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Food, Culture and Wellness in the Hidden Emilia Romagna with Italia Sweet Italia


fabrizio@italiasweetitalia.com, fabrizio@italiasweetitalia.com

Italia Sweet Italia Holidays
Corso Mazzini, 371/A
66054 VASTO CH



  • Live like a local and sleep in a Spa four star hotel in a hilly area where every day you can take a bath in healing and relaxing waters
  • Visit Bologna, the home of the oldest University of the West World
  • Discover how the traditional Prosciutto and Parmigiano Reggiano are made
  • Travel to a pretty Tuscan town through one of the oldest railway lines in Italy
  • Relax or shop in a local Italian market and live a vacation inspired by the principles of sustainable travel
  • Enjoy the taste of the traditional bolognese egg pasta and learn how to prepare it from locals
  • Visit an Emilia Romagna acclaimed winemaker


Join us on a 7-day Italian cultural, wellness and culinary vacation in the green and hilly area of the Emilia Romagna region. A fully escorted tour in the land where Parmigiano Reggiano was born and where the first University of the West World was founded. Stay in a quiet Spa village where the old Romans took already their bath with precious healing waters. An authentic territory  between the city of Bologna and Tuscany, in the Italian Appennines. Live an immersive adventure in the Italian culture and traditions, in a quiet territory, historically a land of passage between North and South Italy. You really get to know the local life with a licensed and local tour guide that shared University with Fabrizio. Visit secrets places, the best of the region’s off-the-beaten-track. This is a tour that will give you the insights to daily life, food & wine, culture and production in Emilia Romagna and will let you discover the authentic and uncrowded Italy in a balanced mix of experiences, relax, adventure and learning.


Day 1  Bologna airport/railway station pick up and welcome with an Emilian dinner! (D*)

Day 2  A visit to the local food market, make homemade pasta, explore the countryside (B, C, L)

Day 3  Discover Bologna, the red, the learned and the fat city. Enjoy a bolognese traditional lunch, taste balsamic vinegar and meet a winery producer (B, L, T)

Day 4  Discover the unexpected Tuscany for a day. A short trip by train to South (B, L)

Day 5  Discover the food land. Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto producers in the Bologna hills and a small village decorated by artists (B, T, L)

Day 6  Discover the Appennines landscapes. The ancient medieval villages and a fascinating castle (B, C, D)

Day 7  Goodbye and transfer to Bologna airport (B)

* B= Breakfast | L=Lunch | D=Dinner | T=Tasting | C=Cooking Lesson


1-7 September 2024: € 2,595.00*

Dates available on request.

*Prices are per person and land only, with accommodation in a twin/double room with ensuite bathroom. Airfare and travel insurance are not included. Single occupancy supplement: + € 180.




  • Only 100% authentic experiences

  • Deep connections with the people who live here

  • We have a passion for our culture and our communities


  • We know how to let you feel that at home

  • We keep our groups small to take care of all the details

  • Discover our guest reviews on Tripadvisor


  • We promote the local culture as a sign of responsible travel

  • We are focused on preserving our way of life

  • We involve small, family-run and passion-driven businesses

What's included

  • 6 Nights accommodation at Hotel Helvetia Thermal Spa (superior rooms) in the town centre of Porretta Terme or similar accommodation
  • Thermal Spa access and Kit spa (towels, bathrobe and slippers)
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • 7 meals (food, water, house wine) in selected restaurants, a farmhouse, and a winery. Some evenings are free for you to explore the town by yourself
  • 2 hands-on authentic Emilian cooking classes and associated food costs
  • Daily trips, experiences and excursions
  • Pick up and drop-off at Bologna airport or railway station on request in an air-conditioned minibus or car
  • Personalized cooking booklet and apron
  • All transports for daily trips and excursions in an air-conditioned minibus or car
  • All entry fees for excursions, tours and wine, balsamic vinegar, chocolate, salami, and cheese tastings
  • English-speaking tour manager throughout the vacation
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Airfares. We recommend using www.skyscanner.com to check the flights
  • Cap, mandatory to access the bath, is not included in the kit spa
  • Extra treatments (i.e.: massages) that can be booked at your arrival
  • Money spent for personal interests
  • Snacks/Drinks between meals, or any meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, visa costs, laundry or tips
  • Travel insurance (not obligatory, but recommended)
  • Drinks not listed in the itinerary (an extra bottle of wine, for example)
  • The cost of additional excursions or activities


7 days-6 nights


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