- Experience the Best of Romagna scenery, food and wine, culture and warm hospitality, see glorious Ravenna, Venetian Cesenatico and beautiful Bologna - Italy's capital of food
- PLUS… learn to cook Italian in a great cookery school
- Take a local adventure by boat to “La Serenissima” Venice
- And to glorious renaissance Florence by scenic train through the hills
- Stay in a beautiful historic Italian country house with amazing views, sublime food and warm, kindly hospitality
- Stay in a fabulous four star Adriatic Coast hotel
- Stay in an atmospheric historic city center Bologna hotel
- Land in Rome or Milan, we will arrange your travel to Bologna to begin your experience in the beautiful, legendary land, safely nestling between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic sea
- It's better than Tuscany, more deliciously authentic than Eataly, more experience than any cruise - and you can be a part of it!
- 1 night’s lovely city center accommodation in Bologna
- 4 nights accommodation with breakfasts in a lovely Italian Country house in the 'Ancient Valley of Cherries'
- 3 nights accommodation in a super 4 star hotel in a swish resort on the Adriatic
- 7 superb Dinners or lunches including wine or soft drinks in specially-selected restaurants.
- 3 fabulous vineyard wine tastings
- Travel from Rome, Milan or Bologna and throughout tour
- Tastings of local breads, prosciuttos, salamis, cheeses and olive oils
- Learn to cook Italian at Casa Artusi "The best cookery school in Italy"
- Guided visits to foodie capital of Italy Bologna, World Heritage Ravenna, Venetian Cesenatico, and lovely Longiano.
- PLUS: enjoy included visits "Like locals" Travel to Venice for a day like a local on a boat and travel to Florence for a day like a local through the hills on the little scenic train.
COST $1950.00 per person
Romagna is just as lovely as famous, expensive Tuscany, its near neighbor, and in our view the food and wine and scenery are all BETTER! Plus, of course, there are no tourist hordes in Romagna and prices are lower so your holiday $ goes much, much further and you get a more personal experience.
If you are looking for great local and authentic Italian food, wine, art, culture and hospitality - at a reasonable price, undiscovered, unspoiled Romagna is the place to be. Here people are pleased to open their doors for you and give you a truly heartfelt warm welcome!
Experience the best of the very best food and wine, art and culture. Above all revel in the immense and heartfelt hospitality of glorious Romagna – a beautiful, legendary land safely nestling between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic sea and as yet unspoiled by tourism.
Together, we have created a special inclusive nine day program to offer you a taste of Romagna which incorporates accommodation, meals, wine, olive oil and specialty food tastings, daily programmes of activities and visits designed to enable you to enjoy Romagna at its sensational best from just $1950.
As ‘temporary citizens’ rather than detached tourists, Best of Romagna guests enjoy a treasure-chest of fascinating opportunities. You will be able to experience UNESCO World Heritage Byzantine Ravenna and Venetian Cesenatico, You will also be able to experience Romagna’s legacy of stunningly beautiful hills and valleys, medieval castles and some of its fabulous vistas.
And you'll experience amazing food and wine … cheeses like Squacquerone and Fossa, local wines such as Sangiovese DOC and Albana DOCG and olive oils, rare-breed prosciuttos, pickles, preserves and honeys…and fabulous fresh pasta made daily, of course. You will surely get passionate about these seasonal, fresh, treasured handcrafted products – and recipes you’ll certainly take with you and want to prepare at home.
Our Itinerary in the ‘Heart of Italy’ ...
Taste the wonderful wines of Romagna, visit a delightful city of art, enjoy a warm welcome
Travel by high speed comfortable train from Rome or Milan to Bologna where we'll be met and taken straight to the heart of Romagna.. First stop is a visit to the superb, internationally-rated organic Zuffa Vineyard to take a wine tasting in the open air, between vines. After this delightful visit, we will see the painted city of Dozza with its fabulous castle and wine heritage. Then, we'll take the short journey to the hilltop castle-town of Longiano for dinner and overnight at Alloggio San Girolamo, Quattro Passeri or Locanda della Luna (or a similar high grade country-house style accommodation) and enjoy the atmosphere and stunning views. Then another taste of great Romagnolo food and wine - a special welcome dinner at the Ristorante Dei Cantoni.
