Mercato Delle Erbe, From Local Market To Gourmet Food in Bologna (video)

Mercato Delle Erbe, from Local Market to Gourmet Food in Bologna

Aromatic cheeses, fresh produce, to-die-for pasta, gorgeous bread & pastries, wine, authentic eateries, and cozy ambiance – welcome to Mercato Delle Erbe, a slice of heaven for gourmet foods and the ultimate local market experience in Bologna.

Mercato Delle Erbe – the What, Where, and When

Mercato Delle Erbe is the largest covered market in Bologna, and is nestled in the historical nerve center of the city. Located at Via Ugo Bassi 23 near the statue of the hominy, it was originally designed in 1910 as a herb market by renowned Italian engineer duo, Luigi Melucci & Arturo Carpi. In 1949, it was revamped and reopened following the tragic bombing of WWII. It’s opened 8 am to midnight, daily except on Sunday.

As soon as you get into the market, you’ll be greeted by a raft of produce stalls teeming with super-fresh veggies and fruits. If you happen to run a cookery class in or around Bologna, this is your one-stop shop to get all your ingredients – tomatoes, spices, berries, shallots, onions, meats ……. the whole shebang!

Deep inside, you’ll find stalls that sell olives, all types of cheeses, wine shops, bread, and pastries. Perhaps the highlight of Mercato Delle Erbe is the magnificent butchery. It’s a fully stocked meat shop with a boatload of myriads of meats, poultry, fish (oh, fresh & delicate fish!), chicken, seafood, and lots more. And that isn’t all.

Besides traditional food & produce stalls, you’ll find cool & retro wine bars, pastry shops, gourmet food (don’t miss out on mouthwatering pasta), sandwich delis, pizzeria, homey coffee shops, finesse cafes, and other eateries that serve the very best of Bologna & Italian dishes, like lasagna, mortadella, tortellini, meatballs, and Gemelli, just to mention a few.

Mercato Delle Erbe is also a fantastic place to meet and hang out with friends, family, colleagues, and other tourists. More specifically, there are dedicated seating areas with 70s style chairs, tables, tableware, and other bells & whistles. You’ll love that retro & cool design style is replicated by nearly all eateries in the market, but southern-style is also featured.

Besides, you can meet, mingle, chat, and whatnot over aperitifs, wine, tea or coffee. With great wines sold in some shops, don’t be afraid to break out the bubbly – drink, eat, talk, mingle, and live like an authentic Italian!

Gourmet Shops at Mercato Delle Erbe

A visit to Mercato Delle Erbe is never complete without sampling its amazing gourmet shops and authentic foods. After all, Bologna is the undisputed superstar of Italian cuisine. Let’s delve right in, shall we?

a) MozzaBella

If your taste buds are hungering for some Bologna-style pizza, MozzaBella is the food shop to check out at Mercato Delle Erbe. It’s a classic Italian pizzeria with a touch of Via del Pratello and an atmosphere that’s cozy and welcoming. The eatery is operated as an eat-in, take-out, and delivery pizzeria, all wrapped into one.

There’s a reason locals and tourists love MozzaBella, and that’s because they are inexpensive and extremely good at what they do: make mouth-watering pizzas. They are authentic, served sizzling hot, and made with only the finest ingredients.

If you are anticipating for an unforgettable experience, try their square pizzas. They are whipped up with sourdough that is well-hydrated and baked lightly. It’s airy and fluffy with bubbles and a crisp, thin crust to boot! What’s even better is that all the toppings for the pizzas are locally sourced, seasonal, and come in a great variety. Whether you fancy cremini mushrooms, intricately sliced shallots or chicken, there’s something for everyone.

Like most stalls in the market, MozzaBella does more than pizza. They also offer a series of Mediterranean-style and Italian dishes, as well as several different vegan and vegetarian-friendly options. They also have a reasonably long wine list, a selection of drinks, and entries. MozzaBella staff comes highly recommended, and friendly.

b) Vineria Alle Erbe

Vineria alle Erbe is small yet cozy bar-cum-bistro where you can enjoy a glass of delicious wines, beers, cocktails, and indulge your palate with plenty of hearty meals. Right from the minute you enter, you’ll get quality service, gourmet food & drinks served with a smile. The modern lighting in the wine bar creates a fantastic ambiance and atmosphere where you can socialize, eat, drink, and feel at ease.

Vineria alle Erbe is indeed a hidden gem in Mercato Delle Erbe. It is often open until late, and they have a selection of meats, cheese, and snacky treats for your indulgence. The wine is sold by the glass or bottle, and overall the place is inexpensive so expect to get great value for your money.

c) Polpette e Crescentine

“Polpette” is Italian for meatballs, and “crescentine” is a type of bread that’s ubiquitous in the Bologna region. As you might guess from the name, Polpette e Crescentine is an excellent restaurant that serves cold cuts, amazing lunch meals, cheeses from the area, meatballs, and baskets of fabulous pastries and bread.

Of course, you want to indulge in a meatball dish here. It is the pivotal dish of home-cooking in Bologna, and no other place does it better than Polpette e Crescentine. Their dishes are so tasty that it’s a favorite lunch spot for market workers and locals. Their meat cuts prosciutto are superb, but they also offer vegetarian-friendly and vegan options. Their wine and drinks selection isn’t shabby too.

d) Vini e Sapuri

Vini e Sapuri is a nicely located wine bar, wine shop, and eatery in the Mercato Delle Erbe. It’s a cozy, nifty place that offers local eats, morsels, and drinks from the region, and well as a variety of delicacies from the north and south of Italy.

You’ll fall in love with its beautiful atmosphere, affordable prices, and comfy chairs. In Vini e Sapuri, you can indulge in taste-tingling meat cuts, local cheeses, savory bread, and wine by the glass (or bottle). Or sip your drink and immerse yourself in the world that’s passing by. And the staff is a godsend – absolutely lovely and friendly.

Wrap-Up

Mercato Delle Erbe is tucked smack right in the heart of historic Bologna center. It’s easy to get to, and around the market. Whether you’re just touring, looking to buy produce/grocery or want to indulge in gourmet food or drinks, Mercato Delle Erbe is no place to miss in Bologna!

My Best Wilderness Locations in Italy (for Swimming and Bathing) With Video

 

For most travelers, nothing quite beats the thrill of an outdoor adventure. That feeling you get when you step out of the busy urban life is unprecedented. A serene wilderness out there where nature is at its best can be breathtaking.

