Welcome to Emilia-Romagna

You can eat like a Roman emperor here, in the birthplace of tagliatelle al ragù, pumpkin-filled cappellacci pasta, Parma prosciutto, balsamic vinegar and parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan). And then there's Emilia-Romagna's treasure trove of oft-neglected destinations: vibrant Bologna with its photogenic porticoes, Ravenna with its dazzling mosaics, posh Parma and the Roman frontier-town-turned-beach-resort Rimini. Wherever you go, you'll be welcomed with the trademark warmth of Emilia-Romagna's people.

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$174.69 Day Trips & Excursions

Emilia-Romagna Food Tour, Museo Ferrari Museum from Bologna

Start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Bologna hotel or Bologna Centrale train station.Then, board your air-conditioned minibus and hear interesting nuggets about the culinary heritage of Emilia-Romagna, of which Bologna is the capital, as you travel to a factory that makes its famous Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.Head inside and watch the cheese-makers produce this legendary hard cheese, typically used to garnish pastas, risottos and salads. See how the milk is churned in huge vats and learn how the long aging process imbues Parmesan with its trademark tanginess.Sample some differently aged varieties and anjoy a really tasty breakfast, then depart for Modena and one of the region’s acetaia — family-owned farmhouses — that make balsamic vinegar. Discover how this ‘black gold’ is made in wooden barrels, and after trying some variants, perhaps buy a bottle of your favorite (own expense).Next, head for a prosciutto factory and learn the secrets behind this dry-cured ham. Find out about the lengthy curing process, and finally, sample some freshly cut slices of this succulent delicacy with Lambrusco wine.Then, drive on to the Museo Ferrari in the town of Maranello to immerse yourself in another of Italy’s iconic exports, Ferrari sports cars. A celebration of all things Ferrari, the museum tells the story of the brand with displays of vintage and contemporary models, and exhibitions charting its history and F1 honors.Enjoy a guided tour, and if you wish, use some free time here to test drive a Ferrari car, with an instructor beside you (own expense). Finish with a delicious a delicious 6-course lunch at a local restaurant, (see Itinerary for a sample menu), accompanied by wine and water, and followed by coffee and an after-lunch liquor. Then, return to Bologna, where your tour ends with a hotel or station drop-off.

$191.81 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Bologna Food Tour: Gourmet Lunch, Wine Tasting, Factory Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Italian Days Food Experience, Bologna, Province of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna+ Parmigiano Reggiano Factory Tour, Kit visitors, Breakfast of the Champions, Parmigiano Cheese tastings, Lambrusco wine and water+ Balsamic Vinegar tour, tastings: 6 years old balsamic condiment , minim. 12 years old Balsamic Vinegar and min 25 years old Balsamic Vinegar+ Prosciutto factory tour, fresh sliced prosciutto tasting with Lambrusco wine+ Multi- course Lunch with Wines, A LOT OF FUN taxes and Insurances .NO additional charges!

$90.20 Day Trips & Excursions

Bologna Food Walking Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Province of Bologna, Emilia-RomagnaPiazza MaggioreDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Fontana del Nettuno, Bologna, Province of Bologna, Emilia-RomagnaNeptune FountainDuration: 5 minutesStop At: Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna, Province of Bologna, Emilia-RomagnaSan Petronio BasilicaDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda, Bologna, Province of Bologna, Emilia-RomagnaTwo Towers BolognaDuration: 5 minutesPass By: Torre Prendiparte, Bologna, Province of Bologna, Emilia-RomagnaTorre PrendiparteStop At: Archiginnasio di Bologna, Bologna, Province of Bologna, Emilia-RomagnaUniversity of BolognaDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Mercato di Mezzo, Bologna, Province of Bologna, Emilia-RomagnaBologna Food MarketDuration: 2 hours

$17.12 Tours & Sightseeing

Bologna City Walking Tour

Choose from a morning of afternoon departure, then make your way to the tourist office in Piazza Maggiore, which is situated in the heart of Bologna Old Town. After introductions, pop in your headphones (if your group consists of eight people or more) to ensure you can hear the live narration, and set off on foot with your guide.Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. Italians have several nicknames for the handsome city, one of which is ‘La Rossa’ meaning ‘The Red.' This nickname is partly due to the dominant red hue of the city’s buildings and façades. Before leaving Piazza Maggiore, admire the 16th-century Fontana del Nettuno, which depicts the sea god Neptune in all his muscly glory. Make your way to the nearby Basilica di San Petronio, a superb example of Gothic architecture. Listen as your guide talks you through its standout features including a large sundial on the interior floor, and several unfinished details on the façade.Continue on foot toward Piazza della Mercanzia and stroll around the narrow streets surrounding the square, where rows of vendors hawk local food products. As you browse the quality produce, it will soon become clear why Bologna is frequently cited as one of Italy’s top food cities.Next, arrive at the courtyard of the Archiginnasio, the former seat of the University of Bologna. The university, which is Europe’s oldest, dates back to the 11th century.After hearing about Bologna’s scholarly past, stop into the Church of Santa Maria della Vita to admire a monumental group of life-size Baroque terracotta sculptures. The work depicts several figures mourning over the dead Christ. Lastly, cast your eyes skyward to view the leaning Asinelli and Garisenda towers. Commonly known as the Two Towers (Due Torri), they are Bologna’s most conspicuous landmarks. Yout tour then concludes at this location.

$81.35 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Classical Bologna Walking Tour

Untouched by mass tourism, Bologna is the capital of the prosperous Emilia Romagna region. On this Classical Bologna Private Walking Tour you'll discover why Bologna has so many nicknames, including La Dotta (The Learned), for its ancient university; La Rossa (The Red), for the warm colors of its roofs and houses, and La Grassa (The Fat), for the wonderful food you'll find here!This private walking tour takes you to see some of the most important buildings in the city, including Palazzo Accursio, Palazzo del Protesta, the Sala Borsa, Palazzo re Enzo and the famous Fountain of Neptune which dates back to the 16th century. Additionally, you'll view the Medieval Market and Loggia Dei Mercanti, the Anatomy Theater (closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday), Basilica of San Petronio, the Archiginnasio, the medieval Two Towers and the Complex of Santo Stefano.If you have a little extra time to explore the city, an extended tour may include San Giacomo, the Oratory of Santa Cecilia, San Domenico of the Sanctuary of San Luca.This in-depth, hassle-free private tour is hosted by an English-speaking guide. Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at the time of booking to alert your guide, so they can prepare for your private tour.

$121.31 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Bologna Private 2.5-Hour Gourmet Market Walking Tour, Tasting

You'll visit a traditional bakery, followed by a pasta maker where you'll learn about the production of Tortellini and Tagliatelle. Continue to Beccari's salsamenteria to discover the history of mortadella, from the third century BC right up until modern times. The highlight of the tour is perhaps your visit to a traditional chocolate maker, where solid chocolate was invented! Your tour also includes a visit to a typical Bolognese osteria (restaurant), to discover the fun-loving side of Italy's oldest university. This in-depth, hassle-free private tour is hosted by an English-speaking guide. Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at the time of booking to alert your guide, so they can prepare for your private tour.

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