Tour beautiful Longiano, taste superb wines and local produce in a stunning biodynamic boutique vineyard, experience glorious mountaintop republic San Marino
After a relaxed home-cooked breakfast, we'll take a short tour of lovely Longiano, we’ll see the fabulous medieval castle with its extraordinary views, and enjoy the fabulous jewel-box theatre Petrella with its museum of masks. Next a fabulous wine and food tasting at the beautiful Villa Venti where we'll also taste some superb cheeses of Renato Brancaleoni.
In the afternoon we'll visit the amazing - mountaintop republic of San Marino. the oldest republic in the world is a fantastic UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning views, amazing castles and hundreds of boutiques!
Walk in da Vinci's Cesenatico seaport, enjoy an enormous robust country lunch, tour 3 times capital World Heritage Ravenna with its 1500 year old basilicas and mosaics.
After breakfast we'll drive to Cesenatico for a lovely seaside walk - in Leonardo da Vinci's port canal no less! Then we’ll have a great country lunch at a glorious Agriturismo. This will be followed by a sensational visit of 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. Return to Longiano for dinner and overnight.
Sparkling experience through the mountains to Florence great walk in beauty, superb dinner in Faenza
Today we’ll start with a glorious scenic experience. We’ll leave very early and drive to Faenza to take the little train to the heart of Florence just like locals would. The train starts from Faenza and climbs up the hills, crossing little medieval towns such as Brisighella (famous for its superb olive oil), Marradi (famous or its ancient sweet chestnut trees, being of the highest quality), Borgo San Lorenzo (with its age-old vineyards and olive groves, thousand-year-old churches, ancient farmhouses and geometrically laid out vegetable gardens) and goes along wild landscapes with stunning forests, streams and rivers - the best experience you can get travelling to Florence.
In Florence, after this scenic journey, there will be the possibility to get a brunch or lunch at the foodie Central Market, a guided tour to the main monuments, and take a stroll through this beautiful city of art. A guided tour with a trained and registered local guide is included.
We’ll leave Florence in the early evening for our return journey to Faenza. A special dinner will be arranged at the fabulous new Spadoni restaurant – a homage to the best in Romagna food and drink and thence to Longiano for overnight.
Relax, enjoy and revitalise in Longiano's magical, beautiful valley, do a little light shopping and then move to the seaside for an enchanted sunset aperitivo and more
All the week, we have enjoyed truly natural, local, fresh food, wine and sights. Today is the day to take care of your whole body and mind - our special relaxation, shopping and wellbeing day. Subject to the weather, we’ll have a lovely walk and a picnic in Longiano's enchanted valley, then we'll have the opportunity to shop direct from artisan designers for the big brands for handbags, leather goods, art and home furnishings.
This evening we'll stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel such as the Hotel Aurelia the Hotel Derby Exclusive or the Hotel Le Palme on the Adriatic Riviera. Marvelous Milano Marittima is one of the world’s first garden cities combining luxuriant shady pine woods and a beautiful beach. Stylish, fashionable Milanese shopping, eating, drinking and dancing, plus the colourful port and marina of Cervia – the ancient salt port of the Adriatic.
Our alternative tour to Venice - explore like a local - boat across the lagoon - see stunning Chioggia - fab seafood lunch on the Grand Canal
On our day excursion, we'll have the chance to experience this incredible place of history and romance. St Marks Square, Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal, gondolas, shops and much much more - just like a local would.
