Italy – Tuscany & Emilia Romagna: A Gourmet Experience

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  • 8 Days , 3 Cities
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A tour to discover the flavors of two Italian regions, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, known all over the world also for their foods and wines: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma ham, Modena Balsamic Vinegar, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino wines, Pecorino cheese.
Countries Visited Italy
Places Visited Bologna, Florence
Suggested Duration 8 days
Travel Styles Cultural Tours, Wine Tours, Food Tours
  • DAY 1
    Belvedere di San Michele in Bosco, Bologna, Italy
    Belvedere di San Michele in Bosco, Bologna, Italy

    Welcome to Bologna, Italy

    Arrive at Bologna airport, meet with your assistant driver, and make a private transfer from Bologna Airport to your accomodating hotel in Bologna.

    Overnight in Bologna.

    What's included?

    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
  • DAY 2
    The art of making pasta in Bologna, Italy
    The art of making pasta in Bologna, Italy

    Bologna – Food Experiences in Bologna

    In the morning, after the buffet breakfast at the hotel, you'll have a 3-hour guided food walking tour of Bologna, searching for its two souls - the Fat and The Learned in all art & food details of this quintessential town. Your Bologna expert guide will take you to the local's favorite spots in the Quadrilatero, the historical food market district full of irresistible temptations: Formaggio Bianco, tortellini, lasagne, parmesan, mortadella... all of which are ready to land in your mouth together with nice and long sips of local wine! And to make it a real treat and an all-around experience, you'll also get an insider view of the town's most iconic corners and monuments, from Piazza Maggiore to the Neptune Statue and the world-famous UNESCO-Porticoes.

    In the afternoon, dive into the most authentic Italian culinary heritage and learn to reproduce a full course menu, including the famous bruschetta at home! Warm up with a typical aperitivo and then cook a traditional Italian meal with your Cesarina, the Emilian-style pasta maker! Cesarine (this is how the home cooks are known here) are welcoming ambassadors of the Italian culinary heritage, animated by an authentic passion for Italian cuisine.

    This cooking class in Bologna local's home will include the Italian Aperitivo with prosecco and nibbles. The course will focus on authentic local dishes with local wines and Italian coffee.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
  • DAY 3
    The King of all cheeses Parmigiano Reggiano Italy
    The King of all cheeses Parmigiano Reggiano Italy

    Bologna – Food tour in Emilia Romagna region

    Today, meet your private driver and head on to visit an authentic producer of Parmigiano Reggiano PDO. Guided visit & tasting at a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy. Here, you’ll discover how the King of all cheeses has been literally made by hand in the same way since the Benedictine monks invented it ten centuries ago! From the curdling into the typical copper heaters to the salting and the final aging in the so-called wheel cathedrals, you will be a privileged witness to almost all the production steps of this out-and-out food icon. You taste at the end. Then you will make a guided visit with a final tasting at one of the local family-run ham factories producing the mythical Prosciutto di Parma PDO: you will get to know why the best ham can only be made in the hills of Parma.
    Typical lunch in a restaurant or Agriturismo in Parma hillside. Parmigiano, Prosciutto, another kind of local cold cuts, a typical stuffed pasta dish (Tortelli di Parma), and homemade cakes, all paired up with local wines like Lambrusco and Malvasia!

    After lunch, you will reach Parma city center, and you will enjoy a 2-hour slow-paced sightseeing walking tour of the town among the most iconic deli boutiques, descriptions of the locals’ lifestyle, anecdotes about Parma’s legendary personalities, and precious suggestions for shopping in the arts and crafts district with your private local English-speaking guide. At the end of the tour, you will go back to Bologna.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
  • DAY 4
    Cathedral of Florence from Piazza Michelangelo, Italy
    Cathedral of Florence from Piazza Michelangelo, Italy

    Florence - City Tour and Renaissance cooking class with private chef

    Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Private transfer with driver from hotel in Bologna to Hotel in Florence.

    In the afternoon, meet your private guide at your Hotel and start a Private Renaissance Florence English Speaking Guided Walking Tour to admire the highlights of Florence's city center. After the walking tour, you will enjoy a Private Renaissance Cooking Class in the heart of Florence. This experience will complete your knowledge of the Renaissance culture, and once back home, you will be able to bring to the table the aromas and flavors of that mythical era. During the class, you will learn how easy it is to prepare the specialties served in a Renaissance banquet. The professional Chef, will you reveal the recipes Lorenzo il Magnifico sang in his sonnets and exported by Caterina de Medici, with her Chefs, to the Court of France? You will be able to prepare and enjoy fragrant and tasty dishes such as the vegetable millefeuille, the bread gnocchi with cheese and truffle, the chicken pie with saffron and porcini mushrooms, and the sweet "Panbriaco" with Alchermes liqueur and chocolate. A seductive sensory journey that will transport you into the Renaissance atmosphere, immersing you in authentic and unusual flavors and discovering the true roots of Florentine cuisine.

