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From Verona: Full-Day Italian Food & Wine Tour

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If you have a passion for food and wine and a craving to learn, you’ve come to the right place. Come and experience the finest Italian products all in 1 day. Visit boutique producers of prosciutto, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and wine.
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Duration: 13 hours
Starting time 6:50 AM
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  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your licensed guide on this small group tour
  • Visit local producers of Parmesan cheese, prosciutto ham and balsamic vinegar
  • Visit a winery estate
  • Enjoy a traditional 4-course lunch with wine
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One of the best ways to experience Italy is through its cuisine, and Bologna is a particularly rich region in this regard. You will be picked up from your hotel, train station or airport in a comfortably air-conditioned minibus with free Wi-Fi and complimentary water on-board. Your guide will be extremely knowledgeable and fun. You will learn about the process of making the food and get a close look at how things are made. You'll meet and engage with local food artisans and fellow food lovers. Your first stop will be the Parmesan cheese producer. Parmesan is made today as it was 8 centuries ago, using the same typical and genuine ingredients and the skill and knowledge of cheese masters. You will tour the production area to assist the cooking of the milk and the birth of the 'King of the Cheeses.' Then, visit the dripping room with the Parmesan molds, the salt room, the hot room and finally, the Parmesan heaven. Step into an amazing aging room where you'll admire around 30,000 Parmesan cheese wheels. At the end of your visit, savor authentic Parmiggiano-Reggiano of different ages.

Your day will continue with a tour of the family run Prosciutto producer. One of the earliest references to ham production in the 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 aging 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 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 for the exclusive use of the kings and emperors, it 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 date back to 1870 and belonged to the owner's great grandfather. You will taste this special traditional balsamic vinegar and learn family recipes and secrets.

Before lunch, tour the most important winery of the area and walk through beautiful vineyards with the winery's sommelier and enjoy a wine tasting. Your tour will conclude with a delicious 6-course gourmet lunch accompanied by a selection of local wines served in family run restaurant on the hills. Your guide and driver will drop you off at your hotel at the end of the day with wonderful memories.
  • High speed train tickets with reservation Verona/ Bologna/ Verona (round trip, 2nd class)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan with professional driver
  • Free Wi-Fi and complimentary water on-board
  • Service of a private licensed tour guide
  • Parmesan cheese producer with tasting
  • Visit to a traditional balsamic vinegar producer with tasting
  • Prosciutto producer with tasting
  • Visit to a winery estate with tasting
  • Traditional 6-course Italian lunch in a family run restaurant with wine included
  • Gift
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

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Meeting point

You will receive train tickets by email. Your guide will meet you at 07:42 in the lobby of the Starhotels Excelsior Bologna Hotel, Viale Pietramellara 51 across Bologna Centrale railway station, exit Piazza Medaglie d’Oro.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• This tour is family-friendly
• Vegetarian option available
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Product ID: 85011