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Bologna: Via Emilia: a 4 Day Food Route of Italy

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Bologna: Via Emilia: a 4 Day Food Route of Italy

What you'll do

Discover the heart of Italy's culinary and motor excellence in Parma, Modena, and Bologna. Parma, the capital of the renowned Food Valley and a UNESCO Creative Gastronomy site, along with Modena, the home of the famed Motor Valley, and Bologna, the epitome of Emilian culture, form a trio of destinations that offer an authentic Italian experience. Enhance your journey with world-famous local products like Parmigiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma, traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, and the delightful tastes of Lambrusco and Sangiovese wines. This combination is a guaranteed recipe for an unforgettable Italian adventure.

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Highlights

  • Gastronomic Immersion: Indulge in a comprehensive exploration of the Emilian culinary world, from the birthplaces of Parmigiano, Prosciutto, and Balsamico to the renowned wines of the region

  • Expert Guides: Benefit from English-speaking licensed guides who provide in-depth knowledge about the historical, cultural, and gastronomic significance of each destination, ensuring a rich and immersive experience

  • Exclusive Tastings: Enjoy exclusive tastings at local producers, including Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, offering a unique opportunity to savour authentic flavours

  • Flexibility and Free Time: The itinerary allows for flexibility and independent exploration, providing opportunities for personal discovery and tailored experiences

  • Diverse Accommodations: Stay in well-selected downtown hotels, ensuring comfort and convenience in the heart of each city, and enhancing the overall travel experience

  • Ferrari Experience: Explore the iconic Ferrari Museum in Maranello, adding a touch of excitement and glamour to the tour, especially for automotive enthusiasts

  • Farm-to-Table Experiences: Delight in farm-to-table dining experiences, including a dinner at Antica Corte Pallavicina, offering a genuine taste of Emilian countryside life

  • Bologna Hills Wine Tour: Discover the picturesque hills of Bologna through a wine tour, featuring top-notch local wines paired with gourmet foods, showcasing the region's viticultural excellence

  • Cultural Exploration: Beyond culinary delights, delve into the cultural heritage of each city with guided walking tours, providing insights into historical landmarks and local lifestyles

  • Personalised Itinerary: While following a structured itinerary, the tour allows for personal preferences, ensuring that participants can tailor their experience to match their interests

  • Local Artisanal Discoveries: Visit small, local food artisans, uncovering niche food productions, and gaining insights into lost culinary traditions, contributing to a more authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience

  • Historical and Architectural Gems: Explore historical sites, castles, and architectural wonders, such as the castle of Torrechiara, adding a layer of cultural richness to the gastronomic journey

  • Ease of Transportation: Enjoy private transportation throughout the tour, ensuring a seamless and comfortable travel experience

  • Romantic Gradara: Conclude the journey with a visit to the romantic medieval castle of Gradara, offering a perfect blend of history and charm

  • Emilian Hospitality: Experience the warmth and hospitality of the Emilian people, creating lasting memories beyond the culinary delights.

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Itinerary

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    Duration: 5 Days – 4 Nights
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    Group Size: 2-10 people
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    Availability: Monday To Saturday except for public holidays
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    Day 1 – Arrival in Parma:
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    Afternoon:
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    Check-in at the hotel, followed by a slow-paced walking tour exploring Parma's historic sites, artisan boutiques, and iconic landmarks
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    Dinner:
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    Welcome dinner featuring a 3-course menu with wine, set against the charming backdrop of Parma
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    Day 2 – Parmigiano, Prosciutto & Culatello:
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    Morning:
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    8:30 am: Visit a Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO producer, witnessing the traditional cheese-making process
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    11:00 am: Explore a local Prosciutto di Parma PDO producer, unraveling the secrets behind this renowned cured meat
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    12:30/45 pm: Indulge in a full lunch showcasing regional delights, paired with local wines
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    Free time for independent visits or shopping
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    Farm-to-table experience at Antica Corte Pallavicina, including a guided tour of Culatello di Zibello PDO cellars
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    Day 3 – Modena, Balsamic Vinegar & Ferrari:
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    Check-out and proceed to Modena for a visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello (self-guided)
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    Lunch:
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    Guided visit and tasting lunch at a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar producer
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    4:30 pm: Check-in at the selected hotel in Bologna
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    Free time for a stroll downtown
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    Welcome dinner with a typical 3-course menu and wine.
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    Day 4 – Bologna:
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    Tba: 3-hour guided food walking tour of Bologna, exploring its culinary treasures and historical landmarks
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    At a restaurant of your choosing
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    Day 5 – Bologna Hills Wine Tour:
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    10:00 am: Visit Dozza, a medieval village adorned with contemporary graffiti and an optional visit to the Fortress
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    11:30 am: Head back to Bologna with a stop for a wine tasting in Castel San Pietro Terme
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    12:00 pm: Wine-tasting lunch featuring Bologna Hills wines paired with gourmet foods
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    2:30 pm: End of activities and your experience

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What's Included

  • 2-night stay at a 4-star hotel in downtown Parma (double room, bed & breakfast)

  • English-speaking licensed guide for the Parma walking tour

  • Guided visit and lunch at a winery in the Bologna hillside

  • Welcome dinner in downtown Bologna restaurant (3 courses, wine included)

  • English-speaking licensed guide and multiple tastings during the Bologna food walking tour

  • Guided visit and lunch at a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar producer

  • 2-night stay at a 4-star hotel in downtown Bologna (double room, bed & breakfast)

  • Full typical lunch during the Parma food tour (3 courses, wine included)

  • Entrance to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello

  • Guided visit and tasting at a Parmigiano Reggiano produce

  • Guided visit and tasting at a Prosciutto di Parma producer

  • Welcome dinner in downtown Parma restaurant (3 courses, wine included)

  • English-speaking licensed guide for the Parma food production tour

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What's not included

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Unfortunately, this tour cannot accommodate wheelchair users

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Meeting Points

For this custom tour, the specific meeting points and pickup details will be provided upon confirmation of your booking or upon submitting a booking request.

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Notes

Important Information

  • The tour runs rain or shine

  • Under 18? You can't consume alcohol, but delightful non-alcoholic options are available

  • Special dietary requirements or allergies? Let us know when booking

  • The tour will commence promptly. We kindly request that all participants arrive on time, as we are unable to accommodate late arrivals. Please be aware that refunds will not be possible in such instances

  • The described program may undergo minor changes in the timings

  • Live production: being artisanal and not industrial products, the working cycle is not repeated every day at the same time, so it is not guaranteed to see craftsmen at work at each site (for example: Wine and Vinegar making, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello)

Price on Application

Looking to embark on this personalised journey? Drop us an email, and our committed team will connect with you to provide a customised quote that matches your desires. To help us deliver the most accurate quotation, please share as much detail as possible.

We’re here to help If you crave the delight of exquisite food and drink but find yourself unsure where to begin, fear not for you have arrived at the perfect destination. Allow us to provide a curated and unrivalled experience that transcends boundaries and leaves an enduring impression on your cherished memories. Please reach out to us at [email protected], our live chat, or via phone at +44 113 328 0549.

Cancellation Policy

The product's cancellation policy will be provided at the time of quotation. Due to the bespoke nature of the product, the cancellation policy will be tailored specifically to the tour.

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Cancellation policy


A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 10 days before the activity start time.

No refund is possible if you cancel less than 10 days before the activity start time.

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