Bologna Food Walking Tour

Bologna, Italy
21 reviewsfrom 25 EUR
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2 hours
Seasonal: 6 September to 31 October, 2014: Friday, Saturday1 April to 31 May, 2015: Friday, Saturday
Returns to original departure point
Bologna Welcome Tourist Information Office
WHEN:Friday and SaturdayFrom March to January, excluding:-2 June, 2018-August TIMES:First tour 10:15Second tour 16:45
Meet your guide at the tourist office in Piazza Maggiore, a grand square in the heart of Bologna Old Town. If your group consists of eight people or more, plug in your headphones — so that you can hear your guide's captivating commentary at all times — and make your way into the old medieval lanes that surround the square.Bologna has a well-deserved reputation as one of Italy’s great foodie cities. In fact, one of its nicknames is ‘La Grassa,’ meaning ‘the fat,’ which refers to the bounty of fresh produce grown in the region and the rich and satisfying local cuisine.Follow your guide through the tiny streets of the Quadrilatero, which are packed with food stalls and storefronts, selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to meat and fish. Join the locals as they jostle along the alleys, perusing the various mouthwatering offerings. Discover the origins behind popular local dishes from your guide and stop to shop at irresistible artisan stores, many of which have been in the same family for generations. As you explore, pause to savor three samples of local Bolognese fare. Munch on flavorful specialty foods such as Italian cured sausage, cheese and prosciutto, as well as a sweet treat, such as chocolate or gelato. Finish your food tour with an authentic Italian pick-me-up: an espresso.Afterward, follow your guide back to the original start point, where the tour concludes.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking. The tour is both in English and Italian
Latest Reviews
  • 5Tim M

    Amazing tour and such a great price as well. The food and wine at the end were delicious. I was almost surprised it was only 25 euro. Don't even consider not doing it!

  • 3brenda d

    I had been on a similar tour last year that I enjoyed very much. This one was similar but not as complete. We were given a voucher for a coffee experience instead if being taken there and given the story about the place. Gelato shops were pointed out but we were not given any. The other one bought us gelato and explained to us the differences from a great gelato shop and an average one. When we were taking into the food market area we were not giving any samples of any of the meats and cheeses. And the other one our guide purchased meats and cheeses and then took us into the drinking only old Tavern where we sat down there and ate and she also purchase wine for us to drink there. In your tour we were given a sampling of meat and cheese in the marketplace. The atmosphere was not as nice. Our guide was very nice. But I do not feel like your tour gave as complete Other food experience as the other one. Those were the same price.


    Tour was ok. Maybe because the tour was unavailable until Fri and we had sourced and read most of most of what was said. Difficult to hear with Fri eve traffic noise and ear phones ,we got ,had only 1 ear connection. Probably fine if it was available on the First day in Bologna. The tastings were harmless.

  • 3orabka

    That sound system was so poor it was impossible to listen to the guide. So I feel like we missed out on a lot of the tour. But I must say the food at the end was very good.

  • 5Sheila C

    Nice tour with a woman from Madrid who lives just outside of Bologna. Our tour guide took us to many typical Italian streets to see all that Bologna has to offer in terms of stuffed pastas and food speciality shops. We stopped for delicious chocolates and ended with a glass of wine of our choice, sliced meats, a fried bread speciality from Bologna, and a taste of parmesan cheese. We were given a voucher for a coffee to get on our own at the end of the tour. Just a great tour with a very friendly guide. Do it! I really enjoyed it.

  • 5Camille R

    Gloria was an excellent guide! I was working on a school project and she was very patient when I asked for spellings, names of places, and questions! Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!

  • 5Richard P

    Bologna over delivers. After Rome, it was relaxing...not too crowded. Great shopping. Beautiful architecture. The covered porticos were perfect for a rainy day. The market was exceptional and the food and wine at the end was fun.

  • 5Mary Ann M

    Gloria was a terrific guide. We learned a great deal and enjoyed her very pleasant personality. The two places we had tastings were winners. Thanks for a great experience.

