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Food Lover's Guide to Bologna

Food Lover's Guide to Bologna

The Emilia-Romagna region is Italy’s gastronomic heartland and its capital, Bologna, is the perfect place to discover the country’s rich culinary heritage and overindulge on delicious Italian cuisine. Here are our favorite Bologna food tours and experiences.

Must-Try Dishes

Many of Italy’s most famous delicacies hail from the Emilia-Romagna region—Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese(Parmesan cheese),Parma ham(prosciutto crudo di Parma),mortadella sausage(the origin of the processed stuff we’ve come to know as bologna),culatello(cured meat),piadina(flatbread), andbalsamic vinegar.

Affectionately known as La Grassa (“the Fat One”) among Italians, Bologna is also renowned for its hearty and delicious cuisine. Signature dishes includetortellini,tagliatelle alla Bolognese(pasta with meat-and-tomato sauce), andlasagna, which you can pair with a glass ofLambrusco, then cap it all off with an scrumptious dessert likezuppa inglese***(a trifle-like custard and sponge cake) orsweet raviole pastries*.

 

Must-Do Experiences

  • Visit a Parmigiano-Reggiano factory, a traditional balsamic vinegar producer in Modena, and a prosciutto factory on a full-day tour of Bologna’s legendary food valley.

  • Sample delicacies including ragù, mortadella, and gelato on a walking tour of Bologna’s local markets and foodie hot spots.

  • Learn to make fresh pasta and tortellini from scratch with a home-cooking class at a country farmhouse.

  • Hunt for wild truffles in the forest, then dine on Michelin-starred cuisine at a traditional trattoria on a Bologna truffle tour.

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Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings

Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings

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Take a food-centric 4-hour tour from Modena to learn how traditional Italian specialties Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegar are made. Travel to a cheese producer to find out what it takes to make Parmigiano Reggiano, and sample some of the famous cheese. Visit an 'acetaia' (vinegar maker) back in Modena to learn just how long it takes to produce the best quality balsamic vinegar.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$264.92
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Private Walking tour and Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna

Private Walking tour and Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna

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Learn the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine with a traditional home cooking experience in Bologna. This 4-hour tour will introduce you to Bolognese specialties as you tour the local market, watch a tortellini-making demonstration at a local home, then tuck into delicious pasta lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna

Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna

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Italy is known for its food but the region of Emilia Romagna might be the best swath of Italy for culinary delights. And this private half- or full-day food tour packs in all that is delicious in the region. Opt to drive yourself or to have a driver take you, and then commence this fulfilling journey of edible treats in one of Italy's most gastronomic regions. Visit a prosciutto producer and a maker of Parmigiano in Parma, for example. Expect to eat like a real 'buona forchetta," the Italian word for a good eater. On the full-day tour, learn about balsamic vinegar.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$175.76
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$175.76
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Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Milan

Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Milan

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Feast your senses on the rich flavors and enticing aromas of gourmet Italian products during a private half- or full-day tour of the Emilia Romagna region from Milan. Opt to drive yourself or be transported by a private chauffeur, and then delve into the region’s rich culinary traditions with an expert gastronome guide. Discover the secrets behind artisan production methods and visit a Parma ham producer and cheese dairy to savor delicious samples. Feast upon a traditional Italian lunch in an ambient wine cellar and receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$172.57
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$172.57
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures