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Italy’s Trilogy of Taste – Bologna, Parma & Modena

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$3,698 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
7 days | 6 nights

Discover Emilia Romagna
Italy’s Cultural and Gastronomic Paradise!

Emilia Romagna, home to the cities of Bologna, Parma, and Modena is known as the best food region in Italy. This is partially due to the extraordinary number of products and dishes from Emilia-Romagna that seem to lie in the heart of “Italian” cooking. Home to Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto di Parma, Tortellini, Spaghetti Bolognese, and many other famous dishes. Each region of this gastronomic paradise has remarkable specialties and boasts more world class chefs than any other Italian region. Osteria Francescana, a three star Michelin restaurant holding the title of Best Restaurant in the World, is located in Modena. Your time in this region will be filled with rich, creative and uncompromising experiences. Not only will the charming towns of Bologna, Parma and Modena mesmerize your senses, but you’ll be learning new skills from some of the best chefs in the region.

Italy’s Trilogy of Taste – Bologna, Parma & Modena

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VACATION INCLUSIONS
6 Nights Four-Star Accommodations
Airport or Train Station Transfers
All Meals during Tour
Multi-course Welcome Dinner
Visit to Parmigianino Cheese Factory
Prosciutto di Parma Ham Tour
Traditional Bolognese Cooking Class
Homemade Classic Pasta Class
Vineyard and Winery Tour plus Tasting
Hands-on Antipasto Cooking Class
Visit to Modena
Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale Tour
Guided Bologna Market Tour
Bolognese Farewell Dinner
AVAILABLE DATES
Year Round Based on Your Preferred Travel Dates
SAMPLE ITINERARY
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Day 1
Round Trip Transfers | Traditional Welcome Dinner You will be met at the Bologna International Airport (or Train Station) and taken on a journey through one of the oldest cities in Italy (Bologna) to your home for the next week in Bologna, a city in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. You will have the opportunity to explore one of the most charming cities centers in Italy, exploring your medieval manor-home, and finally sitting down to dine on a delicious multi-course welcome dinner that features some of the finest foods in all of Bologna
Day 2
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items. If long, leisurely breakfasts aren’t your thing, grab a quick bite and take a short morning stroll around Historic Old Town Bologna.
Orchard & Farm Experience | Lunch | Pasta Cooking Class | Dinner After a delicious buffet breakfast you will enjoy a guided visit to a traditional orchard and farm to gather herbs and spices in the fields among the hills of the Emilia Romagna region. These will be the ingredients you will use during your cooking course. After your farm tour and foraging experience, you will meet in the kitchen of the farm’s villa for your first cooking class where you will learn how to make regional pastas, tagliatelle, and tortellini…as well as a ragù sauce. Enjoy what you created for lunch with local wine, topped off with a traditional dessert. This evening you will enjoy dinner back at the hotel.
Day 3
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items. If long, leisurely breakfasts aren’t your thing, grab a quick bite and take a short morning stroll around Historic Old Town Bologna.
Bologna Market Visit | Antipasto Cooking Class| Lunch | Dinner Begin your second cooking class with a visit to the markets where you will gather all the necessary ingredients for your cooking class. Today your cooking class will focus on antipasti (appetizers). Recipes may include Bolognese cotoletta, crescentine (homemade bread), and Modena balsamic vinegar with a Parmesan cheese salad. In the afternoon, visit Bologna, which is known for having an extensive array of food shops that showcase the regional culinary delights, such as cured meats, parmesan cheese, pastas, and much more. Beautiful arcades line the food stands and are a signature architectural beauty of this city. Lunch will consist of the dishes that you helped prepare during your culinary instruction. Dinner this evening will be back at the hotel.
Day 4
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items. If long, leisurely breakfasts aren’t your thing, grab a quick bite and take a short morning stroll around Historic Old Town Bologna.
Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese & Dairy Tour | Lunch | Dinner Following practices that have been passed down for generations, this facility raises their own cows, feeds them only organic feed and vegetables, milk the cows themselves, and then make the cheese by hand. It is unusual in today’s world for cheese producers to raise milk cows onsite, not to mention the organic feed for the cows. The cheese then ages for 2 years before it is sold only locally. Learn how the cheese is produced, and enjoy a sampling of their products during lunch. Dinner will be back at the hotel, and early enough for you to stroll through the historic old town of Bologna.
Day 5
