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Bologna, Italy
Historical Tour of Bologna
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Discover the history of Bologna during a half-day sightseeing tour. Meet your guide for a city stroll led by a local art lover with deep knowledge of artistic masterpieces, history, food stories, and legends. Learn about local traditions and art during a tour that features popular sites including Piazza Maggiore, Palazzo d’Accursio, and Basilica di San Patronio.
  • Explore Bologna with a history-focused tour
  • Learn about art, architecture, and food heritage
  • See city landmarks including Piazza Maggiore
  • Stroll through the city with a local art lover
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Bar Vittorio Emanuele , Piazza Maggiore, 1, 40124 Bologna BO, Italy

I will wait for travellers in front of Caffè Vittorio Emanuele, next to Piazza Maggiore.

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Riccardo Bacchi
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.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Historical Tour of Bologna?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Historical Tour of Bologna?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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One of the best tours we’ve taken. Don’t miss!
, Jul 2022
Riccardo is an extremely passionate and knowledgeable guide. He was very generous with his time and very good at explaining complicated art and architecture and history at a level that was understandable and interesting to us!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks a lot, i Remember It with pleasure too, Hope to see you soon back , for another Emilia 's lovely cities ! My best regards Riccardo
Tons of History- An Awesome Tour
, Jun 2022
Riccardo was fabulous, it's a ton of history and information and he spent many hours with was incredible. I wish that we'd done the tour first thing while in Bologna, take this tip and don't wait until your last day as we did! If I'd had all these details earlier in the trip, it would've cast a whole other light on the city as we spent time in it. Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much. Hope to see you soon Regards R.
, May 2022
Our private tour was scheduled for 9:30. The tour guide rescheduled to 3:00 but said it was a group then rescheduled for 3:30 then 5:00 so we canceled. Was really hoping to see the historical monuments. We went to a few on our own but I like to hear the history.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear guests, You know perfectly that the First rescheduling had been agreed together the day before (I asked you whether It would have been more convenient to you maintaing the original time). The second was due to external events Absolutely not predictable: I found a long line on the highway (4 hours long) due to a terrible car crush. I sent you pictures of the line... Second, were you really were interested in the tour, you could have waited for me at 5 pm, understanding that It was not my fault. (The long line i found )... What a strange behaviour that of harming someone when any possible external and predictable event happens. Sure you know what I mean I forgot to tell you that you have been 100% refunded of the tour, Riccardo
Not to be missed!
, May 2022
We had a wonderful tour with Riccardo. He was incredibly knowledgeable about Bolonga and it's history. His pride for his city shines through with each stop and story. We highly recommend this tour.
Learn and Enjoy the Best of Bologna!
, Apr 2022
Ricardo made the history and art of Bologna come to life! Detailed, knowledgeable and charming, he created a canvas for us to enjoy and an experience not to be forgotten. Spend some time with Ricardo, you will not be disappointed!!
Nice and informative tour
, Apr 2022
Had a very nice and informative tour with a verrrrryyyyy knowledgeable guide. A lot of history and nice anectodes of Bologna. Took about 3,5 hours.
Incredible afternoon with...
, Mar 2022
Incredible afternoon with a knowledgeable and passionate guide! It was a great way to learn about the city.
Riccardo is one of the...
, Dec 2021
Riccardo is one of the most knowledgeable guides we've ever met. My husband is a history professor and a love of art. Riccardo was quick to show us other interests when some of the churches were closed due to mass during the holidays.  We really enjoyed the information he presented. Thanks for a great tour.
Excellent tour of historic Bologna
, Nov 2021
Riccardo provided an excellent tour of the historic centre of Bologna. He was informative and witty and able to answer all our questions. We were so enjoying the tour that he was happy to run well over the allotted end time. Very highly recommended.
Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide.
, Sep 2021
We were the only two signed up for the tour, so Riccardo essentially gave us a customized tour. His knowledge of art and history is extensive, but we soon found out that he was equally knowledgeable about the local food scene as well. This was a very comprehensive tour that gave us an understanding of Bologna's history and culture. Riccardo even gave us tips for a day trip to Parma we were taking the next day.
Way above the rest . Not your run of the mill guide or tour
, Aug 2021
Traveling with an 80 yr old mom who wheelchair bound adds an extra layer of stress as I have experienced all types of private tours & guides . However touring with Ricardo as our guide , one felt pampered & catered to our every desire . Riccardo (unlike most past guided ) was well prepared for the challenge. He actually researched ;days prior ; where the separate exit , enters , elevators were located. This insured a smooth transition. Ricardo knew how to approach & your an entire site , building without leaving mom behind . Most guards simply had mom stay outside in wheelchair while we toured inside . That was never the case with this Italian Gentleman!! Whom is equally proud of his heritage & Bologna as he shows via his knowledge & enthusiasm for the city. Congratulate yourself if you obtain a Private tour with Ricardo & his white glove , top shelf guidance . Unfortunately for us ; I fear all future guides could never measure up
Molto bene
, Jul 2021
Wonderful tour with Ricardo who is super knowledgable on the art and history of Bologna. Would recommend!
Be prepared for a full package of insight of Bologna!!
, Jun 2021
WHAT A FABULOUS TOUR! Riccardo is a passionate guide with a cornucopia of knowledge and stories to tell. He guided me through the streets while explaining the history of this beautiful city. The amount of information about progress in arts, economics, local politics, education, architecture and the influence of the relgion was amazing. He managed to bring all those aspects into a context in a clear and simple language easy to follow. Our tour brought us beside the typical highlights also to some hidden gems which I had never discovered without him. We had well filled agenda for the tour with no major breaks. So bring your best shoes with you. And at the end, he marked me some more places to visit. Great job, Riccardo! And thanks again!
Excellent historical tour!
, Oct 2020
This was an excellent tour of historic Bologna! Riccardo is a knowledgeable and personable guide, willing to structure the visit to personal interests, but also providing a comprehensive overview for newcomers like myself. It was certainly an informative and enjoyable several hours, touring a beautiful city with a fascinating history!
, Apr 2022
Tour estremamente interessante ed guida era preparata e coinvolgente..da non perdere assolutamente
Da bolognese...una piacevole sorpresa!
, Sep 2021
Pur essendo di Bologna non avrei immaginato di scoprire così tanti tesori nascosti ! In particolare sono rimasto colpito dalla zona universitaria, San Giacomo Maggiore e le opere legate alle vicende della signoria dei Bentivoglio. Darei un voto basso invece all'Amministrazione di Bologna per la manutenzione dei portici e dei pulizia dei palazzi dai graffiti. Riccardo lavora proprio bene e con professionalità!

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