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FICO & THE CITY

Experience a unique introduction to Bologna and FICO Eataly World - the world’s largest food-theme park – on this packed-tour focused on food culture and high- quality products. Departing from the city centre piazza Maggiore, we will explore together the most authentic and real Bologna by encountering centuries of history through monuments, palaces and distinctive streets. Then we make our way to FICO Eataly World, the world's largest agri-food park, by visiting 2 hectares of open-air fields and stables housing more than 200 animals and2000 cultivars. Understand food processing by visiting the 40 farming factories and observing how meat, fish, cheese, pasta, oil, beer, sweets, etc. are processed. Taste traditional Italian food at FICO’s 45 restaurants and refreshment points. IMPORTANT INFO WHEN: Saturday, Sunday and Monday TIMETABLES: 10:30 LENGTH: 5h30min LANGUAGES: Italian / English MEETING POINT: Bologna Welcome Tourist information and incoming services point Piazza Maggiore 1/e - 40124 ITINERARY: Piazza Maggiore, Fontana Nettuno, San Petronio, Archiginnasio, Quadrilatero market, Due Torri, Ghetto ebraico, Torre Prendiparte, Finestrella di Via Piella, Via Indipendenza. Transfer by FICObus to FICO Eataly World, lunch and free time, guided visit, free time and return to city (time not defined, of free will).  INCLUDED: Guided tour of Bologna and FICO Skilled Italian/English speaking tourist guide  FICObus roundtrip ticket RATE: €25 p/person 10% off for Bologna Welcome Card holders 50% off for children from age 6 to under 12 Free for children under 6 CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 48hours prior to the scheduled departure by writing to incoming@bolognawelcome.it, no cancellation fee will be charged. If you cancel later, you will be subject to full amount of the booking fee."

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Traditional shops tour

History, anecdotes, legends, colours and scents resurface in an amazing journey to explore some historical traditional shops of the city.  Do you want to take home with you an unforgettable memory of the city? This is the tour for you!   At each stop you will enter a world in the past that with renovated vigor, can still propose quality and innovation in line with a centuries-old tradition. A walk in the historic centre that unveils an antique pharmacy, a historical jeweller, a unique boutique since 1694... and so much history that even today throbs with life.   IMPORTANT INFO WHEN: March 17 - November 3 Saturday except:  -June 2 -July -August  TIMETABLES: 10:45am LENGTH: 2 hours  LANGUAGES: Italian / English MEETING POINT: Bologna Welcome Tourist information and incoming services point Piazza Maggiore 1/e - 40124 INCLUDED: Guided tour of Bologna traditional shops  Skilled Italian/English speaking tourist guide  TRADITIONAL SHOPS ITINERARY:  Farmacia Zarri, La Corincina, Gioielleria Fontana, Zinelli, Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo, Antica Barberia Marchi, Libreria Nanni.  RATE: €15 p/person 10% off for Bologna Welcome Card holders CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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Discover Bologna

You only have a few hours to spend in Bologna but you’d still like to discover the essence of the historical city centre? Or maybe you’d love to have an expert professional guide at your disposal, to help you unlock the secrets of this medieval city?  Then this tour is for you! Discover Bologna in two, story-packed hours you can experience the porticos, monuments and towers of what UNESCO has defined the best preserved medieval centre in the world. IMPORTANT INFO WHEN: Every day TIMES: Winter timetable From 1st February to 31st March and from 29th October to 31st December Every day: 10:30 Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 15:00 Summer timetable From 1st April to 28th October Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 Sunday: 15:00 From Monday to Saturday 16:45 Holiday timetable valid all year round 1st, 2nd, 25th April, 1st May, 2nd June, 15th August, 4th October, 1st November and 8th, 25th, 26th December First tour 10:30 Second tour 15:00 MEETING POINT: Bologna Welcome Tourist information and incoming services point Piazza Maggiore 1/e - 40124 LENGTH: 2 hours LANGUAGES: Italian/English INCLUDED: Skilled Italian/English speaking tourist guide Entrance to the Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater hall Entrance to the Compianto by Niccolò dell’Arca ITINERARY: Piazza Maggiore, entry to San Petronio church, Piazza della Mercanzia, the ancient market area, entry to Santa Maria della Vita (Compianto by Niccolò dell’Arca), entry to Archiginnasio, Due Torri (The itinerary is subject to change based on locations’ closures/opening) RATE: Free for Bologna Welcome Card holders € 15.00 per person Free for children under 12 CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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Le Due Torri – Torre degli Asinelli

