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Tour Description

The Po Valley is also known as the Food Valley, and this tour exclusively takes you to Parma, Ferrari and Mantua to show you why that is the case. From the roots of the parmesan cheese in Parma to the special balsamic vinegar, pizza and pasta with the best recipes, you will taste the Po Valley in its true light but also see one of the main artistic, cultural and notable musical hubs in Italy - Mantua.

The small city of Ferrara is next, influenced under the Renaissance and featuring a great architecture. It will open your perspective and let you see the mix of vintage and artsy, historic and traditional and influenced by subsequent development in the past.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Milan Arrival - Welcome to Italy ! Upon arrival at Milan airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Meet your driver and transfer to Parma Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Parma.

Day 02: Parma | Breakfast at the Hotel. In the morning enjoy a Morning Private Guided Tour of Parma. Parma is known all over the world for three things: Ham, Parmesan cheese and Verdi, associated both in Italy and abroad with savoir faire and the good life. Parma was the capital of the Duchy of Parma who enriched the city with a series of magnificent art works, like the Battistero and Pilotta Palace, house of Farnese family. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Parma.

Day 03: Food Valley, Ferrari & Mantua | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver in the lobby. Private Transfer from your Parma Hotel to your Hotel in Ferrara, en route stop at Parmiggiano Reggiano factory to learn about the production and taste the best cheese in the world. Possibility to visit the Museum Ferrari in Maranello. Continue to Mantova, one of the best kept secret in Italy. Mantua's historic power under the Gonzaga family, made it one of the main artistic, cultural and notably musical hubs of Italy. Mantua had a significant role in the history of opera and the city is known for its beautiful elegant palaces or palazzi and its medieval and Renaissance cityscape. Continue to Ferrara, check in and overnight in Ferrara.

Day 04: Ferrara | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today discover Ferrara with your private guide. Ferrara still has the atmosphere of the past, which blends in harmoniously with the lively atmosphere of the present. During Renaissance, the age of splendor of the Estense court, the city became a jewel, as recognized by UNESCO that included the historical center of Ferrara in the list of World Cultural Heritage as a wonderful example of a town planned in the Renaissance and still keeping its historical center intact. Overnight in Ferrara.

Day 05: Ferrara | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today spend the day at leisure in Ferrara. The town, which grew up around a fiord over the River Po, became an intellectual and artistic center that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, Piero della Francesca, Jacopo Bellini and Andrea Mantegna decorated the palaces of the House of Este. The humanist concept of the 'ideal city' came to life here in the neighborhoods built from 1492 onwards by Biagio Rossetti according to the new principles of perspective. The completion of this project marked the birth of modern town planning and influenced its subsequent development. Overnight in Ferrara.

Day 06: Ravenna & Comacchio Valley | After Breakfast at the Hotel meet your driver in the lobby. Private Transfer to your Bologna Hotel via Ravenna for a morning Private Guided Tour. Ravenna, the city of mosaics, has been recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO: eight historic buildings are on the World Heritage List. It is a treasure chest of art, history and culture of the highest order with ancient origins and a glorious past; it was a capital three times: of the Western Roman Empire, of Theodoric King of the Goths, and of the emperor of Byzantium. In the afternoon, visit the Comocchio valley where the Po river ends in the Adriatic sea. Overnight in Bologna.

Day 07: Bologna | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Guide in the lobby for a Private Guided Walking tour of the beautiful town of Bologna. Also called “The Learned” for its old University, and “The Fat” for its food tradition, the city is also a “UNESCO creative City of Music” and has one of the largest and most well-preserved medieval historical Centre, full of restaurants, taverns, theatres and shops. Overnight in Bologna.

Day 08: Bologna Departure | Breakfast at the Hotel. Unfortunately it is time to say Arrivederci. At your convenience we will transfer you the airport. Ciao!

Tour Inclusions
  • 2 nights Parma
  • 3 nights Ferrara
  • 3 nights Bologna
  • Assistance & Porterage at Airports and Hotels
  • Private excursions by Mercedes E Class and English speaking driver as per program
  • Professional Local Guides: Door to Door service
  • All Breakfast and most Lunches included
  • 24/7 Assistance & Support
  • Details up on request
Price
Prices in Euro

March to October 2017 Package Starting Prices based on Double Occupancy

4* Boutique Hotels

€4,785 per person

5* Luxury Hotels

€6,385 per person

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  • Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful trip in Italy. Terence and I learned many things about Italy. The weather was great and we had so much fun. All hotels, staff and guides were superb! We especially appreciated our driver who served us from Venice through our time in Florence, I believe his name was Lorenzo. Again, thank “you” for doing such a great job in planning our vacation.
    Melissa R. xxxxx.Wassenaar, NL
  • Hope, you are doing well. My wife and I had a great trip to Italy. The place, the people, and the food and wine were out of this world. Warm and kind people including hotel staff, tour guides and drivers went beyond their ways to help us and make this visit very special for us. It was very hard to leave Italy. You, your staff and company did an extraordinary job. You over delivered. Bravo!
    Barry and Paula J. xxxxxx. Omaha, Nebraska
  • We have just returned from our trip to Italy since we took a cruise after the program you and I put together. I just wanted to let you know that everything you planned worked out perfectly. Both hotels were excellent and the rooms were fine. All the drivers were on time and got us to our destinations promptly. We were especially glad to have someone meet us at the train station with the tickets in hand and directions to our car in Milan. The best part of the trip was the all day private boat trip in Bellagio with the great restaurant on the private island. So thanks for your help and hopefully we can do it again.
    John B. xxxxx. Collegeville, Pennsylvania