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Experience the Best of Italy with Perillo Tours in 2023

Italy is a country that needs no introduction. From its rich history and culture to its stunning landscapes and delicious cuisine, Italy has something to offer every traveler. And if you’re planning a trip to Italy in 2023, there’s no better way to experience the best that this country has to offer than with Perillo Tours. With their expertly curated itineraries, exceptional service, and attention to detail, Perillo Tours is the perfect choice for your Italian adventure.

Immerse Yourself in Italian Culture

One of the highlights of traveling with Perillo Tours is the opportunity to immerse yourself in Italian culture. From the moment you step off the plane, you’ll be greeted by knowledgeable and friendly tour guides who will introduce you to all aspects of Italian life. Whether it’s exploring ancient ruins in Rome, admiring Renaissance art in Florence, or sipping espresso at a sidewalk café in Venice, Perillo Tours ensures that you get an authentic taste of Italy.

Discover Hidden Gems

While iconic destinations like Rome, Florence, and Venice are certainly must-see attractions, Perillo Tours goes above and beyond by taking you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems throughout Italy. Picture yourself strolling through charming medieval towns like San Gimignano or exploring the picturesque Amalfi Coast. With Perillo Tours’ local expertise and insider knowledge, you’ll get to explore lesser-known destinations that many tourists miss out on.

Enjoy Seamless Travel Logistics

Traveling can sometimes be stressful when it comes to logistics such as transportation and accommodation. However, with Perillo Tours, all those worries fade away. Their team takes care of every detail from start to finish so that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your journey through Italy. From comfortable accommodations in centrally located hotels to hassle-free transfers between cities, Perillo Tours ensures that your travel experience is seamless and stress-free.

Indulge in Exquisite Culinary Delights

No trip to Italy would be complete without indulging in its world-renowned cuisine, and Perillo Tours knows this too well. From pizza in Naples to gelato in Florence, they make sure that you get to savor the best culinary delights that Italy has to offer. With carefully selected restaurants and local food experiences, you’ll have the opportunity to taste authentic Italian dishes prepared by expert chefs. Whether you’re a foodie or simply enjoy good food, Perillo Tours will take your taste buds on a journey through Italy.

In conclusion, if you’re planning a trip to Italy in 2023, Perillo Tours is the perfect choice for an unforgettable experience. With their focus on immersing travelers in Italian culture, discovering hidden gems, providing seamless logistics, and indulging in exquisite culinary delights, Perillo Tours ensures that every aspect of your trip is taken care of. So pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime with Perillo Tours in Italy.

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Did you know Bologna is known around the world as "The Fat City?" Think pasta, lots of pasta... A combination of flavorful ingredients, local produce, old-world knowledge and a centuries-old passion for food is why Bologna is the country's culinary capital. You'll experience and taste delicious and traditional recipes, discover the secrets of homemade tortellini and tagliatelle, and savour Bologna's rich food history by visiting the places where locals eat and drink. By booking our Secret Food Tours: Bologna, you'll enjoy Italian foods locals create and enjoy.

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On our Secret Food Tour: Bologna, we'll provide you with an unforgettable taste experience. We'll take you to a small trattoria to sample traditional alla bolognese (Bolognese sauce), sample and learn why a five year-old Parmigiano Reggiano is so special, sip 12-24 year-old.

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Around the world Bologna is often known as "The Fat City" and it has a lot to do with our local obsession with pasta! In this city we value quality ingredients, local produce, traditional cooking methods and a passion for food that goes back generations. On our tour you'll get to experience and taste delicious and classic recipes, see first hand how tortellini and tagliatelle goes from kitchen to table, and discover Bologna's rich culinary history by visiting the places where locals themselves eat and drink.

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Join our Bologna food tours focused on Bologna's major attraction: its food.


Looking to jump-start your delicious stay in Bologna and get oriented in the local food scene? Or have already spent a few days in the city and would like to better understand its foodie vibe?

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Taste gastronomic curiosities and discover the best places to eat authentic local food without wasting time (and meals) on trial-and-error

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Learn about its specialities, ingredients and flavours so you can navigate a menu at any Bologna restaurant. Planning to eat a Big Mac while travelling? Sorry our tours are not for you

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Get tailor-made tips about legendary restaurants, hidden cafes and family shops. Enjoy only great food for the rest of your stay and run away from the tourist traps

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Join small groups - max 10 guests - to blend in with locals. No umbrella to follow: consider us as your local friends to help to get the best of your time

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Since 2013 we received +400 5 stars reviews for our experiences. Are we the best food tour in Bologna? Only you can tell.


