Piazza Santo Stefano

Piazza Santo Stefano: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

1. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

Take a classic walking tour through the streets of the Bologna city center. With this guided tour, discover the history of Bologna and its major cultural attractions. Make stops at the Asinelli tower, Neptune fountain, and the Basilica of San Petronio. Meet your guide and walk through the city streets admiring the architecture and discovering the most-famous cultural attraction. See the towers of Bologna and marvel at their height and significance. Then, stroll through the Quadrilatero Market, and learn important historical facts. Make a wish at the Neptune fountain and see if it comes true. Then, gaze at the Basilica of San Petronio, as your guide shares its story and welcomes you into the city of Bologna.

Bologna Private Highlights Bike Tour with Food Tasting

2. Bologna Private Highlights Bike Tour with Food Tasting

The bike tour designed to show you the best of Bologna in two hours: from the oldest university in the world to the grandiose Piazza Maggiore, up to pedaling under the Two Towers, we will discover the most significant places of this magnificent city. The Bologna that we will tell you about in this private bike tour is a city that has ancient origins, the guardian of an exceptional historical, artistic and cultural heritage.

Bologna: Old Town Hidden Gems Exploration Game

3. Bologna: Old Town Hidden Gems Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Bologna's Old Town while playing a mobile-based quest with your friends and family. Solve clues and discover the fascinating history behind the monuments and attractions. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you back in time to learn about the origins of some of the city's most iconic buildings and tourist sites. Here's a sneak peek at the storyline: “You’re an emerging writer from London, whose debut novel was a success. But now writers’ block has struck. The year is 1815. [...] In your despair, you’ve come to Bologna. You heard the city’s many secrets and artistic flair inspire many artists. You hope to be next...." Unlock the secret stories of the places you visit as you solve the problem and guess the answers. Learn about the seven secrets that cloak Bologna in mystery, the streets of the Quadrilatero, and more. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Bologna: The Secrets of Bologna Guided Tour

4. Bologna: The Secrets of Bologna Guided Tour

Discover Bologna with a guided walking tour of the old town. This 2-hour visit, accompanied by a specialized Spanish-speaking guide, will lead you to discover the secrets of the city, its medieval center, its porticoes and towers. Enter the imposing church of San Petronio, admire the palace of the oldest university in the world and experience the atmosphere of Santo Stefano square.

Bologna: Private Highlights Walking Tour with Lunch

5. Bologna: Private Highlights Walking Tour with Lunch

With this tour you will have the opportunity to experience a real Bolognese day. Meet our staff at the meeting point who will explain all the details then leave for your private guided tour of 2.5 hours with an expert guide who will tell you all the anecdotes of the city passing by all the main monuments. You can ask questions and discover the most important beauties of the historic center from the Porticoes to Piazza Maggiore, from the 2 Towers where you will admire them from the outside up to Piazza Santo Stefano where you will listen to the stories about the Seven Churches. At the end of the tour our guide will take you to one of the most famous trattorias in Bologna to enjoy a traditional 2-course Bolognese lunch with water and wine included.

Bologna: Private Guided Walking Tour in German

6. Bologna: Private Guided Walking Tour in German

Explore Bologna’s top sights and areas with a local guide. You’ll get to know the city through its plazas like the Piazza Maggiore and the Piazza Santo Stefano, visit the palatial library Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio, and admire the monumental 16th-century Fountain of Neptune. Start your tour at the Piazza Di Porta Ravegnana, where you’ll spot the Two Towers of Bologna, the Asinelli and Garisenda. Learn about the historical significance of these towers, which were constructed in the 12th century and have become an iconic symbol of the city. You'll then wander through the Quarto Superiore, stopping at must-see landmarks like the Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio library and Bologna’s town hall, the Palazzo d'Accursio. Admire the historical beauty of plazas like the Piazza Maggiore and the Piazza Santo Stefano, the center of the Seven Churches complex.  Marvel at the archeological zone near the Salaborsa public library, before stopping by two local markets, Mercato delle Erbe and Mercato di Mezzo. Here, you can take in the bustling atmosphere and sample some local Italian delicacies.

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What people are saying about Piazza Santo Stefano

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 397 reviews

It was a lovely tour of Bologna. The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and told us everything there is to know about the history of Bologna and the sights we saw. She was also very funny. Would definitely recommend!

This was an excellent tour to familiarize yourself to Bologna especially if you’re here for only a short period. Our female guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. At the end of the tour, she offered places to eat.

Very knowledgeable guide, enjoyed walking leisurely as information was given. All questions were answered, Elena was very friendly snd an excellent guide!

Excellent! Lots of info on the history of Bologna. We’ll worth it!!

Pleasant walk, excellent guide, lots of information...