Bologna Food Walking Tour

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Bologna Food Walking Tour
from USD $96.80
This 3.5-hour walking food tour offers five mouth-watering tastings. While exploring wide and narrow alleys in the maze of the Bologna Medieval Market, you will literally taste Bologna’s essence, touring five hidden food gems that we have carefully selected to give you an authentic local experience. The tour is led by an expert local host, that will unveil ancient secrets and stories that will give insights of Bologna’s traditions and culture.

In order to let you taste Bologna like a local, we will take you to:
- A fresh pasta workshop, where you will have the chance to see veteran pasta artisans at work!
- Bologna’s most ancient deli store, where you will taste a special selection of cured meats and cheeses
- A pasta shop to sit down and have a dish of fresh, hand-made pasta: tagliatelle al ragù, tortellini or tortelloni at your choice!
- A traditional gelato shop
- The oldest bakery in town, to taste their delightful “torta di riso” (rice cake)

Simply the best!
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In Brief

Bologna, Italy
3 hours 30 minutes
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday all year round except on public holidays
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Piazza Maggiore, 40121 Bologna Italy

Piazza Maggiore

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Fontana del Nettuno, Piazza del Nettuno, 40124 Bologna Italy

Neptune Fountain

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Basilica di San Petronio, Corte De' Galluzzi 12/2, 40124 Bologna Italy

San Petronio Basilica

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, 40126 Bologna Italy

Two Towers Bologna

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Torre Prendiparte, Piazzetta Prendiparte 5, 40126 Bologna Italy

Torre Prendiparte

Stop At: Archiginnasio di Bologna, Piazza Galvani 1, 40124 Bologna Italy

University of Bologna

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mercato di Mezzo, Via Rizzoli 9 Quadrilatero area, 40125 Bologna Italy

Bologna Food Market

Duration: 2 hours


  • Expert local guide service
  • Small-group tour (maximum 15 participants)
  • Orientation tour of Bologna (Piazza Maggiore, San Petronio Basilica, the food market, Bologna University, Neptune Fountain, Two Towers)
  • 5 food tastings which consist of a progressive lunch
  • Progressive lunch
  • High-speed train tickets Florence to Bologna and back (2nd class)
  • High-speed train tickets Venice to Bologna and back (2nd class)
  • Pasta making demonstration: see the pasta ladies at work!


  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell

Departure Point

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna BO, Italy

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant are free and they share tastings with their parents
  • Group size is limited to a maximum of 15 participants per group
  • Train tickets will be sent by email 15/7 days prior the tour date
  • Train tickets are not refundable
  • For option "from Florence" and "from Venice": please consider 20 minutes walk (1.5 km) to reach the tour starting point. Our guide meets you in Bologna at Piazza Maggiore, by the Neptune Fountain at 10:00am. In case of train delay please get in touch with us and we'll assist you.
  • Minimum number: tour doesn't operate unless we reach at least 4 participants
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

