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$4750 Double / $5650 Single

Emilia-Romagna is one of the most under appreciated regions of Italy, hidden in plain sight. The quiet fame it has amassed is justifiably due to the incredible wealth of food products made in the region. Wait…Did someone say food? Well, if you know us, you know that food and Italy are two of our great passions, so we are combining them for a fantastic new itinerary.

In this tour, we will explore the region from east to west, starting in the Byzantine capital of Ravenna, then to the food capital of Italy, Bologna, and then finishing in the Parma area, famous for both cheese and ham. We will visit food producers, take a cooking class, marvel at ancient mosaics, and sample some of the fantastic wines of the region.

This tour is being run for the first time in 2023, so we can’t yet promise an exact itinerary, that will be available after the first tour finishes in October 2023. For now, you can expect our usual high quality–great lodgings, excellent food, fantastic guides, and a small group of no more than 18.

This tour will be 10 days and 9 nights, starting in Ravenna and ending in Parma. The closest airports are Florence (FLR) or Bologna (BLQ).

Day One

Overnight: Ravenna

Welcome to Emilia Romanga

Orientation walk of this UNESCO heritage city filled with fabulous early Christian and Byzantine mosaics. Welcome dinner

Day Two

Overnight: Ravenna

Mosaic Mecca 

Guided walking tour of Ravenna, once the capital of the Western Empire before the Byzantine empire. Everywhere you go there are mosaics: in museums, in the Unesco monuments, along the streets and in artisan workshops. An included pass will get you into all the mosaic sites.

Day Three

Overnight: Bologna

Discovering hidden gems on the way to Bologna

We depart Ravenna for Bologna and on the way there we go off the beaten path. Visit the uber-charming medieval town of Brisighella, visit its castle and try some its prized DPO olive oils from the cooperative here.

Late afternoon arrival into Bologna.

Day Four

Overnight: Bologna

Touring Bologna

After breakfast a half day walking tour of the city centre to take in its rich historic and cultural sights while not forgetting this is food central for Italy. Expect some tasty dishes and bites along the way.

Day Five

Overnight: Bologna

Cooking and eating World Eataly

First half of day at leisure to explore Bologna. Then a visit to FICO World Eataly, a food-centric theme park featuring eateries, pop-stores, demonstrations & hands-on exhibits. Let’s get our hands dirty making tortellini and gelato!

Next Day

Day Six

Overnight: Reggio Emilia countryside

Ferrari cars and Lambrusco wines

Depart Bologna and tour the Ferrari factory. Depending on time and group size, it may be possible to book a test drive around the speedway track.

Arrive into Reggio Emilia and enjoy lunch with a short stroll around this cute town. Visit local winery to dive into wines made from the region’s most renowned grape, Lambrusco, which is also used in the famous balsamic vinegar (visit to see that production on the following day). In between glasses, we’ll get the scoop on how the Medici family helped to revolutionize the production method of Emilia Romagna’s most important grape.

Check into our agriturismo in the countryside and get a tasting and short tour of their local products. Dinner at intimate trattoria.

Day Seven

Overnight: Reggio Emilia countryside

PDO food day: Aceto Balsamico and Vacche rosse cheese

Tour a gorgeous villa that is home to an extraordinary producer of balsamic vinegar, run by two sisters whose father owned the fashion firm, Maska. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia PDO is made from just one ingredient: the must of white and red (Trebbiano and Lambrusco) grapes grown in Reggio Emilia.

Tour of the local consorzio which produces Parma cheese from ‘vacche rosse’ (red cows). Only half a percent of all Parma cheese made in ER comes from this type of cow. See the processes of the production of the Red Cows Parmigiano Reggiano, from the milk to the wheel, through the process of breaking of the curd (spinatura).

After a late lunch some afternoon nap time. Dinner back to agriturismo.

Day Eight

Overnight: Parma

Parma Ham and organic winemaking 

Visit family owned Parma ham business started by 2 brothers in the late 1960’s. We’ll learn the secrets around the processes involved in the making of Prosciutto di Parma and other cured meats.

With a location where vineyards looks on to the stunning sight of the Torrechiara Castle, we’ll meet with an organic winemaker and taste his Malvasia, Bonarda and Sauvignon wines. Later afternoon arrival into our final stop, the city of Parma. It should come as no surprise that Parma is the first Italian city in history to become UNESCO’s heritage site for Gastronomy.

