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Classic Bologna Food Tour

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Bologna, Italy
Classic Bologna Food Tour

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Explore the culinary traditions of Bologna with this half-day food tour. Join a guide for a small-group walking tour and taste local specialties such as Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Bolognese ragu, and mortadella. Begin the tour with a gourmet coffee, visit markets, and meet artisans at work to see how tortellini are made. Lunch at a historic osteria and a gelato tasting are included.
  • Taste your way through Bologna with a food tour
  • Sample gourmet coffee and browse market stalls
  • Try local specialties including Bolognese ragu
  • Watch food artisans make pasta such as tortellini
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Breakfast with gourmet coffee
Different tastings including bolognese ragù, cured meat, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Balsamic vinegar Tradizionale of Modena, bread, dessert, local wine like Pignoletto or Lambrusco
Artisan gelato tasting
Local English speaking guide
Hotel pickup
Hotel drop-off
Piazza Maggiore , Piazza Maggiore, Bologna BO, Italy

At the tobacconist in the corner with Via De Pignattari, just at the right of San Petronio Basilica

Piazza of Santo Stefano , Piazza Santo Stefano, 40125 Bologna BO, Italy

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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Non-eating children under 6 years old do not require a ticket
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Available for vegetarians, pescatarians and gluten free with prior notice. Please advise when booking.
  • Not recommended for vegans
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved (3km)
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tour starts with at least 2 people
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Taste Bologna
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Classic Bologna Food Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Classic Bologna Food Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Classic Bologna Food Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Classic Bologna Food Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Classic Bologna Food Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Classic Bologna Food Tour.

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  • "Plenty to eat and drink - you won't be hungry after this tour!" See review

