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An Italian Food Adventure

Emilia-Romagna, gastronomic Italy's heart and soul
 
Take a food-themed journey through Italy’s gastronomic heartland via Bologna, Parma and Modena on this self-guided journey by car (hire car included). Visits to producers of Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and ham are included, and you also get to stay at a sumptuous rural wine estate.
An Italian Food Adventure . 9 nights
An Italian Food Adventure . 9 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in Emilia Romagna

Emilia-Romagna may be one of Italy’s least-known regions – as far as visitors are concerned, at any rate – but, for anyone determined to penetrate the heart and soul of this great nation, it is perhaps the key.
There's much to discover – the turreted village of Castell'Arquato, the birthplace of the Italian flag, the Ferrari Museum, Faenza's famous ceramics, and Ravenna's exquisite Byzantine churches and mosaics – although it is the gastronomy that will leave the longest-lasting and most satisfying impression.
The three splendid cities of Bologna, Parma and Modena alone could deliver enough top-quality eating experiences to last a lifetime, and we include visits to producers of Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar, two of the region's most famous exports.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Castelnuovo Fogliani
    Night 1: at La Rondanina (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore from Castelnuovo
    Take a drive to well-heeled Parma, before seeking out – in a fold of hills to the east – the exquisite village of Castell’Arquato, with its towers, turrets and inviting restaurants surrounding the beautiful Piazza Matteotti. You could also visit a family-run dairy which produces Parmesan cheese, walk ancient mule trails to the incredible ‘table rock’ of Pietra di Bismantova, or call in at the Tricolore Museum in Reggio Emilia, birthplace of the Italian flag.
  • Castelnuovo to Monteveglio: 1.5hrs by car
    Leaving La Rondanina, you head east, perhaps calling in at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello en route to Monteveglio, where you spend three nights at the Locanda Gli Ulivi, overlooking the Bolognese Hills.
  • Explore from Monteveglio
    While here, you are within easy reach of both Bologna, which you can reach by train, and Modena. The former’s three-way soubriquet – La Dotta, La Grassa, La Rossa  (‘the Learned, the Fat and the Red’) – celebrates the city’s esteemed university, its pre-eminent food culture (it is perhaps the most highly gastronomic of all Italian cities), and its penchant for left-wing politics; while the latter is famous for another racing car brand – Maserati – and the king of vinegars, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. We include a visit to a producer of balsamic vinegar, and also to a Parmesan cheese factory (the latter is closed on weekends). Yet another option is to head to the UNESCO-listed Renaissance city of Ferrara, famous throughout Italy for the quality of its bread.
  • Monteveglio to Predappio: 1.5hrs by car
    Continuing east, call in at Faenza, home to the blue-and-ochre ceramics that have known pan-European fame for 500 years, before continuing to your next destination, the magnificent ‘wine resort’ of Borgo Condé, set among extensive vineyards in the Forli Hills near Predappio.
  • Explore from Predappio
    As well as touring the winery and vineyards, you could take a guided e-bike or mountain bike tour into the hills; go horse riding or take a cookery class; or drive to Palazzuolo sul Senio or Ravenna. While the former has been accorded the honour of being named ‘Italy’s Ideal Village’, the latter is known for its exquisite Byzantine churches and mosaics.
 

Accommodation

Your hotels are very different, but all are full of character and enjoy delightful rural settings.

At La Rondanina, a guided tour of the wine cellar, complete with a tasting, is included in your stay.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 9 nights: 30 March - 10 August 2019 & 25 August - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    30 March - 5 April £995 £350
    6 - 26 April £1050 £390
    27 April - 19 June £1090 £395
    20 June - 1 August £1130 £465
    25 August - 24 September £1090 £395
    25 September - 7 October £995 £350
    8 - 22 October £1090 £395
    3rd & 4th person discount -£105
    Single traveller supplement £105

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: 9 days’ category B car hire (e.g. Fiat Panda or similar with manual transmission)
    Please note: a 'one-way' supplement is payable locally if the hire car is returned to a different location from the pick-up point

    Driving time to the first hotel: Bologna 1h30, Milan Linate 1h15, Verona 1h45
    Driving time from the final hotel: Bolgona 1h, Milan Linate 3h, Verona 2h45, Venice 2h30

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    La Rondanina, Castelnuovo Fogliani
    Suite: 30 Mar - 10 Aug 2019 £16
    Suite: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £16
    Locanda Gli Ulivi, Monteveglio
    Superior: 30 Mar - 10 Aug 2019 £12
    Superior: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £12
    Borgo Conde Wine Resort, Predappio
    Suite: 30 Mar - 09 Apr 2019 £16
    Suite: 10 Apr - 10 Aug 2019 £25
    Suite: 25 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £25
    Suite: 01 Oct - 15 Oct 2019 £16
    Suite: 16 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £22

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day's hire car.
    La Rondanina, Castelnuovo Fogliani (B&B) Double room Single room
    30 Mar - 10 Aug 2019 £60 £76
    25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £60 £76
    Locanda Gli Ulivi, Monteveglio (B&B) Double room Single room
    31 Mar - 30 Jun 2019 £72 £102
    01 Jul - 31 Jul 2019 £74 £124
    01 Aug - 10 Aug 2019 £74 £104
    25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £72 £102
    Borgo Conde Wine Resort, Predappio (B&B) Double room Single room
    30 Mar - 09 Apr 2019 £75 £119
    10 Apr - 27 Jun 2019 £88 £143
    28 Jun - 10 Aug 2019 £98 £153
    25 Aug - 31 Aug 2019 £98 £153
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £88 £143
    01 Oct - 15 Oct 2019 £75 £119
    16 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £88 £143
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Bologna, Verona, Milan-Linate
    ALTERNATIVE AIRPORT(S):
    Venice – return only

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Bologna (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Aberdeen - Bologna (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Bologna (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Birmingham - Bologna (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Verona jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Venice - Birmingham (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Bologna Ryanair 
    Bristol - Verona TUI 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Bristol easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Verona Flybe 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Cardiff Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Verona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Bologna Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Verona jet2 
    Edinburgh - Verona (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Edinburgh easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Verona TUI 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Glasgow easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Bologna (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Bologna (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Leeds Bradford - Verona jet2 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Leeds Bradford jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Milan Linate Alitalia 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - London City British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bologna easyJet 
    Gatwick - Milan Linate easyJet 
    Gatwick - Verona British Airways,  easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Gatwick British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Bologna British Airways 
    Heathrow - Milan Linate Alitalia,  British Airways 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Heathrow British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Verona Wizz Air 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Luton easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Bologna Ryanair 
    Stansted - Verona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Stansted Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bologna Ryanair 
    Manchester - Verona jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Verona (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Manchester easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Verona TUI 
    Newcastle - Verona (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Newcastle (via Amsterdam Schphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Verona Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 9 nights
  • 3 dinners
    9 breakfasts
  • detailed cultural information
  • category B car hire
  • a wine tasting
  • 2 visits to producers (Parmesan & balsamic vinegar)
 
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FAQs

  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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