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Bologna food tours, local experiences for foodies, do you want to experience authentic bologna.

Don’t miss a food tour in Bologna , food capital of Italy! For a great introduction to Bologna’s food scenery with a friendly and knowledgeble local host choose one of our activities. Small groups and selected food shops to make your experience more personal and authentic.

Don’t waste your time, live like a local and escape the tourists with Delicious Bologna!

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A walking food tour in the city centre of Bologna “La Grassa” . We carefully selected some of the city’s most loved and historical venues for a memorable Food & Wine trip. It’s only visiting old food artisans that you get how food is important for Bologna; several mouth-watering tastings of regional produces for which Emilia Romagna is famous for that you experience with our food tours.

Our tours also give a you great insight of the city , wandering around the beautiful narrow streets of Bologna you come across the main spots like Piazza Maggiore, Quadrilatero food market, the Jewish ghetto ecc…

An unforgettable 4 hours tour to get your stomach full of the best local cuisine, and learn about traditions and culture of Bologna.

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Parmigiano and balsamic vinegar experience.

Half day around the countryside of Emilia Romagna to discover the best food excellences of the region.

Meet the food artisans, get to know and taste their fantastic produces: Parmigiano Reggiano, Local wine and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP .

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What better city than Bologna to learn how to make fresh pasta ?

Make the dough from scratch, roll it with the rolling pin and prepare some of most traditional pasta of Bologna, all made by hand, according Bolognese tradition. You can’t leave Bologna without having attended a pasta course!

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We had a wonderful day with Mattia, he was extremely friendly and knowledgable. The food places we visited were all equally delicious and we would’ve missed them as tourists!


We had a fantastic Nightfall Food Tour with Mattia in Bologna. I am a real foodie – I hate tourist trap kind of places and this tour could not have been more perfect for someone like me.


Mattia lived up to his reputation as a knowledgeable and personable guide to Bologna gastronomy. The limit of only a few people per group, enhances the enjoyment of this tour allowing for much more personal interaction. Clearly his love for the food, people, and history of the city he lives in shines through.


We learn about food, taste the dishes and, even better, meet some of the people who make a living in food related businesses. For me, the absolute highlight of this tour, was visiting an artisanal factory where a team of lovely people were making pasta from scratch.

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Get ready for foodie paradise on a private Bologna food tour! Team up with a local food expert and find the tastiest meals around the city. Read below to discover the must-have food in Bologna: Delicious Italian Dishes The Italian food you must eat in Bologna is Tortellini! Bologna is famous for its pasta and these stuffed bites are mouthwatering when eaten in a traditional broth. Then, try authentic Parmigiano Reggiano for some of the finest Italian cheese you will ever get your hands on. Add a savory slice of Mortadella to your must-try list and taste the rich flavors used to prepare this popular Italian sausage. Food & Wine Pairings The perfect way to enjoy the best foods Bologna has to offer is to pair them with amazing local wines! Bologna food and wine tours expertly blend the flavors of meat, cheese and pasta with delectable Italian wine. You will soon discover that the best food tours in Bologna take great pride in showing you how to prepare handmade dishes from the Emilia-Romagna region. From walking to local food shops to visiting local vineyards, you will witness the hard work and passion that goes into every meal! Customize Your Tastings When you choose a Bologna private food tour guide, you will have an incredible time walking around the city and trying one authentic plate after another. Your private Bologna food tour will take your taste buds on a once in a lifetime adventure and you will never want the fun to end. Just tell your local food expert what flavors interest you and they got you covered!

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We had an amazing food tour with Giuseppe. We stopped at outstanding local food stops that he had a personal love for. The stops were not touristy. Great appetizers with olives and artichokes, various pastas, meat platter, parmigiana reggiano, dessert, gelato, espresso, Prosecco and wine. He has many stories to tell. We would highly recommend Giuseppe to all.

Marco was a wonderful tour guide. He was hilarious, knowledgeable of his city and just a joy to be around. Would highly recommend d touring with Marco.

We had only one day to experience Bologna and realy wanted to at least get a hint of this multifaced & beautiful city full of history, culture and last not least the high quality culinary diversity. Luca was the best guide we could imagine! Raised in Bologna, he knows his city very well, is very into history without getting lost in details. We got a lot of recommendations for restaurants & cultural places & events. Very charming, hospitabel & professional - the perfekt Bologna ambassador!

