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Bologna: Red Bus City Tour and Local Food Tasting

1. Bologna: Red Bus City Tour and Local Food Tasting

Discover Bologna in comfort via an open top bus, enabling you to admire and photograph all the major attractions of the city.  Upon arriving at the meeting point, staff will welcome you onboard. Choose from an audioguide available in 10 different languages to learn more about the specific landmarks as well as the general history of the city. You will then journey across the city, capturing views of some of the most famous points of interest. Hop on and off at your leisure at some popular spots such as: • Basilica San Petronio • Palazzo dei Notai • Palazzo Comunale • Palazzo di Re Enzo • Palazzo del Podestà, • Tower of Asinelli and Garisenda • Museo Civico Archeologico • Archiginnasio • Palazzo Bevilacqua • Porta Saragozza • Palazzo Bentivoglio • Fontana del Nettuno • Teatro Comunale. After the tour, enjoy a food tour in a historical market in Bologna, where you will try local delicacies.

From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

2. From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

Learn about the production of gastronomic excellence in Emilia on a unique day trip from Bologna. Tour local factories and family-run producers for a look behind the scenes at the creation of products appreciated all over the world, including Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar of Modena, and Lambrusco and Pignoletto wine. Begin with an 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Bologna and head toward a dairy production site via a private transfer. Once there, tour the grounds with a guide and learn about the production of the world's favorite cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano. Snack on a sample of the delicious creation before heading to Acetaia, where you'll see how the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is made. Taste some of the "gold of Modena".  Transfer to a wine cellar, where you'll hear about the work that goes behind creating the delicious Lambrusco and Pignoletto wines. Taste some of this local treat and then cap the tour off with a light lunch in a traditional Italian restaurant. Return to your hotel in Bologna around 2:30 PM.

From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

3. From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

Experience the best of Modena on this day tour which showcases 3 of the region's best products. Start your tour with a visit to the home of the great maestro Luciano Pavarotti. Enjoy a tour of his house, which has now been converted into a museum. Visit the rooms where he lived and discover more about his life and times. Next, head to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. Live the Prancing Horse dream firsthand as you wander around the various exhibitions dedicated to the iconic racing car. Get travel back in time as you explore the racecar's exhilarating history. Finally, discover the history and ancient tradition of the famous "black gold" of Modena with a guided tour of a balsamic vinegar factory. After your tour, enjoy some tastings paired with delicious local delicacies. On the way back to Bologna, stop for lunch at a countryside farmhouse.

From Milan: Parma and Bologna Private Day Trip

4. From Milan: Parma and Bologna Private Day Trip

Enjoy a Private Tour of Parma and Bologna from Milan for twelve hours with a private tour guide for two hours in each city and a private luxury vehicle with a chauffeur that will pick you up and drop you off from your hotel in Milan. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up, besides your private tour guide you will go ahead to your first destination. You will discover Parma, a city in the north of Italy that has remarkable medieval architecture and beautiful forests surrounding it. Your private tour guide will show you the tourist attractions of the city such as the cathedral with Romanesque style, the opera house Teatro, the Baptistery with Romanesque and Gothic styles and much more. When you finish visiting Parma you will go ahead to your destination, Bologna which is one of the best-preserved historic cities and has one of the largest medieval old towns in Europe. You will visit as well the tourist attractions of Bologna such as the two medieval famous towers, the Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica of San Petronio known for being one of the largest churches in existence, the basilica of San Francisco known for being a Gothic church and much more. After visiting the two cities, your private chauffeur will drop you off at your hotel in Milan or your place of preference inside the city.

From Bologna: Franciacorta Lunch and Wine Tasting

5. From Bologna: Franciacorta Lunch and Wine Tasting

Discover Franciacorta, the land of production of one of the most prestigious wines in Italy. Visit some of the best wineries in the area, taste the wines and have a suggestive lunch among the vineyards. The private transfer will pick you up at your hotel and will take you to the Franciacorta area. In the morning, visit the first winery, where you'll be taken on a guided tour. Learn the history of the winery and the production processes of one of the most prestigious wines in Italy and at the end, you'll have a wine tasting. Afterward, move to another winery where, after the guided tour and the tasting, you will enjoy the suggestive experience of a picnic immersed in the vineyards.

