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Cooking and Food Tour in Italy

​Experience truffle, balsamic vinegar, and San Domenico restaurant in Bologna area. Visiting Emilia Romagna during the cold season will allow you to do activities and experiences not possible in other periods of the year. In October, the white truffle season starts, while November is the month when olives are harvested to be made into new extra virgin olive oil. A unique and unforgettable tasty holiday is sure to be guaranteed!

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Marcello and Raffaella
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  • Truffle hunting experience with a truffle dog
  • Guided visit in Ravenna and a Bologna guided food market visit
  • 1 Italian cooking lesson and dinner afterward with selected regional wines included
  • Visit and tasting at Parmigiano Reggiano and a producer of balsamic vinegar of Modena
  • Private transfers from and to train station or airport, as well as throughout the program
  • Bluone's recipe book and traditional Italian hand-printed apron included
  • 5 meals with selected regional wines, mineral water, and coffee
  • 5 nights four-star hotel accommodation with breakfast


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
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During your visit, you will be staying in a lovely 4-star central hotel in the charming city of Bologna.


Take the opportunity to hunt truffles with the truffle man and his special trained dog, to harvest the olives and taste the first drop of the new olive oil, drink the new wine together with the chestnuts (very traditional in this area), visit a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and a balsamic vinegar producer, and end the tour with a fabulous gala dinner at the Michelin star restaurant San Domenico in Imola.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday: Get settled, an introduction to the region, and a welcome dinner

You will be met at the Bologna train station or airport and provided with private transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city. Once you have settled into your room, you will meet an English-speaking guide for an introduction to the city and the Emilia Romagna region. You will enjoy a welcome dinner together in Bologna at a traditional Italian restaurant where you will feast on typical regional dishes.

Day 2 - Monday: A truffle hunting adventure with scent dogs and a rustic truffle-based lunch

Your early morning wake-up call will be well worth your countryside excursion with expert truffle hunters and scent dogs. This is an unforgettable experience with excitement that comes with each truffle finding. After this adventure, you will feast on truffle-based dishes and seasonal products at the home of the truffle hunter and his family.

In the afternoon, on the way back to Bologna, stop at a winery for a wine tasting (Sangiovese, Albana, Trebbiano, Pagadebit and other indigenous wines). Head back to Bologna where you will have free time to rest or explore the city, and you will meet together in the evening for dinner.

Day 3 - Tuesday: Explore the Bologna food market and a cooking class with regional specialties

Tuesday will begin with a visit to the Bologna central market. Your eyes and your taste buds will indulge on all of the colorful foods that overflow the narrow streets at stands, delis, and shops. You will buy ingredients at the market to use at your afternoon cooking lesson, and afterward, you will have free time to shop and explore this historic town.

You will have a light lunch at a quaint osteria in Santo Stefano square along with a glass of wine and tastings of local cheeses and salumi.

Your afternoon will be filled with more delicious food at your hands-on cooking class with an Italian family cook. You will learn the art of making egg pasta by hand in a private family home as the experienced cook teaches you how to create other traditional dishes of the Emilia Romagna region. You will feast on your creations for dinner and you will receive a collection of all of the recipes learned that day to take home with you.

Day 4 - ​Wednesday: Learn about and taste Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar of Modena, plus a gourmet lunch

Your morning will include visits to two different family cooperatives. First, you will watch the production of Parmigiano Reggiano and finish your tour with a tasting of this world-famous cheese. Then, you will transfer to Modena where you will learn about and taste traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena (balsamico) at each stage of its production.

While in Modena, you will visit the kitchen of Chef Luigi for aperitif and watch him prepare a beautiful gourmet lunch. You will feast on plates with pairings of Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamico along with Lambrusco, a sparkling red wine unique to the Modena region.

You will return to Bologna in the afternoon and you will have the rest of the day to stroll through the city on your own before we meet for dinner.

Day 5 - Thursday: Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna and a gourmet farewell dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Imola

On Thursday morning, you will make the short trip to Ravenna, a historic coastal city famous for its architecture and Byzantine mosaics. You will take a walking tour of the mosaics of San Vitale and Galla Placidia, after which you will have free time to explore the streets and shops of this charming city. You will have a light lunch together in the city center and then return to the hotel.

In the evening, you will have an unforgettable farewell gala dinner at San Domenico Restaurant in Imola. This two-star Michelin restaurant and its world-famous chef, Valentino Marcattilii, has received global attention throughout its more than 45 years in existence. Its cellars hold more than 25,000 bottles of wine, with some bottles dating all the way back to the time of Napoleon!

Day 6 - Friday: Departure day

You will start the day and end your wonderful time together with a quick breakfast at the hotel, and then you will depart from the Bologna airport or train station.


Marcello and Raffaella Tori


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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation in a lovely four-star hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 Italian cooking lesson with English assistance
  • 1 dinner after the cooking lesson with selected regional wines
  • 5 meals with selected regional wines, mineral water, and coffee
  • Truffle hunting experience with the truffle dog
  • Guided visit in Ravenna
  • Bologna guided food market visit in English
  • Visit to Parmigiano Reggiano, a Parmesan cheese factory, and tasting
  • Visit to balsamic vinegar of Modena producer and tasting
  • Entrance fee in Ravenna
  • Bluone's 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)
  • Private car (or minivan) with driver for all the excursions listed in the program
  • Local tour director English-speaking 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

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). Private transfer from and to the airport is included. Bluone will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

You can also take the train to the Bologna train station, transfer from and to the train station is also included.

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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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants


Arrival: Sunday December 5, 2021
Departure: Friday December 10, 2021


This vacation is also available upon request on other dates from October to March. Please send your inquiry if you are interested.

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