Bologna is the largest city in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, and it’s arguably the capital of Italian cuisine. Bologna makes an excellent base to explore the region and discover the finest foods Italy has to offer. If you love food, take a look at this five day Bologna itinerary and start exploring the highlights of the Emilia Romagna region.
Day 1: Bologna
Today is your day to become acquainted with Bologna, a great city to explore on foot. Bologna is famous for its distinctive covered walkways or porticos. The food halls and markets are plentiful and offer the finest in local and regional produce.
Day 2: Modena
This city is home to the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, and visiting a traditional acetaia is a must for any food lover. This traditional vinegar from Modena is an artisanal product that takes a minimum of 12 years to produce.
An acetaia tour includes learning about the vinegar-making process, along with a tasting and the opportunity to purchase. Click here for more information about this traditional product and arranging a visit to a local acetaia.
Day 3: Parma
Prosciutto di Parma, a delicate cured meat product from the Emilia Romagna region, has strict guidelines that govern the type of meat and its production methods. You won’t want to miss your chance to see the production process and taste some freshly made prosciutto. You’ll find more information about this artisanal product and how to organize a tour in our post about prosciutto di Parma.
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Day 4: Reggio Emilia
One of the world’s great cheeses, Parmigiano-Reggiano is from Emilia Romagna. The recipe has been exactly the same for the last 900 years. Here you can visit a local dairy and watch the cheese being made. Visit the maturation room to inhale the unbelievable aroma. A tasting and the opportunity to purchase this cheese completes the experience. We provide additional information about Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and where to visit a local dairy.
Day 5: Bologna
Bologna offers the perfect opportunity to take a cooking class. After spending the day in cooking school, celebrate your last night in Bologna. Begin your evening in Italian style with an aperitivo at one of the local bars. For a fantastic last dinner showcasing fresh, local, and handmade Italian cuisine, we recommend the family-owned da Cesari Restaurant.
How to Plan Your Five Day Bologna Itinerary for Food Lovers
Getting around Italy is easy, since the nation has excellent road infrastructure. It also has a comprehensive public transportation network, including train and bus service. To help you plan your transit and work out the details of your Bologna itinerary, rely on GoEuro. The GoEuro Trip Planner features full trip planning functionality for Italy, including local and inter-city transit information.
Just enter your starting city and destination, and the GoEuro trip planner returns all options, times, and costs for the route. The app also includes ridesharing, buses, local shuttle options, and trains.
You’ll find much more information about travel and food in Northern Italy on Compass & Fork. Why not extend your trip to Venice or Treviso?