Our amazing Food & Ferrari Tour will take you visit boutique producers of Parmesan Cheese, Balsamic Vinegar and Prosciutto, experience lovely tastes with accompanying wines and learn how these fabulous foods are made.
You will visit the worldwide famous Ferrari Museum in Maranello and maybe test drive* your favorite Ferrari car!
At the end of the tour enjoy a delicious 6-course Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant including homemade pasta and a selection of local wines!
This tour is perfect for the time limited visitor who wants to experience the treasures of the Bologna-Modena area in a comfortable, enthusiastic, and well-organized way with attention to detail. Your senses will be awakened and changed forever with the sights, sounds, and flavors of the day. You will even have the opportunity to buy the outstanding products you will taste directly from the producers.
You will depart Florence by high speed train. In just 35 minutes you will reach Bologna Centrale train station where you’ll be picked up by your guide and driver for this exciting small-group tour that combines culinary deliciousness and fast, luxurious cars.
Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese factory tour
Regarded by many as the “King” of Italian cheeses, you will have the rare opportunity to see up close how this delight is created and aged. You will walk into a live production facility and stand side by side with craftsmen as they prepare and work the special milk, fill the iconic molds, and age the cheese to perfection. Finally, you will enjoy a generous tasting of a variety of ages, along with some local Lambrusco wine, to help you understand why this cheese always lives up to its heavenly reputation.
Prosciutto factory tour
Next, we are off to, a multi-generation, family-owned and operated, limited quantity, artisanal prosciutto production facility. You will again tour and see the full process and understand the many painstaking and time-consuming steps required to produce this one of a kind cured meat. We will visit the different seasonal simulation storage rooms so bring your light jacket or sweater for the “fall” room. The tour concludes with some of the highest quality, freshly sliced tastings you will ever have of this classic.
Balsamic Vinegar estate tour
Have you ever tasted 15, or even 30, year-old barrel-aged balsamic vinegar? You might have heard of Balsamic vinegar from Modena but this one is the pure “black gold” you will not find in your grocery store. It begins with the pressing of Lambrusco grapes and cooking of the “mosto” but the secret is the multiple small “family” barrel aging process you must experience. Tastings paired with cheeses and even some ice cream with dazzle your taste buds like never before.
Ferrari Museum in Maranello
Whether you are a sports car fanatic, art lover, or simply wanting to extend your Italian cultural experience, you will be amazed with the Ferrari Museum tour. Located next to the actual factory where each “Cavallino” is born, this modern museum will take you on a ride thought the history of Ferrari and its iconic sports and race cars. Visit the newly updated Hall of Victories to see the actual world champion F1 cars that have thrilled millions of race fans over the years. You can even add “driving a Ferrari” to your bucket list accomplishments by test driving a choice of models on the roads of Maranello (separate fee).
Classic Italian Lunch Experience: mamma mia!!!
After a day of learning and tasting, we will conclude with an outstanding six-course late afternoon lunch complete with local wines in a picturesque setting where we can share our thoughts and favorite parts of the day together. This is “la dolce vita”!!!
In the afternoon you will be dropped off in the center of Bologna to take advantage of some free time to discover Piazza Maggiore, with the Neptune Fountain and San Petronio Basilica and the Two Towers, before to find you way back to the station (10 minutes on foot), or directly at the railway station for the return train to Florence.
The tour includes:
Going: High speed train AV9502 departing at 7:30 from Florence S.M. Novella railway station and arriving at 8:05 to Bologna Centrale
Coming back: High speed train AV9447 departing at 18:53 from Bologna Centrale railway station and arriving at 19:30 to Florence S.M. Novella
You will receive train tickets by email. Our guide will meet at the lobby of the Starhotels Excelsior Bologna hotel, Viale Pietramellara 51, across Bologna Centrale railway station, exit Piazza Medaglie d’Oro.
Adult Eur 199,00
Children (4-12 years old) Eur 129,00
Children (0-3 years old) free of charge
Tour availability: Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday
Tour starts at: 7:30 from Florence
Tour ends at: 19:30 in Florence
Our guide will meet you in Bologna. Once you get to Bologna Centrale train station follow the signs to Piazza delle Medaglie d'Oro exit. Cross the square and enter the lobby of the Starhotels Excelsior Bologna hotel.
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We look forward to bringing some of the best of Italy too you!