Make your way to the Florence S.M. Novella railway station for a morning departure, and enjoy views of the Tuscan landscape on the high-speed trip to Bologna Centrale (this tour includes reserved seats in a 2nd-class car).
Upon arrival in Bologna, meet a guide for the trip to a local Parmesan producer; you’ll travel in an air-conditioned minivan that’s Wi-Fi equipped and stocked with bottled water. Visit a series of three producers that create some of the area’s most distinctive products: Parmesan, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar. At each stop, explore the history and production of each food, followed by a guided tasting.
Continue to a local vineyard for a sommelier-led tour of the vines and a wine tasting that will whet your appetite for an indulgent, 6-course lunch in a family-run Bologna restaurant. Sit down to a traditional Italian meal with locally-produced wines, tasting your way through a menu that changes with the season.
After lunch, you’ll have some free time to explore Bologna on your own before returning to Bologna Centrale. The guide can offer tips on where to explore in Bologna, and will drop you off at the station and make sure you find your train back to Florence.