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Walking Through Bologna's History - Free Walking Tour

Your guru: Ela
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  • Bologna
  • Available in: English

About the guru Ela

Hi, Im Ela and I am in love with this city! My passions are history and art. For the last four years, I used to visit Bologna, until now, when I finally moved here. I love to meet new people and discover new city attractions!

Hi, Im Ela and I am in love with this city! My passions are history and art. For the last four years, I used to visit Bologna, until now, when I finally moved here. I love to meet new people and discover new city attractions!

About the tour

Have you ever wondered how the city of over 100 towers became a city of just 22 towers?, What is Ragu?, Why the Basilica of Sant Petronio was not fully finished? You will have the answer for these, and much more interesting facts during the 1:30 minutes that I will pass with you in the city center of Bologna!

The places that we are going to visit are:

-Piazza Maggiore (with Nettuno statue, Palazzo Re Enzo, Biblioteca Sala Borsa, Palazzo del Podesta, Basilica di San Petronio)

-Archiginnasio (First University in Europe)

-Tower Galluzzi

-Church Santa Maria della Vita

- Mercato di Mezzo

-Basilica Santo Stefano and 2 Towers

I will not talk just about history, but also about the food and cultural lifestyle in Bologna. So lets discover it together and lets have some fun!

Meeting point
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How to find me: I will be in front of Nettuno Statue, on the main Piazza Maggiore.
Tour duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Tour schedule


What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €5, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

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Ratings 21



2 days ago

Ela ha sido una guía maravillosa. Nos gustó mucho cómo nos trató y nos explicó los monumentos de la ciudad de Bolonia. La recomendamos, sin ninguna duda! Muchas gracias por todo Ela!!


Response from Ela:

Hola Catalina! Thank you so much for joining me on the tour. I really enjoyed it as well. Greetings to all of your wonderful family!


6 days ago

Ela was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and patient as I had injured my knee the day before so she took the tour at my pace which was brilliant and I was very grateful to her. Ela is a lovely friendly person who obviously loves Bologna. I can thoroughly recommend Ela and her guru tour.


Response from Ela:

It was my pleasure to have you yesterday at my tour! :) Thank you Marcia for all the kind words you wrote!

Clara Pladevall

8 days ago

It was a fantastic tour. Ela is really kind and she explains herself really well. We enjoyed a lot those hours with her! We recommend her a lot, for sure! Thank you Ela.


Response from Ela:

Thank you Clara! It was my big pleasure to have you at my tour! Enjoy Spain! :)


8 days ago

It was unforgettable. To visit Italy was a cherished dream of mine, which I was able to fulfil. Thinking back and remembering still gives me goosebumps from the beauty of Bologna.

Ela, the tour guide, welcomes guests with a pleasant and warm energy, smiles and a good mood. She is there for you and will really help you see and taste the real Italy. She gave us a small look inside the life of the local population of calm and comfort. Having been to other Italian cities, I was pleasantly surprised with a new perspective of Italy. Bologna is a city saturated with antiquity of ancestors, each stone remembers the history of this land, and Ela will tell you all about it. Definitely worth booking her tours, this is an unforgettable sight. Breath taking city, great guide with knowledge, excellent restaurants and cafes. Ela made me feel very welcome. She made sure that everyone felt comfortable, and gifted us with some fun facts and tips that only a local would know. Having been to paid tours, this is still on top of my list! It's worth it.

In Bologna, your heart begins to beat and you feel a warmth of energy and pleasure.


Response from Ela:

Ciao Anna! When I read this I can just say Im happy to had you at my tour. Thank you sooo sooo much for visiting Bologna with me! Welcome back here! Cheers!


9 days ago

It was wonderful tour in the center of Bologna. Building of first university in the world its really special. Ela its super!


Response from Ela:

Thanks Zvonimir! Love to hear you liked university area :)


10 days ago

Lovely tour, Great tour and an excellent guide! Great spirit and has a contagious smile, made our day brighter then it was! She even stayed longer with us to explain as more things in Bologna!


Response from Ela:

Ciao Ivor! Thank you for these wonderful words!
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