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.
- 498 Ratings
Not only was the food tasting great but guides local knowledge made the whole experience more enjoyable
This was just a wonderful introduction to Bologna and regional specialties. Sara was very informative about all things food and a touch of history as well. All the food selections were superb and much enjoyed. The only suggestion I might have is your attendees be given a list of places visited or a map. I wanted to go back and visit a couple of places but I had no idea how to find them. I did go back and find a couple of them though and when I told them I had come with the tour I was very well received. I’m taking home some bottles of vino!!!
Caterina was an amazing guide and host. She was extremely knowledgeable and got us to discover areas of Bologna that we would have never known about. The food we tasted was also really good and offered a great variety.
We had a great time on the tour. It was the first time our family took a food tour so we didn’t know what to expect. It was a great mix of culture,history and of course the food! I would definitely recommend it!
Sara was great and very knowledgeable. She made the group feel connected and engaged us directly as well as creating a fun environment for us to get to know each other. As a solo traveler on this tour it was very much appreciated. I will recommend this tour to everyone I know that is coming to Bologna.
My second time doing this tour. I will do it again, Andrea was so knowledgeable and precise. One of my favorite days in Italy.
The tour was just perfect! It was great to have a small group as the experience felt a lot more personal, especially when chatting around a table filled with food! The food itself was AMAZING and it was so great to get the history and other background information about the different types of food, local sellers and stores. It gave so much more meaning to the food and made it all the more delicious! It also made me think about where the food was coming from (locations, processes, quality etc.). Sara was full of knowledge and passion, and was very professional all the while giving the tour a personal touch. All of these things made me appreciate what I was eating a whole lot more and made for a fabulous tour!
We had a great experience with your tour and special thanks to Sara !
Our guide was knowledgeable, organized and charming. Food was good and other guests on the tour were friendly. Can’t think of any way it could be improved!
Caterina was a delightful guide; we had a lovely four hours with her. Even though she must have taken this tour so often she made us feel as if we were her first and only guests. We learned a lot about the food of Bologna and of Italy, which greatly added to our appreciation and enjoyment of the rest of our stay in Bologna. Margaret and I are now determined to try and make our own pasta when we return home although it will never be as good as that of Bologna! I would highly recommend this tour to our friends and family when they visit Bologna.
Our Guide Elena was terrific. A Bologna native who loves her city and its history. She started our tour with a brief history of the region and the city. Then we began eating our way through Bologna. She took us for coffee to get our day started off on the right foot. Then we walked to open markets and she explained the foods we were seeing and why some are unique to Bologna. We even had the opportunity to watch tortellini being made and had a lesson in making it ourselves. Then we went to shops and gathered the lunch portions she had ordered and took our picnic to an old locals Osteria. So delicious and enjoyable. Last stop was artisan gelato tasting at Oggi. She was great in explaining the difference between real gelato and the mass produced ones - that I will never be able to eat again :) I was sorry to say goodbye at the end. It was a wonderful day!
Sometimes when I visit a new city, I walk around for hours and always feel like I'm missing something. I often feel as though I'm walking away from the good part. This time in Bologna, my wife and I decided to go on this tour. We wanted to make sure that we were not missing out on interesting things. The tour guide, Elena, was charming and funny. She told us many entertaining stories about the history of the area, and about the origins of Bolognese cuisine. She was organized and knew exactly how long to stop at places in order for us to stay interested. Some of the places we went, we would never have been able to find on our own. This was an excellent tour and a great way to spend our day in Bologna.
Very happy with the tour - the insight into local food, the quality of food options, and the general walk around central Bologna.
This was one of the highlights of our trip - Sara was great as was the day! So informative, interesting and delicious!
Sara’s knowledge of both Bologna and of course the amazing Bolognese cuisine. Our tastings were delicious and her recommendations spot on! The gelato was definitely the best I’ve ever eaten in Italy and I lived there for four years! Bologna is magical, relaxed, friendly and a foodie’s dream. Great communication in the run up too. Much appreciated. Come
Fantastic look at food in Bologna! Host/guide was very knowledgeable!
Sara is very good and experienced guide. She showed us some amazing places and food. We will recommend this to everyone
Overall an enjoyable tour our guide elena was friendly and informative.
We had a great tour with Elena, she was very knowledgeable about the city and places we went. Would highly recommend.
Very good and friendly guide who was very informative about Bologna. On our first day there we discovered a lot about the city as we went along, though particularly about it's food which we really enjoyed. We very much liked the fact that there were lots of different foods to sample at different shops and markets. We liked all the different sections of the tour starting with our hot chocolate and croissants through to lunch at the very atmospheric Osteria del Sole. Will definitely recommend to others.
Sara was very knowledgeable and good at communicating about the wonderful food on offer in Bologna. She coped very well with me being coeliac.
Elena made this tour very interesting (combination between culture & food).
It was a very enjoyable (and delicious!) experience! Thank you!
Very enjoyable morning with Sara. Happy to recommend to others
Our guide, Elena, made everyone feel included. She has great pride in her historic city and fabulous knowledge of the foods native to Bologna. We learned more than we expected. Love going back to the States with our new knowledge of all foods Bologna with Parma & Modena added in. It was truly the highlight of our visit in Bologna. She also gave us great restaurant suggestions. Thank you Elena!
The tour was everything that was promised and more! We learnt about the local history whilst enjoying the wonderful sights and food of the area. Would highly recommend. Thank you Sara for making our tour very special.
Caterina was fantastic and informative and the group was great. All stops proved enjoyable! Well organized
Very interesting and tasty tour. Small group so everyone was able to listen carefully to all the nice stories about the history of Bologna.
Vario e gustoso! bravissima e simpaticissima Sara. Bravi Bravi Bravi!
It was a great way to be guided around this large and fast paced city. Sara is a fantastic guide. Although she runs this tour a number of times a week, she still comes across as very engaged, enthusiastic and interested. We loved meeting her, and loved the tour - and the food of course!
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.