9 Day itinerary in Italy, Europe

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Emilia-Romagna simply has to offer everything what your heart desires! Go on a journey of discovery of the most beautiful places and the capital of this region - Bologna. The cities of Ravenna, Ferrara and Modena with their old towns from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance have been named UNESCO ... Read More

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Learn how to prepare and cook the Italian pasta


Enjoy a boat trip through the Comacchio lagoon


Discover the history of Ferrari


Discover how produce ham in Parma


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Day 1

place Bologna - Arrival

Transfer from the airport to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will you will meet your guide to enjoy a private tour of the historical center of Bologna: the tour starts in Piazza Maggiore with City Hall, Podestà Palace, Neptune's Fountain, King Enzo's Palace, Palazzo dei Banchi and Basilica of Saint Petronio. The tour continues with Galluzzi's court, Piazza Galvani and Archiginnasio, the first University. Visit the historical Mercato di Mezzo, Saint Steven square and Saint Steven Church Complex. Through the Isolani's Court we will reach the Two Leaning Towers.


  • High-end Accommodation: Starhotels Excelsior
Day 2

place Bologna - Ferrara - Bologna

This morning you will reach a cooking school. Your private chef will take you to the Italian food market to learn more about our food and then have a cooking class to learn how to prepare and cook the Italian pasta (lunch included). Today, you will venture to Ferrara with your driver to discover the often-overlooked city that was once home to the powerful Este Family. Throughout the Renaissance, Ferrara remained dedicated to the arts and sciences underneath the eccentric dynasty that oversaw a portion of the Po Valley. The 12th-century Cathedral of Saint George has both Romanesque and Gothic design, with pink and white marble. A collection of shops has filled the Loggia with the Merchants for nearly a millennium, set beneath the two colonnaded galleries. You will find the image of the Este’s power in the dramatic façade of the castle. A 14th-century revolt inspired the noble family to erect the massive fortress from brick to protect themselves from the city, and the walls and towers soar above the cobbled streets and protective moat. The dramatic exterior reminds you of a castle from a storybook, as the sunlight washes through the grand windows in the aristocratic apartments to reveal the painted ceilings in the Golden Study.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast


  • High-end Accommodation: Starhotels Excelsior
Day 3

place Bologna - Ravenna - Comacchio - Bologna

This morning your personal driver will escort you to Ravenna where you will meet your persona guide. You will explore the period of Theodoric, the Ostrogoth’s King (V-VI centuries), with the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, a Palatine church decorated with mosaics that show stories of Jesus and the important places of ancient Ravenna as the port of Classic and the Palace of Theodoric. Together with the mosaic of Theodoric’s time, we have here also the bright procession of martyrs and virgins, a Byzantine addition that proves the troubled past of this church. You will admire the magnificence of the Byzantine time (VI century), with the grandiose Basilica of San Vitale, with its particular octagonal shape and famous for the variety of its marble and the fine mosaics representing the emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora. This fishing town was built on 13 islands of a fish-rich lagoon lake and with its palaces, canals and beautiful bridges reminds a little of Venice. In the afternoon you will experience a boat trip through the Comacchio lagoon. Enjoy the silence and, with a little luck, marvel at flamingos and pygmy shots, a rare species of bird.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast


  • High-end Accommodation: Starhotels Excelsior
Day 4

place Bologna - Modena

Transfer from Bologna to the hotel in Modena with stop in Modena area. Castelvetro di Modena and the city of Levizzano Rangone are two panoramic jewels that everyone in Modena knows. On the way you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the most beautiful views of Castelvetro di Modena and visit an excellent Lambrusco winery, where you can taste this red and sparkling wine, which is often unknown abroad. On the way you will reach the Ferrari Museum. The style and power of Ferrari have spanned for more than seven decades to become a powerhouse of Italian racing and an icon in the beauty of motorsport design. You will stroll through the drifting aroma of espresso, emanating from the corner bars and outdoor cafes of Bologna to reach the Ferrari museum in the town of Maranello, just outside of Modena. The complex has produced the captivating cars since the 1970s. You will enter the museum with your guide to explore the history of Ferrari, which produced its first car, the 125 S, in 1947. The prancing horse emblem embodies the elegance of the cars that continue to make automotive history on streets and in circuits around the world. You will enjoy a tour by bus inside the complex of Ferrari to admire the exterior of the Factory and the Fiorano Circuit.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast


  • High-end Accommodation: PHI Hotel Canalgrande
Day 5

place Parmigiano & Balsamic Vinegar

Visit a fine Parmigiano Reggiano producer in the Modena area. You will discover the real secrets of this product. After the tour, you will enjoy a delicious meal in a traditional trattoria where you will enjoy traditional, local recipes like fresh pasta and cured meats for which the area is famous. Continue to visit an aceto balsamico factory. Unknown even to Italians outside this small city until around 20 years ago, authentic balsamic vinegar is made from local grapes and aged for at least 12 years in special wooden barrels. Visit an acetaia (balsamic vinegar maker) and tasting the delicious, sweet and tangy flavors.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast


