Food, Culture and Wellness in the Hidden Emilia Romagna

7-day / 6 nights
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25-31 October 2020

2-8 May 2021

24-30 October 2021

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  • *Prices are per person and land only, with accommodation in a twin/double room with ensuite bathroom. Airfare and travel insurance are not included. Single occupancy supplement: + € 216.
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Fully escorted small groups tour up to 16 travelers

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Join us on a 7-day Italian cultural, wellness and culinary vacation in the green and hilly area of the Emilia Romagna region. A fully escorted tour in the land where Parmigiano Reggiano was born and where the first University of the West World was founded. Stay in a quiet Spa village where the old Romans took already their bath with precious healing waters. An authentic territory  between the city of Bologna and Tuscany, in the Italian Appennines. Live an immersive adventure in the Italian culture and traditions, in a quiet territory, historically a land of passage between North and South Italy. You really get to know the local life with a licensed and local tour guide that shared University with Fabrizio. Visit secrets places, the best of the region’s off-the-beaten-track. This is a tour that will give you the insights to daily life, food & wine, culture and production in Emilia Romagna and will let you discover the authentic and uncrowded Italy in a balanced mix of experiences, relax, adventure and learning.

HIGHLIGHTS

Live like a local and sleep in a Spa four star hotel in a hilly area where every day you can take a bath in healing and relaxing waters
Visit Bologna, the home of the oldest University of the West World
Discover how the traditional Prosciutto and Parmigiano Reggiano are made
Travel to a pretty Tuscan town through one of the oldest railway lines in Italy
Relax or shop in a local Italian market and live a vacation inspired by the principles of sustainable travel
Enjoy the taste of the traditional bolognese egg pasta and learn how to prepare it from locals
Visit an Emilia Romagna acclaimed winemaker

ITINERARY

ITINERARY

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

PM

  • Bologna airport/railway station pick up at 2:30 pm and transfer to Porretta Terme Spa village
  • Check in at the charming Hotel Helvetia Thermal Spa in the town center
  • Get to know your guide and learn more about the 7-day cultural, wellness and culinary vacation
  • Try the regional hotel restaurant to enjoy a welcome group dinner

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • Meeting at the hotel with your private guide after a leisurely traditional breakfast. We’ll drive to a bolognese local food market to get seasonal products. Here you’ll have the opportunity to practice a little bit of Italian even if you don’t speak any of it
  • Next we’ll drive to the relaxing countryside where we’ll have an exclusive and authentic cooking class with Marisa. We’ll learn how easy it is to make fresh pasta and we’ll be introduced to the authentic Emilia Romagna mood. A sample menu based on traditional recipes, includes bread, tortellini, and a traditional dessert – of course this depends on seasonal availability.

PM

  • Lunch with the traditional dishes, while enjoying the relaxing and quiet countryside atmosphere
  • Return to the hotel in Porretta Terme
  • Enjoy the village or try the hotel spa wellness area

In the evening you may experience dinner on your own in one of the restaurants of Porretta. You are free to choose, spending time like a local trying a dinner or a simple aperitif, a gelato or a pizza. Obviously the tour guide will suggest you her favorite places.

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • Meeting at the Hotel with your private guide after breakfast. Then we’ll drive to Bologna
  • Visit Bologna city center. Cultural,wine and food city highlights. Piazza Maggiore, with the main monuments and the historical places of this ancient city. You will visit some old bottega to try some local regional products (such as chocolate and traditional balsamic vinegar)

PM

  • Lunch in a traditional Trattoria (you will taste the Bolognese style)
  • Free time to do some shopping or take a break in the central Piazza Maggiore
  • Transfer to a Winery to meet Floriano and have a tour of the vineyards with a wine tasting experience
  • Return to the hotel and free evening

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • Meeting on time at the Hotel with your private guide, after breakfast. We will take a train to Tuscany traveling on a historical railway line, one of the oldest in Italy
  • Explore Pistoia, a Tuscan charming city center with the traditional market where you can find leather products, Italian clothing as well as the fresh fruit and vegetable market

PM

  • Lunch in a “slow food ” traditional restaurant where you can taste some Tuscan food in a warm atmosphere
  • Train back to Porretta
  • In the evening you may experience dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants of the village

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • Meeting at the hotel with your private guide after breakfast. We’ll drive to a Parmigiano Reggiano authorized mountain producer. The “king of the cheeses” is made in a special way, following the Consortium rules. You will understand why this natural product is so appreciated all over the World together with Francesca and Antonio.
  • Afterwards we will reach a village on the hills, around 700 metres above the sea level. The small town walls are decorated by artists.

