HIGHLIGHTS:

Slow Food & Fast Cars Tour will take you visit boutique producers of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Balsamic Vinegar and Local Prosciutto

Tastings with paired wines and learn how these unique products are made

You will visit the worldwide famous Ferrari Museum in Maranello as well

Enjoy a delicious 6-course Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant including homemade pasta and a selection of local wines

Duration: Bologna (BO) - Full day
  • This tour is perfect for the time limited visitor who wants to experience the treasures of the Bologna-Modena area in a comfortable, enthusiastic, and well-organized way with attention to detail. Your senses will be awakened and changed forever with the sights, sounds, and flavors of the day. You will even have the opportunity to buy the outstanding products you will taste directly from the producers.
  • The tour begins with an on-time pickup at your hotel by a top-notch guide, driver, and mid-size, comfortable tour bus. Traveling to various stops your guide will share the history of the region and why it has been home to some of most important Italian brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati, and Maserati. Plan to be ready at your hotel at 8am and return by 6 pm.
  • Regarded by many as the “King” of Italian cheeses, you will have the rare opportunity to see up close how this delight is created and aged. You will walk into a live production facility and stand side by side with craftsmen as they prepare and work the special milk, fill the iconic molds, and age the cheese to perfection. Finally, you will enjoy a generous tasting of a variety of ages, along with some local Lambrusco wine, to help you understand why this cheese always lives up to its heavenly reputation.
  • Next, we are off to, a multi-generation, family-owned and operated, limited quantity, artisanal prosciutto production facility. You will again tour and see the full process and understand the many painstaking and time-consuming steps required to produce this one of a kind cured meat. We will visit the different seasonal simulation storage rooms so bring your light jacket or sweater for the “fall” room. The tour concludes with some of the highest quality, freshly sliced tastings you will ever have of this classic.
  • Have you ever tasted 15, or even 30, year-old barrel-aged balsamic vinegar? You might have heard of Balsamic vinegar from Modena but this one is the pure “black gold” you will not find in your grocery store. It begins with the pressing of Lambrusco grapes and cooking of the “mosto” but the secret is the multiple small “family” barrel aging process you must experience. Tastings paired with cheeses and even some ice cream with dazzle your taste buds like never before.
  • Whether you are a sports car fanatic, art lover, or simply wanting to extend your Italian cultural experience, you will be amazed with the Ferrari Museum tour. Located next to the actual factory where each “Cavallino” is born, this modern museum will take you on a ride thought the history of Ferrari and its iconic sports and race cars. Visit the newly updated Hall of Victories to see the actual world champion F1 cars that have thrilled millions of race fans over the years. You can even add “driving a Ferrari” to your bucket list accomplishments by test driving a choice of models on the roads of Maranello (separate fee).
  • After a day of learning and tasting, we will conclude with an outstanding five-course late afternoon lunch complete with local wines in a picturesque setting where we can share our thoughts and favorite parts of the day together. This is la dolce vita!!!

 


Type of tour: with transportation

Availability: Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday

Duration: full day

Meeting point:  Hotel in town center and train station pickup and drop-off (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

Cancellation policy: 

  • No fee up to 16 days before the tour starting day; 
  • From 15 days to 7 days before the tour starting day: 20% penalty;
  • From 6 days to 3 days before the tour starting date: 40% penalty;
  • 48 hours' notice: 60% penalty;
  • 24 hours' notice: 100% penalty.

 

Inclusions:

  • transportation by private air-conditioned minubus with professional driver
  • pick-up and drop-off from hotels in central Bologna and Bologna train station
  • top-rated 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 the Ferrari Museum in Maranello (ticket and reservation, skip-the-line)
  • traditional 6-course Italian lunch at a family run restaurant with wine included
  • bottled water available on the minibus
  • gift  

 

Exclusions: 

  • everything not mentioned in the inclusions


Additional info: 

  • wheelchair-friendly 

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