  • 5Ramona F

    Good and delicious tour! Walking around with an expert local. Great way to enjoy and learn.

  • 5Gary H

    Excellent Tour! Bologna is a fantastic food town and this tour provides a great introduction to the many food purveyors in the vicinity of the Piazza Maggiore. Our guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining everything we were seeing and tasting. I'd also like to put in a good word for the folks at the Bologna Welcome office the tour meeting point. We arrived late as we had trouble finding the office, and our tour group had already departed. A gentleman at the desk called our tour guide to find out where he was at the moment, and then personally walked us over to join the group. Much appreciated! Tip: Allow yourself some extra time to find the Welcome Office as it is somewhat hidden and not immediately visible from the piazza. In any event, the tour is a great value and a nice way to spend a couple of hours learning about Bologna's culinary riches. Highly recommended!

  • 5Anna C

    I took this tour with my sister and boyfriend while we were in Bologna for the day back in early July. We were in a group of 10 people. We met our tour guide at the tourist office as this is a tour run by the city. We made our first stop of the day at the chocolatier to try some samples. We walked through the markets of the city and visited different meat shops and learned about the specialties of the Emilia-Romagna region. We ended the tour with the wine, meat, and cheese tasting in an indoor market. I thought our guide did an excellent job of explaining the foods of the region and answering questions from the group. I would recommend this tour! We had people of various ages in our tour, so I think that the whole family could do it. If anything, it's a lot of walking and a long tour, but the guide made sure to go at a slower pace and keep the group together.

  • 4Robin R

    The tour was fine, the guide was alright...not the very best we have had but we enjoyed it. The people in the pastry shop were awesome and that was the best part. I would take it again or recommend it.

  • 4Robin R

    The tour was fine, the guide was alright...not the very best we have had but we enjoyed it. The people in the pastry shop were awesome and that was the best part. I would take it again or recommend it.

  • 5haclarke48

    When I did this tour, there were only three of us in the group, so we had very personalised attention. Gerardine, the guide, was pleasant and knowledgable, taking time to point out major buildings, food establishments and other features of Bologna as we walked around for over 2 hours. We tasted delicious Majani chocolates in their shop, and then went on to the market where we learnt of many of the regional food specialties. The tour finished with a generous tasting in a shop/restaurant of antipasti with a glass of wine. I enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend it.

  • 5Jason D

    This tour was much better than I expected. We visited a chocolate store where we tried various chocolates, and then went to a salumeria where we were each given a tagliere breadboard of various meats and cheeses with wine. It was enough for a meal. Afterwards we went to a gelato place which was one of the best gelatos I've tasted. They gave us a coupon for a free coffee at another place in Bologna, but I was not able to use it because of their hours. It would have been nice if we could have stopped there during the tour instead. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. This was a really good way to get an overview of the city before going out to explore on your own.

  • 3Ray P

    A vg introduction to food in Bologna. Started out at a chocolate shop and received generous tastings, though felt we stayed this establishment a little too long. A nice serve of freshest cheeses and meats and wine to wash it down at another outdoor trattoria provided a light lunch. As we wondered the streets the guide pointed out places of interest. Finished the tour with being provided a couple vouchers to use as we liked A coffee and gelato voucher. If you are thinking about doing this tour it is best to do this when you first arrive as we had already wondered around the food market halls so knew lots stuff already. I also think perhaps the tour should include a pasta tasting as Bologna is all about pasta.

  • 5Alison W

    Loved it! Great tour guide, and really amazing tastings!

  • 5Marybeth R

    Excellent tour! Chiara was an expert guide, sharing the history and passion of Bologna. Highly recommend!

  • 4tmbgrock

    The guide was knowledgeable and the food was excellent. I would have liked more stops to sample food.

  • 4Claudia S

    It was good. We did some chocolate from the oldest chocolatier and cold cuts/wine from one of the market restaurant tasting. Due to the size of the group, sometimes it was hard to see what the guide was showing while she was talking.

  • 2GENE G

    The experience failed to meet my expectations. I would have preferred an English only group. The tour seemed rushed. I would not recommend it.

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