Join WSJ. Magazine contributing editor Gabe Ulla for a four-day tour crafted by celebrity chef, hospitality entrepreneur and contemporary art aficionado Massimo Bottura, who invites you to experience the world-famous cuisine and heritage of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. While based in Bottura’s home province of Modena—an area revered for its namesake city, as well as balsamic vinegar, Lambrusco and Parmigiano-Reggiano—and while staying at his new boutique hotel, Casa Maria Luigia, you will gain behind-the-scenes access to Osteria Francescana, Bottura’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant long considered one of the world’s top dining establishments. Additional itinerary highlights include exclusive tours focused on Modena’s culinary and artistic traditions, with the chance to add on visits to staggering contemporary collections and moments for leisurely sports like swimming and tennis. La dolce vita, indeed.
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What to Expect
This trip has been crafted specially for culinary and design interests by WSJ. Magazine editors and Indagare’s expert travel planners. Itinerary highlights include:
- Experience the overwhelming depth and complexity of internationally acclaimed chef Massimo Bottura’s work, in his and his collaborators’ company, with exclusive-access tasting experiences at his Modena restaurants: Franceschetta58 (a contemporary-casual restaurant), Francescana at Maria Luigia (an intimate setting with an open kitchen) and the three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, voted World’s Best Restaurant in 2016 and 2018.
- Understand the history, culture, art and terroir that inspire Massimo Bottura’s culinary philosophy, in the chef’s company, with expert-guided tours throughout Emilia-Romagna, with a special focus on the region’s emblematic products, including Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, Lambrusco and tortellini. You’ll have the chance to meet with the producers who are keeping ancient traditions alive—and continuing to innovate for a modern world.
- Explore the heart of Italian truffle country at the peak of the season with a hands-on, expert-guided truffle-hunting experience, followed by an indulgent lunch featuring freshly found truffles. (October dates only)
- Slow Food and Fast Cars: Tour Museo Ferrari Maranello, an immersive experience celebrating the history, legacy and contemporary innovation of the iconic brand, located just steps from the Ferrari factory (with displays of top models, as well as rotating exhibitions). Plus: Those who are interested will be able to get behind the wheel with a special countryside driving adventure. (September dates only; at additional cost)
- Stay at Casa Maria Luigia, the first boutique hotel by Massimo Bottura and his wife and collaborator, Lara Gilmore. In addition to offering exceptional dining, the property is a must-visit for its impressive contemporary art collection, stylish-yet-homey design and beautiful grounds.
- Join an exclusive lecture focused on food and wine with Massimo Bottura, hosted by WSJ. Magazine contributing editor Gabe Ulla. (October dates only)
- Worry less, experience more: Indagare’s expert Insider Journeys team will help you navigate a safe and rewarding travel experience—and help plan custom trip extensions within Italy and beyond. Plus: You’ll be guided through the new travel landscape by our most trusted local partners, and you’ll have complimentary 24/7 access to the emergency medical, security and evacuation services of Global Rescue while on the ground.
Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.
WhenSeptember 20–23 and October 27–30, 2022
Length4 days / 3 nights
Type of TravelerFoodies , Ultimate Indulgers , Art Lovers