Bologna Tour and Food Experience from Tuscany
Day Tour in Bologna with car service, private driver and food expert from Tuscany and Umbria for a food experience off the beaten path discovering and tasting the best Emilian food products and the authentic Bolognese cuisine.
Food tour in Bologna with transportation and private driver service from Florence, Siena, Cortona, Montepulciano, Montalcino, San Gimignano, Pienza, Chianti (Greve, Gaiole, Radda, Castellina), Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia, Lucca, Pisa and from all Tuscany and Umbria.
- Private daytrip in Bologna with private driver and transportation
- Guided full day food experience by an English speaking guide and food expert
- Walking food tour in Bologna
- Tastings of delicious Parmigiano cheese, Balsamic Vinegar, Mortadella, Prosciutto and many other Emilian food specialties
- How fresh pasta is handmade in a small craftshop
- Enjoy an authentic and traditional Bolognese lunch
- The charming city center of Bologna and its monuments
Live Bologna as a local and explore gastronomic hidden gems walking around the Italian Food capital with a guided day tour in Bologna from Siena, Florence and all Tuscany and Umbria with private English speaking driver and food guide.
The Bologna food tour starts from the visit to the medieval food market where you will discover the history of the genuine specialties of Emilia Romagna region and of Bologna and will enjoy traditional cold cuts (mortadella di Bologna, prosciutto di Parma, Salame Felino, Salsiccia) and authentic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (Parmesan) with delicious balsamic vinegar aged up 20 years.
Tour in Bologna will then continue in the vibrant quadrilatero area, where you can explore different salumerie and deli shops tasting all the most traditional and genuine Italian specialties.
Bologna is also an important cultural center with its ancient University from AD 1088 (the oldest in the world); the walking tour in Bologna will bring you to the old University of Bologna, passing by the iconic Two Towers and the charming Piazza Maggiore (main square) with a sweet stop in a handcraft gelateria for tasting the real Italian gelato.
Walking by the beautiful Portici of Bologna, the tour will arrive at the pick, a handmade Pasta Fresca craftshop where you will see how the “sfogline” (pasta making ladies) prepare delicious tagliatelle, mouth-watering tortellini and authentic lasagne, getting to know their culinary secrets and tasting the freshly made pasta.
Are you foodie enough to do it?
Departure available from:
- The Food day tour in Bologna is a private food tour available from all Tuscany and Umbria: Florence, Siena, Cortona, Montepulciano, Montalcino, San Gimignano, Chianti, Pienza, Lucca, Pisa, Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Gubbio, Spoleto.
- approximately 8/9/10 hours
- Qualified and professional English speaking driver
- Luxury vehicle (Mercedes-Benz or equivalent)
- Head office assistance and insurance coverage
- Complimentary water
- Wi-Fi on board
- Local food expert for walking tours
- Food specialties tastings
- Cooking show of the handmade pasta and pasta tastings
- Traditional Bolognese lunch with wine tasting (on request)
Bologna: the Etruscan city of Felsina was founded at the site of Bologna by the end of the 6th century, and it became a Roman colony and municipium with the name of Bononia in 196 BC. Believed to have been established in 1088, the University of Bologna is widely considered the world’s oldest university in continuous operation. The university originated as a centre for the study of medieval Roman law under major glossators. It numbered Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch among its students. The medical school was especially renowned. The city reached its pinnacle as an independent commune around the 12th century. Wealth brought a building boom and every well-to-do family left its mark by erecting a tower – 180 of them in all, of which 15 still stand today. The endless tussle between the papacy and Holy Roman Empire for control of northern Italy inevitably involved Bologna. The city started by siding with the Guelphs (who backed the papacy), going against the Ghibellines, but adopted neutrality in the 14th century. Following a popular rebellion against the ruling Bentivoglio family, during which the family’s palace was razed, papal troops took Bologna in 1506 and the city remained under their control until the arrival of Napoleon at the end of the 18th century. In 1860 Bologna joined the newly formed Kingdom of Italy. During heavy fighting in the last months of WWII, up to 40% of the city’s industrial buildings were destroyed. However, the historic town inside the walls survived and it has been lovingly and carefully preserved. Today the city is a centre for Italy’s hi-tech industries and is a popular trade-fair venue.
Do not miss! Piazza Maggiore (main square), Saint Pretonio Basilica, Portici di Bologna, University of Bologna, Two Towers, Quadrilatero.
Bolognese Cuisine: Bologna is renowned for its culinary tradition. It has baptised the famous Bolognese sauce, a meat-based pasta sauce that in Italy is called ragù and is substantially different from the variety found worldwide. Situated in the fertile Po River Valley, the rich local cuisine depends heavily on meats and cheeses. As in all of Emilia-Romagna, the production of cured pork meats such as prosciutto, mortadella and salumi is an important part of the local food industry. Tagliatelle with ragù, lasagne, tortellini served in broth, and mortadella, the original Bologna sausage, are among the local specialties. Well-regarded nearby vineyards include Pignoletto dei Colli Bolognesi, Lambrusco and Sangiovese di Romagna.