BOLOGNA AND EMILIA ROMAGNA: CROSSROAD OF ITALY

View of Bologna from the bell tower of Basilica di San Petronio (patron of Bologna)

Who says that Italy is just Rome, Venice and Florence?

Balsamic vinegar is aged in little wooden barrels for several years.

The region Emilia Romagna and its capital Bologna are the main crossing road in Italy. A geographical position that shaped this region over the centuries full of history.

Bologna is a very lively city, seat of the oldest university in Europe, the area between Bologna and Modena is known as the “Motor Valley” because of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati, the capital of food for Parmigiano Reggiano, prosciutto di Parma, culatello, balsamic vinegar and fresh pasta, religiously made by hand and rolled with the rolling pin, Ravenna is the capital of byzantine mosaics and this is not all!

Travelling from North to South you will taste always different mouthwatering specialties and wines in each place, admiring gorgeous landscapes with castles, vineyards, hill towns…

Parmigiano Reggiano is produced in the Emilia part of the region

Bologna is so unique that since 30 years it still amazes us, every time we discover hidden corners of unexpected and unrevealed beauty.

Prosciutto di Parma must be aged about two years to be ready

Are these reasons enough to make it worth a visit?

Maybe it’s simply because of the natural mélange created by its geographical position, for the natural hospitality of the people living it that Bologna and Emilia Romagna are like that.

Dozza, a charming little hill town in the hills of Bologna

The old Roman road – Via Emilia – a shape line cutting Emilia Romagna from North West to South East is one of our symbols along which our region made some of its best.


Our guest will be able to get a taste of our culture by visiting our main cities and its beautiful surroundings.

This mouthwatering pasta from Romagna is called “spoja lorda” that means “dirty sfoglia”

Experience live as an Italian in Bologna and, walk under its never ending porticos, the largest and best preserved medieval center in Europe, built over hidden canals that centuries ago where created with very high level engineering to provide water to the city, but also to improve business such as work the silk, for flour mills or other activities and for the navigation and the transportation and commerce.

Chocolate tasting in Ravenna

Enjoy in Bologna and Emilia Romagna the best dishes of Italy: the authentic tagliatelle with ragu (bolognese sauce), delicate tortelloni filled with ricotta, tortellini stuffed with the best pork meats and delicious lasagna are just the some of the several pastas made in the region.
Beautiful vineyards in Romagna hills

Discover how the best Parmigiano Reggiano, prosciutto di Parma and balsamic vinegar are made. Centuries of traditions and handcraft fighting against industrialization: small and passionate producers will share with you their secrets.

After the cooking class and before dinner the best thing is a toast with a glass of genuine wine

Discover the gorgeous countryside of Emilia Romagna: olive trees and vineyards cover the gentle hills of our region where special productions of olive oil and Sangiovese, Albana and Lambrusco wines are made. The climate and the nature surrounding makes it a fantastic place for truffle hunting.

Black truffles are available all year round in Emilia Romagna

Marcello and Raffaella Tori invite you to come and taste Italy in an authentic, unclose, and personal way. Everything is arranged, from food and wine tastings to cooking lessons, walks in the countryside and meanders through beautiful villages. Marcello and Raffaella live in Bologna and have over 20 years of experience working with people just like you who want to taste all Italy has to offer. Their unique experiences are enduring in their simplicity and authenticity. Join us for a day trip or a 4-7 day tour and taste and see amazing Italy through the eyes of Marcello and Raffaella. What are you waiting for? Come and Taste Our Italy! Find our more at bluone.com and follow us on BluoneCookingWineToursItaly/.

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