Emilian Land Tour
Emilian Land Tour
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Dick G
Frisco, TX10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
My wife and I contacted Morgan after reading the enthusiastic reviews on Trip Adviser. I can only echo all the enthusiastic and accurate descriptions that other reviewers have made. The day with Morgan was the highlight of our three-week tour of Northern Italy.

I don't think other reviewers have mentioned that Morgan, despite his Welsh name, is a local guy in his 30s who grew up in a small village in the places we visit. The cheesemaker and the balsamic vinegar-maker and the winemaker are all friends that he has known since he was a little kid. The winery owner used to be the singer in the band Morgan was the bass player in.

The lunch he provides at a local hotel/restaurant, owned again by friends of his, is remarkably generous. Go hungry!

The price of the tour is very reasonable, particularly since it would be impossible to experience a day like this without someone like Morgan.
Written October 19, 2011
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paippolito
Dade City, FL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
My wife and I traveled to Italy this summer to celebrate her birthday. We have a passion for great food and wine so the Emilia Romagna region was the most anticipated part of our trip. I wanted do something special during our stay in this region so I chose a private tour. I found Emilian Land Tours on trip advisor. Booking the tour was simple. Nicola responded to my emails immediately and not only reserved the tour for us but recommended restaurants, things to see and do, arranged transportation for us to dinner one evening and to our next destination in Como. We chose to do the full tour. We visited authentic producers of Parmigiano Reggiano, Aceto Balsamico di Modena, Prociutto del Modena and a local vineyard with a stop for lunch at a Trattoria in Modena. Nicola was our driver and Laura was our translator for the tour. Nicola is a native of Modena and Laura is a long time resident of Bologna. Both seem to love where they live and are great host. They picked us up on time from our hotel in Bologna and immediately made us feel very comfortable. Laura gave us Italian lessons while Nicola navigated the beautiful hills of Modena. This tour was the highlight of our trip to Italy! We learned so much about the great products of this region and how they are made but what made this tour so special was meeting the individuals who's families have been making these products for generations. Every producer we met with was so passionate about there products and the strict methods they follow, like there ancestors before them, to ensure its quality and integrity. It was such a pleasure to see how much pride they take in what they do. Everyone genuinely seemed to enjoy sharing there knowledge with us and answering our questions. This tour felt like we spent a day visiting with with friends. I can't say enough about how great of an experience this was. Nicola will be the first person I contact before our next trip to Italy.

Tips for this tour.
Don't eat breakfast. Every producer treated us to a generous tasting.
Pace yourself with the tastings. Lunch was exceptional and plentiful.
Take plenty of cash if you want to buy the products. The producers we visited did not except credit cards.
Written August 11, 2014
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Thank you so much for the wonderful words ... these are reviews that make us be proud of what we do! When we have people like you and your wife is almost like taking a trip with friends .. We look forward with great joy! Michele said she is looking forward to welcoming !! See you soon Nicola
Written August 15, 2014
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MsAS_LB
Laguna Beach, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011
If you'd like to be shown around the Bologna/Emilia region by locals who have a deep knowledge of the history of the region, enthusiasm for its artisanal foods and appreciation of Ferrari's, this is the tour for you!

We customized a 2 day visit by e-mail before arrival, and they were able to accommodate everyone's interests.

On Day One we watched artisanal parmesan cheese being made (unbelievable texture and taste, under the proud eye of Cesare, the cheese-maker), tasted and sniffed great DOP balsamic vinegar, ate a delicious and over-abundant lunch, and visited a winery. Also visited hill-top medieval villages in the area, and learnt their local history.

Day Two included the Ducati factory(most interesting since you tour the actual production lines), Ferrari museum, and to balance off the day, Modena's grand Romanesque cathedral (UNESCO heritage site).

Favorite quotes:
"I know it says 'privato' but I know the priest..."
"My 85 year old grandmother comes with her friends, they make the tortellini and talk about death..."

