Via Emilia: the Italian Food Route 

A journey through the Italian flavours along one of the oldest Italian routes built by the Romans in 187 B.C.

A real discovery of the hidden Italy where worldwide famous products such as “Parmigiano-Reggiano”, “Prosciutto di Parma”, “Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena” and many more come from… 

Piacenza, Parma, Modena, Bologna, Ravenna, Rimini (PR) - 7 days

PROGRAM  

Day 1 - Piacenza
Departure from Piacenza, the first city of the itinerary along the Via Emilia, the historic road created by the Romans in the year 187 B.C. now considered the “Italian Food Route” for the unbelievable quantity of worldwide typical products that “born” in this part of Italy.
Discovery of the land of Piacenza. 
Visit to one of the many wineries of this important wine district where a great red wine is produced: the “Gutturnio”, a PDO wine made only in this territory, obtained by the masterly mix of Barbera and Croatina grapes.
Transfer to Parma. Arrival at the selected accommodation, welcome dinner and overnight (D)

Day 2 - Parma
Parmigiano-Reggiano doesn’t need any presentation.. It’s simply “the King of the Cheeses” and it’s still made like centuries ago.. You’ll have the unforgettable experience to see the full production of it with, of course, a final tasting.
To follow: the other great protagonist of the local and worldwide gastronomy: Prosciutto di Parma, considered unanimously one of the greatest ham of the world.
The morning will end with a great tasting at a local producer of PDO “Lambrusco” and “Malvasia” wines. 
In the afternoon, once back to Parma and after a refresh at the hotel, city centre walking tour to discover the main attractions of this little and elegant city of art…
Enjoy dinner on own and overnight. (B, L)

Day 3 - Parma

Begin with a morning drive along Po river (the longest river of Italy) to discover the land where “the little brother” of Parma ham is made.. only a few producers in the whole world make “Culatello di Zibello”.. Because only here its unique flavours can be obtained thanks to the noble moulds coming from the humidity of the Po. 
Visit to a unique XII century aging cellars where more than 5.000 pieces of Culatello rest. 
After that, be ready for an amazing hands-on cooking class about typical pasta helped by a Michelin starred kitchen staff!.. During the class, you’ll be able to taste the product of your work as appetizer before the final lunch including the whole cold cuts production of the farm.

In the afternoon, on the way back to Parma, picture stop in front of the house where the “Maestro” Giuseppe Verdi was born. 
Enjoy dinner on own and overnight. (B, L)


Day 4 - Modena
Check-out and transfer along the Via Emilia heading south east, stop in Modena area, also called “Motor Valley” due to the fact that worldwide famous sport cars and motorbikes are made here: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Pagani and Ducati!.. 
You will be able to visit the recently opened museum dedicated to Enzo Ferrari, built around and inside the house where he was born, with unique car exhibitions that changes every 6 months;
To follow visit to an ancient Acetaia where the flavorful “Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena” is produced. Tasting/lunch at the end of the visit;
In the afternoon, once in Maranello: visit of the Ferrari Museum with time at disposal at the end some shopping of Ferrari branded stuff if you wish.. 
Prosecution to Bologna, arrival late in the afternoon, check in at your selected accommodation.
Welcome “Bolognese style” dinner tonight and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Bologna 
Discovering walking city centre tour of Bologna focused on the main monuments, the market and on the great historical gourmet stores with different tasting that will allow us to learn about “Mortadella” and all the other still unknown gastronomical treasures that this city keeps… the multiple tastings will be your lunch today!... 
Remainder of the day at leisure. Enjoy dinner on own and overnight (B, L)

Day 6 – Ravenna 

In the morning,  transfer to Ravenna and 3-hours guided tour with entrance to the monuments of the UNESCO situated in the historical center (Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant'Apollinare nuovo, Neonian Baptistery and St. Andrew's chapel), visit to a mosaic workshop. 
Typical lunch with specialities from Romagna: mixed starters (cold cuts, cheeses and piadina), two first courses (such as cappelletti with meat sauce and strozzapreti with vegetables), dessert, water, coffee and loca wine.
Transfer to Verucchio and free time and check-in at the selected accommodation, enjoy dinner on own and overnight. (B, L )

Day 7 – Rimini 

In the morning, visit of Mondaino, a suggestive ancient town where the pit Cheese (“Formaggio di Fossa” PDO) is still produced with strict medieval rules. You will enjoy the tasting on the poetic verses of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri! Then: Montegridolfo, renowned all over Italy for its elegant restored historical centre and also for the production of “Extra Vergin Olive Oil Colline di Romagna” PDO. About half the production of extra-virgin olive oil from the entire Emilia-Romagna region is produced around these hills. Meeting with the producer and tasting. Lunch in a beautiful farmhouse and “Piadina Romagnola” cooking class! Piadina is the most traditional speciality of Romagna, it began as a poor food eaten by rural populations, especially popular because it was cheap to make; a simple pastry of flour, lard (or EV Olive Oil), salt and water ..Without yeast! You will taste it also with ham and the delicious Squacquerone di Romagna PDO cheese! 
(Local wines included)
In the afternoon further transfer to Gradara, lovely medieval castle on the border between Romagna and Le Marche region, selected as the most romantic town of Italy. The reason lies in the romantic and tragic love story between Paolo and Francesca recounted by Dante Alighieri in the divine comedy. Entrance to the castle included, visit at your disposal. At the end some free time to discover the centre and to do some shopping in the traditional shops.
 Return to the hotel late in the afternoon. 
 (B,L)

Day 8 Sunday – “Arrivederci”!... 
Check-out and end of your journey (B)


Meal basis
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

 

The experience includes:
- 2 nights in Parma at Hotel 4**** with B&B (Sina Hotels Palace Maria Luigia or similar);
- 2 nights in Bologna at Hotel 4**** with B&B (Hotel Commercianti or similar);
- 2 nights in Romagna at Hotel 4**** with B&B (Hotel Oste del Castello or similar); 
- private transportation for all the tour including arrival and departure from Bologna airport (if the option with transportation is selected);
- visit to “Parmigiano-Reggiano” cheese dairy, “Prosciutto di Parma” ham producer, “Colli di Parma” PDO winery;
- visit to “Culatello di Zibello” ham producer + Michelin starred hands on cooking class focused on traditional pasta with lunch of what you cooked + cold cuts produced by the farm;
- visit to “Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena” producer and “balsamic” lunch;
- walking cultural and gastronomic tour of Bologna with Mortadella, Tortellini tastings and more;
- visit of Byzantine mosaics & mosaic studio/workshop in Ravenna + typical lunch;
- welcome dinner in Parma;
- welcome dinner in Bologna;
- authorized guides throughout the itinerary when needed as described in the program;
- entries to the 2 Ferrari Museums with guide on site for the one in Maranello;

The experience does not include:
- tips, entries to the monuments not mentioned above and everything not mentioned in “The quotation includes”. 
- Local tour leader for all the tour (can be booked on request)  


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