From Bologna and Modena: Chianti Experience with Lunch

6. From Bologna and Modena: Chianti Experience with Lunch

Start with pickup at your hotel in either Bologna or Modena. Travel to the hills to the south and west of Bologna, which have been used for wine production for many centuries. With varying soils and microclimates, the wines produced here are remarkably varied. Enjoy the natural beauty of the region and visit 2 different producers of local wines. After sampling the various wines grown in the region, enjoy a lunch in a typical trattoria, made with fresh local products. Following your discovery of the Bologna hills, be returned to your accommodation.

Bologna: Verona & Valpolicella Day Trip with Winery Lunch

7. Bologna: Verona & Valpolicella Day Trip with Winery Lunch

Experience the magic of Verona on a day trip from Bologna. Follow you guide on a tour of this ancient city. Head to the verdant countryside in Valpolicella for a tour of a wine cellar. Excite your palate with a delectable lunch and a wine tasting experience.  Be picked up by your guide in Bologna. Sit back and relax on the drive to Verona. Let your guide show you around Verona. See the top sights and some hidden gems before heading to the vineyards of Valpolicella. Find out about the winemaking process as your guide takes you into a historic wine cellar. Savor three distinct local wines. Sample a rich, dry Amarone wine which one of the red wines that the region is known for. Have a light lunch before returning to Bologna.  

From Bologna: Private San Marino Day Tour with Lunch

8. From Bologna: Private San Marino Day Tour with Lunch

Our driver will pick you up at the hotel or where you will indicate and take you to visit San Marino Take a big step in one of the smallest countries in Europe. A glimpse of wonders awaits you at the door of Porta San Francesco. You will engage with the architecture of the Palazzo Pubblico. A historic square La Cava dei Balestrieri and the Basilica of San Marino are within walking distance. Our guide will tell you the history and anecdotes of this small medieval state just outside Rimini At the end of the tour our official guide will take you to one of the historic restaurants of San Marino to taste a fantastic lunch. After lunch you will have an hour of free time for shopping in the old shops of the historic center before returning to the hotel with our driver

From Bologna: 10-Day Private Tuscany Cooking Trip w/ Lodging

9. From Bologna: 10-Day Private Tuscany Cooking Trip w/ Lodging

10 day all-inclusive trip exploring the food and flavors of Northern Italy with your personal chef.I’m Stefano Corvucci your private chef and guide. I will take you on a journey to the places where the traditional Italian dishes were born. We’ll cook and eat together the best Italian dishes, according to the season, Foods like porcini and chanterelle mushrooms, white truffles, local meats and seafood, regional salumi and cheeses, fresh vegetables and of course- handmade pastas; We'll drink and appreciate my favorite Italian Wines: Barolo and Barbaresco, Valpolicella and Amarone, Sangiovese, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Super Tuscans Guided tour of the famous food markets in Bologna; Personal cooking lessons at my mountain retreat in the Apennines Dining in my favorite restaurants, picnicking in the woods, cooking Pellegrino Artusi traditional recipes in my kitchen; Visiting local farmers, wine cellars and markets; Visit to the Sanctuary of La Verna (Tuscany) founded by St. Francis of Assisi: here we’ll admire the beautiful works of lead-glazed terracotta by Andrea Della Robbia; Visit to Borgo San Sepolcro (Tuscany), home of the painter Piero della Francesca, where we’ll visit the local museum with frescoes of the Resurrection of Christ and the Polyptych of the Misericordia; Visit to Monterchi (Tuscany) where we'll admire Piero della Franceasca's Madonna del Parto; Visit Montefeltro, land of the Renaissance King Federico Duke of Urbino. Sant'Agata Feltria, Pennabilli, Monte Fumaiolo are just some of the dozens of welcoming towns and villages where art mixes with food, natural beauty and tradition, creating an intimate charm for those who visit;

