– A walk with Dante: Did the inhabitants of Borgo San Felice speak the same way as those in Strada Maggiore? Dante was a very astute observer, or rather, listener. Even today, these streets bear the marks of his exceptional insight. There are many Dantean sites within the city of Bologna. In this guided tour, we will explore them along a path through the streets of the city center, focusing mainly on those that are directly linked to his famous literature, with a narration of the historical events and characters evoked by the Supreme Poet.
– Ancient Professions: Wine barrel merchants, butchers, blacksmiths, and clothing merchants… what was work like in the past? Traces of these ancient professions can be found in the city’s urban fabric, the ancient trades tell us of a Bologna that has always been active and lively, rich in resources and ingenuity.
– Bagni di Mario: cistern from the Renaissance period (1564) by the Palermo architect Tommaso Laureti. Designed as a water supply for the Fountain of Neptune, it consists of a splendid octagonal room with a large dome, from which four blind tunnels enter the hill. One considerably beautiful detail is the aeration chimney, completely covered in centuries of calcium deposits.
– Basilica of San Francesco: a guided tour dedicated to the splendid Basilica of San Francesco. Built in the 13th century, this ancient building was Italy’s first example of French-Gothic design.Flying buttresses, radiating chapels, two bell towers… There are plenty of surprises in this architectural jewel: such as the large marble altarpiece in exquisite Gothic style acting as a backdrop to the high altar.
– Basilica di San Petronio: A journey through the history, legends, and historical facts that have made the Basilica one of Bologna’s most prestigious monuments.
Located in the heart of the city, Piazza Maggiore, the basilica was commissioned by the Municipality in honor of the city’s patron saint, who lived during the 5th century. Join us as we discover the secrets of the fourth largest church in Italy, its 22 richly decorated chapels, and the history of those who lived and celebrated within its walls.
– Basilica of Santo Stefano: One of the oldest places of worship in the city, a monumental complex to be discovered. A guided tour dedicated to the Seven Churches, exploring the many eras and different styles that have stratified its unique architecture over the centuries, and retraces the Jewish sites where Christianity first took root in the city.
– Bike Tour – Street Art: Bologna, always a progressive city, has welcomed artists from all over Italy. Large Murals, Stencils, Poster Art, and many other techniques follow one after another because Street Art is a world to be discovered… by bicycle!
– Bike Tour – Contemporary Architecture: Bologna as you’ve never seen it before… a bike tour that follows the progression of the city’s most avant-garde architecture, to better understand and appreciate the beauty of contemporary architecture.
– Bike tour – The Waters of Bologna: Join us on a pleasant ride as we discover the history of Bologna’s hidden waters, its secrets, and the important sites where it is still the star of the show.
– Jewish Bologna: A path dedicated to sites of Jewish culture within the heart of Bologna, admiring the symbolism and frescoes that testify to its presence. A journey through time that retraces important sites of Judaism, the influence of which can also be seen in the city’s toponymy. This means that we will go beyond the ghetto, on a wider path that reveals the Jerusalem symbolism within the ancient complex of Santo Stefano before traveling through the centuries to the present day.
– Esoteric Bologna: Astrology, medicinal herbs, potions, and alchemy… a journey to discover ancient spice shops, magical rites, ancient traditions, and apotropaic magic that have their roots in the distant past. A time in which the border between pharmacopeia, witchcraft, and science was fragile and nuanced. A Bologna with an esoteric, enigmatic charm, echoing to us from long ago, but which still lives on today among popular beliefs, ancient remedies, and superstitious rites that are ingrained in the culture of our land.
– Mysteries in Bologna: A walk through the pages of our favorite mystery books, discovering the literary places that inspired detective, crime, and noir stories set in Bologna. Join us as we explore arcades, medieval alleys, and hidden streets as described by Lucarelli, Macchiavelli, Verasani, and others.
– Bologna the Guelfa: A guided tour to discover Papal Bologna. From the 13th century to the Napoleonic conquest, we will discover the stories and symbols of Bologna under Guelfa influence. A journey that will transport us from Bologna to Rome thanks to popes such as Gregory XIII and Benedict XIV, both born and raised in Bologna.
– Liberty Style Bologna: A new city to discover: Liberty style Bologna! So many details and wonders hidden throughout the city, ready to be discovered. Floral motifs, richly decorated windows, balconies of wrought iron that have been transformed into flower petals and dense vegetation right before our eyes: an urban garden as you have never seen it before.
– Bolowood: Cinema in Bologna: Plot twist! The two Towers have witnessed much over the years, and that includes the history of Cinema. Many masterpieces of the seventh art have been filmed in the city, leaving a lasting mark upon the collective memory. Bologna is home to important Cinematic institutions such as the Cineteca and “L’Immagine Ritrovata”, giving it a prominent position at the international level of cinema. Together, we will discover the locations used for films that have achieved a genuine cult following, including great Masters from the past, such as Pierpaolo Pasolini and Pupi Avati, as well as more current productions. After all, Bologna is a true Diva and manages to keep up with the times through a variety of roles. So let’s get rolling: lights, camera, action!
– Bologna from Punk to New Wave: A journey through the bolognese music scene of the late 70s and early 80s, following in the footsteps of famous cutting-edge artists who became a point of reference for that period’s artistic panorama including Freak Antoni, Andrea Pazienza, and songwriters of the punk and new wave scene.
– Carducci doesn’t repeat: A guided tour dedicated to the life and works of one of Italy’s greatest poets: Giosuè Carducci. The first Italian to win the Nobel Prize for literature, Carducci savored the lively Bolognese spirit from his home beneath the two Towers. A journey where we will discover not only his poetry but also his everyday life, the places he frequented, and the city that inspired him.
