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Food Lover's Guide to Bologna

By Viator, March 2018

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The Emilia-Romagna region is Italy’s gastronomic heartland and its capital, Bologna, is the perfect place to discover the country’s rich culinary heritage and overindulge on delicious Italian cuisine. Here are our favorite Bologna food tours and experiences.

Must-Try Dishes 
Many of Italy’s most famous delicacies hail from the Emilia-Romagna region—Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (Parmesan cheese), Parma ham (prosciutto crudo di Parma), mortadella sausage (the origin of the processed stuff we’ve come to know as bologna), culatello (cured meat), piadina (flatbread), and balsamic vinegar.

Affectionately known as La Grassa (“the Fat One”) among Italians, Bologna is also renowned for its hearty and delicious cuisine. Signature dishes include tortellini, tagliatelle alla Bolognese (pasta with meat-and-tomato sauce), and lasagna, which you can pair with a glass of Lambrusco, then cap it all off with an scrumptious dessert like zuppa inglese (a trifle-like custard and sponge cake) or sweet raviole pastries.
 
Must-Do Experiences 
  • Visit a Parmigiano-Reggiano factory, a traditional balsamic vinegar producer in Modena, and a prosciutto factory on a full-day tour of Bologna’s legendary food valley.
  • Sample delicacies including ragù, mortadella, and gelato on a walking tour of Bologna’s local markets and foodie hot spots.
  • Learn to make fresh pasta and tortellini from scratch with a home-cooking class at a country farmhouse.
  • Hunt for wild truffles in the forest, then dine on Michelin-starred cuisine at a traditional trattoria on a Bologna truffle tour.

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Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting, Bologna, null
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Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 101 Reviews

Explore the province of Bologna in this full-day food tour. Indulge in degustation of Parmigiano Reggiano, prosciutto, wine and traditional balsamic vinegar. ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.15
Italian Food and Museo Ferrari Small Group Tour from Bologna Including Gourmet Lunch, Bologna, Food ... 
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Italian Food and Museo Ferrari Small Group Tour from Bologna Including Gourmet Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 127 Reviews

Explore the culinary and motor heritage of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region on this full-day tour from Bologna. Traveling by minivan, visit producers of the ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.20
Bologna Food Walking Tour, Bologna, Day Trips
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Bologna Food Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Explore one of Bologna's oldest food markets with an insider and visit the most traditional food shops. Learn about the history, culture, architecture, that ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $94.07
Small-Group Italian Food and Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Bologna, Bologna, Food Tours
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Small-Group Italian Food and Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Bologna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

If you have a passion for food and wine and a craving to learn, you’ve come to the right place. Come and experience the finest Italian products all in 1 day! ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $177.43
Bologna Food Tour from a local perspective, Bologna, Food Tours
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Bologna Food Tour from a local perspective

Live like a local, escape the tourists! A walking food tour in Bologna, 6 stops at some historical shops to taste the traditional Bolognese food such as t ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.17
Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings, Modena, Food ... 
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Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Discover how Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and traditional balsamic vinegar are produced during this 4-hour tour.

Location: Modena, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $236.97
Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna, Bologna, Food Tours
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Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

From tempting pasta to rich, nutty Parmesan, taste the Emilia Romagna region’s finest gourmet products on a private half- or full-day food tour from Parma or ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.67
Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Bologna, Bologna, Food Tours
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Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Bologna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Immerse yourself in a private cooking class  at the Cesarina's home,  learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of Bologna cuisine and ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $172.67
Cooking Class in Bologna's Countryside, Bologna, Cooking Classes
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Cooking Class in Bologna's Countryside

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the Italian culture and lifestyle and learn to cook authentic Italian recipes in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. This cooking class is ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $232.21
Private Tour: Gourmet Walking Tour of Bologna - Pasta, Mortadella and Chocolate, Bologna, Cooking ... 
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Private Tour: Gourmet Walking Tour of Bologna - Pasta, Mortadella and Chocolate

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Take a private guided walking tour through the medieval market of Bologna and explore the history, art and traditions of the city and its famous food. With ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $126.52

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