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

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$3,998 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
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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 HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
6 Nights Four-Star Accommodations
Airport or Train Station Transfers
All Meals During Tour
Multi-Course Welcome Dinner
Visit to Parmigianino Cheese Factory
Traditional Pasta Classics Class
Hands-on Italian Dessert Making Class
Traditional Bolognese Pasta Class
Parma-ham Tasting Experience
Traditional Aceto Balsamico Tour
Guided Bologna Market Tour & Wine Tasting
Bolognese Farewell Dinner
AVAILABLE DATES
Year Round Based on Your Preferred Travel Dates
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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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.
Traditional Pasta Classics Cooking Class After a delicious buffet breakfast you will meet your culinary instructor who will take you into their own home to learn how to make traditional Bolognese pasta. An Italian culinary experience cannot be more authentic! For your first cooking class where you will learn how to make a few of the regional pastas such as tagliatelle, tortellini, passateli, and lasagna. Enjoy your delicious culinary creations for lunch with local wine. This evening you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant near to your 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.
Parmigianino Factory Visit | Aceto Balsamic Tour | Parma-ham Tasting Today you will have an incredibly rich day filled with culinary experiences unique to this region of Italy. Your morning will begin with a guided tour of the Parmigianino factory where you will learn about how one of Italy’s most famous products is prepared. We will learn about the intensive aging process the cheese undergoes before it’s ready for consumption. As part of the experience you’ll even get to sample some of their aging products! After your factory visit, we will depart for the acetaia – a traditional family-owned farmhouse where we will see and sample traditional balsamic from Modena. This certified ‘black gold’ undergoes an extensive aging process in order to make it the ingredient we know and love. Following our visit to the acetaia we will visit one of the best prosciutto factories in the region to sample some of the delicious cured and aged product. 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.
Traditional Bolognese Pasta Class After a delicious buffet breakfast you will begin your cooking class and learn how to make traditional Bolognese pasta. For your second cooking class of the experience you will learn how to make a few of the regional pastas such as tortellini and tortelloni along with the popular balanzoni. Enjoy your delicious culinary creations for lunch with local wine. In the afternoon, explore 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. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant near your hotel.
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.
Guided Bologna Market Tour & Wine Tasting After a delicious buffet breakfast you will begin your culinary odyssey of Bologna. You will visit a number of the famous markets in the city, including one of the oldest food markets in Italy. You will receive insider tips and insights from your culinary guide as you sample your way through this delightful experience. You’ll visit a traditional Italian bakery, a delicious chocolate shops, and even a gelato shop during your experience. As you wander from shop to shop experiencing the culinary delights these local purveyors of Bologna have to offer, you’ll have the opportunity to taste distinct regional wine all throughout. After your culinary odyssey, you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner near your hotel
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.
Hands-on Italian Dessert Making Class After a delicious buffet breakfast you will explore the world of traditional Italian (specifically Emilian) desserts. During this hands-on experience, you’ll learn how to craft the perfect blend of sweet and savory desserts in addition to Italian soup and other delights. We will enjoy our creations for lunch before enjoying our last free evening in the beautiful city of Bologna.
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.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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