Location: Northern Italy, arrival at Milan Airport (MXP) and departure from Venice Airport (VCE) or vice versa.
Tour Type: Technical tour for industry professionals, with accompanying guide and bus, customizable.
Activities: Private services, high-level technical visits, meetings with industry professionals, short cultural and scenic tours, tastings of typical products.
Pace: Busy, not suitable for disabled or people with mobility difficulties.
Best Season: All year round, avoiding the hottest months of July and August.
Italy is the fifth largest producer of milk in Europe, on par with the Netherlands; it is the third largest producer of cheese in the EU, with a well-integrated tradition and advanced know-how.
The dairy sector is a fundamental component of Italian agri-food. There are numerous excellences in this sector that have always been present on our tables, but are now irreplaceable also for foreign consumers. This is proven by the export data for 2020, a year of enormous difficulties but in which Italy managed to position itself sixth in the top 10 of world exporters, with a turnover of over €3 billion. Approximately 40% of Italian dairy production is sold abroad. Among the top buyers are France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, but prospects in China are also interesting. Among the historical products that continue to be successful, the mozzarella undoubtedly deserves mention, followed by Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano, now authentic icons of Made in Italy food, the result of an ancient tradition and rigorous production rules!
Northern Italy produces 82% of national milk. The four regions involved are Lombardy (38% of production), Emilia Romagna (17%), Veneto (11%) and Piedmont (8.2%).
Morning visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello (lasting about 2 hours).
Lunch at an Acetaia, where you will also witness the production process of the precious Balsamic Vinegar of Modena DOP.
In the afternoon, arrival at Lake Garda and a stroll in Sirmione, a beautiful medieval village with a 13th century castle.
Dinner at a farmhouse. Overnight stay in the Lake Garda area.
Transfer to the Vicenza area. Meeting and visit with a representative from ARAV (Regional Association of Veneto Breeders). The ARAV laboratory has been operating for years in the agricultural, zootechnical, and agro-food sectors. The main matrices analyzed are milk and dairy products, feed, meat, soil, water, and compost.
Following that, visit to a particularly interesting dairy company from a technological point of view: they have created a system to manage the company through a mobile APP.
Lunch in a typical restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit to a dairy cooperative, a leader in the territory for the production and distribution of milk and dairy products (and the only producer of ASIAGO DOP cheese). They produce an average of 3,500 quintals of milk per day; they have about 400 associated agricultural companies.
In the late afternoon, transfer to Venice. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.
A day dedicated to visiting Venice and the islands of the lagoon, Murano and Burano.
Depending on the departure time of the flight, transfer to Venice airport and end of our services.