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6 Days Spring & Summer Cooking & Food Holidays in Emilia Romagna, Italy

Bologna, Italy

Cooking Vacations Italy

Embark on a culinary adventure that will introduce you to the best flavors of Northern Italy, a beautifully colonnaded medieval grid, fusing haughty elegance with down-to-earth grit in one. Your guides will take you all across the region's best producers to sample some of their best products. During your trip, you will have the chance to discover and taste extra virgin olive oil, drink authentic regional wines, and taste some of the famous Parmeggiano-Reggiano cheese and fine-aged prosciutto. The hands-on cooking lessons will also leave you with a nice array of recipes to take home, in order to make this culinary experience a trip to remember!

Highlights

  • Learn to make your own gelato
  • Italian hands-on cooking lessons
  • Enjoy a guided visit of Ravenna and its surroundings
  • Visit an extra virgin olive oil mill and famous wineries with tastings
  • Visit to a Parmigiano-Reggiano factory and cheese tasting
  • Local tour director throughout the trip
  • 5 nights accommodation

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5 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
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Accommodation

During your visit, you will be staying in a lovely 4-star central hotel in the charming city of Bologna.

Program

Day 1, Sunday - Get settled in

Your guides will meet you at the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) or train station and provide a private transfer to your hotel, ideally situated in the heart of Bologna.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Bologna city center for an introduction of Bologna and the Emilia Romagna region.

In the evening, your guide will drive you to the charming medieval hilltop town of Dozza. There, you will enjoy a dinner of regional dishes at a picturesque restaurant frequented by local families.

Day 2, Monday - Herb garden tour and chef-taught cooking class

You will visit a privately-owned aromatic herb garden with several different herb varieties at a farmhouse in the charming hills. The owner will teach you how her herbs are used in cooking and she will prepare a delicious garden lunch for you with her home-grown products.

Together you will make "piadina" a poor bread traditional of this area that has become famous in all of Italy. You'll also have a chance to sample her exquisite jams, herbs, and aperitifs as well.

After lunch, you'll enjoy superb gelato and then drive to a nearby winery to taste some of the regional wines like Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Albana, and others.

In the afternoon, you'll attend a cooking class demonstration at a restaurant taught by chef and owner Nicola. He will prepare a special dinner for you featuring local herbs and teach you many secrets you can take home to your own kitchen! You'll enjoy aperitif in the beautiful restaurant garden prior to dinner that will consist of what Nicola has prepared in front of you in the kitchen.

Day 3, Tuesday - Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, prosciutto di Parma, traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, and gourmet lunch

On Tuesday morning, you will visit a family-owned Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese factory, where you will get to see all stages of production and finish the tour with a delicious cheese tasting. You will then proceed to the Parma area where you will get to see all the steps of preparation and aging at a prosciutto producer.

For lunch, you will drive back to the Modena area to enjoy a gourmet lunch at Luigi restaurant. You will enjoy dishes featuring Parmigiano, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar. Along with his delectable dishes, you will sip Lambrusco, the red sparkling wine of the Modena region, that is a perfect accompaniment to Parmigiano.

The last visit of the day will be to a producer of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, where you will see firsthand how the vinegar is made and aged. You will taste it at various stages of the process and learn how and when to use it in cooking.

You will then return to Bologna in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner on your own.

Day 4, Wednesday - Explore Ravenna and a Bolognese sauce cooking class

Wednesday will begin with a visit to Ravenna, known as The City of Mosaics, with eight different UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will take a guided tour of several monuments and their spectacular mosaics, followed by lunch in the city center at a traditional Italian osteria.

From there you will visit the hills of Romagna for a three-hour hands-on cooking class at an agriturismo. A traditional Italian mama will teach you how to make Bolognese sauce and other regional specialties with the freshest ingredients. You will enjoy dinner at her 150-year-old farmhouse with the ambiance of vineyards and olive trees nearby.

Day 5, Thursday - Gelato class at Bologna Gelato University and family-taught cooking class and dinner

In the morning you'll have a private gelato class at Bologna Gelato University. Following your teacher's instructions you will make your gelato with seasonal fruits and enjoy it at the end!

In the afternoon learn the art of pasta making with an Italian family cook at a private home. You will make egg pasta from scratch along with other traditional dishes of the region. You'll enjoy a farewell dinner of your own homemade dishes and receive a recipe book to take home.

Day 6, Friday - Departure day

Departure to Bologna airport or train station after breakfast at the hotel.

Included excursions

  • Drive to Brisighella
  • Drive to Modena
  • Drive to the hills of Romagna
  • Visit a family-owned Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese factory
  • Visit a producer of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena
  • Visit a prosciutto producer in Parma
  • Visit the charming medieval hilltop town of Dozza
  • Visit to a local winery
  • Visit to Ravenna

Location

This holiday takes place in Bologna, a beautiful city offering the very best in architecture and historic churches, also known as the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. Piazza Maggiore is a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafés, and medieval and Renaissance structures, such as the City Hall, the Neptune Fountain and the Basilica of San Petronio. Among several medieval towers, is the leaning Asinelli Tower, which is open for climbs.

Food

During this holiday, you will have the chance to discover the authentic northern Italian cuisine. Along the way, you will taste many specific specialties, such as extra virgin olive oil, regional wines and the famous Parmesan cheese. Besides these, you will be dining in the local restaurants where you will discover a wide assortment of regional dishes, some of which, you will also learn to cook during your cooking lessons.

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

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 Italian hands-on cooking lessons with English assistance
  • 1 cooking class demonstration with English assistance
  • 3 dinners after the cooking lesson with selected regional wines included
  • 4 meals with selected regional wines, mineral water and coffee
  • Herb garden visit
  • Italian gelato class hands-on with English assistance
  • Guided visit in Bologna
  • Guided visit in Ravenna
  • Entrance fee in Ravenna
  • Visit to Parmigiano Reggiano factory and tasting
  • Visit to balsamic vinegar of Modena producer and tasting
  • Visit to prosciutto di Parma factory
  • Winery visit and wine tasting
  • Recipe book in English
  • Traditional Italian hand printed apron
  • Private transfers and assistance on your arrival and at departure (from and to Bologna train station or airport)
  • Private car (or minivan) with driver for all the excursions listed in the program
  • English-speaking local tour director throughout (Marcello or Raffaella)

What's not included

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

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 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
6 days / 5 nights
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Custom dates

This tour is available upon request on other dates from April to September.

Solo travelers

Solo travelers can be accommodated on certain conditions. Please send your inquiry. 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Friday July 24, 2020
(6 days / 5 nights)

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