Day Nine

Overnight: Parma

Touring Parma

Morning walking tour of Parma. There is more than just gastronomy here. It’s a lively university town and its renowned music and opera academy is home to famous opera composer Giuseppe Verdi and composer Arturo Toscanini. Enjoy the last day of the tour at leisure in the afternoon popping into museums & art galleries, sampling some craft beers, strolling around beautiful Parco Ducale park or perhaps taking in a concert (schedule depending).

Price: $4750 (Air not included). Single Supplement is $900. We welcome singles and if you do not have a travel partner, please sign up for a single spot. In the event that a roommate is found, your booking can be changed to a double before final payment is due.

Tour price includes 5 dinners, 4 lunches, 9 nights lodging at clean, comfortable, and centrally located hotels, tastings per itinerary, transport, tour leader and tips.

Tour begins afternoon of April 7th in Ravenna, (nearest airport Bologna – BLQ airport code). Tour ends in Parma, (nearest airport Milan or Bologna – MXP/BLQ airport code).

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I have been visiting friends and showing them my photos from the Piemonte tour. I was telling them how great it was to become immersed in this area and see things you would not normally have the opportunity to do or know about. Having a caring and inquisitive guide who delights in sharing where she lives brings so much to the experience. Go visit Piemonte with Lisa- you will have such an amazing time and fond memories to share and relish!

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I have had the joy of traveling with Adventures with Sarah many times, from Thailand, to Turkey, and many places in between. I choose to book with AWS because I can rely on a tour that is paced well, varied in activities, with great food and even greater guides. As a frequent traveler to Europe, I really enjoy AWS tours due to a small group size and the opportunity to go in depth into a region and really experience the culture of the area I’m visiting. And every time, with every group, I meet fellow travelers who are now friends. Adventures with Sarah is a tour company that I would recommend without hesitation. In fact, I have 3 tours booked for this year!

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It really was a wonderful trip. This was our first group trip, and the size was just right. We all got along well which was a bonus. Everything was smooth, and Sarah had picked out some really wonderful things for us to do. I felt like we were getting "sneak peeks" of special things regular tourists don't get to do. We were willing participants for her to try out new things on this trip. The hotels were lovely, and the wine lunches perfect! There was a good balance of planned activities and free time which I appreciated. I will definitely be looking for more trips to go on with Adventures with Sarah!

Leslie P.Sicily Pleasures tour

Good accommodations in the heart of all important areas. Food experience was excellent with incentive to try new foods. Sarah is very personable and has each tour member's concerns and needs in mind. Love the small groups.

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We had a great time! Perfect mix of free time and planned group excursions/tours. The food was amazing! Our accommodation was comfortable and our views were unforgettable! I would book another trip with this company.

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We had a wonderful trip with no issues at all. Gorgeous area, plenty of delicious food, perfect weather and knowledgeable guide!

John G.Harvest tour

What a perfect way to get back into European travel. It was obvious from the start that Trish had put her heart and soul into the planning of the Hidden Paris tour. It was a great mix of adventures and I throughly enjoyed my travel group, who became like family, and it was obvious to see why most had traveled with adventures with Sarah before, Our local guide, Julian, was excellent and it was fun finally getting to also meet Sarah and sons. Merci beaucoup, Trish for this great time and I hope to travel with you again in the future.

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A thoroughly enjoyable trip. George, our leader, was super-knowledgeable, helpful, energetic, and fun. His knowledge of people and places gave us experiences we couldn't have duplicated on our own. The itinerary was great - I thought the pace was good and we had a variety of experiences. The only thing I didn't like was that the weather in late April was rather chilly and often wet, more so than I expected. However, traveling later in the spring would have meant missing Orthodox Easter, which was the highlight of the trip for me. We spent it in a rural village, and participating in the villagers' traditions was a rare privilege that I'll never forget. So take an umbrella and some warm clothes and prepare for a special experience. Maybe you'll get the sunshine that we mostly didn't get!

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Melva O.Sicily Pleasures tour

This was a wonderful trip! Susanna was such a wonderful tour guide, thoughtful, funny, informative. I can’t imagine a better guide for this trip! Our accommodations were wonderful as were all the varied activities and dining experiences. I enjoyed the other travelers in our group and felt as if we were family. I have made new friends that I will keep in touch with. Thank you!

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