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Maranello: Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Maranello: Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

During your trip to Maranello discover the museum that is home to one of the most prestigious brands in the world, Ferrari. If you are passionate about engines, or simply want to discover the gold-standard of Italian excellence, be sure to take this exciting opportunity in the 'land of reds'. The Ferrari Museum is an exciting exhibition of the past, present and future of the Prancing Horse. During your visit you can experience both the permanent and temporary exhibitions that take place. You can also experience the evocative Hall of Victories in which the Ferrari World Champions from 1999 to today are exhibited.

Modena: Enzo Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

2. Modena: Enzo Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

During your time in Modena, walk the grounds of one of the city's most impressive buildings with this entrance ticket to the Enzo Ferrari Museum. Immerse yourself in an experience dedicated to enhancing the motoring tradition in Modena and learn about Ferrari's fascinating origins as one of the greatest names in automobile history. Upon arrival at the museum you will immediately marvel at the futuristic facade of the building, shaped like a huge yellow hood. As you enter, immerse yourself in the enormous hall that houses various exhibitions that will allow you to learn the history of Ferrari and its founder, Enzo. Whilst inside, take a trip to both of the small cinemas where you can watch two rotating films about the life and history of Enzo Ferrari. These entertaining and educational films will give you insight into Enzo's life and the life of the brand to date. Pay a visit to Enzo's father's workshop, now perfectly restored by the Museum of Ferrari Motors. Visit any of the 5 sectors dedicated to low fractionation engines, 1-6 cylinders, 8 cylinders, classic 12 cylinders, turbos, and Formula 1. To finish off your Ferrari experience, stop by the museum store that offers a wide range of official products and a bookstore that sells the most important Ferrari publications.

From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

3. From Parma: Parmesan, Parma Ham & Balsamic Vinegar Tour

Set off on a food and fun-filled experience from Parma. See for yourself where some of your favorite, classically Italian products are made — a Parmigiano-Reggiano producer in the Highlands, a Prosciutto di Parma perfecter in Parma's hills, and a balsamic vinegar creator in Reggio-Emilia. A guide will lead you around at each stop. Depart from Parma towards the so-called Highlands. Meet the first local host directly on-site and visit an authentic family-run producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano. You’ll be a privileged witness of a magical practice repeated every single day in the same way for at least 1,000 years now. Taste 2-3 different agings of this famous hard cheese. Hop back on board and head on to the panoramic hills of Parma. Explore a small, artisanal, family-run Prosciutto di Parma complex, from the fresh meat trimming area and the drying rooms upstairs to the final aging cellars. Sample Prosciutto di Parma, other typical cured meats, Parmigiano Reggiano, homemade cakes, local wine, water, and coffee. Head on to the province of Reggio-Emilia. Perhaps the most mysterious product of the region, traditional balsamic vinegar, will be unveiled at a small top-notch family-run farm producing Lambrusco wine and a full range of acetic products. Learn the difference between the authentic "black gold" product and the balsamic condiments that you usually find in supermarkets. End with a delicious tasting of 3 agings of traditional balsamic vinegar before heading back to Parma.

Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

4. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

Your tour starts from Piazza del Nettuno. You'll discover the Piazza Maggiore and the Basilica of San Petronio and the Meridian. Next visit the oldest library in the world and Piazza Santo Stefano, where you'll see the wonderful Basilica that overlooks the square. Then visit the Towers of Bologna, the Asinelli and the Garisenda, before you explore the historical market Quadrilatero to admire the historical shops and take in the scents of local food. Finally, visit Palazzo Re Enzo which overlooks the square and is the palace seat of the municipality.

Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

5. Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

Experience Florence from an open-top double-decker tour bus. Hop on and off where you please or relax on board with insightful multilingual audio commentary. Enjoy 2 lines and choose from 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets. Explore this Renaissance city built on the banks of the river Arno. Feel the sunshine on your face on the open-top bus and admire the views of the Arno, Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Romana, and more. Line A This line goes through Florence city center and the entire route lasts approximately 1 hour. Stop 10 Santa Maria Novella Train Station (in front of the luggage storage) Stop 11 Libertà Stop 12 Donatello Stop 13 Beccaria Stop 14 Santa Croce Stop 15 Teatro Verdi Stop 1 Ferrucci Stop 2 Michelangelo Stop 3 Galileo Stop 4 Villa Cora Stop 5 Porta Romana Stop 6 Piazza Tasso Stop 7 Porta San Frediano Stop 8 Rotonda Barbetti Stop 9 Piazza Indipendenza Line B (currently suspended) Line B focuses on Florence and Fiesole. The bus includes stops at Fiesole, a famous Etruscan hillside city with breathtaking views of Florence. The entire route takes 2 hours. Stop 1 Michelangelo Stop 2 Ferrucci Stop 3 Demidoff Stop 4 Grazie Stop 5 Zecca Vecchia Stop 6 Lungo l'Affrico Stop 7 Righi (ostello) Stop 8 San Domenico Stop 9 Regresso Stop 10 Fiesole Stop 11 Regresso Stop 12 San Domenico Stop 13 Righi (ostello) Stop 14 Stadio Stop 15 Matteotti Stop 16 Libertà Stop 17 La Pira Stop 18 Leopolda Stop 19 Piazzale delle Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 20 Shelly Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 21 Vittorio Veneto Stop 22 Curtatone Stop 23 Soderini Stop 24 Tasso Stop 25 Porta Romana Stop 26 Machiavelli Stop 27 Galileo

