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Medieval Ferrara and the Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

1. Medieval Ferrara and the Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Begin your fantastic walking tour in the courtyard of the Castello Estense. Learn about the rich history of the area and its landmarks from your professional local guide. Pass by the Frescobaldi Music Conservatory before making a stop at the mid-15th century S. Anna hospital cloister. Glimpse into the garden of the early 16th century Palazzo Roverella, before heading to the 18th century oval Theatre Square where the statue of the Ferrarese friar Savonarola lies. Walk between the archbishop's palace and the former Ducal Palace to the cathedral and town hall which features a beautiful brick laid square. Finish your exciting tour by visiting the medieval business lanes and the historic Jewish ghetto before ending in front of the intricate 15th century Italian Synagogue.

Ravenna: Dante Alighieri's Lifetime & Landmarks Walking Tour

2. Ravenna: Dante Alighieri's Lifetime & Landmarks Walking Tour

Ravenna is the last shelter of Dante, the father of the italian language, and it is the city that hosts his grave which is the starting point of our tour. Retrace the traces left by the Supreme Poet in Ravenna during the fourteenth century and all the following years, visiting not only his tomb, but also the Basilica of San Francesco that hosted his solemn funerals on September 13th, 1321 and walking aroud the city center to discover Dante Alighieri’s adventures in his last years, the exile, the life in the city, the death and the struggling dispute for his remains, as well as the enhancements of the sepulchre over the centuries.

Ravenna: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

3. Ravenna: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Discover Ravenna on a guided city walking tour and head off the beaten track to find hidden gems. Learn the history behind each turn from your guide, from its historical center and its evocative installations and street art. Meet your guide in the beautiful Piazza San Francesco and begin your guided walking tour through the main squares like Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Garibaldi & Pizza dell'Aquila. Lose yourself in the winding streets of the historical center, admiring the various churches and basilicas; like San Francesco and San Giovanni Evangelista. See houses and small buildings adorned with portals, double lancet windows, balconies, and porticoes, and learn about the city renovations made during the Venetian occupation in the second half of the 15th century. Then, take a detour and marvel at the city's thriving art scene as you view evocative art installations and innovative street art, from artist like Kobra and Blub. Hear about the poets and revolutionaries that have been welcomed in Ravenna over the centuries, especially Dante Alighieri and Byron.

Bologna: Audio-Guided Archiginnasio Visit with Food Tasting

4. Bologna: Audio-Guided Archiginnasio Visit with Food Tasting

The Archiginnasio is one of the most important palaces in Bologna. Located in the heart of the historic centre of the city, once the hearquarter of the ancient University, it is now the main library of Bologna. The Anatomical Theatre was the room used for the anatomy lectures held at the school of medicine. Scanning the QR code audio guide with your smartphone, you will discover the history of the oldest University in the world and the testimony of its long and important activity. At the end of the tour, you will be able to enjoy a taste of typical products in the city centre.

Fontanellato: Labirinto della Masone Full-Day Entry Ticket

5. Fontanellato: Labirinto della Masone Full-Day Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to Fontanellato’s Labirinto della Masone and enjoy access to the bamboo labyrinth, Franco Maria Ricci art collection, temporary exhibitions, and select events. Exclusive discounts for the bookshop and Rocca Sanvitale are also included in your entry ticket.  The world's largest labyrinth is waiting for you at Labirinto della Masone. Your entry ticket gives you plenty of time to get lost among the 7 hectares of lush, green bamboo maze. Look for the real Pyramid hidden inside. After enjoying the outside, head inside the museum to the Ricci art collection and view over 400 works including paintings, sculptures, and collectibles spanning five centuries of art history through the curious gaze of Franco Maria Ricci. Visit the museum bookshop to admire all the recent publications of Franco Maria Ricci Editore as well as the rarest editions, precious collectors' items, and more. Grab something to take home with your exclusive 5% discount on all the publisher's recent publications. In between your visit, get a taste of local flavors and enrich your time in Fontanellato with a meal of typical Parma products at the Ristorante al Labirinto (cost not included). Don't miss the opportunity to visit the surrounding areas as well, such as the medieval village of Fontanellato and the Rocca Sanvitale where you can get an exclusive entry ticket discount by simply showing your Labirinto ticket. 

