Welcome to Modena

If Italy were a meal, Modena would be the main course. Here, on the flat plains of the slow-flowing Po, lies one of the nation's great gastronomic centres, the creative force behind real balsamic vinegar, giant tortellini stuffed with tantalising fillings, sparkling Lambrusco wine and backstreets crammed with some of the best restaurants no one's ever heard of.For those with bleached taste buds, the city has another... Read More

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Italian Food and Museo Ferrari Small Group Tour from Bologna Including Gourmet Lunch

Start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Bologna hotel, Bologna Centrale train station, or Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport. Then, board your air-conditioned minivan 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 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.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 4-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, station or airport drop-off.

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Emilia-Romagna Day Trip with Museo Ferrari

Leave central Florence by air-conditioned coach and travel through Tuscany into the beautiful Emilia-Romagna region. Stop in Maranello, a small town just south of Modena, to visit its star attraction: Museo Ferrari. The museum pays homage to Italy’s favorite sports car with an extravagant collection of brand-new Ferrari models on display and memorabilia that documents everything from the history of the cars to their place on the Formula 1 circuit. Enjoy free time inside Museo Ferrari to explore at leisure. You can even enjoy a test drive at your own expense! Get behind the wheel of a Ferrari or Lamborghini, and hit the road for a test-drive with an instructor at your side.Meet back up with your tour leader at the prearranged time, and travel onward to a nearby balsamic vinegar producer to learn how the region’s famous vinegar is made. The syrupy-sweet, dark vinegar is made from grape pressings that mature in wooden kegs — a process that adds depths of flavor to the finished product. After touring the estate, sample some of the house specialties and browse vinegars to buy.Continue with lunch in a local restaurant, enjoying up to four courses washed down with water and a complimentary glass of wine or soda. Finish with a coffee, and then spend the rest of your afternoon inside one of the region’s famous cheese factories. More like workshops than factories, the cheese producers of Emilia Romagna churn out Italy’s famous Parmigiano-Reggiano, the flavorsome hard cheese often grated over pastas, risottos and salads. See how the milk is churned in vats, and learn about the long aging process that gives the cheese its tangy taste.After touring the cheese factory, return to your coach and relax on the journey back to central Florence. Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at Piazza Adua in the early evening.

$88.02 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna

Half-Day Tour (5 Hours):If you’ve elected to avail of a driver and car, start your tour with a pickup from your hotel or preferred meeting point in central Parma or Bologna. If you’re driving yourself, hop inside your own vehicle and pick up your guide in Parma. Then, set off to seek out some of the Emilia Romagna region’s most sought-after gastronomic exports. Make your first stop at a cheese dairy to taste Parmesan cheese, which is nicknamed the 'King of Cheeses.' Watch the cheesemakers at work, and learn about the tightly regulated rules that govern the production of the artisanal product before indulging in a tasting.Visit a Parma ham producer located in the foothills of Parma and learn why the prevailing wind that blows off the Ligurian Sea is needed to create perfect cured ham. Continue on to the scenic medieval village of Torrechiara, where you'll pause for photos. An imposing 15th-century castle dominates the vistas.Indulge in a tasting-style lunch in a Parma wine cellar. Munch on cold cuts, Parmesan, filled pasta and sweet handmade cakes. Then wash them down with local wine such as Lambrusco and Malvasia.With your appetite sated, travel back to Parma or Bologna, where your tour concludes back at your accommodation or preferred drop-off point (if option selected).Full-Day Tour (7 Hours):Follow the itinerary for the half-day tour in the morning. Then, after lunch, move on to a traditional balsamic vinegar producer with your private guide.Listen as your guide shares facts and information about this prized gourmet product. The aged balsamic vinegar that is produced in Modena and Reggio Emilia is created using time-honored techniques that date back to the Middle Ages, and is very different to the balsamic condiment generally found on supermarket shelves.After learning about the production process, experience the intense and complex flavors during a tasting.In the afternoon, return to Parma or Bologna (depending on option selected), where your tour concludes.Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

