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FICO & THE CITY

In this tour you will have a chance to indulge yourself in the beauty of Bologna and Italian cuisine at FICO Eataly World, the world’s first food-themed amusement park. IMPORTANT INFO WHEN: From 27 January to 2 April 2018 Saturday, Sunday and Monday TIMETABLES: 10:30 LENGTH: 5h30min LANGUAGES: Italian / English MEETING POINT: Bologna Welcome Tourist information and incoming services point Piazza Maggiore 1/e - 40124 INCLUDED: Guided tour of Bologna and FICO Skilled Italian/English speaking tourist guide  FICObus roundtrip ticket RATE: €25 p/person 10% off for Bologna Welcome Card holders 50% off for children from age 6 to under 12 Free for children under 6 CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 48hours prior to the scheduled departure by writing to incoming@bolognawelcome.it, no cancellation fee will be charged. If you cancel later, you will be subject to full amount of the booking fee."

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Discover Bologna

You only have a few hours to spend in Bologna but you’d still like to discover the essence of the historical city centre? Or maybe you’d love to have an expert professional guide at your disposal, to help you unlock the secrets of this medieval city?  Then this tour is for you! Discover Bologna in two, story-packed hours you can experience the porticos, monuments and towers of what UNESCO has defined the best preserved medieval centre in the world. IMPORTANT INFO WHEN: Every day TIMES: Winter timetable From 1st February to 31st March and from 29th October to 31st December Every day: 10:30 Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 15:00 Summer timetable From 1st April to 28th October Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 Sunday: 15:00 From Monday to Saturday 16:45 Holiday timetable valid all year round 1st, 2nd, 25th April, 1st May, 2nd June, 15th August, 4th October, 1st November and 8th, 25th, 26th December First tour 10:30 Second tour 15:00 MEETING POINT: MEETING POINT: Bologna Welcome Tourist information and incoming services point Piazza Maggiore 1/e - 40124 LENGTH: 2 hours LANGUAGES: Italian/English INCLUDED: Skilled Italian/English speaking tourist guide Entrance to the Anatomical Theatre and Stabat Mater hall Entrance to the Compianto by Niccolò dell’Arca ITINERARY: Piazza Maggiore, entry to San Petronio church, Piazza della Mercanzia, the ancient market area, entry to Santa Maria della Vita (Compianto by Niccolò dell’Arca), entry to Archiginnasio, Due Torri (The itinerary is subject to change based on locations’ closures/opening) RATE: Free for Bologna Welcome Card holders € 15.00 per person Free for children under 12 CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.    

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Bologna Taste

So – you’ve heard about the great culinary tradition of Bologna, have you? Are you ready to immerse yourself in the traditional taste delights of the city?  If so, then this enjoyable tour is for you: alongside a professional tour guide, you'll explore the historical shops in the medieval centre of Bologna, on the lookout for rich dried and cold meats to taste and regional wines, chocolate or gelato and that rich Italian expresso coffee.  IMPORTANT INFO WHEN: Friday and Saturday From March to January, excluding: -2 June, 2018 -July -August TIMES: First tour 10:15 Second tour 16:30 MEETING POINT: Bologna Welcome Tourist information and incoming services point Piazza Maggiore 1/e – 40124 LENGTH: 2 hours LANGUAGES: Italian/English INCLUDED: Wine and food tour in the city centre with a skilled Italian/English speaking tourist guide Tasting of the following Eno-gastronomic specialities: chocolate made by ancient factory, rich dried and cold meats and regional wine RATE: € 25.00 per person CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 1 hour in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.  

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Le Due Torri – Torre degli Asinelli

Visit the Asinelli Tower, the taller of the two sisters: 97.2m high, leaning a noticeable 1.3° off-centre. It was built between 1109 and 1119 as a symbol of grandeur for the family by the same name. It passed into the hands of the municipality the following century. The tower was a lookout and defensive stronghold. Its military purpose is evidenced by the lower loggia also called rocchetta, or mini fortress, that was built around the square base in 1488 as headquarters for the tower’s sentinels. Bologna is an extraordinary city and the Tower is its beating heart. The view from atop the Torre Asinelli is breathtaking, and the journey upwards is unique and unforgettable.  Ready? IMPORTANT INFO  WHEN: Every day TIMES: From 1 March to 5 November 09:30am – 7:30pm Timeslots: entrance every 45 minutes From 6 November to 28 February 09:30am – 5:45pm Timeslots: entrance every 45 minutes LENGTH: 45 minutes MEETING POINT Piazza Ravegnana – Tower entrance YOUR TICKET INCLUDES Introductory pamphlet about the Tower visit Entrance fee RATE Full price: € 5 per person Reduced: € 3 (under 12 and over 65; school trips; university students; groups of minimum 20 people; Card Musei Metropolitani holders) Free for holders of Bologna Welcome Card - € 30 CANCELLATION POLICY If you cancel in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.  