Factor in a destination with water where you can swim and or bath, and you have more to look forward to. Well, Italy has a fair share of some of the best picks you can consider. You will have many options at your disposal. We have put together four of the best wilderness destination picks for your next trip. If you are planning to enjoy your next getaway, then keep reading to find your perfect next stop.

Golfarone waterfall

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golfarone

Waterfalls have their own way of making any hike worthy. And this particular one offers an impressive climax to a wilderness adventure. The scenery spot is in a quite remote place in Val d’Asta in Appenninno.

How to get there

This waterfall is about 500 meters off the road; you will need to hike along an isolated path from Civago. The path leading to this waterfall is not marked, but it is rather apparent that you can hardly miss it.

Then wade through Secchiello stream to access the 15-meter high waterfall. Look for the right route so as not to become over exhausted. Below it you will find several hops with shallow but very clear water pools.

What to do once your’e there

Once there, you can have a great time cooling from the heat of the day in the wilderness. The only problem is that since 2017, people cannot swim in these pools. This resulted from numerous injuries as people were jumping off the waterfall and injuring themselves in the shallow pools below. Nevertheless, this small yet fascinating destination offers an ideal stop with its crystal clear water pools.

Only make sure not to go down there with sandals. Trekking down the slope to the waterfall is not as easy as a family walk. Consider bringing with you some ideal hiking boots. If you like being out in the wilderness, then this waterfall is worth a try. It offers all the serenity you would ever ask for in a spot away from the crowds.

Poiano Springs – Fonti di Poiano

These springs offer yet another impressive destination to check out in Italy. They are located in the Villa Minozzo region. The source and the flow itself are quite amazing, with around 600 liters per second flow. The water is highly saline with minerals, both physically and chemically. It has a high level of sodium chloride, which makes it unique and intriguing scenery to visit. The interest in this spot isn’t new; it has been a cause for curiosity since the 1600s. The spot has an even longer history since about 2 million years ago; this area was under the sea. Then the sea evaporated, leaving the salinity in the hills.

It all started with the quest to exploit the area’s salinity. These waters have several therapeutic indications like constipation in the digestive organs, moderate liver dysfunction, and gallbladder disease. Others include diabetes and obesity among others. If you are looking for a relaxing on a picnic day out in the wilderness, then this is it.

How to get there

You can access them off the bridge Gatta in Castelnovo ne’ Monti town, Le Salse locality. Once you leave the town (which is not hard to find once you are in Italy) and proceed down, head for the banks of river Secchia. It only takes about two hours to reach the springs. The sources stand out thanks to their copious and whitish flow. You can take different routes through the woods, or reach it with a car if you so wish. Then enjoy a nice lawn where you can play.

What to do there

Among the things, you can enjoy include the beautiful fish in the flow. The short walk to the scenic destination takes you through paths that let you see the springs from different points. You will find perfect spots to enjoy the sun and relaxing shades under trees. Then there are tables where you can enjoy your lunch.

There’s also a bar and restaurant with impressive services. And yeah, you can take a bath in the end part of the stream as it enters the Secchia River. Among the reasons why these springs are worth a hard look is that they flow all year around. And every time of the year, the scene and the experience is always breathtaking.

Lago Santo Modenese

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Italy has many exciting destinations to check out, and this lake is one of the top options on the list. The lake is about 1,501 meters above sea level, and formed from partly glacier and partly landslides. At 1250m perimeter, about 20 meters at its deepest point, and around 550 meters it’s the largest natural lake in the Apennines. The lake has three tributaries flowing into it, one flowing from Boccaia, the other from the Serra coast. And the last stream flows from a grassy 150m long, 600m long Borra dei Porci terrace that hangs about 150m above the lake surface.

Accessing this lake is easy from the nearest and largest village – Pievepelago along Brenner road. From here, you can turn to state road that connects to Passo delle Radicci as you head out to the wilderness Then you will find signs for the Tagliole village and Lake Santo. If you are coming from Abetone, you can make use of a recently opened road along the Dogana Nuova region.

Turn to the left, with the Monte Modino massif on your right side, then cross Valle delle Tagliole and several other villages as Ronchi, Rotari, and others. Along the lake’s shores, you can park your car in a large parking lot available. You can reach it easily from a car park in only a few minutes.

What to do there

This makes a scenic destination for anyone seeking to enjoy the Italian wilderness away from the heat of the city. Have an adventurous time and enjoy the cool, clear and fresh waters and fantastic scenery out here. From swimming to bathing, diving and just kicking back and relaxing, the fun is almost endless. There is always a reason to visit this lake; it has a rich history that you can want to relive. But it’s the lovely scene and the fun out there that will blow you away.

Polle di Molbacco

Polle di malbacco #versilia #tuscany #hiking #riverside #italy

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For a place with fresh and cold bathing water, this is where you need to enjoy a hot summer day out in the wilderness. Here, you will find natural pools for an unparalleled experience. It only takes a few minute hike from Versilia. But finding these pools can prove challenging, make sure to have sensible shoes on. Also, be careful with the stepping-stones. You don’t want to bear an excruciating trek back to your villa.

So, how do I get there?

There are many routes to get to these pools. One of these is crossing Pietrasanta, and proceeding right along the riverbank. Head straight to and past Vallecchia, then cross a bridge and take to the right. Another option is approaching from Pietrasanta, head to Querceta, once you reach the second traffic light, proceed to the underpass and take the route to Monti, past Pozzi and Ripa.

Once you get here, the path is mostly the same. When you get past Corvaia, you will find a fork in the river, with an iron bridge to the right, go for the left-side road. This one will take you past Seravezza, Riomago as well as Molbacco. Keep going right ahead, around 1.2 km past Molbacco, you will come to the first pool on your left. There’s also an ample parking space. Proceed for another 2 km, you will find a sign on the left. You can park here and proceed on a footpath that descends about 10 minutes through the woods to Molbacco.

What to do

You can have fun in these pools, bathing and swimming to cool off the hot sun in the wilderness. It’s best to bring with you a packed lunch. And come in the late morning hours for the best experience. Molbacco pools are among the best destinations you can go for, there’s a lot to see and do. The experience is outright unique.

Apparently, Italy has a whole lot to offer for virtually every adventurer. And these four destinations offer some of the best treats by far. You can always step out there and have all the fun in the cool water. Have a scenic view of the virgin wilderness and enjoy the ample environment away from the cities. The fun is ever flowing out there; go and have a share of this bliss.

