Visit boutique producers of Prosciutto, Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, and local wine.

Experience lovely tastings with paired wines and learn how these unique products are made.

At the end of the tour enjoy a delicious 6-course Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant including homemade pasta and a selection of local wines!

Bologna (BO) - Full day

This once-in-a-life-time experience will take you to the Italian Food Valley, where the most famous and delicious Italian typical products are made. You'll be picked up at your hotel or Bologna train station by our guide and driver for this exciting and unique small-group tour.

First you will visit a Parmigiano‐Reggiano DOP producer. The secret of such goodness originates in the place of origin, in the natural feed, and in the high quality milk with no additives. During the long aging process, natural fermenting agents in the milk give the cheese its particular flavor and texture, in other words, its typicality. The verb “to make” is absolutely correct in this case because Parmigiano‐Reggiano cheese is not just manufactured, but “it is made” today as it was made eight centuries ago, using those same typical and genuine ingredients: the precious milk from the area of origin, fire, rennet, the expertise of old methods and the skill and knowledge of cheese masters. Then, it is aged naturally for two years or more; however, this implies a great deal of effort because cheese wheels must be brushed and turned continually, they must be taken care of, supervised and inspected day after day to assure their compliance with the rigorous maturation standard. The visit to the diary will be followed by a tasting.

Then you will visit a Prosciutto DOP producer. One of the earliest references to ham production in our region appeared about 100 BC in the writings of Cato, who described the practice of burying pork legs in barrels filled with salt. The meat was then dried and smoked. As the process of making air‐cured Prosciutto was refined, the smoking step was discontinued. During classical times, hams from this region were one of the delicacies featured on banquet tables. The visit at the producer’s will conclude with a delicious Prosciutto tasting!!!

Have you ever heard about Italy’s black gold? We are talking about the traditional balsamic vinegar which is produced only in the areas of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The families of the area have always been very proud of their production of Balsamic Vinegar, and have a set of barrels in the attic as a seal of ancient family traditions, if not a confirmation of noble family roots. Born centuries ago as a medicinal of exclusive use of kings and emperors, it has found its place in the kitchen as a product of excellence, it heightens the flavors and enriches every dish on the Emilian table, from the most simple to ones such as salads and row vegetables, to the most refined dishes such as filled pastas or meats. Welcomed in a private property we will taste this special traditional balsamic vinegar and learn family recipes and secrets!

Enjoy a wine tasting in the most famous cellar of the territory. You will tour the winery and explained how grapes are picked, crushed, blended and bottled. You’ll walk through beautiful vineyards with the winery sommelier and then taste the finished product.

Our day will conclude with a delicious 6-course gourmet lunch accompanied by a selection of local wines served in a family-run restaurants on the hills.

After lunch, get dropped off in Bologna.

The tour includes:

  • transportation by private air-conditioned minubus with professional driver
  • pick-up from centrally located Bologna hotels and Bologna train station (see pick-up stations list)
  • local guide service
  • visit to a Parmesan Cheese producer with breakfast and Parmesan cheese tasting
  • visit to a Traditional Balsamic vinegar producer with tasting
  • visit to a Prosciutto producer with tasting
  • visit to a winery estate with tasting
  • traditional 6-course Italian lunch at a family run restaurant with wine included
  • complimentary bottled water available on the minibus
  • Special gift


NOTES: 

Tour availability: Wednesday-Friday-Saturday

Tour starts at: 7:40 from Bologna

Tour ends at: 17:30 in Bologna

Pick-up list: 

Hotel in town center and train station pickup and drop-off is offered. You will be required to select one pick-up from the following list at reservation time. If you haven't booked your accommodation yet you can inform us later):

  • 7:40 Aemilia Hotel, Via Zaccherini Alvisi, 16, 40138 Bologna BO
  •  7:50 Apple Store, Via Rizzoli, 16, 40125 Bologna BO
  • 7:55 Piazza Roosevelt Bologna - at the news stand at the end of Via IV Novembre
  •  8:00 Grand Hotel Majestic Già Baglioni, Via dell'Indipendenza, 8, 40121 Bologna BO
  • 8:05 I Portici Hotel, Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna BO
  •  8:15 Bologna Centrale train station - Starhotels Excelsior Bologna, Viale Pietro Pietramellara, 51, 40121 Bologna BO
  • 8:25 Suite Hotel Elite, Via Aurelio Saffi, 40, 40131 Bologna BO

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