A Taste of Medieval Italy

From £749.25
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Sep 2020
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From £749.25
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Sep 2020
Tour Overview

​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. ​

  • Relaxed Touring
  • Flight Choices
  • Max 35 Group Size

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 and welcome drink
  • 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 ​

Itinerary

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. ​

Meals included: D

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 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 café​s and historic monuments. 

Meals included: B,L

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. 

Meals included: B

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. 

Meals included: B,D

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. 

Meals included: B

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 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 faç​ade 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. 

Meals included: B

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. This evening, we'll gather together for a gourmet farewell dinner served at our hotel's renowned restaurant, set in a picturesque inner courtyard. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Bologna - UK

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

Meals included: B

Accommodation

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.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.