Exquisite Emilia

Exquisite Emilia offers the chance to soak in the natural beauty of the Apennines (also in thermal baths), marvel at the historical wonders of Bologna, and taste your way through the rich gastronomic traditions of this western slice of the Emilia-Romagna region. Emilia encompasses the provinces of Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Ferrara, as well as the western three-quarters of the central province of Bologna. 


See here for more info on Emilia-Romagna region.


Exquisite Emilia

Dates & Pricing

DATES (7 days) 
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Per person in double occupancy: from $3,590 (from $3,690 in 2025)


Single Supplement: $690 


For travel in 2021 and beyond, your tour is carbon neutral! In addition, we donate more than 1% of your trip price to food-literacy and environmental non-profits that share our values. (Details here)

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 meals (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. See more info here)
  • Gratuities for your Tour Leader. (Info here)
  • Personal expenses, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, laundry, emails, snacks, gifts



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