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  • Location: Bologna, Italy
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
Taste your way through Emilia-Romagna on this all-day food and wine tour from Bologna. Visit local producers in Bologna and Modena to sample classic Italian staples including Parmesan cheese, aged balsamic vinegar and prosciutto while learning about the history of these foods and touring the production rooms. At the end of the tour enjoy a typical 4-course Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant.

Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience with your expert guide and fellow food lovers.

Highlights

  • Full-day food and wine tour from Bologna
  • Visit local producers in Bologna and Modena to see first-hand how the foods are made
  • Sample Italian staples including Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto
  • Enjoy a 4-course lunch with wine at a family-run restaurant
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 ensures a more intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Food and Wine Tour from Bologna Including Lunch

Find out more about the production of balsamic vinegar

Your guide will pick you up from your selected departure point in Bologna in the morning. Come with an appetite, as you’ll enjoy lots of tastings and a full lunch on this all-day food and wine tour of Bologna and Modena, two culinary powerhouses in the Emilia-Romagna region.

After a 45-minute drive by minivan, arrive at your first stop, a local Parmesan cheese producer. Perhaps the most famous and widely used Italian cheese, Parmesan has been around since the Middle Ages. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Parmesan is made on your tour of the production room, cooking area, salt pools and aging room. Then taste the finished product, noting the complex combination of bold and subtle flavors.

Your next stop is a traditional balsamic vinegar producer. This Italian staple dates back to Roman times, and is made by the natural fermentation and acetification of cooked grape 'must' (concentrated juice) before being aged in small casks made of different kinds of precious woods. Sample a variety of aged vinegars — including one that’s aged more than 25 years!

Satisfy your salt craving at your next stop, a local ham factory where you’ll learn the secrets of Italian cured meats and sample some prosciutto.

After teasing your palate, it’s time to sit down to a wonderful Italian lunch. Head to a family-run restaurant and savor a 4-course meal of traditional specialties accompanied by local wines (sample menu below). Your guide will tell you the secrets behind the delicious dishes served and give you their recipes.Head back to Bologna in the late afternoon.

Sample Menu

Starter
Fried and baked breads with cured meats and cheeses

First course
Three different kinds of homemade pastas

Second course
Mixed salad with bologna

Dessert
Selection of homemade desserts and pastries

Drinks
Selection of local wines or soft drinks, coffee and mineral water

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

ONE OF THE BEST TOURS I'VE EVER BEEN ON!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

The Emilia-Romagna region is known for it's delicious food and what better way to get to know all this yummy-ness than with a food tour that takes you from place to place to see how it is all made AND of course to sample all the good things it has to offer.... look no further, this tour will deliver!

Andrea, the guide, picked me up in morning at my hotel and from the moment I sat down he started to tell me about the region and the places we were going to visit and the things we were going to taste that I couldn't wait to get started.
Our first stop was at the cheese factory where he showed me how the cheese is made and I really mean from the cows who provide the milk all the way to the storage room where they keep all the cheese waiting to be shipped out to some lucky customers around the globe. After that we drove, not too far, to the prosciutto factory where Andrea explained how they cure and dry the meat to get from a simple ham to the delicious prosciutto I got to taste at the end of the tour. Next stop was for me as a balsamic vinegar fan, the most exciting one, we stopped at a, 4th generation family run acetaie where I was explained in detail how we go from a Trebbiano grape to the "black gold" that can age well over a 100 years and how the taste changes during that ageing process with plenty of samples and combinations with meat, cheese and my favorite... vanilla ice cream.
To conclude this fantastic day we had an awesome dinner at a typical Italian restaurant where I had some, typical for the region, tagliatelle al ragu and a superdelicious dessert.

tl;dr - Top experience and I would recommend it to everyone!

PS I had the privilege to experience this tour as an unforeseen "private tour" because there were no other participants for that day. (December is still a great time to visit Bologna people, go get some Bologna!)

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