  • High-end Accommodation: PHI Hotel Canalgrande
Day 6

place Pagani Und Lamborghini Factory

You will visit the Pagani museum and factory, located in San Cesario sul Panaro near Modena. The fence bordering the contemporary building opens. The sunlight glints off the upper windows set beneath the flags of flying nations crowning the rooftop. The showroom contains a Pagani Huayra and Zonda R. The latter was produced between 2009 and 2011 with a 6.0-liter M120 AMG V12 engine that could reach speeds up to 218 miles per hour, with only 15 cars produced in total. Your private guide offers an introduction to the cars on the showroom floor by opening the doors and unlatching the trunk. The rear of the body lifts as if opening the flap of a spaceship to reveal the engine, along with the gas tank. Enter into the smallest section of the garage, where the workmen place the carbon-titanium panels onto the Huayras. The strong material is surprisingly light, allowing the car to move faster along the open lanes. The engineers and designers are artisans and craftsmen, making a work of art mostly by hand similar to how sculptors use tools to erect breathtaking pieces from stone. A row of cars allows you to view the progress of the assembly, from a body without an interior to the one with an engine, suspension, and wheels. Back in the showroom, you can’t help but rub your fingers across the sleek display of the Zonda R, finding a mixture of finesse and power similar to an artistic masterpiece. In the afternoon you will reach Lamborghini Museum. Here you will meet an expert to enjoy a private visit of Lamborghini museum. The historical arcades around the city center contrast the style and modern achievement of Lamborghini and its famous Taurus logo. The thrills of the day begin at the Lamborghini museum for an immersive experience beginning with the company’s early successes in the early 1960s. Large windows offer a background view into the factory, which frames the vintage cars on display across two stories.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast


  • High-end Accommodation: PHI Hotel Canalgrande
Day 7

place Modena - Parma

Transfer from Modena to Parma with stop at Parma ham factory. On the way you will stop in a Parma ham factory where an expert will escort you in the main areas of the production to explain the production of ham. From preparation to seasoning, you will discover how to produce ham. Today you will meet your personal guide and she will lead you on an introductory tour of Parma and escort you to the 12th-century baptistery. Pink marble accentuates the octagonal Romanesque architecture while Biblical reliefs decorate the wooden doors, which will provide you with an example of the elegant transition between Romanesque and Gothic style. The interior of the church offers an impressive collection of 13th-century religious frescoes in the Byzantine style that blanket the walls and ceiling. The books and theater gallery inside the Palazzo della Pilotta fill with natural light in the morning as the works of Correggio, da Vinci, and Tiepolo adorn the walls of the National Gallery. The influence of the Dukes of the Farnese and the former French legacy under the reign of Napoleon’s wife, Marie Louise, permeates throughout the unique culture, the dedication to cuisine, and the enchanting ambiance of Parma. The Cathedral shines with 11th-century Romanesque appeal and the 13th-century bell tower hides the masterworks of artists like Correggio while it casts a shadow over the cobblestones that pave Piazza del Duomo. Elements of the ancient soil drift out of the fragmented underpass of the preserved Roman arches while the yellow façade of the Teatro Regio, the Royal Theater, shines above the cobbled lane with 19th-century grandeur. The theater attracts opera lovers from around the world eager to listen to the sounds of Giuseppe Verdi, a native son of the city.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast


  • High-end Accommodation: Starhotels Du Parc
Day 8

place Parma - Mantova - Cremona - Parma

Mantua is a tiny medieval city that punches way above its weight in history, architectural splendor, and delicious cuisine. Considered one of the main artistic and cultural hubs in Northern Italy, its Centro Storico, or historical city center, and nearby Sabbioneta form a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. This morning your private driver will escort you to you Cremona, which is known for its historical connection to artisan violins and lutes. Medieval tower homes line the cobbled lanes that lead to the center of the city at Piazza del Comune. The pedestrianized area offers insight into how the government literally divided Church and state by constructing secular buildings on the west and ecclesiastical structures on the east of the street. In the 3rd-century BC, Romans erected an outpost on a Celtic foundation before the city fell under the reign of the duchy of Milan between the 14th and 16th centuries and fell again to the Spaniards who further impacted the culture. The distinctive Violin Museum will offer you a history of the musical instrument with its editorials on the violin's sound, universal popularity, and craftsmanship. A separate gallery offers an exhibit of the drawings and molds used by renowned artisan Antonio Stradivari while the captivating sounds of a well-played violin concerto fill the museum, which adds an extra layer of elegance to the displays. Afterward, you will visit a modern-day violinmaker at their workshop to learn about the secret art of crafting a perfect instrument in the shadow of Stradivari before you venture to the Villa of Verdi in Busseto.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast


  • High-end Accommodation: Starhotels Du Parc
Day 9

place Parma - Bologna Airport

Transfer from the hotel to Bologna airport.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • Starhotels Excelsior
  • PHI Hotel Canalgrande
  • Starhotels Du Parc

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (8)

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  • Private Mercedes class E NCC Professional English speaking driver, free internet wifi on board.
  • Transfer from and to Bologna airport

Activities expand_less

  • Private Cooking Class in Bologna
  • Boat trip in Comacchio
  • Parma ham tasting
  • Ferrari Museum visit
  • Parmesan factory visit
  • Balsamic vinegar factory visit
  • Lamborghini museum visit
  • Pagani factory tickets
  • Lambrusco wine tasting

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  • Tickets for the museums and other attractions and services as in the itinerary.
  • Skip the line, VIP access where available, all taxes.
  • All taxes and VAT (tourist tax not included)
  • 24 hour telephone assistance in English

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  • Personal expenses
  • Other meals or drinks not included
  • Flights
  • Tips and gratuities

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My name is Giulio Abbate partner and senior travel consultant of Italy Luxury Travel. I am a “made in Italy” person, born and raised between Roma and Milan. I love my country and I have explored every single corner of this amazing “realm”.

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