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

Highlights

  • 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.

Itinerary

Sample Lunch Menu:

First course:
  • Crescentine (local fried breads) served with cold cut meat
Main course (choice of two depending on availability):
  • Homemade tortellini or tagliatelle with meat sauce
  • Lasagne
  • Risotto with balsamic vinegar
Third Course:
Beef tagliata with rosemary and olive oil

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

Dessert:
  • Selection of homemade desserts
  • Coffee and a liquor

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A great tour that we would recommend to anyone. Excellent lunch topped off interesting factory visits.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Everything about our tour was excellent. Olga was awesome. Although she does this tour frequently, she still had a fresh perspective on what we were seeing and experiencing. Logistically everything worked perfectly ... we were met on time, toured all the sites with plenty of time to linger and taste, and returned to our apartment as promised. A really good day!

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