Bologna is a very special city for me.

It is the city where I started my life as a tourist guide and where Travel with Laia was born, it is the city where I have lived these last years and it has given me a lot.

For those who visit as a tourist (and I have met many travelers thanks to the tours) Bologna is usually a fantastic surprise. It is not part of the great Italian destinations -Venice, Florence and Rome- and is a medium-small city, without particular natural attractions or without an international historical value such as Milan, Naples, Turin or Palermo.

Para aquellos que visitan como turista (y he conocido a muchos viajeros gracias a los tours) Bolonia suele ser una sorpresa fantástica. No es parte de los grandes destinos italianos -Venecia, Florencia y Roma- y es una ciudad mediana y pequeña, sin atractivos naturales particulares o sin un valor histórico internacional como Milán, Nápoles, Turín o Palermo.

In fact, its modest size compared to its historical and economic value is an advantage. In fact, it allows you to visit Bologna on foot, without having to get on the metro or several buses, fully experiencing the panorama of the city (which is a way to visit a city I prefer).

It is also possible to:

  • Move quickly to and from the airport or central station.
  • Reach the hills and nature that runs through the medieval historic center to the south in less than 20 minutes on foot.
  • Llegue a las colinas y la naturaleza que recorre el centro histórico medieval hacia el sur en menos de 20 minutos a pie.

What to do in a day in Bologna:

If you want to visit Bologna for a few days or if you are passing through, I would like you too, like me, to have a special memory of this city, so I give you a quick list of tips on things you can do. Don’t get lost in Bologna:


  • Visit the Archiginnasio Museum, home to the first university in Europe and the Western world.
Torres de Bologna Asinelli y Garisenda. Freetour Bologna.
  • Visit the 3 most special churches: S. Petronio, S. Stefano, Santa Maria della Vita.


  • Walk through the streets of the Jewish quarter, starting from the door of the old ghetto, between Carrer and Zamboni street and then getting lost among the colorful houses of Carrer dell? Inferno and Calle dei Giudei.


  • Look at the most beautiful porticoes of the city in front of the Bank of Italy in Piazza Cavour.
    If you are in doubt here are the indications Google Maps



  • Go out for drinks on Pratello Street (if you are looking for the typical local taverns and bars where people from the area go) or via Mascarella (you can taste a more student vibe).


  • Discover the 7 secrets of Bologna, (for this the best way is to participate in the freetour of the 7 secrets of Travel with Laia, no doubt laughing!)
Freetour Los 7 secretos en Piazza Maggiore echo por Laia. Tour The 7 secrets performed by Laia in Piazza Maggiore.

Extra tip for hiking lovers:

Visita San Luca, el santuario más importante de la ciudad, conectado con el centro por el pórtico ininterrumpido más largo del mundo (3,5 km). 


See you soon travelers!

Santuario de San Luca. Tour de San Luca. Freetour Bologna.
Fotos de grupo de un freetour en Piazza Santo Stefano. Tour's group photo in Saint Steven square
Estatua de Nettuno de Gianbologna en piazza maggiore. Freetour Bologna.