Bologna’s Art & Food Market Walking Tour with Light Lunch

BOLOGNA

Our tour will begin in Bologna’s City Center; the medieval Piazza Maggiore. Its centerpiece, the Renaissance Neptune Fountain is surrounded by the beautiful public buildings of historic Bologna. Among others, you’ll see City Hall, Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo dei Banchi, and Palazzo dei Notai.
We’ll walk beneath the dramatic porticoes of the Piazza into the old market area. Here we will explore the famous specialty food purveyors of our delicious Bolognese cuisine.
The handmade pasta shops are filled with Tortellini, Tortelloni and Tagliatella. Hanging in every meat shop you’ll see our classic Prosciutto di Parma and Bologna’s famous Mortadella . You’ll leave this tour with a new respect for the king of vinegars “Traditional Balsamic Vinegar” once we expose you to the many varieties of this tasty condiment.
If you love sweets, you’ll love our next stops. We begin at one of our fantastic bakeries which features local cakes and pastries followed by a visit to a historic chocolatier. You’ll enjoy the history of and a tasting of bark-like scorza, the oldest existing form of edible chocolate, which is still made and sold in Bologna.

A LIGHT LUNCH: We will indulge in a variety of authentic and local meat products such as Mortadella I.G.P, Parma Ham D.O.P, Culatello di Zibello D.O.P and Salame Felino I.G.P. You’ll enjoy the “King” of Cheese Parmigiano Reggiano D.O.P and 1 Bottle of Pignoletto Wine (local white sparkling wine) or Lumbrisco.
SALUTE and MANGIA MANGIA!!!!

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Italian Days Food Experiences - Day Tours

BOLOGNA

Venture out on a morning excursion to a cheese factory, where you will see all the working steps in the production of Parmigiano Reggiano D.O.P the KING of the Cheese. You will have the rare opportunity to witness the entire process, from the fresh milk that became curd, to the crafting of the curds by the master cheese maker Casaro the “BIG CHEESE” to the final aging process, where you will see in the “cheese library” more that 6 millions Euros of the King of the cheese. At the end of the visit you will enjoy “The Breakfast of the Champions” plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese 13 and 25 months…. and more…..

From the Parmigiano factory to the Acetaia, to see the secrets and the barrels of the famous Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena D.O.P “Black Gold” (certified Balsamic Vinegar, minimum 12 years old). Full tasting of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale DOP, allowing you to compare 6-year balsamic dressing with 15- and 45-years balsamico, ricotta(FRESCH FROM THE CHEESE FACTORY) and balsamic jelly and gelato with balsamic dressing.

From Acetaia to one of the best Prosciutto - Ham producers in the region, where you’ll meet a family that for over three generations has been committed to the production of Prosciutto di Modena D.O.P, a Prosciutto equal to the more famous Prosciutto de Parma (but without the same name recognition, since it’s produced within the city limits of Modena and not Parma! but made with the same food regulation). There you’ll learn the careful craft that goes into creating one of the most delicious pork products this planet has ever known.. also here full tasting of fresh slices prosciutto di Modena D.O.P in a combination with some nice Lambrusco Grasparossa Wine.

And now….. Next stop?? Lunch at a countryside original Trattoria/Winery certified Organic a perfect ending to a day filled with the very best of Italian food culture, here you’ll experience the famous Italian Days “LIGHT” lunch, EATING and DRINKING the best FOOD & WINE that our region has to offer!!!!!!!

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In the city of Perfumes

IN THE CITY OF PERFUMES
Bike or walking tour of Florence and visit of Lorenzo Villoresi’s Laboratory and visit of “Museo della Cipria”

Perfumes and fragrances of rare excellence is the challange of Cyclinginflorence to show you a vital art in the tissue of artisan of Florence. The Lorenzo Villoresi’s fabulous rooms is the ideal scenography to know the magic olfactory sensations created in a unique Laboratory of elegance.

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Art and Chocolate

ART&CHOCOLATE
A flavoury tour of Florence and a taste of hot chocolate and three chocolates!

Trough the alleys and squares of the city centre a Maestro of the art of chocolate, such as Roberto Catinari is hidden to the busy eyes. A very descreet person, the master of the village of Agliana with 40 years of experience, is a warm and welcoming symphony of pleasures for your senses.

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BIKE TOUR OF 4 DAYS LUCCA-PISA

4 days, easy to moderate

Bike trip in 6 stages between 20km and 50km, mostly on bike paths and country or low density traffic roads. Hill climbs of moderate difficulty, no more than 3-4km, still require good physical condition .
Hybrid bike , 21 speed suitable for both asphalt and gravel roads.
Stops are planned along the way for panoramic highlights, visits to monuments, gardens, architectural complexes, historical villages and towns with your professional tourist guide.

Day 1: Arrival in Italy and transfer to the Hotel in Lucca. Delivery bikes and leisure

Day 2: Lucca -Pisa , a / r 52km easy level on asphalt road and cycle path.
Visit of the city center of Pisa

Day 3: Lucca hills and Villa Reale 38km moderate level on asphalt road and cycle path.
Visit the garden of Villa Reale and the historical center of Lucca

Day 4 Braekfast at the hotel and departure from Lucca

Period: from April to October (special Easter on request)

the price included:
- ybrid-bike with lateral bags
- toolkit
- helmet
- accomodation in hotel or agriturismo
- breakfast in hotel or agriturismo
- dinner in hotel or agriturismo
- professional tourist guide

Il prezzo not included:
- transfer
- luggage transport before your arrive in order to enjoy your ride
- dinner
- insurance
- extra
- all is not indicated in “the price include”

How to get to Lucca.
By car: A11 Firenze-Pisa Nord exit Lucca Ovest, from Florence. A11 Florence-Pisa Nord direction Florence, exit Lucca Ovest.

By train/flight: Regional train Florence to Viareggio and stop at Lucca Centrale from Florence Santa Maria Novella. Regional train to Pisa Centrale and with correspondence to Lucca Centrale from Galileo Galilei Pisa airport.

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