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Start of services (day 1): the meeting with your guide will take place at: Art Hotel Orologio, Via IV Novembre, 10, 40126 Bologna, Italy at 6.30 p.m. We ask that you be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the meeting time.
End of services (day 9): the program ends around 5.30 p.m. at: Art Hotel Orologio, Via IV Novembre, 10, 40126 Bologna, Italy. Please note that the return time is approximate as traffic is unpredictable.
DAY 1 – BOLOGNA
Scheduled arrival to Bologna according to your itinerary. At 6.30 p.m., meeting for a welcome drink and an information briefing. Dinner and then free for the rest of the evening.
DAY 2 – BOLOGNA – PARMA – REGGIO
In the morning, guided walking tour of the old town of Bologna, capital of Emilia Romagna, historic city of the arts, university and center of gastronomic and commercial traditions. There you will be able to admire the Fountain of Neptune, Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica of San Petronio, the Palace of King Enzo, the medieval towers of Asinelli and Garisenda, and more. Lunch and then free time. Then, departure for Parma in Émilie-Reggiane. Through the guided walking tour, you will discover the ancient capital of the Dukes of Parma and Piacenza, the Farnese and the homeland of the famous conductor Arturo Toscanini. At the end of the afternoon, continue to Reggio Emilia. Check-in at your hotel for the next 3 nights and welcome dinner in Piazza Fontanesi, in the old town. (PD / D)
DAY 3 – REGGIO : EXC. SASSUOLO – MARANELLO
Departure to Sassuolo and Fiorano. Discovery visit to two links in the ceramic production industry. You will follow the creation of a ceramic tile, from the drawing board to production, starting with fine sand until packaging is ready for shipment. Continuation to Maranello, home of the famous Ferrari Formula 1 car brand, founded by former racing driver Enzo Ferrari. After lunch, guided tour of the Ferrari museum and free time to admire the spectacular cars including the famous no 27 by the late Gilles Villeneuve. Return to Reggio, capital of Emilia and city of origin of the famous “Tricolore”, the national Italian flag. The guided walking tour of the historic center will allow you to discover the Roman remains, the Municipal Theater, the Prampolini and Grande piazzas and the Madonna Della Ghiara basilica. Dinner and evening free. (PD / L)
DAY 4 – REGGIO : EXC. REGGIAN HILLS
Departure to Bibbiano at the foot of the Reggian hills of the Apennines. Guided tour of a large beef farm and its cheese factory. The Scalabrini family has been specializing in the production of milk for the manufacture of the famous Parmigiano Reggiano since 1940. A tasting of typical cheese products will crown the morning. Continuation to the hills of Langhirano for a lunch-tasting and a guided tour of a Prosciutto di Parma producer. On the way back to Reggio, stop at Acetaia Medici Ermete and Tenuta Rampata, producers of Lambrusco wine for over 100 years and balsamic vinegar aged 12 to over 30 years. After you will enjoy a visit to the Acetaia, tastings of balsamico di Reggio Nell ’Emilia DOP and Lambrusco wine. Dinner and evening free. (PD / L)
DAY 5 – REGGIO – MODENA – RAVENNA
Departure for Modena, the birthplace of Luciano Pavarotti and center of Emilian gastronomy. Guided walking tour of the historic center of Modena, the former capital of the Duchy of Este including the Ducal Palace, the Estense Gallery and the white marble cathedral listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the buffet lunch at the famous Caffè Concerto, continuation to Ravenna and the Romagna side. Upon arrival, guided walking tour of the city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its unique collection of Byzantine mosaics and early Christian monuments such as the Basilica of San Vitale and the tomb of Dante, author of the “Divine Comedy” “. Dinner and evening free in Ravenna. (PD / L)
DAY 6 – RAVENNA – SANTARCANGELO
Departure towards the Apennines of Romagna and the valley of the Rabbi river, in the Province of Forlì. In Fiumane, there will be a guided tour of the vineyard and cellars of a Tenuta, followed by a wine tasting and a “spuntino” of typical products. Continuation to the Agriturismo and La Collina dei Poeti vineyard in Santarcangelo di Romagna, located between the Rubicone and Marecchia rivers, where the famous Sangiovese grape originates. Stop in Santarcangelo for a guided walking tour of the historic small town and the discovery of the Button Museum and “Antica Stamperia Marchi” with its 16th-century press for printing fabrics, unique in Europe. Installation at the Collina dei Poeti for the next 3 nights and participation in a hands-on cooking class. You will prepare the “pasta fresca e i dolci Romagnole”. Dinner of fresh pasta and desserts prepared in the Romagna tradition, accompanied by wine from the estate! (PD / S / D)
DAY 7 – SANTARCANGELO : EXC. SANT’AGATA FELTRIA – SAN MARINO
Departure to the region of Monte Feltro des Apennines and Sant’Agata Féltria for a morning truffle hunting with a trufaio (master hunter) and his trained dog for this traditional activity. Walk in the groves and meadows of the region. You will learn to distinguish the characteristics of the truffle as well as the ways of preparing it. Visit of the small town and of the municipal theatre before lunch made with regional products. Continue to San Marino, the oldest republic in Europe. During the guided walking tour you will see its three ancient perched citadels. Free time for personal discoveries in the museum of ancient weapons or to stroll through the shops before returning to Collina dei Poeti. Dinner and evening free. (PD / L)
DAY 8 – SANTARCANGELO: EXC. MONDAINO – MONTEGRIDOLFO – GRADARA
Departure for the small village of Mondaino, located in the mountains of Romagna, on the borders of the Marche region. Walkthrough visit of the small historic village, the cradle of the famous Rothschild bankers, to the pits cheese factory, the production site of “Formaggio di Fossa”, a specialty of Romagna. You will see the phases of production, ripening and storage and you will taste the very tasty cheese from the pits. Continuation to Montegridolfo and in the company of a producer, guided tour of the olive grove, the press, followed by a tasting and a country lunch with wine. In the afternoon, in the Marche region, guided tour of the historic center of the fortified village and of the castle of Gradara. Free time before returning to the Collina dei Poeti and dinner. (PD / L / D)
DAY 9 – SANTARCANGELO – RIMINI – CESENA – BOLOGNA
This morning, departure for Rimini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The guided tour will allow you to see, the Arch of Augustus, the Tiberius Bridge, the Sismondo Castle, the Malatesta temple with the fresco by Piero della Francesca, etc. After a little free time, continuation to Cesena and lunch in a typical restaurant. After the guided tour of the medieval city center and the interior of the famous Malatestiana Library, the oldest monastic library still perfectly preserved, departure for Bologna city center and end of the trip. (PD / L)
*BB Breakfast / L Lunch / Dinner
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