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“An Amazing Foodie Day Out”
Review of Emilian Land Tour

Emilian Land Tour
Ranked #17 of 49 Tours in Bologna
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Owner description: We propose food and wine tours to help people discover the Emilian lands. We'd like that our visitors appreciate our cuisine, our wines and our historic towns.We propose tour guided in a factory of parmesan cheese, a factory of balsamic vinegar and a emiliana typical wine cellar.
Reviewed July 15, 2012

We had an absolutely unbelievable day with Eleonora. She promptly picked us up and took us on an amazing foodie journey. I booked this tour reading the other reviews and can definitely speak to their accuracy so would like to add some "offbeat" things we enjoyed. It was brilliant having a private tour rather than a group tour. My wife and I were able to ask questions as we saw fit and we felt like we had a great rapport with Eleonora who was friendly and went out of her way to make sure we had a good day. Eleonora was very keen not to just "tick the boxes" and send us back but wanted to make sure we had a great experience. When we finished touring the balsamic vinegar factory and had some spare time Eleonora took us to see two castles to fill the remaining time. On the way back into Bologna she even took us for a quick stop at her family's farm to pick up some summer fruits to enjoy. It was truly a memorable day. If I had one small gripe about the entire experience it would be that lunch didn't quite live up to the quality of the rest of the day (food was mediocre, atmosphere/ambience wasn't reflective of the other traditional stops on the tour), though again, Eleonora's company made up for most of that. We will remember this tour for a long time to come and couldn't recommend it highly enough.

1  Thank Andrew S
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Reviewed July 7, 2012 via mobile

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.

3  Thank Kirkhalpern
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

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!

3  Thank cthewrld18
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Just returned from our Italian vacation and the highlight of the trip had to be the Emilian land tour from Bologna. Elisa was a marvelous guide/translator...very knowledgeable about the area and the production process of the parmigiano-reggiano and balsamic. She was even able to get us into the balsamic vinegar acetaia which is normally closed on Sundays. What was particularly nice is that it is a private tour...not a large crowd of strangers so you get that personal touch and ask all the questions you want. We unfortunately had to miss the lunch part of the tour as my traveling companion became ill. Definitely a "must do" activity in the area if you are a "foodie" in any way. Would highly recommend booking with this company.

1  Thank ruth02_12
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

On 28th May my husband and I decided to take this individual trip rather than a group tour and we were not disappointed. We were taken to a small farm 40 minutes west of Bologna. We watched the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese emerging from the milk filled vats in front of our very eyes and lifted into the round moulds . It was also fascinating to see the consequent stages of production.
The balsamic vinegar tour was interesting, finding out it was made entirely from grape juice. The taste of the 40 year old vinegar was unbelievable.
Lunch was fabulous with home made pasta and plenty of the delicious
local sparkling wine.
After a drive through picture postcard Italian countryside we arrived at the Parma ham producer. Again a very interesting visit. seeing 20,000 hams hanging up drying.
Throughout the day Morgan was a perfect guide and soon became more like a friend.
We had a thoroughly good time and would recommend this tour.

1  Thank JohnandJennyMc
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