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Classic Bologna Food Tour

Bologna, Italy
Classic Bologna Food Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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

Departure Point

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna BO, Italy

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

Return Details

Piazza Santo Stefano, 40125 Bologna BO, Italy

End points can change

  • 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 8 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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.
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


103 Reviews
2 stars

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Great introduction to Bologna
, 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
, 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
Wonderful (and filling) tour!
, 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
Fun and full!
, Sep 2021
Sara was our guide, and she was so kind, knowledgeable, and fun. My mom and I SO enjoyed our food and city tour, and walked away very happy and full!! Thank you, Sara!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you Samantha for taking the time to leave this amazing review! See you soon again in Italy, Andrea - Taste Bologna Food Tours
Fascinating culture & cuisine
, Sep 2021
Our guide (Benedetta) was enthusiastic and clearly passionate about the food culture in Bologna! She included lots of historical information, and made the city & its culture come alive. The food was amazing, and we were very full by the end. I highly recommend this as one of the best tours ever!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks a lot Nancy for this enthusiastic review. We're happy to create new Bologna food addicts around the globe :) We do hope to have you again soon with us, a presto! Andrea and Benedetta - Taste Bologna
Delicious but not a great value
, Aug 2021
Great experience. Food was delicious, but certainly not close to the amount and variety we expected for the price we paid. We filled up mostly on bread towards the end of the tour. It would have been better if we had eaten less bread and had more of a variety. We had cappuccino and pastries to start the tour. The. We watched pasta being made. We had a small plate before walking a bit more. We had bread, meat, and cheese and got to try some authentic balsamic vinegar before a final gelato stop. In all, I think the food would have cost $30 to 40 for one person. I think $80 to $100 would be a fairer price for the experience.
Average food tour
, Aug 2021
Overall an average experience but found it somewhat informal. The final stop with a picnic-like feel and more designed for students was disappointing and would have preferred a proper dining experience at a restaurant, rather than our guide providing the food in plastic containers over a refectory type table. Also, no chance to try cooked tortellini/tortelloni which surely is one of Bologna's claims to fame. Overall tour was decent but average and too informal and i had a better food tour with a different company a few years ago.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Debjani, I'm very sorry you weren't completely satisfied with your experience. We decided not to visit a proper restaurant for lunch because Bologna was (and still is) a city of taverns and osterie where everybody could share the same table and food. Students and lawyers, old men and politicians together in a friendly atmosphere. About the pasta you had gramigna: less famous than tortellini and tortelloni but not less delicious :) I hope you can give us another chance in the future. Take care and see you soon in Bologna, Andrea - Taste Bologna PS. we only offer food in recyclable paper, never plastic :)
, Sep 2020
The tour was excellent. The food was lovely and the guide was very knowledgeable, about food and the city. I definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thanks a lot Theo, it means a lot for us getting great feedback especially in this hard time. See you soon again in Bologna! Andrea - Taste Bologna
Tortellini-making ladies and tagliatelle tasting
, Aug 2020
Guide was very friendly, engaging and informatibe about food and the city in general. It was apparent that our guide had a good personal relationship with all of the vendors at the shops we visited. Take this tour if you get a chance.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thanks so much Christopher for this great review. We collaborate with local family businesses that work with quality and passion: I'm happy you appreciate it. Hope to have you soon again in Bologna, Best Andrea - Taste Bologna
Does what it says on the tin!
, Oct 2019
A top class food tour with a great selection of the best that Bologna has to offer. The tour doesn't just follow the tourist routes, but takes you to the shops and producers used by the locals. Plenty to eat and drink - you won't be hungry after this tour!

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