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A Taste Of Modern Italy

A Taste Of Modern Italy

Break free from traditional notions and ancient history with a two-week tour that offers a very different, millennial Italy. Starting with Milan, the modern heartbeat of the nation, take a trip through cities that celebrate what Italy has become in the new millennium. Fashion, food, and high culture are waiting to be explored.
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Milan

About the city

With something almost Northern European in the air, yet exuding Italian style, Milan is Italy's most cosmopolitan city. The capital of Lombardy is both hardworking and glamorous - powerful in businesses from finance to fashion and, of course, football. But what gives Milan its certain something is its status as the epicentre of Italian fashion and interior design. International fashionistas, designers, supermodels and paparazzi descend upon the city twice a year for its spring and autumn fairs: Milan, which has carefully guarded its reputation for flair, drama and creativity, is Italy's natural stage. This is certainly one of the best places in Italy to shop, or windowshop. Milan is the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy and as such, is unsurprisingly business-like in appearance. At first glance, it lacks the wow factor, but if you take time and are determined to explore Milan’s streets, you’ll access its aesthetically appealing gems – and they do exist. Cut through the modern metropolitan bustle, and you will stumble across impressive churches and palaces, the pretty Navigli area, the chic Brera district and lively university quarter, and no need to mention a landmark such as the Duomo, or that the city is impressively home to Leonardo da Vinci's 15th century masterpiece The Last Supper. Milan cannot be faulted when it comes to having a good time. The Milanese know how to party – and they don’t waste time getting started. Nightlife tends to kick off at 6pm; enjoying an aperitivo in which locals unwind with post-work drinks and nibbles before heading home is the rule rather than exception. So whether you’re looking for cut-price fashion, an alternative city break or a chance to paint the town red, Milan has undoubtedly got it covered.

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06/05/2019ECONOMY
Milan
Bologna
Italy
Milano Centrale / 12:20 PM
Train ZZ 9535-2PR0VZ12201322 Train
1h 02m Nonstop
Italy
1:22 PM Bologna Centrale
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Bologna

About the city

People have strained themselves over the years inventing nicknames for wondrous Bologna: la Dotta, the learned, for being the home of Europe’s oldest university, an institution which still attracts thousands of students; la Grassa, the fat, for being a gastronomic marvel with more and better restaurants than many world capitals; finally Bologna Rossa, due to its leftist politics. Stroll among the endless miles of porticos which grace the burnt-orange buildings, and catch the energy which hums quietly in the streets. Check out the elegant galleries of vie dell’Indipendenza and via Ugo Bassi. At piazza Nettuno and Maggiore the crowds gather under the Corinthian columns of the Palazzo del Podestà, shifting in the afternoon with the shade to the steps of the Basilica of San Petronio, a huge Gothic structure with a spectacular doorway. In the fountain outside, the bronze Neptune and Attendants splash happily. The two towers to the west of piazza di Porta Ravegnana are considered the symbol of the city. You can climb the taller of the two for a great view of Bologna and the Po valley. The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region is rich in history, art, culture, cuisine and music, and is often overlooked in favour of the country’s more well-known tourism honeypots nearby but is all the more appealing for it.

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Art Hotel Commercianti

90%
  • At 0.1 km from the center
  • Via de' pignattari, 11, Bologna 40124
This charming city hotel enjoys a prime setting in Bologna. The property is just a short distance away from the centre of the city. Guests can enjoy close proximity to the many attractions that the city has to offer. A broad range of shopping, dining...
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  • SUITE CLASSIC (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 5 Nights

 

FORD GALAXY or similar

Hertz

Bologna

BOLOGNA RR STN
May 11, 2019 10:00 AM

Turin

TURIN IKEA
May 18, 2019 7:00 PM
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Passionate About Pasta: A Small Group Cooking Class in Bologna

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Il Salotto di Penelope is located in a picturesque courtyard in the heart of Bologna where, since the 1960's, a bakery once stood. Barbara Zaccagni and Valeria Hensemberger, two gourmets coming from different cooking realities, but with a common passion for teaching, founded their cooking school in February 2012. Today, they welcome individuals and groups interested in learning the techniques of the Italian cuisine and, in particular, the culture and flavors of traditional Bolognese and Northern Italian cooking. 


Tour starts at the Mercato Quadrilatero of Bologna, where you will learn all about the products to be used in that day's menu. Following the market tour, you move to the school's professional kitchen to begin the hands-on cooking class. It focuses on how to prepare pasta dough, how to roll it out in sheets using a traditional mattarello rolling pin and about how to create basic fillings and sauces using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Three different types of pasta will be made: tagliatelle, stuffed tortelloni and potato gnocchi, along with three savory sauces. Lunch will follow with the food you have personally prepared, accompanied by the wine from of the hills of Bologna. 


A half-day culinary experience at Il Salotto di Penelope is the perfect introduction to Bologna's justly famous cuisine. As Barbara and Valeria say, "We like to think we are not just a simple cooking school, but a valid alternative to the gym, a place in which you can learn how to cook and meet people with so many different passions, interests and traditions that sometimes gossip takes over from the cooking!"


