Academia Barilla offers a 5-day tour, available year-round, of four culinary capitals of Northern Italy. Taste and learn about the food of Parma, Bologna, Modena and Mantova – cities rich in history, art and culinary tradition. From Mortadella to Balsamic Vinegar, and Parmigiano Reggiano to Prosciutto di Parma, Academia Barilla chefs will teach you to prepare regional recipes using the local, traditional products.
Arrive in Parma and check into your luxury hotel room.
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 best restaurants. The tour includes: luxury hotel accommodations, guided tours of the historic center and monuments of Parma, Bologna, Modena and Mantua, lunches and dinners in the finest restaurants in these artistic capitals, hands-on cooking classes with Academia Barilla chefs, visits to local Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma producers, complete with tastings of the region’s most prized products.
Day 2 - Bologna's Mortadella and Modena's Vinegar Balsamico
ADDRESS Piazza Maggiore 1, Bologna BO
A guided tour of downtown Bologna, including visits to the city’s romantic porticos, historic University, and picturesque Piazza Maggiore. Sample the local tortellini, Mortadella and tagliatelle. Drive to Modena for a spin around the center and a traditional balsamic vinegar tasting. Lunch and dinner in renowned restaurants.
Day 3 - Parmigiano and Prosciutto di Parma: the Kings of the Food Valley
ADDRESS Strada Pilastro 1, Torrechiara PR
Guided tours with the producers of Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, and product tastings. A walk around the Castello di Torrechiara, a 15th-century castle located in Langhirano, just south of Parma. Hands-on cooking lessons with Academia Barilla chefs. Learn the recipes for the wonderful, regional dishes.
Leave for Mantua, the city of rice and the Gongaza family. Visit Sabbioneta, a beautifully-preserved Renaissance city. Practical cooking classes with Academia Barilla chefs. Learn many fun and flavorful ways to use rice. And taste the end result!