academia barilla  August 2008

A Gastronomic VIP Tour to Emilia-Romagna: the Program

Here is the full program of the 6-day Academia Barilla VIP gastronomy [...]

Here is the full program of the 6-day Academia Barilla VIP gastronomy tour of Parma, Bologna and Emilia-Romagna organized and guided by Academia Barilla Culinary Center Alumni Frank DiMaria.

Remember that tour dates are September 21-26, so you better call soon for your reservations. For more info and booking call Frank DiMaria at +1 847 965-0672 or +1 847 417-7587, or email him at

Day one – Sunday, September 21

Arrival in Milano Malpensa. Pick up with private bus and transfer to Parma
Check in at Grand Hotel de la Ville (5-star) and relaxing time

06:00 PM – Evening welcoming “aperitivo” at the lounge bar of the hotel

07:15 PM – Group dinner in an authentic local well-known Parma Pizzeria


Day two – Monday, September 22

09:30 AM – After breakfast, welcoming to Academia Barilla
Tour of the culinary center
Morning cooking session
Lunch of what we cooked together

04:30 PM – Walking guided tour of the city centre of the town

07:30 PM – The tour will be concluded in a delightful local restaurant


Day three – Tuesday, September 23

08:30 AM – After breakfast, departure for a visit to a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese producer

To follow, visit to a Prosciutto di Parma producer
Along the way, pictures’ time at the romantic Castle of Torrechiara

12:30 PM – Visit to a wine cellar, tasting of typical products and lunch

02:30 PM – Transfer to the province of Modena for the visit to the Ferrari Museum

06:00 PM – Visit to an authentic Acetaia of Balsamic Vinegar

08:00 PM – Dinner at one of the best restaurant of the area, famous for the use of traditional balsamic vinegar


Day four – Wednesday, September 24

09:00 AM – After breakfast, walking trip to the local outdoor market

To follow: cooking session at the Academia Barilla Culinary Center with concentration on the products viewed on the gourmet tour

01.30 PM – Lunch at Academia Barilla

Afternoon and evening: free time to relax, individual visits and shopping.
Dinner on your own (not included)


Day five – Thursday, September 25

08:30 AM – After breakfast, departure for an amazing half day gourmet tour to the largest city of Emilia Romagna: Bologna (08:30 AM – 02:30 PM)

Guided tour round the medieval market in Downtown Bologna
Visit to traditional bakery and pasta makers
Visit to mortadella producers and traditional chocolate makers
Lunch in a typical Bolognese osteria

Afternoon: visit to the Ferrari Museum
Evening: farewell group dinner and event at the Academia Barilla Culinary Center


Day six – Friday, September 26

Pick up from the Hotel and transfer to the Airport.

Note: the program may be subject to some modifications – just stay tuned with Frank DiMaria at the contacts above for latest news and updates on this Academia Barilla VIP gastronomy tour.

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