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Green Tour - Hiking in the Bolognese Hills

Impressive walk that shows the beauty of the Bolognese hills. From Piazza Maggiore, we will hike the hills just beyond the city walls, through the Villa Spada garden, under the spell of panoramas and views of Bologna's historic centre. We will reach the sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca, an ancient place of worship and a city's landmark, visible from far away in all directions. The long porticoed path is of unique beauty as the hills that surround it. A guided hiking of considerable charm, which is an invitation to discover and appreciate the hilly side of the Bologna area, an integral part of the city, rich in nature, history and art. IMPORTANT INFO WHEN: 24/03 - 2/04 - 7/04 - 21/04 - 5/05 - 19/05 - 8/09 - 22/09 - 6/10 - 20/10 TIMES: 9:15am LENGTH: half-day (return at 1pm) LANGUAGES: Italian/English  MEETING PLACE: Bologna Welcome Tourist information and incoming services point Piazza Maggiore 1/e - 40124 Attention: On Monday April 2nd, the meeting point will be outside of the Tourist information and incoming services point in Piazza Maggiore INCLUDED: Skilled Italian/English speaking guide  Bus ticket USEFUL INFORMATION Walking shoes are recommended. The ability to walk up and down on hills is required. In case of recent rain soil can be slippery. The guide will evaluate and vary the route depending on the terrain conditions and the possibilities of the visit. It's an half day tour. A supply of personal water and a small snack during the course in your backpack (snack, honey, dried fruit) can be useful to accompany the walk. The hiking tour is cancelled in case of heavy rain RATE: € 25.00 per person 10% off for Bologna Welcome Card holders CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.  

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Visita guidata alla Chiusa di Casalecchio di Reno

La Chiusa di Casalecchio è uno sbarramento artificiale realizzato a metà del XIV secolo lungo il corso del fiume Reno che consente di derivare una parte delle acque del fiume per sfruttarle artificialmente attraverso un canale eponimo (il canale di Reno), il quale ha contribuito in larga parte alle fortune economiche e alla difesa idraulica della città di Bologna dal medioevo fino ai giorni nostri. La Chiusa e le opere idrauliche ad essa collegate sono espressione di una tecnologia paleoindustriale di grande impatto monumentale e paesaggistico e vanno considerate come uno dei siti di “archeologia delle acque” più interessanti e significativi d’Europa. Nel 2000 il sito ha ottenuto il riconoscimento UNESCO di “Patrimonio messaggero di una cultura di pace a favore dei giovani”.   La visita vi darà la possibilità di esplorare un sito storico-tecnico normalmente non accessibile al pubblico, la cui storia attraversa i secoli dal Duecento fino ad oggi. Sospesi tra il fiume e il canale e circondati dal paesaggio del Parco della Chiusa, percorrerete il camminamento costruito nel XVI secolo, il cui progetto è stato attribuito al genio di Jacopo Barozzi, detto il Vignola, forse l'architetto più noto e più rappresentativo del tardo Rinascimento.  Ammirerete la monumentale opera idraulica, il cui scivolo è lungo m 160 e largo m 35, con un dislivello di m 8, e scoprirete l’importanza funzionale ancora attuale della Chiusa, le cui conservazione e manutenzione sono curate dall’antico Consorzio della Chiusa di Casalecchio e del Canale di Reno. VALIDITÀ: Sabato 24 febbraio 2018, ore 10.30 (ritrovo ore 10.15) Sabato 24 marzo 2018, ore 9.00 (ritrovo ore 8.45) DURATA: 1h30  LINGUA: Italiano RITROVO: Cancello della Chiusa di Casalecchio Via Porrettana 187 40033, Casalecchio di Reno (BO) Note Il ritrovo è sempre 15 minuti prima che inizi la visita presso il cancello della Chiusa di Casalecchio, via Porrettana 187, a Casalecchio di Reno, che è raggiungibile da Bologna con le seguenti linee tper:n. 20 (fermata Casalecchio Porrettana Canale/Casalecchio Chiusa), 89 (fermata Casalecchio Porrettana Canale), 92 (fermata Casalecchio Chiusa), 94 (fermata Casalecchio Chiusa). QUOTA: € 7,00 p/persona € 5,00 per bambini dai 6 agli 11 anni Gratuito per i minori di 6 anni  NOTE: Si raccomandano scarpe comode per camminare. I minori devono essere accompagnati. MODALITÀ DI CANCELLAZIONE: Se effettui la cancellazione almeno 1 giorno prima della partenza pianificata, non è prevista alcuna penale di cancellazione.  Oltre questo termine, ti sarà addebitato l'importo totale della prenotazione.

