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- Let a sommelier-led wine tour of Milan and audiences with Bologna’s artisan food producers educate you on the region’s world-famous gastronomy
- Explore cities alive with histories that range from imperiously medieval to extravagantly Renaissance
- Enjoy the finer things with First Class rail travel and stays in two historic, luxury hotels that rank among their respective city’s finest
- 2 Nights Milan
- 1 Night Bologna
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
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
Given Lombardy’s rich oenological history – the Greeks were the first to introduce vineyards to the region – we’ve organised a guided food and wine tour of Milan. You’ll taste your way through the city’s cafés and wine bars, accompanied by your very own private sommelier. 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. You’ll taste a full spread, matched by regional snacks along the way.
Accommodation : UNA Hotel Cusani, Milan
After breakfast, a First Class train ride will bring 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. You’ll also meet an artisanal pasta chef to learn about the production of tortellini and tagliatelle. 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.
Accommodation : Hotel Corona D’Oro, Bologna
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.
There’s also the option of an excursion to Modena and Parma. After a short drive, you’ll walk through Modena’s medieval heart, home to grand piazzas, an Italian-Romanesque cathedral and such 16th century beauties as the Palazzo Ducale, San Pietro Church and Sant’Agostino Square. Continuing on to Parma – via a countryside stop at a traditional balsamic vinegar farm – you’ll walk mountain-framed cobbled lanes to explore the sights of Giuseppe Verdi’s city. Highlights include the Baptistery, San Giovanni Evangelista, Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Steccata. Then, before a transfer back to Bologna, you’ll enjoy a lunch of Parma’s famous prosciutto.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
from £655 pp. incl. flights
from £940 pp. incl. flights
- 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 food and wine tour of Milan
- 1st class train journey from Milan to Bologna
- 1 nights accommodation in Bologna on a BB basis
- Private guided gastronomic tour of Bologna
- Private departure airport transfer in Bologna
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