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Small Group Gourmet Day Trip from Florence with Bologna Food Tour, Modena Balsamic & Parmesan-Making Experiences

Immerse yourself in the rich cuisine of the one the hidden gem of Central Italy, the region of Emilia Romagna. On this leisurely day trip, you’ll try two of Italy’s most famous foods at their source - parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar - enjoy a gourmet light lunch on the farm, then head to the foodie city of Bologna to try local specialties, like mortadella, the gourmet inspiration for Baloney.

Meet your expert foodie guide and small group of no more than 15 people in Florence at 8am, then hop into a private, air-conditioned minibus and drive 2 hours to a parmigiano reggiano factory, where one of the most coveted cheeses in the world is made. Take a full tour of the enormous storehouse stacked floor-to-ceiling with aging cheese, and finish at the tasting table to sample a 24-month aged parmesan that will change the way you think about cheese forever.

Next, jump back in the minibus and head to a small farm that produces artisanal balsamic vinegar. After seeing how the vinegar is pressed and stored in wooden barrels, you will taste 12 and 30-year old vinegars, before sitting down to a light lunch made on the farm of local ingredients that change seasonally.

Your final stop, the foodie paradise of Bologna. Take a one-hour city stroll with your expert tour leader to see the main highlights of the city, including the central piazza, the food market, the old Jewish Ghetto and the city’s two iconic towers, the Torre degli Asinelli and Torre della Garisenda. Sit down at one of our favorite streetside restaurants to enjoy succulent slices of mortadella, the coldcut that became the worldwide inspiration for baloney. Forget about the stuff you grew up with, this is on a completely different level. Wash it all down with a glass of complimentary wine, then enjoy a quick tortellini tasting before jumping back in your minibus for the one hour drive back to Florence.

This day trip is perfect for food lovers to want to enjoy one of the unsullied capitals of Italian cuisine without having to worry about itineraries or logistics.

Experience Includes

  • Enjoy a full tour of a parmesan cheese factory including tastings of 12 and 24-month aged cheese.
  • Visit a farm producing small batch, artisanal Balsamic Vinegar and see how this unique product is made before tasting different types.
  • Enjoy a light lunch made on the farm of seasonal local specialties with complimentary glass of local wine.
  • Visit the city of Bologna to try local specialties like tortellini and mortadella, the (much more gourmet) inspiration for the world famous baloney.
  • Enjoy a stroll through Bologna including the incredible Piazza Maggiore, Jewish Ghetto, food market and more.
  • Travel in private, air-conditioned transport.
  • Small group of no more than 15 people.

Experience Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departs

Wednesday and Saturdays in June, July and September.

Departure location

This tour meets by the Carousel in Piazza della, 50123 Florence, Italy.

Start times

8.15am

Duration

Around 10 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change without notice.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • For those with food allergies or other special requirements, please notify us prior to reserving your visit and then again, as soon as you meet your tour guide. We will do our very best to accommodate you and find suitable alternatives.
  • The order of the sites visited may vary.
  • The tour runs rain or shine.
  • If you are traveling with a small child and stroller, please let us know before booking as we will need to reserve space on the bus for both.
  • Unfortunately, our vehicles cannot accommodate wheelchairs and some of the sights, like the farm, are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be given on cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement. Cancellations received within 72 hours prior to the tour are non-refundable. We will, however, do our best to reschedule you for another tour. Please note, this is subject to availability and price changes.
  • Tours depart precisely at the scheduled tour start time. If you show up late or cannot find the meeting point, for any reason, refund requests are not honoured per policy. For most tours, it is not logistically possible to join the group after it has started.