Where to Taste Balsamic Vinegar in Bologna (Without Going to Modena)

If you want to have a taste of balsamic vinegar, then you need to know where to look. You can always find it in many places around, but in Italy, this is as good as it can get. And one of the ideal places to turn to in Italy is Modena among other places.

But you can still get your taste buds excited without having to go all the way to Modena yet. You can find an even more interesting place to taste this amazing stuff – Bologna. The city has many places where you can go for a once-in-a-lifetime vinegar tasting opportunity.

Better yet, you can make bookings quite easily in some of the options we are going to share with you.  Balsamic Vinegar tasting doesn’t get better than this. Here are a few places you need to look to treat your taste buds in Bologna.

DE NIGRIS shop – Bologna Airport shop

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denigris

When it comes to getting a taste of creativity in virtually any recipe, this (“Masters Acetieri from 1989”) is the place to be. Located in the departures section around Gate 10 of Bologna Airport, DE NIGRIS takes your culinary experience to a completely new level. Here, you can choose from several types of products for your preference.

This shop is dedicated to taking the balsamic vinegar culture to the world. Maybe you are out to get a taste of a traditional cuisine. Maybe all you want is to enjoy a palate or more. Whichever the choice is for you, this shop has your needs and preferences covered with a range of offers. What’s more, the combination of the traditional and elegant touch brings out an unprecedented balsamic experience.

A little about DE NIGRIS

The De Nigris’ is a story stretching back to 1889. For more than three generations, the family has committed to producing balsamic vinegar to offer the best there is on the market. What makes this particular option outstanding is the creativity that goes into the production of every recipe and dish. This also encompasses the ingredients used in the production of their incredible stuff.

What you can have there

Perhaps the best thing about this shop is the wide range of products that they offer. First, balsamic vinegar is as good as it gets. They will also take you on a tour for food and wine for an outstanding experience and taste. Not forgetting, they also have 100% Modena 8 Travasi, salt with Aceto balsamico and more.

Le Terre Del Balsamico @ Fico Bologna

balsamic vinegar tastings

Among the best places to come up close, and have a taste of balsamic vinegar is Le Terre Del Balsamico. You can always find Modena Balsamic vinegar as well as the traditional balsamic vinegar here. This vinegar is not only popular the world over. It’s also rich in history as well as the tradition that you may have yet to come across. Get to know the materials and even the way this vinegar is processed.

The staff there is ready to take you every step of the way. This can be your best chance of exploring different tastes of the top vinegar around. You may also want to get a customized tasting session with pro tasters. Not forgetting, you will have several books and publications at your disposal too.

Where to find them

Well, you can always find le Terre balsamico at FICO food park in Bologna . But to be more specific, you will find this wonderful place  along Paolo Canali street. The destination is strategic in that you don’t have to struggle to find it. A cab should be a great way if you are not sure on how to get there by yourself.

If you stay in Bologna you Can get to FICO by using the FICO bus from central Bologna, the shuttle bus will take you there and back, please see this page for more info.

What they offer

In this specialty food shop, there is always a lot to taste and enjoy. You will get an array of PGI as well as PDO Balsamic vinegar of Modena among other treats.

Bologna Herb Market – Mercato delle Erbe.

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Another place you don’t want to miss is the Bologna herb market. Its design was developed over a century ago, around 1910, thanks to Arturo Carpi and Luigi Melluci. During the Second World War, the market took a bit of beating. Nevertheless, it made a significant comeback, reopening in 1949. The good thing about this market is that it doesn’t bind you to any particular shop.

You can always shop around the many foodstuff stalls on the herb market and satisfy your curiosity. It has seen a fair share of tourist in the recent years. And it stands out as one of the top places in Bologna where you can enjoy vinegar tasting. If you are setting out to quench your curiosity about this type of vinegar, then this market is definitely worth a stop by, or isn’t it?

Nothing quite beats the thrill of getting to the very root of balsamic tradition and history. You not only get to enjoy an outstanding taste. You will also have the opportunity to share an age-old tradition. You can always feed your curiosity with any of these destinations. And although Bologna has a good number of places to go, these are some of the best destinations.

You can now step right into the impressive taste of balsamic vinegar with a difference. The range of experiences there are to explore is extensive. Above all, you will get an outstanding reception from a committed and friendly staff that is ready to take you all the way.

And to top up the list, you can have the chance to taste vinegar along with some of the most seasoned pros out there. Now you know where to turn for your next vinegar tasting tour. Don’t take it for our word, you need to get out there and experience it for yourself.

My Best Luxury Airbnb in Bologna.

1. City center luxury apartment.

best airbnb bologna
best airbnb bologna

This luxurious apartment is located in a prime area in the center of Bologna. It is bordered by the best restaurants in the city, therefore, clients can enjoy the prerogatives of the best cuisines with no traveling hustle. Those who love history get a chance to tour the Historical Buildings and museums which are located in the vicinity.

The neighborhood also provides thrilling nightlife where people can hang out and enjoy the cool entertainment availed by various joints. The interior of the apartment is furnished with spectacular décor while the windows give a clear view of the outside environment. Accommodation is available for couples, families and business travelers.

Amenities provided include WIFI, indoor fireplace, hot tub, elevator, air conditioning and other interesting features. The average cost per night is $490. Different customers say that this is by far the best of Airbnb places. They praise the perfect location of the apartment- in the center of Bologna. The host was very helpful in making reservations.

Clients also gave credit to the quality of customer care. Their concerns were addressed in time and also given extra suggestions on the surrounding area. Apart from the good hospitality, the place is also serene giving the visitors the best atmosphere to relax and enjoy a holiday.

2. Prestigioso attico su due piani.

This is an elegantly furnished accommodation with 4 parking spaces. It is located in a peculiar area where Piazza Maggiore can be accessed in 5 minutes’ walk. It is one of the few homes in the area where people enjoy free parking on premises.

Social amenities provided include TV, Iron, bathtub, air conditioning, central heating, room darkening shades, spacious kitchen where guests can cook their meals and many other interesting services.

Customers get to enjoy all these services at a cost of $420 per night. The apartment allows three sleeping arrangements; 1 king bed, 1 queen bed and 1 queen bed. The following rules are outlined

i. No events or parties.

ii. No smoking allowed.

iii. No pets allowed.

iv. Check-in time is past 5 PM while check-out is by 11 AM.

If Cancellation of booking is done 7 days before check-in, the customer gets a full refund, while a 50% refund is offered if cancellation is done within 7 days of booking.