PM

  • Lunch in a simple and genuine family owned restaurant active since 1936. The food served is produced by local farmers
  • In the afternoon, immersed in the nature and surrounded by green sceneries, we’ll drive to reach Emanuele and Giuseppe, Prosciutto producers. It is a niche production, for the high quality of the meat. You will understand the reason on the spot.
  • Drive back to the hotel
  • In the evening you may enjoy a dinner or aperitif on your own in one of the many restaurants and wine bars of Porretta

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

AM

  • Meeting at the hotel with your private guide after breakfast. We’ll drive following the North side of the river Reno and explore the area with a Castle and an ancient medieval mountain village in the timeless atmosphere of a land rich of history

PM

  • Lunch in a traditional Appennine restaurant where you will have the opportunity to try other dishes from the Bolognese culinary tradition
  • In the evening we’ll prepare and we’ll have the last dinner together (including the traditional tigelle) immersed in the Appennines countryside that will become familiar to you during your stay. A moment of conviviality before departure

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson

  • After breakfast we will leave (usually at 09:00 am) for Bologna airport (it is around 1 hour driving from the hotel) or your next destination so make sure to get an afternoon flight.

NOTE ABOUT YOUR ITINERARY

Your Itinerary is a guide to your activities during the week. However, sometimes we modify the final itinerary to take advantage of the season and the weather. Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a fabulous time, and that sometimes means tweaking the schedule even after your arrival. Your guide will provide suggestions during the week, and the group will decide if any modifications are desired. Be assured that only enhanced experiences are ever considered.

INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

25-31 October 2020: € 1.845,00*
2-8 May 2021: € 1.845,00*
24-30 October 2021: € 1.845,00*

  • Prices are per person and land only, with accommodation in a twin/double room with ensuite bathroom. Airfare and travel insurance are not included. Single occupancy supplement: + € 216.

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  • 6 Nights accommodation at Hotel Helvetia  Thermal Spa (superior rooms) in the town centre of Porretta Terme or similar accommodation
  • Thermal Spa access and Kit spa (towels, bathrobe and slippers)
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • 7 meals (food, water, house wine) in selected restaurants, a farmhouse, and a winery. Some evenings are free for you to explore the town by yourself
  • 2 hands-on authentic Emilian cooking classes and associated food costs
  • Daily trips, experiences and excursions
  • Pick up and drop-off at Bologna airport or railway station on request
  • Personalized cooking booklet and apron
  • All transports for daily trips and excursions
  • All entry fees for excursions, tours and wine, balsamic vinegar, chocolate, salami, and cheese tastings
  • English-speaking tour manager throughout the vacation
  • All taxes
  • Airfares. We recommend using www.skyscanner.com to check the flights
  • Cap, mandatory to access the bath, is not included in the kit spa
  • Extra treatments (i.e.: massages) that can be booked at your arrival
  • Money spent for personal interests
  • Snacks/Drinks between meals, or any meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, visa costs, laundry or tips
  • Travel insurance (not obligatory, but recommended)
  • Drinks not listed in the itinerary (an extra bottle of wine, for example)
  • The cost of additional excursions or activities

During this tour you will stay at the centrally located 4* Hotel Helvetia (classic rooms). A refined hotel, an excellent wellness center, a thermal water paradise: a spa and beauty farm that comes from centuries-old tradition. It’s locatedin Emilia Romagna, in the heart of the Tuscan Emilian Apennines where hospitality, the art of welcoming and “good living”, is at its best. Helvetia Thermal Spa, has Classic, Superior and Deluxe rooms, elegantly furnished and equipped with all the comforts to make your stay pleasant. Discover more here and inquire for a quote and availability for superior and deluxe rooms.

WHY US?

WHY US?