Visit the Asinelli Tower, the taller of the two sisters: 97.2m high, leaning a noticeable 1.3° off-centre. It was built between 1109 and 1119 as a symbol of grandeur for the family by the same name. It passed into the hands of the municipality the following century. The tower was a lookout and defensive stronghold. Its military purpose is evidenced by the lower loggia also called rocchetta, or mini fortress, that was built around the square base in 1488 as headquarters for the tower’s sentinels. Bologna is an extraordinary city and the Tower is its beating heart. The view from atop the Torre Asinelli is breathtaking, and the journey upwards is unique and unforgettable.  Ready? IMPORTANT INFO  WHEN: Every day TIMES: From 1 March to 5 November 09:30am – 7:30pm Timeslots: entrance every 45 minutes From 6 November to 28 February 09:30am – 5:45pm Timeslots: entrance every 45 minutes LENGTH: 45 minutes MEETING POINT Piazza Ravegnana – Tower entrance YOUR TICKET INCLUDES Introductory pamphlet about the Tower visit Entrance fee RATE Full price: € 5 per person Reduced: € 3 (under 12 and over 65; school trips; university students; groups of minimum 20 people; Card Musei Metropolitani holders) Free for holders of Bologna Welcome Card - € 30 and guides with a group of minimum 20 people     CANCELLATION POLICY If you cancel or modify your booking at least 1 hour before the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee If you cancel later, you will be charged the entire price of the tour.

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Undergrounds of Bologna: crypts of mysteries

Agricola was a Jewish aristocrat of the Christian religion and Vitale, a freedman, was his servant. They lived during the 3rd century A.C. and died during the persecutions of Diocletian in 305 A.C. in the vast Bolognese arena. They are saints and were among the first martyrs of the city history. The itinerary travels through the fundamental stops of their life by visiting three fascinating crypts, sites that are partially not accessible to the public. We will take a good look at the place where they lived, the place where they suffered.   WHEN: Every Saturday excluding 2 December 2017   TIMES: Every Saturday: 10am except 11 November -9 December : 11am   LENGTH: 1h30 minutes   LANGUAGES: Italian/English   MEETING POINT: Via dell'Abbadia 3, Bologna - Chiesa SS Naborre e Felice   INCLUDED: Skilled Italian/English-speaking tour guide Entry to the Crypt of San Zama Entry to the Crypt of Saints Vitale and Agricola Entry to the of Santo Stefano   ITINERARY Crypt of San Zama, Crypt of Saints Vitale and Agricola, Crypt of Santo Stefano   USEFUL INFORMATION It's suggested not to wear high heels and flip-flops.   RATE: € 15.00 per person   CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservation is compulsory. If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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Undergrounds of Bologna: Conserva di Valverde

Would you like to know where the water for the Fountain of Neptune come from? This tour is for you!  The Valverde Cistern, mistakenly called “Mario’s Baths”, is a cistern of renaissance period (1563) designed and built by the palermitan architect Tommaso Laureti. It was made for supplying water to the Fountain of Neptune.  The cistern’s structure consists of a main room, a secondary room and some tunnels. The guided tour takes place most of all in the main room, in which there’s an octagonal cistern and eight small tanks for the water decanting system. Above the cistern, there’s a wide dome with a central Oculus. During the visit, it will be possible to explore all the viable tunnels. In one of these tunnels, there’s a particularity: an aeration chimney completely covered by secular calcareous incrustations. In the secondary room, it will be possible to appreciate a second smaller cistern, called the “Conservetta”. IMPORTANT INFO WHEN Every Friday (from 26 January to 28 December 2018) TIMES 6pm LENGTH 1 hour LANGUAGE Italian/English  MEETING POINT Via Bagni di Mario 10 RATE: Full price: € 10 per person Reduced: € 5  for children aged 10 to 18 Free: for children aged 6 to 10  (booking required) The tour is not suitable for children under the age of 6. NOTES: Number of visitors : min 1 - max 15 It's suggested not to wear high heels CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservation is compulsory. If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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Risciò Bi-Bo tour

