Your driver-escort, who speaks perfect English, will pick you up in downtown Milan or Como and drive you south across the vast Po River Valley, with its rice fields and dairy farms. After about an hour you will descend into the verdant foothills of the Emilia-Romagna Appennine Mountains.
You may encounter a lot of high-end sports cars on the road in this neck of the woods, because many of them are made here. This is the home of the car par excellence, the Ferrari, and you will see a wonderful selection of the very best Ferraris at your first stop, the Ferrari Gallery in Maranello. Inaugurated in 1990, the museum is near the plant and trial course, and has been managed directly by Ferrari since 1995, becoming the carmaker's chosen mecca to preserve its past, present and future. The treasures that you will see here range chronologically from the actual single-seater in which Froilan Gonzalez won the Prancing Horse's first world championship at Silverstone in 1951, all the way up to the latest all-conquering F1 car used by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. You'll also see every trophy ever won, as well as a faithful reproduction of Enzo Ferrari's office, and spaces dedicated to technical innovations, a wind tunnel, a collection of all the Ferrari engines and steering wheels ever created, and an exhibit of the paddle gears invented by Ferrari and now used by all F1 teams. But perhaps the thing that will thrill you the most during your visit is experiencing what it feels like to drive on an F1 course. Take a seat in an authentic F1 car, turn on the simulator, and watch out for those G forces!
After this excitement, it will be a relief to settle back and let your guide do the driving to the next stop, a typical workshop where world-class balsamic vinegar has been produced for over 150 years. Once inside these sweet-smelling ancient walls, you will learn how this gourmet delicacy was born right here in this area. In fact, though aceto balsamico is a relative newcomer to fancy food shops outside Italy, its origins go back so far that even in the year 1046 it was already a rarity craved by kings and emperors (and virtually unknown to the common people). Throughout the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, the vinegar-makers of Reggio Emilia had one of the richest and most powerful trade guilds in central Italy, their secrets as closely-guarded as those of the Murano glass-makers. By the 1800s it had become commonplace to enrich the dowries of local noblewomen with jars and little barrels of this precious liquid. During your visit to the workshop you will see the maker's own vineyard, witness how a grape eventually meets one of its most glorious ends inside these little containers, and taste several types of vinegar made from various grapes and aged for various lengths of time. Believe us, even if you are a balsamic vinegar devotee, if you have never tasted one of the older ones – aged, say from 25 to 100 years – you still haven't experienced a drop of heaven on your tongue. There is nothing like it!
After the tasting, it's time for lunch! Your driver-escort will accompany you to a restaurant commensurate with your appetite and budget, then meet you after your meal to continue on to Florence. If your appetite is hearty, we recommend you try the local parmesan and prosciutto at a little place near Modena that is the favorite haunt of yet another Emilian treasure, Luciano Pavarotti!
tour lasts eight hours and ends at your hotel in central Florence. Prices include private car and personal
driver-escort. Entrance tickets (15 Euro/person for the Ferrari Gallery) and meals are not included, and no
touring in Florence is planned. If your group includes at least two adults plus children, one child under 18 years old pays nothing for the tour except for entrance tickets. If you have more than two children, all the others pay
the adult price for the tour no matter their age.
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