We’ll leave very early and travel via the ancient via Popilia to the outskirts of Venice – and an extraordinary way to arrive in the city. We’ll start at the ancient seaport of Chioggia from where we’ll take the boat across the lagoon to the sweet little island of Pellestrina , and the island of Venice Lido.
From here we’ll make our glorious entrance by Vaporetto water bus across the main lagoon to the Grand Canal and past Venice’s main sights, churches, palaces, glorious colorful sights. At the Rialto Bridge we’ll commence our walking tour of discovery all the way to St Mark’s Square where a fish feast lunch is included with Adriatic specialties and a special optional gondola ride will be organized. Plenty of time explore in the afternoon after which we'll return to Milano Marittima for overnight.
A memorable day of food and wine and understanding
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 – plus the pasta that we have created. At the end of the session, we’ll have presented to us, our hand-made Casa Artusi apron together with our certificate for concluding the cookery course.
We’ll then travel up to the lovely wine-village of Bertinoro and visit the historic vineyard of at Fattoria Paradiso - the most historic vineyard in Romagna. Dinner and overnight in Longiano.
Here we’ll tour the fabulous hillside estate, the medieval merchant’s house and the vineyard, after we’ll enjoy some local cheese, local olive oils and bread, plus of course we’ll taste over six of Fattoria Paradiso’s superb wines including those created for various Popes and presidents.
Without any doubt, this will be the highlight of your trip! Return to Milano Marittima for overnight.
Day 8 Saturday - we're off to big beautiful Bologna
Taste exquisite food and tour Bologna, the 'Rich', the 'Red' the 'Learned'
After a leisurely breakfast in our hotel, we'll drive along the historic via Emilia to Bologna. Here 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.
But, of course, Bologna is world famous for its FOOD! a food city so this evening we’ll take a tour of the massive, colourful food district. 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.
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.
Homeward bound - or why not stay another day or two - even a week?
PLEASE NOTE: THIS TOUR IS ONLY BOOKABLE THROUGH PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL AGENTS WHO HAVE VISITED ROMAGNA AND CAN ADVISE YOU PROPERLY - LIST HERE
PRICE PER PERSON: $1950.00
Deposit required $200 per person to reserve arrangement. Balance payable 10 weeks prior to arrival.
Cancellation terms: Initial deposit only up to 8 weeks prior to departure. 80% from 8 weeks prior to departure. PRICES BASED A PRIVATE GROUP MINIMUM 6 SIX PASSENGERS
SUPPLEMENT FOR MINIMUM FOUR PASSENGERS - $500 PER PERSON
SUPPLEMENT FOR MINIMUM TWO PASSENGERS - $1000 PER PERSON
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT $400
MAXIMUM PASSENGERS PER GROUP 15 FIFTEEN.
Departure dates from Rome, Milan and Bologna 2019:
March 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT ROMAGNA:
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video about Longiano, video about wine tastings, video about Ravenna and Cesenatico and video about Casa Artusi and Fattoria Paradiso
About the Best of Romagna - read our story HERE
Romagna away from the coast is a very un-touristy place. Unlike its near neighbors Tuscany and the Veneto, in Romagna foreign (particularly English-speaking) visitors are unusual. Here you will be treated as a guest - not a tourist!
So that you may enjoy your visit to the full, we run your experience not as a package tour but more like a group of friends having an adventure on a visit to a new and very special place. In this way we believe you will have a glorious, very different and natural experience. The fact is that Romagna’s wonderful hinterland has not become jaded by mass tourism – and we aim to keep it that way,
Everybody you will meet here is passionate about their homeland, its beauty and its enormous larder of local, seasonal food and wine. Everybody you will meet here is enormously proud of their history, culture and above all their diligent and heartfelt hospitality.
We sincerely believe that you will find treasure here in Romagna - treasure that can only come from open hearts with the willingness to share an unbelievably enormous heritage.
By the time you leave our aim is to help you, like us and all our other guests, to be passionate about Romagna and count the days ‘til you return!
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