"Bologna is the best city in Italy for food and has the least number of tourists. With its medieval beauty, it has it all." - Mario Batali
BOLOGNA October 1 - 8, 2018
City Piazza in Bologna
Four star accommodations in centrally located hotel
Private culinary class with memorable meal following
Wine, olive oil & ceramics day trip to Ravenna
Private English speaking city tour led by certified city guide
Private art class - Let Bologna be your muse!
Visit to Parmigiano Reggiano factory, Prosciutto Factory and Balsamic Vinegar Producer
Day trip to Ferrara
Food walking tour visiting Bologna's most notable vendors
Overview Our fall week in Bologna, in the Emilia Romagna region, promises to be a food & culture lovers delight. Bologna is ideal for anyone wanting to learn about real, authentic Bolognese cooking, art and culture. Fondly known as "Bologna La Grassa" or Bologna the Fat, this city is Italy's culinary birthplace. Emilia Romagna is home to the King of Cheeses - Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Not to mention home to the original stuffed pastas such as Ravioli and Tortelloni. Arrive at your four star accommodations, settle in and unpack and prepare for our welcome celebration dinner. Our home for the week will be a centrally located four star hotel. The week will include private day trips to Ravenna & Ferrara, a visit to factories that produce products such as Parmigiano Cheese and Prosciutto, one private cooking class, as well as a private walking culinary tour where we will visit some of the city's most beloved shops. A private culture walking tour will allow us to get to know our host city. Spend a memorable fall week in Bologna! Enjoy seasonal meals, art, culture and Italy's Dolce Vita!!
Piazza in Bologna
Day 1 - Arrival & Welcome Dinner Afternoon: Arrive at your four star accommodations. Settle in and unpack knowing you will not have to repack for the entire week. Ward off jet lag with a quick walk to a local specialty shop and perhaps grab your first gelato for the week.
Evening: In the evening, we will meet for our first group activity and have our first taste of real authentic Bolognese cuisine in a group dinner in a carefully selected location. Learn about the city and discuss the plan of the week ahead.
Day 2 - Cooking Class & City Tour Today we head to the kitchen for our cooking class. Our morning includes a market visit where we will shop for our ingredients for class. Our menu includes typical Bolognese dishes with preparation of the dough for pastas such as Tagliatelle or stuffed pasta, typical sauces will also be prepared. We will enjoy our efforts for lunch.
The afternoon will consist of a city walking tour led by a private, English speaking guide who is a native of Bologna. This will allow us to get to know our city and our local main attractions. Walk off some of the calories from lunch while getting to know the history of Bologna. Some of the main attractions include Piazza Maggiore, Neptune Fountains, the Basilicata of St. Petronio, the Archiginnasio Palace and Bologna’s famous towers, and much more. Evening on your own to enjoy at your leisure.
A visit to the parmigiano factory
Day 3 - Italy's Food Valley Today's daylong trip will be a feast for all senses as we take on Italy's Food Valley. This once-in-a-life-time experience will take you to where the most famous and delicious Italian foods are made. The day begins with a morning excursion to a cheese factory where you will experience the entire production process of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese. The tour continues to one of the region’s historic acetaia, a family-owned farmhouse where the famous Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena D.O.P. is made. From the acetaia we will head towards one of the best prosciutto factories in the region. At their factory in Modena, you will learn all about the strict regulations, the lengthy curing process, and the tremendous care that goes into ensuring that all D.O.P. prosciutto meets the high standards required by the Italian government. Generous samples will be provided throughout our stops plus a memorable 6-course lunch on location will follow.
Enjoy the evening on your own to enjoy at your leisure.
Shop at the local market
Day 4 - Walking Foodie Tour & Art Class After breakfast at the hotel, we will explore one of Bologna oldest food markets with an insider, and visit the most traditional food shops. Learn about the history, culture and architecture, which make Bologna's medieval market so unique. Our tour will offer several authentic tastings at a variety of places such as the food market with its ancient family-run shops, the oldest bakery in Bologna, the oldest chocolate factory in town, a pasta laboratory and a gelato shop, just to name a few. Samples will be provided throughout the walk.