My wife and I recently had the pleasure of touring around Bologna with Giuseppe. We enjoyed all the stops along the way and appreciated all the insight he gave us about Bologna and the food culture. I would recommend doing a tour with Giuseppe to anyone who is looking to familiarize themselves with Bologna and its delicious foods!

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11 Best Food Tours in Bologna (Selected by a Local!)

By: Author Stefania Guglielmi

Posted on Last updated: April 11, 2023

Categories Europe , Italy

Looking for food tours in Bologna to be introduced to the delicious local cuisine? You’re in the right place: from national dishes to regional delicacies, you’ll get to try all the goodies with the food tours that I selected for you. Take a look! 

Italy could arguably be considered the world’s capital of food , so eating everything and anything that’s local and delicious is probably on Bologna itinerary already. But what if I told you that Bologna is considered the food capital of Italy?

So what about joining a local and enjoying some amazing food tours around the city ? This way you’ll not only get to indulge in Italian delicacies but also learn about Bologna’s culinary history and traditions , and discover the making process of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegar.

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Whether you want to meet other foodie travelers while on tour or enjoy a private experience, there are alternatives for pretty much every taste. I was born and raised in Bologna, so you can say I know a thing or two about the food scene here – and that’s why you should trust my selection of food tours.

Check out the best food tours in Bologna (warning: it will be hard to choose only one!)

I generally use Viator and Get Your Guide to book experiences around the world, and I especially recommend them for the cancellation policy they offer. If your travel plans change and you need to cancel your tour, you can get a full refund on most activities canceling up to 24 hours in advance. 

The Very Best Food Tours in Bologna

Let’s start with the most classic – and best IMO – Bologna food tours. The ones where you’ll eat SO much that you probably will skip dinner that day – welcome to Bologna!

➤ The Classic Bologna Food Tour is the perfect introduction to the city’s cuisine. During the 4-hour tour, you’ll get to sample local delicacies, including Parmigiano Reggiano, mortadella, Modena balsamic vinegar, coffee and gelato. You’ll enjoy breakfast and lunch as well, and explore bustling food markets. 

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This tour also includes : A guide, all tastings, and meals. ➥ BOOK IT HERE  

➤ This food tour in Bologna with a local gives you a local perspective on the city’s foodie scene. You’ll follow your guide to six shops and eateries to try tortellini, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, regional wine, gelato, and cured meats, among other bites. You’ll also visit a local food market and learn about life in Bologna, its stories and legends along the way. 

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This tour also includes : Breakfast, lunch, and all tastings. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

History and Food Tours in Bologna

➤ If you’re interested in discovering Bologna’s history through its cuisine, the Secret Bologna Culinary Tour is a perfect fit. You’ll enjoy tastings of pasta, cheese, wine, and gelato – among other dishes, one of which is secret! – and explore the city with your knowledgeable guide. 

You’ll get to learn about Bologna’s history and food heritage, watch a live pasta-making session, and visit a Bottega to discover the aging process of balsamic vinegar. 

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This tour also includes : Bottled water, coffee/tea, and all tastings. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ Torre degli Asinelli & Food Tasting is one of the best food tours in Bologna, Italy, to appreciate both its culinary and historic heritage. You’ll climb to the top of Torre degli Asinelli, dating from the 12th century, and then enjoy a tasting of traditional products and homemade ice cream.

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This tour also includes : Entrance ticket to the Torre, and vouchers for the tastings. ➥ BOO K IT HERE

The Perfect Food Tours in Emilia Romagna

You’ve come all the way to Bologna, and you don’t go explore the rest of the region that is responsible for delicacies such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma ham? Yeah, you can’t! This is the ideal day trip for foodies.

➤ With this Full-Day Food Tour from Bologna you’ll get on the road and travel to some local factories where you’ll witness the making process of some of the region’s staples, like Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Modena balsamic vinegar. 

You’ll also taste some regional products after you’ve learned about them, and enjoy a multi-course lunch with wine. 

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This tour also includes : Roundtrip transportation, breakfast, all tastings, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ The Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour involves a gastronomic and literal journey, as you’ll be exploring the Emilia Romagna in search of the best local products it offers. You’ll head to Parma, where Parmigiano is produced, visit a prosciutto maker to learn about its making process, and tour a balsamic vinegar house. 

You’ll also tour a wine cellar and indulge in a substantial lunch with wine pairings afterward. 

