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Taste of Italy 2024

THE HEART OF ITALIAN CUISINE TOUR

Taste of Emilia-Romagna

OCTOBER 21 – 28, 2024

TRIP LENGTH

8 Days, 7 Nights

Departures

October 21 - 28, 2024

BOOKING DEADLINE

June 28, 2024

GROUP SIZE

5-10 people

Cost

$5,195 per person

Trip Overview

Named “Italy’s food valley” centuries ago by the Romans, the Emilia-Romagna region continues to be home to some of Italy’s most beloved cuisine today. On this eight-day tour for foodies, you’ll spend your days diving into the production, flavors, and culinary traditions with our local expert, Alice, that make Emilia-Romagna one of Italy’s most celebrated regions. 

You’ll meet with local producers, dine at top restaurants, and sample the products that make the region so famous including, tagliatelle al ragu, prosciutto, tortellini, and much, much more.

From truffle hunting in the countryside, to learning how to make pasta in a charming villa, this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience.

Highlights

  • Truffle hunting in the woods, plus a cooking class with truffles.
  • Taste traditional balsamic vinegar in Modena with an expert. 
  • Learn about many local specialties, like Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma ham, and taste them straight from the producer. 

Itinerary

Parma, Italy

Ciao Italia! 

First things first, let’s check into our hotel, drop off our bags at our hotel in Parma, and freshen up from a day of travel.

Next, we will meet up with our local guide for a light city tour visiting the incredible duomo and baptistry. (You’ll literally be staying next door to these historic sites!)

Afterwards, we will have a casual aperitivo before heading to a local restaurant for dinner. This is a perfect time to get to know the other people in our group, as well as our local host, and chat about our plans for the upcoming week. 

Meals included: Dinner

Today we will discover Parma city center with our local guide! We’ll taste our way through the city at many local botteghe while learning about the history, art, and culture of the city. 

Afterwards, we’ll buy some fresh products for our cooking class at the Villino di Porporano. 

For dinner, we’ll drive to the Villino di Porporano to get to know villa’s owner and her family and enjoy a cooking class at their home. 

We’ll eat dinner together and enjoy the fruits of our labor!

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

No trip to Parma is complete without visiting a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese producer!

We will see every step of the cheese production, meet the cheese master, and then taste the cheese, of course. 

Then we will make our way to a winery and have a tasting of some local wines followed by lunch in the Parma Hills. 

Afterwards, we’ll stop at a local producer to learn about how Parma ham is made, a local specialty. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Today, we will make our way out to the countryside for a truffle hunting experience! 

We will go hunting for black truffles in the woods with Lola the dog and learn about this process. 

After, we will have a cooking class based on truffles!

The rest of the afternoon will be yours to explore before heading to dinner at a delicious restaurant in Parma.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today, we are meeting up with a wonderful local guide in Modena who will be taking you around the city to taste all of the local specialties!

You’ll also stop at the beautiful market in Modena and a few other historic sites. 

After our city tour, we will make our way to a local Acetaia for a traditional balsamic vinegar tasting. You’ll learn about the process and dedication to this centuries old craft. 

We will then return to Parma where you will have the rest of the evening on your own to explore. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Today, we will make our way to Bologna – the capital of Emilia-Romagna! This city is home to many incredible historic sites, including the oldest university in the Western hemisphere. 

We will meet up with our local guide to go on a walking tour for a few hours learning about this beautiful city. 

After our city tour, we will head to one of our favorite local restaurants for a memorable lunch. 

The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Bologna and visit one of our favorite gelato shops in all of Italy. 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Today, we are going to visit the Parma flatland! 

We will discover Culatello di Zibello PDO, one of the most unique cured meats made in Italy and visit their cellar.

After, we will make our way to a local restaurant for a tasting of Culatello di ZIbello with lunch. 

We’ll end our day with a stop at Fontanellato Castle to visit its amazing rooms and frescoes! 

Later in the evening, we’ll meet up for our farewell dinner at one of the best restaurants in Parma.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

We’ll start the day off with breakfast at the hotel before saying our goodbyes to the group.

Time to return home or to your next destination!

Arrivederci!

Meals included: Breakfast

*The itinerary is subject to change.

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RESERVE YOUR SPOT

October 21 - October 28, 2024
Parma, Italy

Reserve your spot on the Emilia-Romagna stay today with a $1,000 deposit per traveler. You may also choose to pay in full upon checkout. Full payment is due 120 days before your trip. We will send you reminder emails with payment dates. If you book within 120 days of the trip start date, payment is due in full. All prices are based on double occupancy in a room.
Booking deadline is June 28, 2024

Where We Are Staying

Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati

Parma, Italy

Located in the historical center of Parma, the Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati is a palace from the 13th century.  The palace was turned into a beautiful hotel that is close to many bakeries, restaurants and attractions, and will be a lovely spot to call home for 7 nights.

All rooms are based on double occupancy (2 people per room/apartment) with twin beds.  Daily breakfast is included.

Please note, due to the historical nature of the palace, all rooms have different configurations and decor. Some people will be placed in rooms with two twin beds and some will have a small apartment with two separate bedrooms.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation (7 nights)
  • All meals listed in itinerary
  • Breakfast daily
  • All activities listed in itinerary
  • Trip leader
  • A local guide throughout the trip
  • A group of fellow Italian food lovers
  • Transportation to activities
  • Welcome gift
  • Gratuities

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Italy 
  • Airport transfers
  • Mandatory travel insurance
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal expenses
  • Incidental expenses

Who Is This Tour For?

