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DISCOVER BOLOGNA

Do you have a few hours in Bologna and you’d like to discover the essence of the historical city centre? Or maybe you’d love to have an expert professional guide at your service to help you unlock the secrets of this medieval city? Then this is the perfect tour for you!    Discover Bologna in two story-packed hours so you can experience the porticos, monuments and towers of what UNESCO has defined the best preserved medieval centre in the world.   HIGHLIGHTS Walking tour of Bologna with an expert local guide See the main monuments, including the Due Torri, the Compianto by Niccolò dell’Arca and the Teatro Anatomico Learn about the city’s past and present WHEN: Every day   TIMES: First tour: 10:30am every day Second tour: 3pm on Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays Except for 25th December   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, San Petronio church, Piazza della Mercanzia, the ancient market area, Santa Maria della Vita church (Compianto by Niccolò dell’Arca), 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 then 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? RATE Full price: € 5.00 per person Reduced: € 3.00 (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 PLUS and guides with a group of minimum 20 people   WHEN: Every day TIMES: From 1 March to 5 November 09:30am – 7:30pm - Last entrance 6:30pm Timeslots: entrance every 45 minutes From 6 November to 28 February 09:30am – 5:45pm - Last entrance 5.00pm 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 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: CONSERVA DI VALVERDE

Discover one of the countless unique places in the city of Bologna! Did you know that the Valverde Cistern, erroneously called Bagni di Mario (Mario’s Baths), is actually a cistern dating back to the Renaissance period (1563) built to supply the Fountain of Neptune? The cistern 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 we find an octagonal cistern and eight small tanks for the water decanting system. Above the cistern, there is a wide dome with a central Oculus. During the visit, it will be possible to explore all the viable tunnels, one of which is characterised by an aeration chimney entirely covered in calcareous incrustations formed over the centuries. In the secondary room, it will be possible to admire a second smaller cistern called the “Conservetta”.   HIGHLIGHTS  Guided tour with an expert local guide Discover the hydraulic curiosities of the city Visit one of the places that made Bologna the city of water   RATE Full price: € 10.00 per person Reduced: € 5.00  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.   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   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, you will be charged the entire price of the tour.

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