Private Walking Tour of the Historic Center of Bologna

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  • Live Guide
  • Private Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 2 hr

Visit the red streets of the historic center of Bologna, visiting the symbolic places of the city and discovering their secrets Art, history and gastronomy, but also secrets, legends and suggestions of contemporary life: discover everything that has made Bologna one of the most popular destinations for tourists in recent years with a certified guide, as well as a true Bolognese DOC, on a tour private dedicated to you

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Isadora Liquori

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Piazza Maggiore

Together we will explore the heart of Bologna, Piazza Maggiore or Piazza Grande, as Lucio Dalla calls it, but for the Bolognese simply the Piazza, discovering some of the most popular "Pulcinella secrets" of the city.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Fontana del Nettuno

In marble and bronze, the Fountain of Neptune is the second symbol of Bologna and known by the Bolognese as Il Gigante. Built by the Flemish Giambologna on a project by Tommaso Laureti between 1563 and 1566 and commissioned by Pope Pius IV, it is a symbol of papal power: as Neptune dominates the waters, so the Pope dominates the world. At the feet of the God are in fact four putti, representing the Ganges, Nile, Amazon River and Danube, that is the rivers of the continents then known

Pass By: Palazzo Re Enzo

Palazzo Re Enzo is a historic building located in Piazza Maggiore, built in 1244-46 as an extension of the municipal buildings. It was so called because, during the thirteenth century it became the "residence" of King Enzo of Sardinia, a prisoner of the battle of Fossalta. The war machines were kept on the ground floor, while the sessions of the popular councils were held on the loggia on the first floor.

Pass By: Biblioteca Salaborsa

Inaugurated in December 2001, it is today the most important cultural center of the city. Inside Palazzo d'Accursio, the "almost castle", the ancient historical seat of the Municipality that overlooks Piazza Maggiore, which has always been the center and heart of Bologna, you can admire the ancient excavations and the sedimentation of the various civilizations in one scenery of harmony and light. Centuries of history thus relive, from the first settlements of huts of the Villanovan civilization of the VII century BC, to the Etruscan Felsina, to the Roman Bononia founded in 189 BC

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Palazzo D’Accursio or Palazzo Comunale is one of the most important buildings in Bologna, the seat of the Municipality of the city since 1336. Consisting of a set of buildings that over the centuries have gradually been joined to an older nucleus acquired by the Municipality at the end of the thirteenth century, the inside of the complex can be visited by climbing the sixteenth-century cordoned staircase attributed to Bramante and originally conceived for the triumphal ascent on horseback of the representatives of the city government, a succession of rooms-loggias and chapels.

Stop At: Basilica di San Petronio

We will visit the main place of worship in Bologna, surprisingly not the cathedral and we will discover the reason for its not really canonical appearance. Inside we will see the Bolognini Chapel, the longest sundial in the world and the four crosses For groups of more than 2 people it is necessary to rent an audio guide at the entrance of the basilica (not included in the cost of the tour)

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Archiginnasio di Bologna

Seat of the University of Bologna for three centuries, the Archiginnasio building remains a place full of charm. The ancient customs of students and professors, the heraldic coats of arms, the illuminated manuscripts and ancient books, the stands and the wooden statues of the anatomical theater make the visitor travel back in time

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The ancient central market of Bologna, from the Middle Ages the main trading center of the city, now a picturesque maze of historic shops, places to enjoy a good glass of wine and street food

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell

Bologna, the small medieval New York whose horizon was marked by more than 100 towers. Why so many? Where did they go? Let's discover some curiosities about the symbolic monument of Bologna from the city gate
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