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  • Location:Bologna, Italy
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Food and Museo Ferrari Tour of Emilia-Romagna from Bologna Including Lunch

Explore the culinary and motor heritage of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region on this full-day tour from Bologna. Traveling by minivan, visit producers of the area’s three best-known foodstuffs — Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan cheese), balsamic vinegar and prosciutto ham— to learn how each is made and taste delicious samples. Then, visit the Ferrari Museo (Ferrari Museum) in Maranello to immerse yourself in all things Ferrari, and enjoy an optional test drive (own expense). A 4-course lunch, including wine, and the personalised atmosphere of a small-group tour limited to 14 people make the tour extra enjoyable.


  • Full-day Emilia-Romagna food and Ferrari Museo tour from Bologna, with lunch
  • Discover the culinary heritage of one of Italy’s most celebrated food regions, Emilia-Romagna
  • Learn how Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is made and enjoy tastings
  • Visit a prosciutto factory and balsamic vinegar producer and taste samples of both
  • Tour the Museo Ferrari, a homage to Italy’s legendary Ferrari brand, in Maranello
  • Discover the Ferrari story, ogle the displays, and if you wish, take a test drive (own expense)
  • Enjoy a 4-course lunch with wine, and the small-group atmosphere of a tour limited to 14 people

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What You Can Expect

Food and Museo Ferrari Tour of Emilia-Romagna from Bologna Including Lunch

Visit a Parmigiano-Reggiano factory on this full-day tour

Start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Bologna hotel, Bologna Centrale train station, or Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport.

Then, board your air-conditioned minivan and hear interesting nuggets about the culinary heritage of Emilia-Romagna, of which Bologna is the capital, as you travel to a factory that makes its famous Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Head inside and watch the cheese-makers produce this legendary hard cheese, typically used to garnish pastas, risottos and salads. See how the milk is churned in huge vats and learn how the long aging process imbues Parmesan with its trademark tanginess.

Sample some differently aged varieties and then depart for Modena and one of the region’s acetaia — family-owned farmhouses — that make balsamic vinegar. Discover how this ‘black gold’ is made in wooden barrels, and after trying some variants, perhaps buy a bottle of your favorite (own expense).

Next, head for a prosciutto factory and learn the secrets behind this dry-cured ham. Find out about the lengthy curing process, and finally, sample some freshly cut slices of this succulent delicacy.

Then, drive on to the Museo Ferrari in the town of Maranello to immerse yourself in another of Italy’s iconic exports, Ferrari sports cars. A celebration of all things Ferrari, the museum tells the story of the brand with displays of vintage and contemporary models, and exhibitions charting its history and F1 honors.

Enjoy a guided tour, and if you wish, use some free time here to test drive a Ferrari car, with an instructor beside you (own expense).

Finish with a delicious 4-course lunch at a local restaurant, (see Itinerary for a sample menu), accompanied by wine and water, and followed by coffee and an after-lunch liquor. Then, return to Bologna, where your tour ends with a hotel, station or airport drop-off.


Sample Lunch Menu:

First course:
  • Crescentine (local fried breads) served with Parma Ham
Main course (choice of two depending on availability):
  • Homemade tortellini
  • Homemade tagliatelle with meat sauce
  • Homemade tortelloni with butter and sage
Third Course:
Beef tagliata with rosemary and olive oil

*Served with two seasonal side dishes such as salad, roast potatoes and grilled vegetables

  • Selection of homemade desserts
  • Coffee and a liquor

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour guide was knowledgeable and personable, making the visit to the Ferrari museum a memorable event.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Brilliant tour from start to finish with Andrea being the perfect host. All food producers were so passionate about their craft and the Ferrari Museum was amazing. The Ferrari drive was definitely worth the extra money, what a buzz. The Four course lunch was the best of Italian cuisine with free flowing wine, beers or soft drinks. Would recommend this trip unreservedly as excellent value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing tour with incredibly interesting visits to Parmesan cheese factory, to Prosciutto producing family business, Modena Balsamic Vinegar museum and producer, Ferrari museum and topped with multi course lunch. Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a great time on this tour. We learned so much about making cheese, vinegar and prosciutto, and had fun tasting everything,and It was all very delicious. Lunch was delicious, and we enjoyed chatting with our tour guide and the others in our small group.The Ferrari Museum was an interesting stop, too.
I'd recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

If you only have time to do one thing in Bologna, this should be it! The tour and tour guide Andre and personal photographer for anyone wishing a picture taken with their own camera were incredible. No detail was missed! From the inside look into making of cheese, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegars to the Ferrari Museum to the option of test driving, what more could you want? Maybe an amazing lunch...well you had that too- with all you could eat and drink provided!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Andrea Blasi was a great tour guide, super visits and great food we had a fantastic time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We throughly enjoyed the tour we booked Via Viator for the Ferrari, and food tour of Modena 5 Star. The food tour included parmesan reggianno, balsamic vinegar, and parma ham. The tour guide Olga picked us up at our hotel as well as other guests at their hotels. The tour was excellent starting with information on the history of Bologna as well as the Emilia Reggiano Region. She was the guide through each producer that we visited. Olga wanted to make sure everyone was having a great time and also indicated that if we had any questions about other locations we were visiting through Italy to ask her and she would try to help. During the tour, guests had options to purchase the balsamic vinegar and cheeses to bring home. Prior to our return to our Hotel, we stopped for lunch that was incredible. It was a 6 course meal with 2 kinds of freshly made tortellini you could watch them being made as well as tagatelli bolognese, as well as salad, potatoes, grilled beef perfectly done, grilled vegetables, bread, 2 kinds of dessert, wine, espresso, cappuccino, water, etc. And if you wanted more, you had it. We finished the meal with a drink made from walnut skins excellent flavor. And the guys enjoyed the Ferrari tour in which you also have an option of test driving one of the Ferraris!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fabulous, especially the 6 course meal at the end-one of the best meals we had in Italy!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour. Only 7 people new, clean mini-bus great venues and the lunch was more than we could eat with unlimited wine. Olga is a fantastic guide and Riccardo was a great driver. I HIGHLY recommend this tour for foodies and racing fans.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Brilliant day out, can't fault it, factory tours well run and interesting, Ferrari exhibition good, Ferrari test drive additional cost awesome, and lunch was superb, really top notch. Our guide was friendly informative and seemed genuinely interested in her region. Over all a first class day out.

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