From Florence: Private Bologna Walking Tour with Lunch

10. From Florence: Private Bologna Walking Tour with Lunch

From art to history to good food, discover Bologna in all its aspects on this private trip with round-trip private transportation from Florence. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the city, a 2-course restaurant lunch, and tickets for the iconic San Luca Express. The private transfer will pick you up directly from your accommodation in Florence and take you to Bologna’s city center, from where you will start your tour in the city. You will be greeted by a staff member upon arrival, who will introduce you to your private guide. With your guide, discover the center of Bologna, admiring some of the most beautiful and important buildings of the city. Visit the Church of San Petronio, patron saint of the city, which was the seat of some important historical events, such as the imperial coronation of Charles V in 1530. From there, move on to admire the courtyard of the Archiginnasio, one of the oldest and most relevant libraries in the city. The guide will then take you to the historic market, also known as Quadrilatero, where the street names still echo the old crafts of the past: Via Caprarie, Via Pescherie, and more. Witness time that has stopped in these history-rich spots. Continue toward the Asinelli Tower, the symbol and bulwark of the city, of which the guide will tell you stories and anecdotes. If walking also makes you hungry, after your journey through the streets of Bologna, you’ll settle in a typical inn where you can relax while enjoying a 2-course lunch in the name of tradition: cold cuts and a typical dish of your choice, accompanied by a glass of wine and water. After lunch, set out to discover the famous hills of Bologna aboard the San Luca Express. Sit back on this classic train as it takes you to the Basilica of San Luca. This imposing complex has dominated the city since 1195 and has become a symbol of home for locals. The train will then take you directly back to the city center, from where you’ll be picked up once again via private transportation to head back to Florence after your full day in Bologna.

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4.8 / 5

based on 136 reviews

We wanted something that encompassed a lot of the specialities of the region and this on paper appeared to fit the bill. It did not disappoint! Francisco our driver was friendly informative and very patient driving us from our Hotel to every venue. The Parmigiano Reggiano tour was fantastic, very interesting and Alice the guide was very clear and knowledgable. The tasting was great. Next was the Balsamic tour which was also interesting and the tasting included great tips for using it in everyday cooking. The final tour was less interesting for us personally because we have done many vineyard tours in France and USA but this one was done in a very smart way tasting in the beautiful hotel that adjoins it. The sublime ending to a fabulous few hours was the set lunch on the Hotel terrace overlooking the beautiful rolling hills. The food and wine was gorgeous and really was the icing on the cake. Can highly recommend

We had fantastic days, the tour director Sabrina was a caring person, everything was clearly on the note, explaining how or where you want to go, and show you how not to get lost easily, during the trip, was not boring in the tour bus, we had a lot of fun, creating a lot of cozy atmosphere, lots of laughs. She gave us even more great tips, after that, we did an extra day trip to see more of the south coast, it's a very nice experience, thanks Sabrina. The driver Franco was an experienced driver, he also helped everything, the elderly getting in and out with the high steps, the heavy suitcases. On the last day we had a problem, taxi strike, he help us again. thanks Franco.

The tour fulfilled everything we hoped for when we booked. Our tour guide Sabrina was very well organised and clearly outlined places of interest and the importance of meeting places and punctuality, which contributed to the smooth running of the trip. She regularly enquired about our welfare and if we were enjoying the trip and would address any issues of concern. The accommodation at each location was excellent .We enjoyed the meals food was good and varied Great group of people from all part’s of the world

Fantastic! Did cheese, wine and then balsamico. I was wondering why balsamico was last but totally made sense in the end. I could’ve spent hours more at each stop. Absolutely fascinating and delicious!

Each stop was very interesting, and the guides were wonderful. The lunch was delicious. A really fantastic day altogether, well worth doing.