Maranello: Test Drive Ferrari 458

6. Maranello: Test Drive Ferrari 458

Don't miss the experience of driving a Ferrari through this lovely region, home of renowned car manufacturer Ferrari, which needs no introduction. Choose the duration of the drive around Maranello. An expert driving instructor will unveil the secrets of the amazing Ferrari. After a short tutorial, you can put the pedal to the metal and rev up the engine, reveling in the freedom of it all. Enjoy the speed (more than 325 km/h), power (570 CV at 9000 rpm), and acceleration (0-100 km/h in less than 3.4 seconds) of this beast as you slide into the driver's seat.

Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

7. Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Starting from the convenient meeting point in Piazza San Francesco, journey through the streets of the city center with your guide to experience five incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Neonian Baptistery, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of San Vitale, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Chapel of Saint Andrew. You will have the opportunity to visit: The Basilica of San Vitale: one of the most important monuments of early Christian art in Italy. When you enter the basilica, your gaze is captured by the high spaces, the wonderful mosaic decorations of the apse and the extraordinary representation of the imperial couple of Byzantium: Justinian and Theodora, with their procession. The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo: originally used as a Palatine Church of Arianism, today it allows us to reconstruct the evolution of Byzantine wall mosaics from the age of Theodoric to that of Justinian. The Chapel of Saint Andrew: representing the glorification of Christ in an anti-Arian key, it is the only example of an early Christian archiepiscopal chapel still intact today. The Neonian Baptistery: one of the oldest monuments of the city, made of simple brick on the outside but rich in marble, stucco, and mosaics of clear Hellenistic-Roman influence inside. The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia: it was built around the middle of the 5th century, at the behest of Galla Placidia, who ruled the Western Roman Empire. The innumerable stars of the dome have struck the imagination and sensitivity of visitors over the centuries, and of outstanding personalities such as the great poet Dante Alighieri, who drew inspiration from them for the writing of some verses of the Divine Comedy.

Maranello: Test Drive Ferrari 488 Spider

8. Maranello: Test Drive Ferrari 488 Spider

Drive a Ferrari 488 Spider through the region of Maranello, and enjoy the scenery while taking an exciting drive. Experience driving a Ferrari through this lovely region, home of renowned car manufacturer Ferrari, which needs no introduction. Choose the duration of the drive around Maranello. Learn the secrets of the amazing Ferrari from an expert driving instructor before setting out on the drive. Put the pedal to the metal after the short tutorial and rev up the engine, reveling in the freedom of it all. Enjoy the speed (more than 325 km/h), power (670 CV at 9000 rpm), and acceleration (0-100 km/h in less than 3 seconds) of this beast after sliding into the driver's seat.

From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

9. From Bologna: Emilia Excellence Food Tour

Learn about the production of gastronomic excellence in Emilia on a unique day trip from Bologna. Tour local factories and family-run producers for a look behind the scenes at the creation of products appreciated all over the world, including Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar of Modena, and Lambrusco and Pignoletto wine. Begin with an 8:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Bologna and head toward a dairy production site via a private transfer. Once there, tour the grounds with a guide and learn about the production of the world's favorite cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano. Snack on a sample of the delicious creation before heading to Acetaia, where you'll see how the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is made. Taste some of the "gold of Modena".  Transfer to a wine cellar, where you'll hear about the work that goes behind creating the delicious Lambrusco and Pignoletto wines. Taste some of this local treat and then cap the tour off with a light lunch in a traditional Italian restaurant. Return to your hotel in Bologna around 2:30 PM.

Modena: Balsamic Vinegar “Aceto” Tasting Experience

10. Modena: Balsamic Vinegar “Aceto” Tasting Experience

Enjoy 1-hour full-immersion experience discovering the history and the tradition of the famous “Black Gold” of Modena. Meet your expert guide who will welcome you and show you the techniques and secrets of a vital cooking ingredient used in kitchens across the world.  At the end of the tour, taste some authentic balsamic vinegar of Modena, accompanied by some local food products and local wine.

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What people are saying about Emilia-Romagna

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,269 reviews

The guide was wonderful; she was local and knowledgeable. It was evident that she had the job because she loved the city of Bologna and wanted to share it with travelers.

A great and welcoming local guide, really flexible and kind, and a really fun experience, made a lovely afternoon! For the price you get a great experience.

We rode the speed train from Rome to Florence. There was a location immediately outside of the station very convenient.

Absolutely should buy entry tickets in advance. The line to buy tickets at the museum is very long.

You have to drive a Ferrari at least once in a lifetime!