Discover Bologna's Best Kept Secrets

An urban oasis, a hipster’s paradise and a medieval district all walk into a bar...

(17 reviews)

  • Private &

  • 3 hours

  • From
    €32.50  EUR per person based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available (including English)

What you’ll do

Shh. It’s a secret. One of our Bologna hosts has agreed to show you the secret places in Bologna that are loved by its locals!

Follow them as they lead you through the labyrinth of cobbled stoned and portico-covered streets and reveal the best pieces of local street art, the coziest bars, most down-to-earth eateries and the city’s vibrant student culture.

Hear locals’ stories about the city’s gradual gentrification and what it might mean for them, visit an up and coming urban oasis, a hipster’s paradise and a historic neighborhood that still plays a major role in Bologna’s identity today.

By chatting to your host, you’ll learn about the city’s medieval history as you’re exposed to the best local produce, boutique shops, vintage markets and contemporary art galleries.

Your host will share their Bologna with you; one that is packed full of hidden gems, ancient secrets and unique venues!

Experience highlights

  • Join a host and discover the Bologna you won’t find in a guidebook

  • Explore neighborhoods off the beaten path and the unique venues they house

  • See the real Bologna as your host reveals their world to you

  • Discover a lesser-known historic area that’s an important part of the city’s modern day heritage

  • Explore a neighborhood that's known for being a hipster's' paradise and browse its quirky stores

  • Get tips from your host about other unique places to explore in the city

Good to know

What’s included

  • Private and personalized experience
  • 3 hours with a host
  • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)

Meet-up point

  • Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

Cancellation policy

  • Cancel 7 days before the experience for a full refund

How it works

  • Tell us your preferences and book

    See an experience you like and book it. We will ask a few questions to build the right experience with you.

  • Just right for you

    We’ll pair you with the right host based on your personality and interests. Trust us, we know all our hosts personally.

  • The fun bit

    Spend time in the city with your carefullyselected host. You have an itinerary but it’s unscripted so it’s up to you and your host where you go and what you do.

Hello curious traveler! If you’re unsure about what experience to book or would like more information on how it all works, just email me with any questions or plans you may have. I or someone from our Customer Experience Team will get in touch so we can suggest the perfect personalized experience for you.

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Reviews for this experience


5 average | 24 reviews

July 2019

Kerrie and Judy

We spent a wonderful morning with Gabriele who took us to some beautiful places in the heart of Bologna along with some places the locals go. He collected is from our B&B on time. There were plenty of tips for eating along the way. It was a good pace and well worth it. Gabriele is a wonderful guide and easy to relate to. Thank you for a great tour.

Review by Kerrie W


4.9 average | 10 reviews

June 2019

Bologna best kept secrets.

Claudia was a very knowledgeable host. Very friendly, professional and plans the itinerary to your interest.

Review by JANELLE W


4.9 average | 15 reviews

June 2019

Private walk

Elisabeth was an excellent guide. She was well informed and showed us off the beaten track which was exactly what we asked for. Helped was getting a SIM card, where to eat and answered all our questions about Italian life. Definitely would recommend Elisabeth!

Review by Nanette K

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