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This tour also includes : Hotel pick-up and drop-off, a guide, and tastings. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Private Bologna Food Tours

Keen on going on a tour but looking for private experiences to enjoy with just your friends or family? Great! Here are two good options.

➤ Check out this Bologna Private Food Tour that will allow you to discover the culinary culture of the Apennine Mountains… and all on your own. You’ll visit producers of Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar, and enjoy a basic cooking class before indulging in lunch. 

Wine and food tastings of different local products are included, as well as a visit to an abbey, a gothic church, and a historic castle.    

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This tour also includes : Roundtrip transportation, entrance to Bolognini Chapel, and a private guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ The 10 Tastings of Bologna with Locals tour is a very fun way to learn about the city’s cuisine and food culture. You’ll visit several eateries to sample traditional products that may include pasta, fresh fruit, cheese, and piadina , among other delicacies and drinks. 

You’ll benefit from the insights of your local guide and get to skip lunch after all the tastings!

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This tour also includes : Vegetarian alternatives, tastings, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

On a Budget? A Self-Guided Food Tour in Bologna

You can also eat your way through the city with your own Self-Guided Food Tour of Bologna. You’ll get to enjoy it at your own pace, and with as many detours as you like as there won’t be anyone rushing you.   

You’ll get a map and a set of vouchers, with which you’ll collect your food samples to indulge in tastings of tortellini, cured meats and mortadella, parmesan, a glass of wine, and coffee, as well as delicious ice cream for dessert. 

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This tour includes : A map with the route marked, and food vouchers. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Drinks & Bites in Bologna by Night

The Drinks & Bites is a private food tour that takes place after sunset, so you get to discover Bologna’s vibrant nightlife as you visit the most fashionable eateries for drinks and snacks. You’ll get to sample cheeses and cold cuts, and sip some wine on three different bars. 

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This tour also includes : A private guide, and vegetarian alternatives. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Fico Eataly World Tour

This FICO Eataly World Tour takes you around this massive food theme park, visiting 7 different areas that revolve around food – obviously! – and fun, and where you’ll enjoy 4 tastings of traditional products. After the tour you’ll have free time to continue exploring and sampling drinks and local cuisine at your leisure. 

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This tour also includes : Entrance ticket, all day parking, and entrance to Luna Farm, an amusement park for kids. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Bologna Food Tours FAQ

According to us, there are the best food tours in Bologna:  • Classic Bologna Food Tour   • Bologna Food Tour from a Local Perspective • The Red Medieval Pearl Food Tour • 10 Tastings of Bologna

According to us, the best food tours in Emilia Romagna are the following:  • Food Experience with Factory Visit • Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour  

These are the best private Bologna food tours in our opinion: • The Red Medieval Pearl Food Tour • 10 Tastings of Bologna

Stefania Guglielmi

Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.

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12 Mega Epic Food Tours in Bologna You Can’t Afford to Miss in 2024

By: Author girlwiththepassport

Posted on Last updated: November 8, 2023

Categories Europe

Ready to eat your way through the foodie capital of Italy? If so then this mega epic guide to the best food tours in Bologna is deffo for you.

After all, I love eating almost as much as I love breathing. I’ve also been to the mega epic city of Bologna more times than I can count.

Therefore, I am the perfect foodie to introduce you to all of the best food tours Bologna has to offer.

Because when it comes to food tours, some are hot and some are not. Plus, some can be super expensive and a total waste of your hard-earned dollars.

But, never fear because all of the best Bologna food tours listed here come with the Girl with the Passport stamp of approval and are highly rated by travelers from all across the globe.

So, stop stressing and start enjoying some of the best food that Italy has to offer.

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🍕 Busy? Then book this 3-Hour Secret Bologna Food Tour now ! It’s my personal fave and a great way to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine. 🍕

Best Food Tours in Bologna

1. 3-hour secret bologna food tour.

Assortment of Italian gelato that you can try during one of the best food tours in Bologna.

⭐️ Rating: 4.8/5.0 (90 Reviews) Price: $95.86 per person Duration: 3 hours 📍 Meeting Point: between the 2 towers in front of the San Petronio statue Operator: Essor Details: Read more on Get Your Guide Now!

Eat your way through Italy’s culinary capital on this 3-hour “secret” food tour in Bologna .

But why secret, you might wonder.

Well, your local guide is going to sidestep the typical restaurants and take you well off the beaten path.

So, throughout one of the best food tours in Bologna, you’ll feast on ​​Ragù alla Bolognese at a simple trattoria and dig into delicious moreish charcuterie.