The Emilia-Romagna stay is for any Italian food lover (aren’t we all?) who wants a meaningful, educational, and delicious trip.

If the descriptions below sound like you, you’d be an excellent fit for this stay:

  • You love Italian food.
  • You plan your trips around where to eat.
  • You want to learn about where food comes from and how it is made.
  • You believe that food is the best way to understand a culture.
  • You love visiting grocery stores in new countries.
  • You want to make new friends with shared interests.
  • You are kind, respectful, and open-minded to different ways of living.

Trip Reviews

Mary Burget
Mary Burget
2023-10-11
We had the best time with Jenoa and Colin on our Pastry Baking class in Paris! Our pastry chef, Jennifer Pogmore, was an excellent instructor! I can't wait to bake everything we tried in Paris. She was very experienced and explained everything very well. Her demonstrations were very helpful. The schedule was well planned out and we were able to do some sight seeing during our free time. Our accommodations were excellent. Colin and Jenoa looked after us and met all of our needs graciously. We couldn't have asked for better hosts! We also enjoyed everyone in our group. It was a fun group to work with. Everyone got along well. This helped to make the entire experience so amazing. We definitely will remember this trip forever!!!
Jenna Burget
Jenna Burget
2023-10-09
What an amazing trip! Jenoa + Colin planned the perfect foodie getaway. We were able to learn many valuable tips from Jennifer that I’ve already been able to apply at home. With a pastry tour, chocolate tour, biking through Champagne, making all of the delicious pastries, and getting to know our fellow trip-goers, we covered all of the bases that I could have hoped for. Everything was very well organized. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a food adventure 🙂
Diamond Ling
Diamond Ling
2023-10-09
Dream vacation! A perfect mix of food and culture! Saw a lot, did so much, but never felt hectic or rushed. Stay Awhile put together an amazing tour. Highly recommend to any foodies out there!
Kate Andrews
Kate Andrews
2023-07-24
As someone with a home-baking business and a deep love and appreciation for travel and food, Stay Awhile's "Baking in Paris" program was a literal dream come true for me. I would definitely recommend Stay Awhile to anyone looking for a curated foodie trip.
Victoria Patton
Victoria Patton
2023-06-13
Once in a lifetime trip! Jenoa and Colin are amazing, the trip was incredible, and Jennifer’s pastry expertise is unparalleled! Regardless of baking skill level, I highly recommend going on this trip. I am a novice baker at best and had never been to Europe. Colin and Jenoa made the travel logistics so easy and I walked away with the best memories & cannot wait to make these recipes at home.
Danielle Skowronek
Danielle Skowronek
2023-06-13
I was looking for a baking class that would make me more comfortable with French pastry when I can across Stay Awhile. I couldn’t be happier with this trip service. Jenoa and Colin planned an excellent itinerary that gave us enough free time to explore Paris while also diving into the world of French pastry. Our chef Jennifer made all of the recipes so approachable that I’m truly confident in my new skills in the kitchen. If you have the opportunity to take an immersive trip with Stay Awhile, book immediately. You will not regret it!
Bernice Ip
Bernice Ip
2022-11-22
Stay Awhile provided more than I could've asked for - new experiences, access to local guides to learn about the city and culture, and new friends. Jenoa and Colin were so well organized and even provided us with amazing recommendations for food and spots to visit outside of the itinerary. Their decision to partner with a local guide really enhanced the experience and made me feel like a local myself. Jenoa and Colin's passion for this can be seen through their thoughtfully planned itineraries and responsive communication before and throughout the entire trip. With the focus on small-group sizes, it was very easy to get to know everyone and it really felt like I was travelling with friends the entire time.
Florence Ip
Florence Ip
2022-11-21
Our time in Italy would not have been nearly as painless or enjoyable if not for Stay Awhile! Even leading up to the trip, communication was easy and Jenoa was always helpful answering questions. The trip was very planned well, leaving free time to explore outside of the itinerary and to really get to know the city. You can tell how much effort was put into planning to ensure a personalized and unique experience, especially their eye in choosing and partnering with a local guide who gave the very best recommendations for everything related to food. Even during days when we didn’t have activities planned in the itinerary, Jenoa and Colin were both super helpful with recommendations for places to visit and eat for other trips we took. With the small group size, it felt like we were travelling with a group of friends rather than just with a tour company — I truly enjoyed everyone’s company and am grateful Stay Awhile brought us together for a month!

FAQ

For any other trip related questions, please see our FAQ page or feel free to contact us here

The trip starts and ends in Parma, Italy. There are two airports nearby – the Milan airport and the Bologna airport. Both are within an hour from Parma by train. 

You can also arrive via Venice or Rome if you plan to sightsee before or after, as the train ride isn’t too long from either of these cities. 

Yes, all rooms are priced at double occupancy. This means you will be sharing a room with another traveler. All beds are either separate twin size beds or double beds in a shared apartment. 

If you are booking with a family member, partner, or friend, let us know so we can place you in the same room.

If you’d like to book a private room, please send us an email and we will try to accommodate your request. 

Yes, the minimum age requirement is 21 years old for all of our stays.

Yes, after paying your deposit, if you’d like to break up your payments into multiple installments, please send us an email to arrange this. 

All payments are due 120 days prior to the trip start date.

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