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Italian Days Food Experience

Just returned from a wonderful week long trip to Italy. We split our time between Florence and Bologna with some day trips by train. In Florence we were finally able to see the Museo del Duomo. It was closed on our previous visits. We spent half a day there. The facility and exhibits are so well done, and the terrace is a special treat! The reason we chose Bologna was to take the Italian Days Food Experience tour. We are not normally tour people, but this was the highlight of our trip! The tour was all day, pick up at 7:00 and return at 17:30. The group was small (17 people). Our guide Alessandro was so enthusiastic and energetic as he took us through the production of Parmigiano Reggiano D.O.P., Aceto Balsamico di Modena D.O.P. and Prosciutto di Modena. There were tastings at each stop, and the day finished with a lovely meal at a nearby agriturismo. If you are a food lover and find yourself in Bologna, I highly recommend this tour.

Posted by CJean
Ontario, Canada
726 posts

Now that sounds like a tour I could sink my teeth into.

Posted by Les
Burnaby, BC, Canada
31 posts

We took a tour very much like the one you mentioned, Parmigiano Reggiano, Balsamic Vinegar at a small family farm and Prosciutto. I don't know about your tour but the wine was out in abundance starting at 9:30 am and continued at every stop while we were having a "tasting." Then for the last stop we went to a hilltop inn somewhere in Tuscany and enjoyed a multi course meal that was absolutely marvelous along with the free flowing wine.

I don't drink alcohol at all but one thing is certain everyone but the driver, the guide and myself was sleeping on the bus on the trip back to Bologna. I cannot recall the name of the tour company but I recall the bus only held 12 people.

Posted by bittypeep OP
25 posts

There was wine to accompany the Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto tastings as well as wine at lunch. The wine was not the focus, but it did provide an opportunity to sample some of the local wine. Water (frizzante and still) was available as an alternative. My husband does not drink, and he still enjoyed the tour thoroughly (in fact, he said he would be open to taking it again!) We were picked up in a minivan (Mercedes maybe). There were six people in our van in addition to the driver, and two other similar vans met us at our first stop.