Eating My Way Around Bologna, Italy with Taste Bologna Tours

Bologna, Italy is synonymous with cuisine – so when I was planning my trip in Italy, I knew I wanted to take a Bologna food tour. Enter Taste Bologna – a one stop shop for everything “food” and “tours” in Bologna, Italy.

Since I was in Italy – where pizza and gelato acquired their fame and glory, the “Pizza and Gelato” tour was a no brainer. And, if you know me, you know my love for a good cup of espresso so the “Art of Espresso” tour was something I had to opt for.

Pizza and Gelato Tour:

What I loved most about this tour was that, while pizza and gelato were consumed, the tour was also extremely informative and a bit of a ‘Bologna walking food tour’ merged with a little bit of a Bologna history lesson! We started off at ‘le sfogline’ which is a name that refers to the women who make tortellini, tortelloni and tagliatelle.

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

The interior of ‘le sfogline’ reminded me of a grandmother’s kitchen!

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

You can even see the tortellini dough on the cutting board, being prepped for orders!

After stopping by le sfogaline we headed to the medieval market and explored the “Quadrilatero”, the foodie heart of Bologna. I especially loved this part of the tour because we got a feel for the cuisine scene for the locals. There were heaps of different stalls, each merchant specializing in a ‘type’ of food – from produce to meat to cheese and fish.

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

The produce stands were my favorite – the pops of colors were beautiful!

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

A meat and cheese stall, with just about everything you can imagine for a great charcuterie board.

From the market we made our way to our first foodie stop – pizza! I don’t want to give away all the secrets of the tour but I will say that we tried multiple types of pizza. Our small group collectively tried over 10 different types of pizza, some topped with meats, some without cheese and my personal favorite – topped with beans and lentils!

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

With shaved parmesean, a few sundried tomatoes, lentils and chick-peas, I loved this particular pizza.

From pizza we made our way to gelato but first we took a stroll through one of the oldest streets in Bologna, where the food markets used to all be (and where some can still be found today!).

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

The fruit and veggie stalls were my favorite here, also!

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

The pescheria was also a fun stall! The tiles on the wall were so pretty!

After making our way through the stalls and markets we arrived at a gelateria. We learned on our tour that there are actually ‘impostor’ gelato makers (the typical image you picture when hearing ‘gelato’ – large tins, overflowing with gelato). The location Taste Bologna took us to was the real deal. We were given a menu (that changes, often!) and the option to choose three samples of gelato. After trying the real stuff, I don’t ever want the commercial gelato, again!

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

A vanilla-pistachio sample – with chunks of real pistachio.

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

The most chocolate-y chocolate I’ve ever tried!

The pizza and gelato tour couldn’t have been any better! It was much more than I expected and just as delicious as I could’ve hoped for. The addition of a walking tour and a bit of a history lesson was icing on top of a gelato!

The Art of Espresso Coffee Corse:

I love a good cup of espresso but prior to my tour with Taste Bologna, I didn’t actually know what makes a good cup of espresso! The art of espresso tour covers a little bit of everything when it comes to coffee. Have you ever wondered why Italian’s drink their espresso so quickly? Or at a café counter – as opposed to sitting at a table? I finally learned why during the Art of Espresso tour!

During the tour we also learned the differences between Robusta and Arabica espressos. We also learned the different characteristics that make up the flavor in both types of beans. We even played a fun game to try and pick which flavors and aromas were in each espresso we were sampling.

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

Some of the main differences between Arabica and robusta beans.

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

‘Which is which’? Playing the flavor and scent game with the espressos really gave us a sense of the different characteristics that make up each type.

We also learned how to make a proper espresso and cappuccino on the café machine in most restaurants and coffee shops. After which, I was actually able to pin-point where baristas were missing the mark on making a perfect cup of espresso or cappuccino! As if that wasn’t great enough – we then learned how to make the perfect moka at home. I also learned where I was missing the mark on making a perfect cup of espresso at home. It’s safe to say that since this lesson I’ve perfected my ‘at home moka’!

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

Learning (and watching!) how to make a perfect cappuccino.

Food Tour of Bologna Italy with Taste Bologna

The finished product! A perfect cappuccino.

All in all, I can’t recommend booking your food tours around Bologna with Taste Bologna enough. The guides and hosts were not only informative and delicious but also fun! From the Pizza and Gelato tour to the Art of Espresso Course I couldn’t have been happier with the tours I took with Taste Bolonga!

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*Disclaimer: I was hosted on my Taste Bologna tours as a guest. My opinions, as always, remain my own.

17 comments so far.

17 responses to “Eating My Way Around Bologna, Italy with Taste Bologna Tours”

  1. Helen says:

    I love food tours, I wouldn’t have thought of doing one in Italy though – or putting lentils on a pizza.

  2. Khaleesi says:

    Omg you’re making me hungry!!! Those hearty pizzas and tiny gelato cups have my mouth watering. And the Art of Espresso tour is like my dream! I need to do one of those next time I’m in Italy. I did my first coffee tasting in Colombia and absolutely loved it. I can’t even imagine how good the Italian version is! Mmmm

    • Jacklyn Shields says:

      I think you’d LOVE the art of espresso! I honestly am making myself hungry revisiting this article LOL

  3. Oh man! Everything looks so delicious and I’d love to get such a cappuccino served every day. I was in Bologna two years ago and I’m still dreaming about the lunch I had in one restaurant. Thanks for sharing, great post!

    • Jacklyn Shields says:

      It really was so delicious! I can’t wait to revisit Bologna, I’m also still dreaming about the food.

  4. Eva says:

    That pizza looks so interesting! I never had pizza topped with legumes. Sounds like a real treat, and an inspiring recipe!

    • Jacklyn Shields says:

      It definitely wouldn’t have been the first thing I would have thought to make but I’m so glad I tried it!

  5. Linn says:

    Ooo! I love food tours, and will absolutely check it out! Sounds amazing, and I love when you learn some history along the way as well!

  6. Hey Jackie,

    Thanks for making me hungry! Omg, Italy just has the *best* food, right? I’ve spent a lot of time there too (around a year in total, maybe?) and I desperately miss the gelato! Though it’s probably good for my waistline that I don’t live there. Haha! Somehow, I’ve still never made it to Bologna! What have I been doing??? Next time maybe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jacklyn Shields says:

      This was my first time in Bologna but I’ll definitely be back! Isn’t Italy just the best in general?

  7. Nina says:

    Everything looks amazing! Fresh fish and gelato are high on my list of favourite foods, and that cappuccino is giving me barista jealously. I worked at Starbucks for years and never mastered latte art!

  8. Mary Beth says:

    Oh, Lord, now I’ve gotta go BACK to Bologna and do this!!! Got the espresso covered already, but I didn’t do the food scene any justice… pinned for next time!

  9. Haley says:

    This is so helpful! I’ll be in Bologna in a few weeks, so I’ll definitely be taking some of your suggestions to heart <3

  10. Annemarie says:

    I would have totally wanted to do a tour where I can try multiple slices of pizza. So good!

  11. Annemarie says:

    I had no idea that there was a specific name for women who make a certain kind of pasta (‘le sfogline’). That’s a cool fact!

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