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Emilia & Romagna Tour 7 Days


A journey through the history & flavors of  Emilia-Romagna!  May 15-21,2016

Discover the delightful tastes and textures of this lesser known region unrivaled for its delicious food and charming portico-lined streets.


TOUR ITINERARY  { 7 days / 6 nights }

Sunday May 15

Upon arrival at Bologna G. Marconi Airport, proceed to the arrivals hall. There, you will meet one of our English-speaking drivers holding a sign with your name written on it.

You will then transfer by private minibus to the Hotel Al Cappello Rosso. Since 1375, the Hotel Al Cappello Rosso invites guests to immerse themselves in its elegant yet intimate space — effortlessly combining history and modern design. Located in Bologna’s historic downtown, this luxurious hotel is tucked away in the city’s medieval heart. It offers guests 33 theme rooms and junior suites and 5 newly-renovated apartments within walking distance of the hotel.

Down time to settle in and freshen up after your journey.

In the evening, you will meet Marcello and Raffaella, our local representatives. Marcello and Raffaella will welcome you to Emilia-Romagna with an aperitivo and a light sampling of local food and wine. Your tour guides will then escort you to an authentic Bolognese restaurant, where you will taste the dishes that make Bologna Italy’s unrivaled food capital.

About Bologna: The city has always been an important urban center — under the Etruscans and the Celts, under the Romans and again in the Middle Ages as a free municipality. Its historic city center is a handsome example of brick buildings and charming portico-lined streets. The main highlights of the city include the famous Asinelli and Garisenda leaning towers, Piazza Maggiore and the Church of San Petronio.

Monday May 16

Today you will transfer by private minibus to  the city of Ferrara, a Renaissance jewel close to Bologna. Here you will enjoy a half-day tour with an expert guide. The guide will show you all the main treasures of this charming town.

Visit Ferrara and its UNESCO World Heritage historic center, where the humanist concept of the ‘ideal city' came to life in 1492, marking the birth of modern city planning. In this city, Medieval and Renaissance art blend harmoniously. You will admire Palazzo Schifanoia with its Hall of Months and Hall of Virtues, and the Estense Castle, former residence of the noble Este dukes. You will also see Ferrara’s harmonious Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral and its museum, which holds art work that , includes an organ screen of the Annunciation and Saint George by Cosmè Tura (1469), the master of the Ferrarese school.

After touring Ferrara, you will reach a beautiful farmhouse in the nearby countryside, where you will have a rich lunch prepared with the local foods. You will also have the chance to taste the bounty of the season — such as asparagus, which is a typical product of the area and delicious fruits like cherries and strawberries.

Return to your accommodation in Bologna in the early afternoon and relax before your soirée at the theatre.

In the evening, you will enjoy a light dinner paired with wine in the city center prior to see a concert of classical music. After dinner, you will walk on your own to the Auditorium Manzoni for an orchestral concert of the works of Russian composer Tchaikovsky.

Tuesday May 17

In the morning meet your English speaking guide in the hotel lobby and enjoy a half-day tour of the best of Bologna. During this walking tour, you will discover why Bologna enjoys so many nicknames — la Dotta (the scholar) for its ancient university, la Rossa (the red one) for the auburn color of its roofs, and la Grassa (the fat one) for its filling food.

You will admire the city’s most important buildings, including Palazzo Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà, the Sala Borsa, King Enzo Palace and the famous Fountain of Neptune, which dates back to the 16th century. You will also see the Basilica of San Petronio, the Archiginnasio, the medieval Two Towers and the Complex of Santo Stefano.

To wrap up your tour of the city, you will enjoy a stroll through Bologna’s medieval market, where you can still see huge rounds of mortadella hanging from the ceiling and several kinds of fresh handmade on display in picturesque food shops and stalls. Let the sights and aromas tempt our senses before tasting Bologna’s gourmet products during a light lunch paired with wine.

Time on your own.

