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