Customers who have toured the place have displayed nothing short of satisfaction from the positive reviews they leave behind. Clients have overtime complimented the spacious apartment and its proximity to the city center. Also, many have recognized the off-street parking benefit. The quiet environment provides many visitors with a good environment to relax after a busy day.

Most of the customers have praised Laura for the excellent support and help she gave them during their stay in the apartment.

3. Funtanìr rooms, Bologna center.

This is an ex-plumbing warehouse located in the center of Bologna that has been refurbished to create an extremely comfortable dwelling. The apartment houses quality rooms that are equipped with state-of-the-art amenities to provide ultimate contentment to customers.

It encompasses a quiet space of 260mq with home cinema, 6 ensuite rooms, a bright patio and luxurious little terrace. Unlike many other apartments, guests enjoy the advantage of holding events. Guests also share the kitchen and spacious living room equipped with a projector.

The hosts of the apartment are available on a daily basis to provide support to guests. Visitors are also given the right of privacy by having keys to the rooms. They can also get in and out at any time they desire.

Guests can book this elegant apartment with for affordable cost of $434 per night. The amazing amenities that come with such a small amount include; Wi-Fi, hair dryer, hangers, kitchen, air conditioning, laptop workspace, paid parking premises among other amazing services.

If a booking is canceled before 30 days of check-in, a customer can get a full refund. However, cancellations done within 30 days of check-in allows for 50% refund.

Many customers who have toured Funtanìr equate it to a home away from home. Guests commented the apartments because they were clean and suited their needs. The extreme proximity to everything is a great attraction for many guests.

4. Garisenda

This is a comfortable 3 bedroom apartment located in the heart of Bologna. It is on the first floor suited with an elevator in Palazzo Banchi. Placed beside San Petronio Basilica, Garisenda is a world-class apartment going for $876 a night.

Services provided include; Elevator, kitchen, WI-FI, hairdryer, Air conditioning, TV and other remarkable amenities. Guests are also provided with rules to abide with;

i. No smoking

ii. Check-in is between 3 PM and 7 PM

iii. Check-out is by 12 noon

iv. Pets are not allowed.

If a cancellation is done 7 days before check-in, a full refund is given. However, cancellation done within 7 days of check-in offers 50% refund. Cancellation during the trip ends up to a partial refund.

Customers have lauded the apartment for its location in the heart of the city. The apartment is large and clean meeting the requirements of every guest. Some guests have even recommended the place for group visits and for couples to tour the place. The amazing Piazza Maggiore can be clearly seen via the windows.
The apartment’s host representative is always ready to assist visitors in any way possible. Customer support is, therefore, a priority for the apartment’s management.

5. Uguzzoni.

This apartment is located in the heart of Bologna city to the east of side of Piazza Maggiore. It is found on the fourth floor suited with an elevator from Mezzanine beside San Petronio Basilica. The building was put up in 1412 but was fully renovated in 2010. By August 2014 the building had been refurbished to match a 5-start apartment.

Uguzzoni gives a memorable experience to everyone who pays a visit to this apartment. All the rooms are fitted with large windows for a clear view of the Piazza Maggiore. The floors are furnished with a precious oak parquet.

The apartment has incredible services like air conditioning, sound-proofed walls, independent heating and insulated windows and doors. Guests enjoy full kitchen access. Keys are given to visitors upon arrival and remain under their custody until their end of stay.

Visitors are also required to abide by several rules to maintain order in the apartment;

i. No smoking

ii. Pets are not allowed.

iii. Check-in time is between 3 PM and 7 PM

iv. Checkout is by 12 noon

v. Events or parties are not allowed.

Guests who have toured this apartment witnessed to love the quality of service offered. Most of the visitors love its prime location and reasonably serene environment which is perfect for a holiday. The spectacular view from the windows makes this the only place you wish to be away from home. Customers were also amused by the assistant offered by the hosts whenever they experienced any challenges.

Best Parma Ham Factories That You Can Visit (On your Own)

Italy has always been on the list of a lot of people’s bucket list. Aside from the architectural attractions of this place, another must try in this beautiful country is their food. Aside from pizza and pasta, what a lot of people do not know is that Italy has already perfected the art of curing ham. And one of the best places in Italy to get ham is in Parma. Parma ham is one of the best meats in the world. And a lot of ham shops in Italy offer educational tours in shops where you get to see how hams are made, from slicing it to curing and even up until ageing. So if you happen to be around the area, never miss a chance to have a tour of the best ham stores there.
Below are some of the best places to go for a tour and learn all about prosciutto.

Salumificio La Perla

Parma ham tour
Parma ham tour

Address: Localita Quinzano Sotto, 3, Parma, Italy
Opening Hours: Call ahead
Why Visit this place? :
La Perla is a family-owned business where members of the family will personally take you through the process of the tour. Here, you will be able to see how hams are prepared firsthand! And since the whole family manages it, you will surely feel the passion they have for the business. Which means that all their products are made meticulously and with deep love. Plus, the best part of the tour is knowing that this store can produce about 60,000 hams annually! After the visit, their guests will be given a hearty meal offering their best meats plus cheese and wine! And if you like to buy some food souvenirs in the area, there are small shops around the place which you can visit.

Prosciutto Bar Rosa dell’Angelo

prosciutto bar
prosciutto bar

Address: Via Per Parma 6, 43029, Traversetolo, Italy
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Why visit this place?
Prosciutto Bar is one of the unique places in the area since they have their own Biodiversity Park farm where they take their products from. They raise their pigs for the ham and cows for the cheese. And one might think that it’s typical to have pigs and cows, but what makes this place unique are their black pigs and heirloom cow species which they are trying to save.
Aside from meeting the owners personally, you will also get to see how their products are made such as their 24 months Parma ham and their black pig ham. And of course, after the tour, you get to taste their delicious food paired with the best wines!

Salumificio Conti

conti
conti

Address: Strada Fontana 2/A, 43013, Langhirano, Italy
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Why Visit this place?
Conti is another family-owned business where family members show you the process of preparing their ham. Since it is family owned, you will feel the passion and warmth that they have for what they do. Just like other tours, here, you will see the process of how they prepare the ham from slicing the meat, salting it and until ageing. What makes this place stand out is their process of ageing the meats. What people are not aware of is that meats taste different throughout time. A ham aged for 12 months would feel different than a 24 month aged meat. And after the tour, guests will have the opportunity to have a taste and compare the feelings of hams that are aged differently.

