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Bologna: City History Guided Walking Tour - Small Group

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Bologna: City History Guided Walking Tour - Small Group

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From US$ 68.61 per person

Discover the history of Bologna on this guided walking tour. Listen as your local guide reveals the history of the city through significant sights like the Archiginnasio and Galvani Square.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Private or small groups available


  • Step back in time as you explore the history of Bologna with a local guide and a small group of people for a submersive experience
  • Discover the facinating stories behind the city's nickname "La Dotta"
  • Admire Bologna University, the oldest university in continuous operation
  • View a statue of the scientist who discovered animal electricity, Luigi Galvani
  • See the Archiginnasio building which has the largest coat of arms collection
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Travel back in time as you explore the history of Bologna on this guided walking tour. View attractions like Bologna University and the tombs of Glossatori. Stroll through squares like Palazzo della Mercanzia, Palazzo Poggi, and Verdi square.

Be greeted by your guide and begin your walking tour through the city. Hear about the thousand-year-old history of the Studium. See the monumental tombs of Glossatori and see the oldest university in continuous operation in the world at Bologna University.

Stroll the birthplace of Guglielmo Marconi, who was awarded with a Nobel Prize and was the father of the radio communication. Stop outside the Archiginnasio building which hosts the world's biggest coat of arms collection.

View a monument to the scientist Luigi Galvani in Galvani Square. Pass through the of the Palazzo della Mercanzia where you can admire the Romanesque-Lombard style of the Loggia dei Mercanti. 

Continue to Palazzo Poggi square. Finish your tour in Giuseppe Verdi square where you can see the Municipal Theatre and the Basilica of San Giacomo Maggiore. 

Join this easy and relaxing guided walk to quickly retrace the history of the academic development of the city. Please note, total duration of the activity is between 1.30 and 2 hours

  • Guide
  • Walking tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Meet the guide at the corner between Piazza Malpighi and Via Porta Nuova (in front of the ancient city gate). Look out for the "crusoe" sign.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable clothes
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Little structured. No deepening of content.

May 17, 2022

A really great city tour! Stella knows her way around and is very personable!! We would do it again anytime!

May 30, 2022

August 14, 2022


Product ID: 411273