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Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Bologna, Italy
Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting
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icon9 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Follow your senses on a full-day culinary tour of Bologna’s famous food region. Visit local factories and family-run producers for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of products enjoyed around the world, including Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Modena balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, and wine. Enjoy samples of fresh, hand-crafted products along the way and indulge in breakfast and multi-course Italian lunch with wine pairings. It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the sights, smells, and tastes of Emilia-Romagna!
  • Full-day culinary tour of Bologna province
  • Tour local factories and small family-run producers to see how regional products are made
  • Taste authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Modena balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto
  • Savor a delicious breakfast and traditional Italian lunch with wine pairings
  • Experience the beauty of Emilia-Romagna’s countryside

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Start early to see how Parmigiano made, then pair breakfast plus lunch with wine.
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Round Trip Trasportation from and to Bologna
Food tastings
Lunch with matching wines
Breakfast
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Coffee and/or Tea
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7:00 AM
Please let us know at the moment of the booking where are you staying. We will come to pick you up and drop you off directly at your hotel or appartment in Bologna City Center.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • All of our guides have precautions such as gloves and masks as required for the Covid-19.
  • A hand sanitiser, and masks will be available to all our guests.
  • The minivans we use are disinfected as required by law before and after each tour
  • If you have any symtoms like fever, cough or exhaustion, please advise us suddendly.
  • We keep in all places/Factories and Restaurants the safty distance like requiered.
  • As of August 6, 2021, all guests (except children under 12 years old and visitors who are exempt from it) must present an EU Covid Certificate (Green Pass) or the CDC Vaccination Card to access the Tour. The EU Covid Certificate (Green Pass) or CDC Card is proof that a person has either been vaccinated against Covid-19, or received the two doses or recovered from Covid-19, or received a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result in the previous 48 hours. Visitors must present a valid ID together with the certificate.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Italian Days
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting.
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What is the social distancing policy during Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Bologna Food Experience: Factory Visits with Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tasting.

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  • "meals (breakfast, and a 3-hour lunch) were included with pretty much unlimited tastings of everything including bottomless wine (Lambrusco, Pignoletto (local white)) plus some Grappa!" See review
  • "They are not pushy about buying products, but trust me, The food is so good that you will want to bring it home with you!" See review

