Bologna Food & Archaeology

City Hall and Piazza Grande in Modena
City Hall and Piazza Grande in Modena
St Pietro Cathedral
St Pietro Cathedral
Panoramic view of Bologna
Panoramic view of Bologna
Bologna Market
Bologna Market
Black Truffles
Black Truffles
Making tortellini
Making tortellini
Neptune's fountain
Neptune's fountain
Aerial view of Bologna
Aerial view of Bologna

The Etruscans reached as far north as the region known today as Emilia Romagna. They ruled Bologna from the 7th century BC and were regarded by the Romans as obsessed with drinking and feasting. Discover the home of tagliatelle, mortadella, ragù and more. This unique tour will satisfy the most voracious of appetites for food and history alike!

Join us as we fuse this gastronomic adventure with visits to amazing archaeological sites, places of significant historical interest and fascinating museums, making it a delight for all the senses. From culture and stories through to cuisine, this tour has it all.

  • Visit some of the best museums in Italy
  • Travel to Ferrara and taste panpepato
  • Make your own pasta in the company of an expert
  • See incredible frescoes at Palazzo Schifanoia
  • Take a stroll around Medieval Bologna


  • Romans
  • Prehistory
  • Historic Churches
  • Great Cities


  • 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

Our first visit is to Monte Bibele, where an extensive collection of artefacts from the Copper, Bronze and Iron Ages have been unearthed since the end of World War II. We continue to the adjacent Luigi Fantini Archaeological Museum at Monterenzio, to housing a wide array of local finds. We proceed to Podere San Giuliano, where we participate in a cookery course.

Day 3

A short walk through the old market streets takes us to the Basilica of San Petronio, named after the 5th century bishop of Bologna, on the way we have an opportunity to learn about some of the local produce. We continue to Piazza Maggiore and visit the archaeological excavations nearby. Following lunch, we visit the church complex of Santo Stefano.

Day 4

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. In the afternoon we 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

In the morning, we have free time in Bologna for some final exploration before lunch and transfer to the airport at the conclusion of our tour.

What's Included

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

Travel Information

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2019 Tour Details

Sat 11th May - Fri 17th May




sgl supp: £350


Led By: Rosetta Ferrari , Tony O'Connor

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