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star-5
Wonderful tour!
Ruzella_W
, Aug 2022
Mattia was an outstanding tour guide! All the food and wine we tried was amazing! He did a great job of explaining the history of Bologna as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Good food and good company
Marci_Z
, Jul 2022
This tour is an absolute must when you first come to Bologna so you can revisit your favorite spots. Mattias was an excellent guide! He was friendly and highly knowledgeable. The group was small which made it easy to ask questions and enjoy socializing while enjoying the delicious food and drinks. Come hungry.
star-5
A must do, walking eating tour of Bologna
Hannah_S
, Jul 2022
This tour although quite expensive was a must do, a small group (limited to 8) was ideal, the education about food and Bologna was amazing. We tried a wide range of stuff, coffee with rice cake, cherries, horse meat! We learnt how to make a tortellini & eat it. We then gathered bread and meats from the market area and sat in the oldest tavern for a picnic washed down with sparkling wine, we also got to taste and learn about balsamic vinegar, takes 12 or 25 years to make! Then off we went to try the famous spaghetti Bolognese in a fast food restaurant owned my a top chef,then our last stop.was for famous gelato 2 scoops of our choice. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and taught us a lot about food and the history of Bologne, he was very friendly and spoke excellent English.
star-5
This is totally worth it!
Diane_R
, Jul 2022
The food was simply awesome!! Everyone was very friendly and I can’t say what food was better—it was all good.
star-5
A morning of food - what could be better?
David_D
, Jul 2022
Excellent value. Our guide was friendly and engaging, giving us lots of history and suggestions for other places to visit, as well as telling us about the food. Good selection of food places that I would never have found on my own.
star-5
Fantastic Tour by Giulia
BorisPevzner
, Jul 2022
Start your Bologna trip here - excellent tour of both the city and its amazing food from a local. We had a wonderful time learning about the local culture and tasting many treats that left us very very full at the end. Highly recommend!
star-5
Everything was great!...
Lance_J
, Jun 2022
Everything was great! Matt did an amazing job with some history and tons of food culture. We would definitely do another tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour of bologna
Vikki_D
, Jun 2022
Our guide Marco was fantastic. Marco is very personable and answered all questions and had a great sense of humor. This is a must tour if you are visiting Bologna.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Leaving you with a full belly and a large smile is our main goal. So happy you loved our time together, thanks a lot! Andrea and Marco - Taste Bologna
star-5
Great tour. Guide was...
Brian_S
, Jun 2022
Great tour. Guide was nice and knowledgeable. Great food. Great way to see Bologna with a little history.
star-5
Great food tour with a great guide.
Stevette_P
, Jun 2022
A really good tour and Francesco was a great guide. Lots of information on the architecture and history as well a the food.
star-2
Everything shut down
radamchak
, Jun 2022
Looking forward to the food tour only to find out on arrival a festival in town closed most venues on the tour. No prior notification by our tour company. They even brought us to a food court for pasta. Argh. Lol.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
I owe you an apology. It was my duty to inform you that June 2nd is a holiday in Italy, so the food markets are much less alive than usual. I decided to run the tour nevertheless because I thought we could guarantee the same quality as always. All the food stops we usually visit on standard days were open. And I also thought you could appreciate the place where you had pasta, as it's inside Mercato di Mezzo, the middle age food market of Bologna. Please get in touch by mail and I'll do my best to fix the issue. Thanks, Andrea - Taste Bologna
star-3
Not the best
Debra_H
, May 2022
This tour was not socially distanced and when we asked to be farther apart from the tour mates, it caused a weird divide. No one wore a mask. I enjoyed that the guide took us to places that were family owned. Unfortunately we felt the guide spoke too quickly and softly and was hard to hear and understand when we walked with the group. I asked several times for our guide to repeat words so I could understand her. The food was okay and a good representation of the local fare. We waited too long for food and wine and it was awkward. Everything was at room temperature- not cold or hot- just warm. Odd to me. No ice was offered although it was a very hot day. The small historic pub we went to for our appetizers had a hole in the floor as a toilet. I understand that is acceptable in some countries, but for me that was just not manageable without touching the walls around me which were very dirty and unsanitary. Hello? Covid? It was just okay but could have and should have been much better.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
I'm sorry our tour didn't completely meet your expectations, so I've looked into what happened that day. We take health issues as a top priority, before and after Covid. So we follow the guidelines of the Italian government. You took the tour in May 2022 and masks and social distancing are no longer required. About the toilet inside the osteria. You're right, it won't win the competition for the best toilets in the world, maybe the one for the weird ones. That said, we always suggest a much better toilet, only a few steps from that one. I will continue to recommend all guides to direct customers to the right bathroom. Take care and I hope to have you soon again in Bologna for a second chance, Andrea
star-5
Francesco our guide was...
Casey_S
, May 2022
Francesco our guide was great, it saad the perfect amount of walking + eating. Loved eating at the Osteria. Great way to get to know the city!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much Casey, we hope to have you again in Bologna with us. There's always more to eat and walk :) Andrea and Francesco - Taste Bologna
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Tasty treats in Bologna.
Mary_H
, May 2022
Our guide, Stella was fabulous. Fun and very knowledgeable. The food was delicious and plentiful. We met wonderful people on the tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
What a great review, thanks a lot Mary! We're always over the moon when people engage and connect during our food tours. Looking forward to having you again with us, Andrea and Stella - Taste Bologna
star-5
Bologna walking food tour.
Lee_O
, Apr 2022
Great tour- interesting and informative. The food was typical and all delicious. Stella was fabulous. Thanks.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Many thanks to you for this amazing review. We are happy you went back home with great food memories. These are the ones that last longer :) Andrea and Stella - Taste Bologna
star-5
Fun, Delicious, Educational!
Jocelyn_C
, Apr 2022
Marco was awesome; super fun, sweet, and knowledgeable! We had a great time with our tour group and got to visit lots of cool places and eat some amazing, authentic food. It was a really fun experience that ended early enough for us to enjoy the rest of the day doing other things, too. It'll easily fit into your schedule, and you'll learn a lot while having fun. Do it! :)
icon Response from Host , May 2022
What else can we say? Thank you so so much, it makes us incredibly happy to read such an enthusiastic review. Andrea and Marco - Taste Bologna
star-5
Great experience
David_P
, Apr 2022
Wonderful tour exploring the city and its culinary magic. The tourguide was very very nice and knowledgeable
star-5
Great introduction to Bologna
Eric_N
, Dec 2021
Outstanding food tour with Elena. Each selection was visually appealing and very authentic. Great history and tastes from the city. Would recommend that the tour company provide the full name of the tour guide, and the names and addresses of the places we visited - so we would be able to return to them in the future if we wanted - or could recommend one or more of them to other travelers. Without this we are left to document our tour on our own - and that is a very difficult thing to do while trying to follow our guide
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Sara,...
Beverly_Z
, Oct 2021
Sara, We had an amazing experience from cafe and Croissants pasta picnic with wine and gelato and a wonderful tour guide. I will tell everyone at American Airlines. I can’t wait to come back Grazie mille 😄👏🏻🍷
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks Lynda, I'd be happy to see flights full of foodies in the next years :) But mostly to have you again with us. A presto! Andrea and Sara - Taste Bologna
star-5
Wonderful (and filling) tour!
Claude_R
, Oct 2021
Wonderful tour! Benedetta was our lovely and knowledgeable guide and showered us with both amazing food options and fascinating information about the food and history of Bologna. We enjoyed every moment of this experience and would highly recommend it. Do it early in your visit to the city of Bologna as it will give you ideas/inspiration for other activities to do on subsequent days of your time here.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Grazie mille Claude for taking the time to leave this superb review! It has been our pleasure to have you in Bologna, we hope you will come again soon. A presto :) Andrea and Benedetta - Taste Bologna Food Tours

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