Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting - Reviews

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jsiegel93

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

What a fun way to get to know the region...through food, wine and people. Leonora was an excellent guide, personable, engaging and informative. Learning about Balsamic vinegar production was fascinating, plus I brought some home that is delicious. We saw all steps of cheese making except milking the cows...amazing that two people handle so much of the production. Touring the procuitto factory tested our hunger limits so it was great that it was followed by a scrumptious outdoor lunch in a beautiful setting. In addition to learning about the food and culture, our tour was enhanced by the people we met from all over the world. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

Peter P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

A great way to learn about and taste the fantastic food of the region.

We visited a cheese factory which makes the famous parmigiano reggiano cheese, a traditional balsamic vinegar factory, and a prosciutto factory. We observed the production process and indulged in some delicious tasting.

Afterwards we went to a countryside restaurant to enjoy 2 hours of several courses of delicious foods and wine from the region.

Our host for the tour, Allessandro, was brilliant in explaining the food-making processes and generally ensuring everyone had a good time. We had our 11 year old daughter with us, and Allessandro got her involved in the day's activities.

A memorable and most enjoyable day!

Peter, Rosemary and Sarah - from Perth, Australia

helen.aisbett

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This is a must do. Was excellent from start to finish. Informative and great fun. The light lunch was amazing. Highly recommended. Would do again. Loved it. A highlight of Italy.

Nancy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

EXCELLENT! We had a fascinating day, well balanced with great food, drinks, information and fun! The guides were awesome.

Alison R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This was one of the highlights of our Italy tour. The food produced with passion. The lunch with wine tasting tops it off. What a fantastic day.
If you have only one day in Bologna make it this tour!!!

Michaela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Pick ups time was early but needed to ensure that we got to our first destination on time which was the parmesan cheese farm. The demo was very informative and the breakfast was lovely - taster of three different aged cheeses, sandwiches and pastries washed down with Lambrusco. After that we visited a prosciutto factory very small and Balsamic Vinegar family run business, both were small in comparison and we were invited to taste the produce. After all this, we had a delicious lunch up in the mountains with a spectacular view. This is a definite MUST DO to anyone visiting Bologna. Thanks to Eleanor who was extremely knowledgable.

Eric

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This was a great tour that I would definitely recommend. Our guide was enthusiastic, passionate, and knowledgeable making it both an enjoyable and informative day. We were very impressed by the processes for making Parmigiano-Reggiano, Traditional Balsamico, and Prosciutto and the tour definitely changed how we view these products. We enjoyed the tastings at each stage, especially tasting the various forms of balsamic vinegar which are quite confusing, and very expensive to purchase without knowing if you like it! We had the opportunity to purchase products from each of the three producers, which was a nice way of getting special products, with a story/history that we can better appreciate, at a fair price. As others have mentioned the lunch is especially overwhelming with endless food and wine. Do not eat before you go and dont make dinner plans for this day! The food was all superb as well and they clearly did not cut corners to serve a large group. Overall a really great experience!

Melinda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Fantastic! So much accomplished in a day- came home very falloff delicious food and memories to match--a definite GO!

daronin06

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Excellent tour! Our tour Guide Eleonore was very knowledgeable and funny. We had a great group of people and a great time. The parmigiano-reggiano factory was amazing...but hard for me to breath as I can't stand the smell of milk...yuck!!! But I LOVE cheese...
The balsamic factory was also great, so much to learn. And the prosciutto factory was also very interesting. We had great bites to eat with wine, and lunch after all the tours was great. The restaurant was overlooking the beautiful mountains, the sun was shining and we had amazing homemade Italian food.

Ralph G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Francesco, our tour guide, really made this an amazing experience. He's very charismatic, funny and full of energy! The tour, itself, was outstanding! I now know more about cheese, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto than I ever imagined I would. The breakfast that is provided is good, but the lunch is amazing! We had an absolutely stupendous time!!!

