Arrive in Bologna and meet with your English speaking assistant. Hotel check in, dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast. Morning guided tour of Modena, proclaimed a Roman colony in 183 BC, but the origins of the city probably date back to Etruscan times. The d’Este family governed the city almost without interruption for 200 years. Today the historical centre recalls the greatness of the House of Este, thanks to whom Modena became State Capital from the end of the sixteenth-century to 1859.The emblem of all this magnificence is Palazzo Ducale. The Main Square with the Cathedral is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Lunch on your own and transfer back to Bologna for the visit of the city. Lunch on your own. Back to Bologna and walking guided tour. The city, the first settlements of which date back to at least 1000 BC, has always been an important urban centre, first under the Etruscans and the Celts, then under the Romans, then again in the Middle Ages, as a free municipality (for one century it was the fifth largest European city based on population). Home to the oldest University in the world, founded in 1088, Bologna hosts thousands of students who enrich the social and cultural life of the city. Famous for its towers and lengthy porticoes, it has a well-preserved historical centre (one of the largest in Italy) thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy. During the walking tour, we will stop by and visit some of the most traditional culinary shops in town, which take pride in a very long tradition going back many generations, selling cheese, charcuterie, sweets and cakes (Tamburini, Atti, Vecchia Malga, Enoteca Italiana, Pescherie Vecchie Marlet, etc). Dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast and then start with the visit of FICO EATALY WORLD, an outdoor area of 20.000 sqm, to learn more about Italian crops and the most representative local animal breeds. Visit of the park with a Biodiversity Ambassador who will take you to the heart of the park: the 40 farming factories, where you can meet and speak with artisans to learn about the process of making iconic Italian food products. Lunch on your own in the Park, and excursion to Ravenna, the capital city of the Western Roman Empire from 402 until that empire collapsed in 476. Once the capital of Rome’s Western Empire, Ravenna’s early importance as a center of Byzantine art and culture still shines through today. Although an inland city, Ravenna is connected to the Adriatic Sea by the Candiano Canal. It is the location of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, mostly basilicas, enrichened by the world famous mosaics the city is known for. Guided tour of Ravenna. Back to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast and transfer to Parma, famous not only for its historical treasures: the Dome, the Baptistery, Chiesa della Steccata, National Gallery, but also for being the native town of Verdi and Toscanini, and home of “Teatro Regio”. Guided tour with lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon continue to Maranello, which embodies the myth of the “red cars”: here in 1943 was founded the most prestigious car industry in the world, Ferrari, a symbol of high technology and passion for human achievement, innovation and technical know-how. Stop and visit the Museo Ferrari. Completely renovated and now with more exhibition space, it anticipates the museum of the future: not just a collection from the past, but an extraordinary experience of the world of Ferrari, where the historical cars and history are the tool to be able to relate to today’s models, Formula 1 content and technology and the outlook towards the future. This experience is channelled through cars, big screens and films, interactive tools such as the explanation of the Grand Prix pitwall and the possibility to act as a Formula 1 driver through of a semi-professional simulator (for payment). Back to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Hotel breakfast. Transfer to the airport in time for your flight back. End of services.