- Day trip to the Emilia Romagna region from Siena
- Explore Museo Ferrari in Maranello and visit its Ferrari simulator designed by Renzo Piano
- Upgrade to include a 10-minute or 20-minute Ferrari or Lamborghini test drive, if you wish
- Visit a Modena balsamic vinegar estate and try samples of the much-loved sweet vinegar
- Enjoy a 3-course lunch featuring high quality local produce
- Spend your afternoon on a tour of the Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Factory in Modena
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What You Can Expect
Head inside the museum’s Galleria del Vento – a Renzo Piano-designed wind tunnel that acts as a Ferrari-driving simulator – and find out how the aerodynamics of the cars are tested inside it. If you want to experience driving a Ferrari or Lamborghini for yourself, then upgrade to include a test drive. Select a 10-minute or 20-minute drive, hop in the driver's seat (next to an instructor), and then speed around the outdoor track, feeling the engine roar beneath you!
After your tour, travel by coach to a nearby balsamic vinegar producer to learn about the production process of Modena’s famous balsamic vinegar. Made from grape pressings that haven’t been allowed to ferment into wine, the dark and syrupy-sweet vinegar matures in wooden kegs, adding a unique depth of flavor to the finished product. After touring the estate, sample some of the house specialties, and then browse the vinegars to buy, if you wish.
Stop for lunch in a local restaurant, trying out some of the best Emilia Romagna dishes – where balsamic vinegar and cured hams feature heavily – and then spend your afternoon inside the Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Factory in Modena. More like an artisan workshop than a factory, the place produces the finest quality Parmigiano-Reggiano -- the hard and flavorsome cheese that’s often grated over pasta dishes. See how the milk is mixed in large vats, and learn about the lengthy aging process that gives the cheese its tangy taste.
Return to your coach and relax on the journey south to Siena. Your day trip finishes in the early evening, at a convenient location in central Siena.
We departed Florence for Siena and joined the trip there thinking that Siena should be the start point but to our surprise, we needed to travel back to Florence to join the big group. This was not stated in the itinerary and we have to spend 2 extra hours on traveling to and from Siena. This piece of information should be stated and if we knew that, we would have joined the trip in Florence. The trip is good especially the experience of being the passenger of Ferrari drive. Time control can be improved so that the trip can be ended on time, ours is 1.5 hour late.
We were very excited to take this tour. On our designated day and time provided, we got up super early to take the train to Siena where our tour was booked. We went to the location provided and waited. After a half hour we had to ask strangers to use their cell phones to call. We were instructed we were in the right place and someone would be collecting us. Needless to say, after several more phone calls, and 2 1/2 hours of our day wasted, the tour had left Siena at 7 a.m. and not 7:40 as instructed. Not only that, the location instructions we were provided were for leaving from Florence, not Siena. Our day was pretty much shot to hell because of it. The gal we spoke to pretty much said that it was our fault we were at the wrong place and were we just out of luck.
Later on, we made one last call to them. We were then told that they would accept responsibility for the mix up and they would rebook us. Fortunately we were in Tuscany for a few more days and were able to accept their rebooking.
Once we actually got on the bus, we had a good time. Elio was a fantastic guide, and there was only the three of us on the trip. We did enjoy it, and would recommend it. There was interesting information provided. The balsamic aspect was amazing. I would just recommend that call the day before to make sure THEY have given the correct information on where to meet.