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Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

1. Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Starting from the convenient meeting point in Piazza San Francesco, journey through the streets of the city center with your guide to experience five incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Neonian Baptistery, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of San Vitale, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Chapel of Saint Andrew. You will have the opportunity to visit: The Basilica of San Vitale: one of the most important monuments of early Christian art in Italy. When you enter the basilica, your gaze is captured by the high spaces, the wonderful mosaic decorations of the apse and the extraordinary representation of the imperial couple of Byzantium: Justinian and Theodora, with their procession. The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo: originally used as a Palatine Church of Arianism, today it allows us to reconstruct the evolution of Byzantine wall mosaics from the age of Theodoric to that of Justinian. The Chapel of Saint Andrew: representing the glorification of Christ in an anti-Arian key, it is the only example of an early Christian archiepiscopal chapel still intact today. The Neonian Baptistery: one of the oldest monuments of the city, made of simple brick on the outside but rich in marble, stucco, and mosaics of clear Hellenistic-Roman influence inside. The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia: it was built around the middle of the 5th century, at the behest of Galla Placidia, who ruled the Western Roman Empire. The innumerable stars of the dome have struck the imagination and sensitivity of visitors over the centuries, and of outstanding personalities such as the great poet Dante Alighieri, who drew inspiration from them for the writing of some verses of the Divine Comedy.

Maranello: Test Drive Ferrari 458

2. Maranello: Test Drive Ferrari 458

Don't miss the experience of driving a Ferrari through this lovely region, home of renowned car manufacturer Ferrari, which needs no introduction. Choose the duration of the drive around Maranello. An expert driving instructor will unveil the secrets of the amazing Ferrari. After a short tutorial, you can put the pedal to the metal and rev up the engine, reveling in the freedom of it all. Enjoy the speed (more than 325 km/h), power (570 CV at 9000 rpm), and acceleration (0-100 km/h in less than 3.4 seconds) of this beast as you slide into the driver's seat.

Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

3. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

Take a classic walking tour through the streets of the Bologna city center. With this guided tour, discover the history of Bologna and its major cultural attractions. Make stops at the Asinelli tower, Neptune fountain, and the Basilica of San Petronio. Meet your guide and walk through the city streets admiring the architecture and discovering the most-famous cultural attraction. See the towers of Bologna and marvel at their height and significance. Then, stroll through the Quadrilatero Market, and learn important historical facts. Make a wish at the Neptune fountain and see if it comes true. Then, gaze at the Basilica of San Petronio, as your guide shares its story and welcomes you into the city of Bologna.

Maranello: Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

4. Maranello: Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

During your trip to Maranello discover the museum that is home to one of the most prestigious brands in the world, Ferrari. If you are passionate about engines, or simply want to discover the gold-standard of Italian excellence, be sure to take this exciting opportunity in the 'land of reds'. The Ferrari Museum is an exciting exhibition of the past, present and future of the Prancing Horse. During your visit you can experience both the permanent and temporary exhibitions that take place. You can also experience the evocative Hall of Victories in which the Ferrari World Champions from 1999 to today are exhibited.

Maranello: Ferrari Museum & Fiorano Track Combo Tour

5. Maranello: Ferrari Museum & Fiorano Track Combo Tour

Enrich your visit to Maranello with a combo tour of the Ferrari Museum, and factory, and take an exclusive panoramic shuttle tour inside the Fiorano track and along Viale Enzo Ferrari in Fabbrica. Follow your guide and discover the characteristics and contents of the Ferrari circuit, where racing and road cars have been tested since 1972, and of the Ferrari Citadel. Walk through the exhibition of the Prancing Horse, divided into two parts: one permanent and one temporary.  See the factory before heading to the Fiorano track to experience, which is used to carry out private tests, and take a bus while listening to the secrets and facts that the guide reveals.

From Parma: Parmigiano and Parma Ham Guided Food Tour

6. From Parma: Parmigiano and Parma Ham Guided Food Tour

Visit a traditional Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and learn the secrets of one of the most celebrated ingredients of Italy. Watch the cheese makers at work and taste some cheese with honey and local wine. See how the cheese – protected by the EU – is still produced following traditional methods. Watch the cheese makers pull the product from the milk vats and visit the shaping and salting rooms before going to the stagionatura where the cheese is aged. Savor the sight and smell of thousands of wheels of cheese. Then, taste the delicious cheese with some honey and local wine. After the cheese factory take a short drive to the Parma ham factory. Go to the cellar branding area and see where the meat is cooled, salted, and rested. Taste cold cuts with local wines. Visit an organic Parma ham farm and meet the producer. Finally, taste delicious Parma ham paired with a glass of Malvasia.

