Bologna Food Experience: Factory tours & family style lunch

Bologna, Italy
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From $212.06

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 to 9 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Follow your senses on a full-day culinary tour of Bologna’s famous food region. Visit local factories and family-run producers for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of products enjoyed around the world, including Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Modena balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, and wine. Enjoy samples of fresh, hand-crafted products along the way and indulge in breakfast and multi-course Italian lunch with wine pairings. It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the sights, smells, and tastes of Emilia-Romagna!
  • Full-day culinary tour of Bologna province
  • Tour local factories and small family-run producers to see how regional products are made
  • Taste authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Modena balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto
  • Savor a delicious breakfast and traditional Italian lunch with wine pairings
  • Experience the beauty of Emilia-Romagna’s countryside

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Start early to see how Parmigiano made, then pair breakfast plus lunch with wine.

What's Included

  • Round Trip Trasportation from and to Bologna
  • Food tastings
  • Lunch with matching wines
  • Breakfast
  • Driver/guide
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni
    Via dell'Indipendenza, 8, 40121 Bologna BO, Italy

    Meeting time: 7:00am (Please arrive 5 mins before the set meeting time) If you travelling to Bologna by train or car on the morning of the tour, please contact us to arrange a different meeting point (requests should be sent at least 48hrs before the date of your tour) NO HOTEL PICK UP PROVIDED

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Province of Modena

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Castelvetro di Modena

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • The minivan/minibus we use are disinfected as required by law before and after each tour
  • If you have any symtoms like fever, cough or exhaustion, you are not allowed to join the tour. Please inform us immediately should you feel unwell before or during the tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Victor C
This fun and interesting tour was the highlight of our Bologna visit. Our group of 9 friends learned a lot about the making of parmegian cheese, balsamic vinegar and Prociutto. We had a very personable and funny tour guide, Arianna, who enthusiastically explained the food making processes with a lot of wit and passion. The tour drove us outside of Bologna and through the beautiful Modena countryside. It ended with a fun, delicious, multi-course afternoon meal overlooking the beautiful countryside. This was a fun and memorable experience. I highly recommend this tour.


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Don't miss this tour!
Andrea_T, May 2023
We had a fabulous time on the tour. My 2 teens loved it and were so happy we went. All of the tastings plus lunch were phenomenal. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. We felt like family. Truly a wonderful day all around.
Bologna food experience with factory tours and family style lunch - best ever!!!
Tracy_G, May 2023
Best food tour ever - and we have been on a few over the years! Great guide and producers with lots of knowledge of the products- fantastic food based on slow food philosophy. Do not eat before you commence the tour - you will be full for the next 2 days! The lunch and tastings were absolutely brilliant - along with a very entertaining host/s.
Fun but costly for what you "see".
CRAIG_M, May 2023
Ok tour. Met many other great people also touring Italy. Balsmic portion of tour was excellent. Lunch was entertaining and filling.. Fun but overpriced in my opinion.
Lawrence_B, May 2023
Everything. All three stops were interesting, informative and exactly what we looking for. Breakfast and lunch was fantastic. Our guide was the best. He answered all our questions and had a great sense of humor.
Emilia Romano Delight!
joyce_S, May 2023
The tour guide made the experience personal and fun. We loved the small group, everyone was able to see and hear about the foods. The food was beautifully presented and there was plenty!!! The wine flowed freely and was delicious. Every detail was taken care of. The driver even grabbed me a chair and cleaned it off so I could sit in the shade after lunch! He didn’t speak English but had a very enthusiastic “wow”! I would highly recommend the experience!!
Great experience!
Charles_G, May 2023
A great trip! We learned so much and had so much great food and wine. I would definitely do it again.
It lived up to its stellar reputation
Wayne_J, May 2023
This was a much anticipated tour as it was recommended as 5-star and ‘not to be missed’ by friends who had this experience a while back. It did not disappoint! We learned so much from Allesandro and enjoyed all the stops, the food, and the wine. Perfect day in Bologna surrounds.
Learning Journey
Deanna_F, May 2023
Really special day learning about the local flavors and foods of Italy. The guides were knowledgeable and spoke in relatable terms. Highly recommend.
Michelle_D, May 2023
This was our favorite tour of our trip so far. Alessandro was a fantastic guide. His knowledge of each of the stops was so impressive. We had a fabulous driver as well. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Bologna.
OUTSTANDING experience! Don't miss it!
Victoria_T, May 2023
This tour was on my husband's wishlist of things he's always wanted to do - see how parmegiano reggiano is made, prosciutto is cured - and this tour DELIVERED. Alessandro our guide and Roberta our driver were amazing - they walked us through every aspect of the day with warmth and hospitality. We visited a Parmegiano Reggiano producer, a special Acetaia (balsamic vinegar) producer, and a Prosciutto producer, before heading to the most incredible lunch with multiple courses of delicious pasta, salad, wine, and of course, dessert. E incredibile!
Great guides, great tour, great value!
handley_d, May 2023
Great guides, great tour, great value! On time and gave in depth information on all processes required to make the products
Food tour in Amelia Romagna region
Stephen_F, May 2023
Alessandro knew his subject well and Roberta the bus driver was very professional and yet engaging with all of us. The food and settings were wonderful. An excellent value and so enjoyed getting to know the region better through the sense of taste!
Can’t Miss Experience
Ralph_D, Apr 2023
Did the tour today. UNBELIEVABLE! Roberta picked us on time and we met Alessandro on the way. First stop seeing Parmaggan Reggiano Cheese being made. Next was Balsamic Vinegar tasting at 6th generation family operation . Finally off to prosciutto factory for tour and the process involved for aging . This was topped off by a fulllunch with 4 kinds of prosciutto, 3 home made pasta and 3 wines. Been on a lot of tours but this was the best. Worth the money and yiu won’t regret it.
Highlight not to miss
Anette_V, Apr 2023
Awesome visits, guide, food and drinks. Definitely the highlight of our holiday and worth every cent. The stops were very interesting and informative, the food and wine were top notch.
Fabulous Food Adventure
Wendy_R, Apr 2023
The early revelry is well worth the opportunity to see how Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto are made. Good and wine samplings are extremely generous and delectable. The guide is very knowledgeable and the bus driver an amusing character. I highly recommend this tour!
A highlight of our family trip to Italy!
Holly_S, Apr 2023
One of the highlights of our trip to Italy! Our family with three children aged 10, 8 and 6 also enjoyed the tour and food sampling. The guide was extremely knowledgable and spoke with clarity and enthusiasm. The food was all out of this world and the wine equally as good and both were given in abundance! The tours of the factories and farms to see behind the scenes was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Great experience!
Liraz_B, Apr 2023
Amazing trip! Highly recomended for foodies who wants to know more about the tradition and stories of great italian products 😊
The cheese factory and...
Martin_B, Apr 2023
The cheese factory and the incredible food provided was fantastic. The guide was very interesting to listen to during the whole visit.
A great day 👍 highly recommend
Murray_K, Apr 2023
Very informative guide and driver Great to see how the traditional products of parmasen prosciutto and balsamic are made and the history Great breakfast and lunch possibly the best pasta I have had in Italy
Perfect day in paradise!
Maureen_K, Apr 2023
Every event was superb. Hospitality the best. Bus driver and Allessandro were terrific. 5 stars for everything.

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