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Historic charm and culinary delights
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This wonderful escorted tour of north east Italy is based in the lovely city of Ferrara. In addition to included visits to glorious Bologna and the historic former port-city of Ravenna, you'll discover one of the smallest republics in the world - San Marino - and the foodie cities of Modena and Parma.
North East Italy Tour Itinerary
Fly to Bologna, Venice or Treviso and transfer into the heart of Emilia-Romagna, to your four-star hotel in the shadow of the ancient walls of Ferrara. This elegant city was once home to the wealthy and powerful Dukes of Este and after check-in you'll be free to rest and relax, or perhaps take a stroll into the town's atmospheric historic centre (depending on your arrival time).
Day One: Fly to Italy
Join our tour manager, this morning, and explore Ferrara on a walking tour. The old town is dominated by the moat and fortifications of the Castello Estense, and the ancient streets are lined with restaurants and trattorie that hint at the region's vibrant tradition of fine food.
Day Two: Included Ferrara guided tour
After the tour, you're free to wander Ferrara's piazzas and museums under your own steam, before returning to the hotel.
Today's included excursion continues the food-loving theme. After learning the secrets of cheese production at a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy, this morning, we'll visit Bologna, nicknamed 'La Grassa' (the Fat) and world-famous for its food and regional wine.
Day Three: Included Bologna guided tour
A guided walking tour will introduce the city, including the mouth-watering produce on Via Clavature's market stalls, the Gothic church of San Francesco, Piazza del Nettuno's famous fountain and the sweeping Piazza Maggiore.
Highlights of today's excursion include a visit to one of the oldest balsamic producers, who have been distilling and aging vinegar in Modena since 1605, and the chance to browse the city's wonderful produce market during our walking tour.
Day Four: Included day trip to Modena and Parma
We'll also take a short, guided tour of Parma to discover its ancient university, churches, cathedral and historic, Baroque Teatro Farnese, before we return to Ferrara for dinner at our hotel.
Our last included excursion visits the tiny republic of San Marino, an independent state completely encircled by Italy. Take in the spectacular views from the ancient Citta (old town), and then head to majestic Ravenna.
Day Five: Included San Marino and Ravenna city tours
Join our guided walking tour to discover this former capital of the Western Roman Empire and the stunning Byzantine mosaics preserved in eight different UNESCO World Heritage sites that are dotted around the compact city. Stop in a cafe on the elegant Piazza del Popolo aftert the tour, then return to Ferrara for the final evening of your foodie holiday to North East Italy.
Bid "arrivederci" to Ferrara, and return to the airport to board your flight home.
Day Six: Fly back to the UK