Highly recommended.
Written June 27, 2011
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paippolito
Dade City, FL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
Nicola was the first person I contacted when my wife and I decided to go back to Italy this summer.
Last year we had a great time with Nicola. We visited wine, Parmesan, prosciutto and Balsamic producers in Modena. It was the highlight of our trip.
This year was just as good! Nicola took us on two tours. One day he took us to Amerigo1934 for a cooking class followed by a truffle hunt nearby and then back to Amerigo for the most memorable dinner of our trip. The next day he took us to Antica corte pallavicina to taste cullatelo and Opera 02 to taste Lambrusco and Balsamico. Nicola also helped us with our transfers to and from Bologna.
We had an excellent time. We learned so much and made some good friends along the way.
Nicola will be the first person I contact when we return to the region of Emilia Romana.
Thank you Nicola!
Written July 14, 2015
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laratabone
Sliema, Malta31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
We booked a gastro-tour with Nicola, during which we visited artisanal producers of parmeggiano reggiano, traditional balsamic vinegar, and a winery. Nicola was very friendly and helpful from the start, with the communication and planning, all the way throughout the actual visit.

The tour itself was amazing and very interesting. What impressed me was the love and passion that each producer has for their respective product. Because the tours are private and the focus here is more about about the contact with the local people and their culture, we visited relatively small manufacturers. No large groups, no mass production, just true authentic delicious Emilian fare, made by real people who were more than happy to show their trade to us.

Needless to say, we had generous tastings at each producer, and were shown around and we saw how the products are made. If at some point during the planning process you are asked whether you want to include a typical emilian lunch, do not even think about it, just say YES!! Especially if you are a foodie or love truly good food. This lunch will be the best food you will ever eat in this part of the world, and was an experience in itself. At the end of the day we returned back to the city with a food coma (the good type) and with lots of wonderful memories.

The tours this company offers are all private and customisable. In fact, it is more a question of sending over your requests and wishes, and Nicola and his team will suggest an itinerary for you. Highly recommended!
Written February 23, 2015
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Thank you very much for us the most important thing is to discover our specialties and let you spending a day with the producers of our hills and demonstrate how much passion we put into our work thanks and hope to see you soon Nicola
Written March 8, 2015
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Lisa G
Trophy Club, TX3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
My husband and I recently spent a week in Bologna, Italy and we wanted to tour the Emilia Romagna region. Neither of us are big fans of group tours so we were not sure if we would enjoy a private tour any better. This tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip and was worth every penny we spent. We were able to customize our trip some as we had visited a Parmigiano cheese factory in a past visit to the area. Our translator Lucia, who was an American studying at the University, arrived promptly at our hotel at 8 am to pick us up for our tour. Our driver Nicola grew up in the area and was a wealth of knowledge. We did two food tours, Prosciutto De Modena and balsamic vinegar, followed by a tour in a local winery. We were able to taste and spend time with the owners at each place we visited and we were welcomed into each place as though we were family. Afterwards we went for lunch in a local restaurant with Lucia. Make sure you go on this tour hungry!!!! Everyone involved in this tour was truly amazing. If you love food and wine than this tour should not be missed.
Written October 13, 2013
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MartyHK
Hong Kong, China59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Lovely day taking in Parmigiana cheese, Balsamic vinegar and Prosciutto ham. Picked up at our hotel in Modena by Simone in a comfortable Volvo and met Eleanora on the way, she being the interpreter and guide for the day. Fascinating seeing the passion and effort that goes into the local products and a chance to taste and buy. Nice lunch too. Not a cheap tour, but thoroughly enjoyed it and rather spend a few extra euros seeing the real deal. Good communication before we arrived, very professional. Excellent driving from Simone, and a charming day out with Eleanora.
Written July 30, 2013
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Kirkhalpern
Atlanta, GA76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Ditto on all of the "excellent" reviews previously posted on trip advisor. The details I found in the previous reviews mirrored our experiences. So as to avoid duplication I am going to pass on the details and just point out the reasons my wife and I were ecstatic that we chose this tour and why we would highly recommend that you spend a day in Bologna with Emilian Land Tour.

Prior to arriving in Italy all of our email correspondence was promptly answered, was upbeat and Elenora always said yes. For example, our day to do the tour was a Saturday and we really wanted to see the Proscutto factory which is closed on Saturday. Elenora got with the owner and we did a special Friday afternoon segment.