Salumeria Gardoni

gardoni
gardoni

Address: Piazza Luigi Leoni 5, 43013 Torrechiara, Langhirano, Italy
Opening Hours: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Why Visit this place? :
In this charcuterie store , you will get to have firsthand experience with a ham expert who is also the owner of the place. Everything you need to know about the preparation of Parma ham will be taught to you. And after learning all about ham, you get to have a lovely meal and taste the best ham this store has to offer.

These are the best prosciutto Places to Visit in Parma. If you happen to be around the area for a visit, make sure to reserve a tour around these stores so you would be able to see the beauty of preparing ham and would also get to taste the different kinds of meat!

Best Gelateria in Bologna

When you first set your foot in Bologna, Italy, you might ask people about the best Gelateria in that area. And of course, you will receive different answers to your question. Life is really short to take a bad tasting gelato. That is why you would be doing your research before getting into a gelateria that you know nothing about.

But taking tasty ice cream in Bologna would be a stress-free experience. Gelatos differ in size, either gigante (large) or piccolo (small). You will also have to select between a coppetta (cup) and a cono (cone). And the most challenging part is to select between really tempting flavors and a dozen of them. Some of these flavors include slated caramel, pistachio, and stracciatella, among others. We have compiled 5 best gelaterias in Bologna to simplify your selection.

1. Sorbetteria Castiglione

Sorbetteria Castiglione
Sorbetteria Castiglione

Sorbetteria Castiglione opened in 1994 in a town only known for mortadella and tortellini. Eventually, it became the best Gelateria in Bologna. During summer hours (via Castiglione), they open every day starting from 11.30 to 24.00. As for Saragozza, they open daily from 11.00 to 23.00.

One aspect that makes Sorbetteria Castiglione special is that they make their gelaterias with great attention and passion. Hence, they always deliver good, quality gelatos. Another thing that makes them special is the fact that they care about people suffering from coeliac illnesses.

Quality and safety are paramount for this company. Therefore, the staff members ensure they use gluten-free ingredients and never mix those ingredients with any product with gluten. Hence, customers allergic to gluten can enjoy gluten-free gelaterias without hesitation.

People who have takes ice-cream flavors from Sorbetteria Castiglione love them. Their gelaterias are more like ice cream: creamy, soft and super rich. Moreover, not to forget the added ingredients such as caramelized pine nuts. Customers like their different flavors like chocolate chips, candied fruit, and ricotta ice cream. Their ice cream is not over-sugary and not cold.

2. Cremeria Santo Stefano

Cremeria Santo Stefano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opened on April 28 – 2006, Cremeria Santo Stefano has been one of the top gelaterias in the whole of Italy, not only in Bologna. Though small, it offers great ice-cream flavors including creamy vanilla (Crema di Zitella) and salty roasted pistachio, among others.

The Gelateria is located in Bologna, Via Santo Stefano, 72 (Via Remorsella). It opens from Tuesday to Sunday at 11.00 to 23.30.

Cremeria Santo Stefano is special due to its welcoming rural chic ambiance. The gelateria offers special ingredients to its customers such as Venezuelan chocolate and Turkish pistachios (for an excellent salted pistachio).

Many customers do not mind having their ice creams. Not only because the ice creams are amazing, but also come in different tastes. The flavors are delicious and unique too. The gelato is in a walking distance from the center of Bologna. For sure, this is the best place to have chocolate gelato in Italy.

3. Cremeria Funivia

Cremeria Funivia
Cremeria Funivia

In 2001 July, Leonardo Ragazzi came up with the idea of starting the best gelateria in Bologna – Cremeria Funizia. The gelateria is located in the Saragossa area. Leonardo was dedicated to ensuring that he delivers new flavors and genuine ingredients.

Fortunately, due to his commitment and passion, many customers appreciate this artisan ice-cream gelateria for its home-made ice-creams.
This artisan workshop is special because it frequently searches for precious, genuine and most natural products. Just to provide customers with the most refined quality ice-creams. The gelateria offers different flavors such as San Luca, Cable car tent, alice, amarenata, among others. Besides ice cream, Cremeria Funivia also provides deserts such as Raspberry cake and pandoro, among others.

The Gelateria opens from Tuesday to Saturday: 12:00 to 23.30. It operates from 11.00 to 23.30 during Holidays and on Sundays. Unfortunately, this artisan ice-cream parlor in Bologna closes on Mondays.

4. Gelateria Delle Moline

Gelateria Delle Moline
Gelateria Delle Moline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1978, Gelateria Delle Moline was born. It is located at the middle of Bologna, Via Moline 13, near the corner of Via Capo di Lucca. Since its birth, now about 40 years, Delle Moline has offered homemade ice cream flavors of all types.

The staffs are dedicated to using quality ingredients to provide customized ice cream cakes as well. Therefore, if you want professionals to make your cake for an occasion or party, then you should visit Gelateria Delle Moline.
Delle Moline Gelateria opens every day of the year, yes that includes even Sundays and holidays.

The gelateria is special because it makes all ice cream tastes. Most interesting is that they open every day, throughout the year. Hence, you can have your favorite ice cream, any day. For instance, you can get creams with soymilk if you are lactose intolerant, or have seasonal fruit ice-creams. In addition, you can get gluten-free creams for celiac people.

Most customers fall in love with Gelateria Delle Moline because of its Sicilian customizations like cassata and granite. Also, the gelateria makes customer cakes for big celebrations/anniversaries, weddings and birthdays. Besides offering their products to direct customers, the gelateria also offers the same to retailers both in large and small scale.

5. Galliera 49

 

Galliera 49
Galliera 49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

its inception in 1998, Galliera 49 has been the best artisan workshop. They have the most detailed and interesting proposals, you could ever get in the whole of Bologna. The staffs are passionate and dedicated to cook highly evocative, digestible ice-creams. These creams have the best aromas and flavors a customer would ever want.

The staff comprises of different people with different backgrounds. Some of them have sold records, have operated family businesses and some thought they would work as architects. Nevertheless, each of the staff found happiness in doing something they love – ice cream making. Hence, they are dedicated to giving new tastes and best flavors. That aspect of constant passion and dedication is what sets Galliera 49 apart.

Customers say Galliera is their go-to post work snack, specifically on extremely hot days. They are in love with two things: their coffee granite (combined with whipped cream) and their breathtaking flavors (such as raspberry and mint-chocolate ginger sorbet). You can also try out flavors such as Granita, Sorbetto di Cioccolateo and Caramello Salato (salted caramel).

