Private Tour: Gourmet Walking Tour of Bologna - Pasta, Mortadella and Chocolate
2 hr, 30 min
The highlight of the tour is perhaps your visit to a traditional chocolate maker, where solid chocolate was invented! Your tour also includes a visit to a typical Bolognese osteria (restaurant), to discover the fun-loving side of Italy's oldest university.
This in-depth, hassle-free private tour is hosted by an English-speaking guide. Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at the time of booking to alert your guide, so they can prepare for your private tour.
Return DetailsReturns to original departure point
Our guide was very good and showed us some history of Bologna, but there was no chocolate or pasta. We tasted gelato on one shop and later had a small plate of meat and cheese with a glass of Lambrusco. It was cold and very rainy, unseasonable weather for May, but our guide made the best of it. It was a nice way to spend a rainy Sunday.
Camilla was our tour guide and was fantastic, very personable, knowledgeable and entertaining. Stopping off at a chocolate store, which is a must see when visiting bologna, we ended at a great deli style store with a delicious selection of mortadellas, ham, salami and cheeses, certainly enough for a substantial lunch. Camillus is highly recommended
Number one, we were late for our private tour as we were driving in from another city and didn't know we couldn't park in the city center. We did finally find parking for 20 but if we had left our car where it was originally parked we would have been towed. Number two, the place we were supposed to meet our guide in the Piazza Maggiore- The Neptune Fountain- was under scaffolding so we couldn't find it. I'm not sure how someone who wasn't familiar with Bologna and that is why we were taking a tour could find it. At any rate, our tour guide Camilla met us and took us on our private walking tour of Bologna. She was very nice and accomodating. Our first stop was a chocolate store with a tasting. We then went to the Market and ended in a restaurant with a glass of local sparkling wine and a meat and cheese plate at 1 p.m. My husband and I both felt there should have been more tastings and more information, given the price of the tour. Another tour was 8 hours and covered Bologna, Parma and Modena for the same price. Personally, I think the tour should have started at the market where she could have pointed out different fish, vegetables, fruits, particularly local ones that we don't have in the USA. I think, given the proximity to Modena, there should have been a balsamic vinegar tasting. Also, the dish she mentioned as local, mortadella stuffed pasta, should have been a tasting. It even says pasta in the description, but there was no tasting. I think it would have been nice to do a small wine tasting maybe 3 of wines before lunch and then, for lunch, we wouldn't have needed as much meat/cheese although it was very good. Lastly, the chocolate tasting should have been last- it is hard to eat 4 pieces of chocolate at 10 am.
Camilla was an amazing tour guide. She was very helpful and knowledgeable. She took the time to answer all of our questions and really made our first day in Bologna very special! She even recommended a nice restaurant for us to try and we did! Irt was spectacular! I would definitely recommend!
6 stars should be possible! A wonderful insight into the food history of the city. Our guide showed us through the markets, explained why each selection was important, then took us to the only authentic osteria to sit and eat our collection. Everything included so no hassles. A great tour.