Price wise we found the personal tour to be comparable in price to those group tours in a van. We also never felt obligated to purchase any of the products at the producers. That being said, we gladly bought 25 year old balsamic vinegar at the balsamic vinegar producer and wines from Michael's vineyard.

The mechanics of the tour was easy for us. We were promptly picked up at our hotel by Elanora. We toured in a very comfortable new Volvo. Every time we would get out of or enter the car, the car door was opened for us. During the factory tours the car would be parked in the shade.

The producers that Emilian land tours work with were happy to show their operations to us. They were all wonderful people passionate about their crafts. We felt that we were visiting friends. The best example of this is Michael who is third generation farmer and wine producer. We sat around after touring the winery and shared in a "tasting" 6 bottles of wine between Michael and us. Don't worry, the driver drank water and Elanora only had 1 glass after we insisted. She was a delight through out the tour.

We had a great time, and I am sure you would as well. Last point, is understand that as a newer company with only one customer touring at a time, the amount of Trip Advisor reviews are less then other tours. So at the time of our review they were ranked 6th. In our opinion Elanora and Emilian are number 1 in Bologna.
Written July 7, 2012
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cthewrld18
New York City, NY8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
We went on this tour on June 4, 2012. It was one of the best decisions we made during our trip through Italy. We were able to see and participate in things we could have never found on our own. We were met in the morning by Morgan and his driver. Our first stop was a dairy farm that made Parmigiano-regianno cheese. We were given a very detailed description of the entire cheese making process (as it was being done for the day's 5 cheeses). It was not only educational but extremely interesting! We were able to taste the curd as it was being made as well as the butter made from the excess cream...amazing! Once the process was complete we were given a tasting of the product.
Our next stop was a balsamic vinegar "factory". Really a beautiful vineyard and house where they produced the vinegar. We were able to taste the juice of the grapes that would be used to create the vinegar and given an explanation of the process. Next we went upstairs to see the room where the vinegar was aged. An amazing process! We tasted a 40year old vinegar that was amazing. Following the tour we had a tasting of the products from "young" 2 year old Balsamic to the very old 25 year old product. We were amazed how good this actually was - we could not fathom tasting vinegar before this!!!
We then went to lunch (actually a full-blown 6 course feast, with wines included.) The meal was amazing, allowing us to sample specialties of the region at a restaurant in a small town in the Modena area. The food and wines were excellent. The meal far exceeded what we had expected!
Our next stop was a Prosciutto di Modena "factory". We entered what looked like a small office building but really stepped into a large warehouse where the prosciutto was made and aged. The smell was amazing! One of the owners of the plant gave us a step by step explanation of the process showing us where the meat initially arrived and the first step in the process took place through the rest of the aging rooms where the temperature and humidity were controlled to match a typical year of weather (the process mimics how the ham was produced prior to modern refrigeration and humidity controls.) Just seeing (and smelling) the hams in the various stages of their aging was amazing! Following the tour we were taken to a room where the owner set a table for us with silverware, bread sticks and local wine and then began slicing samples for us. She answered all of the question we had and was an outstanding host! Even after the feast at lunch were could not turn down this amazing prosciutto!
This ended an spectacular day, and we were dropped off at our hotel to rest (and hit the treadmill to work off that lunch!) Morgan and his driver were fantastic companions on the trip explaining the various sites as we drive to our destinations. It was more like being with good friends than being on a tour. If I could rate this better than excellent, I surely would!
Written July 5, 2012
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phyllis1011
Atlanta, GA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
We recently visited Bologna and had a limited amount of time to tour. We wanted to visit
a Parmesan producer and a balsamic vinegar producer and didn't know if it would be possible with the time we had. Emilian Land Tours made it happen and, we could not have asked for anything more. The tour was AWESOME! Our driver and translator were amazing. We met two very personable cheesemakers-who by the way, work their tails off! We saw every step of the process and tasted some fantastic cheese.
We learned alot about the balsamic vinegar production-now we know why that delicious aged balsamic is so pricey! And, we even got a quick tour through part of a castle.
A wonderful experience that we will not forget!
Written October 18, 2011
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