8 Days Art, Motorcars and Cooking Vacation in Italy

  • Bologna - Emilia Romagna - Dozza

Overview

Cooking Holidays in Bologna, Italy

We create Italian, unique, unforgettable experiences, our commitment is to show you our beautiful country in a different light. As local insiders we will introduce you to places and experiences that others might miss. You will see and explore both ancient history and living culture. During this holiday you will get in touch with Italys most significant highlights, food, art, wine and motorcars. From the legendary Ferrari museum to producers visits of three Italian amazing foods: parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto. You may wonder, who is this for? Everyone and anyone!

Highlights

  • Wine tasting
  • Italian cuisine cooking class
  • Balsamic vinegar producer visit
  • Cheese workshop visit and degustation
  • Italian ham producer visit and tasting
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Guided city tours

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 25.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying at Aemilia Hotel. The hotel is located in Bologna center, a few steps from the monumental area with an elegant and refined style. A service characterized by high efficiency, quality and courtesy. Located near SantOrsola Hospital, a few-minutes-walk from the historical center and the university complex.

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi airport.

Transfer by private motor coach to your hotel.

Enjoy welcome cocktails and a delicious three course dinner at the hotel.

Welcome to Italy!

Day 2 - Discover Bologna

Breakfast at the hotel.

We will visit the city of Bologna, with an orientation tour of the town to see the highlights:

Piazza Maggiore St. Petronius basilica, St. Stephens square, towers and the tower houses, The Archiginnasio palace, first seat of Bologna University, the most ancient in world.

We will stroll also the colored medieval food market.

Day 3 - The food valley

Today we will assist to the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese production. The visit to the diary will be followed by a tasting.

After this first visit we will get to Savignano sul Panaro to visit a prosciutto producer.

Our visit at the producers will conclude with a delicious prosciutto tasting.

The tour will continue with the visit to a traditional balsamic vinegar producer.

Lunch will be served in a family run restaurant and it will be based on traditional specialties and accompanied by local wines.

Your guide will tell you the secrets of the dishes served and their recipes.

Day 4 - Ravenna, the capital of mosaics

Legend has it that, the Byzantines were a fabulous and mysterious people, qualities that certainly also apply to one of their main cities, Ravenna.

With our expert step guide we will visit: the mausoleum of Galla Placida which has the earliest mosaic scheme in Ravenna (mid-5th century, with 4th-century interiors).

San Vitales Basilica, he Neonian baptistery with superlative early Christian mosaics.

St. Apollinare Nuovo.

There will be free time for lunch on your own and shopping.

Day 5 - The land of motors, Emilia Romagna

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity takes you to motor sports sacred ground. You will learn about the producers, the car and motorcycle museums, and visit the worlds most beautiful and precious collections of veteran cars and motorcycles.

Our first stop will be the Ducati museum. Located at the Ducati factory headquarters, the 1000-square meter Ducati museum highlights 50 years of race track heritage.

Adjacent to the factory and the celebrated Fiorano test track, the Ferrari museum traces the history and heritage of arguably the worlds premier marque. The museum features multimedia displays, exhibits, trophies and, of course, Ferraris. The cars range from the single-seater in which Froiln Gonzalez won Ferraris first world championship in 1951 to the latest all-conquering F1 car used by Michael Schumacher.

At the end of the visit we will drive around the Ferrari plant, to see the wind tunnel and the Fiorano test track.

Day 6 - Faenza and Dozza: ceramics and wines

Strolling through the city center we will have the opportunity to enter various ceramic workshops where we will see the artists at work.

We will also visit a winery estate and enjoy a Sangiovese wine tasting.

We will then reach Dozza village.

Day 7 - Day at leisure or cooking class

Breakfast.

You will have the opportunity of choose between a cooking class and to enjoy a free day for shopping, relax and private investigation.

For our cooking lesson, we will get to San Chierlo, a hamlet on Bologna hills where we will meet a Bolognese sfoglina.

Before lunch we will have the opportunity to visit the winery of the estate and enjoy a wine tasting in the property cellars.

The cookery class will be organized in four different moments:

Welcome and introduction: we will be welcomed by our expert cook, who will give you an introduction on the history of the handmade pasta and the region traditional recipes. A welcome coffee will be also served.

Pasta making demonstration: with skill, patience, and a magic touch the sfoglina will teach us the secrets of making and rolling out the pasta. As a kind of magic, tortellini, tagliatelle and lasagna will appear.

This is your turn: we will be provided with a pasta board, a rolling pin and fresh ingredients and will try yourself what youve been shown.

Mamma mia! che fame: finally its time to have lunch, which will be served after the cookery class.

Welcome and introduction: we will be welcomed by our expert cook, who will give you an introduction on the history of the handmade pasta and the region traditional recipes. A welcome coffee will be also served.

Pasta making demonstration: with skill, patience, and a magic touch the sfoglina will teach us the secrets of making and rolling out the pasta. As a kind of magic, tortellini, tagliatelle and lasagna will appear.

