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6 Days New Year’s Culinary Vacation in Italy

Cooking Holidays in Italy

This New Year why not do something special? Pass into 2017 with a little journey of your own, exploring the culinary delights that Italy is known for. Your guides will take you all across the region to meet some of the best producers and sample their fresh products. During your trip, you will have the chance to discover and taste extra virgin olive oil, drink authentic regional wines, and even try some of the famous locally-produced Parmesan cheese. 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!


  • Italian hands-on cooking lessons
  • Bologna´s food market and center guided tour
  • Visit to Parmigiano Reggiano factory and cheese tasting
  • Visit an extra virgin olive oil mill and famous wineries with tastings
  • Gala dinner at San Domenico with selected regional wines
  • Enjoy an aperitif and wine-tasting at a classic Enoteca
  • Local tour director throughout the trip
  • 5 nights accommodation


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During your visit, you will be staying in a lovely 4-star hotel in the charming city of Bologna.


Day 1, December 27, 2016 - Get settled in

  • You will be met at the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) at the beginning of your tour and provided with a private transfer to your hotel located in the heart of the city.
  • In the evening, you will have the chance to get to know your guide and fellow travelers over dinner at a restaurant in Bologna while savoring delicious dishes that are typical of the region.

Day 2, December 28, 2016 - Extra virgin olive oil, a wine tasting, and cooking class with traditional Christmas specialties

  • Your day will begin with a drive to the rolling hills and olive groves of Romagna. There, you will taste delicious, fresh extra virgin olive oil, before driving to a nearby winery to sample local wines amongst a scenic view.
  • After the tastings, you will visit a nearby restaurant for lunch. The owner, Nicola, and his wife will prepare specialty dishes, featuring local herbs, for you to enjoy. *Then, you will return to Bologna after lunch.
  • The afternoon will be spent at a private home with an Italian family cook. During this hands-on cooking class, you will learn from the experts how to make egg pasta from scratch with a rolling pin, along with a variety of other festive Christmas dishes that are typical of the region. You will receive a recipe book of what you have learned to make that day and, of course, you will also feast on your creations for dinner!

Day 3, December 29, 2016 - Tour of the city, wine aperitif, and gourmet dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant

  • Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before you begin your walking tour of the historic medieval center of Bologna in the late morning.
  • You will see beautiful places in town with unique history, before relaxing over an aperitif, wine tasting, and a light lunch at a charming enoteca.
  • This evening, you will have an unforgettable dining experience in Imola at San Domenico Restaurant. With more than 45 years of history, this is one of the most celebrated restaurants in the world and has received a two-star Michelin rating for many years. Chef Valentino Marcattilii is known worldwide for his expertise. San Domenico boasts more than 25,000 bottles of wine in its cellars, some dating back to Napoleon's time.

Day 4, December 30, 2016 - Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, gourmet lunch, and dinner

  • You will depart in the early morning for a visit to a family institution, where you will view all stages of Parmigiano Regianno production.
  • There, you will learn all about this world-famous cheese and, of course, finish the tour with a cheese tasting.
  • From there, you will make the short trip to Modena to another family-owned business that produces the famous balsamic vinegar of Modena. At this place, you will learn from the owner how balsamico is made and taste the product at various stages of its creation.
  • You will also enjoy a delicious lunch together at nearby restaurant in Modena.
  • After lunch, you will return to Bologna for some time to rest before having dinner at an osteria in the city center.

Day 5, December 31, 2016 - Bologna market food tour and a traditional Italian New Year's Eve dinner (cenone)

  • Your last day of the tour will begin with a morning stroll to the central city market. At this location, the narrow medieval streets are overflowing with Italian food shops, stands, and delis that are just as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the taste buds.
  • You will have time to explore the market on your own and enjoy a lunch of your choosing.
  • During the day, you will have time to soak in the atmosphere of the Bologna center in its festive Christmas décor as you walk and shop through the streets.
  • Your guide will drive you to Monte Del Re in the evening for an Italian-style farewell dinner that is sure to be an unforgettable experience. This charming, one-of-a-kind restaurant was once a monastery in the 13th century and today offers a harmonious dining atmosphere.
  • Dinner will be followed by a musical presentation after which you will return to the hotel in Bologna.

Day 6, January 1, 2017 - Departure day

  • After a last breakfast together at the hotel, you will be transferred to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) or train station for your trip back home or further travels through beautiful Italy.

Included excursions

  • Explore the central city market of Bologna
  • Visit a balsamic vinegar producer in Modena
  • Visit a Parmigiano-Reggiano producer
  • Visit an olive oil mill and winery in Romagna
  • Visit Imola
  • Visit the historic medieval center of Bologna


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.

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

  • 1 dinner after the cooking lesson with selected regional wines
  • 1 gala dinner at San Domenico 2 Michelin star with selected regional wines, mineral water and coffee
  • 1 Italian hands-on cooking lesson
  • 1 special New Year Eve's dinner with selected regional wines, mineral water and coffee, and Italian Spumante for the midnight toast
  • 3 meals with selected regional wines, mineral water, and coffee
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Aperitif and wine tasting at an enoteca
  • Bologna guided food market visit
  • Daily breakfast
  • Local tour director throughout the trip
  • Private car or minivan with driver for all the excursions listed in the program
  • Private transfers and assistance on 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 cheese factory and tasting
  • Walking tour of Bologna center

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Extra activities
  • Local taxes (city taxes)
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Aeroporto Internazionale dell'Umbria - Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi (PEG). From there you can take the shuttle transport to Bevagna or take the train to Foligno. The train costs 8.50 EUR.

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.

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