The Bi-Bo Tour is a captivating experience where you can discover some of the most fascinating stories found in the heart of the historic city center of Bologna conducted with a sustainable approach. You will be guided by our peddlers and an interactive tour guide containing rich references in video, audio and photography. In only 60 minutes you will be immersed in the hidden magic of Bologna. You can choose from two different themed- centered itineraries: “Bologna: history and legends” and “Bologna, the city of music”. You can indulge into a relaxing and unique experience. Bi-Bo Tours are a social-benefit project. When you take our tours, you support the employment of people in disadvantaged circumstances. ITINERARIES: BOLOGNA: HISTORY AND LEGENDS – Visitors will discover the stories and legends that are hidden in both the emblematic and least-known places of the historic city center of Bologna. A real opportunity to dive into the past! BOLOGNA, THE CITY OF MUSIC – Unbeknownst to most, every street in Bologna has a captivating story related to music. During this tour, you can discover the people and situations that made of Bologna a laboratory of creativity and cultural development.  You will have access to rarely-known images and music.   HIGHLIGHTS Italian / english audioguide Complete tour on risckshaw with two itineraries 1h tour WHEN: Every Thursday, Wednsday, Saturday and Sunday, holidays included except January 1st   LENGTH: 1h   TIMETABLE: Winter schedule, from the 14th October 2017 until the 24th march 2018,  10am - 7pm Timeslots: 10:00am; 11:00am; 12:00pm; 01:00pm; 02:00pm; 03:00pm; 04:00pm; 05:00pm; 06:00pm Summer schedule, from the 25th March 2018 until the 27th October 2018, 10 am - 8pm Timeslots: 10:00am; 11:00am; 12:00pm; 01:00pm; 02:00pm; 03:00pm; 04:00pm; 05:00pm; 06:00pm; 07:00pm   MEETING POINT: Piazza Re Enzo, 1-4, Bologna BO (in front of the Exibition Bologna Fotografata)   THE PRICE INCLUDE: Audio guided tour on riskshaw with driver   RATE: €50,00 full price / riskshaw (maximum capacity of 2 people) LAUNCH OFFER €35,00 p/riskshaw, valid until July 1st 2018 (maximum capacity of 2 people)   CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS: BOLOGNA WELCOME Piazza Maggiore 1/e - 40124 tel: +39 051 6583111 email: booking@bolognawelcome.it   RISCIÒ BI-BO TOUR tel: +39 338 2222000 email: tourbibo@gmail.com

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Biking Bologna

Why not bike to the city’s five most attractive sites with a local guide? Wander through the ancient streets of the university district; sniff your way through the aromas wafting from delicatessens, see the green parks and the secret corners of Bologna. The tour route will provide a reminiscent peek at a hidden side of Bologna. IMPORTANT INFO   WHEN: Every Sunday  From April to June, 2018 except:  Sunday April 1   TIMES: 10am     LENGTH: 2 hours   LANGUAGES: Italian/English   MEETING POINT: Dynamo - la Velostazione di Bologna  Bike centre  Via dell’Indipendenza 71/z, under the Pincio Terrace   ITINERARY: Approx. length: 10 km on flat terrain Dynamo, Piazza Verdi (University district), Piazza Santo Stefano, Giardini Margherita, Porta Saragozza, Via della Grada, Mercato delle Erbe (covered market), Manifattura delle Arti (cultural district).   INCLUDED: Professional tour guide Wireless tour guide system Bicycle Helmet, a lock and lights Water bottle Route Map 50% off the purchase of one drink at Dynamo – La Velostazione di Bologna Third-party liability insurance USEFUL INFORMATION A valid ID CARD must be shown at the beginning of the tour.    RATE per person: € 25.00 adults € 12.50 children under 12 (kids' bike included) € 5.00 children in child's seat on parent's bike up to 22kg bodyweight (child's bike seat included) 10% off for Bologna Welcome Card holders   CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 1 hour in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Botteghe Storiche

Le antiche botteghe bolognesi sono cariche di storia, aneddoti, leggende e conservano arredi con decori affascinanti che ci riportano indietro nel tempo. Ad ogni ingresso si entra in un mondo passato che ancora oggi riesce, con rinnovato vigore, a proporre qualità e innovazione in linea con una tradizione secolare.