“Awesome tour that simultaneously covers the food (duh), the drinks, bits of history, and local customs! More than worth it’s value, you leave super full and with lots of extra bits of trivia. Our guide Caterina was fantastic and super helpful, it was such a pleasure to listen to her and visit all the little stores and restaurants with her! Definitely recommend!” Anonymous ( Read more reviews now )

And in addition to eating homemade pasta, you’ll have a quick peek at how the sfogline (pasta-makers) of Bologna create this amazing food.

Plus, for a small surcharge, you can upgrade your booking to include ammazzacaffé.

Basically, this is an Italian custom where you wash down an afternoon coffee with a liqueur beverage.

Plus, the guide will introduce you to the sights and history of Quadrilatero – the historic heart of Bologna – as you enjoy artisanal gelato along the way.

Seriously, what’s not to love?

2. Historic Highlights of Bologna and Food Tasting Tour

Pasta bolognese from the best food tour Bologna has to offer.

⭐️ Rating: 5.0/5.0 (2 Reviews) Price: $130.02 per person Duration: 4 hours 📍 Meeting Point: Bottom of the Two Towers, next to the San Petronio statue Operator: Art and Food Tours SNC Details: Read more on Get Your Guide Now!

Experience the beauty of Bologna and its captivating cuisine with this 4-hour walking and tasting tour .

In fact, you’ll see the historic highlights of the city during this top-rated food-tasting tour that expertly mingles sightseeing with snacking.

So, after you rendezvous at the Two Towers in Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, your guide will steer you through the streets of Quadrilatero.

You’ll then get up close to the likes of Santa Maria dei Servi and the Church of San Martin while learning all about the significance behind the incredible architecture this city has to offer.

With an emphasis on art, this is one of the best food tours in Bologna for art lovers.

However, the foodie aspect of your tour starts at one of the city’s most authentic markets.

“Interesting tour full of history and local food. Our guide took us to her favourite spots where locals prepared special treats and we sampled some of the famous local products. Our guide willingly bought extras she talked about for us to try as well. I would highly recommend Sara as a guide and host. Well done!” Anonymous ( read more reviews now )

There, you will nibble on cured meats and cheeses that are perfectly paired with puffy bread and balsamic vinegar from Modena.

Later, you’ll dine on fresh pasta with Bolognese sauce before enjoying a glass of wine at a neighborhood osteria.

Ultimately, the tour finishes with coffee, dessert wine, and a sweet treat on the side to help you end your day on a high note.

3. Bologna Food Tour from a Local Perspective

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⭐️ Rating: 5.0/5.0 (453 Reviews) Price: $121.06 per person Duration: 4.5 hours 📍 Meeting Point: Piazza di Porta Ravegnana Details: Read more on Viator Now!

Get the sharpest intel on where to eat in Bologna during this food tour that is delivered to you by an actual city resident.

See, this Bologna food tour from a local perspective lasts 4.5 hours. So, you’ll basically dedicate a half-day to eating.

In total, you’ll visit 6 food stops including markets, stores, cafes, and trattorias. But, the best part? You’ll find none of these eateries listed in guidebooks.

“Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations on places to eat and see. The food provided was great. I highly recommend.” Louis ( read more reviews now )

So, after meeting your guide and fellow foodies in the Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, you’ll be whisked away for a classic Italian breakfast.

But, this is just the warm-up for lunch which consists of fresh pasta, charcuterie, and tigella bread with pesto.

Finally, you’ll part ways with the group after grabbing a scoop of gelato.

4. Self-Guided Bologna Food Tasting Tour with Vouchers

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⭐️ Rating: 4.6/5.0 (49 Reviews) Price: $41.44 per person Duration: 1 day 📍 Meeting Point: Fontanella d’acqua potabile Operator: BOLOGNA TOUR Details: Read more on Get Your Guide Now!

Hungry for some budget-friendly food tours in Bologna?

If that is the case then check out this self-guided food-tasting tour with vouchers .

Now, with this tour the deal is that upon booking you’ll receive a map and a set of coupons.

Each voucher will specify what it covers and where you can use it. Plus, you can scan the QR code to follow the route on Google Maps.

Actually, what’s unique about this tour is that you’ll end up trying dishes you’d probably overlook without the voucher.

“Really well organised pack with great local food from really friendly, welcoming people.” Oliver ( read more reviews now )

But, you can anticipate enjoying handmade chocolates, mouthwatering ice cream, and parmesan.

