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Bologna/Modena: Gastronomic Tour of the Parma Food Valley

1. Bologna/Modena: Gastronomic Tour of the Parma Food Valley

Discover the production of two excellences of Italian cuisine, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma Hak, on a gastronomic tour from Bologna. After being picked up from your accommodation in Bologna or Modena, head to Italy's food capital declared as UNESCO Creative City for gastronomy since 2015. Learn more about Parma and its local cuisine that is so popular that it often ends up dominating conversations among locals. Visit the historic Parmigiano Reggiano factory where an expert guide will show you the stages of production, and you'll be able to taste some of the cheese made by the factory. Then, get up close to the production of the famous Parma Ham. Learn the secrets of this Italian delicacy followed by a tasting paired with a glass of local wine.  Following the Parma Ham factory, your driver will take you to a local restaurant famous for its regional dishes. Here you can enjoy a two-course lunch, including water and wine. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bologna or Modena.

From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

2. From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

Experience the best of Modena on this day tour which showcases 3 of the region's best products. Start your tour with a visit to the home of the great maestro Luciano Pavarotti. Enjoy a tour of his house, which has now been converted into a museum. Visit the rooms where he lived and discover more about his life and times. Next, head to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. Live the Prancing Horse dream firsthand as you wander around the various exhibitions dedicated to the iconic racing car. Get travel back in time as you explore the racecar's exhilarating history. Finally, discover the history and ancient tradition of the famous "black gold" of Modena with a guided tour of a balsamic vinegar factory. After your tour, enjoy some tastings paired with delicious local delicacies. On the way back to Bologna, stop for lunch at a countryside farmhouse.

From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

3. From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

Learn about the production of gastronomic excellence in Emilia on a unique day trip from Bologna. Tour local factories and family-run producers for a look behind the scenes at the creation of products appreciated all over the world, including Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar of Modena, and Lambrusco and Pignoletto wine. Begin with an 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Bologna and head toward a dairy production site via a private transfer. Once there, tour the grounds with a guide and learn about the production of the world's favorite cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano. Snack on a sample of the delicious creation before heading to Acetaia, where you'll see how the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is made. Taste some of the "gold of Modena".  Transfer to a wine cellar, where you'll hear about the work that goes behind creating the delicious Lambrusco and Pignoletto wines. Taste some of this local treat and then cap the tour off with a light lunch in a traditional Italian restaurant. Return to your hotel in Bologna around 2:30 PM.

Venice: Day Trip to Verona with Optional Bologna Tour

4. Venice: Day Trip to Verona with Optional Bologna Tour

Dig deeper into Italy's culture and history with a trip from Venice to Verona, with the option to extend your tour to Bologna. Travel by train with a guide and go on a walking tour of Verona’s main sights, such as Ponte Pietra over the Adige River, a Roman amphitheater, Lamberti Tower, and more. Depart from Venice by train accompanied by a guide. Upon arrival in Verona, follow your guide on a walking route to reflect on the artistic and architectural legacy of the Roman, Renaissance, and medieval times. Walking on the cobbled streets of Verona's UNESCO-listed historic center, observe what the daily life of its inhabitants looks like. Pass by top attractions including Piazza delle Erbe, Porta dei Borsari, Lamberti Tower, and the Verona Arena in Piazza Bra. End the walking tour by the Adige River, at the Ponte Pietra. Then, enjoy free time to explore Verona on your own. You can walk along the riverbank, take photos of its colorful streets, or enjoy an Italian aperitif (at your own expense). After the break, if you have opted for a visit to Bologna, hop on a bus with your guide to get to your next destination. Once in Bologna, set out on a guided walking tour through the largest medieval old town in Europe. See Piazza Maggiore, the Accursio Palace, and the university. At the end of the tour, make a return journey back to Venice by train.

From Bologna or Modena: Ferrari Full-Day Tour

5. From Bologna or Modena: Ferrari Full-Day Tour

Spend a full day discovering the world of Ferrari. The tour includes visits to several museums and lunch at a farm. Begin the tour with a pickup at your hotel. Then, depart for Maranello, where you will go to visit the Ferrari Museum. Afterwards, have a guided tour by bus from the factory and the Fiorano track before enjoying lunch at a Farmhouse near Maranello. Visit the Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena and then return back.

From Florence: Maranello and Bologna Day Trip

6. From Florence: Maranello and Bologna Day Trip

Spend the day in Emilia-Romagna, visiting the town of Maranello and the city of Bologna. Have the chance to stop in the Ferrari Museum and learn about the Italian carmaker’s history and world-class engineering. Afterwards, explore the vibrant city of Bologna and experience Italian culture as you walk its medieval streets. Your private driver will meet you at your hotel in Florence and first take you to Maranello, home of the legendary Ferrari S.p.A and Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racing team. Take the chance to visit the Ferrari Museum where you will learn about the history of the popular car manufacturing company. The museum also includes a display of vintage and modern vehicles, technical drawings by Enzo Ferrari, and a permanent exhibition dedicated to Formula 1 and the World Championship. After spending time in Maranello, your driver will take you to Bologna where you will have the opportunity to wander the streets of the old town. Your driver will drop you off within a short walk of Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica of San Petronio, and the picturesque Fountain of Neptune. From Bologna, relax as your driver takes you back to Florence.

