Oct 31: afternoon transfer (approx. 2 hours) after Conference end to Modena city center and guided city visit. This city offers extraordinary beauty concentrated in its graceful historic center. UNESCO has acknowledged the universal value of the city’s monumental treasures by designating the Cathedral, Piazza Grande, and the Ghirlandina Tower UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Overnight and dinner in typical trattoria in Modena.
Nov 1: After breakfast depart from Modena to Spilamberto. Here we visit an „acetaia“ where authentic Balsamic Vinegar is produced. Continue to Vignola, the city of cherries and the famous Barozzi cake. Savor a slice of cake at the celebrated Gollini pastry and take a stroll to the mighty castle. This fortress is open to visitors and offers amazing views of the surrounding landscape from its walkways and towers. Continue on small roads to the town of Castelvetro renowned for PDO Lambrusco wine. Stop at a winery to enjoy a tasting. The route returns to Modena. Stop at Luciano Pavarotti’s house. Dinner in a local trattoria to experience the typical dish „Gnocco e Tigelle“. Mileage: 63 km
Nov 2: Follow the cycle path leading out of Modena along the banks of the river Secchia through countryside and vineyards. The first stop is in Nonantola to visit the Abbey. Dating back to XII° century, this Romanesque masterpiece lies along the Romea Nonantolana route followed by Pilgrims around the year 1000 as they traveled to Rome. This area, dotted with manor houses and Romanesque churches, offers Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto tastings as you continue to San Giovanni in Persiceto. Follow the Navile cycle path through Sala Bolognese and on to Bologna. Here in Bologna experience the joy of Italian cooking. We teach you to make a traditional Emilia Romagna dish, Tortelloni, Tagliatelle and Tiramisù. And you get to eat it too! Mileage: 65 Km
Nov 3: Our fam trip ends here–You are in Bologna and can catch a taxi or the bus to the train station or airport or stay another few nights on your own.
Drivers: Those with cars can drive them from the conference to parking near the Bologna airport and leave them there during the fam trip. Parking cost is not included in the fam trip.