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From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

1. From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Situated on the Monte Guardia, the Sanctuary connects to the city center through the longest continuous portico in the world, made up of 666 arcades. At the meeting point, you'll receive a map and a timetable of the return train, which is available every 45 minutes. You’ll also receive a voucher for the food tasting.  This tour departs every day and will help you discover the city from aboard the San Luca Express train, where the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you about the city until your arrival at the Basilica of San Luca. Here, you can visit the Basilica at your own pace and decide what time to return by consulting the schedules on the map. On board, you will find a member of staff who'll welcome you and provide any information you may require. When you return, you will get to taste typical products in one of the historical markets.

Venice: Day Trip to Verona by Train with Guided Walking Tour

2. Venice: Day Trip to Verona by Train with Guided Walking Tour

Dig deeper into Italy's culture and history with a trip from Venice to Verona. 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). At the end of the tour, make a return journey back to Venice by train.

Sanctuary of S. Luca with Train and Private Guide

3. Sanctuary of S. Luca with Train and Private Guide

The arcade that connects Porta Saragozza to the Sanctuary of San Luca is the longest in the world. Within its 3.5 kilometers there are 666 arches, each marked by a number: the first 306 connect Porta Saragozza to Meloncello Arch, while the last 360 are located in the hilly area from Meloncello to Colle della Guardia. These are spaced out by 15 chapels illustrating the mystery of the rosary. The tour starts from Piazza Maggiore with a little train ride to Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. Begin the guided tour with the Sanctuary of San Luca and its panoramic forecourt with an optional visit to the Dome of the Sanctuary to admire the panorama of the city. Enjoy the descent with a little train ride along the arcade that leads to Meloncello's Arch and then along via Saragozza. Passing through Porta Saragozza, arrive at the Collegio di Spagna and de'Carbonesi, continuing via Massimo d'Azeglio you’ll return to Piazza Maggiore.

From Bologna: Parma Cheese & Ham Factory Tours and Tastings

4. From Bologna: Parma Cheese & Ham Factory Tours and Tastings

This tour of Parmesan excellence starts from the Bologna train station where our staff will provide you with tickets for the train from Bologna to Parma and back. Once in Parma you will meet outside the Parma train station with our staff who will will welcome you and make you sit on our minibus or Van. The first stop will be the producer of Parmigiano Reggiano where it will be possible to directly witness the processing of Parmigiano Reggiano. The tour begins at the dairy, a room where the milk is cooked in the so-called "caldere" from which the wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano are then extracted. It will then be possible to visit the brine room and the maturing warehouse in which it will be possible to try to "beat" the Parmigiano Reggiano as the experts of the Consortium do. At the end of the tour there will be a tasting of Parmigiano Reggiano of different ages accompanied by typical mustards and local red wine. We then continue to the ham factory, where the famous Parma ham is born. The visit starts from the rooms where the fresh pork meat is processed and where only the best legs are selected for Parma ham. We then continue in the maturing cellars where the "sugnatura" will be explained and where the Parma hams will be "tapped" in the presence of visitors to discover their aromas and evaluate their goodness. At the end tasting of ham and wine from the hills and then return to the city.

From Milan: Bologna the Capital of Italian Food Tour

5. From Milan: Bologna the Capital of Italian Food Tour

Depart from Milan Central Station. Wake yourself up with an Italian coffee (espresso) offered by your professional guide and get ready for your enogastronomic route through Bologna, the Capital of Italian food. You will reach Bologna by train in one hour (approximately). Once in Bologna, your guide will show you the heart of the city with its Porticos, Medieval Towers, the Emilian capital commences in Piazza Maggiore, a rather large square that was originally a market.  After a quick stroll, stop for a food and wine tasting. Try the famous Gnocco Fritto (salty fried bread) served with Italian salumi and cheese. Your guide will give you a curious explanation of these traditional dishes. Taste the flavor of the authentic regional wine and spend unforgivable moments in a typical trattoria. Spend an afternoon dedicated to visit the beauties of the city with some free time for shopping. Before taking the train to Milan, get some energy through the taste of a small piece of chocolate in one of the most famous chocolate factories. Depart from Bologna in the late afternoon and arrive in Milan the next evening.

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I boarded the San Luca express at 4.10pm and we were provided with headphones so to listen to the tour on the way. We arrived at the Basilica of St Luca about 30 mins later - it took us along the road adjacent to the Portici where people can walk all the way to the Basilica - it is used as a place to exercise also for sportspeople. When we arrived, we had about 50 mins till the next San Luca Express. We could take photos from the outside visit the Basilica inside and pay our respects (it was a pilgrimage place that many believers would visit). It was a most glorious evening and a view of the mountains on the outskirts of Bologna was visible.

A little chaotic getting on the train on a busy day but once you’re off it’s magical and fun. The basilica is really beautiful and the views are astounding on a good day. If it’s clear it’s 100% worth it to pay extra at the top to climb to the dome viewing deck. The free lunch tickets are great but they may not fill you up too much! Relax, enjoy and have a laugh at the buffoons who ran all the way up the portico.

Super nice and uncomplicated pickup. Passing the line, I got my ticket and vouchers straight away. The journey was very relaxed and the Basilica of San Luca is definitely worth a visit. It was easy to get back from the same exit point to my entry point on Piazza Maggiore, from where I could easily walk to the pizzeria and ice cream parlor to redeem the vouchers. All-round successful action :)

A nice cute train ride to the basilica where you also had a beautiful view of the city. The train also runs every half hour, so you don't have to wait long if you want to go back

A nice train tour, with an incredible view while you listen in your language about the history of Bologna and the Basilica of San Lucas. Safety pin.