Bologna, Parma and Ravenna

Bologna, Parma and Ravenna

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You stay in the understated yet truly historic city of Bologna, home to Europe’s oldest university and capital of Italy’s revered culinary heritage. Plus tour lovely Modena, Parma and Ravenna with its staggering eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Highlights

  • Return flights
  • Four nights in a centrally located four-star hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour of historic Bologna, Italy’s gastronomic capital,seeing the stunning medieval centre and unique portico lined streets
  • See Ravenna’s unmissable 6th century mosaics, the world’s finestand pinnacle of Byzantine art
  • Guided tour of Parma, seeing its cathedral with Correggio’s fine fresco
  • Experience how deliciously sweet Prosciutto (Parma Ham) is cured bya family producer
  • Discover how a true artisan makes Modena’s famed balsamic vinegar
  • Escorted by our experienced Tour Manager

Inclusions

  • The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement per person. The price includes four nights bed and breakfast at four-star Hotel Internazionale; return flights; all taxes and charges; return transfers; guided tour of Bologna; guided tour of Parma including Cathedral entrance; guided tour of Ravenna including entrance to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites; tour of La Perla Parma ham with tasting; visit to Villa San Donnino local producer of Balsamic Vinegar with tasting; all touring as mentioned; services of a Riviera Tour Manager.

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Bologna or Venice and a coach will take you to the four-star, centrally located Hotel Internazionale, for four nights with breakfast.

Day 2

This morning you have a sightseeing tour of Bologna where you will come to fully admire this wonderfully attractive city with its twelve medieval gates, the world’s fifth largest Basilica, beautiful squares and grandiose medieval civic buildings. One of Bologna’s many surprises is that it can ‘outdo’ Pisa, boasting not one but two medieval “leaning towers.” Of course one of Bologna’s ‘must sees’ is Europe’s oldest University - founded in 1068. This afternoon is yours to explore the delights of Bologna at your own pace and there is a host of museums and galleries to investigate.

Day 3

After breakfast you visit Parma, a name synonymous the world over with wonderful prosciutto hams and parmigiano reggiano (parmesan) cheese. You enjoy a guided tour before taking the short drive into the Apennine foothills where in bucolic villages set in rolling countryside, the ancient art of preparing the finest prosciutto (Parma ham) is practised. Your destination is Langhirano, “capital of prosciutto” where you learn and witness how the joints are selected, prepared, treated and stored to produce a delicacy of the highest quality after which you sample their handiwork! Another treat awaits just outside Modena at the Acetaia Villa San Donnino, where the art of producing traditional balsamic vinegar is still undertaken by local artisans. You enjoy a tasting at the end of this fascinating visit.

Day 4

Today you take the short drive to historic Ravenna – city of mosaics. Despite its turbulent history, Ravenna’s compact centre retains unique buildings spanning a period of 1500 years with no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Baptistry of Neon. You have a guided walking tour bringing these amazing buildings, their stunning mosaics and stories to life. You return to Bologna for some free time and this evening choose a venue for your final dinner.

Day 5

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Accommodation

Hotel Internazionale

The excellent quality four-star Hotel Internazionale is centrally located on one of Bologna’s main shopping streets at the edge of its medieval centre, approximately a 15 minute walk away. It is extremely comfortable, featuring an impressive marble reception area, adorned with large plants and classically styled. The rooms themselves are modern, but with homely touches utilising tasteful fabrics, wood and marble, with all of the facilities you would expect including TV, air conditioning, safe and minibar. Upstairs is the homely ‘Il Portico’ bar and lounge featuring extensive use of tropical hardwoods and a variety of comfortable seating with leather armchairs and relaxing sofas. The atmosphere here is very convivial and is the ideal place to relax after a hard day of sightseeing.

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