Small-Group Italian Food and Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Bologna
You will learn about the process of making the foods, and you'll never look at Italian food the same way again. The advantage is that you will have a very close look to how the things are made, you will meet and engage with local food artisans and fellow food lovers.
Your first stop will be the Parmesan Cheese producer. Parmesan cheese is made today the same way it was made eight centuries ago, using the same typical and genuine ingredients and the skills and knowledge of the cheese masters. You will tour the production area to assist to the cooking of the milk and the birth of the King of the Cheeses. Then see the dripping room with the Parmesan molds, the salt room, the hot room and finally the Parmesan Heaven! You'll step in an amazing ageing room where you'll admire around 30.000 Parmesan cheese wheels. At the end of the visit you will savor authentic Parmiggiano-Reggiano of different ages.
Your day will continue with the tour of a family-run Prosciutto producer. One of the earliest references to ham production in our region dates back to 100 BC when the locals used to bury pork legs in barrels filled with salt. The visit in facts will start with the salt cellars, then the rest cellar, the hot rooms and finally the ageing rooms where one can admire over 20.000 Prosciutto legs. Delicious Prosciutto tasting accompanied by wine will be offered at the end of the tour.
Then you will reach a boutique producer of balsamic vinegar which is known as the black gold of Modena. The families of the area have always been very proud of their production of Balsamic Vinegar, and have a set of barrels in the attic as a seal of ancient family traditions, if not a confirmation of noble family roots. Born centuries ago as a medicinal of exclusive use of kings and emperors, balsamic vinegar has found its place in the kitchen as a product of excellence. Welcomed by the owner, you will visit an amazing cellar counting over 1000 barrels. The most ancient dating back to 1870 that belonged to the owner's great grandfather. You will taste this special traditional balsamic vinegar and learn family recipes and secrets.
Before lunch you will tour the most important winery of the area. You’ll walk through beautiful vineyards with the winery sommelier and enjoy a wine tasting. Cheers! Salute!
Your Yummy Food and Wine Tour will conclude with a delicious 6-course gourmet lunch accompanied by a selection of local wines served in a family-run restaurants on the hills. Mamma mia!
Your guide and driver will drop you off at your hotel at the end of the day.
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Bottled water and wifi on board
- 4 food & wine factory tours: Parmesan cheese, Prosciutto, Balsamic vinegar, wine
- Savory breakfast
- 4 Food & wine tastings
- 6-course long Italian Lunch at a family-run restaurant wit wine included
- Expert local guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Infant are free and they share tastings with their parents
- If you are departing Bologna after the tour, you can load your luggage on board
- Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations. You must be able to get on and off the minubus.
very enjoyable. interesting learning about all the different products. no pressure to buy any of the products along the way. plenty different tastings. good day out learning about the region and its food heritage. max the tour guide was very good.
The food tour around Bologna Italy was just marvelous. The pick-up and drop off was timely and the van was comfortable. We saw, and tasted, how parmaggian, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar were made, went to the Ferrari factory and museum, and then had a marvelous lunch with wine. The whole day was interesting and fun, and our guide kept the whole day humorously moving along. We were so glad to have taken the tour and we learned lots about this region of Italy.
I believe my tour guides name was Andrea. He was energetic and very knowledgeable about the different processes in balsamic, cheese, and prosciutto. I would highly recommend this tour, especially with Andrea.
Max was awesome and knowledgeable. He was a terrific guide on a great tour! We couldn’t be happier. We would recommend this tour to our friends.
Massimo hope I got the spelling right our driver was most helpful and nice to us, even telling me a better driving route for my next travel because I had to drive down to the deep countryside of Tuscany right after our tour. Andrea our tour guide was very knowledgeable with the history, process, fact about all of the tour items. He was very precise about all the dates and the fact numbers which was really informative. He was very humorous and entertaining as well which kept all of us laughing and wanting hear more from him. The Parmigiano Reggiano factory and prosciutto was beautiful and most interesting because we got to see entire process and all the details. The balsamic vinegar tour was guided by a 4th generation local business owner. He too was very informative, interesting in his explanation of balsamic vinegar. Andrea suggested that my mother and I join in on the Ferrari Museum tour and we had a blast doing the test drive and buying gifts for family and friends at the gift shop. Lastly, the 6 course pasta late lunch was the most beautiful meal we've had in our Europe travels. The service, facility, both quantity and quality of food as well as the wines was absolutely fabulous. My mother is a food connoisseur and cook, and she thought the meal was fantastic as well. I recommend this tour, our guide Andrea and driver Massimo to anyone who wants to experience the taste of Bologna, Modena and Ferrari. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience.
This trip was the best tour of our visit to Italy! We were picked up on time at the location as described. Massimo and Isabela were great guides. Very pleasant and lots of fun. The Cheese, Ham, and Balsamic Vinegar producers facilities were nice and very authentic. From those places we went to a high volume wine producer to see how modern technology produces wine. This stop included wine tasting. The next stop was to pick up the rest of our group at the Ferrari facilities. This was a bonus, we got a first hand look at the cars racing all around town. The finale was a wonderful 7 course meal with wine. It was a most excellent tour!
Absolutely the highlight of our trip. Max and Mass were a pleasure. Max gave us just enough info. The 3 stops, Parmiggiano, Prosciutto and Balsamic were both educational and tasty experiences. The added bonus was the split with Ferrari and the Winery. We chose the winery and were not disappointed. Although it was not in operation at the time, our guide was informative and generous with the wine sampling. A lovely afternoon. Lunch again was not disappointing! 3 courses of pasta, with seconds available, a meat course, vegetables and dessert and coffee. Lots of wine and water with dinner leading to potential naps on the way back to the hotel. I would highly recommend. We added Bologna to our trip specifically for this tour, but I would recommend adding an extra day or two to enjoy the city and the many restaurants.
Our guide was so informative. Each location was interesting. The balsamic vinegar is just very moving, so much tradition. We loved it all and then we got to the meal. Oh my goodness, wear stretch pants. It was 3 hours and 6 courses and just wondeful.