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10 BEST Food Tours in Bologna

If you find yourself in Emilia-Romagna, the northern region of Italy (between Florence and Milan), be sure to join one a food tour. This region is considered as the food capital of Italy as it's home to many famous Italian food products (Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Aceto Balsamico among others).

The city of Bologna is the place to go for pasta dishes such as tagliatelle al ragù, lasagne and tortellini in brodo, as well as tigelle bread pockets filled with local cured meats and cheeses.

You can explore the city's food spots on your own, or leave all the hard work to the experts and simply book one of the guided food tours. You'll enjoy exploring the city along a plenty of eating.

Have a look at handpicked food tours in Florence and Rome!

Handpicked Bologna Food Tours:

1. Bologna walking food tour (Secret Food Tours)

  • The tour meets at Piazza della Mercanzia, 4
  • Available every day at 10am, 3pm and 3:30pm
  • Can be booked also as a private tour (you choose the time)

Tortellini and tagliatelle al ragu

This popular food tour takes you to vibrant and colourful Quadrilatero market (in the centre of Bologna) where locals buy fresh produce, meats, cheeses and other local specialties. The morning tour starts with true Italian breakfast - coffee and croissant.

Next, you'll visit local store to taste Parmigiano Reggiano and pastificio (pasta store) to see how tortellini are made and taste 2 delicious pasta dishes. Afterwards, you'll visit traditional bottegas (to sample a range of balsamic vinegar from Modena, cheeses and cured meat). 

Tastings on this tour are so delicious and you'll learn a lot about the local food. Beside the food, you'll hear history facts of sights such as Palazzo della Mercanzia and Basilica di San Petronio.

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Food tour reviewClaire was a wonderful guide who provided much history and interesting commentary throughout our tour. We enjoyed many of Bologna's regional specialties and even got to see a pasta laboratorio. There was plenty of food served and by the end of the tour we were comfortably full. We would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to explore Bologna's wonderful food history!

2. Classic Bologna food tour (Taste Bologna)

  • The meeting point is in the corner of Via De Pignattari, just at the right of San Petronio Basilica
  • Tour takes place at 9:30 from Monday to Saturday
classic bologna food tour

This classic 4-hour food tour of Bologna by Taste Bologna takes you to explore the culinary traditions of Bologna in a small-group. You are going to visit Mercato delle Erbe (local food market), family food shops and osterie. 

You'll taste local specialities like tortellini (you'll also see how they are prepared), bolognese ragù, mortadella, Parmigiano Reggiano, aceto balsamico di Modena, dessert and local wines such as Pignoletto or Lambrusco. And of course, the gelato! This is small-group tour so you'll enjoy personalized attention from your guide. Don't miss this tasty Bologna food tour!

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Food tour review: Marco was a wonderful host. Love the history of Bologna that he shared and trying different foods and wine. Making my own tortellini and seeing the pasta shop was so much fun!! It was a beautiful walk and enjoyed going in and out of back streets and alleys to see all the wonderful shops and markets. Would definitely recommend. Wear comfortable shoes.

3. Bologna food tour from a local perspective (Delicious Bologna)

  • The tour is available from Monday to Saturday at 10am and lasts for 4.5 hours
  • Meet your guide and group at Piazza di Porta Ravegnana
  • One of the most favourite Bologna food tours!

You'll love exploring Bologna and its delicious gastronomy on small-group morning tour. Along the way, you'll get an insight into main Bologna sights.

The tour starts with classic Italian breakfast at the cafè (cappuccino and cornetto). Next, you'll visit pasta workshop to see how "Sfogline" make handmade pasta and then stop in the shop to taste cold meat and aged Parmigiano Reggiano. While visiting Quadrilatero, a local food market, you'll enjoy aperitivo with local food.

Next, you'll spend 1 hour enjoying a delicious lunch with 3 kinds of pasta, along a wine. After the lunch, it's time for sampling aged Aceto Balsamico di Modena and in the end the best artisanal gelato of Bologna. You won't need lunch after this tour!

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Food tour reviewMatteo was a delight. He provided a great mix of Bologna history with fantastic local food. Matteo is extremely personable and kept the group laughing and engaged. We left Bologna completely full and highly satisfied. Highly recommend and great value for the money!

4. Bologna gastronomic experience with a local

  • This gastro experience is available every day (except Sunday) at 10am, 10:30am, 4:30pm and 5pm
  • The meeting point is by the Fontana del Nettuno
Tigelle, round flatbreads from Bologna

This is a unique opportunity to experience the local way of eating and drinking in Bologna. Your local guide will take you on a gastronomic journey through Bologna, to discover all hidden places that only locals knows. The goal is to share with you the typical day of locals while tasting more than 15 food and wine tastings.

