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The Tastes of Milan & Bologna

5-day Exclusive tailor-made city-break from £2,075 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Mix delights both gastronomic and historic with more than a sprinkle of luxury

Highlights

  • Take a sommelier-led wine tour outside of Milan
  • Let audiences with Emilia Romagna's artisan food producers educate you on the region’s world-famous gastronomy
  • Enjoy the finer things with First Class rail travel and stays in two historic, luxury hotels that rank among their respective city’s finest

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Milan
  • 2 Nights Bologna

About

Recommended for:
City | Food & wine | History & culture | Short break

This twin-centre holiday showcases two of Italy’s finest gastronomic destinations. You’ll start in Milan to compare the Baroque beauty of its historic architecture with the equal artistry of its winery delights; a sommelier-led tour will bring you through its famous wineries and eateries. You’ll learn how the region’s world-class producers marry ancient traditions with contemporary techniques. Of course, there’s plenty of time for indulging in that famous Milanese pastime – shopping. A First Class rail trip will then see you to Bologna whose monolithic medieval sights will backdrop a gastronomic tour of the region’s cuisine. To round off your trip, you’ll be perfectly poised for a final excursion to Modena and Parma where further famous eats vie for your attention against neoclassical cathedrals and Renaissance churches.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Milan

After a complimentary departure lounge experience, fly out to Italy’s capital of fashion where you’ll be transferred to your accommodation set amongst bustling cobblestone streets and close to Via della Spiga, the city’s premier shopping street. The perfect starting point for your city tour, taking in Milan’s most important sights. Its standout attraction is the ornately Gothic Duomo di Milano. As the largest church in Italy, it dates back to the late 14th century whose intricately detailed Baroque façade, 19th century spires and thousands upon thousands of marble figures all contribute to a truly extravagant aesthetic. You’ll also visit the famous Teatro all Scala. Since its inauguration in 1778, it’s become one of the finest opera houses the world over, famed for its neoclassical architecture. And, no trip to Milan would be complete without a visit to the Galleria Umberto, a UNESCO-listed shopping gallery known for its grand, arched glass roof.

Accommodation : UNA Hotel Cusani, Milan (Superior)

Day 2
Milan

Given Lombardy’s rich oenological history – the Greeks were the first to introduce vineyards to the region – we’ve organised a guided wine tour into the Milan countryside. You'll taste your way through sparkling wines from the Oltrepò wine region, and meet producers and taste local products at family-run wineries. accompanied by your very own private guide, a wine expert and enthusiast. They’ll be able to explain how Lombardy’s unique position under the Alps has given rise to everything from Valtellina’s light bodied reds to Franciacorta’s sweet fizzy whites. Enjoy a light lunch with typical local products at the winery before heading back to Milan.

Accommodation : UNA Hotel Cusani, Milan (Superior)

Meals: B L

Days 3-4
Bologna

After breakfast, a First Class train ride will take you south to medieval Bologna’s terracotta maze. If yesterday was focused on wine, today will be given over to its epicurean equal – food. Your gastronomic tour will bring you to the city’s authentic taverns and off-the-tourist-trail osterias to taste the region’s specialities. There’s everything from mortadella cold cuts and ciccioli pork cakes to indulgently fine chocolates. End your tour with a visit to the Fontana del Nettuno, a 16th century fountain of high renown, and the unmistakable Due Torri, a group of medieval structures that have become the city’s symbol for their distinctive towers, measuring nearly 100m in height. In Bologna’s medieval heyday such structures covered the city as each noble family sought to outdo each other.

The next day, you'll be taken on a unique journey to the heart of the Food Valley to discover how three renowned products have an important role in Italian culture; wine, Parmigiano Reggiano and the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. You will meet and be guided through tastings with the local farmers, and enjoy lunch with a selection of typical regional products.

Accommodation : Art Hotel Orologio, Bologna (Superior)

Meals: B L

Day 5
Bologna/UK

You’ll have today at leisure before your flight home. Spend your time exploring Abbazi di Santo Stefano’s maze of historic ecclesiastical architecture, marvelling at the magnitude of the Gothic Basilica di San Petronio or taking some time out at Pinacoteca Nazionale, the city’s main art gallery. You’ll then be transferred to the airport for your flight home.


Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

5-day Exclusive tailor-made city-break
from £2,075 pp incl. flights

Superior

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flight to Milan and returning back from Bologna
  • Private arrival airport transfer in Milan
  • 2 nights accommodation in Milan on a BB basis
  • Private guided Best of Milan Walking tour with entry to the Milan Duomo Cathedral
  • Private guided Milan Countryside and Wine-tasting Tour to the region of Oltrepò including a private tour, one winery visit and tasting session and a light lunch
  • 1st class train journey from Milan to Bologna
  • 2 nights accommodation in Bologna on a BB basis
  • Private guided gastronomic tour of Bologna including 3 tastings
  • Private guided gastronomic tour of Emilia including tastings at a Parmigiano Reggiano producer, Balsamic vinegar producer and local winery, including 2 course lunch
  • Private departure airport transfer in Bologna

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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