Western Bologna Walking Tour, Bologna (Self Guided)

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.
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Guide Name: Western Bologna Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Bologna (See other walking tours in Bologna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: vickyc
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Bologna Museum of Modern Art

1) Bologna Museum of Modern Art (must see)

The Bologna Museum of Modern Art is a purpose-designed centre of modern and experimental art, located in the centre of Bologna. Now an independent entity, the Bologna Museum of Modern Art was originally one of the three museums that came under the aegis of the Bologna Gallery of Modern Art, founded in 1925. The Bologna Museum of Modern Art came into existence as a separate entity in the 1990s, when the Modern Art Gallery's collections had grown so large by acquisition and bequest that new premises needed to be found for its contemporary art collection and exhibitions.

Lorenzo Sassoli de Bianchi, currently President of Italy's leading health food company, Valsoia, was invited to become its first President in 1995 on the strength of his reputation as an art collector, innovator and organiser. Sassoli de Bianchi was reappointed President for a further 5 years in 2009. The new premises opened on 5 May 2007 and in their first year hosted a range of exhibitions, installations, performances, musical events, films and multimedia experiences which quickly established MAMbo's reputation as a leading experimental museum in Italy and one of Europe's foremost creative centres of contemporary art. MAMbo is a leading partner in the Didart art teaching project supported by the EU Culture Programme.

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Operation Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday-Saturday: 10 am - 6:30 pm; Thursday: 10 am- 8 pm; Sunday: 10 am- 6 pm.
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Mercato delle Erbe

2) Mercato delle Erbe

Mercato delle Erbe is an indoor food market that sells fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, meats, fish and cheese. This is a great place to experience real Bolognese shopping.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday: 7 am - 12 am; Friday-Saturday: 7 am- 2 am.
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Basilica di San Francesco

3) Basilica di San Francesco (must see)

San Francesco is a church in Bologna, northern Italy. It was begun in 1236 by Marco da Brescia and his brother Giovanni, a Franciscan monk. Despite its Romanesque façade, it is one of the best example of French Gothic style in Italy. This is manifest in the interior, which has a nave and two aisles, in the apse with corridor, in the high vaults divided into six sections with ogival arches, and in the use of buttresses. The church is home to the monuments of the jurist Accursius and his son Francesco, Odofredus and Rolandino dei Romanzi.

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Santa Caterina di via Saragozza

4) Santa Caterina di via Saragozza

Santa Caterina di via Saragozza, established in 1256, contains exquisite 18th century interior adornments by R. Tibaldi and M. Mastellari and beautiful religious paintings by A. Guardassoni and G. Burrini.
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Trattoria Amedeo

5) Trattoria Amedeo

Trattoria Amedeo is a beautiful restaurant located near the historical Saragozza Gate. It offers delicious homemade Italian food at reasonable prices. Included among its menu items are tortellini, lasagna and tagliatelle, as well as a delicious assortment of Italian desserts and wines.
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Porta Saragozza

6) Porta Saragozza

Porta Saragozza is an historical gate in the city wall that surrounded Bologna’s Old Town. This impressive and spectacular monument attracts many tourists. It differs from other gates by the decorated walls enclosing it. The Museum of the Blessed Virgin of Saint Luke is housed within the gateway.
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Museum of the Historical Tapestry

7) Museum of the Historical Tapestry

The Museum of the Historical Tapestry is a unique museum that displays the artistic heritage of tapestry. The museum also exhibits Italian, Middle Eastern, Far Eastern and other European fabrics, as well as beautiful embroideries, vestments and old tools used to create these things.

Operation hours: Friday: 9 am- 1 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 10 am- 6:30 pm.
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Modern Art Gallery at Villa delle Rose

8) Modern Art Gallery at Villa delle Rose

The Bologna Museum of Modern Art exhibits part of its collection at Villa delle Rose, which dates back to the 19th century. Its main feature is a ceiling fresco depicting women, a man on horseback and angels.
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Arco del Meloncello

9) Arco del Meloncello

Carlo Francesco Dotti built Arco del Meloncello in 1732 to connect Saragozza Street with the porticoes on the road to the Church of Saint Luca. This beautiful arch was designed in the Baroque style.

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.
Nightlife Walking Tour in Bologna

Nightlife Walking Tour in Bologna

Bologna has a vibrant nightlife, where you will find many diverse nightclubs, discos and live music venues. The most popular place for a night out is the student quarter, Old Town and the streets around the main square. Take this self-guided tour to enjoy Bologna’s exciting nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 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
Downtown Churches Walking Tour in Bologna

Downtown Churches Walking Tour in Bologna

There are many magnificent, centuries-old churches in Bologna. Many of them are well-preserved and worth visiting during your stay in this fascinating old city. You can see unforgettable religious paintings by world famous artists. This self-guided tour will lead you to the majestic churches in downtown Bologna.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Bologna is a beautiful Italian city with a lot of spectacular sightseeing. It contains well-preserved architecture over 1,000 years old, including beautiful palaces with patrimonial art and furniture. This orientation walk will lead you to Bologna’s most popular attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 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: 3.0 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.