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A Taste of Medieval Italy

8 Days from £899.10

​Mouthwatering cuisine, enchanting medieval towns and historic treasures take centre stage on this trip of a lifetime. A Taste of Medieval Italy is a tour that thrills your taste buds with balsamic vinegar straight from the source, prosciutto ham and parmesan cheese from Parma and local delicacies sampled on a backdrop of sweeping countryside views. Visit hidden gems in the UNESCO-listed town of Ferrara, the gastronomic centre of Modena and the serene lakes of medieval Mantua. Along with culinary adventures, there's plenty of time to explore at your leisure or relax in a beautiful, central hotel on this memorable journey. ​

Departure from: May 2020 - Sep 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return direct flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Learn how Parmesan cheese is produced
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage
  • Audio guide
  • Wi-fi on board your coach


 

Included holiday highlights

  • Balsamic vinegar-tasting experience with al fresco lunch
  • Tour of medieval Parma
  • Dairy tour and Parmesan cheese experience
  • Tour of medieval Mantua with a Local Guide
  • Walking tour of Modena
  • Farewell gourmet dinner



 

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK - Bologna

Fly from the UK to Bologna today to start your culinary journey of medieval Italy. We'll transfer you to your home for the week, a 4-star hotel in historic Correggio, where a welcome drink and scrumptious dinner awaits. ​

Day 2 Il Borgo del Balsamico - Parma

Jump straight into foodie heaven with a visit to the beautiful estate of Il Borgo del Balsamico, a producer of award-winning balsamic vinegar. A guided tour offers insight into the ageing process, while you taste your way through different varieties. Afterwards, we'll sit down for a delicious al fresco lunch in the idyllic countryside garden.

​Gourmet delights don't end there though, with a visit to the city of Parma this afternoon. You'll enjoy free time to sample renowned prosciutto ham and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, in a wealth of deli shops and restaurants. Walk it all off while exploring Parma Cathedral with its extraordinary frescoes. Or simply sit back and people-watch in the famous Piazza Garibaldi, filled with atmospheric cafes and historic monuments. 

Day 3 Correggio - at Leisure

You may want to sink into relaxation with a day at leisure. Alternatively, you can join us and discover one of Italy's best-kept secrets. Our optional excursion visits the UNESCO-listed Renaissance town of Ferrara, a destination that's inspired minstrels, poets and artists throughout history. Your Local Guide escorts you through a labyrinth of narrow streets, highlighting palaces from the 14th and 15th centuries.

​Stroll the ancient red-brick city walls before we journey to Castello Estense, a moated medieval castle with haunting dungeons, complete with the graffiti of prisoners once held there. If you're feeling particularly energetic, climb the 122 steps to the top of the tower and be rewarded with a panoramic view of Ferrara. 

Day 4 Parmesan Cheese Experience - Mantua

The world-famous gastronomic delight of Parmesan cheese is on the menu today, with a dairy visit to learn about ancient techniques from master cheesemakers. After we've had our gourmet cheese fix, we'll travel to Mantua, a stunning medieval town encircled by three shimmering lakes. Often missed on the Italian tourist trail, this hidden gem has remained largely the same since the Middle Ages.

​Here, an expert Local Guide will take you on a tour of the Palazzo Ducale, once the seat of the powerful Gonzaga family for 400 years. You'll see spectacular Renaissance frescoes, gilt ceilings and works of art throughout the castle, a gorgeously landscaped courtyard, amazing galleries and the sumptuous Bridal Chamber. 

Day 5 Correggio Market - Modena

Make sure you leave plenty of room in your suitcase for souvenirs, antiques, arts and crafts from Correggio's street market, with free time this morning to browse to your heart's content. Next, discover the birthplace of Pavarotti and the culinary heart of Modena. This is a city that's both historic and imbued with modern innovation in car production, most famously due to Enzo Ferrari.

​A knowledgeable Local Guide will ensure you see the highlights and hidden spots of this food mecca, which is the original home of balsamic vinegar. You can look forward to exploring the UNESCO-listed Romanesque cathedral, a 12th century architectural masterpiece of two great artists, and the elegant 17th century Town Hall with its stunning frescoed ceilings. 