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Ferrari Museum Tour with Lunch from Florence

Leave in the early morning from Florence and head East to Emilia Romagna, the Italian region, famous for the three Italian brands: Ferrari, balsamic vinegar of Modena and Parmesan cheese.Start the tour with a visit to the Ferrari museum and see original cars, images and trophies. Listen to the roar of the Ferrari engine and see the exterior of the Wind Tunnel designed by Renzo Piano, where the aerodynamics and high speed performances of the ‘Prancing Horse’ cars, are tested.The tour continues with a tasting of famous local products. Learn how the best balsamic vinegar of Modena is produced and taste some. Have lunch in a local restaurant and try regional dishes. The tour continues with a visit to a cheese factory where you will have a chance to taste the inimitable Parmigiano Reggiano that is made for you. At the end of the tour you will also see the exclusive House-Museum Pavarotti the incredible Italian tenor. You will especially enjoy the costumes so dear to him, pictures and videos that have marked his great artistic career, the countless awards and awards in a career of over forty years in opera houses around the world.

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Ferrari, Pagani and Lamborghini Factory Tour from Bologna

Discover some of the world’s most exotic cars on a full-day tour of the museums and factories of Ferrari, Pagani, and Lamborghini. Your first stop will be at Sant’Agata Bolognese, the home town of Lamborghini. Inaugurated in 2016, the new Lamborghini Museum reviews all the important milestones reached by the House of the Raging Bull, with a foray into the past that has a strong emotional impact on fans of luxury super sports cars. The Murciélago was the first masterpiece displayed in this inspiring location in Italy’s Motor Valley. At its side gallops a broad collection that includes the Miura S and its iconic “eyelashes”, the 350 GT, the Countach S, the Jalpa, the Espada, the Sesto Elemento, the Reventón and the other exclusive supercars that have turned the Raging Bull into a legend. Engines, models and photos help provide visitors with a complete overview of the history of this automotive saga, which is continuing in the slipstream of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s first visionary idea.Next is the brand new Pagani factory and museum in San Cesario sul Panaro. You will have the privilege to visit the new museum and facility. Pagani Automobili produces exclusive racing and luxury sports cars such as Zonda and Huayra, which is the fastest car in the world and it is completely hand made! You will be impressed, not only by the sheer beauty of the cars, but most of all by the modest and peaceful atmosphere in the factory.Enjoy a light lunch with drinks included in a prestigious Maranello restaurant near the Ferrari Factory, then make your way to Modena. Explore the Ferrari Museum, which is located next to the factory and Fiorano test track. The museum traces the heritage of the world’s premier marque. Multimedia displays help explain the exhibits, including race trophies, and cars that include the single‐seater that won Ferrari its first world championship in 1951, and the all‐conquering F1 car driven by Michael Schumacher.

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Lamborghini and Ferrari Motorvalley Day Trip from Venice

You will be picked up at 9.15 am in Piazzale Roma and be driven by an English speaking guide just an hour and a half from Venice to Bologna.The first museum will be the Enzo Ferrari Museum which is located in Modena just 10 mins far from Lamborghini headquarters. Upon arrival to the Ferrari museum you will be left to walk and enjoy the sight freely and will be offered a drink.At 12:30 pm the guide will drive you to the Lamborghini headquarters where a special Bolognese lunch is reserved espescially for you, special handmade pasta (lasagna or tortellini) will be served or whatever you may desire; vegetarians, gluten free or any other requirements could be made the restaurant will satisfy all your needs.At 2:30 pm you will be taken to Automobili Lamoborghini Headquarters where spectacular latest models are exposed. If you have reserved a Lamborghini Factory tour you must get ready for 4:00 pm to enter the one and only "exclusive" Lamborghini Aventador and Huracan Assembly lines.Departure will be at 4:45 pm.Arrival in Venice 6:30 pm approximately depending on traffic conditions.