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Bologna in the Sway of Music

Bologna is the proud recipient of UNESCO’s Creative City of Music appellate, earned thanks to its music tradition and the rich variety of events throughout the year. The music tour winds through the Basilica di San Petronio, the Conservatory G.B. Martini and the Teatro Comunale, curated by Bibiena. IMPORTANT INFO WHEN:4/03 - 8/04 - 6/05 - 3/06 - 1/07 - 5/08 - 2/09 -  7/10 - 4/11 - 2/12 TIMES 10:15am LENGTH: 2 hours LANGUAGES: Italian/English ITINERARY: Piazza Maggiore, Basilica di San Petronio (entrance), Conservatorio G.B. Martini, Oratorio Santa Cecilia, Teatro Comunale (entrance) INCLUDED: Skilled guide Radio-guides Entrance ticket to Teatro Comunale RATE: € 20.00 p/person 10% off for Bologna Welcome Card holders Free for children under 12  CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.  

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City Red bus & San Luca Express

City Red bus & San Luca Express

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Ducati&Lamborghini: museums and factories

Get the best experience any motor enthusiast could have in the Emilia Romagna Motor Valley: just a few kilometres drive from Bologna are the headquarters of motoring princes Ducati and Lamborghini. Come with us to discover unmistakable Italian style and experience the fascination of their museums and factories, see how passion becomes art, high tech and quality.    WHEN: Every Friday   TIMES: 9:30am    LENGTH: 8 hours   MEETING POINT: Hotel   LANGUAGES: Italian/English   INCLUDED: Private car transfer with Italian/English speaking driver Guided visit tour of the factories with Italian/English speaking guide Entry Museums and Factories tickets   RATE: € 145.00 per person € 20.00 per person lunch available upon request with surcharge   CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.    

Undergrounds of Bologna: Conserva di Valverde

Would you like to know where the water for the Fountain of Neptune come from? This tour is for you!  The Valverde Cistern, mistakenly called “Mario’s Baths”, is a cistern of renaissance period (1563) designed and built by the palermitan architect Tommaso Laureti. It was made for supplying water to the Fountain of Neptune.  The cistern’s structure consists of a main room, a secondary room and some tunnels. The guided tour takes place most of all in the main room, in which there’s an octagonal cistern and eight small tanks for the water decanting system. Above the cistern, there’s a wide dome with a central Oculus. During the visit, it will be possible to explore all the viable tunnels. In one of these tunnels, there’s a particularity: an aeration chimney completely covered by secular calcareous incrustations. In the secondary room, it will be possible to appreciate a second smaller cistern, called the “Conservetta”. IMPORTANT INFO WHEN Every Friday (from 26 January to 28 December 2018) TIMES 6pm LENGTH 1 hour LANGUAGE Italian/English  MEETING POINT Via Bagni di Mario 10 RATE: Full price: € 15 per person Reduced: € 10  for children aged 10 to 18 Free: for children aged 6 to 10  (booking required) The tour is not suitable for children under the age of 6. NOTES: Number of visitors : min 1 - max 15 It's suggested not to wear high heels CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservation is compulsory. If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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Ducati - Museum & Factory

Ducati lovers, we want you! If you never miss a race on TV, if you can recite the specs of every Ducati model, and especially – if you’d be willing to do ANYTHING to get inside the Ducati factory: this tour is for you! Discover Ducati’s glorious history, its unparalleled tradition that's a combination of innovation, Italian style and victory since 1926. IMPORTANT INFO WHEN: Every Friday TIMES: 9:30am  LENGTH: 3 hours MEETING POINT: Hotel LANGUAGES: Italian/English INCLUDED: Private car transfer with Italian/English speaking driver Guided visit tour Factory with Italian/English speaking guide Entry Museum and Factory ticket RATE: € 49.00 per person CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.    

