Classic Bologna Food Tour
Feast your way through one of Italy's favorite foodie stops, Bologna. Live Bologna like a local—shop for lunch and then have it in the most traditional Osteria on the city.
What You Will Do
- Start your day with a classic Italian coffee at a cafè: Grab a seat and discover why Italy is famous for coffee
- Wander the flavor-packed heart of Bologna and select your lunch from an enticing assortment of ingredients and dishes
- Watch a pasta artisan whip up tortellini, tortelloni, and tagliatelle to get an inside look at how pasta is made
- Fill up at one of the oldest osterias in Italy with a taste of Bologna's cured meats, local cheeses, breads and the balsamic vinegar of Modena
- Top off the tour with a mouthful of the most famous gelateria in town where there are tons of flavors to try
- Traditional Italian breakfast
- Full lunch with cured meat, cheeses, and dessert
- Glasses of local wine
- Ice cream tasting
- Guided tour
This tour is also available for celiacs and vegetarians.
- 441 Ratings
Caterina was an amazing guide! She knew the food, the locales, and the history. It was a food tour, architectural tour, and history tour all rolled into one! The food was amazing and drinks superb. A must do in Bologna especially if you only have 1-2 days.
This tour had great reviews and it actually exceeded our expectations! Sarah was a knowledgeable guide and all the stops were really interesting and gave us the opportunity to taste wonderful foods. Loved it all and the Osteria lunch stop where we ate all our purchases from the market and drank lovely wine was brilliant. The ice cream at the end did not go amiss either.
Our tourg guide made sure that vegetarian diet was catered to.
Very informative, delicous tastes - the coffee was so yummy! Our guide was very personable
We learnt a lot about Bologna's history and local foods and enjoyed the tour very much.
Elena was a lovely guide throughout the city center. We learned about food and the history of the city. But the food tastings and lunch were amazing. Thank you Taste if Bologna and thank you Elena!
We had an amazing time on our tour. Sara was a brilliant guide - generous with her knowledge of both the food and history of the area.
This was a very pleasant tour to experiences some of the places and tastes of food in Bologna. Our guide, Elena, was knowledgable and pleasant. We had a small group and enjoyed the personal attention that a small group allows. We gathered food along the way and made a lunch out of simple but delicious tastes of meat, cheese, fruit, and wine. I highly recommend this tour!
our guide was just fantastic and made the whole thing great fun. We really appreciated te small group size - just four of us. Best trip we have ever taken. Worth every penny.
My husband and I took the Classic Taste Bologna food tour with Sara. We enjoyed the 4 hour tour because it was not only about food but also she shared some of Bologna historic information with us. Every representative building we passed by, she pointed something out. She took us to places we could have not gone because it takes a local to know about them. We loved the Cafe place they took us to. So much that we went back for a coffee the next morning! Seems that they have chosen the best places to taste food from because all it was delicious! We will definitively recommend it to friends coming to Bologna! Grazie!
Where do I begin???? Our Classic Bologna Tour was my favorite experience during our 10 day trip to Italy. Caterina was so knowledgeable and passionate about coffee, food, and all things Italy. The tour was so well thought out, planned & executed - I just couldn't believe the places we were lucky enough to experience. I feel like I got an inside peek into the "secret " Bologna - places that other tourists would not have had the opportunity to experience. Our "picnic" lunch in the Vino Establishment was the culmination of an exquisite 4 hour tour. Would absolutely recommend to anyone looking to learn more about the Bologna food experience. Thank you so much Caterina! I would given 10 stars if possible!!!
I was looking for a food tour in Bologna and as soon as I saw the connection to Rick Stein we signed up.
This was a great tour! Very much recommended. We had a slight deviation due to a venue being closed but all in all a wonderful experience. Especially getting the chance to make our own tortellini :-) many thanks to Sara and the team
Tour guide was superb! Food samplings and food tour itself did not meet expectations compared to other food tours we've been on.
We are very happy with the Classic Food Tour. Our guide Sara is knowledgeable and friendly. Took us to places where tourists wouldn't normally know where to go. Had lunch in the oldest pub in the world and finished off with sampling the best gelato in Bologna.
Great tour very informative and great food. I would recommend this to anyone coming to Bologna na who is keen on good as it is a great way to see the city and sample all the food that Bologna is famous for.
Such a fabulous start to our few days in Bologna! Such different and educational food experiences provided by our friendly and knowledgeable guide Caterina. Would definitely recommend!
Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative throughout the tour. She made sure to visit with each of us.
Ricardo was a fabulous guide. Really informative, and calmly took us to all the delights of the food tour. He never rushed and moved at our pace. Absolutely loved the whole experience
Had a great time with Elena this morning. As a professional food geek, I always appreciate the stories behind ingredients and recipes which she shared very well. Thanks for a great memory!