The guide was very knowledgeable about the area and the food, especially how it was made and where/how the ingredients were sourced. Couldn't have been more pleased with our short time in Bologna!
• Submitted 15 Oct 2019
Sarah was a fantastic guide introducing us to the bountiful and delicious food of Bologna with snippets of the fascinating history of Bologna.
• Submitted 09 Sep 2019
Excellent!!!!! Knowledgable!!! Delicious!!! What more could we ask for??? Thank you for introducing us to Bologna!
• Submitted 05 Apr 2019
The tour was an excellent introduction to Bologna. Fabio was an excellent guide, informative and witty. He was very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 26 Nov 2018
If you enjoy food tours then this definitely a must! Be ready to eat plenty! I am Italian and the homemade pasta’s were exceptional. This is the place to experience the cold cuts and cheese. History of chocolate was very interesting. Also this is a beautiful University City. Thank you to our guide Elena!
• Submitted 22 Oct 2018
guide was very informative and it was an interesting look into the background on a lot of delicious Italian food. very enjoyable!
• Submitted 05 Apr 2018
We were staying in Florence and decided to take the train to Bologna to see another town. It was a quick train ride on the high speed train and easy to find the meeting point of the tour. I would highly recommend this tour. Bologna is a great city with amazing food. Catia was our guide. She was terrific, full of information and her love of Bologna was evident in everything she told us about the City. The portions were quite large and the wine was generous.
• Submitted 26 Dec 2017
This was our first tour in Italy and by it set a high standard for all that followed! Our tour guide was well versed not only in the foods we would be tasting, but in Bologna history as well! She was an awesome story-teller and very descriptive of the foods we tasted, which included chocolates unique to Bologna, sliced meats and cheeses with bread and wine, pasta and wine, rice pudding, and gelato. We were full! And while we weren't left wanting any more food, I was certainly introduced to enough Bologna history that I DO want to learn more about Bologna. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 16 Dec 2017
Wonderful walking tour of Bologna. Not only do you learn about the history and traditional methods used in producing local products - you get to taste them as well. Tasting sizes are generous and locations allow you to rub shoulders with locals. In addition you learn about the history of the city from your guide. Our guide Catia did an incredible job - sharing her knowledge of food and history along with her passion for her city. Tip: if you're coming from Florence or Verona to take the tour consider taking an earlier train than the one recommended. Trains in Italy are notoriously late as a group of 8 on our tour found out - arriving half an hour late.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
excellent tour...please show up on an empty stomach. a must do tour :
• Submitted 18 Oct 2017
This was an informative and fun walking tour of central Bologna in and around the market area. It was a form of progressive lunch with 5 separate stops at high quality food establishments-apertivi, antipasti, main course ( pasta), coffee and gelati. Our guide, Micol, was good fun. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2017
We loved this introduction to marvelous Bologna. With an emphasis on regional foods and a healthy dose of history this walking/noshing tour was perfect for us. The tour guide was both knowledgeable and very personable. She was also very accommodating for others who were running late without compromising the experience for the rest of us - all very professionally done. As our stay in Bologna lasted 3 weeks, we often returned to the places and shops on the tour. Excellent - don't change a thing! Only wish the Neptune fountain renovation had been completed for both visitors and locals.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2017
Our guide Cartia was passionate and enthusiastic about the food and history of Bologna, we had 5 different tastings on the tour - chocolate, antipasto, pasta, torta di riso and gelato. The portions were generous - it was like a progressive lunch with a couple of glasses of wine also included. We walked around Bologna learning about the local food and some of the history and buildings/landmarks. Our group of 13 was larger than I expected but we enjoyed ourselves very much.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2017
Fabulous!! The food was excellent, the quality variety and the amount of food and drink was impressive. Really well informed, enthusiastic and lovely guide who passed on interesting facts regarding both the origins of the food and the area. Would highly recommend.
• Submitted 01 Jul 2017
Cynthia was an excellent guide. Small group, lots of delicious local specialties, and some historical facts made the entire experience a delight. Don't miss this one if you are in Bologna.
• Submitted 11 Jun 2017
Our group was led by Micol who did a wonderful job. Be prepared - it is a lot of food! We started off at Majani chocolatiers for four samples. I went back later and bought some to take home. Majani has been at that location for over 200 years. Then we walked to the Quadrilatero and eventually ended up at a deli kind of place. I went back there for lunch a few days later. We had tagliere with cheese. This is cold cuts: mortadella a Bolognese specialty, salami, proscuitto, and cheese, served with bread. This alone was more than enough for a lunch. We also had a glass of wine. I opted for the local pignoletto frizzante. Then we walked to a pasta place where they make gorgeous yellow tortellini and other pastas, tarts, etc. We had a pasta course along with another glass of wine. I tried the still version of the pignoletto. Then we went to a bakery where we had rice flour cake samples. We were still not done. We finished at a gelateria. Along the way, we learned about some of the more interesting buildings and architecture, as well as about our food, including mortadella, balsamic vinegar, etc. We were able to walk through the market streets with the fruits and vegetables on display. I am gluten free and they had no problem accommodating that. I had risotto instead of pasta and a meringue cookie instead of rice flour cake. I learned a lot about local foods, picked up some history, ate some good food and had a good time.
• Submitted 09 Jun 2017
Great tour and would thoroughly recommend. Our guide, Catia, was fantastic. You certainly won't go hungry - there was chocolate tasting then a sit down tasting of hams and cheeses then followed a sit down lunch of pasta. Afterwards a tasting of sweet rice cake and then ice cream.
• Submitted 29 Apr 2017
Very enjoyable tour with Katia, Very knowledgeable about Bologna history and facts. Started out with chocolate as our first food stop! Sampled regional food at 4 other stops. Everything was good. Good tour for intro to Bologna history and food.
• Submitted 13 Mar 2017
This was a fantastic tour and we'd highly recommend it to anyone visiting Bologna. Our guide, Olga, was a real font of knowledge and she was extremely friendly and helpful, not just about the food aspect but also of the local history. My only complaint this is a joke is that we did the walking tour the next day with a different company and Olga had already told us lots of the history of Bologna so we'd heard a lot of the detail before :-
• Submitted 01 Mar 2017
Our tour guide, Catia, was a joy. She was very knowledgeable about the city and its history and enjoyed sharing her love of the town with us. This tour gave us details on the city, its rich history all woven around its love of food. I strongly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 05 Feb 2017
This was an exceptional tour and a great way to familiarize oneself with the magnificent city of Bologna. The food and wine tastings were well chosen and of very high quality. Our guide was a native of Bologna with an extensive knowledge of the history of the city and the Emilia Romagna region. We heartily recommend this tour to anyone visiting Bologna! Ed and Nancy P.
• Submitted 28 Jan 2017
The tourguide was great and the food fantastic. I learned a lot about Bologna. Wonderful morning.
• Submitted 19 Oct 2016
Great guide, good food tasting, delightful company from Denmark and Bahamas and elsewhere. I got lost in the crowd but was soon found!
• Submitted 29 Sep 2016
This is was such a terrific way to see Bologna! It was our first time visiting this beautiful city, and as foodies, we really enjoyed seeing the sights AND experiencing the food. All of our food stops were delicious and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2016

In Brief

Bologna, Italy
3 hours 30 minutes
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday all year round except on public holidays