Explore the Cuisine of Northern Italy

Trip Status: OPEN

October 14-22, 2016
Tour Cost: $2750

A friend asked me if I would put together an autumn trip focused on food. I did, so back we go to Reggio Emilia from October 14 to 22, 2016. We will explore not only the culinary treasures of Emilia Romagna, but also some of its other storied cultural nuggets.

We will learn to make their pastas; we will see Parmigiano Reggiano being made and balsamic vinegar aging sweetly in the attic;  we will taste wines, cheeses and salumis and perhaps some newly found truffles while we enjoy dining in excellent restaurants. On the non-foodie side of life, we will visit a castle or two and the Ferrari museum in Modena.  Shopping is always an option.

The Hotel La Posta is a 4-star accommodation, and is in its 500th year of business, as of this year.



  • Reggio Emilia
  • Modena
  • Bologna


  • A castle—a day in the country
  • Parmigiana and balsamic producers
  • Ferrari Museum


  • 2-day course in Italian cooking at CIBO
Hotel La Posta
Palazzo Trevi


Hotel La Posta

(4-star hotel in the small city of  Reggio Emilia)

Palazzo Trevi in Bologna


Reggio Emilia

In this town, with a smallish city center, you will have time to search out markets—there’s even a butcher just for horse meat!—and go to the weekly market where there’s some beautiful food and some pretty junky wares too. We’ll visit local restaurants that I’ve enjoyed in the past to partake of very well cooked, fresh food and taste indigenous salamis and cheeses. If you’re craving pastry, we can always take a detour to Boni. Directly in the main square is the City Hall, where the tri-color Italian flag was made and first exhibited. Reggio is where Parmigiana cheese originated; it wasn’t Parma, so we will visit a local cheese producer very early one morning right after the milk has been brought in from the cows. You’ll find Reggio an authentic Italian town, not full of tourists, but quite sophisticated in its own right.


We will stay in the Italian capital of food for 3 nights but mainly to attend what else but a food workshop. We will have 16 hours of lessons in Italian cuisine, which will include a market visit, food preparation demonstration, hands-on cooking and learning, dining, and wine tasting.  I think it will be really fun! At the end of the day, we can go back to the hotel and collapse…

Aging balsamic vinegar.
Parmigiana being made (left); aging parmigiana cheese.


  • Includes accommodations (double occupancy) for 8 nights, all meals, cooking lessons, airport transfers, excursions, entrance fees to museums, and administrative fees.
  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering.
  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place on this journey.
  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.
  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged.
Fresh produce at a local market.
For a great laugh watch:
Ten Things We Love About Italy

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For details/questions, please call Joan Hill at 508-255-7907 or email her at joan@artfuljourneysllc.com

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