Bologna: Old Town Murder Mystery City Game

6. Bologna: Old Town Murder Mystery City Game

Discover Bologna’s hidden secrets by following clues and solving puzzles on this murder mystery exploration game played on your phone. Discover new places and amazing stories with an app as your guide. Start at Porta Galliera. From there, simply follow the game route and instructions. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and directions on your phone will guide you to the next stop. Explore Via dell'Indipendenza and Santa Maria della Vita along with lesser-known places. Discover the city’s most famous marketplace. As you explore, learn about the stories behind the city, including the puzzling history of the Old University, founded in 1088 by an organized guild of students. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Enjoy an experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt. The entire game will take around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Ravenna: Dante Alighieri's Ravenna Audio Guide

7. Ravenna: Dante Alighieri's Ravenna Audio Guide

Journey from late antiquity Ravenna to the Middle Ages through the eyes of Dante Alighieri with this audio guide. Take in Gothic, Byzantine, and Venetian architecture, some of the most beautiful and well-known mosaics in the world, and the final resting place of Dante Alighieri, the writer of the Divine Comedy. Follow in Dante's footsteps to visit some of the city's many UNESCO Sites, including the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Sant’Apollinare Nuova, and the Basilica of San Vitale. Along the way, hear about Giuliano Argentario, the James Bond of antiquity, get acquainted with Camillo Benso, one of the founding fathers of Italy, and find out what it takes to get a statue of yourself placed in the people's square. Feel free to start, pause, or restart at any time and complete your visit at your own pace. If your travel plans change, you can use the audio guide at any date of your choice or use the virtual in-app option for an at-home experience.

Ravenna: Private Guided Walking Tour

8. Ravenna: Private Guided Walking Tour

A private Early-Christian and byzantine mosaics' raw beauty tour: Ravenna has eight Unesco monuments. During this two-hour tour we'll see the perfectly preserved mosaics from the 5th and 6th centuries when Ravenna became the capital of Holy Roman Western Empire. Later it became ruled by the barbarian king Teodorico and then it finally became the seat of the Byzantine prefecture in Italy. We will discover remarkable sarcophagi, learn the myth and reality of Ravenna's origins and Placidia: a prototype of faith and patronage of the arts. We'll find out the history and the munificence, intelligence and significance of Galla Placidia through a visit to the magnificent Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. We will also see the Basilica of San Vitale and the surprising and also surreal underwater mosaics of San Francesco church. In the afternoon l can organise a mosaic workshop for you if you want a longer customisable tour. Itinerary: (all the monuments are close together) -Sant'Appolinare Nuovo San Francesco church and Dante's tomb San Vitale Galla Placidia mausoleum (This tour is customisable)

From Bologna: Private Full-Day Ravenna and Rimini Day Trip

9. From Bologna: Private Full-Day Ravenna and Rimini Day Trip

The most exclusive way to discover some of the jewels in Romagna is by comforably leaving Bologna on a car driven by a private chafeur. Departure is set at your address in Bologna (at a hotel, accommodation facility or wherever you like in the city's urban area) to set off for Ravenna. The city of mosaics and Byzantine art, UNESCO heritage site as well as resting place for the supreme poet Dante is waiting for you. Around 10:30 am, upon your arrival our guide will be waiting for you to take you to discover this incredible city, with a walking tour of about two hours and 30 . The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, San Vitale will be just some of the most important sights you will get to discover during this walk through history. You will also have the opportunity to ask the guide to modify the itinerary in a way closer to your interests. At the end of your visit, you can continue sightseeing freely or regain your strength with a free lunch at one of the city's many restaurants, before meeting your driver again and departing for Rimini. Departure time is set for 3 p.m. to arrive in Fellini's city around 4 p.m. Near the scenic Arch of Augustus, your guide will be waiting for you to set off to discover the Roman Ariminum, and see with your own eyes some important testimonies of different eras here and there in the city: The Arch of Augustus, Tiberius Bridge, Castel Sismondo are just some of the monuments you will have the opportunity to admire. If you are curious about the history of the city linked to the famous director Federico Fellini, the guide will also be able to take you to Borgo San Giuliano, a picturesque area of the city full of mural decorations that inspired the director of "La Dolce Vita." Around 6:45 p.m. it will then be time to depart in your car to return to Bologna, at the address you indicated, with a wealth of memories and curiosities all to be shared.

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What people are saying about Emilia-Romagna

The guide was a very knowledgeable lady who made the visit of the city really interesting. Preferable early afternoon or morning. We have spent the evening due to lack of other availability and we were already tired but very beautiful and interesting. Thanks

A wonderful introduction to the city. Well informed, interesting stories and great tips. Definitely worth doing!

Great way to explore a new town and see all the main sights

Elisabetta was a very knowledgable and amenable guide

This was a wonderful tour - we highly recommend it.