WE ARE PROUD TO BE LOCAL

  • Only 100% authentic experiences
  • Deep connections with the people who live here
  • We have a passion for our culture and our communities

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TRIP

  • We know how to let you feel that at home
  • We keep our groups small to take care of all the details
  • Discover our guest reviews on Tripadvisor

SUSTAINABILITY AND PASSION

  • We promote the local culture as a sign of responsible travel
  • We are focused on preserving our way of life
  • We involve small, family-run and passion-driven businesses

FAQ

FAQ

Pick up

For this tour the pick up at Bologna airport or railway station is planned at 2:30 pm on day 1. Normally it takes 1-1,5 hours to drive to Porretta Terme, our base on. A few weeks before the tour starts, we’ll send you a pdf with exact pick-up location and times. Please consider also this information:

  • If you want you can be picked up at an Hotel in Bologna, but this service has an extra cost of € 50 that you can pay at your arrival. We’ll come earlier to pick you up at your accommodation (it depends on the exact location). Sometimes it could be also after the airport pick-up
  • When we’ll have all flights and arrival information from all the travelers, if everybody that is joining the tour is supposed to arrive before 2:30 pm, we could anticipate the pick-up time

Drop-off

For the drop-off to Bologna airport or railway station we usually leave the hotel in Porretta after breakfast, at around 09:00 am so that we arrive at Bologna airport or railway station at maximum 10:30 pm. If anybody in the group has an earlier flight, we could leave 1-2 hours before (so at 07:00-08:00) but we make our evaluations from time to time. If there is any specific need, there are also trains from Porretta (3 minutes walking from the hotel) to Bologna or other destinations in Italy (take a look here)

Private pick-up and drop-off for group tours

Of course, we are always happy to support you to organize a private pick up/drop off only for you to let you join our small group tours listed in our calendar. Please keep in mind that a private transfer (before or after the planned one) from Porretta to Bologna airport or railway station costs around € 150.

Connecting to or from another part of Italy

If you are connecting to or from another part of Italy we are happy to assist you in planning your pre and post trip connections. If your planned arrival or departure does not coincide with the specified meeting time we can assist you in booking a private transfer at an additional cost or some extra nights in Emilia Romagna. .

Once a complete booking is made you may also contact us directly for further details and assistance. We are always here to help and have the insider knowledge and on the ground support to ensure you find the best option available to arrive or depart from your tour.

Make sure to arrive at the meeting point on time but don’t get stressed

Please note that all guests joining our tours are responsible for ensuring they make it to the meeting point by 2:30 pm at Bologna airport or railway station. Those who are unable to be on time will not be guaranteed a transfer from Bologna to Porretta o and will have to seek other arrangements to participate in the remainder of the tour. Anyway, don’t worry, there are many daily public buses trains that connect Bologna with Porretta as you can see here.

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Who are your tours suitable for?

  • Our tours are suitable for everybody that travelled enough to know that touristy vacations are just not them and long for more authentic travel, ways to truly experience the culture and people they’re visiting
  • Our travellers appreciate la dolce vita and the pleasures of exquisite food, wine, and fellowship with others who share their passions
  • Our guests are not afraid to take bold steps…to learn something new…to explore something completely out of the ordinary
  • The minimum age for pre-arranged tours is 14 (14-18 accompanied by an adult) with no upper age limit. For tailor-made and private tours any age is fine
  • Our tours are perfect for solo travellers (we don’t charge single room supplements for our 7-day tours in Abruzzo), couples, groups of friends and even families are welcomed
  • Our guests don’t need to have any experience in cooking or painting or do pottery or speaking Italian to join our tours. Our experienced course tutors will soon discover your level of knowledge and will adapt their approach accordingly

All classes are taught in both Italian and English so you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice a little bit of Italian

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To get more info and for booking enquiries, select your preferred starting date, add your personal data and we'll get back to you with a confirmation accordingly as soon as we can!
  • *Prices are per person and land only, with accommodation in a twin/double room with ensuite bathroom. Airfare and travel insurance are not included. Single occupancy supplement: + € 216.
  • Number of adults (13+) wishing to attend our Italian Cultural & Culinary Tour
  • Not necessary, only fill in if you don't mind us getting in touch over the phone
    I authorise the processing of personal data transmitted pursuant to the Italian & EU law on privacy 679/2016

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