Festive Food in Bologna

City of Bologna
City of Bologna
Basilica di San Petronio
Basilica di San Petronio
Bologna Market
Bologna Market
St Pietro Cathedral
St Pietro Cathedral
Panpepato
Panpepato
City Hall and Piazza Grande in Modena
City Hall and Piazza Grande in Modena

Discover the home of tagliatelle, tortellini, mortadella, ragù and more. This unique tour will satisfy even the most voracious of appetites for food and for history! What better time could you find to taste the millennial fruits of culinary evolution than at Christmas? The Emilian menu includes some of Italy’s most famous products such as Parmesan cheese and Parma ham which have been made for over 2000 years, as well as the luxurious balsamic vinegar. This is an unusual tour for Andante - exploring the combination of the archaeological remains and gastronomic history of Bologna. Along the way we hunt for truffles, visit the city’s eclectic and fascinating museums and enjoy some sumptuous meals that would have satisfied even an Etruscan appetite!

  • Enjoy the glories of ‘La Grassa,’ the Fat City of Italy - towering medieval edifices and the best of Italian cuisine
  • Visit some of the best museums in Italy, incorporating ancient river boats, intricate gold-working and fine Roman sculptures
  • Hunt for truffles, make your own fresh pasta and see how Parmesan is made, in the company of an archaeologist and an expert in Italian cuisine

Themes

  • Prehistory
  • Historic Churches
  • Great Cities
  • Cultural Excursion
  • Christmas - New Year
  • Romans

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • Low Single Supplement
  • Just One Hotel
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2017

Day 1

We arrive in Bologna and begin by enjoying a cookery presentation of the city’s famous dish: tagliatelle al ragú. Watch as the simplest of ingredients are transformed into a sublime supper.

Day 2

We begin the day with a walk through the old market streets and learn about some of the local produce including Bologna’s most identifiable product, mortadella. We continue to see the vast collections of the Archaeological Museum of Bologna. In the afternoon, we visit the Basilica of San Petronio, and the church complex of Santo Stefano.

Day 3

We have an early start to see and taste the region’s most famous cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano produced at an artisan factory. Afterwards we visit a vineyard where sparkling red and white wines are produced.

Day 4

We enjoy a private rendezvous with a local tartufaio who will introduce us to the secrets of truffle hunting. We head to the Etruscan town of Marzabotto where we visit the site museum and explore the excavated site including the extra mural cemetery, capitol and temples. In Bologna we celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special dinner.

Day 5

We have a leisurely start to the morning with a stroll around medieval Bologna. In the afternoon we visit the archaeological collection at the Museum Palace in Modena and afterwards a short walk to the centre for a tour of the Duomo and the Torre Ghirlandina.

Day 6

We travel to Ferrara and taste panpepato cake, first produced by local nuns many years ago. We visit the Este Castle, a moated medieval castle in the centre of Ferrara, and the cathedral. A walk through the historic heart of Ferrara to the Archaeological Museum where we explore the Gold Room, the Pirogues Room, and more before we visit the Palazzo Shifanoia.

Day 7

A visit to the Museum in Poviglio with finds from the nearby Terramara Bronze Age settlement. Afterwards we visit the family run production of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar where we will have lunch sampling the vinegar at its various stages of ageing. In the afternoon we continue to the Archaeological Museum in Parma, We finsih the day with visits to the splendid cathedral and Gothic baptistery in the heart of the city.

Day 8

In the morning, an opportunity to ascend the leaning Asinelli Tower on Via Rizzoli for a final view of the city. Enjoy some time in Bologna before lunch and an afternoon visit to a traditional gelateria where we discover the true ingredients and methods which distinguish gelato from ice-cream and sorbets. We will, of course, also sample some of the delights produced here, before returning home.

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We arrive in Bologna and transfer to our hotel. Upon arrival, we sit down to a buffet lunch and have some brief time to relax. This afternoon, we head to Podere San Giuliano where we participate in a cookery class. 

Day 2

We begin the day with a walk through the old market streets and learn about some of the local produce including Bologna’s most identifiable product, mortadella. We continue to see the vast collections of the Archaeological Museum of Bologna. In the afternoon, we visit the Basilica of San Petronio, and the church complex of Santo Stefano.

Day 3

We have an early start to see and taste the region’s most famous cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano produced at an artisan factory. Afterwards, we visit a vineyard where sparkling red and white wines are produced.

Day 4

We enjoy a private rendezvous with a local tartufaio who will introduce us to the secrets of truffle hunting. We head to the Etruscan town of Marzabotto where we visit the site museum and explore the excavated site including the extra mural cemetery, capitol and temples. In Bologna we celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special dinner.

Day 5

We have a leisurely start to the morning with a stroll around medieval Bologna. In the afternoon we visit the archaeological collection at the Museum Palace in Modena and afterwards a short walk to the centre for a tour of the Duomo and the Torre Ghirlandina.

Day 6

We travel to Ferrara and taste panpepato cake, first produced by local nuns many years ago. We visit the Este Castle, a moated medieval castle in the centre of Ferrara, and the cathedral. A walk through the historic heart of Ferrara to the Archaeological Museum where we explore the Gold Room, the Pirogues Room, and more before we visit the Palazzo Shifanoia.

Day 7

In the morning, an opportunity to ascend the leaning Asinelli Tower on Via Rizzoli for a final view of the city. Enjoy some time in Bologna before lunch and an afternoon visit to a traditional gelateria where we discover the true ingredients and methods which distinguish gelato from ice-cream and sorbets. We will, of course, also sample some of the delights produced here, before returning home.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included - dinners with wine
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels - 7 nights stay in what was originally a 13th century guildhall. This hotel is in a pedestrian area next to the Basilicata of San Petronio, in the heart of the city. The Piazza Maggiore, the Leaning Towers, shops and restaurants are only a few minutes away.
  8. Flights - Scheduled return flights from London to Bologna

Hotel Info

7 nights stay in what was originally a 13th century guildhall. This hotel is in a pedestrian area next to the Basilicata of San Petronio, in the heart of the city. The Piazza Maggiore, the Leaning Towers, shops and restaurants are only a few minutes away.

Useful Information

For full information about Passport validity and Visa requirements as well as Health and Vaccination information please click here.

Book now

2017 Tour Details

Thu 28th December - Thu 4th January

Available

£2,595

ex. flights: £2,360

sgl supp: £260

BFF17A

Led By: Rosetta Ferrari

2018 Tour Details

Fri 28th December - Thu 3rd January

Available

£2,695

ex. flights: £2,450

sgl supp: £260

BFF18A

Led By: Rosetta Ferrari , Tony O'Connor

Guide Lecturers

Share tour with friends

Have a question, or unsure if this tour is for you?

Contact us here