SUNDAY, DAY #1 – Welcome!Guests check into the hotel and explore Emilia-Romagna. We’ll gather together early in the evening for introductions and a review of our exciting week ahead, followed by a welcome dinner at one of Modena’s top rated restaurants, serving traditional fare in an upbeat atmosphere.
MONDAY, DAY #2
Parm, Prosciutto, Balsamic Tours, Food for Soul Community Engagement & Modena DinnerWe’ll head out in the morning for a Parmigiano production tour. We’ll observe how multiple generations of expert cheesemakers create massive wheels of DOP-Denominazione di Origine Protetta (Protected Designation of Origin) Parmigiano Reggiano. We’ll sample and compare the flavors of various aged cheeses. From there we will visit one of Modena’s most prestigious family prosciutto companies. Next, we head to a balsamic tasting and light lunch in Spilamberto, a village honored for their traditional family produced balsamic vinegars. After an afternoon reposino, guests will have the opportunity to volunteer at Chef Massimo Bottura’s Food For Soul, serving Modena’s vulnerable citizens nutritious meals from surplus produce donated from local restaurants and markets. Dinner tonight will be a short walk from our hotel and will feature a regional tasting menu specially prepared just for our guests.
TUESDAY, DAY #3
Modena Food Tour, Giusti Lunch, Amber Cooking Class and Dinner
We’ll begin our day at Mercato Albinelli for a walking Modena culinary tasting tour, visiting food stalls brimming with responsibly sourced produce grown by local farmers, seafood caught on nearby shores, and pasta and pastries lovingly crafted by local chefs. We will be welcomed for lunch by one of Modena’s most prestigious families, owners of Hosteria Guisti Salumeria After an afternoon reposino, we’ll head to an innovative cooking class highlighting the new wave of Italian regional cuisine with a highly acclaimed local chef, who will also prepare a memorable tasting menu for dinner.
WEDNESDAY, DAY #4
Casa Artusi Tour, Class and Lunch, Ravenna Art and Shopping, Dinner at Antica Moka
We begin our very full day in Forlimpopoli for a guided tour of Casa Artusi, home of Pelligrino Artusi, the father of Italian Cuisine, acknowledged as the author of the first documented recipes of Italian cuisine. Our guests will take a private cooking class with local volunteers in the magnificent Casa Artusi culinary kitchen and enjoy a lunch after class. After our visit to Casa Artusi we’ll head to Ravenna, a UNESCO world heritage site featuring dazzling mosaics. After touring venues highlighting the mosaics and browsing the shops, we’ll head back to the hotel for a short afternoon reposino. Dinner tonight will be at the Michelin-starred Antica Moka for a memorable regional tasting menu.
THURSDAY, DAY #5
Tortellante Pasta Class class, Bologna Culinary Tour, Shopping and DinnerWe’ll start the day with a tortellini class at Lara Gilmore and Massimo Bottura’s family Foundation Tortellante. After class, we’ll head to Bologna where a local culinary guide will lead guests on a Bologna gastronomy tour and progressive lunch at many of Bologna’s most popular eateries. After our tour, guests will enjoy some time on their own for a Bologna shopping expedition, exploring the Quadrilatero market, located off the Piazza Maggiore, the main square in the historic center of the city. Dinner tonight will be at one of Bologna’s most respected osterias.
FRIDAY, DAY #6
Morning Guest Options, Ferrari Museum & Factory Tour and Farewell Meal
Guests have three diverse options for morning activities: Possible morning Yoga Class, leisurely shopping around Modena or Ferarri Museum & Factory tour before lunch. Our farewell meal will be an elegant lunch at Massimo Bottura’s newest ristorante. Evening is free for guests to pack and prepare for Saturday morning departure. A late evening regional wine Arrivederci party will be available at our hotel.
SATURDAY, DAY #7 – ARRIVEDERCI
Depart at your leisure. Thank you for joining us!
Schedule is subject to change based on availability.