Lamborghini Museum & Factory

Get the best experience any motor enthusiast could have in the Emilia Romagna Motor Valley: just a few kilometres drive from Bologna are the headquarters of motoring princes Ducati and Lamborghini. Come with us to discover unmistakable Italian style and experience the fascination of their museums and factories, see how passion becomes art, high tech and quality.    WHEN: Every Friday   TIMES: 9:30am    LENGTH: 8 hours   MEETING POINT: Hotel   LANGUAGES: Italian/English   INCLUDED: Private car transfer with Italian/English speaking driver Guided visit tour of the factories with Italian/English speaking guide Entry Museums and Factories tickets   RATE: € 145.00 per person € 20.00 per person lunch available upon request with surcharge   CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.    

Undergrounds of Bologna: crypts of mysteries

Agricola was a Jewish aristocrat of the Christian religion and Vitale, a freedman, was his servant. They lived during the 3rd century A.C. and died during the persecutions of Diocletian in 305 A.C. in the vast Bolognese arena. They are saints and were among the first martyrs of the city history. The itinerary travels through the fundamental stops of their life by visiting three fascinating crypts, sites that are partially not accessible to the public. We will take a good look at the place where they lived, the place where they suffered.   WHEN: Every Saturday excluding 2 December 2017   TIMES: Every Saturday: 10am except 11 November -9 December : 11am   LENGTH: 1h30 minutes   LANGUAGES: Italian/English   MEETING POINT: Via dell'Abbadia 3, Bologna - Chiesa SS Naborre e Felice   INCLUDED: Skilled Italian/English-speaking tour guide Entry to the Crypt of San Zama Entry to the Crypt of Saints Vitale and Agricola Entry to the of Santo Stefano   ITINERARY Crypt of San Zama, Crypt of Saints Vitale and Agricola, Crypt of Santo Stefano   USEFUL INFORMATION It's suggested not to wear high heels and flip-flops.   RATE: € 15.00 per person   CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservation is compulsory. If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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The Land of Motors: Ferrari, Pagani and Lamborghini

This once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity takes you to the sacred ground of motor sports. You’ll learn about the manufacturers, see the car museums, and visit the world’s most valuable vintage car collections. Visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, the Lamborghini museum and discover the Pagani factory and historical collections.    WHEN: Friday on request     LENGTH: 9 hours     LANGUAGES: Italian/English     INCLUDED: Licensed local guide Private minivan with professional driver Pick up and drop off at/to hotel Visit to the Pagani Museum and Factory Visit to the Lamborghini Museum Visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello Tickets and reservations for all the museums and factory included in the tour Light lunch in a restaurant with drinks included     RATE p/person: € 248.00 adults € 124.00 for kids aged between 10-16 years-old   Children under 6 years old not admitted   CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 2 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.  

Kids Treasure Hunt Tour

Exploring the historical centre of Bologna with your family has never been so fun and easy! Follow the map and participate in a real treasure hunt! This stroller-friendly walking tour will take you around the most beautiful squares and monuments of Bologna, while the kids are busy searching for the symbols of Bologna.  Make their trip meaningful and memorable, while you enjoy the sites with them. Guaranteed fun for the whole family! WHEN: Everyday - upon request   LENGTH: 3 hours   LANGUAGES: Italian/English   INCLUDED: Guided tour   RATE: € 38.00 per person Minimum 6 adults, free for children under 12 Tour suitable for strollers   CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 2 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.  

Vespa Tour

Here’s a unique chance to visit suggestive sites and admire the breath-taking panoramic views of the Bolognese hills on board a charming vintage Vespa. You won’t want to miss tasting traditional Bolognese flavours in one of the oldest Osteria’s in the city; there you’ll sample crescentine, tigelle, typical salami, Parma prosciutto, mortadella, pickles, cheese and drink the local wine. WHEN: Everyday upon request   LENGTH: 2 hours 30 minutes   LANGUAGES: Italian/English     ITINERARY (100 km): Bologna - San Michele in Bosco - 300 Scalini - Basilica di San Luca       INCLUDED: Vespa 50 rental Helmet, with disposable hygienic liner Chain and padlock Aperitivo Tour assistant Insurance   RATE per person: € 80.00 (min. 2 - max. 6 persons) € 10.00 petrol surcharge € 15.00 surcharge for one-person tour € 20.00 Vespa 125 surcharge   NOTE:  All vehicles we rent are vintage. They have a manual (gear-shift) transmission and rear brake pedal. We do not recommend renting these scooters for anyone who has never driven one before. Our vehicles use a mixture of petrol and oil from 2% to 4% depending on the model. For beginners, we have Vespa 125’s; they have automatic transmission, are comfortable and easy to drive. Easy at the petrol station: they run on pump-available, unleaded fuel.   CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.  

