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Our most recommended Emilia-Romagna Day Trips

Bologna/Modena: Gastronomic Tour of the Parma Food Valley

1. Bologna/Modena: Gastronomic Tour of the Parma Food Valley

Discover the production of two excellences of Italian cuisine, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma Hak, on a gastronomic tour from Bologna. After being picked up from your accommodation in Bologna or Modena, head to Italy's food capital declared as UNESCO Creative City for gastronomy since 2015. Learn more about Parma and its local cuisine that is so popular that it often ends up dominating conversations among locals. Visit the historic Parmigiano Reggiano factory where an expert guide will show you the stages of production, and you'll be able to taste some of the cheese made by the factory. Then, get up close to the production of the famous Parma Ham. Learn the secrets of this Italian delicacy followed by a tasting paired with a glass of local wine.  Following the Parma Ham factory, your driver will take you to a local restaurant famous for its regional dishes. Here you can enjoy a two-course lunch, including water and wine. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bologna or Modena.

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Ferrari Full Day

2. Ferrari Full Day

Spend a full day discovering the world of Ferrari. The tour includes visits to several museums and lunch at a farm. Begin the tour with a pickup at your hotel. Then, depart for Maranello, where you will go to visit the Ferrari Museum. Afterwards, have a guided tour by bus from the factory and the Fiorano track before enjoying lunch at a Farmhouse near Maranello. Visit the Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena and then return back.

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From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

3. From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

Experience the best of Modena on this day tour which showcases 3 of the region's best products. Start your tour with a visit to the home of the great maestro Luciano Pavarotti. Enjoy a tour of his house, which has now been converted into a museum. Visit the rooms where he lived and discover more about his life and times. Next, head to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. Live the Prancing Horse dream firsthand as you wander around the various exhibitions dedicated to the iconic racing car. Get travel back in time as you explore the racecar's exhilarating history. Finally, discover the history and ancient tradition of the famous "black gold" of Modena with a guided tour of a balsamic vinegar factory. After your tour, enjoy some tastings paired with delicious local delicacies. On the way back to Bologna, stop for lunch at a countryside farmhouse.

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Florence: Emilia-Romagna Small Group Gastronomy Tour

4. Florence: Emilia-Romagna Small Group Gastronomy Tour

Start the journey from Florence towards Emilia-Romagna, Italy’s most famous foodie region. Discover first-hand how products renowned worldwide for their taste and high quality are made. Taste classic products like parmigiano-reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, and Lambrusco wine. Also, witness the entire process of cheese making. Visit a local factory and admire rows and columns of cheese wheels perfuming the air. Then, discover Acetaia Sereni, the leader in the production of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. Enjoy a consistent lunch at the property's restaurant overlooking a breathtaking scenery. At the end of the day, enjoy some leisure time in Modena. You can stroll around its charming streets and visit its UNESCO World Heritage Sites before going back to Florence.

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From Bologna: 3-Hour Private Ravenna Guided Tour

5. From Bologna: 3-Hour Private Ravenna Guided Tour

With this 3-hours private guided tour of Ravenna, you will enjoy the most important treasures of the city. You'll explore some of its most important and famous sites and admire the stunning mosaics all around you. Ravenna was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire from 402 until the empire collapsed in 476. It then served as the capital of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths until it was re-conquered in 540 by the Eastern Roman Enna (Byzantine) Empire. Afterwards, the city formed the center of the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna until the invasion of the Lombards in 751, after which it became the seat of the Kingdom of the Lombards. Although an inland city, Ravenna is connected to the Adriatic Sea by the Candiano canal. It is known for its well-preserved late Roman and Byzantine architecture, and has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your visit to the early Christian and Byzantine mosaics includes: the Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Battistero Neoniano, the Arcivescovile Museum and the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo. The monuments are all within easy walking distance. During the walk along the streets of the old town, you will also get the chance to visit the picturesque Piazza del Popolo and the so-called "Dante area," the area of silence. In fact, the exiled Florentine Dante died in Ravenna on September 13th 1321. Prepare to take amazing pictures of the palaces, squares, typical streets of the old town and the picturesque and colored churches.

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From Bologna: Romagna Region Wine Tasting Tour

6. From Bologna: Romagna Region Wine Tasting Tour

If you're a wine lover, you can't miss this day trip out to a family-run winery in the Romagna region. After morning transfer from your hotel, you’ll head with your group to the heart of Romagna to visit one of its most famous wineries. Located in the Valle del Bidente, this winery stands at 117 meters above sea level. Once arrived, a guide will take you on a private 1-hour tour of the winery, where modern innovations are mixed with respect for the ancient traditions of the family.   After the tour, you’ll be greeted by a sommelier in the tasting area, where you’ll taste 5 glasses of DOC (Denomination of Controlled Origin) wine. Feel the warmth of Romagna and see if you can discern the complex tastes. Your day will continue with a typical Romagna lunch in a local restaurant where you can taste products typical of the region.