Also, the tour includes a tasting at Tigellone where you can eat the famous flatbread with typical ragù sauce.

Additionally, you’ll stay hydrated with a glass of wine and a coffee along the way as you enjoy one of the best food tours in Bologna.

5. Guided Traditional Food of Bologna Tour

Tortellini with red meat sauce on a plate.

⭐️ Rating: 4.6/5.0 (44 Reviews) Price: $96.43 per person Duration: 3.5 hours 📍 Meeting Point: Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, in front of Feltrinelli bookstore Operator: Do Eat Better Experience Details: Read more on Get Your Guide Now!

Calling in at 5 unique stops, this 3.5-hour guided traditional food tour exposes you to the classic dishes of Bologna.

For example, you’ll try Bolognese tortellini stuffed with meat and parmesan with your choice of broth or garnish.

However, another highlight is Bolognese cotoletta or a cut of veal served with a rich, creamy sauce that is then topped with smoked ham and parmesan.

Plus, you’ll dig into a platter of cured meats and cheeses that are all served with crusty fresh bread.

And last but not least, you’ll indulge in brazadela, a rustic cake with a similar texture to a donut that is prepared with lemon zest. FYI, it’s typically dipped in Lambrusco wine before you take a bite.

“One of the best food tours I’ve taken. Plenty of food from local places.” Jaclyn ( read more reviews now )

Of course, you’ll wrap things up with a warm espresso at a historic cafe.

Just be aware that this tour is heavy on the meat since that’s typical of Bolognese cooking. Therefore, vegetarians might prefer a different option when looking for the best food tours in Bologna.

6. Bologna City Center Guided Wine Walking Tour

Aerial view of the Bologna skyline.

⭐️ Rating: 4.9/5.0 (19 Reviews) Price: $42.26 per person Duration: 1-3 hours 📍 Meeting Point: Piazza del Nettuno, Operator: BOLOGNA.WINE Details: Read more on Get Your Guide Now!

See, where there’s great food, there’s usually some equally epic wine.

And, the Emilia-Romagna region is responsible for around 9% of DOC production.

So, while most of these top food tours in Bologna do feature the odd glass of vino, this Bologna city center guided wine walking tour is all about the wine.

In fact, this tour gives you a choice of two options since two of the tours last either 1 or 2 hours and are focused solely on tasting the wines of Colli Bolognesi.

FYI, that’s a stunning wine-making spot just south of the city.

“Really enjoyed this. Filippo was a great guide and we went to some different places and drank some great wine! Definitely tried new varieties and learned a lot about wine and Italy! Fully recommend.” Kathy ( read more reviews now )

Whereas, the 3-hour version also features food in addition to all that glorious wine. And this foodie goodness will be enjoyed in one of the oldest taverns in central Bologna.

So, overall, you can expect to sample between 2 and 5 wines. Plus, the tour will walk you around the historic sights of Bologna too – making it a wine and sightseeing tour in one.

7. Food Markets Tour with a Local

⭐️ Rating: 4.5/5.0 (10 Reviews) Price: $46.22 per person Duration: 2 hours 📍 Meeting Point: Mercato delle Erbe Details: Read more on Viator Now!

Grab your tote bag, slip on your comfiest sneakers, and roll up with a big appetite because this Bolgona food tour is gonna be awesome.

See, this 2-hour food markets tour with a certified guide gives you the chance to shop and eat like a real Bologna local.

In fact, this tour takes you to a special Italian store where you can sample and purchase a wide variety of cheeses, meats, pastas, and wines.

Additionally, you’ll wander through a medieval-era covered market while your guide shares insider wisdom and expert cooking tips.

“I really loved this tour as we all had a lot of fun and embraced trying new food and wine! Luckily I got a wonderful group of people where we all mingled and tried the food. The guide Bene was very insightful about Bologna!” Allison ( read more reviews now )

Overall, this is one of the coolest food tours in Bologna if you want to experience local life.

But, it’s important to bring plenty of euros. Because as a market tour, this outing doesn’t include the cost of any food consumed or purchased.

Therefore, budget an additional €15-20 ($16-21.50 USD) to cover what you buy.

However, do remember that you’ll have your personal shopping guide at your side to make recommendations.

8. Classic Bologna Food Tour

Authentic, homemade Tortellini from Bologna.

⭐️ Rating: 5.0/5.0 (186 Reviews) Price: $126.56 per person Duration: 4 hours 📍 Meeting Point: Piazza Maggiore Details: Read more on Viator Now!