Galliera 49 offers delicious slushes (with flavors like melon, strawberry, and mulberry blackberry) and ice-creams (as if dark chocolate and salted caramel wot), which make it special. The shop is located via Galliera, 49/B, 40121 Bologna. Besides selling at the shop, they also do home delivery in less than 35 minutes.

Summary

Hopefully the list we will help you find the best gelateria in Bologna. Each of them offers various ice cream flavors and cakes. They also have different styles of delivering their services. Therefore, you should pick the one that is near you and the one that offers the best. Just note that the gelaterias offer fruit flavors depending on what is in season.

Best Food Experiences in Bologna

If you have a passion for food and wine, then Bologna, Italy is the place you need to have in your travel bucket list. You will live a unique experience and rediscover true Italian flavours. Check out some of the best food experiences that we have compiled for you.

1. Take the 3 food tour.

parmigiano reggiano

The 3 food tour with Foodies Delight is one that will leave you craving for more of Bologna’s delicacies. The 3 food tour is offered at an affordable price for small groups of at least 3 people. The food tour begins with a ride in a luxurious Mercedes van from Bologna at around 7:30 am to about 12:30. If you are at Modena, the tour begins at 8:30. You will have the pleasure of experiencing the full Parmesan cheese production, followed by the legendary Balsamic vinegar production and tasting. The food tour comes to its peak with a visit to Vilani’s Salami which is famous for its delicious Parma ham in Modena. At the end of the food tour, you will have the opportunity to excite your taste buds once again with cured meat tasting. This is a food tour that you can’t afford during your stay in Bologna.

2. Dine at Trattoria Anna Maria.

Tagliatelle al ragú

Your holiday is not complete if you have not experienced the legendary Trattoria Anna Maria in Bologna, it is the sanctuary of Bolognese cookery. The Bolognese cuisines will leave you craving for more. The Trattoria Anna Maria has been making Bolognese traditional meals for over 30 years. The products and ingredients used in making the food are high quality and made in the authentic Bolognese tradition and style. This is what makes it so popular and a personal favourite to both local and international tourists. Trattoria Anna Maria offers you a full 3 course meal of your favourite Bolognese cuisines and your favourite dessert like the Dolce gelato al limone to top it all up. The Italian dishes are made at really pocket-friendly prices and you are guaranteed to receive value for your money because the food is just amazing. The Trattoria Anna Maria is located in Via Belle Arti, 17/A, Bologna. Make your stop and have an unforgettable Italian food experience at Trattoria Anna Maria that will make your vacation even more memorable.

3.Stroll and eat around Mercato delle erbe.

Global market

The Mercato delle erbe is a popular food market in Bologna where you will experience all of the famous Bolognese traditional cuisines. Most tourists prefer the Mercato delle erbe because it is like a hidden gem. It is an indoor market that is hidden to those who are not very familiar with its existence. There are even locals in Bologna who have no idea that the Mercato dele ebbe exists, it is therefore the perfect get-away for a laid back afternoon stroll in the streets of Bologna. The Mercato has been around for over a century, locals used to line out on the streets and offer home made traditional food at affordable prices. Locals used to frequently visit the market to get their daily supply of food as there was a lot of fresh vegetable, meat, cheese, fruits and even fine wine. The market was refurbished and now it is a modern market with great food joints like the Banco 32, which is a seafood joint. Then you can also visit the Altro, a contemporary restaurant that also serves all traditional Bolognese delicacies. Other eateries at Mercato delle ebbe include the Mai Chan, a Japanese take a way restaurant, Pollo e Patate, the place for roast chicken and potatoes and also the Vino e Sapuri for tasty wines.

4. Dine at a private home with Cesarine.

During your stay at Bologna, you can also enjoy dinner at a private home with Cesarine. Le Cesarine include a number of carefully selected hosts that open their homes to visitors and entertain them through offering local food. The main aim of the Cesarine is to share the great local recipes in order to preserve them and pass them on to many generations to come. If you wish to experience firsthand local Bolognese traditions, the Cesarine provides a unique opportunity and a good learning experience of the local Bolognese traditions and delicious recipes that you can go back home and try on your own. All you need to do is to create your Cesarine love list and browse the available Cesarine in the city you are in. Then you are expected to purchase a Cesarine flexi voucher and lastly book your experience with your preferred cesarine and go ahead to experience true Italian recipes. This is an opportunity of a lifetime if you visit Bologna where there are a number of Cesarinas ready to give you the restaurant experience in their homes.

5. Visit Fico in Bologna.

Bologna (BO), 2018, Eataly Bologna: FICO.

Fico is the largest agri food park in Bologna, Italy. Home to over 40 Italian restaurants, Fico,Italy. Offering you some of the best Italian traditional recipes, Fico has all types of eateries from Trattorias, starred restaurants, bistros and food kiosks. The place is fun for all types of ages and no one is sure to go home unsatisfied. The place is a must-visit because it offers all traditional Italian food at one point. It is a favourite to both locals and international tourists who converge for the love of Italian food. There are also relaxing cafes that offer you the best espresso and bars where you can drink from the producers and manufacturers of the finest wines in Italy.

In conclusion, Bologna, Italy has some of the best joints that will let you experience Italian food like never before. The 3 food tour with Foodies delight and the delicious Bolognese recipes at Trattoria Anna Maria, with a stroll at the famous new Mercato delle erbe will give you a wonderful Italian food experience. Not to forget the private dinner with the Cesarine of your choice and a visit to Fico, Bologna to sum it all up. Make a point of visiting the food joints and let your vacation in Bologna be a memorable one.

History And Art Tour Of Ravenna (Half Day Itinerary)

Welcome to Ravenna, a quaint town that lies in the Italian province of Emilia Romagna. This city, known as the mosaic capital of the world, has more than enough to offer to a curious traveller. If you are an art or a history lover, this is the place to be. This town with its rich heritage was the capital of Western Roman Empire for three centuries. It is home to the famous Italian Poet Dante, who spent the last years of his life here. You can see the churches and baptisteries adorned with beautiful mosaics, which is the work of skilled craftsmen that gave their best to beautify this town. Eight of the world’s UNESCO heritage sites are housed here. The historic Christian monuments, its proximity to Adriatic Riviera, the food and the art make it a place worth visiting once and again.
The city is very popular with tourists who are looking for a day excursion from other towns of the country such as Venice, Bologna and Rome.

Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

Mausoleum di Galla Placida

On this tour, we will visit four of the significant Christian monuments in the city of Ravenna. It will take us back in time to as early as the 5th century. We will begin the tour of this ancient and artistic city with a visit to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. With it, enter the Roman Empire in the 5th century. We will also visit Basilica  of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Basilica of San Vitale and visit Basilica of Saint Francis and Tomb of Dante Alighieri. We will end our tour with a visit to Piazza del Popolo, the city’s town hall.

Mausoleum of Galla Placidia: Galla Placidia was a talented and a
religious woman who was the daughter of Emperor Theodocius I the Great. Her father was the ruler of both the western and eastern empires. Galla Placidia lived from AD 392 to AD 450 and ruled the city of Ravenna.

The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia was erected by Galla during her reign in Ravenna along with her other grand building projects in Rome, Jerusalem and Ravenna. It was constructed to bury the empress and other noble family members’ remains. The structure is known for the most impressive mosaics in the entire city. The UNESCO documents list these mosaics as artistically perfect as compared to the others in the town. The mausoleum is situated behind the Basilica de San Vitale and is approximately 100 years older than the Basilica. From outside, the building looks small and simple. However, the interiors are entirely covered in mosaic artwork, which can be dated back to the 5th century. The entry to the building is through the corridors that lead to National Museum. One batch of visitors is allowed to stay for five minutes. You can quickly go for the next five minutes viewing on a non-rush day.

Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo

Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo: Next we go to see the Basilica of
Sant’Apollinare Nuovo to explore the Theodoric empire in the 5-6th centuries.
It was built as a Palatine church of Arian religion next to the palace of
Theodoric who lived from AD 493 to AD 526. Here you can admire the Byzantine wall mosaics and see how those evolved in style, ideology and iconography. The mosaics depict tales of Jesus and showcase the crucial areas in the historic city of Ravenna. You can see the original mosaic work that illustrates the New Testament in the 26 scenes from the Theodoric empire. You can see the two side pilasters and mullioned windows adorning the façade of the Basilica. The original four-sided porch was renovated with a marble porch in the 16th century. Towards the right of the façade lies a cylindrical structure that dates back to the 9th century.

Basilica of San Vitale

Basilica di San Vitale

Basilica of San Vitale: It is one of the most important examples of
Christian art in the entire country. The church is not architecturally a
basilica. But this honourable title was given to it by the Roman Catholic
Church; it is a title bestowed to buildings of significant historical and
religious significance. It was started by Bishop Ecclesius and completed in AD 548 by Archbishop Maximian. The mosaics in the Basilica represent the
ideological and religious beliefs of the empire of Justinian who reigned from
527 to 565. These are the best preserved Byzantine mosaics outside
Constantinople. Once you enter the octagonal Basilica, you will be mesmerised by the width and elevation of the spaces and the beautiful frescoes of the cupola that were painted by the Bolognese painters. The structure is made of marble with the dome made of terra-cotta, which lies on eight pilasters. You can see the merger of eastern and western art, which represents the oriental art influence. It was marked as a UNESCO world heritage site in the year 1996.

Basilica of Saint Francis and Tomb of Dante Alighieri: We now visit the Italian poet’s area where we pay homage and discover Italians love for him. We also go back in history and learn how his remains were stolen to be kept in Ravenna.
The original church was built in AD 450 by Bishop Neone and almost replaced in 9th  century by a more massive structure. From the ground plan, it looks like a smaller version of Old St. Peters in Rome. This is Dante’s last church and is the place where Dante’s funeral took place in the year 1321. The church was again renovated in the 17th and 18th century.

We conclude the historic tour with a visit to the city’s town hall square Piazza del Popolo. It was built by Venetians and has a resemblance to St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Here you can enjoy some ice cream, have a hot cup of coffee or dine at any of the restaurants. You can roam around the Piazza and also visit the many mosaic workshops that sell mosaic art pieces.

There is no better way to explore the city than this guided tour that shares the secrets and treasures of Ravenna’s with the travellers. The duration of this walking tour is approximately three hours. Please ensure to
wear suitable clothing as you are going to visit places of worship. Also, it
would be advisable to wear comfortable footwear to ease your walking while you peek into the historical past of the city.

Best Wineries That You Can Explore Around Bologna

Bologna is a historical city with the demography of about four hundred thousand inhabitants. The city is more well known by the Italians than to the global visitors. Bologna is the largest city and also the capital of Emilia-sRomagna located in the northern part of Italy. It is famous for its food and fantastic wineries and having the oldest university in the western hemisphere, and an active student population both local and international students. The city is also known for its magnificent food, classical porticos and brick terracotta-roofed architecture, nightlife, and theatre.

Tenuta Santa Cecilia Alla Croara

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tenuta santa cecilia croara

They have good organic wines thanks to the fertile soils that are geographically described as “the land of chalk and yellow sands,” and a precisely supportive micro-climate. The wines are fully certified. You can get them by calling this number +39 051 6251905, or if you are looking for a place to drink. The address is Via Croara 7/H 40068 San Lazzaro di Savena (Bologna-Italy) Here are some varieties of wines produced at Tenuta Santa Cecilia Alla Croara. They include:

Pignoletto
Frizzante DOCG

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The  grapes are naturally grown in the natural environment of the dell’Abbadessa and Parco dei Gessi. The vines are treated with sulfur and copper and at the same time protecting the human life and the environment, without any form of irrigation. The matured grapes
are usually harvested by hand and stored in small boxes. In the basement soft presses are used to conduct vilification along with organic biological
procedures to attain highest quality outcomes.

The organic cultivation of the land, an accurate hand selection of the grapes and the precise vinification produces high-quality products, and it is a glass of wine that has a dry taste of youthful and aromatic freshness. It is vinificated by using its natural yeast. Right at the end of fermentation, it is stored for six months in a stainless steel tank. It is later on bottled to produce high quality wine.

Umberto Cesari

It is a challenge that Umberto Cesari enthusiastically took around the 1960s, along with twenty hectares of vineyards right at the heart of Emilia Romagna. During the previous years, he could expand his vineyards, introduced different verities, and extraordinary, excellent new wines. But one thing consistently remains unchanged is his passion for wine. If you are looking for our wine shop just call +39 051 944732, at our store you can scroll the vine-rows. Taste our wines, and learn all the secrets of wine-making. We are open as from Tuesday to Friday consistent working hours as from 10-18 and on Saturdays as from 9-18 working hours. You can even call us at +39 051 6947811.

