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Food Enthusiasts

Fall is the best time for a real food enthusiast to experience our gastronomy, from fresh truffles (black and white) to porcini mushrooms to the numerous, celebrated Fall Festivals. This trip is designed to highlight the best of our regions food as well as cultural heritage. This is available October through November.

 

 sample itinerary: Colli-Bolognese, Parma, Modena, Bologna, Ravenna, Faenza, Polensine Parmense

Day One

Depart for the countryside where you’ll stay in a sleepy hamlet that has the official title of Regional Truffle Capital.

Dine an authentic trattoria family owned since the 1930's. Experience mouth-watering comfort food that is hand made with only locally sourced, seasonal ingredients including fresh porcini mushroom and truffles.

Day Two

Spend a morning hunting truffles with expert local guides. This town with a population of 2,500 boasts 130 qualified truffle hunters.

Then taste the best of the colli-bolognese wine at an award winning cantina.

Day Three

In the morning, visit the White Truffle of the Hills of Bologna Festival, the most important display and market for the Emilian Apennines

Then depart for Fragno, a stone village that gives its name to the local variety of the precious black truffle abundantly harvested in the hills around Parma. Visit the National Fair of Fragno Black Truffle.

Settle in to your hotel, superbly located in Parma’s Piazza del Duomo. Once a private palazzo dating back to the 1200’s this mid evil treasure has been restored into a luxury accommodation while preserving the historical integrity.

Day Four

Savor Parma’s epicurean delights and cultural heritage. Visit Parma’s Duomo, Battistero the frescoes of Cameria di San Paolo, a full size replica of the original Teatro Farnese in the Pilotto Palace and the Toscanini Museum along with Gastronomias, Gelaterias and Pasticerrias. Dinner is in a local family-owned trattoria, where everything is fatto in casa (homemade).

Day 5

Continue your journey, as you taste your way through some of Emilia-Romagna’s greatest culinary delights in Modena, the city that made Balsamic Vinegar a gourmet mainstay. Visit the 200 year-old barrels of a prestigious balsamic vinegar producer that has been refining the art of making the perfect vinegar for generations After the tasting, stop for lunch in the center of the city where you’ll dine on true Modenese fare that has been desired the world over. Tour Modena center including the famous Mercado Coperto with an expert guide and then a visit to the Ferrari museum.

Day 6

Visit a princely residence that dates back to the 1300’s, with beautifully restored frescoes and works of art. Lunch in one of Emilia Romagnas most renowned restaurants, recently awarded best cantina in Italy for 2012.

Day7 

 Visit  a beautifully restored villa and organic farm on the Po River. Watch the production of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese where you’ll see first hand the “birth” of the king of cheese

Visit  the traditional “Black Parmesan” breed of pigs,

Indulge yourself at our popular November Porc Festival, where food stands of delicious local specialties and other delights from around the country fill the main square and streets of the local villages

Day 8

Set-off for the coastal Byzantine city of Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arrive at your deluxe, historic hotel located in the heart of the city and just steps from extraordinary shops and eateries, including the area’s beloved piadine. Study the beginnings of modern Christianity through the city’s many vibrant and perfectly preserved mosaics, with the help of an expert guide. See the restoration of ancient works and the creation of traditional Roman and Byzantine mosaics in authentic artists studios.

Venture out of Ravenna for a delicious seafood dinner along Italy’s Adriatic coast with a visit to the unique seaside towns of Cesenatico. Enjoy local dishes such as brodetto (fish stew), pesce fritto and risotto alla pescatora.

Day 9

Spend the day in Faenza, famous for centuries old tradition of pottery making that continues to this day. Lunch in a famous EnoTavola then visit the Ceramics Museum a laboratorio and the city center. Stop at an award winning cantina, famous for wine that rivals their cousins in Tuscany on the other side of the Apennines. Taste Riserva Sangiovese, for many years a Tre Biccheri winner Have authentic Pizza Napoletana ( considered one of the top 15 places for pizza in Italy by Gambero Rosso) for dinner before departing for Bologna.

Day 10

Renowned for it’s culinary tradition, Bologna has given it’s name to the well-known pasta sauce ragu alla Bolognese and is also famous for tortellini, green lasagna and giant loaves of mortadella. An age-old city, full of character, it’s red and ocher colored walls and rows of porticoes lend harmony to the cityscape.

Enjoy a walk through Bologna medievalcenter with a resident food expert. Explore Bologna’s artisanal food shops and salumerias. Stop for lunch at one of the city’s most historic trattorias then enjoy a free afternoon to stroll Bologna’s boutiques, art treasures and picturesque streets.

Day 11 

Depart for America