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Food Lover's Guide to Bologna

By Viator, January 2018

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Italians are fiercely proud of their culinary prowess and with good reason. It’s widely known among natives and visitors alike that some of the country’s best food comes from the Emilia-Romagna region, an area that lays claim to several things we take for granted as Italian staples. And of course, there’s much more that doesn’t quite make the export list to discover.

There are many famous ingredients that hail from the region – ingredients that are so well-known that it's hard to get a handle on how much they speak to the local flavors of a particular Italian region. One of the most famous cheeses in Italy, parmigiano-reggiano, is made in and around the city of Parma (hence the name), along with the buttery cured pork of prosciutto which has its own annual festival in the region.

The tiny town of Modena in Emilia-Romagna, just outside Bologna, produces true balsamic vinegar, and the area around Piacenza creates grana padano, a cheese similar to parmigiano-reggiano. Along with tortellini, lambrusco wine, piadina flatbread and mortadella (the origin of the processed stuff we’ve come to know as bologna), all of these ingredients serve as the basis for Emilia-Romagna cuisine and provide a rich menu of items to choose from.

The region's nickname isn't “The Fat” for nothing, after all. From dishes such as tortellini in brodo and tagliatelle al Bolognese to the signature lasagna, Italy is lucky to consider Emilia-Romagna a piece of its pie. If you’re in the area, be on the lookout for the dish of piadina and its corresponding “Piadinerie”kiosks around busy cities, which sell only folded, grilled piadina sandwiches. For dessert, try zuppa inglese, which quite literally translates to “English soup” and is basically the Italian version of an English trifle – cake, custard, and liqueur. 

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Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting, Bologna, null
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Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 96 Reviews

Explore the province of Bologna in this full-day food tour. Indulge in degustation of Parmigiano Reggiano, prosciutto, wine and traditional balsamic vinegar. ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.56
Italian Food and Museo Ferrari Small Group Tour from Bologna Including Gourmet Lunch, Bologna, Food ... 
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Italian Food and Museo Ferrari Small Group Tour from Bologna Including Gourmet Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 123 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $193.24
Bologna Food Walking Tour, Bologna, Day Trips
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Bologna Food Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Explore one of Bologna's oldest food markets with an insider and visit the most traditional food shops. Learn about the history, culture, architecture, that ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.78
Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna, Bologna, Food Tours
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Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

From tempting pasta to rich, nutty Parmesan, taste the Emilia Romagna region’s finest gourmet products on a private half- or full-day food tour from Parma or ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 5 or 7 hours

From USD $99.35
Small-Group Italian Food and Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Bologna, Bologna, Food Tours
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Small-Group Italian Food and Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Bologna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

If you have a passion for food and wine and a craving to learn, you’ve come to the right place. Come and experience the finest Italian products all in 1 day! ...  Read more

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

From USD $188.19
Bologna Food Tour from a local perspective, Bologna, Food Tours
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Bologna Food Tour from a local perspective

Live like a local, escape the tourists! A walking food tour in Bologna, 6 stops at some historical shops to taste the traditional Bolognese food such as t ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.67
Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings, Modena, Food ... 
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Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Discover how Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and traditional balsamic vinegar are produced during this 4-hour tour.

Location: Modena, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $251.34
Cooking Class in Bologna's Countryside, Bologna, Food Tours
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Cooking Class in Bologna's Countryside

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the Italian culture and lifestyle and learn to cook authentic Italian recipes in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. This cooking class is ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $246.29
Bologna Food Walking Tour, Bologna, Cooking Classes
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Bologna Food Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Get a taste of Bologna’s enviable food scene on this 2-hour walking tour around the old medieval market streets. In the company of a food-obsessed guide, ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.58
Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna, Bologna, Food Tours
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Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Discover the old food market and learn the secrets of Bolognese cuisine at a local's home. Watch and learn all about how tortellini are prepared from a local ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.15

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