The charming Romagna : Discover the authentic part of the region

The charming Romagna : Discover the authentic part of the region

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1st day

Morning: Vespa Tour along the Colli Bolognesi (Bolognesi Hills). On a vespa (Vespa 50cc Manual), with a professional tour leader, from the thermal baths of Castel San Pietro Terme to the open-air museum of Dozza, the town of murals and location of the Enoteca Regionale, to the Imola racetrack, a day dedicated to relaxation, discovery and taste. Lunch in a typical tavern along the way.

Afternoon: Guided walking Food Tour of Bologna, the town with its main focus on food and lifestyle: you’ll stop at some traditional food shops and taste the local products (tortellini, mortadella & gnocco fritto, chocolate or ice cream, Italian espresso or Pignoletto wine!) and learn about legends, stories and jokes. Dinner and overnight.

2nd day

Morning: Hands-on-Cooking Class “SFOGLIA homemade fresh pasta with eggs” in Casa Artusi in Forlimpopoli (3 hours), the first centre of gastronomic culture: it’s a must in Emilia-Romagna, the italian foodvalley on Stanley Tucci footsteps!
Guided visit of the centre, introduction about Italian pasta and information about raw materials, than you will prepare samples of the different kind of pasta: tagliatelle, pappardelle, tagliolini, garganelli, … Following you will prepare Artusi’s recipe n. 87 bolognese sause and a seasonal vegetables sauce. Tasting of your handmade pasta, fresh seasonal vegetables with Italian Extra Vergine Olive Oil, salt Dolce di Cervia and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO, dessert and Espresso.

Afternoon: Transfer to Bertinoro to visit an ancient winery with 10 recognized Cru included in the historic vineyards of Emilia Romagna, 27 biotypes of Sangiovese, and an exclusive vine variety that has marked the history of Romagna wines: Barbarossa! Wine Tasting of Sangiovese, Albana, Barbarossa. Continue to Cesenatico, visit to the Canal Port, designed by Leonardo da Vinci, to the historical centre to the docks, the fish shop in Piazza Fiorentini, built in the 1800s in Liberty style, Piazzetta delle Erbe and Piazzetta delle Conserve. Possibility to visit the Museo della Marineria, the only museum in Italy that has a true floating section with eleven boats in the water! Dinner with fish menu in a typical osteria. Overnight.

3rd day

Morning: transfer to a small town, Sant’Agata Feltria, to have next special experience: an amazing truffle hunt in the woods with an expert truffle hunter and his faithful dog! The expert (“tartufaro”) will explain you which signs hint the presence of truffle or where to find truffle in the different periods of the autumn. After that, he will briefly tell you something about the flora and fauna living in the woods. Visit of the medieval village and rich tasting of truffle for lunch by a local restaurant or in a typical workshop.

Afternoon: Transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage, Repubblica di San Marino. An engaging and interactive tour guided by actors in medieval costumes will accompany you to discover the medieval hilltop town from S. Francis Arch, through the medieval lanes, till the Crossbow’s amphitheater and the Cathedral of the Saint Marino, on the top of the old center. Time at disposal for shopping!
Continue to Santarcangelo, guided visit of the small medieval town with a charming atmosphere and its mysterious tufa caves. Visit to ancient printing house Antica Stamperia Marchi, more than a workshop or a boutique, a place brimming with history, with smells and materials; a place where you’ll rediscover ancient arts, tools (a traditional mangle dating back to 1633 and still functioning today and the hand carved wooden printing blocks, used to reproduce the local iconography on the canvas & clothes) and methods.

4th day

Morning: Guided visit to discover the hidden secrets of the small and picturesque village of San Giovanni in Marignano: granary of the Malatesta seigneury, town of witches and town of wine.
Visit the new & odd Piadina Museum – Piadina Experience: the visit will be a real journey in the world of the Piadina, from the Neolithic to today: an engaging, technological, interactive and original journey. You will attend a Piadina Show Cooking and finally a delicious tasting!
Transfer one of the best wineries in the area, visit the vineyards & the cellar and wine tasting with typical products!

Afternoon: Next stop in Mondaino, the last medieval hamlet on the border between Romagna and Marche regions, for a special experience: Mosaico Class! A short and fun course of 2 hours in which you will learn about the history and technique of mosaic, learning to make the most of execution methods and materials! After the class, you’ll reach the Jesuit Mill: here you’ll find a local producer of DOP “Pit Cheese” (Formaggio di Fossa), a special cheese aged since XIII century in caves. Tasting of 4 different kind of cheese.

5th day

Morning: Guided walking Food & Cultural Tour of Rimini old city center, a walk to discover the Roman & Medieval wonders of the city (Augustus’s Arch, Tiberius Bridge, Sismondo Castle, the Malatesta Temple, the Roman Tre Martiri square or the medieval Cavour square, the roman site ‘Domus del Chirurgo’), and the new, original and interactive Fellini Museum.
Continue to the characteristic district Borgo San Giuliano to admire the murals dedicated to Fellini and to have lunch in one of the typical tavern with fish menu. Arrivederci!

When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.

Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.

Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.

So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.