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“Great Country Tour With Good Lessons”
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Emilian Land Tour
Ranked #17 of 51 Tours in Bologna
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Owner description: We propose food and wine tours to help people discover the Emilian lands. We'd like that our visitors appreciate our cuisine, our wines and our historic towns.We propose tour guided in a factory of parmesan cheese, a factory of balsamic vinegar and a emiliana typical wine cellar.
Reviewed 26 September 2011

The tour we took with this company was great. We ended up seeing a Parmigiano-Reggiano farm, a Prosciutto producer, and Balsamic Vinaigrette producer. It was beautiful at the Balsamic Vinaigrette vineyard and it was absolutely a very neat seeing all of the processes behind making each of these products. We also had a great traditional lunch that was not only deliciuos but also very filling. The price was reasonable for a private tour and we even were able to ask for particular stops we wanted to see with ease. The company was very willing to work with you to customize the tour. Don't let what seems like limited option on the page deter you. That is the baseline options but you can customize.

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Reviewed 21 September 2011

This is the best full day tour of the Emilia-Romagna food region! We absolutely loved it and it was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy!

The tour guide Morgan speaks perfect English and is a wonderful host. Him and the driver picked up from the hotel in Bologna and first took us to a real, authentic, small and family-run Parmigiano Reggiano dairy farm to see how this cheese is made. I was very impressed by the fact that the dairy farmer was actually waiting for us to arrive so that we can witness the process from the beginning to the end. It was an awesome experience (and the cheese tasting was fun too!).

Afterwards we went to a local balsamic vinegar farm to see how it's made from grapes and how the barrels aging process works. We were lucky that it was harvest time so we even got to see the grapes being pressed. Next stop was lunch and this is where the guide impressed us once more. It'd be very tempting to take us to some cheap place to save on cost, but instead Morgan took us to a wonderful local restaurant for a 5-course meal with wine! Needless to say, we were stuffed and the food was amazing.

The last stops on the tour was a little medieval village with views and then a vineyard owned by a super fun and friendly local wine maker. He took us through the wine making process and then invited us for tasting and some more food on a hill top with spectacular views of the areas and villages around.

It was a great day and I would recommend Emilian Land Tour agency to anyone travelling to Italy. The service was A+ and the cost was also very respectable especially when compared to some of the other options in the area and given the fact that it was a private tour (just us two and the guide & driver).

3  Thank DomCanada
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

The day of the tour was probably the best in the week we spent in Emilia-Romagna. We visited a small Parmigiano-reggiano dairy-farm, a balsamic vinegar producer and a Parma ham producer and we had a delicious and very abundant lunch with typically Emilian dishes in a small town near Bologna. We enjoyed meeting and talking to the real people who produce Parmigiano cheese and prosciutto and balsamic vinegar. We were really impressed with the love and pride with which they explained about their products and work. It's not very often that you get to meet someone who has been doing the same work for such a long time (Cesare, at the dairy farm has been making parmesan cheese for 38 years!) and still talk about it smiling and proud of the high quality of the product. Also, you understand how these products are made and why they taste so great and why they are unique.
The organisation of the tour was perfect, were were picked up by car at exactly the appointed time and our guide, Morgan was very, very helpful and knowledgeable and kind and a perfect companion. Actually, after the tour, we thought we got much more than what we paid for. Overall, we got the feeling that we saw some of the real Emilia-Romagna, which a lot of tourists miss unfortunately . Also, both our children enjoyed the tour, and that is a very difficult task to achieve because it's hard to please a 16-year old and a 7-year old at the same time.
I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Bologna. It is an experience we will definitely remember!

3  Thank Dori12
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

My wife and I, we were in July at Bologna, and we had decided on a gastronomic tour with "Emilian land."
it was a wonderful experience, our translator Morgan competent and friendly, with Nicola, the driver took us to see how you work in a real farm parmigiano cheese, then we went to a tasting of vinegar and we have great balsamic vinegar (we bought 30 years ago).
After we went to eat at the restaurant by Michael, very good and nice, and we have never eaten so well.
Tortellini are great!!
If you go to Bologna, it's to do experience.
Thanks guys for the great day.

Thank Tobia K
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

If you'd like to be shown around the Bologna/Emilia region by locals who have a deep knowledge of the history of the region, enthusiasm for its artisanal foods and appreciation of Ferrari's, this is the tour for you!

We customized a 2 day visit by e-mail before arrival, and they were able to accommodate everyone's interests.

On Day One we watched artisanal parmesan cheese being made (unbelievable texture and taste, under the proud eye of Cesare, the cheese-maker), tasted and sniffed great DOP balsamic vinegar, ate a delicious and over-abundant lunch, and visited a winery. Also visited hill-top medieval villages in the area, and learnt their local history.

Day Two included the Ducati factory(most interesting since you tour the actual production lines), Ferrari museum, and to balance off the day, Modena's grand Romanesque cathedral (UNESCO heritage site).

Favorite quotes:
"I know it says 'privato' but I know the priest..."
"My 85 year old grandmother comes with her friends, they make the tortellini and talk about death..."

Highly recommended.

4  Thank MsAS_LB
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