The region of Emilia-Romagna has a
fascinating history and is renowned as
the producer of the best Italian cuisine,
from prosciutto, parmesan cheese and
balsamic vinegar to other specialities such
as tortellini and lasagne. Bologna is home
to the oldest university in the western
world while Ravenna was once the capital
of the western Roman empire. There are
many beautiful cities including Modena,
Parma and Ferrara, as well as ancient
Etruscan sites and monuments scattered
throughout the region.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Bologna with British Airways.
Transfer to the Palace Maria Luigia for 4 nights.
Afternoon walking tour of Parma, including the
Palazzo della Pilotta and Teatro Farnese, before
visiting the octagonal pink-marble baptistery in
Piazza Duomo. (N)
Visit the historic town of Cremona,
recognised by Unesco for its traditional violin
craftsmanship. Visit a lute workshop and listen
to a short recital. After some time at leisure for
lunch, continue to the Casa Barezzi museum
in Busseto, once the home of the celebrated
opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi. The museum
provides an intriguing insight into Verdi’s life.
After the museum, enjoy a cold-cuts tasting
session in a historic butcher's shop. (B)
Full-day tour of Soragna. Visit the Rocca Meli
Lupi fortress. Built in 1385, it has a square floor
plan, with four towers at the corners and a fifth
in the centre of the main south-facing facade.
The original unaltered furniture and furnishings
still remain inside as a fine example of early
baroque style. Lunch is at leisure. This afternoon
visit the Parmigiano-Reggiano museum where
you will learn about the production and history
of Parmesan cheese. (B)
Today you will be taken on a hill tour between
Parma and Reggio Emilia, where you will stop at Torrechiara castle, one of the best-preserved
fortresses in the region and a fine example
of 15th-century architecture. Continue to
the Villa Magnani-Rocca, a private residence
that became an art museum, with work
ranging from the 13th century to the
20th century. At the end of your tour you
will visit a prosciutto manufacturer where
you will have a light lunch. Afternoon at
leisure. (B, L)
Morning city tour of Reggio Emilia. Visit
the cathedral and the majestic municipal
theatre. Lunch and afternoon at leisure before
continuing to Bologna to stay at the Hotel
Cavour (or similar) for 3 nights (B)
Morning city tour of Bologna, with its
covered walkways, medieval palaces and
the oldest university in Europe. The tour
includes a visit to the cathedral, the ancient
market area and the fascinating anatomical
theatre. There will also be a mortadella
tasting. Afternoon at leisure or join an optional
excursion to the walled city of Ferrara to view
its Renaissance palaces, cathedral and former
Jewish ghetto. (B)
Full-day tour of Ravenna, home to eight Unesco
world heritage sites. Visit the Mausoleum of
Galla Placidia, an ancient Roman building
containing exceptionally well-preserved mosaics;
the mosaics of the Byzantine church of
San Vitale, one of the most significant Byzantine churches to survive, with much of its interior decoration intact; and the Mausoleum of
Theodoric, an ancient monument just outside
the city. (B)
Transfer to Bologna airport for your return flight
to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
Based in 4- and 5-star
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Located in the heart of Parma, close to the railway station and many of the city's important monuments, the Hotel Palace Maria Luigia is an elegant and comfortable 4 star de luxe hotel. The room and suites carefully combine classic and modern furnishings and the attics overlook the outlines of the historical centre's cupolas and bell towers. Each room has a spacious bathroom with red and beige marble and all are equipped with modern amenities. Maxim's restaurant specialises in seafood and traditional Gourmet dishes, the spacious hall opens onto a green patio, where drinks can be enjoyed during the summer months, and in colder months there is a cosy seating area by a...
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RKP2017: 7 Nights