Festive Food in Bologna

Black truffles
Black truffles
Panoramic view of Bologna
Panoramic view of Bologna
Neptune's fountain, Bologna
Neptune's fountain, Bologna
Interior of the medieval cathedral, Emilia-Romagna, Ferrara
Interior of the medieval cathedral, Emilia-Romagna, Ferrara
Christmas market sweet stall, Bologna
Christmas market sweet stall, Bologna
St. Pietro Cathedral
St. Pietro Cathedral
Basilica di San Petronio
Basilica di San Petronio

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!

  • Visit some of the best museums in Italy
  • Travel to Ferrara and taste panpepato
  • Make your own pasta in the company of an expert
  • Admire the frescoed ceilings of the Este Castle in Ferrara
  • Experience the 'burning of the old year' on New Years Eve.


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


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

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We fly from London and arrive in Bologna in time for a buffet lunch at our hotel; we then take a short walk to discover the vast collections of the Archaeological Museum of Bologna, before returning to our hotel prior to dinner.

Day 2

A short walk through the old market streets to learn a little about the local produce. We then proceed to Podere San Giuliano, where we participate in a cookery course and make our own egg pasta which we will enjoy for lunch. We then return to Bologna and include a visit to the Basilica of San Petronio, named after the 5th century bishop.

Day 3

An early start sees us at a tasting of the region’s most famous cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, produced at an artisan factory. Afterwards we visit the family-run production of traditional balsamic vinegar, and here too we will sample the vinegar at its various stages of ageing. Following lunch, we return to Bologna and visit the church complex of Santo Stefano.

Tonight, we will celebrate New Years Eve as we enjoy the ‘burning of the old year’, with sausage and lentils at midnight.

Day 4

A relaxed start to the day with a walk around Bologna exploring the many medieval towers. In the afternoon we drive to Modena and take a tour of the Duomo and the Torre Ghirlandina, as well as the Modena Archaeological Museum.

Day 5

Today starts with a walk in the hills with a local expert who will describe a typical truffle hunt. With any luck we will find an elusive truffle or two and eat them for lunch. We head to the Etruscan town of Marzabotto where we will visit the site museum, mural cemetery, capitol and urban area with shops and temples

Day 6

Drive to Ferrara where we taste the panpepato cake first produced by local nuns many years ago. We visit the Este Castle, a moated medieval structure in the centre of Ferrara, and the cathedral as well as the Archaeological Museum where we explore the Gold Room, the Pirogues Room, and more before we visit the Palazzo Shifanoia.

Day 7

Some free time before lunch and transfer to the airport for our return flight to London.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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2019 Tour Details

Sun 29th December - Sat 4th January




sgl supp: £350


Led By: Rosetta Ferrari , Tony O'Connor

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