Welcome to Italy! Bus2alps is celebrating your arrival by offering you a free day trip to the medieval city of Bologna and FICO Eataly World, the Disneyland of pasta. Spots are limited, so book now!
We’ll depart from Rome and head directly to FICO Eataly World. The world’s first food-themed amusement park is getting global press mentions and endless social media love, and now’s your chance to experience why! What better way to start your semester abroad in Italy than indulging in a visit to this 20-acre complex to watch master chefs create handmade pasta, taste truffles in Truffle Land or sample Italy’s favorite dessert, tiramisu (even sweeter with us because it’s free)! Next, we’ll make our way to the Bologna city center, a city known for its stunning churches, overarching towers, and vibrant piazzas. We’ll kick off our time in the city with a walking tour to all the main attractions, like Le Due Torri and Piazza Maggiore, before breaking for free time and dinner (Bologna, nicknamed “La Grassa” boasts some of the most delectable food and wine in Italy).
With 45 restaurants and food trucks to visit, you’ll never be ready to ask for the check. There are a limited number of spots available for this free day trip, so be sure to sign up now to confirm your seat.
The trip departs Rome from Termini Station at approximately 7:30 AM. Meeting point is in front of the Nike Store. Please meet your trip leader 30 minutes prior to departure. Travel to Bologna is by private, luxury coach bus with A/C, DVD, and bathroom.
We will arrive directly at FICO Eataly World. Welcome the Disneyland of Italian cuisine! This new Italian food-themed park opened Nov. 15 in Bologna, Italy and is like the famous Eataly markets around the United States — but on steroids. Eataly World has more than 45 trattorias, Michelin-starred restaurants, bistros, street-food kiosks and a 30,000-square-foot market space sells things like formaggio (cheese), cured meats and desserts. In the theme-park there are farms and factories are dedicated to educating visitors on how food is harvested and manufactured, like how olive oil is pressed. Not only can you buy and eat authentic, handmade pasta, but you can also sign up for workshops where you can learn how to make fresh pasta and other italian classics. The complex is so large, there are bikes you can take to explore the many acres! You'll have the afternoon to explore this wonderful complex before heading to the city center of Bologna at around 3 PM.
We will arrive in downtown Bologna for a walking tour of the city's main attractions with free time to explore and grab dinner prior to departure for Rome. Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy. Bologna is renowned for its culinary tradition. This is where the famous Bolognese sauce was created, a meat-based pasta sauce that in Italy is called ragù. Make sure you sample some before we leave! Departure for Rome will be at approximately 6 PM.
We’ll arrive back to Roma in the late evening at approximately 10-11 PM.