Day 6 Correggio - at Leisure

Have a day to tantalise your taste buds and explore as you wish, whether that's strolling around lovely Correggio, journeying further afield or relaxing at the hotel. Alternatively, why not join us for an optional excursion to the mosaic-adorned town of Ravenna, home to no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage sites.

​Soak up splendid Byzantine art and history on our morning tours of the Basilica di San Vitale and Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, with its gabled facade and dazzling mosaics created by the Apollinaris of Ravenna. At Galla Placidia you'll see more incredible displays of glittering 5th and 6th century mosaics, along with the magical, star-covered interior of the building's dome. 

Day 7 Correggio - at Leisure

Fuel up with a tasty breakfast this morning if you'd like to join our optional excursion to Bologna, the vibrant capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. The medieval centre is one of the largest in Europe, but you'll have an expert Local Guide to show you the way to incredible sites.

​After discovering magnificent palaces, charming streets and centuries-old churches, enjoy free time to explore and sample Bolognese sauce in its place of origin. Your Tour Manager is always happy to recommend the best restaurants for a tasty, sauce-drenched lunch. This evening, we'll gather together for a gourmet farewell dinner served at our hotel's renowned restaurant, set in a picturesque inner courtyard. 

Day 8 Bologna - UK

​Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK​.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 7 :

Dei Medaglioni Hotel - Correggio
You will stay at the 4-star Hotel Dei Medaglioni, a delightful hotel located in the heart of Correggio. Facilities include a bar, lounge, and wi-fi. Guest rooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
TOUR DURATION
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8 days

Saturday 02 May 2020

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£768.60

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8 days

Saturday 16 May 2020

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£858.60

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8 days

Saturday 06 June 2020

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£894.60

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8 days

Saturday 13 June 2020

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£912.60

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8 days

Saturday 05 September 2020

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£885.60

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8 days

Saturday 12 September 2020

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£858.60

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8 days

Saturday 26 September 2020

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£768.60

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SAT 02 MAY 20

London (Heathrow)

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£999.00

£899.10

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 02 May 2020

Departs

08:20 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 09 May 2020

Departs

12:00 Bologna (G Marconi)

Arrives

13:20 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 16 MAY 20

London (Heathrow)

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£1,099.00

£989.10

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Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 16 May 2020

Departs

08:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:10 Bologna (G Marconi)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 23 May 2020

Departs

12:00 Bologna (G Marconi)

Arrives

13:20 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 06 JUN 20

London (Heathrow)

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£1,139.00

£1,025.10

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British Airways

Saturday 06 June 2020

Departs

08:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:10 Bologna (G Marconi)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 13 June 2020

Departs

12:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

Arrives

13:55 London (Heathrow)

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British Airways

SAT 13 JUN 20

London (Heathrow)

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£1,159.00

£1,043.10

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Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 13 June 2020

Departs

08:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:10 Bologna (G Marconi)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 20 June 2020

Departs

12:00 Bologna (G Marconi)

Arrives

13:20 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 05 SEP 20

London (Heathrow)

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£1,129.00

£1,016.10

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 05 September 2020

Departs

08:20 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 12 September 2020

Departs

12:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

Arrives

13:55 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 12 SEP 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,099.00

£989.10

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 12 September 2020

Departs

08:20 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 19 September 2020

Departs

12:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

Arrives

13:55 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

SAT 26 SEP 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£999.00

£899.10

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 26 September 2020

Departs

08:20 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 03 October 2020

Departs

12:30 Bologna (G Marconi)

Arrives

13:55 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

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Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Italy - Ferrara and its castle

FROM £30.00

You will depart in the morning to Ferrara, a Renaissance art city famous for its palaces and still intact medieval walls. On arrival you will meet your guide and begin a walking tour where you will see sights such as the streets of the medieval city, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Piazza Ariostea and the Jewish Ghetto before reaching the highlight of the tour, the Castello Estense. The castle was built in 1385 by Niccolo II d'Este to protect his family against a dangerous revolt. Here you will get to go inside the castle and discover it's drawbridges and towers. After the tour you will have free time for lunch before returning back to your hotel.

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Italy - Bologna

FROM £20.00

You will depart in the morning to Bologna, the home of Bolognese sauce and Prosciutto. On arrival you will meet your guide where you will begin a walking tour taking in many of the Palazzo's before seeing the Basilica of San Petronio, Neptune Fountain and the medieval market. After the tour you will have free time before heading back to the hotel later that afternoon.

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