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From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

1. 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.

Venice: Day Trip to Verona by Train with Guided Walking Tour

2. Venice: Day Trip to Verona by Train with Guided Walking Tour

Dig deeper into Italy's culture and history with a trip from Venice to Verona. Travel by train with a guide and go on a walking tour of Verona’s main sights, such as Ponte Pietra over the Adige River, a Roman amphitheater, Lamberti Tower, and more. Depart from Venice by train accompanied by a guide. Upon arrival in Verona, follow your guide on a walking route to reflect on the artistic and architectural legacy of the Roman, Renaissance, and medieval times. Walking on the cobbled streets of Verona's UNESCO-listed historic center, observe what the daily life of its inhabitants looks like. Pass by top attractions including Piazza delle Erbe, Porta dei Borsari, Lamberti Tower, and the Verona Arena in Piazza Bra. End the walking tour by the Adige River, at the Ponte Pietra. Then, enjoy free time to explore Verona on your own. You can walk along the riverbank, take photos of its colorful streets, or enjoy an Italian aperitif (at your own expense). At the end of the tour, make a return journey back to Venice by train.

Parma: Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

3. Parma: Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

Discover the production of two excellences of Italian cuisine, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma Hak, on a gastronomic tour from Bologna. After being picked up from your accommodation in Bologna or Modena, head to Italy's food capital declared as UNESCO Creative City for gastronomy since 2015. Learn more about Parma and its local cuisine that is so popular that it often ends up dominating conversations among locals. Visit the historic Parmigiano Reggiano factory where an expert guide will show you the stages of production, and you'll be able to taste some of the cheese made by the factory. Then, get up close to the production of the famous Parma Ham. Learn the secrets of this Italian delicacy followed by a tasting paired with a glass of local wine.  Following the Parma Ham factory, your driver will take you to a local restaurant famous for its regional dishes. Here you can enjoy a two-course lunch, including water and wine. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bologna or Modena.

From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

4. 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 Florence: Maranello and Bologna Day Trip

5. From Florence: Maranello and Bologna Day Trip

Spend the day in Emilia-Romagna, visiting the town of Maranello and the city of Bologna. Have the chance to stop in the Ferrari Museum and learn about the Italian carmaker’s history and world-class engineering. Afterwards, explore the vibrant city of Bologna and experience Italian culture as you walk its medieval streets. Your private driver will meet you at your hotel in Florence and first take you to Maranello, home of the legendary Ferrari S.p.A and Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racing team. Take the chance to visit the Ferrari Museum where you will learn about the history of the popular car manufacturing company. The museum also includes a display of vintage and modern vehicles, technical drawings by Enzo Ferrari, and a permanent exhibition dedicated to Formula 1 and the World Championship. After spending time in Maranello, your driver will take you to Bologna where you will have the opportunity to wander the streets of the old town. Your driver will drop you off within a short walk of Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica of San Petronio, and the picturesque Fountain of Neptune. From Bologna, relax as your driver takes you back to Florence.

From Bologna: Romagna Region Wine Tasting Tour

6. From Bologna: Romagna Region Wine Tasting Tour

If you're a wine lover, you can't miss this day trip out to a family-run winery in the Romagna region. After the morning transfer from your hotel, you’ll head with your group to the heart of Romagna to visit one of its most famous wineries. Located in the Romagna Valle, this is one of the most historic companies in the area. Once you arrive, a guide will take you on a private 1-hour tour of the winery, where modern innovations are mixed with respect for the ancient traditions of the family.   After the tour, you’ll be greeted by a sommelier in the tasting area, where you’ll taste 5 glasses of DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) wine. Feel the warmth of Romagna and see if you can discern the complex tastes. Your day continues with a visit to a second winery surrounded by greenery. Round off your visit with a lunch based on typical local products.

From Milan: Parma and Bologna Private Day Trip

7. 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

8. 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 Milan: Bologna the Capital of Italian Food Tour

9. From Milan: Bologna the Capital of Italian Food Tour

Depart from Milan Central Station. Wake yourself up with an Italian coffee (espresso) offered by your professional guide and get ready for your enogastronomic route through Bologna, the Capital of Italian food. You will reach Bologna by train in one hour (approximately). Once in Bologna, your guide will show you the heart of the city with its Porticos, Medieval Towers, the Emilian capital commences in Piazza Maggiore, a rather large square that was originally a market.  After a quick stroll, stop for a food and wine tasting. Try the famous Gnocco Fritto (salty fried bread) served with Italian salumi and cheese. Your guide will give you a curious explanation of these traditional dishes. Taste the flavor of the authentic regional wine and spend unforgivable moments in a typical trattoria. Spend an afternoon dedicated to visit the beauties of the city with some free time for shopping. Before taking the train to Milan, get some energy through the taste of a small piece of chocolate in one of the most famous chocolate factories. Depart from Bologna in the late afternoon and arrive in Milan the next evening.

From Bologna and Modena: Chianti Experience with Lunch

10. 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.

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4.9 / 5

based on 130 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

Everything about this experience was amazing. Our driver, Max, was phenomenal. The staff at both wineries were incredibly friendly, helpful, and interesting. The wines were delicious and unique - most of them were unlike wines you find in the U.S., France, etc. Finally, the lunch was fantastic. Highly recommend this experience.

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!

We had awesome trip. Our driver/guide was excellent, made this day very interesting and easy, full of different experiences. I would highly recommend it.

Great visit to Maranelo and Ferrari. Does not include museum tickets. Our driver Sérgio was very attentive