Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 63
DIG INTO ITALY
Bring your appetite to Emilia-Romagna.
STAY Base your culinary exploration at Bologna's oldest hotel, the 109-room
Grand Hotel Majestic già Baglioni, housed in a former seminary built for Pope
Benedict XIV. Stop number one: the property's I Carracci Restaurant, where,
beneath Murano chandeliers and Carracci brothers frescoes, tradition lives on
in the region's authentic rustico cuisine. Doubles from $413, including breakfast
daily and a $100 dining credit.
GO While you're in the homeland of some of the world's finest automobiles, it's
only fitting to take one out for a spin: Self-drive itineraries get a boost from
Onirikos, Italian Experiences Designer, one of Virtuoso's on-site tour connections in Italy, who can work with your travel advisor to arrange Ferrari, Maserati,
and Lamborghini rentals. From $2,790 per day.
Your travel advisor can set up a private full-day food adventure with another
Virtuoso on-site connection, IC Bellagio, that includes stops to taste ParmigianoReggiano, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar. From $2,066 for two.
Artisans of Leisure's 11-day food- and wine-focused trip through Italy features
two days in Emilia-Romagna, plus winetasting in Piedmont, truffle hunting in
Tuscany, and market-hopping in Florence. Departures: Any day through 2018;
A balsamic tasting at Villa San Donnino.
Opposite, from left: Opera 02's vineyards,
Culatello di Zibello at Antica Corte Pallavicina,
and Antica Osteria Le Mura's pumpkin flan with
Parmigiano-Reggiano and its salumi board.