During this tour you will visit producers of local specialities, see how they are made, meet the artisans making them and taste them yourself. You will also have the opportunity to buy your favourite ones and bring them home to impress your family and friends!

This tour offers a full week of immersion to discover the wonderful foodie delights surrounding the Via Emilia, a road which cuts through the Emilia Romagna region from Piacenza to Rimini. The Via Emilia was created by the Romans to transport commercial traffic from the surrounding rural areas and still marks the place of origin of typical products known and loved all over the world, such as balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, fresh pasta, prosciutto di Parma and wines.

Tour Suggestions

We recommend taking a large empty suitcase to bring home the food you will purchase on this trip!

Accommodation choices will be tailored to your needs and budget.

Departure Information

All year round.

Tour Details

  • 8 days | 7 nights
  • £POA

Tour Highlights

  • a welcome gift
  • Visit to the Mortadella di Bologna PGI producer with tasting
  • Visit to a chocolate producer with tasting
  • Visit to a fresh pasta producer with show and tasting
  • Visit to an olive grove of the Olio di Brisighella PGI with tasting
  • Visit to a Romagna wine cellar with tasting
  • Visit to a Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO producer with tasting
  • Visit to a Prosciutto di Parma producer with tasting
  • Visit to a Culatello di Zibello seasoning cellar with tasting
  • Visit to a Coppa and Pancetta Piacentina producer with tasting

Tour Itinerary...

Day 1

Arrival in Bologna. Tour of Bologna city centre with stop in a typical coffee shop. Free time for dinner and overnight stay in Bologna.

Day 2

In Bologna city centre, visit a Mortadella PGI production, Covered Market and a historical chocolate shop. Watch a demonstration about fresh pasta preparation and enjoy lunch in a restaurant with the just prepared Bologna’s famous tortellini (stuffed pasta). In the afternoon visit to a regional winery in Dozza, inside the ancient village. Free time for dinner and overnight stay in Bologna.

Day 3

On the way to Ravenna, stop near Faenza to visit an olive grove of Brisighella PDO oil and visit a Romagna wine cellar with a tasting/lunch of typical products (example: piadina and Squacquerone PDO cheese). In the afternoon visit Ravenna’s old town and its beautiful mosaics. Free time for dinner and overnight stay in Bologna.

Day 4

Check-out of Bologna hotel and transfer to Parma. Stop in Maranello to visit the Ferrari Museum and then visit a PGI Modena Traditional Balsamic Vinegar cellar with tasting/lunch with tigelle (typical bread) and typical cold cuts. In the afternoon visit a distillery producing artisan liqueurs.
Continue to Parma; free dinner and overnight stay in Parma.

Day 5

Visit a cheese factory making Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO with a tasting of this delicious cheese.
Visit to the Torrechiara castle and its village imbued with loves and battles. Then visit to a Colli di Parma wine cellar with tasting/lunch of typical products and local cold cuts. In the afternoon, visit a ham factory and a Black Pig farm for the production of the sweet PDO Parma ham. Free time for dinner and overnight stay in Parma.

Day 6

In the morning visit Parma’s old town centre and to the most charming monuments such as the red marble Baptistery, the wooden Farnese Theatre and the Romanesque Cathedral frescoed by Correggio. Transfer to the Bassa Parmense (Parma Lowlands) and visit the aging cellars of Zibello Culatello PDO; lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon visit a Culatello di Zibello production laboratory to discover the aging secrets. Then visit the new multi-media itinerary inside the nearby Giuseppe Verdi’s birthplace. Free time for dinner and overnight stay in Parma.

Day 7

Transfer to Piacenza. Visit to a Coppa di Piacenza and PDO Piacenza Bacon farm. Visit to a Piacenza hills winery with tasting/lunch. Free time for dinner and overstay night in Parma.

Day 8

Transfer to Bologna airport and fly home.

Map and travel information

Flight information

Direct flights from the UK to Bologna and nearby airports

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Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm

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