After a short break, we will try something different! Are you ready to try your hand at watercolors? A medieval city with an ancient university, known as the city of terracotta and the Italian food capital, the city will be your muse for this afternoon’s activity. On this 4-hour tour you will discover the natural beauty of Bologna with an American expat artist who has called Bologna home for over a decade. You will be able to create a unique souvenir from your time in here. You will be guided to create a watercolor, following easy and fun step-by-step instructions. Immerse yourself in the colors and nature of Bologna with this special activity.
A casual group dinner at a historic Bolognese restaurant is scheduled for this evening.
Day 5 - Explore Emilia Romagna's Wine Country & Visit to Ravenna Today, we explore Emilia Romagna’s wine country as well as get an olive oil lesson and opportunity to shop for some ceramics. Visit a traditional winery, walk through beautiful vineyards, see the cellars and enjoy a wonderful wine tasting accompanied by local foods.
Then we enter a ceramic workshop and see the artists at work. Faenza (Provence of Ravenna) is noted for its manufacture of majolica ware glazed earthenware pottery, known from the name of the town as “faience.” Here, we will see all the ceramic production phases from the pottery molding, to the hand made decoration, and the crystal glaze application. We will also explore the charming medieval village of Brisighella and enjoy a tasting of different olive oils produced in the area. The evening will be on your own to enjoy at your leisure.
Monastery of St. Anthony in Polesine
Day 6 - Day trip to Ferrara Art, culture, history; this is Ferrara at its finest. Ferrara is a splendid city of art, best enjoyed by walking its streets. This magnificent Renaissance capital is revealed on every corner. Through its glorious past you can understand the roots of its present. The Este family governed here for three centuries and gave the city the appearance it has today: a uniquely planned city, harmoniously fusing Mediaeval and Renaissance, Europe's first modern city. It is precisely these characteristics that secured its UNESCO World Heritage status.
During our tour, we will visit the old town, which includes the exterior of the imposing Castello Estense, the interior of the majestic Romanesque cathedral, the Jewish ghetto and the streets of the Medieval and Renaissance historical city center. We will also visit the interiors of Schifanoia Palace with its famous frescoes, the National Art Gallery in Palazzo dei Diamanti, and the mysterious fourteenth-century frescoes of the monastery of St. Anthony in Polesine. Lunch will be in a typical trattoria. The evening will be on your own to enjoy at your leisure.
The "twin tours" of Bologna
Day 7 - Farewell Dinner Today you can enjoy the day on your own to walk about the city with freedom. Visit the many fabric shops all within walking distance to our hotel, or perhaps shop for some souvenirs at the many specialty food shops nearby, visit a local museum or simply enjoy Italy’s “Il Dolce Far Niente” – the sweetness of doing nothing!!
Lunch will be on your own today, and we will reconvene for our farewell Dinner in the evening.
Beautiful view of Bologna
Day 8 - Check-Out The week in Bologna is winding down. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out.
*Day to day specifics subject to change*
PRICE, INCLUSIONS, EXCLUSIONS
7 Nights Accommodations at Hotel Corona D’Oro
Daily Breakfast at the Hotel
All Transportation During the Week
Airport Group Pick Up on First Day
Airport Group Drop Off On Last
3 Dinners (Including Welcome Dinner & Thank you Dinner)
Day Trip to Parmigiano Reggiano, Acetaia & Prosciutto Factories
Day Trip to Ferrara
Day Trip to Ravenna for Wine & Olive Oil Lesson & Ceramics Workshop Visit
Water Color Lesson
Bologna City Walking Tour
Bologna Culinary Walking Tour
Airfare / Flights
Personal purchases of any sort
Hotel incidentals such as phone calls, mini bars, room service and other amenities
Meals and wine not stated above
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is HIGHLY recommended in order to protect your investment. This is to ensure that you are covered in the event of loss due to cancellation by traveler or host, medical emergency, flight cancellation, lost luggage or other like event
Hotel City Tax of 4.00 - 6.00 Euros per person / per night, to be paid directly to hotel by guest
Price & Details 8 Days / 7 Nights $3,795 Per Person / Double Occupancy $1,000 Deposit is required and it will be applied towards overall tour cost! Francesca Montillo, Native Italian, Owner and Tour Leader Accompanies all Activities Contact Francesca at email@example.com for booking/reservation and further details.
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A deposit of $1,000 per person plus signed travel agreement is required to secure your spot.