The tastings will start with tigelle, round flatbreads, which are served as pre-aperitivo. The filling of tigella is usually prosciutto, mortadella, salami, cheese... Next, you'll go shopping for cold cuts, cheeses and breads and eat all this along local wine in the oldest osteria of the city.

You'll continue walking through the city centre until you arrive to classis osteria Bolognese to try tortellini and tagliatelle (2 kinds of local pasta), all paired with local wine. Conclude your gastro journey with a scoop or two of best gelato in the city! 3 hours pass too quickly on this amazing tour!

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Food tour review: Stephania was a wonderful guide! Loads of food & drink to sample throughout the walk peppered with our guide’s knowledge of local specialties and cultural information. A terrific tour!

5. Tastes & Traditions of Bologna (with food market visit)

  • The tour departs in front of ExtraBo info point at Piazza del Nettuno from Monday to Saturday at 10am (your guide will be holding a red Devour Tours tote bag or sign)
  • The tour lasts 3h 30 minutes and is adaptable for pescatarians and vegetarians as well as dairy-free and glute-free intolerant

You'll spend an unforgettable morning, while exploring food traditions of Bologna on this great tour. You'll take a stroll through the lively food markets, see how artisan chef crafts fresh batches of pasta by hand and enjoy a morning expresso.

Jour journey start with a coffee and freshly baked pastry at Caffè Pasticceria Gamberini. Next, you head to Mercato delle Erbe, the local market, where you'll sample different varieties of cheeses and taste panini with mortadella while your guide shops for cold cuts that you'll enjoy later.

Your next stops will be Osteria del Sole and La Salsamenteria Bologna, to enjoy traditional local dishes, including pasta (freshly handmade each morning at the spot). The tour ends on a sweet note with a delicious regional dessert as you admire 2 iconic symbols of the Bologna. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking.

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Food tour review: Excellent tour, very informative and fun. Guide was friendly and engaging and brought the tour to life, sharing not only food knowledge but plenty of historical info as well. Plenty of food tastings along the way ending with a traditional ragu and wine!

6. Bologna traditional food tour (Do Eat Better Experience)

  • The meeting point is in Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, in front of Feltrinelli bookstore (near Two Towers)
  • Choose from 2 daily departures: 12pm and 6:30pm
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Cotoletta alla bolognese

This 3.5 hour tour of Bologna is a mix of high-quality gastronomy and a walking experience together with a local guide. The tour start with tasting delicious pasta like tagliatelle al ragù (topped with Parmigiano) or tortellini served in broth (two typical pasta dishes from Bologna).

Next, you'll eat tigelle or mortadella in a cone or on a platter (both loved food of Emilia-Romagna). Afterwards, you'll have opportunity to taste cotoletta alla bolognese (veal meat served with a rich cheese sauce and topped with prosciutto and more cheese) - typical local dish.

In the end, you'll have an artisanal Italian gelato or torta degli addobbi - a cake made with rice (prepared in Bologna from 1400, usually at the end of May) - cut into diamond shape. You'll taste a loads of amazing food on this tour!

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Food tour review: Ilaria did a fantastic job guiding us to different delicious delectable delights. Ilaria was very positive and informative. She did a great job checking in with each group, answering questions, and helping to entertain the kids on the tour. The pasta at the first stop, SfogliaRena, was the highlight of the tour. Brava Ilaria!

7. Bologna downtown wine experience

  • Meet your guide near Vittorio Emanuele bar, right in front of the Neptune fountain
  • Available every day at 11:30am and 3pm

If you are a wine lover, this experience is just for you. During 2-hours walk, the wine expert will take you through the streets of Bologna, telling the facts of the Colli Bolognesi area. You are going to visit an enoteca and osteria, where you'll have the chance to taste 4 different wines (you'll get these wines explained). You'll enjoy on this 2 hour wine tasting!

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Wine tasting review: We had a great time on our wine tour. Our host was very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. He took us to several of his favorite wine restaurants and we got to taste some of his (and our) favorites! He explained how the process varied for different selections. We met some great people from Canada and overall it was a great experience! Highly recommend!

8. Balsamic vinegar experience (from Bologna)

  • This foodie experience is available every day from 3:30pm
  • You'll be picked up from your Bologna hotel/apartment
Aceto Balsamico comes from Modena

For a truly unique experience, take this tour to the heart of the food valley, to discover the history and tradition of the famous Aceto Balsamico (known as Block Gold of Modena).

The driver will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to a traditional vinegar factory, where you'll learn about various stages of vinegar production. The best part will be tasting real balsamic vinegar in different stages of aging.

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Tour review: Really fascinating tour! I had no idea of the process of making real balsamic - or how much time it takes. Excellent guide who spoke perfect English and was so knowledgeable and interesting. The tasting was a great bonus! Highly recommend this trip.

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