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7-Day Emilia Romagna Gourmet Foodie Journey
From € 1,851
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Discover why many think of Italy as Europe’s gastronomic destination, experiencing a wide range of delicious ingredients that the region is famous for.
If you’re a big fan of food, Emilia Romagna is the perfect region for an Italian touring holiday that focuses on flavour. Journey to Bologna, the home of the iconic Bolognese pasta dish, to Ravenna and Modena for award-winning red wine and world-renowned balsamic vinegar, and to Parma for incredible, authentic Parmigiano Reggiano.
Each day will lead you to discover new delicacies, as well as giving you the chance to learn how to prepare traditional Italian dishes as well. Alongside tantalising your tastebuds, this tour is also steeped in history, as you visit towns and villages across the Emilia Romagna region and discover Byzantine architecture, ancient Roman ruins, and cultural heritage that reaches back for centuries.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Arrive independently in the historic city of Bologna, and check into your hotel before getting the chance to explore and find somewhere to eat dinner.
DAY 2 – BOLOGNA: ENOGASTRONOMIC CAPITAL OF EUROPE
After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by a private guide for a walking tour of Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. As well as being known as the heart of gastronomy in Europe, Bologna is also home to the oldest university in the western world, and has a history that has been influenced by the Romans, Etruscans and the Gauls.
Your guide will take you around Bologna on foot, allowing you to notice the lively details of the city and traverse its little alleyways. The tour features visits to the Piazza Maggiore; Bologna’s largest and liveliest central square, and the Basilica di San Petronio which looks out over the square.
Your afternoon will be spent taking part in a local cooking class, where you will learn to either make classic tagliatelle al ragu or tortellini instructed by a trained expert. After this, enjoy a traditional dinner in an osteria; an eating establishment that emphasises local produce and small but exceptional menus.
You will return to your hotel in the evening for your second night in Bologna.
DAY 3 – LAMBRUSCO WINE AND BYZANTINE RAVENNA
Today your tour of the Emilia Romagna region will begin with a private driver-guide picking you up from your hotel and taking you to the nearby city of Faenza.
Here, you will visit the groves of the established olive oil brand Brisighella PDO, and then experience an expert wine tasting session. The most famous wine in the region is Lambrusco; a sparkling red that is named after the grape grown in several of Italy’s wine regions, famous for its very bright colour.
This session is followed by a delicious lunch, featuring the chance to taste the famous local Squacquerone PDO cheese. Your driver will then escort you to the city of Ravenna in the afternoon.
Ravenna is a haven of culture and history, best known for the colourful mosaic decoration that covers many of its buildings. It’s a fantastic place to see classic Byzantine architecture and enjoy visiting famous locations such as the Basilica di San Vitale and the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia.
You will be driven back to Bologna in the late afternoon, and are free to choose where you want to spend your evening enjoying more of the city’s tremendous cuisine.
DAY 4 – MODENA: BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND MOTORS
On your fourth day, you will be met by your private driver-guide again and travel to the countryside surrounding the city of Modena, where you will be spending the next two days. En route, you will get the chance to visit Modena and receive a tour of a traditional cellar that stores balsamic vinegar, which the area is famous for.
After your cellar tour, you will enjoy a balsamic vinegar tasting session followed by a classic Italian lunch of tigelle bread and cold cuts.
Your afternoon in Modena includes entry to the Ferrari Museum, home to the classic Italian sports car and its fascinating history. You will then return to your driver and arrive at your accommodation in the countryside that overlooks the city.
Today’s culinary experiences are rounded off by a gourmet dinner in the hills, featuring incredible local ingredients and accompanied by sensational views of your surroundings.
DAY 5 – THE CULTURE OF PARMIGIANO REGGIANO CHEESE AND PARMA HAM
After breakfast at your countryside hotel, you will travel to Parma with your driver-guide. This journey includes a stop at a Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO cheese factory, where you will be treated to a tasting session of this regional speciality.
After this, you will continue your drive to Torrechiara Castle in the Parma province for some free time to explore independently. Another traditional lunch will be served in a farmhouse close to the castle, after which you will journey on to the village of Langhirano to learn more about and taste another local delicacy; Parma Ham.
You will return to Modena in the late afternoon for your last night in this area.
DAY 6 – THE CULTURE OF PARMIGIANO REGGIANO CHEESE AND PARMA HAM
On the morning of your last full day of the tour, you will be met by your driver-guide again and travel to the small city of Parma. This university city is picturesque and full of charming attractions, such as a Romanesque cathedral that features frescos by the famous Parama painter Correggio.
After spending the morning exploring places such as the city’s Baptistery and Farnese Theatre, you can enjoy your final gourmet meal of the tour at Corale Verdi, which is a traditional, informal trattoria right in the middle of Parma. You can spend the rest of your afternoon enjoying the city, and spend your last night in a local hotel.
DAY 7 – DEPARTURE
After your final Italian breakfast at your Parma hotel, you will travel back to the airport or train station independently to either return home or continue your Italian holiday.
- 3 nights in a hotel Bologna
- 2 nights in a hotel in Modena
- 1 overnight stay in Parma
- Daily breakfast in each of your hotels
- A private guided walking tour of Bologna
- A special cooking class in Bologna, followed by a traditional bolognese dinner
- A driver-guided visit to the cities of Faenza and Ravenna
- A wine tasting experience in Faenza, followed by lunch
- A guided visit of the city of Ravenna
- A private driver-guided visit to Modena
- A special balsamic vinegar commentary and tasting in Modena, followed by a traditional lunch
- A visit to Modena’s Ferrari Museum
- Gourmet dinner in the Modena countryside
- Driver transfer from Modena to Parma, stopping en route at Torrechiara Castle and Langhirano
- A visit to the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese factory, including a tasting session
- Lunch in the Torrechiara area, beside the castle
- A visit and tasting session at Parma Ham producer in Langhirano
- A private guided tour of Parma, including lunch at Corale Verdi
- Transfer from your airport to Bologna on arrival
- Transfer from Parma on your final morning
- Italian city tax
- Your airfare to and from Italy. We can help you with the airfare for your trip, just ask when booking
- Travel insurance, which is necessary for this tour and may be purchased either independently or from us
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