Maranello and Modena: Ferrari Museums Combo Tickets

7. Maranello and Modena: Ferrari Museums Combo Tickets

Get a 2-in-1 combo ticket to visit the Maranello Ferrari Museum and the Modena Ferrari Museum. Explore the exhibitions of past and present in Maranello, then head 20km and discover Enzo Ferrari himself, in the museum in Modena. Begin with entry into the Maranello Museum, where your time of entry to Modena will be shared. Discover the special peculiarity of Maranello, that it is the home of Ferrari, one of the most prestigious car brands in the world. Get passionate about engines, and discover Italian excellence more closely among the Land of the Reds. Walk through the exhibition of the Prancing Horse, divided into two parts: one permanent and one temporary. Wander the Hall of Victories and learn of World Champions from 1999 to today. Travel 20km from Maranello to a futuristic building in the shape of a huge yellow car hood. Sheild your eyes from the bright and vibrant color that starkly contrasts its surrounding environment. Inside, there is a huge hall in which various temporary exhibitions are set up, and a small cinema where two rotating films dedicated to the life and history of Enzo Ferrari are projected. The museum is divided into five sectors: low fractionation engines, from 1 to 6 cylinders, that of the classic 12 cylinders, that of 8, turbos, and, finally, that of Formula 1. The path continues in the building in front of a huge pavilion, or into the workshop where Enzo's father worked, now perfectly restored. In addition, the Museum houses a shop that offers a wide range of official products and a bookstore that collects the most important Ferrari publications.

Maranello: Test Drive Ferrari 488 Spider

8. Maranello: Test Drive Ferrari 488 Spider

Drive a Ferrari 488 Spider through the region of Maranello, and enjoy the scenery while taking an exciting drive. Experience driving a Ferrari through this lovely region, home of renowned car manufacturer Ferrari, which needs no introduction. Choose the duration of the drive around Maranello. Learn the secrets of the amazing Ferrari from an expert driving instructor before setting out on the drive. Put the pedal to the metal after the short tutorial and rev up the engine, reveling in the freedom of it all. Enjoy the speed (more than 325 km/h), power (670 CV at 9000 rpm), and acceleration (0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds) of this beast after sliding into the driver's seat.

Modena: Enzo Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

9. Modena: Enzo Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

During your time in Modena, walk the grounds of one of the city's most impressive buildings with this entrance ticket to the Enzo Ferrari Museum. Immerse yourself in an experience dedicated to enhancing the motoring tradition in Modena and learn about Ferrari's fascinating origins as one of the greatest names in automobile history. Upon arrival at the museum you will immediately marvel at the futuristic facade of the building, shaped like a huge yellow hood. As you enter, immerse yourself in the enormous hall that houses various exhibitions that will allow you to learn the history of Ferrari and its founder, Enzo. Whilst inside, take a trip to both of the small cinemas where you can watch two rotating films about the life and history of Enzo Ferrari. These entertaining and educational films will give you insight into Enzo's life and the life of the brand to date. Pay a visit to Enzo's father's workshop, now perfectly restored by the Museum of Ferrari Motors. Visit any of the 5 sectors dedicated to low fractionation engines, 1-6 cylinders, 8 cylinders, classic 12 cylinders, turbos, and Formula 1. To finish off your Ferrari experience, stop by the museum store that offers a wide range of official products and a bookstore that sells the most important Ferrari publications.

Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Tour

10. Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Tour

Learn the origins of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese throughout a visit to a cheese factory in Parma. Hear how this cheese, protected by the EU, is still produced following traditional methods. Exclusively made in the Zona Tipica of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, and parts of Bologna and Mantova, Parmesan cheese dates back over 9 centuries. Watch the cheese makers pull the product from the milk vats, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of cooking and separating the whey. You'll then visit the shaping and salting rooms, before going to the stagionatura where the cheese is aged. Savor the sight and smell of thousands of wheels of cheese, and learn about the strict tests performed by the Consorzio, such as hammering the cheeses before the fire-branding ritual. Finally, taste the delicious cheese accompanied by some honey and local wine.

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4.4 / 5

based on 5,168 reviews

Jihene was an excellent tour guide who helped us appreciate the local dishes in Parma. We thoroughly enjoyed all the food served from the Parma ham to the tortellini and gelato. On top of this, Jihene also took us around the city and shared the interesting culture and history of Parma.

Stella was fantastic as our guide. Her insight and knowledge of Bologna was exactly what we needed as we had just arrived. The tour gave us a great understanding of the area, and places to revisit once the tour was over. Thanks Stella- we had a great time

All went well. App is easy to use. Just you pay a bit more than on the official place.

The view of the city from above is amazing!!! A bit tiring but absolutely doable.

This was a wonderful tour - we highly recommend it.