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Share your Pasta Love: Small group Pasta and Tiramisu class in Bologna

Share your Pasta Love: Small group Pasta and Tiramisu class in Bologna

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You can't visit Italy without trying at least one pasta dish... So, we'll teach you two! Learn how to roll 'sfoglia' (fresh pasta) by hand and how to prepare 2 simple different kinds of pasta (filled pasta + fresh pasta) from scratch with your Cesarina. As the icing on the cake you will learn to prepare also the iconic Tiramisu. Share your passion for the Italian cuisine as you make new friends in this hands-on cooking class. It's a great way to truly experience Italian culture. • Learn to roll 'sfoglia' (fresh pasta) by hand • Learn to make 2 iconic pasta types • Learn to make the iconic tiramisu • Small-group cooking class with a maximum of 12 people. Share your passion for the Italian cuisine with other lovely guests • Enjoy an Italian Aperitivo to warm-up Le Cesarine is Italy’s oldest network of home cooks all over the country. They are welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.
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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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Bologna City Walking Tour

Bologna City Walking Tour

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Enjoy a classic walking tour through the streets of central Bologna visiting its main cultural attractions. Explore some of the picturesque squares, archiginnasio and beautiful city buildings on this 2-hour group tour
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Private City Kickstart Tour: Bologna

Private City Kickstart Tour: Bologna

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Receive a warm welcome to Bologna on a private tour that will kick off your time in the city in the best way possible! In only 90 minutes, a local guide will get you acquainted with Bologna to help you enjoy the rest of your stay to the fullest. Discover where to find Piazza Santo Stefano and Ghetto Ebraico, and how to explore them away from the crowds. And what about that unique family owned restaurant or that amazing local hotspot? We got you covered; the local guides are experts in the subject! Forget about touristy traps; on this city kickstart tour, your guide will point you in the right direction. Private City Kickstart Tour: Bologna 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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Art tour of Ravenna from Bologna

Art tour of Ravenna from Bologna

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Ravenna: a treasure of the Mediterranean: A hidden world of mosaics and underground crypts, the absolute pearl of art of Emilia Romagna region. Several populations estabilished on the sandy Adriatic coast. This endless territory of marsh, wetlands, lagoons, swamps, despite being partially unhealthy, turned out to be the perfect shelter for a craddle of civilization. The pines of the coast started to be exploited by romans to build their undefeatable fleet. Our tour will be as rich in detail and complete as possible, in order to let you dive into this golden age, and let you travel back in time with your mind and your senses.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Bologna Self-guided Bike Tour

Bologna Self-guided Bike Tour

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Make the most of time spent in Bologna with this self-guided bike tour. Cover ground quickly on two wheels, taking in the city atmosphere and cycling past popular landmarks. A map with a suggested tour route is included, or you can explore the city at your own pace.
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  • 2 hours
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Balsamic Vinegar Experience with Private Transfer

Balsamic Vinegar 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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Bologna City Red Bus and Food tasting

Bologna City Red Bus and Food tasting

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Visit Bologna aboard a modern open top bus, and admire the local monuments and architectural beauty of the city. Then, enjoy a tasting of some local foods inside a historic market. Upon arrival at the meeting point, the staff will be happy to welcome you on board. Choose the audio guide available in 10 different languages and learn more about some of the monuments and the general history of the city. Taste typical products with 2 final tastings!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Arrival Private Transfer Bologna Airport BLQ to Bologna City by Business Car

Arrival Private Transfer Bologna Airport BLQ to Bologna City by Business Car

Why spend your precious time waiting in long shuttle or taxi lines. Avoid the language barrier and currency exchange. Travel in style from Bologna Guglielmo Marconi International Airport BLQ to your Hotel in Bologna City Center by private vehicle and reach your final destination relaxed and refreshed.
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  • 20 minutes
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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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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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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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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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Discover Bologna an amazing city
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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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  • 3 hours
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Bologna Private Food Tour with a Local Foodie: Bologna's Tastiest Treats ★★★★★

Bologna Private Food Tour with a Local Foodie: Bologna's Tastiest Treats ★★★★★

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Follow your senses — and a gourmet guide — around Italy’s culinary capital on a private food tour in Bologna. Remove the guesswork from choosing eateries and let a local show you the best delis, cafes, markets, and bakeries scattered through the historic city center. Sample Bolognese specialties like tortellini and mortadella, discover new favorite dishes, and rest your feet over an aperitif at an open-air market.
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  • 3 hours
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Stay Hungry Stay Bologna

Stay Hungry Stay Bologna

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SUMMER 2021, I got vaccine so it will be a safe experience and Covid free..100% safety for my guests !!! 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 home made pasta Bologna is the italian capital of homemade pasta, I will show you some tricks I've learned from my grandmother and some unique ways to fill the pasta get ready for a stunning day in the kitchen ... easy and fun!
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  • 3 hours
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