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Small-Group Italian Food and Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Bologna

  • 8-hour tour of food-and-wine factories with tastings and a 6-course Italian lunch
  • Visit four local production factories for Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, and wine
  • Sample four food and wine tastings at the factories
Small-Group Italian Food and Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Bologna
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Bologna is the largest city in Northern Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, and it just so happens to be the perfect place to familiarize yourself with Italian cuisine. On this 8-hour tour, visit boutique producers of prosciutto, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, and wine, and savor four different samples of food and wine along the way. After you’ve worked up an appetite at each producer’s grounds, head over to a family-run restaurant for a 6-course Italian lunch, including house-made pasta and local wines.

What to Expect

Depending on the option you chose at checkout, get picked up from your hotel in Bologna at 8am, the train station at 8:15am, or the airport at 8:30am.

Listen to your guide's commentary as you travel in an air-conditioned minivan to your first stop — a local Parmesan cheese factory. Tour the production area, go through the steps of making Parmesan cheese, and step into the aging room where you can see some 30,000 cheese wheels. You'll also get a chance to sample authentic cheeses of different ages.

Continue on to your next stop, a prosciutto producer. Salt cellars, rest cellars, hot rooms, and aging rooms are all on the agenda here. After an inside look, taste prosciutto from the producer accompanied by wine.

Hop back in the minivan until you reach the boutique balsamic vinegar producer that’s third on your itinerary. Journey down to the cellars, where more than 1,000 barrels of Italy’s true treasure is stored, along with an ancient batch from 1870 that belonged to the owner’s great grandfather. Try some of the balsamic vinegar while you learn family recipes and secrets.

Make your way to a local winery, and walk through the beautiful vineyards with the sommelier. Taste some of the popular drink choices with input from this wine connoisseur. Then, end with a visit to a family-run restaurant in the area. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a 6-course gourmet lunch, including house-made pasta and local wine.

Get dropped off at your hotel or selected end destination after lunch.

Reviews (29)
1 - 5 of 12 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fabulous Day!

I was travelling solo and decided to join this tour (which also included those who did the Ferrari Museum). It was such a great day out, visiting factories and sampling parmesan, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar in the Emilia Romagna area. I purchased parmesan and 30...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cindy R
OlgaArena, Co-founder at Amazing Italy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Cindy, Thank you so much for your 5-star feedback about our Yummy Italy Tour! We are very happy to know that you enjoyed the tastings of Parmigiano cheese, Prosciutto, Balsamic Vinegar and wine! We hope to see you again soon in Bologna for more...More

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Caution, Food Coma ahead!

Too say wow about this tour is an understatement. Do you like Parmessian Reggiano? Are you a Prosciutto lover? Do you know what real Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modeno is? Learn to not trust unless you see DOP on the label! Alessandro was our tour...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 648thomasf
Reviewed 27 July 2018
Got to see the best foods being made, Maybe too much ferrari?

This is a hands-on, up close and personal tour to see how some of the best food in the world is made. Stand right next to the workers at the parmigiano factory pulling the fresh cheese out of the copper pots as the water from...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Adam B
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile
Food and Ferrari

Boarding the clean mini van (with WiFi and power outlet) we knew immediately that we were in for a fun filled day of exploring Emilia Romana. Our guide Adrea was a book of knowledge. So informative on each of out stops. We visited working factories...More

2  Thank Pia B
Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile
Best day ever!

HIGHLY highly recommend this tour if you love Italian cheese and ham and food in general!!! We went to 3 wonderful producers of parmiggiano reggiano, prosciutto, and balsamico with a generous tasting of the products (with wine!) at the end of each visit. I opted...More

2  Thank ayjabreu
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27 June 2018|
Response from amandacutter | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was Boni on the culinary tour... but, we also went on our own another day and toured Acetaia Sereni which was awesome.
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