Academia Barilla offers a 5-day gourmet tour, available year-round, of a region rich in style and sports cars. In Emilia Romagna, your passions for fine food and fine automobiles converge.
You will visit Parma, capital of the Italian Food Valley, and Modena, capital of the Italian Motor Valley.
Arrive in Parma and check into your luxury hotel room.
Visit the city. Head into the center for a traditional Italian aperitivo, or pre-dinner drink.
Then, dine in one of the city’s many charming restaurants. The tour includes: luxury hotel accommodations, guided tours of Parma and Modena, lunch and dinner at top restaurants, hands-on cooking classes with Academia Barilla chefs, visits to Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico di Modena producers, and formal tasting sessions of the region’s top DOP products, guided tours of the Ferrari and Maserati headquarters.
Hands-on cooking class with Academia Barilla chefs. Learn the secrets of regional Italian recipes and taste the fruits of your labor. Take a guided tour of Parma’s historic city center, with visits to the Duomo, or Cathedral, and the Baptistery of Antelami; the Royal Theater, or Teatro Regio, and Piazza Garibaldi; Palazzo della Pilotta and the birthplace of Arturo Toscanini. Lunch and dinner in the city’s top restaurants.
Visit local Parmigiano Reggiano producers, and taste their DOP-awarded products. Leave for Modena: visit the Vintage Car Museum and local Aceto Balsamico di Modena, or balsamic vinegar, producers. Guided tour of the headquarters of the legendary Ferrari and Maserati manufacturers. Return to Parma: dinner in one of the city’s top restaurants.
Leave for a trip around the gently-rolling hills outside Parma, and visit local Prosciutto di Parma and Lambrusco wine producers. The visits include tastings, of course. A walk around the Castello di Torrechiara, a 15th-century castle located in Langhirano, just south of Parma. Hands-on cooking class with Academia Barilla Chefs. Learn how to use local products like Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano and Aceto Balsamico di Modena. Taste the food you prepared with your own hands!