Where is this beautiful village? I can help you discover this and more off the radar places when you book a travel consulting session with me.


I offer one-hour travel consulting sessions via Skype to help you plan your trip in Bologna and around Emilia-Romagna. It can be overwhelming and time-consuming to navigate and select all the information that is available online; wouldn’t it be great to have your trip mapped out in an hour?

Why you should book a travel consulting session with me:

– I’m a local. I was born and raised in Bologna and still live here. I can tell you not just about the must-see sights, but also about gems known only to the locals.

– I love traveling and keep exploring my region regularly so I can share my latest discoveries with you.

– I have experience in the travel industry, having worked as a travel consultant for a U.S. tour operator, Visit Italy Tours, where I planned trips to Italy for American travelers.

– I share tips on great places to see, stay and eat I’ve all experienced and enjoyed for myself.

– I love talking about my region! And I love it even more when travelers enjoy their visit to my region 🙂

When you contact me, please give me an idea of what you’re most interested in seeing/doing so we can make the most of our chat time.

Cost of 1-hour travel consulting session: €75, payable via Pay Pal.

“I think I hit a gold mine when I found you!  You were extremely helpful in our phone chat and I am impressed with your quick and thorough follow up both to my questions and your additional suggestions.  It was exactly the kind of help I needed!” (from an email I received from Sharon from Kentucky, who booked a travel consulting session with me.)

If you’d like to book a travel consulting session with me, please write me at

[In case you’re still wondering about the village above, it’s this one.]

San Luca Bologna

[Photo: Basilica of San Luca, a symbol of Bologna and a beloved sight to the Bolognesi, who, upon seeing it from the highway, know they have arrived home. Local tidbits you can learn if you take a guided tour or book a travel consulting session with me!]


I work closely with a licensed tour guide for Bologna and Emilia-Romagna. Together, we can arrange the itinerary that best suits your interests.

We offer half day and full day tours, and also tours outside Bologna (for example, Modena and Parma are two popular destinations, and you get the chance to visit a balsamic vinegar producer and/or Parmigiano Reggiano producer).

Get in touch with me for more details:

Sample tours


Experience the beauty of Bologna’s medieval city center, one of the best preserved in Europe: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s main square, and the historic buildings and church surrounding it; the amazing terracotta group by Niccolò dell’Arca inside the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita; the Archiginnasio, first seat of Bologna’s University, with the beautiful Anatomical Theatre (€3 charge); Piazza Santo Stefano, one of Bologna’s loveliest squares and the complex of Seven Churches; the open-air food market in the Quadrilatero area, on the same site since the Middle Ages; the Two Towers, symbol of Bologna.

Price: €130. Duration: approx. 3 hours. Want to go more in depth? Book a full day tour (approx. 6 hours) – cost €250.


Discovering Bologna through tales of food!

You will learn about the rich culinary history of Bologna while browsing the Mercato delle Erbe (produce market), recently renovated with the addition of trendy bars and delicious restaurants, and the Quadrilatero area, site of the old medieval market, where traditional shops selling local specialties abound. Tips and recommendations on what and where to buy, with guided tastings. The itinerary will end inside Bologna’s oldest “osteria”, dating to the 15th century, where you can buy a bottle of wine and taste the products you bought in the market.

Price: €130. If you want to add two guided tastings during the tour, please add €20 per person. Duration: approx. 3 hours.

Here’s a review from a happy customer:

“The tour of Bologna with Silvia and Micol was one of the highlights of my trip to Italy!  They showed my daughter and I a wonderful time while sharing just the right amount of history and current information about the city.  They designed a custom tour for me and my daughter – combining historical sights, fantastic architecture, fun facts, food, art and shopping.  I left the tour wishing that I could spend every day with them.  They were a delight to be with and they are full of information that every visitor to Bologna should be so lucky to enjoy.”

Liz Biber, Los Angeles, California

If you’re interested in booking a private or group tour, write me at


  1. Heading to Bologna next week (June 23-28). Will be interested in tour. Not sure of our schedule yet. Will contact you when things more definite.

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