Meet your guide in Piazza Maggiore bright and early because the first stop on this 4-hour Classic Bologna Food Tour is breakfast.

Therefore, you can look forward to breaking the ice with the other participants over pastries and coffee.

Then, once caffeinated, the classic Bologna food tour takes you to the Mercato delle Erbe.

This is where you can pick up Italian produce with the aid of your expert guide. Then, the remainder of the tour includes a wander through the city’s oldest food market.

“Matter was v knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the food culture in Bologna. The tortellini tasting was amazing and the pistachio ice cream was to die for!” Vince ( read more reviews now )

Additionally, you’ll swan dive into Bolognese food culture at a boutique selection of osterie.

So, anticipate dining on Ragù alla Bolognese, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar drizzled over bread, and dessert.

Of course, a highlight is seeing how tortellini are made. Plus, you’ll sip on delicious wines like Pignoletto and Lambrusco along the way.

9. Torre degli Asinelli Entrance Ticket and Bologna Food Tasting

Staircase inside the Torre degli Asinelli .

⭐️ Rating: 4.3/5.0 (155 Reviews) Price: $18.42 per person Duration: 1 hour 📍 Meeting Point: Under the Asinelli Tower Operator: BOLOGNA TOUR Details: Read more on Get Your Guide Now!

Now, if the thought of climbing up 498 steps fills you with dread then try this for an incentive.

Because, when you buy this Torre degli Asinelli entrance ticket and Bologna food tasting , you’ll feel way more motivated to do this climb.

See, in a nutshell, this tour package gives you access to the tallest leaning medieval tower in the world.

Known as the Two Towers, the Asinelli Tower, and its sister La Garisenda, was first built in the 12th century and add to the modern-day charm of Bologna’s skyline.

“This was really good value and booked with the san Luca basilica train. (Didn’t realise it was the same company which turned out to be amazing as we didn’t have to meet 2 people) the guide met us at the tower and handed us our tickets for the train and the tower along with the vouchers for the food tastings which were amazing. We ended up not having to pay for lunch as you got wine, meats, cheese and bread, ice cream and Crescentina. You also get a QR code to scan for an audio guide about the tower and for landmarks around the town. Would totally recommend.” Anonymous ( read more reviews now )

Therefore, after catching your breath and getting tons of cool photos, you’ll go back down to the piazza and use your various food vouchers.

Usually, these include a slice of pizza at a hidden pizzeria or cured meats and cheeses, plus a coupon for

Additionally, you’ll receive a coupon for dessert.

Best Food tours in Bologna That are Beyond the City

10. emilia excellence food tour from bologna.

Blocks of parmesan in Bologna.

⭐️ Rating: 4.8/5.0 (13 Reviews) Price: $245.09 per person Duration : 7 hours 📍 Meeting Point: Picked Up from Your Hotel Operator: BOLOGNA TOUR Details: Read more on Get Your Guide Now!

Now, you can’t exactly call yourself a foodie if you pass up the chance to visit the wider Emilia-Romagna region while in Bologna.

Because as you already know, this iconic, culinary city is the capital of this gorgeous region.

And this Emilia excellence food tour takes you on a gastronomic journey through the hills and pastures of this incredible place.

So, over the course of this amazing 7-hour journey, you’ll visit a Parmigiano Reggiano producer, a balsamic vinegar maker, and a winery.

“Fantastic! Did cheese, wine and then balsamico. I was wondering why balsamico was last but totally made sense in the end. I could’ve spent hours more at each stop. Absolutely fascinating and delicious!” Eunice ( read more reviews now )

After all, these are the three principal food products that this area is known for.

You’ll also enjoy a tour and tasting delivered to you by an expert guide at each location.

Additionally, this trip includes an epic 2-course, traditional Emilian lunch too.

Plus, this is a private tour. Therefore, you’ll have the luxury of a personal chauffeur.

Sure, it’s a bit of a splurge but it’s one of the best food tours in Bologna for a special occasion.

11. Olive Grove and Vineyard Tour with Product Tastings

Olive grove in Italy.

⭐️ Rating: 4.7/5.0 (12 Reviews) Price: $16.25 per person Duration: 1.5 hours 📍 Meeting Point: Varies by tour Operator: Palazzo di Varignana s.r.l Details: Read more on Get Your Guide Now!

Beautiful Bologna will blow your mind with its gastronomy, architecture, and culture.

But, as you might have gathered, Bologna’s reputation for rad food and wine wouldn’t be where it is without its rural surroundings.

