BOLOGNA, ITALY BOUTIQUE GROUP TRAVEL
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Salt & Wind Travel group trips started in Italy because we love the rich food and wine culture in this region. And everyone agrees that ground zero for Italian food culture is in the city known as “La Grassa," Bologna!
Starting in June 2019, we’ll be partnering with Sher Castellano of With Food & Love to host trips to Bologna, Parma, and Modena. Join our group trip or have us create you a custom Bologna itinerary!
BOUTIQUE FOOD-FOCUSED TRIPS TO EMILIA-ROMAGNA
Why Travel To Bologna?
Bologna is such a noteworthy city that it has not one but three nicknames: La Dotta (“the learned one”- for its university); La Grassa (“the fat one”- for it’s cuisine); and La Rossa (“the red one”- a reference to the red rooftops throughout the city). As home to some of Italy’s most famous foods - tortellini en brodo, tagliatelle, and mortadella - Bologna is high on most food lovers travel lists.
During this group trip to Emilia-Romagna, we’ll spend three days exploring all that Bologna has to offer. After we’ll spend three days out in the countryside visiting Slow Food producers, doing cooking classes, and tasting the local wine.
EMILIA-ROMAGNA ITALY FOOD-TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Bologna Group Trip Hosts
Aida is a food and travel expert, author, television personality and founder of Salt & Wind. She has a made her career in food travel media and hospitality and has crisscrossed the globe to search out the best food destinations. Aida has extensive background in hospitality, food, and media spaces having worked at luxury hotels and at Food Network.
Aida is Italian-American and has not only traveled extensively in Italy but also lived in Florence for a few years. She spends a few months each year as a means to dig deeper into the country’s rich food culture. Through cooking classes and Salt & Wind Italy group trips, she shares the favorite food people and local finds that make Italy so unique.
Sher Castellano is the health coach and voice behind the popular food blog With Food + Love. With Food + Love celebrates simple, seasonal, plant-based recipes and was a finalist in the 2015 Saveur Blog Awards.
Sher is married to a Bolognese man and has been eating countless bowls of tortellini en brodo and drinking countless glasses of Lambrusco for the past decade. The two travel to visit their family in Emilia-Romagna a few times a year and consider Bologna to be their second home. Sher, chef and celebrated food blogger knows the ins and outs to Bologna and will show you an up close and personal vantage of the region.
All In The Details
Your Bologna Trip Includes...
Included in a Salt & Wind x With Food & Love group travel experience:
Boutique hotel accommodations with complimentary wifi in Bologna
A meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant
All meals listed in the itinerary (plus 1 alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner)
Hands-on cooking class with host and chefs, Aida Mollenkamp and Sher Castellano
Street food tour conducted by the regional food experts
Market tours and indie boutique visits with local creatives
A group concierge to help with any extra events you may want to plan
A group photographer so you can enjoy the moment
Group transportation from the countryside to the Bologna airport and to/from all events listed
Professionally shot 10 edited group photos daily
Gratuities for all meals, hotels, and drivers
A few gifts from some of our favorite food & travel brands
A couple surprises! (You didn’t think we’d tell you every last detail, did you?)
Not included in a Salt & Wind x With Food & Love travel experience:
Any incidental expenses in Italy not listed above
Gratuities for photographer, concierge, and trip host
Required travel insurance
Any extra excursions or events you plan with our concierge
Transportation from your home to/from Bologna, Italy
Ground transportation from Bologna area airport to Bologna hotel
Alcohol beyond the 1 alcoholic drink included at both lunch and dinner
Sample Bologna Itinerary
Each of group travel experiences is unique, we don't have a set Bologna itinerary. However, we work with the same partners to guarantee quality across all our trips.
Want more info? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a full itinerary!