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The small group cooking class includes:

  • Guided tour of the Mercato Quadrilatero food market
  • A 3-hour, hands-on cooking class
  • Lunch with the food you have personally prepared


Participants of this tour are both Select Italy and non-Select Italy clients. Maximum number of participants is 10; there is no minimum. 


Please inform us if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.


Service Duration: Approximately 5 hours (including 3-hour cooking lesson)

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Bologna
Parma
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Parma

About the city

"Parma is a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna famous for its prosciutto ,cheese, architecture, music and surrounding countryside. It is home to the University of Parma, one of the oldest universities in the world. Parma is divided into two parts by the stream of the same name. The district on the far side of the river is Oltretorrente. MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS • Museo Glauco Lombardi is a particularly interesting and well done museum documenting the life of Maria Luigia, second wife of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duchess of Parma. • Piazza Duomo is where you'll find the city's cathedral and the baptistry, both built in the late 12th century. The baptistry was designed by Benedetto Antelami and is constructed from a pink marble called rosso di Verona. • Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi is where the original Roman Colony, founded in 183 BC. Today the modern square contains shops and restaurants, as well as the Palazzo del Governatore with a facade dating to 1760 and an astronomical clock. • Palazzo de la Pilotta is a sixteenth century complex of buildings constructed as court to the famed Renaissance Farnese family."

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Mercure Parma Stendhal

80%
  • At 0.8 km from the center
  • Via bodoni 3,, Parma 43121
The 4-star Mercure Parma Stendhal is located in the heart of the old town, opposite the Palazzo della Pilotta and just 328 yds (300 m) from the station, and serves an extensive buffet breakfast. Rooms are furnished with wooden period furniture and ha...
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  • Deluxe Room (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 3 Nights

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Ham & Cheese: Parma for Foodies

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Are you a foodie? Does the sight of rosy-pink prosciutto make your mouth water? Does Parmigiano-Reggianoincrease your heartbeat? Does sweet, thick balsamic vinegar occupy a position of honor in your personal culinary Pantheon? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this is the tour for you! 


Your day will begin early at a caseificio where Parmigiano-Reggiano, the "King of Cheeses," is produced. You'll watch as master artisans create what is truly one of the most delicious foods in the world. After a short stop in the medieval village of Torrechiara, dominated by a romantic, fairytale castle, you will drive into the hills surrounding Parma to visit a producer of Prosciutto di Parma. Traditionally sliced thin to the point of near-transparency, this succulent delight melts in your mouth -- you will learn just how it is made and cured to perfection. 


Then the wine cellar of a local vineyard situated in the scenic, rolling hills of DOC "Colli di Parma" wine country will open its doors to you. Following the cellar tour, comes an abundant lunch of typical foods and wines in the winery's beautiful tasting room. 


For those booking the Full Day Option, after lunch you will continue on to the province of Modena to visit an acetaia where balsamic vinegar is produced. The owner himself will demonstrate how the humble grape is transformed into a powerful, flavorful and magnificent product, and there will be a tasting session at the end of the tour. 


This tour can be booked with transportation or without. This is the self-driven tour.


Service includes:

  • visit to a Parmigiano Reggiano dairy with final tasting
  • visit to a Prosciutto di Parma producer
  • Colli di Parma cellar tour with wine tasting and lunch
  • services of an English-language tour guide, half day
  • visit to a balsamic vinegar producer with final tasting (for the full day tour)



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Parma
Alba
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Alba

About the city

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Castello Di Guarene

100%
  • At 5.6 km from the center
  • Via alessandro roero, 2, 2, Guarene 12050
Just a few kilometres from Alba stands the Castello di Guarene, an enchanting old stately home dating back to the 1700s. It was the realization of a dream for architecture enthusiast Count Carlo Giacinto Roero of Guarene, whose friend, the celebrated...
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  • Luxury Room (Castle) (1)

  • ROOM ONLY

  • 4 Nights

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Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers in Piedmont (Full Day)

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This full-day tour will introduce you to the Ceretto and Monsordo Bernardina wineries. Lunch at La Piola Restaurant in Alba will be followed by a truffle-hunting simulation.


Alba a picturesque, medieval town in the heart of Piedmont's Langhe area is known worldwide for its prestigious truffles and red Barolo and Barbaresco wines. Here, modern architects have been rethinking the winery as a contemporary expression of tradition and innovation, agriculture and technology, and production and hospitality.


Departing from and returning to your hotel in Alba or La Morra, this tour will introduce you to various aspects of the Ceretto brand. First stop is the colorful, little Cappella delle Brunate outside La Morra. Built in 1914 for the people who worked in the surrounding vineyards, this unconsecrated chapel gradually fell into a state of disrepair. The owner of the Ceretto Winery decided to hire two well-known artists, Sol LeWitt and David Tremlett, to turn the abandoned chapel into a piece of contemporary art. The artists' fee? Bottles of Barolo wine from the Ceretto family cellars!


