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Experience Motorvalley, Italy with Italy Vacation Specialists
Countryside around Bertinoro

Fast Cars and Fine Food in Emiglia Romagna Northern Italy with Optional Pre and Post Tours in Florence and Venice Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01627
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 7 days
  • Departs from : Bologna
  • Meeting Place : Central location in Bologna

Description

Explore northern Italy, arguably the land where speed was born, on this epic 8 day journey through Emilia Romagna. 

Indulge your passion for fast cars with visits to: 
  • Lamborghini Museum, Bologna
  • Maserati Showroom, Modena
  • Ferrari Museum, Maranello
  • Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena

Taste the best of what this region offers in terms of food & wine. 

You will learn to cook and have the opportunity to taste the following specialties from Emilia Romagna:
  • fresh pasta including tortellini and lasagne
  • Parma ham
  • balsamic vinegar
  • real parmesan cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • local wines including Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese blends

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Welcome to Bologna

Where we visit :
Meeting Location : Central location in Bologna
On arrival in Bologna airport guests will be met by one of our representatives at the airport and
privately transferred to downtown Bologna. Once in the historic centre, guests will be shown to their
accommodation, a modern, centrally located hotel with splendid rooftop terrace.
Depending on flight arrival time the day can be spent either on a walking or bike or even segway
tour of the city. In the case of afternoon arrival guests can enjoy a typical aperitivo, as well as dinner
in one of Bologna’s best restaurants serving fresh homemade pasta.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 2 - Bologna La Dotta, La Grassa e La Rossa!

Where we visit : Bologna
On the first full day in Bologna guests will be picked up after breakfast and taken on a private
walking tour of Bologna’s historic centre, taking in the sights and sounds of the local indoor and
outdoor markets, climbing the Asinelli tower that overlooks the whole city and visiting the
Anatomical Theatre, amongst other cultural and historic delights.
In the afternoon the focus changes to culinary, and a cooking class where guests will be taught to
make some of Bologna’s most iconic dishes, including tortellini and lasagne, will be held. Guests can
participate as much, or as little as they want in the course, as the end goal of the lesson is of course
MANGIARE (to eat!) and BERE (to drink!) a variety of local specialities.
Meals : Breakfast, Cooking Class
 

Day 3 - Wine Tasting in the hills of Modena

Where we visit : Modena
After breakfast, guests will be picked up from their hotel and taken to Castelvetro, a beautiful hill
town just an hour’s drive away from Bologna. Here they will take a tour of a local winery and try
Lambrusco Grasparossa DOP wine. After learning about this fascinating wine-making process and
strolling through the gorgeous vineyards that surround the winery, guests can enjoy a lunch of local
cold cuts, cheeses and breads, as well as fantastic wine, of course!
 
Meals : Breakfast, Wine Tasting
 

Day 4 - Foodie Day: Parmesan and Balsamic Vinegar

Where we visit : Modena
On the fourth day of the tour, guests will visit a local dairy and see how parmesan cheese is made
and why we must fight to call the real-deal Parmigiano Reggiano. I won’t spoil the secret…
After the tour there will be a tasting of this fine cheese in its various stages of maturation and the
chance to buy vacuum sealed products to take home with you.

In the afternoon another local speciality, balsamic vinegar, will become star of the show. Guests will
have the opportunity to visit an artisan producer and see how this ‘balsam of the gods’ is made and
slowly aged over decades before finally being bottled and sold. After the tour of the cellar, there will
be a tasting session with local cold cuts, cheeses, fruits and other fine food pairings.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 5 - Modena's Historic Centre

Where we visit :
This day will start with a walking tour of Modena and its Unesco World Heritage Site
historic centre. The first part of the tour will take in the best parts of this culturally rich town, the birthplace of Luciano Pavarotti, and ends with a trip to the covered market that was made famous by US TV show Master of None. Lunch in the market with more fresh pasta, deli meats, local cheese and fine wine is the perfect way to
split up the day after all that sightseeing.

In the afternoon guests can enjoy a trip to both the Enzo Ferrari museum and the Maserati Showroom in
Modena and the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, getting a sneak peak into the factory and how the
cars are made too. After the tours real petrolheads can take a test drive of an Italian luxury supercar
of their choosing on the original test track in Maranello.

After a busy day of sightseeing and fast cars, guests can enjoy dinner in a local Modenese fine-dining
restaurant.
Meals : Not applicable
 

Day 6 - Lamborghini: Masterpieces of Engineering

Where we visit :
On this day guests will go on a tour of the Lamborghini Factory and learn more about how these
masterpieces of engineering are built.

In the afternoon we will take a visit to a local winery in the hills between Bologna and Modena,
where a rich, full-bodied local red wine, Sangiovese DOP, is produced. Guests will also have the
chance to try carefully crafted Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blends. Lunch in the winery and a
tour of its elegant estate will complete this unique experience.
Meals : Not applicable
 

Day 7 - Parma: Romanesque architecture and world famous produce

Where we visit :
On the last day of the gems of Emilia Romagna tour, guests will be picked up by their driver and
taken to Parma. This small city less than an hour north of Modena boasts what is probably the
world’s most famous ham: Prosciutto di Parma. On a walking tour of the town, we will take in the
National Gallery, with works by Da Vinci and Barbieri, and the stunning Romanesque Parma
Cathedral and Baptistery to name but a few glorious sights. After that guests will have built up and
appetite and so the foodie part of the day begins! There will be a visit to the famous Enoteca
Fontana, serving up excellent wines and meat and cheese platters. What else in Emilia Romagna?
Meals : Not applicable

Map

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. Wine and Olive Oil Tastings
  2. Wine Estate Visit
  3. Visit to Ferrari museums
  4. Visit to Maserati showroom

What's Not Included

  1. Gratuities of any type
  2. Meals not mentioned in the program
  3. Optional excursions during your tour
  4. Luxury car test drive

Sites and Locations Visited on this Tour

Pricing & Availability

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