Combine luxury cars and gourmet food on an action-packed day trip to the Emilia-Romagna region from Florence! After ogling sleek Ferraris and sports-car memorabilia at the Ferrari Museum (not included in the package) near the town of Modena, travel deeper into the region to learn about its culinary heritage. Visit a balsamic vinegar producer, followed by a cheese factory that creates the famous Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Enjoy samples of both delicacies, and sit down for a 4-course meal with wine and coffee, too!
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: the Ferrari Museum (not included in the package). 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 the Ferrari Museum to explore at leisure (at an additional cost). 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 Piazzale Montelungo in the early evening.