– Discover Bologna and Emilia-Romagna on foot –

Ciao! I’m Silvia, a native Bolognese, a freelance journalist and a licensed tour guide offering walking and hiking tours in and around Bologna.

I’m passionate about the outdoors and active travel and I enjoy leading visitors from around the world to discover authentic, curious and lesser-known aspects of my native region. I believe that walking is the best way to experience a place. My tours are in the hills, in the countryside and in the Apennine mountains. And since Bologna and Emilia-Romagna are foodie destinations, on my walks there will often be the chance to taste the local cuisine.

Check out the BLOG section for help planning your trip to the region and contact me to set up your preferred TOUR. I’m looking forward to showing you around!

I also offer online travel consulting sessions for anyone who needs help planning a trip to Bologna and surroundings. Please check my Travel Consulting page.

Update 2023: In 2022, I accepted a full time position as a tour designer for a U.S. based tour operator that plans custom trips to Italy. This leaves me with very limited time to lead tours. I am not able to accept last minute requests, and it may take me a while to get back to you, so I apologize in advance for my delayed response!

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The hikes in the hills have been as memorable as Piazza Maggiore or the Morandi museum. It was wonderful to contemplate from afar not only the magnificent landscape of porticoes, roofs and towers, but the fields and farms all around, get another feeling and understanding of the city and its history with Silvia’s comments and explanations. She is an enthusiastic, warm and knowledgeable guide, respectful of one’s abilities in hiking (mine, in that case!) and the soft mist of November, the cool air, the lavish colors of fall, made our walks magical. Thank you again, dear Silvia, I can’t wait being on one of your tours again!

Claudine, Los Angeles (November 2019)

We had a fantastic guided walking tour with Silvia during our stay in Bologna. The route took in some spectacular views of the city whilst contrasting with the natural beauty of the surrounding hills and countryside. Silvia was extremely knowledgeable and her English was perfect. Thank you for a special morning.

Charlotte & Jason, The Cotswolds, UK (September 2019)