Vespa: around the hills of Bologna

A country ride on a vespa is an original way to discover the charm of the rolling Bolognese green hills. Just a short ride to roll through luxuriant nature and fresh air. This is tour suspended between nature and bustling Bolognese everyday life that brings to mind tastes of times gone by while you visit enchanting country lanes, stunning landscapes, green parks, ancient villas and monuments.   WHEN: Every Sunday   TIMES: 10:30am       LENGTH: 8 hours   LANGUAGES: Italian/English   MEETING POINT: Travelhoo Agency Via Caduti di Cefalonia 4/b       ITINERARY: Bologna, San Michele in Bosco, 300 Scalini, Basilica di San Luca, Parco Cavaioni, Sabbiuno, Ponte Sospeso di Vizzano, Palazzo de’ Rossi, Bologna   INCLUDED: Vespa 50 rental Helmet, chain and padlock Lunch in a typical Inn Wine Tasting Third-party liability insurance Tour Assistant   RATE per person: € 220.00 (min. 2 - max. 6 people) € 20.00 petrol surcharge € 60.00 individual tour surcharge € 30.00 Vespa 125 surcharge   NOTE:  All vehicles we rent are vintage. They have a manual (gear-shift) transmission and rear brake pedal. We do not recommend renting these scooters for anyone who has never driven one before. Our vehicles use a mixture of petrol and oil from 2% to 4% depending on the model. For beginners, we have Vespa 125’s; they have automatic transmission, are comfortable and easy to drive. Easy at the petrol station: they run on pump-available, unleaded fuel.     CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.  

Wine&Design Tour by Chicchibio

Is your perfect vacation finding the right balance between art and culture, a pleasurable break from routine, good food, time for fun, relaxation and why not…shopping? Then you can’t miss this tour. You’ll discover what makes Bologna so special: culture, design, food and wine. With the help of an expert guide, you’ll stroll through the historic centre among the finest ateliers and showrooms of artisans and designers. As a fitting conclusion, you’ll stop for pre-dinner wine tasting in the very heart of Bologna.   WHEN: From Tuesday to Saturday On request for minimum of 2 persons   LENGTH: 2 hours 30 minutes   LANGUAGES: Italian/English   INCLUDED: Professional Italian/English-speaking tour guide Aperitif   RATE p/person starting from: € 134.00 (min. 2 persons) € 50.00 (min. 10 persons)   CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.  

Trekking in the Bologna Hills

We organize daily hiking through fields, over cliffs and under chestnut trees. Come, discover a landscape that is unchanged by time, where you just might glimpse a wild orchid, other rare plants or shy animals like a wolf or a hawk.   WHEN: Every day on request   Best in Spring and Autumn   TIMES: 9:30am - 5:30pm   LENGTH: 8 hours   LANGUAGES: Italian/English   INTINERARY: From Pioppe di Salvaro to Lama di Reno (7 km - 400m total climb)   INCLUDED: Expert guide Bag lunch   RATE p/person: € 85.00 - min. 2 persons   CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 2 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.  

Tower & Table Experience - in the kitchen of the Prendiparte Tower

The splendour of Bologna’s medieval towers meets the flavours of the most renowned Italian culinary tradition. This tour offers an unusual itinerary: from the towers of the historical city, to the medieval market for the selection of the best traditional products. Finally, an exclusive tasting with a view on the red roofs of Bologna, from the stunning panoramic terrace of the Prendiparte Tower.   WHEN: Every day on request   LENGTH: 3 hours   LANGUAGES: Italian/English   INCLUDED: Walk around the old market and the historical city centre, exploring Bolognese cuisine and medieval towers with a local guide Visit to the Prendiparte Tower Cooking demonstration at the Prendiparte Tower to discover the traditional craft of the “sfogline” and taste a Bolognese freshly made pasta Gastronomic experience, with typical products paired with a glass of wine on the panoramic terrace at the top of the Tower   RATE: € 50.00 per person - min. 15 persons   CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 2 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.