Kids Walking Tour of Bologna, Bologna (Self Guided)

Bologna is such a beautiful city, with many fascinating buildings, art galleries and museums that are interesting for both adults and kids. It also has wonderful parks and amazing toy shops children will love. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bologna’s best attractions for kids.
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Kids Walking Tour of Bologna Map

Guide Name: Kids Walking Tour of Bologna
Guide Location: Italy » Bologna (See other walking tours in Bologna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Author: vickyc
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Giocare ai Giardini Margherita

1) Giocare ai Giardini Margherita

Giocare ai Giardini Margherita is a perfect place to go for a walk with your kids. It has a small beautiful lake filled goldfish and turtles. The park sells ice cream, balloons and cotton candy and offers many fun activities for the whole family.
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La Sorbetteria Castiglione

2) La Sorbetteria Castiglione

La Sorbetteria Castiglione probably has the best gelato, a frozen Italian dessert similar to ice cream, in the city. It offers an extensive menu of delicious flavors, including cremino ludovico with hazelnut and cocoa butter, and dolce contagio with pine nuts and carmelized walnuts.
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Città del Sole

3) Città del Sole

Città del Sole is a shop that sells every kind of game imaginable. There are games for all ages, including video games, science and nature games and educational games for infants, just to name a few.

Operation hours: Monday: 3 pm - 7:30 pm; Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 7:30 pm
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Two Towers

4) Two Towers (must see)

The Two Towers, both of them leaning, are the symbol of the city. They are located at the intersection of the roads that lead to the five gates of the old ring wall. The taller one is called the Asinelli while the smaller but more leaning tower is called the Garisenda. Their names derive from the families which are traditionally credited for their construction between 1109 and 1119.

It is believed that the Asinelli Tower initially had a height of ca. 70 m and was raised only later to the current 97.2 m. The Asinelli Tower was used by the scientists Giovanni Battista Riccioli and Giovanni Battista Guglielmini for experiments to study the motion of heavy bodies and the earth rotation. The Garisenda Tower has today a height of 48 m with an overhang of 3.2 m. Initially it was approximately 60 m high, but had to be lowered in the 14th century due to a yielding of the ground which left it slanting and dangerous. In the early 15th century, the tower was bought by the Arte dei Drappieri, which remained the sole owner until the Garisenda became municipal property at the end of the 19th century.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Piazza Maggiore

5) Piazza Maggiore (must see)

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s main square, houses Palazzo Comunale and Palazzo del Podesta. The latter was the seat of the municipal government for many years. Arengo Tower stands behind a palace in this square, as well as a beautiful fountain of Neptune and an old magnificent church.
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Ta-Boo!

6) Ta-Boo!

Ta-Boo! is a shop that will captivate the heart of your kids. This shop sells all kinds of model kits of cars, ships and other things, including machines from popular films like Star Wars. You can find simple models, ones with moving parts and battery-powered ones as well.
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Museo Civico Medievale

7) Museo Civico Medievale

Museo Civico Medievale is dedicated to the history and culture of the medieval era. It is housed in the 15th century Palazzo Fava Ghisilardi. The museum’s collection comes from all over the world, including Pre-Colombian, Asiatic and African art, gold Lombard crosses, Byzantine ivory, glass, ceramics and frescoes by great artists.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 3 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 6:30 pm
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Carusi

8) Carusi

Carusi is one of the best shops in Bologna to find mouthwatering sweets. Parents and children will enjoy its Majani chocolate, leavened biscuits, handmade sweets and other Italian specialties.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 8:30 am - 1 pm; 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Walking Tours in Bologna, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Bologna

Create Your Own Walk in Bologna

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bologna is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Western Bologna Walking Tour

Western Bologna Walking Tour

The western part of Bologna has several historical sites, such as the old city gate, Old Town, several old churches, as well as art galleries and museums. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most interesting places in Bologna’s west end.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Palaces Walking Tour of Bologna

Palaces Walking Tour of Bologna

Bologna is an ancient city with beautiful architecture. In these palaces you can see art by the great masters, intricately decorated interiors and luxurious old furniture. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bologna’s most historically significant palaces.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Bologna Art Galleries Walking Tour

Bologna Art Galleries Walking Tour

Italy has given the world some of the most talented artistic masters throughout history. Bologna has a fantastic art heritage, one of the most extensive in Italy. Its galleries display priceless patrimonial and contemporary art. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most famous art galleries in Bologna.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Bologna

Specialty Shops Walking Tour in Bologna

Italians prefer to do their shopping in small specialty shops, which are numerous in Bologna. You can find anything from Italian wines, Italian hats, ceramics and books to unique designer shoes and much more. Take this self-guided tour to discover the best in Bologna’s specialty shops.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Museums Walking Tour in Bologna

Museums Walking Tour in Bologna

Bologna, a very old and beautiful Italian city, offers many museums, some of them located in beautiful palaces built centuries ago. Take this self-guided tour to discover the most fascinating museums in Bologna.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Shopping Areas Tour in Bologna

Shopping Areas Tour in Bologna

Bologna offers a wide selection of shopping, having streets lined with small shops and markets. Shops follow an unusual schedule, being closed on Thursday afternoon and on Sunday. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bologna’s most interesting shops and shopping streets.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bologna for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bologna has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bologna, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.