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6 Days Cooking Holidays in Italy

6 Days Cooking Holidays in 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

  • Italian hands-on cooking lessons
  • Bologna's food market and center guided tour
  • 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
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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During your visit, you will be staying in a lovely 4-star central hotel in the charming city of Bologna.

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 begin the day with a drive to the hills of Romagna that border Tuscany. There, you will visit a privately-owned aromatic herb garden with more than 40 different herb varieties.
  • 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. You will also have a chance to sample her exquisite jams, herbs, and aperitifs as well.
  • After lunch, you will enjoy superb gelato and then drive to a nearby winery to taste some of their regional wines like Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Albana, and others.
  • In the evening, you will 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 that you can take home to your own kitchen.
  • You will enjoy aperitifs in the restaurant's beautiful garden prior to dinner that will consist of what Nicola has prepared.

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 an aperitif in the kitchen with restaurant chef Luigi.
  • You will watch Luigi prepare lunch in the kitchen with 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 first hand 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.
  • Afterwards, you will 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.
  • Following lunch, you will drive to Brisighella for a tasting of the best extra virgin olive oil in the region.
  • 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 - Bologna market and family-taught cooking class

  • In the morning, you will visit the central market to buy ingredients for your afternoon cooking lesson. You will shop amongst ancient streets lined with colorful shops and irresistible food.
  • Lunch will be held in Santo Stefano square at a pretty osteria where you will taste local salumi and cheeses with a glass of wine.
  • In the afternoon, you will 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. The lesson will be followed by a farewell dinner of your own homemade dishes.
  • During the dinner, you will also receive a recipe book to take home.

Day 6, Friday - Departure day

  • After breakfast, your guides will take you to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) or train station for your trip back home or to continue your travels through the beautiful Italy.
  • 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

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.

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.

  • Attend local events
  • Dine at your choice of restaurants
  • Explore the nearby towns
  • Sightsee around Bologna
  • Visit the local cafés
  • 1 light lunch with salumi tasting and a glass of wine
  • 3 dinners after the cooking lesson with selected regional wines included
  • 3 Italian hands-on cooking lessons
  • 4 meals with selected regional wines, mineral water, and coffee
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Bologna's food market guided visit in English
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance fee in Ravenna
  • Gelato tasting
  • Guided visit in Bologna
  • Guided visit in Ravenna
  • Herb garden visit
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Private car or minivan with driver for all the excursions listed in the program
  • Private transfers and assistance on your arrival and at departure
  • Recipe book in English
  • Traditional Italian hand-printed apron
  • Visit to balsamic vinegar of Modena producer and tasting
  • Visit to Parmigiano-Reggiano factory and tasting
  • Winery visit and wine tasting
  • Airfare
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Extra activities
  • Local taxes (city taxes)
  • Personal expenses

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.