This is your turn: we will be provided with a pasta board, a rolling pin and fresh ingredients and will try yourself what youve been shown.

Mamma mia! che fame: finally its time to have lunch, which will be served after the cookery class.

Day 8 - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Bologna airport for your flight back home.

This retreat will take place in some of the most representative food and wine producing cities of Italy.

Bologna

Capital of this prosperous region of Italy: Emilia Romagna. Not yet contaminated by mass tourism, the city is the ideal choice for cultural interludes as well as leisure activities and relaxation. Bologna has a number of nicknames: la dotta (the learned) for its ancient university, la rossa (the red) for the warm colors of its roofs and houses, and la grassa (the fat) for the wonderful food.

Ravenna

Former capital of the western empire Ravenna is a European superstar city which attracts visitors from the four corners of the world thanks to its unparalleled byzantine mosaics with complex allegorical meanings.

Faenza

The origins of Faenzas ceramics date back many centuries; today, they are still very important as an expression of handicraft and industry. In the middle ages, the town became an important ceramics production center, thanks to the nature of its soil, which is rich in day, and to its geographical position. This made it a meeting point between the cultures of Emilia Romagna and Tuscany.

Dozza

Considered one of the most typical medieval hamlet of the Apennines Mountains between Tuscan and Emilia Romagna, both for its preserved aspect and surrounding landscape. Vines and little hills, frame the ancient village with the Sforza fortress on its top. Its foundations date back to the Bronze Age but the 15 century corresponds to its flowering time, since Caterina Sforza, the heiress of the property after the ruling of the Alidosi family, renewed the building and provided the citadel with defensive walls. After her, the feud was given to the Malvezzi and Campeggi families subsequently a very small period of Borgias domain.

Daily breakfast and dinner are included in this package. Additionally, you are going to be delighted with the finest flavors of Italy with our special selection of Italian factory visits. Find below some examples of what you are going to be able to taste.

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

The secret of such goodness originates in the place of origin, in the natural feed, and in the high quality milk with no additives. The verb to make is absolutely correct in this case because Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is not just manufactured, but it is made today as it was made eight centuries ago.

Italian ham, prosciutto

One of the earliest references to ham production in our region appeared about 100 BC in the writings of Cato, who described the practice of burying pork legs in barrels filled with salt. The meat was then dried and smoked. As the process of making air-cured ham was refined, the smoking step was discontinued. During classical times, hams from the region were one of the delicacies featured on banquet tables.

Balsamic vinegar

Known since the roman time, it is produced by the natural fermentation an acetification of cooked grape must and aged in small casks made of different kinds of precious woods. The minimum age for the traditional balsamic vinegar is 12 minimum years, but we will also taste the 25 years old one.

Arrival by airplane

Guglielmo Marconi international airport (BLQ) is 15 minutes by bus from the town center and links Bologna with the main Italian and European airports. It is a major airport in Italy for the number of international destinations served.

Arrival by train

Bologna is the main Italian railway junction, a high-speed line connects it to Florence, Milan, and Rome. Venice can be also reached in less than an hour and a half.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Amazing Italy an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Laraine F. from Chorley, UK

    "If you only have time for one tour in Bologna this is the one to choose. We were collected from our apartment in a modern minibus and met by our guide Massismo. We were on an English speaking tour and Massimo was fluent in speaking and understanding English. He was very knowledgeable about Bologna and we learnt much about the history of the area. We visited a Parmigano factory, a Modena ham factory, a Traditional Balsamic vinegar farm, the Ferrari Museum and finally a lunch in a good restaurant. All the food attractions were generous with their samples and wine and there was plenty of time to purchase the produce. The Ferrari Museum was fun for all ages. We were collected at about 8 am and arrived back at the apartment around 5.30 pm. We went on a Sunday and the restaurant was busy with Italian families which is a good sign of the quality and gave a good atmosphere. The food was very good and lots of it with a starter, 3 pasta courses, beef (cooked medium rare) with char-grilled vegetables and roasted potatoes and 2 desserts. Espresso, wine, and water were freely available. A memorable day."

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  • Review by Burcu B from Izmir Province, Turkey

    "Andrea is amazing, Tour is amazing. Just do it. It is worth every penny. You will be sorry if you miss it. Make sure you don't eat much before the tour."

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  • Review by Colin and Hsuan from New Zealand

    "Amazing value, started at 8:30 am and 9 hours later finished, this is the best informative tour ever, if you get the chance do it, fantastic lunch as well, as I said great value. Balsamic vinegar, Parmesan production and good old legs of ham, plus Ferrari visit, and lunch."

