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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Yummy Italian Food at Romagna, Italy

Edible Italy: Culture and Cooking

Buonjourney Italy
5.0 . Excellent
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 4,429 $ 554 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • 2 cooking classes, preparing our four-course lunches
  • Making your own pizza with an Italian pizzaiolo
  • Guided tasting of PDO and IGP products from Emilia-Romagna
  • Wine lesson and tastings by a sommelier
  • Following in Fellini’s footsteps in the seaside resort of Rimini
  • A private concert of ‘Bel Canto’ in a country relais
  • Guided tours of  Medieval/Renaissance towns
  • Enjoy a procession of Fiat 500s on a drive through the Romagna countryside
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Short Description

Come join us for a week of unforgettable tastes, hands-on experiences and the opportunity to live the traditions that make  Italy so special and so enduring. You and your fellow travelers will come to know firsthand the food, wine, history and people of this special part of Italy: Romagna.

Between the sparkling Adriatic Sea and the hills of Tuscany, Romagna boasts a fascinating history and a rich culinary tradition: it is widely regarded as the cradle of Italian culinary tradition. You will be hosted in the heart of a medieval town, in a historic 4-star accommodation located a stone’s throw away from the lively center of Santarcangelo di Romagna, where you can stroll the narrow cobblestone streets and enjoy shops and city markets.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Santarcangelo di Romagna
End City Santarcangelo di Romagna

Travel Theme

Cultural Culinary & Wine

Destinations

Italy

Cities & Attractions

Bologna Florence Tuscany

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Trip Includes

  • Double-occupancy accommodation for 7 nights in 4-star characteristic and historical accommodations with ensuite bathroom;
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary: all breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners;
  • Wine and other beverages at included lunches and dinners;
  • Group transfers to and from Bologna airport and/or Rimini train station at the scheduled times;
  • All cooking classes, completely hands-on;
  • A wine lesson and tasting by a sommelier;
  • A pastry ‘cooking-show’;
  • Excursion to the UNESCO site of Urbino;
  • Professional licensed guides in Urbino, San Leo and Rimini;
  • All entry fees for scheduled excursions and tours;
  • Expert bilingual tour leader to accompany the group at all times.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome To Italy

2:00 pm pick-up at Bologna airport  (one hour and fifteen minute private transfer)or 3:00 pm pick-up at Rimini train station (20 minute private transfer). Our home for the week is a lovely four-star hotel in the beautifully preserved medieval town of Santarcangelo di Romagna.

Surrounded by greenery, this charming villa is a quiet haven, yet just a few minutes from the cultural highlights and the many shops and cafés of the lively ‘old town’ city center.

At 5:00 pm we’ll meet up for a formal introduction to the trip, then take a walk through town to familiarize you with what will quickly come to feel like ‘your town’. We might stop for a gelato, or a piadina (the typical Romagna flatbread), as we enjoy the evening passeggiata (the Italian leisurely evening stroll) with the locals.

Then on to dinner at one of the best restaurants in the region. Here begins our week-long love affair with Italian cuisine, accompanied by delicious wines produced by selected boutique wineries of the area.

Day 2: Food And Wine In The Romagna Hills

BUONGIORNO ! Good morning! After breakfast at our hotel (in the garden, weather permitting), we’ll have a short ride up to a gorgeous home in the Romagna hills.

Here we’ll have our first cooking lesson, preparing what the Italians call il pranzo della domenica, that is, Sunday lunch—a lengthy relaxed meal to enjoy with family and friends.  Roll up your sleeves—we’ll be making the entire four-course meal ourselves, under the guidance of Italian cooks. Our menu includes piadina with assorted cold cuts, tagliatelle pasta with ragù meat sauce, chicken baked in a casserole Romagna style, roast potatoes with rosemary, and a ricotta cake.

