Bologna, Parma, Modena

£2139pp—Italy: small-group gastronomy tour this September

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A delicious journey through Emilia Romagna, the home of Prosciutto, Parmesan, and Lambrusco wine

Why We Love This Deal

Since ancient times, the fertile lands between the Po River and the Appenine Mountains have sown enough agricultural riches to feed a nation known for its culinary delights. Travel between postcard-perfect towns with a limited number of guests, and get expert introduction to all things gastro, with farm-to-table meals and tastings also included.

What's included

  • Return flights to Bologna, with checked baggage
  • Airport transfers, and all ground transportation in Italy
  • Five nights at the deluxe Art Hotel Commercianti in Bologna, in a double room
  • Five breakfasts, and three dinners
  • A half-day walking tour (day two), and a pasta-cooking class with light lunch including admission to FICO Eataly (day three) in Bologna
  • A full-day excursion to Parma, with a walking tour, lunch with wine, and a cheese tutorial with tastings (day four)
  • A full-day excursion to Modena, with a walking tour, and balsamic vinegar tasting (day five)
  • Services of an English-speaking guide throughout

Depart from London Gatwick on 2 September, 2024.

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Head to Emilia Romagna, an Italian province known for its prosperous towns of hospitable people and regal palazzi, and some of the country's "most soul-satisfying food" (Lonely Planet). You’ll be in a small group (maximum 18 guests), and you’ll get an experienced, English-speaking guide throughout your stay.

You’ll spend five nights in the postcard-perfect centre of Bologna. Your deluxe hotel is housed in a 12th-century former town hall, next to the city’s main church, that is meticulously preserved with vaulted ceilings, and a rich collection of antique art.

On day two, you'll go on a walking tour through the Medieval centre, where you can admire the Fountain of Neptune, the impressive Bologna Cathedral, and visit the Quadrilatero crafts market. After working up an appetite, you’ll stop by a food stall at the lively Mercato dell Erbe.

Next, you'll perfect your pasta-cooking skills by attending a class at the FICO Eataly (admission included) on the outskirts of the city, on day three. It is an interactive food theme park introducing visitors to Italian cuisine, from wine and cheese to pizza and gelato. You'll learn to make tagliatelle—mastered in the region for centuries—and enjoy light lunch after your hard work.

On day four you'll visit Parma, a city of Renaissance splendour, that is also the birthplace of fresh-from-the-attic Prosciutto ham, and carefully aged Parmesan cheese. Take a leisurely walking tour along cobbled streets before visiting the Parma Ham Museum for light lunch that covers cold cuts, fried bread, and wine from the surrounding hills. In the afternoon, you'll learn about cheese making, complete with tastings, and a glass of Lambrusco or Malvasia wine.

A trip to this picturesque part of Italy couldn't be complete without an excursion to Modena, one of the nation's great gastronomic centres. Hear about the opera singer, Luciano Pavarotti, and the luxury sport cars, Ferrari and Maserati—all born in this wonderful city—during a gentle walking tour. You'll also visit an 'acetaia', where you can sample scented balsamic vinegars, originating from this very town. Day five concludes with a farewell dinner in Bologna, before you fly back home to the UK next morning, most likely with local delicacies hiding in your luggage.

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Transfers & baggage
Both are included.

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2 Sep, 2024


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