Bologna for literature lovers The world’s oldest university, spectacular libraries and a sneaky aperitivo.
- Bologna, Italy
- 3 hours
from $36.73 USD pp >
based on 8 adults
Multiple languages available
Ssshh! Your local host is whispering some of Bologna’s best-kept secrets in your ear, because this city has more sides than your guidebook knows exist. You may have heard of the historic canals of Bologna, but did you know that one of the few remaining sections - Canale delle Moline, hidden by colored terraced houses - can be seen through a small, secret window on via Piella? You’ll explore the gritty, urban streets of Bolognina, a multi-cultural district with impressive street art, relaxed restaurants, and alternative rock music scene. Back in the city center, the famous Fountain of Neptune statue is a popular attraction – but can you spot the piece that inspired the Maserati logo (and a rather, er, risqué optical illusion)?
Central Bologna’s historic cobbled streets might be a hive of activity, but taking a road (or two) less traveled creates an entirely new perspective on the city. You’ll save the well-trodden portici-arched paths for another day as you follow your local host through the lesser-known central neighborhoods. Just around the corner from the famous Basilica di San Petronio, the Archiginnasio of Bologna is less crowded, and east in the Cirenaica neighborhood, an eclectic melting pot of bohemians and refugees, you’ll see a totally different side to the city. For a spectacular sunset view before a quick aperitivo at your host’s favorite local haunt, the quiet hilltop park of Villa Ghigi two miles south of the city center is unparalleled.
Join a local host and discover the Bologna you definitely won’t find in a guidebook
Explore the off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods of Bolognina and Cirenaica, and the unique venues they house
See a famous local landmark that has a couple of hidden secrets of its own
See your host’s favorite haunts – the ones only locals would know about
Over a glass of wine, get tips from your local insider for other unique places to visit in the city
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