Bologna is the largest city in Northern Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, and it just so happens to be the perfect place to familiarize yourself with Italian cuisine. On this 8-hour tour, visit boutique producers of prosciutto, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, and wine, and savor four different samples of food and wine along the way. After you’ve worked up an appetite at each producer’s grounds, head over to a family-run restaurant for a 6-course Italian lunch, including house-made pasta and local wines.
8-hour tour of food-and-wine factories with tastings and a 6-course Italian lunch
Visit four local production factories for Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, and wine
Sample four food and wine tastings at the factories
Pop into a family-run restaurant for a delicious 6-course meal
Get from place to place in an air-condoned minivan with free Wi-Fi and bottled water
Depending on the option you chose at checkout, get picked up from your hotel in Bologna at 8am, the train station at 8:15am, or the airport at 8:30am. Listen to your guide's commentary as you travel in an air-conditioned minivan to your first stop — a local Parmesan cheese factory. Tour the production area, go through the steps of making Parmesan cheese, and step into the aging room where you can see some 30,000 cheese wheels. You'll also get a chance to sample authentic cheeses of different ages. Continue on to your next stop, a prosciutto producer. Salt cellars, rest cellars, hot rooms, and aging rooms are all on the agenda here. After an inside look, taste prosciutto from the producer accompanied by wine. Hop back in the minivan until you reach the boutique balsamic vinegar producer that’s third on your itinerary. Journey down to the cellars, where more than 1,000 barrels of Italy’s true treasure is stored, along with an ancient batch from 1870 that belonged to the owner’s great grandfather. Try some of the balsamic vinegar while you learn family recipes and secrets. Make your way to a local winery, and walk through the beautiful vineyards with the sommelier. Taste some of the popular drink choices with input from this wine connoisseur. Then, end with a visit to a family-run restaurant in the area. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a 6-course gourmet lunch, including house-made pasta and local wine. Get dropped off at your hotel or selected end destination after lunch.
Great tour with a lot of interesting sites; lunch was subpar
, Jul 2019
The food and wine tour portion was excellent. The guide was very engaging, the van was nice, and the four sites we went to were incredibly interesting. There was a lot of food and wine provided throughout, and everyone seemed to have a blast (including us). Truly a 5* experience.
I thought the dinner was subpar. The place they took us to was clearly a large restaurant designed to serve large groups of tourists. The food was decent (they made the pasta fresh upstairs), and to their credit, they kept the wine flowing through the entire meal. I just wouldn't consider it a "gourmet lunch". Also, our our guide was non-existant at the restaurant - no explanation of the food we were eating, or about the area, which was kind of a bummer. But we were full after the meal, and delivered back at the hotel when they said we would be.
If I were doing this tour again, I'd look into doing the food and wine tour without the meal, if possible.
This was a fun, informative, different excursion. The guide was great and from start to finish this was a terrific day. Interesting, delicious and so worthwhile. Strongly recommend if you have an extra day in the Bologna area.
The food tour around Bologna Italy was just marvelous. The pick-up and drop off was timely and the van was comfortable. We saw, and tasted, how parmaggian, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar were made, went to the Ferrari factory and museum, and then had a marvelous lunch with wine.
The whole day was interesting and fun, and our guide kept the whole day humorously moving along. We were so glad to have taken the tour and we learned lots about this region of Italy.
I believe my tour guides name was Andrea. He was energetic and very knowledgeable about the different processes in balsamic, cheese, and prosciutto. I would highly recommend this tour, especially with Andrea.
This was one of the best trips i took in 2017. I couldn't recommend it more. I was so happy with the tour and Andrea the guide. I was a solo traveler and Andrea made sure to make sure i was happy with the tour too. The stops were great and the lunch was some of the best food i had in Italy.
Massimo hope I got the spelling right our driver was most helpful and nice to us, even telling me a better driving route for my next travel because I had to drive down to the deep countryside of Tuscany right after our tour.
Andrea our tour guide was very knowledgeable with the history, process, fact about all of the tour items. He was very precise about all the dates and the fact numbers which was really informative.
He was very humorous and entertaining as well which kept all of us laughing and wanting hear more from him.
The Parmigiano Reggiano factory and prosciutto was beautiful and most interesting because we got to see entire process and all the details.
The balsamic vinegar tour was guided by a 4th generation local business owner. He too was very informative, interesting in his explanation of balsamic vinegar.
Andrea suggested that my mother and I join in on the Ferrari Museum tour and we had a blast doing the test drive and buying gifts for family and friends at the gift shop.
Lastly, the 6 course pasta late lunch was the most beautiful meal we've had in our Europe travels. The service, facility, both quantity and quality of food as well as the wines was absolutely fabulous. My mother is a food connoisseur and cook, and she thought the meal was fantastic as well.
I recommend this tour, our guide Andrea and driver Massimo to anyone who wants to experience the taste of Bologna, Modena and Ferrari.
Thank you so much for the wonderful experience.