Give your taste buds the thrill of a lifetime with a backdrop of Italy's medieval towns and historic gems.
Gourmet delights don't end there though, with a visit to the city of Parma this afternoon. You'll enjoy free time to sample renowned prosciutto ham and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, in a wealth of deli shops and restaurants. Walk it all off while exploring Parma Cathedral with its extraordinary frescoes. Or simply sit back and people-watch in the famous Piazza Garibaldi, filled with atmospheric cafes and historic monuments.
Stroll the ancient red-brick city walls before we journey to Castello Estense, a moated medieval castle with haunting dungeons, complete with the graffiti of prisoners once held there. If you're feeling particularly energetic, climb the 122 steps to the top of the tower and be rewarded with a panoramic view of Ferrara.
Here, an expert Local Guide will take you on a tour of the Palazzo Ducale, once the seat of the powerful Gonzaga family for 400 years. You'll see spectacular Renaissance frescoes, gilt ceilings and works of art throughout the castle, a gorgeously landscaped courtyard, amazing galleries and the sumptuous Bridal Chamber.
A knowledgeable Local Guide will ensure you see the highlights and hidden spots of this food mecca, which is the original home of balsamic vinegar. You can look forward to exploring the UNESCO-listed Romanesque cathedral, a 12th century architectural masterpiece of two great artists, and the elegant 17th century Town Hall with its stunning frescoed ceilings.
Soak up splendid Byzantine art and history on our morning tours of the Basilica di San Vitale and Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, with its gabled facade and dazzling mosaics created by the Apollinaris of Ravenna. At Galla Placidia you'll see more incredible displays of glittering 5th and 6th century mosaics, along with the magical, star-covered interior of the building's dome.
After discovering magnificent palaces, charming streets and centuries-old churches, enjoy free time to explore and sample Bolognese sauce in its place of origin. Your Tour Manager is always happy to recommend the best restaurants for a tasty, sauce-drenched lunch. This evening, we'll gather together for a gourmet farewell dinner served at our hotel's renowned restaurant, set in a picturesque inner courtyard.
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