Emilia-Romagna Meet the locals

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Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

1. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

Take a classic walking tour through the streets of the Bologna city center. With this guided tour, discover the history of Bologna and its major cultural attractions. Make stops at the Asinelli tower, Neptune fountain, and the Basilica of San Petronio. Meet your guide and walk through the city streets admiring the architecture and discovering the most-famous cultural attraction. See the towers of Bologna and marvel at their height and significance. Then, stroll through the Quadrilatero Market, and learn important historical facts. Make a wish at the Neptune fountain and see if it comes true. Then, gaze at the Basilica of San Petronio, as your guide shares its story and welcomes you into the city of Bologna.

From Parma: Parmigiano and Parma Ham Guided Food Tour

2. From Parma: Parmigiano and Parma Ham Guided Food Tour

Visit a traditional Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and learn the secrets of one of the most celebrated ingredients of Italy. Watch the cheese makers at work and taste some cheese with honey and local wine. See how the cheese – protected by the EU – is still produced following traditional methods. Watch the cheese makers pull the product from the milk vats and visit the shaping and salting rooms before going to the stagionatura where the cheese is aged. Savor the sight and smell of thousands of wheels of cheese. Then, taste the delicious cheese with some honey and local wine. After the cheese factory take a short drive to the Parma ham factory. Go to the cellar branding area and see where the meat is cooled, salted, and rested. Taste cold cuts with local wines. Visit an organic Parma ham farm and meet the producer. Finally, taste delicious Parma ham paired with a glass of Malvasia.

From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

3. From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Situated on the Monte Guardia, the Sanctuary connects to the city center through the longest continuous portico in the world, made up of 666 arcades. At the meeting point, you'll receive a map and a timetable of the return train, which is available every 45 minutes. You’ll also receive a voucher for the food tasting.  This tour departs every day and will help you discover the city from aboard the San Luca Express train, where the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you about the city until your arrival at the Basilica of San Luca. Here, you can visit the Basilica at your own pace and decide what time to return by consulting the schedules on the map. On board, you will find a member of staff who'll welcome you and provide any information you may require. When you return, you will get to taste typical products in one of the historical markets.

From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

4. From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

Embark on a unique gastronomic journey in Emilia-Romagna. Take guided tours of a dairy factory, a local winery, and a vinegar production site. See how Parmigiano Reggiano is made, and enjoy a typical lunch. Get picked up at your accommodation in Bologna, and enjoy a scenic drive through Emilia-Romagna. Discover the production phases of 3 renowned products of excellence and their role in the Italian culture: wine, Parmigiano Reggiano, and the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. Enjoy 3 guided tours with food and wine tasting directly from the producers. Enjoy a tasty lunch with typical products at the end of the tours.

Parma: Traditional Food Tour

5. Parma: Traditional Food Tour

With this gastronomic tour in Parma you can immerse yourself in the local gastronomic culture accompanied by a local expert, a person who lives here and who knows all the secrets and curiosities about the area. You will discover local restaurants and the most hidden places, frequented only by locals. Come and taste some of the most famous dishes of the Emilia- Romagna tradition and immerse yourself in the culinary and cultural traditions of this beautiful city. Some of the possible tastings on this tour include: a board of cold cuts, Parmigiano cheese, and glass of wine; Tortelli (egg pasta filled with differents ingredients); Carciofa (a delicious and cheesy quiche; Bomba di riso (a rice timbale seasoned with a meat sauce; and Tigelle, prepared with a mixture of flour, lard, yeast, and water (typically stuffed with salami). You can also try a Duchessa cake – the typical Sunday dessert for local families, and enjoy a Caffè espresso – the only way to end a meal in Italy.

Modena: Balsamic Vinegar “Aceto” Tasting Experience

6. Modena: Balsamic Vinegar “Aceto” Tasting Experience

Enjoy 1-hour full-immersion experience discovering the history and the tradition of the famous “Black Gold” of Modena. Meet your expert guide who will welcome you and show you the techniques and secrets of a vital cooking ingredient used in kitchens across the world.  At the end of the tour, taste some authentic balsamic vinegar of Modena, accompanied by some local food products and local wine.

Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli Entrance Ticket & Food Tasting

7. Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli Entrance Ticket & Food Tasting

Take in the incredible views from the tallest leaning medieval tower in the world, built between 1109 and 1119. The panoramic view from the Torre degli Asinelli will take your breath away.  After the tower visit, enjoy a food tasting of Bologna's typical products in the city center.

Modena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

8. Modena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

A private tour of two hours to discover Modena: a city famous for its historic center with Unesco's sites, for its gastronomy, for the engines, and for the friendliness of its inhabitants. Pleasant in every season, Modena offers visitors extraordinary beauties, all concentrated in its graceful historic center, which recount the splendor of a city for a long time the capital of a duchy, that of the Lords of Este, who resided here since 1598. Unesco has recognized the universal value of its treasures by declaring the Duomo, Piazza Grande and the Ghirlandina Tower World Heritage Sites. Discover these great architectural beauties with our certified tour guide.

Bologna: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

9. Bologna: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Bologna: Pasta & Tiramisu Cooking Class at Local Home

10. Bologna: Pasta & Tiramisu Cooking Class at Local Home

Learn the secrets of Bologna’s most famous pasta dishes and tiramisu in a local home, and then taste the fruits of your labor for lunch or dinner accompanied by regional wines. During a private cooking lesson from a friendly local host, learn how to prepare 2 distinctive pasta recipes and a tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your expert cesarina host will reveal the tricks of the trade behind these iconic dishes during a fun and informative experience.  Challenge yourself by putting your cooking skills to the test and impress your friends and family once home with a delicious Italian meal.

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4.7 / 5

based on 606 reviews

Very knowledgeable guide, enjoyed walking leisurely as information was given. All questions were answered, Elena was very friendly snd an excellent guide!

Absolutely fantastic food tour. Alessia was amazing and so informative. We were so lucky to have a private tour with our group of 4!!

Our hosts were amazing! Welcoming, friendly and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend!

Gracious hosts with lots of family history and heritage to share. The food was fantastic.

It is obvious Gabby loves sharing Italian culture. she is flexible and kind and fun.