It includes all Must-See Sites of City Center
A local and top rated guide will meet you in the city centre or your hotel, before taking you to explore this beautiful city. There’s no need to worry about the weather, no matter if it’s raining or sweltering, there are nearly 40 kilometres of porticos to keep you dry or shaded, and nearly every significant attraction in the city is just a few minutes' walk.
The ancient city of Bologna has three nicknames: la Dotta (the Learned), la Grassa (the fat), la Rossa (the red). The “learned” is a reference to the city’s university – the oldest in the Western world - whose Latin title, Alma Mater Studiorum, means “nourishing mother of studies. The “fat” refers to Bologna’s culinary significance - there is such a multitude of regional specialties that the city has become known as the “foodie” capital of Italy. The “red” invokes the terracotta colour of the buildings, and is also indicative of its anti-fascist stance during the Second World War.
If you’re fascinated by art and history you’ll relish the chance to visit piazza Maggiore which includes the palaces constructed for public administration (Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo di Re Enzo and Palazzo del Capitano del popolo), as well as piazza del Nettuno, the Santo Stefano complex, San Petronio, Asinelli and Galisenda towers and much more.
Your expert English-speaking guide will share interesting anecdotes and urban legends as you wander by some of the city’s best known monuments, as well as explore hidden canals and porticos. Bologna is a truly magical place and this tour is sure to be an unforgettable experience!
What To Expect The starting point will be the graceful Neptune fountain, before taking in the arcaded via dell'Archiginnasio alongside the imposing Basilica of San Petronius. The unfinished façade of the Basilica dominates one side of the piazza Maggiore, where you will admire the elegant town hall and the Governor’s Palace. The acoustics of the Palace’s vaulted dome are such that a whisper can be heard by those on the opposite side. Not far from the Palace are the famous towers, Asinelli and Garisenda, which were referenced by Dante in his ‘Divine Comedy’. These towers appear to lean even more dramatically than the famous leaning tower of Pisa, due to their narrow shape.
You’ll also have chance to see one of the ‘lost’ canals of Bologna. A small window on via Piella provides a rare glimpse of a canal dating back to the Middle Age, dug to bring the waters of the two rivers into the city centre.
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