    Overnight at the hotel in Florence.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
  • DAY 5
    Taste some typical product in the Renaissance city Florence
    Taste some typical product in the Renaissance city Florence

    Florence - Private Florence Market & Gourmet Food Tour

    In the afternoon, meet your private English-speaking guide at the lobby of your hotel at your disposal for 3 hours, and you will reach Sant’Ambrogio District, one of the liveliest districts of Florence, full of characteristic shops, bars, and restaurants, to start your Florentine food tour. Through the narrow streets of Florence, you will discover lovely places where you can taste typical Tuscan products grown locally accompanied by local wine. You will enjoy the distinctive atmosphere of Sant’Ambrogio Market. This city market offers a characteristic insight into the everyday life of the Renaissance city, and you will taste some typical products.

    Overnight at the Hotel in Florence.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
  • DAY 6
    Lucca is undoubtedly one of the most elegant cities in Tuscany
    Lucca is undoubtedly one of the most elegant cities in Tuscany

    Florence – Lucca Private Food Tour

    After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, meet with the driver at your hotel to depart one of the gem towns of Italy, Lucca.
    Lucca is undoubtedly one of the most elegant cities in Tuscany; it will enchant us with its narrow streets of the historic center full of shops and old-time boutiques.

    On your arrival in Lucca, you will meet your local private English Speaking guide for your 3 hours disposal for food and city tour: you will have the chance to discover another refinement of Lucca, the food. During your walk, you will find enchanting corners rich in history and make strategic stops to taste the local delicacies. How can you resist a taste of Buccellato or a few slices of Biroldo and Pecorino della Garfagnana? And what about the potato bread? And then the torta "co' becchi" (cake with beaks)? To close on a sweet note, you cannot miss a visit to one of the most famous chocolate shops in the city, which is well worth a group selfie. After the tour, free time for lunch and a visit.

    In the afternoon, return to your Hotel in Florence with your private driver. Overnight at the Hotel in Florence.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
  • DAY 7
    Val D'Orcia - Pecorino Cacio di Pienza, Tuscany
    Val D'Orcia - Pecorino Cacio di Pienza, Tuscany

    Florence – Val d’Orcia: Cheese Making Experience

    Today, meet the driver at your Hotel for an authentic Tuscan Experience. Your driver will be at your disposal for 9 hours.
    You will reach a Farm near Pienza, a little village in Val d’Orcia Area, where you will learn how a traditional Pecorino di Pienza cheese is made. During the activity, you will be guided along the whole process: from the stable to the fermentation to the aging. During the first salt cheese demonstration on the spot, you can ask him all the questions that will come to you spontaneously during the discovery of this ancient art. After this activity, you will taste a typical Tuscan lunch at the farm with wine produced there.

    Before returning to Florence, you have free to visit the village of Pienza. Overnight at the Hotel in Florence

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
  • DAY 8

    Bye Bye Florence, Italy!

    Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Private transfer with driver to Florence Airport.

    If you are delighted with this tour, feel free to ask us to have more experience in Tuscany and Italy.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Transfer Transfer

Starting from $3,600 per person

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What’s Included?

  • 3 nights in Bologna with buffet breakfast included in a first-class hotel
  • 4 nights in Florence with buffet breakfast included in a first-class hotel
  • The private driver, as in the program
  • The private English-speaking guide, as in the program
  • 3-hour guided walking tour of Bologna
  • The cooking class in Bologna
  • Visit & tasting a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy
  • Guided Walking Tour in Florence
  • A Private Renaissance Cooking Class in Florence
  • Visit the Sant’Ambrogio District
  • Explore the city of Lucca in Tuscany
  • Cheese-Making Experience in Val D’Orcia

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • Guided food walking tour of Bologna
  • The cooking class in Bologna, as a local
  • Visit & tasting a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy in Bologna
  • Guided Walking Tour in Florence
  • Visit the Sant’Ambrogio District
  • Walking tour visit one of the gem towns of Italy, Lucca
  • Discover a farm near Pienza to learn how a traditional Pecorino di Pienza cheese is made

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