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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

Cathy F
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I attended this by myself as my husband was working. I do not speak Italian, the translator walked from the small bus to my hotel, spoke beautiful English and was very welcoming. The group included another couple and five girls from London traveling together. He introduced us all to each other and encouraged interaction which was fun. We saw the cheese being made, the proscuitto process and learned how the balsamic is made and why some is called gold. We tasted an abundance of everything and were offered the opportunity to buys products. The guide kindly told me that I was not allowed to bring back the proscuitto to the US. Then we went to an amazing lunch. It was four courses of all of the foods of Bologna and their local wine. During lunch I mentioned that I was having trouble finding reservations for dinner as there was a big show in town. Our guide, Antonia, called a friend that owned a great restaurant near our hotel where we were treated like royalty. The owner was standing there waiting for us and brought some tastes of things while he opened our wine. We could not have been happier. This tour will make you feel like you have a family member bringing you to his local farms and factories to share his heritage. At no point did I feel alone, the tour was fun. I would highly recommend this tour whether you are with a group or on your own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I am very glad I chose this tour! Andrea Blasi was fenomenal! He and the driver picked me up from my hotel promptly and on time! From the get go, Andrea was extremely attentive and very knowledgable of all the places we were going to visit. He explained to me, in detailed, everything I needed to know and answered all my curiosities! This is a tour you must do! Grazie Andrea and Olga for an amazing experience!

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