– Bentivoglio Castle, Mill, and Palazzo Rosso: A journey to discover the treasures of Bologna’s sweeping plains. Right along the banks of the Navile Canal, there is an ancient 15th-century castle that belonged to the Bentivoglio family. A few steps from there, on the opposite bank of the canal, resides the elegant Palazzo Rosso and a 14th-century mill. A unique opportunity to travel back in time, crossing five centuries of history with just a few steps.
– Crypt of San Zama: A tour that explores one of the oldest places in the city, where Christianity first took root in Bologna and where it is possible to travel through centuries of time, from the Romans to the Napoleonic era. A hidden jewel, this was the first and most important center for the spread of Christianity starting from the 3rd century AD.
– Bologna from the beginning to the present day: from the Etruscan foundation to the Middle Ages, from the Renaissance to Napoleon, all the way to the “Risorgimento” and the present day. Three thousand years… in 90 minutes!
– Hermitage of Ronzano: A place with ancient origins, immersed in nature among the Bolognese hills, yet just a stone’s throw from the historic city center. Surrounded by centuries-old oaks and with an unforgettable panoramic view, the hermitage hosts early 16th-century frescoes from the Bolognese School. We will also visit the cloister and other rooms that are usually inaccessible.
– Eureka! Bologna and Science: Astronomy, Medicine, Physics… the towers of Bologna have witnessed numerous scientific discoveries over the years that have made scholars joyfully shout Eureka!Walking through the streets of the city center, there are still many traces left by these great scientists. These visionary men and women courageously pursued their brilliant intuitions and, in some cases, helped create the world we live in today.
– Giardini Margherita: join us as we celebrate nature and the planet by touring one of the city’s most popular parks. In the 19th century, new ideas about the concept of cities developed with a focus on improving the quality of life for citizens. Thus, Giardini Margherita was born, a park with many stories to share, from its elegant walks to the Liberty architecture, from Etruscan artifacts to the cage of lions. Over a century of history, fun facts, and nature to be discovered together.
– The Portico of San Luca: A guided tour dedicated to the portico with a special visit to the Chiesa dell’Annunziata.Starting from the Arco del Meloncello, we will walk along the route that leads to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, discovering all the wonders and secrets of this monumental and daring architectural enterprise.
– The streets of Bologna: The streets of Bologna speak to us with tales of various historical events, legends, and curiosities that have occurred beneath its many porticos. Travel through time with us to discover the curious origins of the street names and discover the curious origins of the city’s toponymy.
Many historical events took place among these suggestive alleys and large city squares, so get ready to discover them as the city reveals all of its secrets.
– The Studium: birth of the University: join us as we explore the oldest University in the Western world, discovering how it has grown over time and the key figures in its history.
– Lucio Dalla and Bologna: A journey through the places that are most deeply connected to the famous Bolognese singer-songwriter. In addition to where he lived, we will visit the places that he shared with us through his songs, following in his musical footsteps from his very beginnings up to the height of his success. Our stops will include: Kinki club, Strada del jazz, his favorite trattorias, Via D’Azeglio, Piazza de’ Celestini, Piazza Cavour, and Piazza San Domenico.
– The 7 secrets: this tour is perfect for those who want to explore more than just the main monuments and historical facts. This is a chance to discover little-known anecdotes and curiosities that surprise and fascinate visitors as we take a journey through the history and art of Bologna. This is a great tour for everyone, whether you already live here or are visiting for the first time.Suitable for adults and children, this is an unusual and fun way to get to know Bologna.
– Bologna dark’s mysteries: A tour dedicated to the mysterious stories and legends of the city, where we will learn about the birth of Frankenstein, follow the path of a famous Bolognese witch with her potions and concoctions, and be enchanted by the heart-aching love stories set in the city of towers.
– Museums: it is possible to organize guided tours dedicated to the city’s various museums. We are happy to create itineraries dedicated to paintings in the Pinacoteca, or other exhibitions found in the city
– Oratory of the Fiorentini: discover one of Bologna’s hidden, and usually inaccessible, treasures: the Oratory of San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini. An ancient meeting place used by merchants from Florence, the Oratory immerses the visitor in an authentic Baroque setting, where history and works of art have been preserved like precious jewels in a 17th-century treasure chest.
– Record-setting porticos: a tour that explores all the peculiarities of one of Bologna’s most characteristic elements. Through different eras and styles we will learn how the architectural element known as the “Portico” grew within the urban fabric, becoming one of Bologna’s most distinctive features.
– Teatro Mazzacorati 1763: a guided tour to discover one of the most valuable architectural jewels of our city. This splendid example of a private theater in an 18th-century Villa has been perfectly preserved and guarded like a precious jewel. Walls covered in “trompe l’oeil”, decorative cherubs and garlands, and the pristine wings and stage where artists performed… everything conveys a distant world where nobles enjoyed splendid parties, theatrical performances, and strolls through the villa, all flavored by the fashionable tastes of the 18th century.
– Tower Tour: Bologna is famous for its fascinating medieval atmosphere.
One of its most distinguishing features is its towers, true skyscrapers that have dominated its skyline for centuries. Each tower is unique, and we will be admiring these “survivors” of time, observing them from below, studying them, and discovering the important events in their history, including romantic legends, prisoners, noble ladies, and knights…
– San Luca Sky Experience: a breathtaking view of Bologna and its hills. No reservation required. The panoramic point is open Mon-Sat 10am-1:30pm/2:30pm-6:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm