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Italy’s Gastronomic Heart in association with Harden's

Bologna, Florence, Lucca 7 nights Price from £3,198 per person
Departs: 27 Apr 2020
Departs: 27 Apr 2020

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Harden’s & Kirker Holidays present a ‘foodie’ tour of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany with Italian food expert Valentina Harris.

Join our small-group for a tour of the culinary heartland of Italy, based in Bologna, Florence and Lucca, including visits to Parma and Modena. In the company of writer, broadcaster and chef Valentina Harris, author of books including ‘Italian Regional Cooking’, we will enjoy visits to magnificent art galleries and museums, splendid Renaissance churches and historic Medici palaces and – of course – a series of carefully-planned meals in carefully-selected local restaurants.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Seven nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Four lunches and three dinners
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • In the company of Italian culinary expert, chef and food writer Valentina Harris


  • Day 1 - Novecento Hotel

    We fly to Bologna and on arrival transfer to our hotel, the 4* Novecento, in the centre of the city. 
  • Day 2 - Bologna

    We will begin our holiday with a walking tour of the historic centre of Bologna, including the Basilica di San Petronio, the famous towers and the colonnaded arcades of shops, delicatessens and restaurants. We will also visit the great food market where we can see some of the famous fresh produce for sale. We will enjoy a delicious local lunch at the market, before visiting Bologna’s most grand delicatessen and bakery Paolo Atti & Figli, where we will have a behind-the-scenes tour. We will return to the hotel before dinner this evening, which will be taken at one of our favourite local restaurants.
  • Day 3 - Modena & Parma

    Today is devoted to the neighbouring town of Modena. We will have a guided walking tour including visits to the wonderful food market, the Mercato Albinelli, and the magnificent Romanesque Duomo, founded in 1099. We will then visit the Acetaia of Mazzetti, one of the most important producers of Balsamic Vinegar – which is stored in vast barrels and played arias to help it mature. We will continue to Parma where we have lunch together at Sorelle Picchi. After lunch we will have a walking tour of Parma including a visit the pink marble Baptistery and the art gallery housed in the imposing Palazzo della Pilotta before returning to our hotel in Bologna. 
  • Day 4 - Florence

    We will visit local producers of the famous Parmesan and Proscuitto di Parma this morning, before returning to Bologna to board the train to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. We will have lunch at a local restaurant before travelling to Florence where we stay for a further three nights at the hotel Santa Maria Novella (4* superior). In the evening we will enjoy dinner at a traditional Florentine restaurant Il Latini.
  • Day 5 - Chianti hills

    Today we will travel into the countryside outside Florence to a vineyard in the Chianti hills for a wine-tasting. After the visit we continue to the 14th century monastery at Galluzzo for a tour of the monastery including magnificent frescoes by Pontormo, followed by a coffee or liqueur from the monks’ distillery. Lunch will be taken in the historic Trattoria Bibe before we return to Florence. Dinner will be taken independently this evening.
  • Day 6 - Florence walking tour

    This morning we will enjoy a walking tour with an expert local guide, culminating at the Piazza Duomo, dominated by Brunelleschi’s magnificent cupola, and the adjacent Museo dell’Opera. We will also visit the Mercato San Lorenzo before lunch together at Ristorante del Fagioli. The afternoon is at leisure –you may wish to visit one of Florence’s great art galleries, and entrance tickets will be provided for the Uffizi, Accademia or the Bargello Gallery.
  • Day 7 - Lucca

    We will check out of the hotel this morning and drive to the walled city of Lucca, where we will stay for the final night at the Albergo Celide (3* superior). We will have a walking tour with a local expert guide before lunch at the historic Ristorante Buca di Sant’Antonio. The afternoon is free to explore the charming town centre.
  • Day 8 - Return flight from Pisa

    After breakfast, will check out of our hotel and stop in Pisa for lunch before flying home from Pisa airport.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Heathrow 08.00 arrive Bologna 11.11

Depart Pisa 16.55 arrive London Heathrow 18.15


Departure Dates and Prices

27 Apr 2020

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Price from£3198

Single Supp.£598

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Bologna, Italy, Europe

Run and owned by our good friends the Orsi family, the Novecento is located on Piazza Gallilei, a pretty square near to the Piazza Maggiore and the Basilica di San Petronio and is ideally placed for exploring the beautiful old town.


Santa Maria Novella
Florence, Italy, Europe

Over the last four years, the Piazza Santa Maria Novella has undergone significant change. Many of the buildings, including the beautiful church have been restored and the square itself is now virtually traffic free.

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