The tour was everything we wanted it to be. Catherina was very knowledgable, personable and fun. The group size was perfect. Not too big. And gave us a chance to get to know our Belgium colleagues. Difficult to choose a highlight as all of it was so good but lunch at the Oateria will stay in our memories for a long time. Felt like we were being immersed in Bolognesi life with the arrival of the hen party and the wedding party soon after. Mad but huge fun!
A relaxed and information and food filled experience. Sara was a wonderful tour guide-so lovely to hear her own stories about her childhood food experiences in Bologna. A genuine local who is proud of her local traditions.Loved all the food and can’t wait to come Back again with some insider knowledge. We have already returned to the fresh pasta shop to buy some pasta for Dinner with friends we are meeting. Thank you for a great day.
The tour was fantastic. Learnt a lot about the regional food and met some interesting people
Elena is an excellent guide and made the tour interesting and informative
Our tour guide Sara was excellent. She was knowledgeable and personable. She fulfilled all of our expectations for the tour. We had a great time!
Our tour guide Sara was excellent, very informative and made the tour a very pleasant experience
Great tour guide Sara gave us so many interesting information, mixing history with food stories and traditions. The food chosen was great, particularly loved the coffee, the gelato and the lunch place! Well done Sara, I 'd definitely recommend it!
We love food, and the tour was a great way to see the main sights of the city as well as learning about its food specialties. Our guide was fantastic.
Sara was so informative and passionate. We learned not only about the incredible food of Bologna but also the history of the town. We were treated to places and foods that if we had not been on this tour we would have never seen, tasted or experienced. It was a joy and true pleasure to taste Bogna.
Lots of Delicious food and informative commentary from the guide
Sara was very knowledgeable and took us to places we wouldn’t have known about nor found on our own. She was attentive to the group. I highly recommend her as a guide. The tour provided excellent value for the price. Sara was terrific!!
The tour was terrific. My only advice to future participants? Don't eat before you go because you will taste your way through Bologna's fabulous markets and food scene!! Sara, our guide, was so informative and helpful. The group is small, and it is a wonderful introduction to Bologna and its fabulous history including food (sadly, I was an abject failure at the tortellini folding lesson). Among the highlights was the picnic we had at Osteria del Sol with wine. Sara had purchased a wonderful array of tantalizing treats for us to enjoy with lots left over for us to share there for lunch. The final touch was the gelato samplings we enjoyed at the Cremaria near Santo Stefano. Highly recommend this tour if you want to learn about Bologna, its fabulous food history, great places to visit and eat, all with a wonderful guide!
Not only did I enjoy tasting the best that Bologna offers, the tour was educational and fun! Our guide Riccardo was so informative and no question was too much (and we asked a lot of questions)! This tour ensures you have the chance to taste almost everything that region is known for. We even had a chance to make a tortellini while tasting them afterwards. We learned the history of the tortellini, enjoyed lunch at the oldest restaurant in Bologna and sampled wonderful local wines. Thank you!
Food was perfect, as was Elena. So fun and educational.
Very knowledgeable guide!
Lovely guide, great insight to Bologna.
Felt like a local!
What a fantastic experience! From our first contact when booking the tour through to meeting our guide Sara and the experience on the day it has just been so easy and a pleasure. We had a great group of people to walk with on the day and Sara is so knowledgeable, not only about all aspects of food from Bologna, but of the history and the people of her city. We have been back for more coffee from AromA and they were so pleased that we had returned! A must do tour when in the city.
Great tour with a lot of nice little facts about Bologna and their food traditions
This was such a great way to learn about the cuisine in Bologna. Andrea was an amazing guide! It was a small group and very personalized. He has a relationship with each shop owner that he takes the tours to meet. It really was a wonderful experience!
Elena, our guide was very, very good. She showed us some lovely places and we ate some delicious food. Our only issue is with the restaurant recommendations in the leaflet she provided. That evening we went to Osteria Broccaindosso and the food was awful. The steak was a bad cut of meat and the breaded veal cutlet was also dry and had no flavour. This was our last night in Bologna and it was disappointing to have had such terrible food which you had recommended to us. The previous evening we had been to Grassilli and this place had amazing food, a million times better than your recommendation. I am still very annoyed that I paid over 80 euro's for such terrible food. Had it not been on your leaflet, I never would have gone there.
Fabulous tour! Wonderful guide Sara, delicious local foods sampled, many sights seen as we explored central Bologna, and lots of information and tips given. Nicely paced over about four hours which never seemed rushed. Maybe they should think about offering a little less food and one extra glass of wine instead? But excellent value overall and a very good introduction to Bologna and it’s gastronomy.
Sara was an excellent guide, and the small size of the group was important for us. The places we visited were excellent, very authentic and not doing a hard tourist sell. Only negative would be the use of plastic cups and plates. Please swap to compostable wear and tell people to bring their own water. Regards