In the afternoon, you will experience a cooking class in a Bolognese house, enjoying the hospitality of a real Italian family. With the help of an expert chef, you will learn how to prepare Bologna’s most famous dishes and discover the secrets of its culinary tradition. The chef will teach you all the techniques you need to recreate an authentic Italian meal for family and friends. Enjoy your homemade meal and some good wine at the lesson’s end.

Wednesday May 18

In the morning, we will take you to the hills of the Romagna area. We will stop at a local farmhouse that grows different kinds of aromatic plants and herbs.

In this charming location, you will enjoy a typical lunch and taste some of the time-tested products made on site by the owner.

You will please your palate with tasty marmalade and cheese, aromatic tarts and flavorful omelets made with fresh herbs.

At the end of your lunch, you will stop at a winemaker and visit the cellar, where you will taste the typical wine of the area.

Continue your day with a stop at a local restaurant and assist a cooking demonstration by a skilled chef. The chef will prepare a meal using aromatic herbs.

During this experience, you will have the chance to observe a professional Italian chef creating elaborate dishes with simple and high quality ingredients. You will then enjoy this delicious meal for dinner.

Return to Bologna after dinner for your overnight stay.

Thursday May 19

Leave early in the morning and reach the countryside around Modena where you will experience the food and flavors of Emilia.

You will first visit a family-run cheese factory and learn how Parmigiano Reggiano, parmesan cheese, is produced in accordance with ancient tradition.

Observe the different steps in the production of the king of all cheeses and enjoy a tasting at the end of the tour. During this unique experience, your guide and the cheese factory staff will be at your disposal for any questions you might have.

Your food tour continues with a visit to a Culatello di Zibello producer. Culatello di Zibello is considered the most prestigious of all Parma cured meats. Its production is strictly limited to the area of Parma, near the Po River, where the aging process is aided by autumn fog and humid summers.

You will then stop at an elegant restaurant where you will taste a meal prepared with typical products of the Emilia region, including Parmigiano and Parma cold cuts.

On your way back to Bologna, you will visit a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena producer, who will explain how this precious product is made through the ancient technique of aging Lambrusco or Trebbiano grapes in oak barrels. You will also enjoy a tasting of the product at various stages and learn how to pair it with cheese, fruit and gelato!

Return to Bologna late in the afternoon.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Friday May 20

Continue your adventure in Ravenna, which boasts an extraordinary artistic, historical and cultural heritage. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will discover a town that was Italy’s capital three times in the past: during the Western Roman Empire, during the reign of Theodorec the Great, and during the days of the Eastern Byzantine Empire. Admire the medieval basilicas and well as San Vitale and Galla Placidia mausoleums, which house one of the world’s most impressive collections of mosaics. The mosaics date back as far as the 5th and 6th centuries. The monuments were built over a period of 1500 years. In 1996, these monuments were included in the UNESCO World Heritage.

After exploring Ravenna, you will lunch on local fare at a typical osteria.

On your way back to Bologna, you will stop in the medieval town of Dozza — named one of the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy — for a leisurely stroll through its colorful alleyways. In Dozza, you’ll glimpse famed artistic murals that adorn the city buildings.

You will also have a chance to take pictures of the medieval castle and breathtaking landscapes that surround this charming Romagna town.

Return to Bologna in the afternoon and get ready for your farewell dinner at the Michelin two-star restaurant San Domenico.  

Saturday May 21

Departure after breakfast (or according to your flight schedule).

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DAY 1

Sunday May 15

Upon arrival at Bologna G. Marconi Airport, proceed to the arrivals hall. There, you will meet one of our English-speaking drivers holding a sign with your name written on it.

You will then transfer by private minibus to the Hotel Al Cappello Rosso. Since 1375, the Hotel Al Cappello Rosso invites guests to immerse themselves in its elegant yet intimate space — effortlessly combining history and modern design. Located in Bologna’s historic downtown, this luxurious hotel is tucked away in the city’s medieval heart. It offers guests 33 theme rooms and junior suites and 5 newly-renovated apartments within walking distance of the hotel.

