THE OLDEST UNIVERSITY IN EUROPE – private Walking tour in Bologna

Why was the oldest university in (the Western world) Europe established in Bologna?

Duration: 3 Hours


Why was the oldest university in (the Western world) Europe established in Bologna?

Where is the University Campus in town?

What does it mean to study under the arcades – yesterday and today?

Does Bologna really deserve its nickname “the learned city”?

walk with us and find the answer!

Activity details

MEETING TIME 09.00 am or 10.00 am – also PM

ST DOMINIK CHURCH The Basilica of San Domenico is one of the major churches in Bologna, Italy. The remains of Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), are buried inside the exquisite shrine Arca di San Domenico, made by Nicola Pisano and his workshop, Arnolfo di Cambio and with later additions by Niccolò dell’Arca and the young Michelangelo.

SAINT PETRONIO BASILICA  The Basilica of San Petronio is a minor basilica and church of the Archdiocese of Bologna located in BolognaEmilia Romagna, northern Italy. It dominates Piazza Maggiore. The basilica is dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Saint Petronius, who was the bishop of Bologna in the fifth century. Construction began in 1390 and its main facade has remained unfinished since. The building was transferred from the city to the diocese in 1929; the basilica was finally consecrated in 1954. It has been the seat of the relics of Bologna’s patron saint only since 2000; until then they were preserved in the Santo Stefano church of Bologna.

ARCHIGINNASIO The Archiginnasio of Bologna is one of the most important buildings in the city of Bologna; once the main building of the University of Bologna, it currently houses the Archiginnasio Municipal Library and the Anatomical Theatre.

At the end of the tour you will take a walk back to your hotel or else hang out in the city center

Starting from 260€ 
Contact us for more info about pricing

The costs above are for 1 english speaking guide for the duration of the tour.
They don’t include entrance tickets, lunk, drinks nor gratuities
Prices van vary according to the month and availability.

RomePrivateExcursions offers a very flexible cancellation policy, in case of arrival problems due to COVID, we are willing to offer a 100% refund.

  • Visit the most important sites of central Bologna
  • English Speaking walking guide
  • Your guide will meet your at your accommodation and you will start the tour from there. Likely public transportation to and from the sites included in the tour will be on you.
  • About 2 euro per person for the entrance into the Archiginnasio

Your guide will meet your at your accommodation in town and together you will start the tour. If public transportation is required, the cost will be on you!

No deposit required!

We accept payments in Traveler Cheques in Euro or USD. If you want to pay in USD we will calculate the accurate total, by using the stock exchange conversion rate Euro/USD of the day before the tour/transfer increased by 7 cents. We also accept credit card payments (Visa and MasterCard – No American Express) at the time of the booking, or at the end of each tour/transfer. Please note that if payments are operated with credit cards the total cost of the tour will be increased by 10 %.

We do not accept payments via credit card for amounts below 350 euros. If the payment is made with a credit card at the end of the tour/transfer you will be required to sign an one time payment authorization form, provided by us. If payment is made with a wire transfer the total cost will be increased by 10 %. If you decide to pay in cash you will be asked to pay your driver at the beginning or at the end of the tour/transfer. The Total will be indicated in your final contract.

If you want to pay in USD we will calculate the accurate total, by using the stock exchange conversion rate Euro/USD of the day before the tour/transfer increased by 7 cents
Tickets to the Vatican and the Colosseum can be pre-purchased through us and the day of the tour your driver will hand them to you for a better and more efficient service.

Please note that the Colosseum tickets and the Vatican tickets are not refundable, beyond the terms stated, not even in case of the cancellation of your trip.



On these tours you will be on foot only with a walking guide and not with a private driver, who will meet your at your accommodation and will spend 3 hours with your guide

Not included:

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • TICKETS: 2 euro per person for the Archiginnasio
  • BAGPACKS: you can carry them on the tour
  • You might be entering religious places so knees and shoulders must be covered
  • Walking: intense – 3 hours on foot