Aquintessential couple of days in the Bologna hills
Special focus on EVO oil and wine
AVAILABLE: Friday to Sunday (not during fair period)
WHERE: Panoramic countryside of Bologna (20 km south-east)
DURATION: 2 days – 1 night
TYPE OF TOUR: Private, slow-pace, niche, gourmet, educational, top-notch
TOUR TIME: Day 1: tba – Day 2: 09:00 am
MEETING: Day 1: directly at the resort (if self-drive) / Your hotel (if car&driver requested) / Day 2: directly at the resort
Tired of ordinary food tours and tight holiday schedules? Try this quintessential couple of days in the Bologna hills with a special focus on EVO oil and wine. Keyword: relax, relax, relax.
Afternoon: Arrival in the province of Bologna and check-in at Palazzo di Varignana, a luxury spa resort restored from an ancient chateau-style villa dating back to the 1700s and immersed in the picturesque hills south-east of the city with a private wine and olive oil farming estate and ornamental gardens all around.
To follow: Free sightseeing tour through the olive groves and the Italian-style gardens.
06:30 pm: Guided wine&oil tasting with an English-speaking sommelier.
Free time: Outdoor swimming pool, golf area and gym available.
Dinner: Welcome dinner at their Pool restaurant (3 courses, typical menu, 1 glass of local wine included).
Night: Overnight at the resort (double room, superior cat.)
Breakfast: Rich farm-to-table breakfast and then head on to a panoramic wine tour in the hills between Bologna and Imola.
10:00 am: Meet the guide directly at the first producer’s, a young and industrious family-run wine estate at about 45 min from Bologna, and learn about their peculiar product range, including Chardonnay, Pignoletto and Albana, the first Italian white wine to win the official DOCG recognition in 1987 (Top denomination of Origin).
11:30 am: Head-on to the second wine estate.
12:00 pm: At this incredibly competitive family-run company, long established in the area and known for combining a traditional and innovative method at the same time, you will get stunned at how noticeable the level of the Bologna hills wines can be: 3 individual and distinctive interpretations of Sangiovese di Romagna, revealed through a guided tour of the winery, will be paired to top quality, locally-produced gourmet foods such as mortadella, salame, caciotta (soft cheese) and/or pecorino, thus making an unforgettable tasting lunch!
02:30 pm: Head on to visit Dozza, a charming medieval village where art becomes urban landscape through the decoration of house walls, streets and squares: a real open-air museum with more than 100 works by several prestigious contemporary artists.
Visiting the Fortress of Dozza (on own), you will have the opportunity to have a last wine tasting in the ancient cellars that host Enoteca Regionale dell’Emilia Romagna (at your charge).
04:00 pm: End of activities and back to your hotel / head on to your next destination.