And then, a tavola (to table/time to eat!), where we’ll enjoy the fruits of our labor, accompanied by delicious local wines. After lunch, you can relax and enjoy the garden around the pool. 

Later in the afternoon, we transfer to a nearby vineyard where we enjoy a tour of the property. An expert sommelier will explain the ins and outs of wine production, followed by a wine-tasting and a dinner featuring the best gastronomic specialties (DOP and IGP products) of the Emilia-Romagna region.

Day 3: San Leo History, Tradition And ‘Bel Canto’

Today we step back in time to the Middle Ages, with a morning visit to the medieval town and fortress of San Leo. Recognized as one of the ‘Borghi Più Belli d’Italia’ (Most Beautiful Villages of Italy), the town’s position on an craggy outcrop of rock is particularly scenic.

We begin in the evocative piazza Dante, where two churches (both over a thousand years old) and the surrounding civic architecture transport you back in time. Accompanied by a local guide we’ll learn the town’s history and explore the magnificent medieval fortress of Federico da Montefeltro, Lord of Urbino, from where he could keep an eye on his neighbor (and enemy), Sigismondo Malatesta, Lord of Rimini. After lunch, we’ll return to the hotel in Santarcangelo for some down time.

Late afternoon we transfer to a nearby working farm where wine, extra-virgin olive oil and the traditional Italian vermouth are produced. The owners take us on a tour of the property.

The site is very picturesque, with a gorgeous view of the valley. With this backdrop we’re treated to a live performance of bel canto, a traditional Italian vocal style renowned for its beauty.  A delicious dinner featuring the farm’s own products caps off the evening.

Day 4: Art In Urbino And The Fossa Cheese

A neighbor to Tuscany and Florence (just 60 miles away), this region played an important role in the Renaissance, due in large part to the humanist and military leader, Federico da Montefeltro, Lord of Urbino. 

Today we cross into the region of Marche, to explore Urbino, where we begin to appreciate the power and splendor of his court. Accompanied by a local guide, we’ll visit Montefeltro’s palatial residence, which today hosts the National Gallery of Marche, displaying works of art by Piero della Francesca, Tiziano, and Raffaello, who was born here in 1483. 

In the afternoon we have a special treat. We’ll visit an area where a very unusual cheese is produced, the formaggio di fossa di Sogliano. This highly-prized cheese is aged in underground pits dug out of the tufo/volcanic tuff.

An award-winning cheesemaker will host us, acquainting us with the procedure for making this cheese, followed by a tasting of his family’s specialties. 

We’ll return to Santarcangelo where you are free to explore the town on your own and dine in one of the many trattorie/restaurants in centro

Day 5: An Italian Pranzo And Fellini's Rimini

This morning we return to the lovely place in the Romagna hills for our second cooking lesson. This time we’ll prepare bruschette and a frittata with herbs, cappelletti in broth (the typical pasta of the area, a type of ring-shaped ravioli filled with soft cheeses), meatballs Romagna style,  roast pork with vegetables, and a typical dessert called zuppa inglese, the Romagna version of trifle.

After a lovely relaxed lunch, we’ll return to Santarcangelo for some free time. Late afternoon we drive down to Rimini and meet with our guide whose expertise is art and cinematography.  We’ll learn about Rimini’s Roman and Renaissance history, then shift to the twentieth century and follow in the footsteps of Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, who was born in Rimini in 1920. 

We move up the coast a couple of miles to the seaside town of Cesenatico, where we’ll enjoy a stroll along the port canal designed by Leonardo da Vinci, followed by an delicious seafood dinner.

Day 6: Market Day And The Real Italian Pizza

Today is market day in Santarcangelo, the weekly market for the town. Here you can find just about anything from clothes and shoes and kitchen items, to fruit and vegetables and specialty foods.

This morning you are free to catch up on your sleep, or browse and shop at your leisure in the market. We’ll meet up late morning for a ‘cooking show’ demonstration by a professional pastry chef, followed, naturally, by tasting his delicious creations.