Day 1: Bologna
CITY TOUR | MARKET VISIT | TOWER TOUR |
FREE TIME | OVERNIGHT IN BOLOGNA
Day 4: Emilia-Romagna Countryside
BALSAMIC VINEGAR FACTORY TASTING | LUNCH IN PARMA|FREE TIME | OVERNIGHT IN COUNTRYSIDE
Day 2: Slow Food Tour
PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO MAKER VISIT | PROSCIUTTO ARTISAN VISIT | OVERNIGHT IN BOLOGNA
Day 5: Emilia-Romagna Countryside
COOKING CLASS |FREE TIME | OVERNIGHT IN COUNTRYSIDE
Day 3: Bologna
butcher visit & salumi tasting | eataly visit |free time | OVERNIGHT IN BOLOGNA
Day 6: Emilia-Romagna Countryside
LAMBRUSCO WINE TASTING | OVERNIGHT IN COUNTRYSIDE
I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS...
WHY NORTHERN ITALY?
Why do you travel to Bologna?
Bologna is such a noteworthy city that it has not one but three nicknames: La Dotta (“the learned one”- for its university); La Grassa (“the fat one”- for it’s cuisine); and La Rossa (“the red one”- a reference to the red rooftops throughout the city). The first thing all visitors to Bologna notice are the city’s numerous porticos (arcades), which make it possible to walk for long stretches completely protected from the elements, especially the hot summer sun. As home to some of Italy’s most famous foods - tortellini en brodo, tagliatelle, and mortadella - Bologna is high on most food lovers travel lists.
ITALY GROUP TRIP ATTENDEES
What sort of traveler would enjoy the Italy group trip?
Our Emilia-Romagna Italy group trip is curated for the easy going food lover who enjoys the cross-section of high and low tourism. We’ll be mixing the two often to create an authentically Italian experience for our travelers, meaning one day will be lunching on salumi in the streets of Bologna and the next will be doing dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The days are packed with oodles of activities, and some surprises are in store, so high energy, get-up-and-go attitudes are encouraged. An open-minded traveler who is sympathetic to the changing environment of a foreign country will have the best time.
How many guests are there total? Who else is going on this trip?
We cap our group travel experiences at 12 guests and then there are 3 to 5 staff with us at any given time (that's counting the driver, the photographer, concierge, tour guides, and our founder/host, Aida Mollenkamp). This makes for a big enough group to keep it lively but small enough you don't feel like you're actually part of a group.
We encourage you to bring a friend, significant other, or family member, because we price our trips for double occupancy rooms and we think it's always more fun to have a roomie you know. That said we love adventures solo travelers and welcome them with open arms!
How much driving is involved?
The entire itinerary takes place within the region of Emilia-Romagna (about 120 mile radius) so there’s never too much car time. And, we do our best to break it up so you never have to be in the car for more than 2 hours at one time. Of course, unforeseen circumstances or traffic could cause delays but we’ll do our best to keep it under control.
How much walking is involved?
To us, the best way to get to know a city is by walking it. That said, while we're in Bologna, we'll plan on walking anywhere from 1 to e miles daily, weather permitting. We go at a leisurely pace and it's all flat so it's never too overwhelming; however, we can always call a cab if you're tired! When we're in the countryside, the best way to get around is by car so you'll only be walking to get around wineries or around the town where we're staying.
Can I bring a friend or significant other with me?
Please do! Rooms for the Northern Italy are priced for double occupancy to make it super simple. Just indicate when you book that you would like to room together so we can arrange it for you!
Are food and drinks covered?
For the most part, yes! All wine tastings and meals listed in the Italy itinerary are included (including 1 alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner). Our seated meals will be served either family-style, as a fixed menu, or as tasting menus, which allows our restaurant partners to service our large group in a consistent manner. Please inform us in advance of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
What kind of food and drink will there be?
When it comes to Italian food: there is no "one" Italian food but rather tens of regional styles that come together as the food we call "Italian." Over the course of our Italy trip you'll get to know the food from Lombardy as we visit markets, do street food tours, shop at gourmet stores, and dine at various Italian restaurants.
Will I need extra spending money? Should it be Euros?
If you would like to shop for yourself, there will be a few opportunities to do so. Anything you shop for is to be paid by you, separately. We will make various ATM stops so you can pull out some euros. Oh, and be sure to your bank know your leaving the country.
I don’t speak Italian, is this a problem?