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items. If long, leisurely breakfasts aren’t your thing, grab a quick bite and take a short morning stroll around Historic Old Town Bologna.
Parma Ham & Prosciutto Artisan Tour | Lunch Today you will enjoy a Parma ham and prosciutto artisan tour. Visit a nearby black pig farm to learn about the famous traditional process of salting and curing meat that has been passed down for generations. You will be taught by some of the world’s top experts on Italian cured meats. They make some of the world’s best salumi’s, such as the legendary culateili, a slowly cured boneless ham unlike any other you’ve ever tasted. Enjoy a sampling of locally cured meat with lunch.
Traditional Bolognese Cooking Course | Dinner Today your cooking class will take place in a beautifully restored farmhouse , where you will focus on preparing traditional Bolognese Cuisine using fresh fruit and vegetables gathered and picked from the organic garden. You will learn to incorporate aged meats and cheeses into your cooking, starting by collecting the eggs from the henhouse to make homemade pastas and breads. Yes, you’ll be doing the egg collecting…so dress appropriately! Of course the best part is that you get to dine on your creations for dinner!
Day 6
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items. If long, leisurely breakfasts aren’t your thing, grab a quick bite and take a short morning stroll around Historic Old Town Bologna.
Modena Visit | Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Tour & Tasting | Lunch Modena is located in the heart of the Emilia Romagna Region and is known as the home of the traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. With its beautiful architecture, focus on fine cuisine, and hospital culture, a visit to Modena is not to be missed. Today you will be pampered with a delicious tasting, sampling a variety of Modena’s most popular vinegars. You will have the opportunity to tour a balsamic cellar and learn about the process of aging. Lunch will be enjoyed in Modena.
Vineyard Visit & Wine Tasting | Multi-course Farewell Dinner Today your adventure will take you into the countryside of Parma to learn about the history of Italian cuisine through a dynamic hands-on culinary tour of the vineyards and ancient cellars of Parma. Enjoy a tour of the orchards, vineyards, and vinegar production outside. You will have an opportunity to sample cheeses, meats, and taste the delicate, fruity white wine that is considered the “King of the Bolognese Hills.” Your evening will end with a multi-course farewell dinner at one of the best restaurants in the region.
Day 7
Morning Breakfast Buffet Each morning, relax and enjoy breakfast as you await the day’s activities. The hotel serves a full international buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Savor fresh fruits, yogurts, breads and pastries, as well as cooked items. If long, leisurely breakfasts aren’t your thing, grab a quick bite and take a short morning stroll around Historic Old Town Bologna.
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” Remember, short excursion packages are often available in nearby cities or historic destinations. Should you desire an extension, please let your culinary travel specialist know prior to check-in. Transfers to the airport or train station is provided. May your future travels come from sweet dreams, and create tasty memories!
Art Hotel Commercianti
Your home for the next seven days will be at the Art Hotel Commercianti in the heart of Historic Bologna. Here you will experience the slow-paced, charming atmosphere of the “small capital” of the Emilia Romagna region. The Art Hotel Commercianti enjoys an unbeatable position in the historic centre of Bologna, right next to the majestic Basilica di San Petronio and in a pedestrian area close to Piazza Maggiore square. This charming 3-story hotel is housed in an ancient 12th-century building, which has preserved its authentic character while offering every modern comfort. As a guest you will appreciate the property’s warm, medieval atmosphere, relaxing bar/lounge, and finely decorated rooms combined with the highest standards of service. The upscale rooms feature marble bathroom, free WiFi and satellite TV, plus tea kettles and minibars.
Bologna, Italy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
All prices are quoted in USD. The price quoted on the first page of a tour is always per person, double occupancy.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Our full cancellation policy is stated in the Terms and Conditions when making your reservation. Cancellations with a full refund are allowed up to 31 days or more prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or up to 61 days or more prior to departure for international tours. No refund is allowed 30 days or less prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or 60 days or less prior to departure for international tours.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Should I Purchase Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a Travelex travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228- 9792 and reference location number 06-0248.

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