In the afternoon we’ll go to an important historical spot, the very place where in 49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon (river) with his troops, an act in defiance of the Roman Senate and one that triggered a five-year civil war. His declaration of  ‘alea iacta est! ’ (the die is cast!), has come to mean ‘this is the point of no return’ ever since.

Following this we walk to a  pizzeria for today’s cooking lesson—making traditional Italian pizza.  Under the guidance of a professional pizzaiolo (pizza chef) we’ll make our own pizzas and enjoy them in the company of the regular Italian customers.

Day 7: An Unforgettable Trip By Fiat 500

To kick off the weekend we’ll attend a procession of the legendary Fiat 500 cars; this is the classic tiny Italian city car, developed in the post-war period as an economical car affordable by all. 

We’ll take a ride to the medieval village of Longiano, and share a drink with the members of the Fiat 500 Club beside the impressive fortress. Together we’ll visit a well-known frantoio (olive mill) to learn about and taste the local extra-virgin olive oil, then we’re invited for lunch at the locanda (inn) next door.

We’ll have some free time in Santarcangelo before our last outing, off to a medieval village in the nearby hills.  Here we’ll have our final aperitivo, toast our week together, and cap it off with a unforgettable dinner at a renowned osteria.

Day 8: "Arrivederci"

This morning we say goodbye to our fellow travelers and our new Italian friends. Better, let’s just say arrivederci (until we meet again). An 8:30 a.m. departure by private transfer gets us to Bologna airport by 10:15, in plenty of time to catch an afternoon flight.

Alternatively, we will take you to Rimini train station to catch a train for onward travel.

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Having tested first-hand this package I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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I participated in the trip organized in May 2017 and was very pleased at the level of effort the organizers put into organizing such a nice package. All the locations are beautiful, all the guides and chefs are very good and a lot of information is covered. Even I learned a few things! Having tested first-hand this package I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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It was perhaps the best decision of our trip!

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I returned home from Italy nearly a month ago yet find myself continually drifting back to my experiences there. A few friends and I travelled to the Emilia-Romagna region to participate in an event and found ourselves with a few free days to explore before returning home.

With limited knowledge as to the region, we turned to our host for a recommendation and were introduced to Ramona and her Team at Buonjourney Italy. Originally communicating through e-mail, Ramona crafted together an itinerary for our approval. Her attention to detail, concern for our preferences and variety of activities presented immediately convinced us to place ourselves in her capable hands.

It was perhaps the best decision of our trip! Ramona and her Team greeted us promptly that first morning and we were treated like Kings from that point forward. The guides were knowledgeable, professional and personable. Our tour traversed sprawling countryside, medieval villages and historic landmarks along the way. Interspersed throughout the days were lunches, dinners and wine and cheese tastings that left our bellies full yet yearning for more.

I cannot thank Ramona and our “friends” at Buonjourney Italy enough for helping to make our experiences in Italy so memorable.
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We highly recommend this experience for anyone who enjoys food, wine, art and history.

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We enjoyed learning about cheese, wine, olive oil and other traditional foods of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. We especially loved making pasta by hand, guided by award-winning professionals, all the while surrounded by Roman and Renaissance culture and the most spectacular scenery imaginable. It is an opportunity for those who cherish authenticity. We highly recommend this experience for anyone who enjoys food, wine, art and history.
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We would highly recommend Buonjourney Italy if you want to see the best that Italy has to offer.

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This past October we had the pleasure of seeing the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and all it has to offer. Historic sites, Castles, small intimate villages, religious sites, vineyards and a class to learn how to cook authentic pasta were just some of the highlights of a tour that will never be forgotten. Beyond that we made life long friends with Ramona and her merry band of tour guides who made our days fun, educational and of course tasty! We loved this region for an authentic Italian experience with the addition of getting a sense of the pride of the people and local flavors. We will return for sure. We would highly recommend Buonjourney Italy if you want to see the best that Italy has to offer.
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The guides were knowledgeable, professional and personable.