Jeffrey E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This tour was positively one of the most enjoyable and informative days that we spent on our two week trip to Italy. Our guide, Alessandro, kept our group thoroughly entertaining for the entire day and afternoon meal with various wines was delicious. My wife and I highly recommend this tour.

Marjorie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Exceptional ! Eleanora is energetic and knowledgeable -she made the tour fun. We are the Lucky Ones that got to do this adventure - Recommend 100. Thank you !

sltrif11

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

If you love italian food, this is the tour for you.
Allessandro was an amazing guide, explaining all the processes at the factory visits. Lots of cheese, prosciutto, balsamic tastings, wines and a fabulous lunch at a faimily restaurant in the beautiful countryside in Bolongna.
The drivers of pickups and droppoffs were very friendly and most accomodating.
Thank you to all
Lucy

gecko

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

What an amazing experience! Our guide Francesco was engaging, knowledgeable and very fun. We loved each stop, watching the cheese making process, truly appreciating the history and how balsamic vinegar is made and the unbelievable tour of prosciutto production. After viewing, sampling and purchasing goodies from these visits, we were treated to an amazing lunch/dinner. This is a full day and worth every minute! We highly recommend this tour. It was by far a better experience over our Chianti tour and with a much smaller group. Cin cin!

janet w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Excellent tour, worth the cost in my view. Factory tours very interesting, Our guide Francesco was super entertaining and knowledgeable. People in the different factories very friendly and proud of their products. The food and refreshments throughout the day were awesome. We were never rushed through anything and any question we had was answered. Group size was perfect. Would absolutely recommend the tour to anyone. Italian Days tour company was amazing to work with!! They were always in contact prior to the tour and even after when we had some followup questions. Super company to deal with. You won't be disappointed with this tour!!

Maria jocelyn F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Highly recommend In your itinerary. Well organized from beginning to end, and at a good pace for the whole day. Alejandro was indefatigable, knowledgeable and entertaining! Be prepared to eat and drink to you heart's content.

Elizabeth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Alessando was wonderful- such a character- informative , observant and very inclusive. We had a great day out with a fantastic lunch experience!

Erich W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This was our very first tour of this nature and first tour with Viator...this set the bar very high! Our host Francesco was simply amazing, very passionate, knowledgeable and entertaining. Every single minute of the 12 hour day was delightful. The amount of food/wine offered and consumed throughout the day was staggering! Do not make any dinner plans as you will not have any room! Thank you Viator for offering such a wonderful tour...worth every single penny.

Ausfry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

An absolutely amazing experience. Alessandro was a passionate and knowledgeable host.

bellezza22

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Our Italiandays tour was the most amazing experience of a lifetime. Eleonora made sure we were having the best time the whole day. It was one highlight after another. Food as far as the eye can see. Would highly recommend to anyone any time. I can't wait to go back and re-live it all again!

denise k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

highly recommend it was more than expected you sampled at all stops. Then ate a 5 course meal at the end it was fabulous.

Daniel O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

I cannot add more positive comments than those already expressed. This tour is outstanding. Great itinerary and Alessandro is an enthusiatic, entertaining and informed guide.

Fiona M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Just a fabulous day of DOP
we had heard it was a must and IT WAS
Alessandro ,our driver and all at the restuarant and factories our thanks

A highlight and dont miss out !

Shana R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

The best tour ever done a must do when in Bologna. The factories visited were unbelievable. Our guide Alessandro is very knowledgeable funny entertaining and exceptional. The produce tasted unbelievable and the lunch exquisite. Something we will cherish for the rest of our live's truly!

Jane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

The food tour was great, our guide Alessandro was especially good very knowledgeable and a great personality. He made us all very welcome and was extremely friendly, great person for the job. The tour was very interesting, we came away having learnt a lot about how these local products are made with great passion and care. The food and drinks sampled, and the lovely lunch were also great, be warned come hungry!

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