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star-5
Great tour for food lovers.
Ronald_S
, Aug 2022
We learned a lot and had wonderful food and wine for breakfast and lunch — much more than just a tasting. The presenters were very knowledgeable and the tour was very well organized. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves food!
star-5
Well worth it a true wow!
Jodi_B
, Aug 2022
The guide was informative and entertaining. Everyone was so welcoming and the meal was fantastic. Totally recommended!!!
star-5
Great time.
Andrew_G
, Aug 2022
This was a great day trip. Our passenger van was on-time, clean, and comfortable. The drives to the production facilities were no more than 30 minutes or so. From there we got to see a working cheese factory, a balsamic vinegar producer, and a prosciutto processor. There were an overwhelming amount of food and snacks along the way, and there was a seemingly endless number of wines to enjoy. The guides were fun, energetic, and organized, and they did a great job of making the day nice for all the tour-goers.
star-5
This tour is a must if...
Sally_A
, Aug 2022
This tour is a must if you are visiting Bologna. The food we had at lunch was one of the best meals we had in our trip. Fantastic guide.
star-5
Worth it
Domenick_D
, Aug 2022
We had a wonderful day….learned a lot…. Great tour and guide. Food was delicious and area was beautiful.
star-5
Don’t think twice!! Book this tour!
Shaunna_P
, Jul 2022
This tour was one of the highlights of our trip, it was extremely informative and fun! Our tour guide Alessandro was absolutely amazing. Not only ate the tours awesome, but the food for breakfast and lunch are incredible. I would recommend this tour over and over again! 👍🏼
star-5
Exactly what we had hoped for
Bethany_A
, Jul 2022
Absolutely perfect, exactly what we were hoping for (having watched Stanley Tucci’s documentary) don’t think - just book!
star-5
perfect day
Alise
, Jul 2022
I would not have changed a single thing about this day- it was absolutely perfect! It was amazing how much information Alessandro knew about everything! Plus, he was so passionate about everything he was telling us that it made it fun to listen to him! I learned so much from this day! Touring the parmigiano reggiano and prosciutto factories were definitely once in a lifetime experiences. Breakfast was a feast and it was at the acetaia, where you toured and sampled vinegars after. (Opportunities to buy things are given and they take credit cards). Lunch was in a fun room attached to the prosciutteria and was absolutely superb! The prosciutto, wine and pasta kept flowing!! You will leave with a full and happy belly! Do yourself a favor and BOOK THIS TOUR!
star-5
A Reason to go to Bologna!!!
Ann_K
, Jul 2022
Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Paula was a wonderful guide! She provided great information on Parmesan reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto as we explored each of the stops. The breakfast with balsamic vinegar tastings and lunch with delicious pasta, wine and more made this a must do experience! Cheers to Alessandro! So happy we could celebrate his birthday with him!
star-5
An absolute must for the anyone travelling to beautiful Bologna
Mike_B
, Jul 2022
Oh my word. This is such a wonderful and amazing experience. One we would thoroughly recommend to everyone who is travelling to Bologna. It's an absolute must. Alessandro makes the experience both fun and informative, with a real added level of entertainment. The breakfast of champions is just that, the tastings throughout are fabulous and the fantastic locally prepared lunch made with love and passion which is accompanied by lots of local wine. We would give this tour 6 stars if that was possible. Karen and Mike Bingham
star-5
Memorable Day
Christine_S
, Jul 2022
The tour was very informative and conveyed tremendous passion for the local food production on show. It ended with a superb meal featuring home made pasta dishes and a great range of wine. Thoroughly recommended.
star-5
Best Italian Food Experience!
Mary_W
, Jul 2022
This experience was AMAZING! Alessandro and his team (including "Grandpa" Cosimo) made us feel like a part of their family. We learned a lot about the production of parmigiano reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto and enjoyed the opportunity to sample all of them. One member of our group is vegetarian and the staff made sure there were numerous meat-free (and delicious) options. The meal at the end of the tour was our best food experience in Italy! We would highly recommend this experience to anyone - and we look forward to touring with this group again when return to Italy!
star-5
Believe every positive review (even the over the top ones)!
Jennifer_W
, Jul 2022
Every positive review is correct! This was definitely a highlight of our 2 week trip. We learned so much, enjoyed amazing tastes and had lots of fun doing it. Thank you Alessandro for an amazing day!
star-5
So much fun!
Emily_M
, Jul 2022
This is by far the best food experience we have done in Italy so far! We learnt a ton about the production of parmesan, balsamic, and prosciutto, and the lunch at the end had the best pasta I've ever had. I wish I could eat the fresh ricotta everyday ^^;;
star-5
Spectacular tour
Kristen_L
, Jul 2022
This tour was outstanding; definitely the highlight of our trip. Our guide, Alessandro, was fantastic. Not only was he informative, but funny, which we needed for the early morning pick up. The breakfast and lunch were so good. Three different types of pasta, plus prosciutto tasting, 6 different wines and dessert. As others have said, go hungry! The tours were very interesting. We will never look at parmigiano regianno, madena balsamic, and prosciutto the same way. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Would do this tour again!
Robin_R
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Alessandro was amazing. This trip was worth every penny. Beginning with the factory tour of how parmigiana reggiano is made to the quaint breakfast outside the oldest balsamic vinegar factory to the amazing lunch to finish off the day. Everything was perfect! Highly recommend!
star-5
Gastronomical exploits!
zeebra3
, Jul 2022
What a day! An early start in a comfortable mini van, direct from the hotel with a lovely friendly driver. Taken first to watch the process of cheese making, fascinating stuff very ably explained by 'Alessandro the elder'. A lovely kind man who explained each process so well. We were then transported to a nearby lovely old farmhouse and Alessandro introduced us to art and skills of Balsamic vinegar production, passed down the decades by the same family. Really interesting and we then had a wonderful tasting session, followed by a hearty breakfast outside overlooking rolling hills and vineyards, washed down with the regions unique red Lambrusco... Very palatable. After a relaxed breakfast we had opportunity to purchase any balsamic vinegar we taste tested and this was very relaxed with no hard sell at all. Next we were driven about 20 mins to the Prostuitto production building (please forgive my spelling!!! 😜... Not sure I got it right!?). Here Alessandro the elder handed us into the capable care of 'Alessandro the younger'. A proper crazy fun guy with loads of enthusiasm and even though I'm vegetarian and not the least interested in the ham, well I have to say that Alessandro still drew me in and the tour was again completely fascinating. Ok so Alessandro claimed he could turn veggie into a meaty eater 😜and no this didn't happen but hist delivery was brilliant and I learnt lots of fascinating facts. Alessandro assured us that their pigs have to be happy too. Now came our short walk to Alessandro the younger's on site restaurant. Airy and wonderfully quirkily decorated (chosen by Alessandro himself) this was a wonderful experience. We were then treated to a multicourse delicious meal and I don't mean small plates either. Deliciously cooked pastas ensued, paired with delicious wines which flowed generously throughout our feast. The wine pairing was ably explained by the wonderful Riccardo. He regaled us with fun facts and interesting info but delivered with a great sense of fun.... The more so as the wine continued to flow. The feast was a sublime end to our day and we were rolled back to our comfortable transport back to the hotel. What a wonderful day and very heartily recommended. It would be almost rude not to partake in a good food and drink tour in a city such as Bologna. I will definitely do it again and one of our fellow trip gooers was on her 3rd tour and she's all the way from New Zealand!
star-5
Don’t miss this tour! Put it on your to do list if you’re in Bologna!
David_C
, Jul 2022
This entire tour was amazing! Alessandro and the entire crew are fantastic hosts. He is extremely knowledgeable and we learned a great deal about Parmesan Reggiano, Traditional balsamic and DOP prosciutto production. The day gets even better at a private expertly prepared luncheon with delicious prosciutto, pasta, matching wines and tiramisu. We would recommend this tour to everyone!
star-5
Food and fun
Julia_B
, Jul 2022
Alessandro and Ricardo were absolutely brilliant. We had a fantastic time. We were a part of a group of 21 people. The day started early but it was worth the early get up. We had plenty of food and drink throughout the day and couldn’t fault the experience. Great value for money. Would 100% recommend.
star-5
If you are looking for a good time, book this tour
Krystal_G
, Jun 2022
This was a 10 out of 10 for my husband and me. It has everything you’d hope for on a food and wine tour. Great food, great wine, hilarious and engaging tour guides- and lots of vino. If you are on the fence, do yourself a favor and make the reservation- it will be a highlight for sure.

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