Christmas in Bologna

Christmas markets under glittering porticos, pandoro, and jewel-hued garlands.

  • Private &

  • 3 hours

  • From
    €40.38  EUR per person based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available (including English)

What you’ll do

It’s all set to be a very Merry Christmas in beautiful Bologna this year.

Follow your local Bologna host as they share with you a little of what makes the festive season in their city so spectacular.

You’ll discover the traditions of Christmas here as you chat to your host and explore the Christmas markets under the adorned medieval porticos.

Wander through historic streets draped in twinkling lights and traditional jewel-hued garlands, soaking up the festive atmosphere and visiting the best-loved Christmas spots in the city.

Indulge in traditional festive treats like pandoro (an Italian sweet bread) and see the famous nativity scenes.

Perhaps you’d like to browse the Santa Lucia Christmas Market for hand-made gifts and decorations, or stroll through the Mercato di Mezzo to buy gourmet gifts and sample some of the traditional Christmas delicacies?

We’d like to do both! With your host, you can eat, drink and be merry Bolognese style!

Experience highlights

  • Join a host and discover Bologna’s beautiful Christmas lights and classic festive scenes

  • Wander through the beautifully decorated historic streets and medieval porticos draped in colorful garlands

  • Browse Christmas markets to soak up the festive atmosphere and buy some locally made gifts or decorations

  • Discover Christmas traditions and try festive treats at the market

  • Visit the city’s best loved nativity scenes

  • Get recommendations from your host about other Christmas-orientated things to do on your trip

Good to know

What’s included

  • Private and personalized experience
  • 3 hours with a host
  • A cup of hot chocolate, mulled wine to warm up or a soft drink per person
  • 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

  • Additional food and drinks from the ones provided in the experience
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)

Meet-up point

  • Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

Cancellation policy

  • Cancel 14 days before the experience for a full refund

How it works

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  • The fun bit

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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 Bologna


August 2019

Thank you!

I really enjoyed the tour!! Sofia's knowledge and patience made the tour delightful.

Review by William B


August 2019

Bologna you want to know

We had a great time with Gabriele walking around the city and simply chatting. Plenty of interesting stories (e.g. what are Bologna's ties with water, how it built seven churches in one place not destroying anything etc.). We had interesting discussions with someone who knows and loves his city. Definitely recommend when you are in Bologna - Gabriele will add colors to this beautiful place.

Review by Rafal D


July 2019

Bologna with Tour guide, Adele

I had a lovely day! Adèle was so nice and educated me on the culture and historical sights of Bologna. She was so sweet. Got some exercise by walking. Ate pizza and granitas. Saw many churches, towers, and a secret window. Adèle was quite helpful , as I attempted to converse with the local Italians. She was so kind to pick me up and take me back to my hotel. It was a wonderful experience!!

Review by Susan C

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