From Milan: Parma and Bologna Private Day Trip

7. From Milan: Parma and Bologna Private Day Trip

Enjoy a Private Tour of Parma and Bologna from Milan for twelve hours with a private tour guide for two hours in each city and a private luxury vehicle with a chauffeur that will pick you up and drop you off from your hotel in Milan. Once your private chauffeur has picked you up, besides your private tour guide you will go ahead to your first destination. You will discover Parma, a city in the north of Italy that has remarkable medieval architecture and beautiful forests surrounding it. Your private tour guide will show you the tourist attractions of the city such as the cathedral with Romanesque style, the opera house Teatro, the Baptistery with Romanesque and Gothic styles and much more. When you finish visiting Parma you will go ahead to your destination, Bologna which is one of the best-preserved historic cities and has one of the largest medieval old towns in Europe. You will visit as well the tourist attractions of Bologna such as the two medieval famous towers, the Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica of San Petronio known for being one of the largest churches in existence, the basilica of San Francisco known for being a Gothic church and much more. After visiting the two cities, your private chauffeur will drop you off at your hotel in Milan or your place of preference inside the city.

From Bologna: Romagna Region Wine Tasting Tour

8. From Bologna: Romagna Region Wine Tasting Tour

If you're a wine lover, you can't miss this day trip out to a family-run winery in the Romagna region. After the morning transfer from your hotel, you’ll head with your group to the heart of Romagna to visit one of its most famous wineries. Located in the Romagna Valle, this is one of the most historic companies in the area. Once you arrive, a guide will take you on a private 1-hour tour of the winery, where modern innovations are mixed with respect for the ancient traditions of the family.   After the tour, you’ll be greeted by a sommelier in the tasting area, where you’ll taste 5 glasses of DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) wine. Feel the warmth of Romagna and see if you can discern the complex tastes. Your day continues with a visit to a second winery surrounded by greenery. Round off your visit with a lunch based on typical local products.

Carrara Marble Quarries Day Tour

9. Carrara Marble Quarries Day Tour

The tour begins in the stunning Apuan Alps, home to one of the most precious building materials in the world - the Marble of Carrara. Since the time of the ancient Romans, this beautiful white marble has been extracted and utlised for artworks all over the world, including Michaelangelo’s masterpiece David (which can be seen in the Accademia Gallery in Florence). With a friendly, local driver/guide you will have the opportunity to visit one of the many quarries of the Tuscan region and witness how marble extraction was accomplished in the past. This process - which often resulted in fatalities - helped shape the life of the local people still living in the area today. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see where Michaelangelo lived and chose the marble used in his works. Then, the tour moves onto Pietrasanta. This picturesque town on the Tuscan coast is not only known for its “ateliers” of sculptures but also as the town where Michaelangelo started a new extraction site in the local caves.

From Florence to Ravenna: Historic Train "Il Treno di Dante"

10. From Florence to Ravenna: Historic Train "Il Treno di Dante"

Follow the footsteps of Dante Alighieri on a train ride across the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines. Choose Saturdays for a long stop in Brisighella or Faenza, or Sundays for short stops in Borgo San Lorenzo, Marradi, Brisighella, and Faenza. Whatever your path, enjoy a day trip full of scenery and culture.Take a heritage train ride through famous artistic cities and medieval towns in the heart of the countryside where time seems to have stopped. The scenery is stunning and the itineraries quite unique in both the cities and the ancient towns in the Apennine hills.Your scenic journey begins with vineyards, olive groves, and ancient farmhouses as far as the eye can see, before turning into woodland with chestnut and beech trees and mule tracks. Finally, the train descends through the rolling hills of Romagna which are dotted with farmland and orchards.Pass through the Regional Park of the Gypsum Vein of Romagna and the National Park of the Casentinesi Forests, which offer a wide selection of nature walks.Your Steward will narrate the history, nature, culture, and curiosities as they’re relevant to the surroundings, and suggest restaurants and must-see attractions in each location visited.Keep your ticket to access a selection of touristic treasures within the six towns free of charge. Find discounts and free extras at certain restaurants and trattorias in the towns, your steward can advise you on the best in each area.

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What people are saying about Emilia-Romagna

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 282 reviews

Nos gustó mucho la excursión, la guía era muy profesional. El tiempo libre nos permitió pasear por la ciudad a nuestro aire y nos comimos un helado junto al río en un sitio que nos recomendó la guía de Amigo. Disfrutamos mucho del día

Esta excursión es el complemento perfecto en nuestro viaje a Venecia. El guía nos explicó la historia de Verona y pudimos pasear y conocerla. El viaje en tren fue muy cómodo y disfrutamos de las vistas. Lo recomendamos!

It is a very good alternative to visit Verona during your stay in Venice. You will not have to worry about the transport and will see the highlights in one morning. Was a nice part of our holidays

Brilliant day, not only for car enthusiasts! Beautiful drive through the countryside, lovely lunch and plenty of time in the museums. Our driver Francesco really looked after us.

picked up on time, comfortable car, friendly, customer-oriented driver, visiting the two museums was definitely worth it, and the lunch offered was excellent. .