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Italy's Emilia-Romagna & Bologna, small group exclusive food & wine tour

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June 25, 2020 (Thu)

Bologna, Italy
Castel Bolognese, Brisighella, Imola & Faenza
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Cost: *$1,580 pp/double occupancy, *$2,080 single occupancy, 6days/5nights, *land pkg only (no airfare)

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Emilia–Romagna Tour Highlights: 6days/5nights  June 25-30, 2020

Daily transportation, transfers arrival/departure, daily breakfast, winery tours & tastings, castle tours, *2 star Michelin cooking class demonstration and gourmet lunch, arrival reception and dinner at boutique bed & breakfast. Gastronomic walking tour with private guide, Olive oil tasting and picnic. **attend traditional medieval parade of Palio, and much more!!

Day One: Arrive at BLQ, Bologna international airport where you will be met and transferred to our exclusive boutique Agriturismo La Rinaldina "Località Castel Raniero". https://agriturismolarinaldina.it/  
Close to the most famous tourist spots in the area, the agriturismo is situated on an organic farm and boasts a splendid panorama; the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday in the midst of olive trees, currant bushes and medicinal herbs. The Farm includes five beautiful suites, (two of which can accommodate 3 people), a striking infinity pool overlooking views of Faenza, a lovely gourmet bistro on the premises using many of the organic and biological ingredients harvested on the farm. You will have time to relax before wine tasting at Fattoria Camerone.
* Dinner included this evening. 
Day Two: 
Today we visit Bologna with a two hour private guided gastronomic and cultural walking tour. Afterwards you’ll have free time to investigate the dozens of little streets, alleyways and do some shopping . Lunch or dinner here in town on your own or return to La Rinaldina for some relaxing at the infinity pool.
Breakfast included, Lunch and Dinner on your own.
Day Three:
*A very special day awaits you at two star Michelin rated Ristorante San Domenico in Imola. Chef Massimiliano Mascia presents a 3 course cooking class in the kitchen, followed by lunch in the restaurant! 
After lunch we‘ll visit La Rocca, the 14th century restored stone castle complete with a moat! 
Free time to shop and stroll the central piazza around Imola.
Breakfast and Lunch included. Dinner 
at a local Faenza ristorante outside by candlelight in their courtyard.   Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.     

Day Four:
Today we visit Vini Ancarani for a tour, tasting, and family style lunch. This is a wonderful boutique winery that pays homage to indigenous grape varietals of Emilia–Romagna and in rare production.
After that we go to Brisighella to visit another medieval tower, the castle and quaint village for an olive oil tasting and picnic dinner under the tower.
Breakfast, Lunch and picnic Dinner included
Day Five:
More castles and Wine tastings! We visit Dozza castle. 
http://www.fondazionedozza.it/entra-in-rocca/la-rocca-di-dozza.html , a museum tour then go to the grotto where we will have a special Sommelier lead wine tasting of some of the most important regional wine makers to learn what makes Emilia-Romagna different from other regions.
**Later in the afternoon we head out to experience the parade of Palio, an ancient annual event from medieval times with traditional costumes and flags representing their colors. *  OR  (depending on  scheduling),  We head over to the seaside town of Ravenna, known for it's colorful mosiacs adorning many of its central buildings. We will visit the historical sites then go to the beach for dinner.

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner on your own.
Day Six:
We leave our beautiful countryside estate and return to Bologna train station or airport for transfer to home or continue on to other destinations. Breakfast included.
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