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I returned home from Italy nearly a month ago yet find myself continually drifting back to my experiences there. A few friends and I travelled to the Emilia-Romagna region to participate in an event and found ourselves with a few free days to explore before returning home.

With limited knowledge as to the region, we turned to our host for a recommendation and were introduced to Ramona and her team at Buonjourney Italy. Originally communicating through e-mail, Ramona crafted together an itinerary for our approval. Her attention to detail, concern for our preferences and variety of activities presented immediately convinced us to place ourselves in her capable hands.

It was perhaps the best decision of our trip! Ramona and her Team greeted us promptly that first morning and we were treated like Kings from that point forward. The guides were knowledgeable, professional and personable. Our tour traversed sprawling countryside, medieval villages and historic landmarks along the way. Interspersed throughout the days were lunches, dinners and wine and cheese tastings that left our bellies full yet yearning for more.

I cannot thank Ramona and our "friends" at Buonjourney Italy enough for helping to make our experiences in Italy so memorable.
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For a genuine "Italian" experience you will never forget I HIGHLY recommend Buonjourney Italy!

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I was fortunate enough to visit the Romagna region of Italy with three friends for a scheduled event in late September. We rented a house in Bellaria Igea Marina. We had a couple "free" days at the end of our visit before leaving to depart for Rome and had discussed ideas as to what we might like to do. As good fortune would have it, the owners of the property are related to Ramona, who runs Buonjourney Italy and offered to put me in contact with her. I reviewed the website and immediately took them up on the offer.

From my initial contact, through our last hours spent together, Ramona and her team provided the best experience we could have imagined!

Ramona crafted a most special, custom, two-day tour full of cultural and culinary experiences. Each day we were comfortably transported by a private driver to one memorable experience after another. We visited Renaissance villages with breathtaking castles, forts and endless views of the region. We toured an award-winning vineyard and enjoyed tasting the fruits of their labor! We enjoyed two amazing dinners, including one at the top of a mountain! We learned about aging cheese and sampled the work! And perhaps our favorite, we prepared our own pasta and piadina under the tutelage of a legendary Italian chef! All of this and much more was done alongside our incredible host Ramona and her team who provided invaluable cultural and culinary history and commentary!

The diversity of activities, the experiences and the tastes were all unforgettable! Each one of us remarked that what we accomplished in two days was amazing and the value unsurpassed from anything we imagined!

For a genuine "Italian" experience you will never forget I HIGHLY recommend Buonjourney Italy!

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

Hotel Il Villino,  (7 nights).

Your accommodation for the week is in a medieval village, where every morning you'll breakfast surrounded by the scents of the hotel's private garden, and hear the town church bells ring; it is a two minute walk from the lively center of Santarcangelo di Romagna, where you can stroll the narrow cobblestone streets and enjoy shops and city markets. This four-star hotel is a recently renovated villa, described as ‘Italian sophistication in a medieval setting’. 

Cancellation Policy:

Deposit and Cancellation Policy

The cost of our tour is based in large part on the group services provided, that is, the various activities have set prices that must be paid regardless. The many group experiences we enjoy is one of our strongest features, but once we have engaged our vendors, we cannot cancel the events. Therefore, in case of cancellation we will apply the following charges:

More than 75 days prior to departure:  only the deposit is non-refundable.

Between 75 and 61 days prior to departure: 50% of full balance is non-refundable.

60 days or less prior to departure: the entire trip price is non-refundable.

Trip ID#:

EdiItaCul

Trip Excludes

  • Travel to and from Italy, travel insurance, any other meals not noted in the itinerary, and excursions not listed above.

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 6 Dinners

All lunches and dinners are at restaurants that are the best in the area,  where your fellow diners are locals and where we’ll enjoy the excellent wines of the area.

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