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From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

7. From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

Learn about the production of gastronomic excellence in Emilia on a unique day trip from Bologna. Tour local factories and family-run producers for a look behind the scenes at the creation of products appreciated all over the world, including Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar of Modena, and Lambrusco and Pignoletto wine. Begin with an 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Bologna and head toward a dairy production site via a private transfer. Once there, tour the grounds with a guide and learn about the production of the world's favorite cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano. Snack on a sample of the delicious creation before heading to Acetaia, where you'll see how the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is made. Taste some of the "gold of Modena".  Transfer to a wine cellar, where you'll hear about the work that goes behind creating the delicious Lambrusco and Pignoletto wines. Taste some of this local treat and then cap the tour off with a light lunch in a traditional Italian restaurant. Return to your hotel in Bologna around 2:30 PM.

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From Florence: Parmesan and Balsamic Vinegar Factory Tour

8. From Florence: Parmesan and Balsamic Vinegar Factory Tour

Step back in time to learn how Parmigiano Reggiano is made with this visit to a ‘caseficio,’ or cheese factory. Find out why the provinces of Parma, Modena and Reggio Emilia are the only ones that can produce authentic Parmigiano Reggiano. Watch cheesemakers at work as they cook the milk to separate the whey and lift the Parmigiano Reggiano, followed by a visit to the aging room. Here, admire the rows upon rows of cheese wheels aging and inhale their sweet perfume the air. Finish the tour by tasting Parmesan cheese paired with honey and marmalade. Afterward, make your way to Modena and pay a visit to the traditional food market. Inside the market, enjoy a Lambrusco wine tasting accompanied by traditional Modena ham and more. Fall in love with this sweet frizzante wine that has become a symbol of the Modena province. Then stop for lunch in a typical Modenese trattoria and enjoy an authentically prepared 3-course Italian meal served with a fantastic Lambrusco wine. After lunch, take a “passeggiata” (leisurely walk) around the streets of Modena. Car lovers can pay a visit to the Enzo Ferrari Museum of Modena. Next, head to an Acetaia (balsamic vinegar factory) where you will have a private tour of the cellars. Receive a full explanation of the vinegar making process, from the pressing of the grapes and cooking the wort in the boiler, to the filtration and mixing. You will also have the opportunity to taste the balsamic vinegar “Tradizionale” and “Extravecchio”, before heading back to Florence.

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From Florence: Maranello and Bologna Day Trip

9. From Florence: Maranello and Bologna Day Trip

Spend the day in Emilia-Romagna, visiting the town of Maranello and the city of Bologna. Have the chance to stop in the Ferrari Museum and learn about the Italian carmaker’s history and world-class engineering. Afterwards, explore the vibrant city of Bologna and experience Italian culture as you walk its medieval streets. Your private driver will meet you at your hotel in Florence and first take you to Maranello, home of the legendary Ferrari S.p.A and Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racing team. Take the chance to visit the Ferrari Museum where you will learn about the history of the popular car manufacturing company. The museum also includes a display of vintage and modern vehicles, technical drawings by Enzo Ferrari, and a permanent exhibition dedicated to Formula 1 and the World Championship. After spending time in Maranello, your driver will take you to Bologna where you will have the opportunity to wander the streets of the old town. Your driver will drop you off within a short walk of Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica of San Petronio, and the picturesque Fountain of Neptune. From Bologna, relax as your driver takes you back to Florence.

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From Milan: Bologna the Capital of Italian Food Tour

10. From Milan: Bologna the Capital of Italian Food Tour

Depart from Milan Central Station. Wake yourself up with an Italian coffee (espresso) offered by your professional guide and get ready for your enogastronomic route through Bologna, the Capital of Italian food. You will reach Bologna by train in one hour (approximately). Once in Bologna, your guide will show you the heart of the city with its Porticos, Medieval Towers, the Emilian capital commences in Piazza Maggiore, a rather large square that was originally a market.  After a quick stroll, stop for a food and wine tasting. Try the famous Gnocco Fritto (salty fried bread) served with Italian salumi and cheese. Your guide will give you a curious explanation of these traditional dishes. Taste the flavor of the authentic regional wine and spend unforgivable moments in a typical trattoria. Spend an afternoon dedicated to visit the beauties of the city with some free time for shopping. Before taking the train to Milan, get some energy through the taste of a small piece of chocolate in one of the most famous chocolate factories. Depart from Bologna in the late afternoon and arrive in Milan the next evening.

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What people are saying about Emilia-Romagna

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 282 reviews

Everything is very well organized. There is enough time to visit the various museums. The midday meal is very good in a pleasant setting. The guide is very attentive and provides all the additional information. The only downside which justifies that I did not put "EXCELLENT" is the coach tour of the Ferrari factory and test track which is only in Italian and English. There should be at least a support written in French in the absence of a headset with live translation, as in the city-buses.

nice relaxed tour and nice things. the small group had time to get to know the wineries well and the hostess clearly liked the tranquil atmosphere.

People are friendly, really nice driver on everything. Really to try absolutely

Really a cool trip with great local guides from the various local producers.