Vini Botti

The company of Vini Botti is found right in the heart of Colli Bolognesi in the locality of Monte San Pietro that ranges between 200-300 meters above sea level. It was established in 1973 by Valentino Bovina, the father of the owner, known as Fabio. In 1996, Fabio took current administration, expanding the land for the vineyards as well as the expansion of the winery. He transformed the company by using modernized technology and
innovative ideas on enological and agronomic. However, the objective of
respecting for the natural attributes of the area, the wine, and the vineyards.

The highlands have clay loam topsoil, the cultivation strategy of the vineyards are using these characteristics to their advantage. Technical engineers work along with the organization to attain advanced respect for the natural environment and human health. The company aims at producing high-quality wine. The firm provides red wines, which include Barbera, white wine such as Classic Pignoletto and other sparkling wines.

Our address is Azienda Agricola BOTTI-via Elio Roda
19/1-40050 Monte San Pietro (BO)-Italia. Call us at + 39 051 184 48944.

Tenuta Folesano

Folesano
Folesano

It is a fantastic location where Mother Nature is the ruler. The Etruscans selected the highlands of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines to build settlements, develop cities and fortified structures. Along with their philosophical agricultural proficiencies and by using stars, it was here that they cultivated the original vineyards. The Romans were the next group of people to settle and ruled the area for centuries.

During the Middle Ages, the arable land was under the rule of Counts of Panico, an excessively powerful bellicose family who continued with the cultivation of vineyards within their much-feared territories. Historical evidence shows this proof of winemaking dating back from the 16th century.

Address, Societa Agricola Folesano- via San
Silvestro 17-40043 (BOLOGNA). Call us at 051932204 or Mobile 3388952014, or
email us at info@folesano.it.

Tizzano

Tizzano Farm comprises more than 200 hectares, almost thirty-five are planted with vines. The company is located in the Bolognese highlands neighboring Castelvecchio Di Reno. The soil is very fertile
due to its southern exposure, and the dry, windy and sunny weather of the
highlands forms ideal conditions that are favorable for the cultivation of
vines that has been practiced for centuries since the sixtieth century. The
wine-making procedures are a combination of modern techniques with ancient traditions. The attentive agriculture of old grape verities, with the current introduction of Pignoletto, the appreciation for the attributes of the product, the hand-picking activities merge with the most improved skills for the processing of the grapes that ensures that there is the production of high quality and prestigious final products. Today the wineries are owned by the Visconti Di Modrone, the descendants of the Marescalchi family. They control the wine and the agricultural productions of the farm.

Our address is Tizzano Societa Agricola S.r.l. via
Antonio Marescalchi, 13.40033- Casalecchio Di Reno (Bologna- Italy)

Call us at +39 051 571208 or +39 051 577665

‘FICO’ Foodie Fun Park by Eataly Bologna Soon to Open

Eataly, the leading name in food retail for Italian cuisine, produce and culinary traditions, will soon be opening an exclusive theme park, unique in its kind: FICO – Eataly World. The project for this foodie fun park was born in 2013 and ever since, Eataly has focused its efforts into developing and expanding upon the initial idea until this year, and the park will be finally ready to open by the end of 2017.
The name of the park, ‘FICO’ comes from the acronym of Fabbrica Italiana Contadina, Italian Farming Factory in English, and it will represent over 2000 companies and will host 40 farming factories for a surface area of 11.000 square meters between farms and cultivations. The total surface of the park, located in the CAAB (The Agricultural Center in Bologna), is of 80.000 square meters. FICO will include educational courses and itineraries spanning through the farms and classes located across the park. The park also includes congress centers, restaurants and a market area to showcase produce from the territory, and products and ingredients of the Italian culinary tradition.

 

Benvenuto a Eataly!

What is the vision behind the project?

The mission and the vision behind this grand project is to teach and showcase how all parts of production, from the cultivation and breeding of raw ingredients to the final dish that can be prepared and brought to the dinner table by using them to their full potential, are equally important, not only for the excellence and quality of the final product, but for the development and ethical use of the territory of Italy.
FICO will not just be a park for foodies and tourists to enjoy food in all of its parts, step by step, but it will also be an educational experience, to learn with a new approach notions that are often underappreciated. FICO will be a bridge between generations, teaching young people the traditions and the lifestyle of those people who grow, process and bring food to our tables every day. The objective is to make people get more in touch with the natural environment in which we live and which is fundamental for our sustenance. This will be done at the park through activities and games that will cover the entire food production chain of the Italian agro-food industry.

What will you find at FICO?

Tourists, business partners and children visiting FICO will see the process of growing the raw ingredients in person, and touch with their own hands the produce and results of the farming done at FICO: they’ll have a chance to experience how biodiversity is a valuable asset in the growth of the raw materials and resources. Then, they will be able to join workshops to experience the processing of the ingredients according to local methods towards the creation of food and wines. Individuals, groups, children and families will be entertained with educational and hands-on tours and classes, and there will be many different types of restaurants and street-food stalls to choose from to try the products and dishes at the end of the educational experiences available at the FICO –Eataly World foodie park. But the options for people visiting the Fabbrica Italiana Contadina don’t end here. An extended area of 10.000 square meters will house an organic market and traditional craft stores, so that small and medium businesses of Italy will be able to showcase their manufacturing and crafting arts.
The best Italian companies, sponsoring the park and represented by it will be featured inside the context of a 4.000 square meter event and convention center. This area, at the heart of the park, will host conferences, team-building experiences and food-themed meetings for Italian partners and visitors from all around the world.

When will FICO open to the public?

The opening date hasn’t been released yet, so the best way to know when the park will open is to subscribe to FICO’s newsletter. You can also use the contact form at this link http://www.eatalyworld.it/en/contact-form to get in touch with the park’s team, or you could add FICO on social media through the name “Eataly World” and follow its development and hear the news about the park and it’s inauguration by following the hashtag #eatalyworld.
In the meantime, as we wait for this incredible foodie fun park to open its gates, we can get acquainted with its location and how to reach it.
The CAAB that hosts FICO grounds can be reached from Bologna’s Marconi international airport. Take the shuttle to Bologna’s central railway station and from here you can take the bus (line number 35) and in 30 minutes you’ll reach the FICO Eataly World gates (CAAB bus stop). If you’re going by car, use the motorway and FICO is located at the following address: Via Paolo Canali, 1 – 40127 Bologna.