Quick Facts

  • Location:  Bologna, Italy
  • Type of Experience:  Walking Food Tour

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Walking Food Tour Overview

If you’re planning a visit to Italy or the Emilia-Romagna region, the one item that MUST be added to your itinerary is a walking food tour in Bologna. Most of Italy’s top food products come from this region, such as Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar (aceto balsamico), mortadella, and more. If you're looking to truly immerse yourself in the flavors of Bologna, I can’t recommend this walking food tour with Mattia from Delicious Bologna enough! 

Getting to the Meeting Point

The tour begins near the Two Towers in the center of Bologna, so it’s easy to find the meeting point. 

The Experience

The tour kicks off like the Italians do - with a classic Italian breakfast of espresso, macchiato, or cappuccino and a cornetto. Mattia explains food and drink culture as you stop at each point on the tour, adding in his undeniable passion for the city and the culinary treasures it’s known for. 

As the day continues, you'll get a brief visit to a pasta factory, seeing up-close how tortellini are made by hand daily with such care and detail. The oldest Osteria in Bologna is one of the next stops on the tour where classic meats, Parmigiano Reggiano, and local wine are sampled. This part of the tour is a great time to get to know the others in the group.

The tour doesn't stop there! You'll also get to taste black gold, also known as balsamic vinegar. This aceto balsamico di Modena has been aged at least 12 years and will clear your sinuses right up!

Just when you think you’re full, the main event of the tour commences. Lunch includes three homemade pasta dishes including tortellini in brodo (a classic dish in Bologna), tagliatelle bolognese, and lasagna. 

Finally, no food tour in Italy would be complete without a stop for artisanal Italian gelato.

The best part of this tour is that it’s not just about the food. Between stops, you'll explore the heart of Bologna, visiting main squares, a food market, and some hidden gems that might be hard to discover on your own. Mattia will keep you engaged with stories, provide historical facts, and share the culture and traditions that make Bologna so special.


The walking food tour with Mattia from Delicious Bologna is an unforgettable experience. From the mouthwatering food and drink tastings to the exploration of Bologna's landmarks, it makes for the perfect day, while still leaving time for you to make plans in the evening. If you're planning a trip to Bologna, make sure to add this to your itinerary. Trust me. Your taste buds will thank you!

If you have time, you should also check out Mattia's Parmigiano Tour!  I did this tour earlier in 2023 and had the BEST time.

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About the Author

Hi! My name is Terry and I'm a former elementary school teacher. After 13 years in the classroom, I decided to take my side hustle of creating educational resources full-time.

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