Bologna Stay-Put-Tour 8 Day Italian Food, Wine & Motorcars
June 9 - 16, 2016
7 nights 4 star hotel in Bologna
All Breakfasts and Dinners
Food tour with tastings at Producers: Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar & Prosciutto
Lunch with wine in Countryside
Ducati Motors & Ferrari Tour
Sightseeing Bologna, Ravenna & Faenza
Optional cooking Class
Fran’s famous Cocktail Parties
$1899* Land Only
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Shaped like a wedge of its Parmesan Cheese, the region of Emilia-Romagna is a food lover’s paradise. Rich in every sense – historical, cultural, economic and gastronomic -the area is bounded on one side by the Apennines and on the other by the immensely fertile plains of the Po valley.
Slideshow of Fran's 2015 Tour
ITINERARY Day 1: Arrival Arrival at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport and transfer by private motor coach to your hotel: Aemila Hotel, where you will be staying for the next 7 nights. The hotel is located in Bologna center, a few step from the monumental area. Enjoy welcome cocktails and a delicious three course dinner at the hotel. Welcome to Italy!!
Day 2: Discover Bologna After breakfast at the hotel we will visit the city of Bologna. Bologna is the capital of this prosperous region of Italy: Emilia Romagna. Not yet contaminated by mass tourism, the city is the ideal choice for cultural interludes as well as leisure activities and relaxation. Bologna has a number of nicknames: la dotta (the learned) for its ancient university, la rossa (the red) for the warm color of its roofs and houses, and la grassa (the fat) for the wonderful food. We will have an orientation tour of the town to see the highlights: Piazza Maggiore, St. Petronius Basilica, St. Stephens’ square, towers and the tower houses, the Archiginnasio Palace, first seat of Bologna university, the most ancient in world. We will stroll also the colored medieval food market ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Bologna
Day 3: The Food Valley Today we will assist to the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese production. Parmigiano-Reggiano is strictly bound to its place of origin. The secret of such goodness originates in the place of origin, in the natural feed, and in the high quality milk with no additives. The verb “to make” is absolutely correct in this case because Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is not just manufactured, but “it is made” today as it was made eight centuries ago. The visit to the diary will be followed by a tasting. After this first visit we will get to SAvignano sul Panaro to visit a Prosciutto Producer. One of the earliest references to ham production in our region appeared about 100 BC in the writings of Cato, who described the practice of burying pork legs in barrels filled with salt. The meat was then dried and smoked. As the process of making air-cured Ham was refined, the smoking step was discontinued. During classical times, hams from the region were one of the delicacies featured on banquet tables. Our visit at the producer’s will conclude with a delicious Prosciutto tasting. The tour will continue with the visit to a traditional balsamic vinegar producer. Known since the Roman time, it is produced by the natural fermentation an acetification of cooked grape must and aged in small casks made of different kinds of precious woods. The minimum age for the traditional balsamic vinegar is 12 minimum years, but we will also taste the 25 years old one! Lunch will be served in a family run restaurant and it will be based on traditional specialties and accompanied by local wines. Your guide will tell you the secrets of the dishes served and their recipes.~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Bologna
Day 4: Ravenna, the capital of mosaics Legend has it that the Byzantines were a fabulous and mysterious people, qualities that certainly also apply to one of their main cities – Ravenna, the former capital of the Western Empire. Ravenna is a European "superstar" city which attracts visitors from the four corners of the world thanks to its unparalleled Byzantine mosaics with complex allegorical meanings. With our expert step guide we will visit the Mausoleum of Galla Placida which has the earliest mosaic scheme in Ravenna (mid-5th century, with 4th-century interiors), San Vitale’s Basilica, the the Neonian Baptistery with superlative early Christian mosaics, and St. Apollinare Nuovo. There will be free time for lunch on own and shopping. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Bologna
Day 5: The Land of Motors Emilia Romagna land of motors is not a catchphrase!!! The giants of manufacturing have made Italy mechanical history are all concentrated along the Via Emilia. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity takes you to motor sports’ sacred ground. You will learn about the producers, the car and motorcycle museums and visit the world's most beautiful and precious collections of veteran cars and motorcycles. Our first stop will be the Ducati Museum. Located at the Ducati factory head quarters, the 1,000 sq/mt Ducati Museum highlights 50 years of race track heritage. Adjacent to the factory and the celebrated Fiorano test track, the Ferrari Museum traces the history and heritage of arguably the world’s premier marque. The museum features multimedia displays, exhibits, trophies – and, of course, Ferraris. The cars range from the single-seater in which Froilan Gonzalez won Ferrari’s first world championship in 1951 to the latest all-conquering F1 car used by Michael Schumacher. At the end of the visit we will drive around the Ferrari Plant, to see the Wind Tunnel and the Fiorano test track. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Bologna
Day 6: Faenza & Dozza: ceramics and wines We will visit the beautiful town of Faenza known for its manufacture of majolica ware glazed earthenware pottery, named "faience" after the name of the town. The origins of Faenza's ceramics date back many centuries; today, they are still very important as an expression of handicraft and industry. In the Middle Ages, the town became an important ceramics production centre, thanks to the nature of its soil, which is rich in day, and to its geographical position. This made it a meeting point between the cultures of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. Strolling through the city center we will have the opportunity to enter various ceramic workshops where we will see the artists at work. We will also visit a winery estate and enjoy a Sangivese wine tasting. We will then reach Dozza, which is considered one of the most typical medieval hamlet of the Apennines mountains between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, both for its preserved aspect and surrounding landscape. Vines and little hills, actually, frame the ancient village with the Sforza fortress on its top. Its foundations date back to the Bronze Age but the XV century corresponds to its flowering time, since Caterina Sforza, the heiress of the property after the ruling of the Alidosi family, renewed the building and provided the citadel with defensive walls. After her, the feud was given to the Malvezzi and Campeggi families after a very small period of Borgia's domain. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Bologna
Day 7: Day at leisure or Optional Cooking Class Enjoy a free day for shopping, relax and private investigation. Or enjoy a real cookery class. After breakfast we will get to San Chierlo a hamlet on Bologna Hills where we will meet a Bolognese “sfogliana” and start our cooking class. The activity will be organized in four different moments: Welcome and introduction – We will be welcomed by our expert cook who will give you an introduction on the history of the handmade pasta and the region traditional recipes. A welcome coffee will be served. Pasta making demonstration - With skill and patience and a magic touch the “sfoglina” will teach us the secrets of making and rolling out the pasta. As a kind of magic tortellini, tagliatelle and lasagna will appear! This is your turn! - We will be provided with a pasta board, a rolling pin and fresh ingredients and will try yourself what you’ve been shown! Mamma mia che fame! And finally it’s time to have lunch! Lunch will be served after the cookery class. Before lunch we will have the opportunity to visit the winery of the estate and enjoy a wine tasting in the property cellars. ~ Breakfast & Dinner at your hotel in Bologna
Day 8: Departure Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Bologna airport for the flight home.
* All Sightseeing subject to changes*
*Prices are per person, Land only, double occupancy. Minimum of 20 passengers required, subject to availability. Prices tips of $120 for Driver, guide & Waiters. Single Supplement $450