Saturday, October 19 thru 27, 2019
Price $2475 is per person double occupancy (usually two twin beds)
Single Supplement – $400.00
Experience the Best of Romagna scenery, food and wine, culture and warm hospitality, see sensational Bologna, glorious Ravenna, and fabulous Faenza.
Enjoy an amazing fun-filled fall festa.
Visit to the mountaintop republic of San Marino and Italy’s most beautiful town – San Leo. And much, much more!
Plus … learn to cook Italian in a great cookery school founded by the father of gastronomy, Pellegrino Artusi !!! Learn about and taste wines in an historic vineyard while sampling local cheese and meats.
National Truffle Festival-
A national event held every year for over 30 years attracts numerous connoisseurs of the delicious and fragrant white truffle. Stands sell all the autumnal products this generous Appennine area including mushrooms, chestnuts, honey, herbs and other agricultural products (like Fossa cheese, a tradition that has recently been rediscovered).
Day 1 Saturday October 19 – Romagna
Arrival Bologna after which take the short (around 90 minute) journey to the hilltop castle-town of Longiano for dinner and overnight at Alloggio San Girolamo or Casa Grilli (or a similar high grade country-house style accommodation) and enjoy the atmosphere and stunning views. Then our first taste of great Romagnolo food and wine – a special welcome dinner at the Ristorante Dei Cantoni.
Day 2 Sunday October 20 – Enjoy the Tastes of Romagna and a big FESTA
After a relaxed home-cooked breakfast, we’ll take a short tour of lovely Longiano, seeing the fabulous medieval castle with its extraordinary views and great modern art collection, then enjoying the fabulous jewel-box theatre Petrella with its museum of masks. After, we’ll cross the valley to the stunning Villa Venti where we’ll taste the unique Mora Romagnola prosciuttos and salamis, plus the sensational cheeses of Renato Brancaleoni. With these delicacies we’ll savor the superb organic wines Mauro and his family create in this wonderful vineyard.
Off then to Sant Agata Feltria for the fabulous National Truffle Festival. Thousands of local people gather here to enjoy a great feast and a chat and music all in aid of truffles. The magical scent of these delicious foodstuffs fills the air. And it’s a major harvest festival – a colourful event that needs to be seen and experienced to be believed!
Day 3 Monday October 21– mountains and castles
Morning free in Longiano Then we’re off to the hills visiting stunning San Leo with its fortress and cathedral (called Italy’s most beautiful town). The rest of our day will be spent in the tiny mountaintop republic of San Marino. A deeply-historic UNESCO world heritage site with glorious views, cobbled streets and a fascinating range of delightful boutiques, San Marino has an experience for everyone.
Return to Longiano for dinner and a restful overnight.
Day 4 Tuesday October 22 – Cooking Day
Ever wanted to learn to cook REAL Italian? Casa Artusi “The Best Cookery School in Italy” is the place. In this foundation created to honor Pellegrino Artusi, the father of Italian Cookery – you will learn to make at least seven different sorts of pasta (including local specialties). In the fully-equipped cookery school, each participant will have the services of an assistant and their own work-station. After this life-enhancing experience we will enjoy a superb lunch of local specialties – with matching wines. At the end of the session, we’ll have presented to us, our hand-made Casa Artusi apron together with our certificate for completing the cookery course.
Without any doubt, this day will be the highlight of your trip!
Return to Longiano for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Wednesday October 23 – Ceramics and Olive Oil
We’ll check out of our country house after breakfast and travel to the lovely city of Faenza where glorious ceramics have been created for thousands of years. In the Renaissance no European court would be without its Faience ware.
In the afternoon, we’ll take a drive in Faenza’s gypsum hills to the ancient olive oil, wine and honey hilltown of Brisighella.
Dinner in Faenza at a fabulous restaurant before the short drive to our hotel in Ravenna.
Overnight at a good central hotel such as Hotel Diana .
Day 6 Thursday October 24- Mosaics and majesty
After a leisurely breakfast we’ll have an introduction to the fabulous city of Ravenna – once capital of the Roman Empire. This will be followed by a guided tour (including entrances) to glorious Ravenna with Cinzia . This world heritage city, three times capital (of the Western Roman Empire, of Theodoric King of the Goths, and of the Byzantine Empire) is full of marvelous mosaics and stunning 1500 year old basilicas. And smart shops!
Afternoon and evening free to explore this fascinating city. Dinner included.
Day 7 Friday October 25 Relax in Ravenna
a day relaxing, shopping, sightseeing in Ravenna.
Day 8 Saturday October 26 – Bologna – ‘The Fat’
Check out of our hotel and transfer towards Bologna. First stop is a visit to the superb internationally-rated organic Zuffa Vineyard and take a wine tasting and lunch. After this delightful visit, if time permits, we will see the painted city of Dozza with its fabulous castle and wine heritage.
Depending on arrival time there will be an opportunity for an early afternoon/evening walking tour of this colorful medieval city. One of Italy’s richest cities, Bologna is famous for its 3,000 year history, its world’s oldest university, its miles of covered arcades and lovely squares, fabulous art and architecture – but above all, its FOOD and FUN.
We’ll stay overnight in a specially-selected 3 or 4 star city-center hotel such as the family-run Touring Hotel with its warm atmosphere, lovely breakfast and sensational rooftop terrace with panoramic view of Bologna.
Day 9 Sunday October 27
Bologna is a food city that awakes not quite so early on Sunday so we’ll start the day with a brunch-time tour and avoid the crowds of day trippers! It’s not for nothing that Bologna is known as ‘Fat City’ It is the food capital of Italy (and therefore the world?!) The ancient Mercato di Mezzo and the food shops, café’s and restaurants around it, all in the medieval quarter, are astonishing homes to intoxicating taste, scent and aroma which pervades the whole area and heightens appetites. Naturally our full-on guided visit will include many tastes!
Next our eyes will feast on the best of this rich, fabulous city including the Piazza Maggiore, the, Podestà Palace, Neptune’s Fountain, King Enzo’s Palace. We’ll admire the enormous Basilica of Saint Petronio. We’ll see Bologna’s gothic Merchants’ Palace, the Seven Churches complex of Saint Steven’s Basilica, and meet Asinelli and Garisenda, Bologna’s famous leaning Towers. After a very full morning, in early afternoon we’ll leave Bologna for our return.