4 Days Couples Cooking Holidays in Italy

Italy Cooking Vacations

Somewhere in the tastiest part of Italy, a lovely apartment is waiting to take you in, while you and your partner embark on a delicious culinary adventure. In the heart of Bologna, where romance is a key ingredient in any delicious culinary treat, you will have the chance to experience the authentic Italian cuisine and a real slice of la dolce vita. In a world where things are moving ever faster, we rarely have the chance to truly enjoy the moment, so take this opportunity to escape the flow of time and relax, as you and your loved one set off to discover the joys of cooking together.

Highlights

  • Hands-on, Italian cooking lessons
  • Visit Mercato di Mezzo and buy fresh ingredients
  • Visit the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and taste the fresh cheese
  • Visit visit a local "acetaia" to taste balsamic vinegar of a Modena producer
  • Enjoy delicious Italian dishes including fresh hand-made pasta
  • Guided walking tour of Bologna
  • 3 nights accommodation

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
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Accommodation

Casatori, located in the heart of Bologna, 10 minutes walking from the main square Piazza Maggiore and the Two Towers, symbol of Bologna, is a very pretty and romantic mansard roof apartment, private and completely independent.

The apartment - 65 square meters - is situated in a historical building that dates in some parts from the 13th century. It is at the second floor, with no lift, and is composed of an entrance, a main bedroom with double bed, (a sleeper sofa is available for 2 people), a complete bathroom with shower; a short wooden stair takes you to the upper level with a large living room with kitchen area, and another small bathroom (with only WC).

The apartment is completely furnished with air-condition in the living room, a ceiling fan in the bedroom, laundry machine, dishwasher, satellite Sky TV, hairdryer, heating, refrigerator, freezer, electric oven, all bed, table and bath linen.

The apartment is very quiet, but very close to food markets, supermarkets, bars, shops, pizzerias, trattorias, restaurants, banks and more.

Program

Day 1, Thursday - Arrival in Bologna and a welcome dinner

Blueone will meet you at the Bologna train station or airport and transport you to your accommodation for the weekend. You will be staying in the heart of Bologna in a cozy private apartment that is just a short distance from Piazza Maggiore, the main square of the city. Your welcome dinner in the city center will introduce you to traditional Emilia Romagna cuisine.

Day 2, Friday - Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegar factory visit

See for yourself how the Italian delicacy of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is produced! Your morning will begin by watching the "casaro" transforming milk into wheels of cheese, then tasting the delicious aged Parmigiano at the end of your tour.

You will then visit a local "acetaia" to see firsthand how traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is produced and aged with a tour led by the passionate, dedicated factory owner. At the end of this tour you will also taste this product at its various ages.

After the tours, you will return to your apartment and have some free time to yourself. In the afternoon Bluone will meet you again for a delightful walking tour of Bologna. Over the course of about two hours they will share their favorite hidden spots and corners of the city, as well as take you to their favorite gelateria for a sweet indulgence. You will have the rest of the evening to enjoy dinner on your own.

Day 3, Saturday - Shopping at the local market and a homemade dinner

Your day will begin with a walk to the "Mercato di Mezzo," Bologna’s central food market. You’ll do as the locals do and select your daily fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and cheese for your afternoon cooking class as Bluone shares with you the culture, history, and gastronomy of the region.

You’ll have a light lunch together at Bluone's favorite salumeria nearby with regional cheeses, salumi, and a glass of wine. Then you will return to your apartment where you will cook a four-course menu of traditional regional dishes for your farewell dinner, including fresh handmade pasta.

Day 4, Sunday - Departure

Blueone will transport you to the airport or train station depending on your travel itinerary.

Included excursions

  • Visit a balsamic vinegar producer
  • Visit the central food market in Bologna
  • Visit the Parmigiano Reggiano factory

Location

This holiday takes place in Bologna, Italy, a beautiful city offering the very best in architecture and historic churches that take your breath away.

Nearby places

  • Piazza Maggiore - 10 minutes walking
  • Two Towers - 10 minutes walking

Food

During this holiday, you will experience an introduction to authentic Italian cuisine. You will sample the local Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar, taste some of the delicious gelato, and enjoy a four-course menu of traditional dishes, including fresh hand-made pasta. Of course, you will also have the chance to visit local restaurants and explore your own choice of Italian dishes.

Things to do (optional)

  • Attend local events
  • Dine at your choice of restaurants
  • Explore the nearby towns
  • Sightsee around Bologna
  • Visit the local cafés

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Cooking lessons held in English
  • Dinner after the cooking lesson with selected regional wines
  • 1 meal at restaurant with selected regional wines, mineral water and coffee
  • Walking tour of Bologna center in English
  • Bologna food market visit with English speaking guide
  • Visit to Parmigiano Reggiano Parmesan cheese factory and tasting
  • Visit to Balsamic Vinegar of Modena producer and tasting
  • Recipe book in English
  • Traditional Italian hand-printed apron
  • Private transfers and assistance on arrival and at departure (from and to Bologna train station or airport)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Local taxes (city taxes)
  • Personal expenses
  • Everything not written in the program

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). Bluone will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by train

The nearest train station is Bologna Centrale railway station. Bluone will pick you up from the train station. The pick-up is included in the price.

Airport: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport Airport transfer included: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
4 days / 3 nights
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This vacation requires a minimum of 2 participants.
This is available all year round, with arrival on Thursday, departure on Sunday. 

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