Ultimate Bologna Food Experience

A medieval market, zingy aperitivo and the best gelato you’ve ever had.

(17 reviews)

  • Private &

  • 3 hours

  • From
    €66.25  EUR per person based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available (including English)

What you’ll do

You’ll follow your local Bologna host as you eat your way around Italy’s food capital - Bologna! (We know, it’s a highly contested title in a country that gave us pizza and pasta.)

Browse through historic markets, salumerie (delis), bars and specialty stores and discover Mercato di Mezzo, the oldest market in the city.

It is tucked away in a medieval quarter known as the Quadrilatero, where you’ll also find plenty of coffee bars to stop at under the quaint porticoes.

Seasonal produce is king, and you’ll notice, smell and taste the sun-ripened fruit and fresh herbs as you wander from stall to stall.

Try some gourmet street food and sample staple products like mortadella, pecorino and fresh local bread, before strolling to one of the best gelaterias in town for a taste of Italy’s famous ice cream.

Round off your day at the Mercato delle Erbe - the perfect spot to indulge in an aperitivo as you soak up the warm terracotta atmosphere of this historic city and its friendly people.

Experience highlights

  • Join a host and discover Bologna’s incredible food culture whilst tasting classic Bolognese dishes and produce

  • Explore historic markets and soak up the culinary culture and history of the city

  • Enjoy a classic aperitivo at the Mercato delle Erbe

  • Visit the Mercato delle Erbe and the Mercato di Mezzo, two of Bologna’s favorite markets, and sample the fresh produce they stock there

  • Try 7-8 Bolognese dishes, such as freshly made tortellini, tigelle, focaccia, pecorino cheese, cured meats like mortadella, seasonal fresh produce like porcini mushrooms and end off your day with a gelato

Good to know

What’s included

  • Private and personalized experience
  • 3 hours with a host
  • 7-8 tastings of various Bolognese specialties
  • A coffee, craft beer, glass of regional wine or a soft drink
  • 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 (additional to the ones included 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

  • 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.

If you prefer to speak to someone, feel free to send us your WhatsApp or cell number and we’ll give you a call back.

Reviews for this experience


5 average | 2 reviews

August 2019

Thank you!

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

Review by William B


4.9 average | 10 reviews

July 2019


Great experience. Claudia was knowledgable, and took us to many interesting places around the heart of Bologna, in addition to the many tastings of delicious food!! Overall, a wonderful few hours to experience the city!

Review by Allison S


5 average | 1 reviews

July 2019

Must Do in Bologna

Francesca was warm and friendly. Very knowledgeable about the town and it’s history. Took us to fabulous places to eat. We would recommend this tour as it gave a good insight to the city as a first time visitor.

Review by Fiona H

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