Bologna Wine Country Tour with Dozza Village & Lunch

Bologna Wine Country Tour with Dozza Village & Lunch

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      Bologna, Italy
      7 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 218
      • Wine tastings: Enjoy a scenic drive south from Bologna to two vineyards in the hilly Romagna region, where you'll sample ruby-red Sangiovese and the famous white Albana, produced since ancient times.
      • Dozza drive: Dominated by a 13th-century hilltop castle, dotted with equally old churches, the tiny, boat-shaped village center is a living museum, thanks to artists who flock here to adorn every outdoor wall with fanciful frescoes.
      • Lunch: Enjoy the possibilities in one of Italy's food capitals – superb salami or prosciutto; pasta dishes like tagliatelle, garganelli, or tortelli with ricotta and sage; grilled beef or mutton; and fresh piadina flatbread with cheese.

      Meeting point

      Please meet in the lobby of your downtown-area hotel or a nearby central location. Let us know the name of your hotel/preferred meeting location when you reserve this tour so we know where to meet you. Your driver will be holding a GoBe sign with your name.

      Helpful hints

      Stores typically close for an afternoon break between 1:00 and 3:30pm but some remain open throughout the day. Shops are closed on Thursday afternoons, Sundays, and bank and church holidays.

      Getting around

      This tour is suitable for travelers with limited mobility, able to get in/out of the vehicle without assistance. It is not fully wheelchair accessible. Folding wheelchairs only, please. Participation in any activity on site is at each person's discretion.

      Activity type

      Cultural, Food & Wine, Scenic, Full Day

      Transportation used

      7 to 8-passenger Van or Minivan

      Included amenities

      Guide
      Beverages - Wine Tasting
      Lunch

      Languages

      English, Italian

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-ITA-BOLO-EN-1003

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages but if you are under 18 years of age, you may not drink wine. Bring proof of age in case you are asked.

      Special Medical Restriction

      We may be able to accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you. Please contact the GoTo Crew.

      It's official: Dozza is one of the "100 Most Beautiful Villages in Italy." That's from no less an authority than the Italian Towns Tour Network, which was formally granted the humbling power to draw up such a list by ... well, itself. No papal decree or government commission required.

      Okay, so the ITTN is just a network of Italian towns trying to compete with Italy's titans of tourism. Doesn't matter. Because Dozza will knock you out.

      Venerably old (inhabited since the Bronze Age) and endearingly minuscule (nine square miles – a sixth the size of Bologna), Dozza's even smaller city center stands on an elevated plateau shaped like (depending on who's describing it) a fish, a boat, or a spindle. The castle at the bow of the boat/head of the fish/point of the spindle goes back at least eight centuries, and is so big that someone was clearly trying to make a statement.

      But what dazzles about Dozza is the colors. "Beautiful" doesn't begin to paint a picture. Appropriately for its name (Latin for something having to do with water, which may explain the boat/fish situation), Dozza is a dizzying and disorderly cascade of every conceivable color, in every corner of town. Walls. Shutters. Walkways. Some are vibrant, radiant; others muted and subtle. But you're just not used to seeing ... so many. Even without the myriad murals left every two years during the town's almost-famous fresco-fest, Dozza is a visual feast that matches the culinary kind you'll also experience here.

      That biennial festival was dreamed up half a century ago as a way for this tiny town, sandwiched between Bologna and Florence, to snare a few more visitors. And it worked – a little. Like Dozza itself, it'll never draw vast numbers, never be known to more than a select few. Which may be the true beauty of this most beautiful village.

      Barbarians at the grape

      In matters of food and wine, history is destiny. Emilia, the region just north of Bologna, was conquered by Germanic barbarians whose diet was heavy on butter and pork; the fat that leaves in the mouth is nicely cut by sparkling wine, an Emilian specialty. Romagna, the region just south, was colonized by ancient Romans, whose beloved olive oil left a different oral sensation – one balanced nicely by dry and sweet varieties of local Albana wine.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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