Faenza: An Italian Escape

Escape the crowds & experience unique Italian art, culture and wine in the Etruscan city of ceramics on this 2 day trip.

A Cultural Escape

Tucked in the foothills of the fertile Apennine hills, the ancient city of Faenza is a delightful trip in the province of Ravenna. It perfectly complements a trip to Florence or Bologna by providing a calm yet richly cultural escape, away from the tourist crowds.

Faenza is a town and commune situated between the hills around Bologna and the sea near Rimini. Its name has become synonymous with Maiolica, or Faience, a particular type of decorative tin-glazed pottery painted with detailed depictions of mythical stories or animal and plant life.

Enjoy Countryside & Ceramics, Food & Wine

This 2 day trip is perfectly combined for an engaging and balanced excursion – from historical town visits to the oldest piazza and renowned ceramic museum, to locally sourced home cooked food and a wine tasting in a winery in the Emilia Romagna countryside.

Although set over a weekend, this experience can be arranged for any two days of your choice. Since an overnight stay with breakfast in a beautiful hotel is included in the package, you don’t have to worry about where to stay!

For those who like to get hands-on, optional extras include a cooking class and ceramics workshops. Additionally, private transfers from Florence or Pisa can be arranged.

The Perfect Break between Bologna & Florence

The trip commences and ends in Faenza allowing you to fit it into your travels as you prefer. We recommend taking the train to Faenza from Florence Santa Maria Novella, which transports you through the stunning Mugello hills, past streams and waterfalls and offering beautiful views that can’t be found elsewhere.

With a visit to a countryside vineyard on the second day you’ll get the chance to enjoy the scenery and the land’s beautiful wine in a wine tasting.

As a private experience, we can cater to your needs and customize the tour according to your preferences. A car and driver, to travel around Faenza and the neighbouring countryside to the winery is included.


Tour Details

A Weekend in Faenza


  • Arriving at Faenza at 11:30am you can leave your things at the hotel
  • A walk around the city and overview of its history and important piazza, followed by a coffee and pastry
  • Brief visit to the museum of ceramics where the expert guide will show you the highlights of Faenza’s rich history with ceramic and why
  • We’ll head to the oldest restaurant in the city for a fresh local lunch while learning about the traditional cuisine and wines
  • An afternoon visiting ceramic shops and free time to explore and relax
  • Dinner in a trattoria
  • Night stay in hotel



  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Artist visit a Contessa (Countess) in her ceramic studio
  • A visit to a winery in the countryside for wine tasting and pasta lunch!
  • Optional pottery painting workshop

Price based on a minimum of 2 people


  • Private licensed guide for 2 days
  • Private transport around Faenza and nearby countryside
  • Overnight in boutique hotel and breakfast
  • Private visit to a ceramics studio
  • Entry to museums
  • Wine tasting lunch

Not included:

  • Transfers or train tickets to and from Faenza
  • Lunch and dinner the first day – we will advise the best places to eat but to allow for individual preferences these meals are not set menus or included

Optional extras:

  • Pottery workshop
  • Private transfers from Fl0rence, Pisa or Bologna
  • Others on request

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1 review for Faenza: An Italian Escape

  1. Tatyana

    The tour was truly fantastic – Faenza is a hidden gem! I really enjoyed visiting with local artisans and learning more about the rich history of ceramics in this region. The wine tasting and lunch were amazing, and the scenery was unforgettable. Michela was fantastic, very knowledgeable and lovely to talk to. I recommend this tour to anyone who’s looking for the true Italian experience, away from the busy tourist destinations.

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