Next stop will be Ceretto's headquarters at the Monsordo Bernardina Winery right outside Alba. Housed in an 18th-century farmstead, this project is a magnificent combination of tradition and innovation. Architect Giuseppe Blengini was inspired by the colors of the vines and the fascinating irregularity of the vineyards to create a state-of-the-art space dedicated to wine production and hospitality. A wine tasting is included.


You'll have lunch at Ristorante La Piola in Alba's beautiful Piazza Duomo where you will dine on traditional Piedmont dishes, accompanied by an exclusive selection of wines. Afterwards, your tour will continue at Tartuflanghe in Piobesi d'Alba, one of the region's most influential truffle sellers. A culinary workshop will demonstrate the various processes involved in the preparation of white and black truffles. You'll also participate in a truffle hunting simulation.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle with English-speaking driver and guide
  • Visit to the Cappella Del Brunate in La Morra
  • Visit to the Monsordo Bernardina Winery and wine tasting
  • Lunch at Restaurant La Piola in Alba (included in the tour price)
  • Visit to Tartuflanghe and and truffle hunting simulation

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:


This tour departs from Alba or La Morra ONLY. If your hotel is not located in either Alba or La Morra, extra charges may apply for pick-up and drop-off. 


Please note that if a winery is not available, it will be replaced with one of the same level.


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Alba
Turin
No Transportation Selected
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Turin

About the city

Turin, popularly known as the city of the car, is located in the Piedmont region in northwest Italy. The river Po and the Alps circumscribe this beautiful city, which offers visitors a feast of baroque architecture, ornate art nouveau cafés and museum collections covering everything from Egyptology to contemporary art. The heart of the city since Roman times is based on the Piazza Castello, Castle Square, surrounded by arches, each built at different periods. Nearby, the royal palaces of the Savoy House, Palazzo Madama and Palazzo Reale, lie with modest splendour. If Florence has its Duomo, Turin has its Mole Antonelliana. Crowned with a massive dome and conical spiral, the high building is the symbol of the city. Go up the glass elevator to the observation deck to get the best view of the city and before sunset, a superb view of the neighbouring Alps. Turin has proved to be more than an industrial city. To get a sense of the city’s urban revival stroll along its beautiful porticoes for some fine shopping and stop to enjoy a Vermouth before being delighted by its delicious cuisine.

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NH Torino Santo Stefano

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  • At 0.5 km from the center
  • Via porta palatina, 19, Torino 10122
Enjoying a fantastic location in the heart of Turin, this contemporary hotel offers comfortable and convenient  accommodation for a business travel romantic gateway or city break. NH Santo Stefano hotel is set in Turin in the heart of the fashionable...
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  • Double room (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 2 Nights

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Introduction to Turin: City of Chocolate and FIAT

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Explore Baroque palaces, spacious piazzas lined with 19th-century cafes, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud in this unforgettable half-day private walking tour.


First stop on this exclusive half-day private walking tour is Turin Cathedral, dedicated to St. John the Baptist and site of the Chapel of the Holy Shroud: here, the precious Shroud is preserved inside an ornate silver reliquary. Not far away is the Royal Church of San Lorenzo, a masterpiece of ingenious construction designed by the priest and architect, Guarino Guarini in 1666. 


The astonishing Palazzo Reale is a magnificent baroque palace complex surrounded by formal gardens that was home to the Savoy royal family for almost four centuries. A short coffee break in Piazza San Carlo, Turin's most beautiful square, allows you to admire the so-called Caval d'brons. This equestrian statue of Duke Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy depicts him sheathing his sword after the victorious battle of San Quintino in 1557. Historic 19th century cafes surround the square, the most famous being Cafe' San Carlo, Cafe' Torino and Fratelli Stratta with original furnishings from 1836. 


Turin's tallest and most recognizable landmark comes next: the Mole Antonelliana. Originally built as a synagogue, today it houses the National Museum of Cinema. A glass elevator whisks you up 312 feet in the air for a breathtaking, 360-degree view of Turin and the snow-covered Alps beyond. 


End your tour with a sweet treat in one of the confectioner's shops in Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Perhaps no other city in Europe has so many pastry shops and chocolate-makers that roast and blend their own cacao beans. Foil-wrapped "gianduiotti" with their distinctive chocolate-hazelnut flavor make a fitting souvenir of the gracious city of Turin.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Tour price does not include museum entrance tickets. Approximately 20 euro per person. Cost of food and drinks consumed on this tour is not included in the total price. 


Sites Included: Turin Cathedral, church of San Lorenzo, Quadrilatero Romano, Piazza Carignano, Palazzo Reale, Piazza San Carlo, Mole Antonelliana, Piazza Vittorio Veneto.


Museum entrance tickets must be paid on site. Approximately 20 euro per person, subject to change.

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A Taste Of Modern Italy
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