Therefore, this private olive grove and vineyard tour with product tastings takes you outside of the city.

And over the course of 1-1.5 hours, you’ll explore an estate where wines are produced alongside extra virgin olive oil, preserves, juices, saffron pistils, and goji berries.

“Memorable experience and we’ll worth the visit. Learned a lot!” Anonymous ( read more reviews now )

Of course, you can buy as many or as few items as you wish. You can even choose to have just an olive oil tasting or upgrade your experience to include wine.

And, prices rise based on whether you go with standard or superior options when booking one of the best food tours in Bologna.

Plus, wallet-friendly prices all around make these some of the best budget food tours in Bologna.

12. Bologna E-Bike Guided Tour with Brunch or Aperitivo

⭐️ Rating: 4.8/5.0 (13 Reviews) Price: $119.18 per person Duration: 3-5.5 hours 📍 Meeting Point: Varies by Tour Operator: SLOW EMOTION Details: Read more on Get Your Guide Now!

Head for the hills and uncover Bologna’s natural beauty with a cycling tour accompanied by tastings and lunch.

See, this Bologna e-bike guided tour with brunch or aperitivo sets out from Casalecchio di Reno.

From there, you’ll cycle through Bologna city center as well as the hills and parks that dot the outskirts of the city.

This excursion also includes an electric bike rental, which takes the heat off when it comes to getting physical.

So, all you need to do is choose between a half-day (3 hours) or a full-day (5.5 hours) activity.

Now, the shorter tour includes both a cheese and wine tasting. Meanwhile, the day tour also features a farmhouse lunch that is made using regional and local ingredients.

“Great tour – ebikes and our guide Stella were both great. Stella saw we appreciated nature so took us on a route that made the most of that. we tried delicious wine, ham and cheese and learned about the surrounding area. The bikes were easy to use and meant we could cover a large distance in the day. very memorable experience. thanks! would recommend.” John ( read more reviews now )

Therefore, this is easily one of the best food tours in Bologna for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

Just be aware that the price of this tour is a bit higher as this is a private activity rather than a shared day tour.

Best Food Tours in Bologna FAQ

What is the most famous food in bologna.

The most famous food in Bologna is Bolognese sauce. However, locally it is known as ragú and is a hearty meat sauce that is typically served atop pasta.

Believe it or not, the dish actually originated in France but was first served in Imola in the 18th century

What food is Emilia-Romagna famous for?

Emilia-Romagna is known throughout the world for its homemade pastas. These are also usually stuffed and filled with all sorts of meat, cheese, and vegetables.

But, the region is also known for its fresh, egg-based pasta which is usually topped with a ragù.

What Food to bring back from Bologna?

Food that you should bring back from Bologna includes:

  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Green lasagna
  • Tortellini in brodo
  • Prosciutto di Parma
  • Lasagna Bolognese
  • Tagliatelle al ragu
  • Certosino di Bologna

What Foods is Bologna known for?

Foods that Bologna is known for are:

  • Salty cheese
  • Homemade pasta
  • Cured meats

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In Bologna the beauty is unthinkable, yet you breath it, absorb it, eat it!  Bologna, the "Fat", craddle of great and delicious food. A food tasting tour is a must when visiting Bologna; you can't skip the meeting with the balance of Emilia cuisine flavours. 

EAT Bologna is the perfect combination between discovering the city and its food soul. Together with a professional guide you will walk around the city center and stop in small shops where you will taste traditional local food and learn about the history of receipt as ancient as the city itself.

The tour includes cold cuts tasting and tagliatelle with bolognese ragù (+ glass of wine)

If you have any food allergies, you MUST inform us.

We might have options for vegetarians. Unfortunately, we can't do much for celiacs and vegans. 

  • Group: minimum 2 participants;
  • When: every day upon reservation
  • Where:   Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, under the well-known "Due Torri"
  • Duration: 1.30/2h
  • Language:  English, Italian

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Hi! I’m David. I would like to book the tour but is the 6.00 pm appointment the only available one?

Hi David, of course not. We can organize the tour whenever it suits you best. Please remind that 2 participants are needed to run the tour, and, depending on the time, some shops might be closed.

Good Morning, I’m Mary. I would like to take the tour with my family but my daughter is vegetarian. Do you have veggie alternative?

Good Morning Mary, no problem! Luckly we have a big variety of delicious food which does not contain meat, we will adapt the menù on your needs. Please tell us also if you have any allergy or other restrictions.  

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