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Full-Day Bologna Food Experience from Florence: Parmigiano Reggiano Factory Visit, Balsamic Vinegar, Wine Tasting and Gourmet Lunch provided by Italian Days Food Experience

Full-Day Bologna Food Experience from Florence: Parmigiano Reggiano Factory Visit, Balsamic Vinegar, Wine Tasting and Gourmet Lunch

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Learn about Bologna’s renowned food traditions on a full-day gourmet tour from Florence by train. A private driver picks you up at the train station in Bologna and brings you to meet artisanal producers of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, traditional balsamic vinegar aged in oak barrels, and prosciutto. Relax over a multi-course lunch complete with wine before returning to Florence.
Highlights
  • Immersive, full-day food experience in Emilia Romagna
  • Meet artisanal producers and taste their products
  • Learn about parmigiano reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto at the source
  • Maximize time with a private driver
What to Expect
First thing in the morning, depart Florence by train for Bologna. Meet your private driver at the Bologna train station and set out for the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory. See all the steps in the production process of Parmigiano Reggiano, an artisan cheese made only in the Emilia Romagna countryside. Witness the morning delivery of milk from local farmers, crafting the curds, and the final aging process. The tour finishes with a Parmigiano Reggiano tasting, including cheese aged 16 to 36 months, alongside a glass of local Lambrusco. The tour continues at a traditional Acetaia, where certified Balsamic Vinegar (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena D.O.P, aged minimum 12 years) is made. An Acetaia is not a factory, but a place where a single family produces small amounts of fine balsamic vinegar using ancient techniques of aging grapes in a series of oak barrels. The tour includes a tasting of balsamic that is 12 years and 25 years old. The next stop is a prosciutto factory in Savigno, a small village in the hills outside Bologna. Taste slices of prosciutto di Modena D.O.P with a glass of local Lambrusco wine. Finally, enjoy an authentic Italian lunch in the countryside at either a traditional trattoria or a certified organic winery. The day finishes with a multi-course lunch paired with local wines. Afterwards, your private driver brings you back to the train station in Bologna.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Santa Maria Novella, Firenze FI, Italy
Duration
11h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast
  • Food tasting
  • Lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan in Bologna
  • Driver/Guide
  • Factories visit as per description
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Please note that you will board your train from Florence independently, your driver will pick you up directly at Bologna train station
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • We keep in all places/Factories and Restaurants the safty distance like requiered.
  • All of our guides have precautions such as gloves and masks as required for the Covid-19.
  • A hand sanitiser, and masks will be available to all our guests.
  • The minivans we use are disinfected as required by law before and after each tour
  • We have limited the tour for 12 people to have the possibility to stay in the right safty distance like required.
  • If you have any symtoms like fever, cough or exhaustion, please advise us suddendly.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Ray C wrote a review Dec 2019
Woodbury, Minnesota61 contributions14 helpful votes
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This tour was so much fun! Ricardo showed us the making of cheese, proscuito and balsamic vinegar and we totally enjoyed! . I will be looking for #DOP now whenever I shop for these products. This tour is amazing and a great day out to enjoy the region and what it has to offer.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Alan F wrote a review Dec 2019
Chicago, Illinois13 contributions
I'm not sure what I can add to the other incredibly positive reviews other than to say we had the same phenomenal experience. Alessandro (not the owner) is a massive part of making the day special. He is insanely witty, entertaining, passionate, and well-educated. I generally
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Date of experience: November 2019
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TX_Sci_Teacher wrote a review Dec 2019
Austin, Texas24 contributions8 helpful votes
This is the food and wine tour you want to take when you're in Italy. It is 10 hours of tasting amazing DOP products, learning how they get made in the presence of the makers, and drinking delicious local wine. If you enjoy food or any of the netflix food specials, take this
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Date of experience: November 2019
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NX211 wrote a review Dec 2019
Atlanta3 contributions
Look, this many rave reviews can't be wrong...just book this...you will not regret it. This was a phenomenal experience. If you are a lover of cheese, wine, meat and fun, this is the tour for you. My husband and I took the very early train from Florence and we were met at the
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Date of experience: November 2019
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143jim wrote a review Nov 2019
Mississauga, Ontario2 contributions
I’m not one to write many reviews but I have to say this was fantastic. We had an early morning train from Florence to get to the tour but it was very much worth it. The cheese factory was amazing, learned, saw and tasted so much!! Balsamic, so fun and educational. Prosciutto
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emmasR1736BP
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Fantastic foodie tour
We had another tour unexpectedly cancel last minute due to lack of numbers and therefore booked this experience whi
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765natalied
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BEST FOOD TOUR EVER!
I still think about this food tour, years later. I’ve lived in and toured around Italy (as well as many other amazi
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jcolivier
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Worth Every Penny!
My college roommates and I went to Italy for our 50th birthdays. We were so excited for our food tour in Bologna an
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vinotemp
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BEST FOOD TOUR EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
We took the train to Bologna to do this tour since it was HIGHLY recommended to us by my niece. From the moment we
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dianeluvshiking
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A Fun Day Of Food
Such a fun day exploring the foods of Bologna! First we were picked up promptly, first thing in the morning (the s
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MikefromKentucky
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Attention Foodies: At the end of the tour,
in the late afternoon you get a really delightful locally cooked meal. Visits to the prosciutto, parmigiano, and ba
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Sfox90
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Amazing from start to finish
This tour was the highlight of our trip I honestly can't think of a single thing that could be improved upon. Our t
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80andim
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Excellent Bologna Food Tour
Excellent tour of Parmesan, balsamic vinegar and prochutio makers. Meet the cows who milk makes the cheese! Excelle
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MF40
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Great tour
Highly recommend this tour. Early start to see the cheese making in progress. Then onto the balsamic family home wh
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FoodieAB
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Best Food Tour Ever!!
If we could leave more than five stars we would. The tour was a highlight not only of this trip to Italy but of sev
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Betsy Z
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Best food tour experience!
Parmigiana reggiano, balsamic, prosciutto, lambrusca all day, an amazing lunch, tons of laughs, this tour had it al
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gypsybythezea
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Definitely worth it
It starts a bit early but it’s totally worth it. One of the best experiences I had in Italy. It was a great, fun to
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714harryf
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A truly amazing tour
If you ever wondered how cheese, prosciutto or balsamic vinegar was made this is the tour. Our guide was Riccardo a
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Joseph C
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Esperienza di tour eccezionale
From the time the driver picked us up early in the morning to when he dropped us off late afternoon, we were blown
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amylboom
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Even better than expected, and I expected a lot
I read the reviews and I thought 'OK, it must be good, but it can't be THAT good' but indeed it is. It's difficult
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