Emilia Romagna

Bologna Food Tour in Small Group

(6 reviews)

Price starting from

€ 150.00
  • Emilia Romagna
  • Small group
  • 8 Hours
  • Transport: included

A daytrip from Bologna to experience the making of cheese, ham and balsamico, with tastings and factory visits. Includes lunch and round-trip transportation


  • Parmesan Cheese Factory Visit and Tasting
  • Prosciutto Ham Factory Visit and Tasting
  • Balsamic Vinegar Factory Visit and Tasting
  • Hotel pick-up and transportation
  • Private guide
  • Lunch and wine included


This small group food tour will take you to the surroundings of Bologna to visit the best producers of balsamic vinegar,  prosciutto ham, and Parmesan cheese in the Emilia Romagna region.

You will go inside the workshops to see how the products are made and enjoy tastings of these delicious specialties right at the producers facilities plus a special lunch to try some of the best food and wine the region has to offer, all included.

The tour will start from your hotel/apartment in Bologna with a minivan pick-up. This tour can also be easily done from Florence, Venice, Milan or other cities with pick-up at the train station (please email us for more information). 

The first visit of this daytrip will be at a Parmesan cheese factory. Arriving early will allow you to see the production process starting from the fresh milk until the final product: the king of all cheeses, the Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan as it is known around the world. This cheese is produced within a restricted area that includes Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna (on the western bank of Reno River) and Mantova (on the eastern bank of the Po River). The cheese is handmade by craftsmen using traditional methods handed down for more than eight centuries. You will also see the cellars where hundreds of rounds are stored for aging and you will have a tasting of this delicious cheese.

The second stop of our daytrip will be at of one of the oldest producer of the traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. This type of balsamic vinegar is produced from cooked grape must, aged at least 12 years, and is protected under the European Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) system. We will have the chance to learn more about the techniques used to get such a special product, see the casks where the vinegar is stored for aging and we will taste different types of balsamic vinegar.

With the third stop we reach a traditional prosciutto crudo (ham) producer. Together with the tour inside the factory, we will also have the chance to taste this special product and will learn how only four ingredients are used to get such special product: pork, salt, air and time.

Finally we will reach a countryside trattoria to enjoy a lunch with other specialty food of the region and local wines (included in the price of the tour). At the end of the day the driver will take you back to your hotel in Bologna.

This tour is done in small groups of maximum 15 people.

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Meeting point:

At your hotel/apartment in Bologna (for other pick-up points please email us)


8 Hours

Dress code:

Comfortable walking shoes

Alternative tours:

This food tour can be organized PRIVATELY starting from Bologna, Parma, Florence or other cities. If you are interested in food you might like our cooking class in Bologna.  


(6 reviews)

Claire H.

Birmingham - UK

Without doubt the best tour i've ever been on. The whole day exceeded our already very high expectations. We were promptly picked up and transported around in very comfortable vehicles. Our guide Alessandro made the day. Energetic, funny and informative we felt immersed in Italian culture and he really brought it to life. The lunch that followed was spectacular - huge and generous and boozy. Best value ever and the company were so helpful when we accidentally left our purchases in the car (sorry!) and delivered them back to us. If you book one tour, book this one.



Boston, Massachusetts

Imagine the best tour that you have been on and then multiply that by ten--that is the food tour we did. Led by the animated and knowledgeable Alessandro, we were taken on an interactive, hands-on exploration of Bologna's finest cuisine. In addition to visiting the factories where Parmiggiano-Reggiano and Italian prosciutto are produced as well as the family home where specialty balsamic vinegar is made, we were treated to an exquisite three course lunch (with wine!) at an organic restaurant/winery. The entire day was a blast--fueled by Alessandro's enthusiasm which encouraged our group to have some fun and get to know each other. Not only did we learn about Bolognese food and culture, but also met people from different backgrounds and countries. I give the highest recommendation for this experience and guarantee that it will be nothing like you have ever experienced before. Go hungry and open-minded!