Meet your guide at the tourist office in Piazza Maggiore, a grand square in the heart of Bologna Old Town. If your group consists of eight people or more, plug in your headphones — so that you can hear your guide's captivating commentary at all times — and make your way into the old medieval lanes that surround the square.
Bologna has a well-deserved reputation as one of Italy’s great foodie cities. In fact, one of its nicknames is ‘La Grassa,’ meaning ‘the fat,’ which refers to the bounty of fresh produce grown in the region and the rich and satisfying local cuisine.
Follow your guide through the tiny streets of the Quadrilatero, which are packed with food stalls and storefronts, selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to meat and fish. Join the locals as they jostle along the alleys, perusing the various mouthwatering offerings.
Discover the origins behind popular local dishes from your guide and stop to shop at irresistible artisan stores, many of which have been in the same family for generations.
As you explore, pause to savor three samples of local Bolognese fare. Munch on flavorful specialty foods such as Italian cured sausage, cheese and prosciutto, as well as a sweet treat, such as chocolate or gelato. Finish your food tour with an authentic Italian pick-me-up: an espresso.
Afterward, follow your guide back to the original start point, where the tour concludes.