Private transfer from Florence to Venice, Milan or Como with Ferrari Gallery and tasting at a balsamic vinegar farm


Florence to Venice, Milan or Como via
The Ferrari Museum and a Balsamic Vinegar Workshop




Your driver-escort, who speaks perfect English, will pick you up at your hotel in central Florence and drive out of the city, past the stupendous villas of Renaissance magnates and into the Apennine Mountains that separate Tuscany from Emilia. This drive is one of the most breathtaking in Italy, as the autostrada wends its way through wooded hills with barely a vestige of human presence, apart from the occasional age-old farmhouse and its bucolic flock of sheep or milk cows. After about an hour you will descend into the plains of Emilia, where the broad flatlands can actually be a pleasant contrast to all the ups and downs of Tuscany! Your drive takes you past vast dairy farms centered around large stone houses inhabited for centuries by several families at a time. This communal lifestyle may be one of the reasons that the people of this region have such a love for get-togethers like Saturday night ballroom dancing.

Another thing the emiliani adore is their cars. And boy, do they know how to make cars! It's no accident that this is the home of the car par excellence, the Ferrari. You will see more of them on these flat, straight farm roads than anywhere else in the world, 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!


A
fter 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 Venice. 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!

This tour lasts eight hours and ends at Piazzale Roma in Venice, or at your central Milan or Como destination. Prices include private car and personal driver-escort. Entrance tickets (15 Euro/person for the Ferrari Gallery for adults and 10 Euro/person for children) and meals are not included, and no touring in Venice or Milan is planned. Children under 6 are free of charge. For an additional charge, the transfer can also continue as far as your Venice hotel, via private water taxi from Piazzale Roma, or in downtown Como. (Venice water taxis can take a maximum of nine people so if your group is larger you will need to take two taxis and ask us for the price).

2016 With Drop-off at
Piazzale Roma
With Drop-off at
Your Venice Hotel
With Drop-off in
Downtown Como
With Drop-off in
Bellagio area
With Drop-off
in Milan
2 people 905.00 Euro/group 1049.00 Euro/group 1111.00 Euro/group 1111.00 Euro/group 1214.00 Euro/group
3 people 905.00 Euro/group 1091.00 Euro/group 1111.00 Euro/group 1111.00 Euro/group 1214.00 Euro/group
4 people 947.00 Euro/group 1111.00 Euro/group 1214.00 Euro/group 1214.00 Euro/group 1296.00 Euro/group
5 people 947.00 Euro/group 1173.00 Euro/group 1214.00 Euro/group 1214.00 Euro/group 1296.00 Euro/group
6 people 1008.00 Euro/group 1193.00 Euro/group 1317.00 Euro/group 1317.00 Euro/group 1420.00 Euro/group
7 people 1008.00 Euro/group 1193.00 Euro/group 1317.00 Euro/group 1317.00 Euro/group 1420.00 Euro/group