Down time to settle in and freshen up after your journey.

In the evening, you will meet Marcello and Raffaella, our local representatives. Marcello and Raffaella will welcome you to Emilia-Romagna with an aperitivo and a light sampling of local food and wine. Your tour guides will then escort you to an authentic Bolognese restaurant, where you will taste the dishes that make Bologna Italy’s unrivaled food capital.

About Bologna: The city has always been an important urban center — under the Etruscans and the Celts, under the Romans and again in the Middle Ages as a free municipality. Its historic city center is a handsome example of brick buildings and charming portico-lined streets. The main highlights of the city include the famous Asinelli and Garisenda leaning towers, Piazza Maggiore and the Church of San Petronio.

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DAY 2

Monday May 16

Today you will transfer by private minibus to  the city of Ferrara, a Renaissance jewel close to Bologna. Here you will enjoy a half-day tour with an expert guide. The guide will show you all the main treasures of this charming town.

Visit Ferrara and its UNESCO World Heritage historic center, where the humanist concept of the ‘ideal city' came to life in 1492, marking the birth of modern city planning. In this city, Medieval and Renaissance art blend harmoniously. You will admire Palazzo Schifanoia with its Hall of Months and Hall of Virtues, and the Estense Castle, former residence of the noble Este dukes. You will also see Ferrara’s harmonious Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral and its museum, which holds art work that , includes an organ screen of the Annunciation and Saint George by Cosmè Tura (1469), the master of the Ferrarese school.

After touring Ferrara, you will reach a beautiful farmhouse in the nearby countryside, where you will have a rich lunch prepared with the local foods. You will also have the chance to taste the bounty of the season — such as asparagus, which is a typical product of the area and delicious fruits like cherries and strawberries.

Return to your accommodation in Bologna in the early afternoon and relax before your soirée at the theatre.

In the evening, you will enjoy a light dinner paired with wine in the city center prior to see a concert of classical music. After dinner, you will walk on your own to the Auditorium Manzoni for an orchestral concert of the works of Russian composer Tchaikovsky.

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DAY 3

Tuesday May 17

In the morning meet your English speaking guide in the hotel lobby and enjoy a half-day tour of the best of Bologna. During this walking tour, you will discover why Bologna enjoys so many nicknames — la Dotta (the scholar) for its ancient university, la Rossa (the red one) for the auburn color of its roofs, and la Grassa (the fat one) for its filling food.

You will admire the city’s most important buildings, including Palazzo Accursio, Palazzo del Podestà, the Sala Borsa, King Enzo Palace and the famous Fountain of Neptune, which dates back to the 16th century. You will also see the Basilica of San Petronio, the Archiginnasio, the medieval Two Towers and the Complex of Santo Stefano.

To wrap up your tour of the city, you will enjoy a stroll through Bologna’s medieval market, where you can still see huge rounds of mortadella hanging from the ceiling and several kinds of fresh handmade on display in picturesque food shops and stalls. Let the sights and aromas tempt our senses before tasting Bologna’s gourmet products during a light lunch paired with wine.

Time on your own.

In the afternoon, you will experience a cooking class in a Bolognese house, enjoying the hospitality of a real Italian family. With the help of an expert chef, you will learn how to prepare Bologna’s most famous dishes and discover the secrets of its culinary tradition. The chef will teach you all the techniques you need to recreate an authentic Italian meal for family and friends. Enjoy your homemade meal and some good wine at the lesson’s end.

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DAY 4

Wednesday May 18

In the morning, we will take you to the hills of the Romagna area. We will stop at a local farmhouse that grows different kinds of aromatic plants and herbs.

In this charming location, you will enjoy a typical lunch and taste some of the time-tested products made on site by the owner.

You will please your palate with tasty marmalade and cheese, aromatic tarts and flavorful omelets made with fresh herbs.

At the end of your lunch, you will stop at a winemaker and visit the cellar, where you will taste the typical wine of the area.