Absolutely not! All of our partners speak Italian and our host, Aida, is a highly proficient at Italian.
There’s a lot here — how busy will I be?
We want you to really get to know the areas we’re traveling; however, we know that you’re on vacation and will want downtime. That said most days will have a few hours of activities, but, to keep it doable, we don’t usually start until around 10AM and we try to pepper in a fair amount of free time in the afternoon. All activities are optional though there are no refunds for activities you opt to not attend.
What is the weather like? What should I pack?
Northern Italy's weather is similar to the East Coast of the United States. We head there in the Spring and Fall when the temperatures ranges from the high 40s at night to the low 70s during the day and it does rain every so often. We recommend packing lots of layers, some rain gear, and a few scarves and hats.
We have partnered with hotels that meet the Salt & Wind standards of service.
Double occupancy pricing is the price for (1) person to stay in a shared (i.e. double) room. In other words, each person staying in that room will pay the posted double occupancy rate. If you're a couple or friends traveling together, please know that you'll each pay the double occupancy rate. Please indicate if you want two separate beds or one bed so we can plan accordingly.
Need some alone time? We hear you. That's why we offer single occupancy rooms. The single occupancy rate is what you will pay to have the room all to yourself.
If you do not have a travel partner, you can purchase single occupancy and have the room all to yourself. Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss further.
How many Americans will I run into?
The fact that Milan and Northern Italy is a lesser-visited corner of Italy by Americans? That means it’s not (yet) as touristy as better known towns like Venice, Rome, and Florence. Of course, in the summertime there will be more tourists overall than in the colder months.
What is the best airport to fly into?
The closest airport that services Bologna is the Guglielmo Marconi Airport but you could easily fly into Milan or Venice and train or drive over.
Do I have to get to and from the airport by myself?
Upon arrival in Italy, you are responsible to get FROM the airport to Bologna; however, included in your trip fee is car service back to the airport or Bologna on the last day. If you decide to extend your trip or fly out of an airport that is not in the Bologna area (ie Guglielmo Marconi Airport), that is not included in the trip price.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org once you have your flights and we can help arrange car service on the front end of the trip if you so desire.
I don’t live close by. Can you book my flight?
The trip price does not cover airfare from your hometown to Bologna, Italy, but we can help! Just ask and we'll connect you with our Salt & Wind travel agent who can assist you with flight and other travel details.
I need more time off! Can I add additional days on to the trip?
Great! We plan to add on day trips or trip extensions to the trips in the near future. For now, you can use our concierge (for an additional fee) to arrange additional tours, restaurants, or hotel nights. And, if you want to stay longer in Italy or Europe, we can help you get preferred rates with our hotel partners.
SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS
I gotta ask...is it safe?
Our team members have all spent an extensive amount of time traveling, drinking, eating, shopping and hanging out in all of the locations we will visit. We would not be running trips there if we didn’t think it was safe, but we urge you to check the U.S. State Department website to make your own determinations. You can also enroll in the STEP program for travel warnings and updates.
As with any unfamiliar location, we urge you to take precautions against pickpockets and to minimize traveling with unnecessary valuable goods, like high-end jewelry. All of the hotels we partner with have their own security and safes.
Not to be a downer but what happens in case of a medical emergency?
This area of Italy has a long history of U.S. tourists so the quality of care is excellent. You can also look into buying a MedeVac such as AirMed if you want to be taken somewhere else for medical care.
Do you recommend trip insurance?
Yes, we actually require travel insurance for each and every traveler. There are a variety of services for providing trip insurance and note that many credit cards (such as Chase Sapphire and American Express) include the service as part of a trip purchase. Please check with your credit card to confirm.
Does Global Entry help with expediting customs?
If you travel a lot, you'll want to look into the CBP Global Entry program, which allow you to have expedited customs experience. Global Entry is used anytime travelers return to the U.S. from an international trip and it help expedite customs and border patrol, so you'll be able to use it above and beyond the Salt & Wind trip too! Also, FYI, Global Entry enrollment includes TSA Pre Check so you'll get both when you apply.