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  • Review by a traveler from Boston, USA

    "We traveled to Italy with another couple and spent 5 days in Bologna. During that time, we enjoyed 4 fantastic tours with Amazing Italy. The first was a half-day tour of Bologna with the very intelligent and knowledgeable Catia. The next day we toured the Bologna food market and had a cooking class with Rita - in her own home! Besides being a great cook and teacher, Rita is one of the most gracious and delightful people I've ever met. On the third day, we had the pleasure of going on the visit to boutique producers of parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto with company owner Olga. We learned a lot at each producer and had a wonderful day with the highly organized Olga. The fourth tour was to two wineries and the charming town of Dozza with Nathalie (and again excellent driver Cesare). Like all of the Amazing Italy guides, Nathalie was gracious, bright, flexible, knowledgeable and fluent in English. We could not have asked for more professional guides! Besides organizing fantastic daily tours in and around Bologna, Amazing Italy is a full-service travel company. Olga did an "amazing" job planning our entire bespoke visit and finding outstanding guides wherever we went."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "This tour beated by far all our expectations. Everything was perfect with Olga (co-owner) taking care of all organisational and logistic details before the trip and Andrea (husband) being a perfect host and guide throughout the day (we enjoyed great farm visits and top 6 courses lunch). Moreover, as they are greatly on local tours but have an extensive experience."

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  • "A food tour of Bologna is a lovely way to explore - the smells and taste definitely ensure the memories stay with you. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. I was the only person on the tour and it was a fun way to learn more about the history of Bologna. A great (and filling!) morning. Thank you so much!"

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  • Review by a traveler from New York City, USA

    "We had a great time on our food and Ferrari tour. Our tour guide, Olga, who co-owns the company with her husband, was very accommodating about scheduling and extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area and how each of the different foods is made. Olga took us to family run establishments that we could not have gone to on our own. This tour was one of our favorite experiences in Emilia-Romagna."

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  • Review by traveler from Ohio, USA

    "This tour was thoroughly enjoyable. First of all, it included 7 people and the vehicle was very comfortable and convenient. The selection of places to stop was perfect for the parmigiana region, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, and Ferrari, followed by a truly gourmet lunch at a beautiful ristorante! Olga was simply spectacular as a hostess. She was knowledgeable, spoke excellent English, went out of her way to accommodate everyone, and was sincerely passionate about sharing the highlights of her home region."

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  • Review by traveler from North Carolina, USA

    "Professional, experienced, educated, entertaining, flexible, and beyond expectations, all describe our day with Olga. We visited Emilia-Romagna to enjoy an in-depth experience with prosciutto production and tasting, Parmigiano-Reggiano production and tasting, balsamic vinegar production and tasting, as well as a lovely yet condensed tour of Bologna. Olga was perfect! I highly recommend."

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  • Review by Mary H

    "This tour was the highlight of my entire two weeks in Italy. We saw so much and we learned so much about the food and history in this region of Italy. I was completely wowed by the processes used to create the most wonderful and best tasting food products. I was, so very grateful to be able to bring some of it home with me. Our guide, Olga was just a delight in her explanations of how each of the items goes from the raw state to the end product. Our driver was also very helpful and humorous throughout the day. Was really one of the best days I have spent on a trip."

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  • Review by Ralph B from Michigan, USA

    "We booked this tour out of Bologna. The guide Olga was terrific explaining the history of the food products in the Bologna region, while including interesting local lore that goes with these products. We saw parmesan cheese, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar being made. Generous samples were provided after each visit. In Maranello it was great getting close those famous Ferraris. Then, they topped the tour off at a wonderful restaurant of 6 or 7 course meal with prepared dishes using all those products, plus other wine and food specialties. Its truly amazing!"

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  • Review by Maria Z from Illinois, USA

    "With only one day available in Bologna with my 5 friends we were unsure how to spend our time in the best way to have the best memory of Bologna. Luckily we decided to choose this new really amazing all in one day tour. We would never imagine could have been possible to cover so much and so well. We visited a prosciutto factory, a family run business with tastings available, then a parmesan cheese factory.We had the opportunity to speak with the producers and taste it all, and we also saw how balsamic vinegar known as the black gold of Modena is produced. We also visited the Ferrari museum and, as Mike was dreaming, we had the time to drive a Ferrari 458 speciale. We celebrated the end of this amazing day with a fantastic lunch. So thank you, Amazing Italy! We strongly recommend this one!!"

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  • Review by Sulina Malta from Valletta, Malta

    "What a day! We were picked from the hotel and travelled on a luxury Mercedes limousine style minibus with Wi-Fi on board. The tour guide, Andrea, was simply fantastic. He is so energetic and loves his job and his country that he transmitted these emotions to the people on the tour. Nonetheless he makes you feel like VIP and welcome. I appreciated that he tried to go that extra bit on each occasion to make our tour unforgettable."

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  • Review by Jennifer C from New York, USA

    "I visited Bologna in mid-February with my family. We booked the Bologna gourmet walk with Olga. She picked us at our hotel and gave us an orientation tour of Bologna including visits to traditional food shops and had delicious tastings from chocolate to prosciutto, salami, parmesan, homemade tortellini and tagliatelle pasta, wine and even gelato!I suggest you all to have a light breakfast before this tour: you wont get hungry. Olga speaks fluent English and she was incredibly welcoming, very sensitive to our familys needs and interests, and was full of great stories and fascinating information. This is the perfect tour if you dont have too much time in Bologna. I highly recommend this tour! "

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Bologna, Italy

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