Continue your day with a stop at a local restaurant and assist a cooking demonstration by a skilled chef. The chef will prepare a meal using aromatic herbs.

During this experience, you will have the chance to observe a professional Italian chef creating elaborate dishes with simple and high quality ingredients. You will then enjoy this delicious meal for dinner.

Return to Bologna after dinner for your overnight stay.

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DAY 5

Thursday May 19

Leave early in the morning and reach the countryside around Modena where you will experience the food and flavors of Emilia.

You will first visit a family-run cheese factory and learn how Parmigiano Reggiano, parmesan cheese, is produced in accordance with ancient tradition.

Observe the different steps in the production of the king of all cheeses and enjoy a tasting at the end of the tour. During this unique experience, your guide and the cheese factory staff will be at your disposal for any questions you might have.

Your food tour continues with a visit to a Culatello di Zibello producer. Culatello di Zibello is considered the most prestigious of all Parma cured meats. Its production is strictly limited to the area of Parma, near the Po River, where the aging process is aided by autumn fog and humid summers.

You will then stop at an elegant restaurant where you will taste a meal prepared with typical products of the Emilia region, including Parmigiano and Parma cold cuts.

On your way back to Bologna, you will visit a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena producer, who will explain how this precious product is made through the ancient technique of aging Lambrusco or Trebbiano grapes in oak barrels. You will also enjoy a tasting of the product at various stages and learn how to pair it with cheese, fruit and gelato!

Return to Bologna late in the afternoon.

Rest of the day at leisure.

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DAY 6

Friday May 20

Continue your adventure in Ravenna, which boasts an extraordinary artistic, historical and cultural heritage. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will discover a town that was Italy’s capital three times in the past: during the Western Roman Empire, during the reign of Theodorec the Great, and during the days of the Eastern Byzantine Empire. Admire the medieval basilicas and well as San Vitale and Galla Placidia mausoleums, which house one of the world’s most impressive collections of mosaics. The mosaics date back as far as the 5th and 6th centuries. The monuments were built over a period of 1500 years. In 1996, these monuments were included in the UNESCO World Heritage.

After exploring Ravenna, you will lunch on local fare at a typical osteria.

On your way back to Bologna, you will stop in the medieval town of Dozza — named one of the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy — for a leisurely stroll through its colorful alleyways. In Dozza, you’ll glimpse famed artistic murals that adorn the city buildings.

You will also have a chance to take pictures of the medieval castle and breathtaking landscapes that surround this charming Romagna town.

Return to Bologna in the afternoon and get ready for your farewell dinner at the Michelin two-star restaurant San Domenico.  

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DAY 7

Saturday May 21

Departure after breakfast (or according to your flight schedule).


Price per person in Double/Twin room     $ 3,395.00
* $ 510 USD supplement for individual travelers / single rooms


INCLUDED:

  • 6 nights at the 4-star Hotel Al Cappello Rosso with breakfast included
  • Private transfers from/to the airport in Bologna
  • 16 Passenger Van with English speaking driver for all the excursions mentioned above
  • Welcome aperitif
  • 10 Meals paired with local wines arranged as follows:5 Lunches1 Dinner1 Rich snack before the music event1 Dinner in a Michelin two-star restaurant2 Dinners following the cooking classes
  • 1 Cooking class, demonstration
  • 1 Cooking class, hands-on
  • Tour of Bologna with an English-speaking guide
  • Tour of Ferrara with an English-speaking guide
  • Tour of Ravenna with an English-speaking guide
  • Monuments entrance tickets included
  • Tour of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and tastings
  • Tour of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena cellar and tastings
  • Tour of Culatello di Zibello factory and tasting during lunch
  • Wine Tasting and tour of a local cellar
  • Tour of Aromatic Plants Farmhouse and tasting during lunch
  • Bologna Old Market tour
  • English speaking Tour Leaders at disposal during the whole trip
  • Music event tickets


NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights and domestic flights
  • All meals not mentioned above
  • All activities not mentioned above
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Hotel City tax