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Emilia

Ask an Italian, “Are Emilia and Romagna two separate places?” and you’re likely to hear an abstruse, possibly even self-contradictory, response. Technically, Emilia-Romagna is one region. But it’s also two worlds. Hence the confusion. With so much contrast, rich history, and cuisine to absorb, we have opted to take it one world at a time. Romagna may come, but this itinerary centers on the captivating western half of Emilia.

 

About The Emilia Region

 

Emilia is known for its mountains, natural hot springs, high quality of life and world-renowned food and wine. Situated in Italy’s central north, its neighbors are Lombardy to the north, Liguria to the west and Tuscany to the south. It encompasses the provinces of Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Ferrara and the western half of the province of Bologna. (The city of Bologna is considered the east-west line dividing Emilia from Romagna.)

 

Exquisite Emilia

Dates & Pricing

Minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 16, with a maximum guide-to-guest ratio of 1 to 8

 

DATES (7 days) 
For more info, dates and availability please contact us

 

TOUR PRICE 
Per person in double occupancy: from $3,190

 

Single Supplement: $490

 

In addition, we pledge to donate more than 1% of your trip price to food literacy and environmental non profit organizations

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the UNESCO site of Piazza Grande in Modena and the Porticoes of Bologna (currently in the list of UNESCO tentative sites)
  • Visits to local farms, agriturismi, wine, Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and Culatello cured meat makers including a Slow Food Presidium
  • Experience the authentic Emiliana cuisine mixing the local traditional recipes with fresh and seasonal ingredients
  • Enjoy the local sparkling wines such as Lambrusco and Pignoletto
  • Relax in unique, cozy agriturismi or 3- or 4-star hotels distinctively representing the local cultures and traditions
  • Delve into history, traditions and culture in this unique area in north of Italy
  • Explore the Apennines, its natural springs, and discover other historical towns such as Reggio Emilia, Parma and the village of Porretta Terme

What's Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels and agriturismi
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners with either a 3- or 4-course menu
  • Entry fees to Rocchetta Mattei fortress, Farnese theater, Canossa castle and museum, and WWI defensive guard (aka Gothic Line)Visit the UNESCO Site of
  • Modena, the historic towns of Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Parma and the quaint village of Porretta Terme
  • 3 optional hikes & daily walking opportunities in quaint towns & in the Apennines
  • 1 cooking demo and 1 visit and tasting to a local wine maker
  • 1 visit & tasting to Parmigiano Reggiano producer
  • 1 visit & tasting to a Culatello cured meat producer (Slow Food Presidium)
  • 1 visit and tasting to an agriturismo & balsamic vinegar producer
  • Comfortable transportation by 9-seat van for all travel as cited in the itinerary
  • Bilingual, professional Tour Leaders
  • One group transfer to Bologna airport from last hotel
  • Local taxes and gratuities for luggage porters and restaurant servers on tour

What's Not Included

  • 4 lunches and 1 dinner on your own
  • Alcoholic beverages at group dinners (including wine and spirits)
  • Round-trip airfare and expenses to/from the tour
  • Transfer to first hotel in Bologna
  • Trip cancellation, baggage loss or travel delay insurance (this optional coverage is highly recommended and is not provided by Food.Stories.Travel.)
  • Gratuities for your Tour Leader
  • Personal expenses, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, laundry, emails, snacks, gifts

Itinerary

 

Our journey begins in Emilia’s cultural heart and its capital: Bologna. Home to the oldest university in the world, the city is known for music, art and architecture. Under the Etruscans in the sixth century BC, Bologna was called Felsina and was an important urban center for the people of the Po Valley. The Celts followed, and then the Romans who linked it to Liguria and named it the Octava Regio (8th region) of the Empire. The name Emilia derives from the Via Aemilia, the Roman road connecting Rome to northern Italy, which itself was named for the Roman consul Marcus Aemilius Lepidus.

 

We start with an introductory meeting in the lobby of our hotel at 2:00 p.m., followed by a walk in the historic center. Tonight we toast the start of our tour in a local restaurant featuring traditional regional recipes and grapes.

 

To request the Itnerary as a PDF or to ask us any questions please contact us today!

 

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