Great time visiting Parmesan cheese factory, balsamic factory and prosciutto. We are and drank for 10 hours! The guide Alessandro was very funny and the drivers were great in Mercedes minivans. Highly recommended.
Learn about Bologna’s renowned food traditions with 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.
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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It was a great great day. Although I hate early morning start, it worths the effort! We were picked up from our hotel at 07.05 a.m. There were already four fellow guests waiting in the minivan. The driver was very nice and helpful with our...More
We were picked up early from our hotel in a mini van and drove for an hour to a rural cheese factory, where we met our hosts and other guests. Let me say straightaway that Alexandro and Ricardo (sorry for poor spelling gents) are generous...More
Guys, Thank you for an excellent day out on the food tour. I can say Alessandro our guide truly made it a great day. He was very helpful, had a vast knowledge of each location and was on Form with his great sense of humor! ...More