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ENOGASTRONOMIC TOUR OF EMILIA ROMAGNA (from Euro 590 per person)

DAY 1 Late afternoon arrival in hotel. Check-in and welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 2 Breakfast in hotel. The morning is free for you to start exploring the aerea on your own. In the afternoon meet your escort and depart for Bertinoro. From the town heights, vineyards can be seen spreading over the slopes down to the plain. Here you can pick out the various ”cru“ sites, vineyards of particular distinction, that make Bertinoro the capital for fine Romagnan wines such as Sangiovese and Albana, amongst others. Later on in the afternoon, you will stop at a vineyard in the countryside and you will visit the cellars where oil and wine are produced together with a practical demonstration of Romagnolo cooking will take place; traditional dishes such as soups, roast saddle of pork, braised beef in Sangiovese sauce will be prepared and then tasted at dinnertime together with various local wines. Each participant will also receive a copy of the recipes. Return to hotel and overnight stay.

DAY 3 Breakfast in hotel, meet you escort and depart for Bologna. Bologna the Learned, Bologna the Fat, Bologna with its miles of arcades and its inexhaustible vitality, the birthplace of artists such as Morandi, of scientists such as Galvani and Marconi, the 'main square' of Lucio Dalla, is at the foot of the Emilian Appennines. This city, famous for its university and its cuisine, grew gradually and uneventfully from its prehistoric origins. The university, founded in 1088, the oldest not only in Italy but in Europe. With its 38 km of arcades and its population of students and shopkeepers it is said that it has turned its streets into a living room. Lunch will be at an typical osteria wit the most famous pasta-dishes in the old town of Bologna. Return to hotel dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 4 Breakfast in hotel, meet your escort and depart for San Leo. "Only one Pope, only one God, only one San Leo fort" are the words which could accompany a tourist visiting this most unusual of Montefeltro villages. The fortress of San Leo, one of the most impressive and inaccessible in the whole of Italy, was even praised by Machiavelli: it was built in its present form by Francesco di Giorgio Martini (15th c.), the Montefeltros' architect. This is where Count Cagliostro, the great adventurer and mysterious alchemist condemned by the Holy Inquisition, was imprisoned from 1789 until his death in a dark prison surviving from an even older fort. A traditional dish of polenta with sauce, followed by fruit of the forest tart will be served for lunch in a restaurant nearby. In the afternoon a visit of a handcraft shop with home produce: jams, syrups, fruit of the forest, liqueurs and pickled mushrooms can be sampled. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 5 Breakfast in hotel, meet your escort and depart for Dozza. Not far from Imola, surrounded by vineyards and hidden in the hills, lies the tiny mediaval town of Dozza. In the XV century it had more elaborate fortifications, but the old town remains and the superb castle, the Rocca, is now the home of Enoteca Regionale dell'Emilia Romagna, the wine exhibition centre for the entire region. A visit here is a must, to have an overview of wines produced as far apart as the Colli Piacentini, Verucchio and Santarcangelo. More than 500 different wines from 160 producers are on display and on sale. Since the 1970s, Dozza has also been famous for its ”Muro dipinto“ (painted wall) festival. The town is now an extraordinary outdoor museum with works by Remo Brindisi, Emilio Tadini, Aligi Sassu, Ennio Calabria, Alberto Sughi, Domenico Purificato, Roberto Crippa, and others. You'lI then stop off in a handicraft shop, where you'lI taste differen't types of cheese, cold cuts, pickled vegetables and pastries. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 6 Breakfast and then time to relax this morning. Later prepare for an early afternoon departure to Cesenatico. This fishing port and seaside resort on the Romagna riviera was built in 1302 as an outlet to the sea for Cesena. It was ruled by the Venetians until 1509, when it passed to the Papal State. Its canal-port (designed by Leonardo da Vinci) is always full of fishing-boats, making it one of the main fishing ports on the northern Adriatic.In the old town, and more precisely in the Piazza delle Conserve, are the 'ghiacciaie', ice-houses where fish used to be preserved. In the centre of the port is the Floating Museum of Seamanship of the Central and Northern Adriatic displaying, in water, various examples of traditional boats, perfectly restored and fitted with sails. Tonight consider saying "Arrivederci" to your traveling companions at an festive fish dinner in one of Cesenaticos fine restaurants. Return to hotel and overnight stay.

DAY 7 Breakfast and Departure.


THE PRICE INCLUDES:Accomodation with half board, Escort service during the tour, Guided visits with qualified local guides, Meals & Tasting food and wine as in the programme, Entrance where mentioned, Transport during tour. THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Airfare, Beverages, Tips.
RATES:Based on minimum 30 participants. Prices are not valid for July, August & September, holiday weekend and bank holidays. [Contact us ]

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