Meet your guide at the tourist information office on Piazza Maggiore for either the morning or afternoon walking tour, where you’ll get headphones (if the group is larger than eight) in order to better hear the guide during your visit.
The first major attractions you’ll see are right in Piazza Maggiore, including the Neptune Fountain (Fontana del Nettuno in Italian) that has become one of the city symbols, and the Basilica di San Petronio. The enormous church is unfinished outside, and there are some interesting features inside which your guide will point out.
Your next stop is the Piazza della Mercanzia, where food stalls line side streets so you can see the colorful produce that’s in season and local to this region. Then you’ll make your way to the Archiginnasio, which was once the home of the University of Bologna - the world’s oldest university, opened in the 11th century.
After basking in the glow of Bologna’s historic university, you’ll walk to the Church of Santa Maria della Vita to see an impressive collection of 15th-century life-sized terracotta figures mourning the dead Christ.
The final stop on your tour is at the base of the two leaning towers in the heart of historic Bologna, known as the Due Torri in Italian. The Asinelli is the taller tower, which you can climb (not part of the tour), while the Garisenda’s tilt is too severe to allow climbers.