October 31- November 6, 2019 - 7 Days / 6 Nights


Epicurean Delights in the Lands of Verdi, Pavarotti, Fellini, & Ferrari

One Region, Two Distinct Food & Wine Cultures


Emilia & Romagna – two names, and two cultures in one region of plenty. This is the land of great artists Verdi, Pavarotti, Stradivarius, Federico Fellini and Enzo Ferrari and above all, land of culinary traditions. Journey along Italy’s Food Valley from historic Bologna, called la Grassa (the bountiful), to Parma famous for its epicurean delights Culatello, Prosciutto, and Parmigiano.

Tour the spectacular UNESCO Byzantine Mosaics in Ravenna but also delight in a cooking class in Forlimpopoli at the home of Italy’s first cookbook’s author Pellegrino Artusi, and learn to make egg pasta shapes with a Mariette.

See the cultural wealth of cities, towns, villages, and hamlets traveling the back roads for boutique wineries and local food artisans. Tour the Castles of the Dukedoms of Parma & Piacenza for a step into medieval and Renaissance history. In Modena we will enjoy the delights of the area  from a visit to a historic Acetaia (Balsamic Vinegar) , Ferrari Museum and more.


  • 6 nights in charming accommodations - no hotel change
  • Visit the landmarks of Giuseppe Verdi and Luciano Pavarotti
  • Private guided tour of the Ferrari Museum in Modena
  • Bologna: visit the hidden corners of Bologna “La Grassa”
  • Tour the  Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna
  • Visit Castles of the Dukedoms of Parma & Piacenza
  • Hands on Cooking lesson with at the home of Pellegrino Artusi with a local “Marietta"
  • Gelato  lesson at Museo del Gelato 
  • Private tour of a historical Acetaia - Aceto Balsamico with tasting lunch
  • Local food artisans of Culatello and Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Private vineyard and cellar tours of the regional wines
  • Salt Pans of Cervia
  • Leisure time
  • ...and much more

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