Food & Wine Tour
Emilia-Romagna 2024

Food and Wine Tour Emilia-Romagna - Food Map PDO
Emilia-Romagna is known as Italy’s Food Valley because of its variety of world-class produce and diverse culinary traditions. On last count it had 44 products with either PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) or PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) designations, more than any other Italian region! This food and wine tour of Emilia-Romagna is an opportunity to discover all of these and more. Along with renowned foods like Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, we’ll discover lesser-known regional specialties including smallgoods (culatello, mortadella, coppa, salami, pancetta, zampone, cotechino); cheeses (provolone, squacquerone, cave-aged); fresh produce (mushrooms, chestnuts, melons, pears, peaches); fresh lamb and veal, rice, pasta, and baked goods. And that’s before we talk about the wines! I’ve chosen mid-autumn for this year’s tour as the days are still warm and the seasonal produce including wild mushrooms, truffles and cave-aged cheeses are at their best.
Scroll down for a video of Emilia-Romagna’s food highlights.
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The Basics

Immerse yourself in the food culture of Emilia-Romagna. Visit artisanal food and wine producers, eat regional specialties in local restaurants and enjoy hands-on cooking with like-minded food and wine lovers in a relaxed, comfortable environment on this food and wine tour of Emilia-Romagna.

The below itinerary covers the tour highlights, the order of activities and locations may vary.

Details
  • 1–11 October 2024 (11 nights/10 days)
  • AUD$12,480 twin-share, all-inclusive land content only, including entry fees and local guides where appropriate
  • $1,950 single supplement
  • $1,800 deposit to confirm place
  • Maximum 16 people
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach with professional driver

 

Food and Wine Tour Emilia-Romagna - Parma

Parma

We’ll start our Emilian adventure in the beautiful city of Parma. Easy to discover on foot and full of fabulous food and fashion shops as well as impressive cultural landmarks.

Food and Wine Tour Emilia-Romagna - Parmigiano-Reggiano Dairy

Prosciutto & Parmesan

From Parma we’ll take day trips to visit producers of Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano and enjoy a tasting and lunch with the winemaker at a very special winery in the nearby hills.

Food and Wine Tour Emilia-Romagna - Osteria Rubbiara

Balsamico Tradizionale

We'll spend a day in Modena discovering what makes Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena so special with a tour and tasting at the last acetaia within the city area in a 4th-generation family home.

Food and Wine Tour Emilia-Romagna - Po Delta Fisherman's Huts

Po Delta

Travelling east to Romagna on the Adriatic, the second half of our tour starts in Comacchio on the Po Delta, built on canals like a mini-Venice! Dishes based on eel from the lagoon are a local delicacy.

Food and Wine Tour Emilia-Romagna - Ravenna Mosaics

Ravenna

We’ll visit Ravenna, famous for its splendid Byzantine mosaics. Instead of painted frescoes, the domes and walls of its basilicas sparkle with vivid images composed of millions of tiny tiles.

Food and Wine Tour Emilia-Romagna - Cervia Saltflats Flamingos

Saltflats & Flamingos

Romagna’s southern coast is famous for seafood, which we’ll enjoy at traditional trattorias and Rimini's Trattoria da Lucio, where bright young chef Jacopo Ticchi has generated quiet a following.

Food and Wine Tour Emilia-Romagna - Piadina Cooking Class Casa Artusi

make Piadina

At Casa Artusi, a museum, library and cooking school named for Pellegrino Artusi ‘the father of Italian home cookery’, we’ll learn to make piadina, the local flatbread, and other regional specialties.

Food and Wine Tour Emilia-Romagna - Quadrilatero Bologna

Bologna

Our tour ends in Bologna, where we’ll explore one of Italy’s most extensive food markets for final souvenir shopping and to lunch on a bar stool outside an ancient deli for a spot of people watching.

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Emilia-Romagna Q&A

Why visit Emilia-Romagna? Is Emilia-Romagna worth visiting?
What is there to do on a food tour of Emilia-Romagna?

Emilia-Romagna is known as Italy’s Food Valley because of its huge variety of world-class produce and diverse culinary traditions. Between the better-known Emilia in the west, with the foodie cities of Bologna, Modena and Parma, and the less-visited Romagna in the East with Adriatic seafood and produce from the Po Delta, Emilia-Romagna is a food and wine lover’s paradise.

What food is Emilia-Romagna known for?

On last count Emilia-Romagna had 44 products with either PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) or PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) designations! These include renowned foods like Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, as well as lesser-known regional specialties including small goods, cheeses, fresh produce, meats, rice, pasta, and baked goods.

What is Bologna in Italy known for?

Bologna is the capital city of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. It’s most famous dish may be tagliatelle alla Bolognese, fresh egg pasta dressed with the local rich meat ragù (the ancestor of spaghetti Bolognese). Lasagne Bolognese is justifiably famous too.

Where is Emilia-Romagna?

Emilia-Romagna is a region of northern Italy, north of Florence and south of Milan and Venice. It stretches from the Adriatic Sea in the east almost to the Mediterranean in the west, cut off from that coast only by the thin crescent of Liguria.

Apart from food, what is Emilia-Romagna known for?

Emilia-Romagna is home to Ferrari, Ducati, Lamborghini and Maserati. The Enzo Ferrari museum in Modena is well worth a visit for anyone with even a passing interest in cars.

Which Italian region has the most PDO and PGI products?

On last count Emilia-Romagna had 44 products with either PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) or PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) designations, more than any other Italian region!

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