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15 Days Exclusive Luxury Culinary and Cooking Vacation in Italy

Bologna, Italy

Luxury Cooking Holiday Italy

This package is a tailor made vacation for foodies, and lovers of beauty and fine arts. Stefano Corvucci will take you on a journey to the places where the traditional Italian dishes were born. During this trip, you will learn about an unimaginable variety of seasonal local ingredients, and you will become an expert in their selection. He will entertain you by showing and explaining everything he has learned during his gourmet life, revealing the treasures of his homeland and its gastronomic secrets. You will also try the original recipes from Pellegrino Artusi’s cookbook.

Meet the instructors

Stefano
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Highlights

  • Private cooking lessons with 10 recipes per day
  • Amarone and prosecco tasting and tour in Veneto
  • 2 bottles of recommended wines and one bottle of champagne per day
  • Going to a concert, listening to Antonio Vivaldi's live, rowing lessons and gondola tour
  • Visit beautiful places around Tuscany and splendid mountainous region of the Apennines
  • Shopping at the Middle Market in Bologna and the Rialto Market in Venice
  • 14 nights 5-star accommodation in Bologna, Dolomites, and Lake Garda
  • Visiting local farmers, wine cellars and markets

Styles


15 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
Airport transfer included: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
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Accommodation

Accommodation in Bologna

The accommodation in Bologna for this culinary tour will be booked in one of the following luxury places. The choice will depend on how long before the bookings will be placed:

Bologna Art Hotels

Bologna Art Hotels is an exclusive brand which consists of three refined hotels-de-charme situated in the Historic Centre of Bologna. Guests can take advantage of a warm and unique hospitality, enjoying beautiful views of Bologna including Piazza Maggiore, Chiesa di San Petronio, and the medieval Towers. We are looking forward to welcoming you.

The Grand Hotel Majestic "già Baglioni"

The Grand Hotel Majestic "già Baglioni", the oldest and most prestigious hotel in Bologna, sits in the heart of the city on Via dell’Indipendenza, within walking distance of Piazza Maggiore and the famous Due Torri. The 106 rooms have a mix of antique furniture with modern amenities, a perfect blend of classic Italian style, elegance, and hospitality. The 4th-floor refurbishment has enriched the hotel with a new range of Junior Suites and Deluxe Room. The style, in this case, is classic eighteen century classical French.

Hotel Corona D’Oro

The historic Hotel Corona D’Oro located in the heart of Bologna, is a true and genuine preferential window to the “two towers”, one of the symbols of the city only a few steps away. There are 40 rooms, all delicately decorated in a classic style and characterized by an elegant and enchanting atmosphere, the result of a recent restoration. One of the hotel’s characteristics is represented by the sophistication of its ambiance and its incomparable calmness that one can experience in every room.

Casa Isolani

Casa Isolani is a charming bed and breakfast, to sleep in beauty, in the historic center of Bologna.

Accommodation in the Dolomites: Adler Spa Resort Dolomiti

In the Adler Spa Resort Dolomiti, the rooms and suites are designed with sensoriality and nature. Between the wood of the region, elegant colors and a traditional and modern style you will have enough space to free your soul.

Accommodation in Lake Garda: Locanda San Vigilio

A quiet elegant retreat on the shores of Lake Garda, San Vigilio has been a haven for travelers seeking tranquillity since the 1500s. The serene lakeside setting has long inspired artists, philosophers and writers, while the elegantly sophisticated surrounds have attracted a long list of celebrities, aristocrats and politicians. Over the course of the Locanda’s history, patrons have included Napoleon, Tsar Alexander II, Winston Churchill, Prince Charles, King Juan Carlos of Bourbon, Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

Program

Private cooking lessons

Stefano’s style of tuition is eclectic and, at the same time, comprehensive. The word ‘recipe’ is almost banned at his school, as he is determined to teach foodies new skills, rather than focusing on a prescriptive approach that sees them leave with just the ability to cook one or two dishes.

You will learn how to handle a chef’s knife, but there will never be a knife skills course: Stefano will tell you that his granny had only one knife her entire life and still managed to turn out exquisite food! The day starts with a trip to the market, to buy what they have on the stall that day and what is in season.

Back to the kitchen, the food is gloriously displayed on the work surface, and only at this moment the chef and the students will together decide what ingredients to use, which dishes to create, which culinary techniques to use and how to present the food. A great food day starts: inspiration and creativity guided by a deep knowledge of ingredients and techniques will transfer skills and indelible memories.

10 recipes per day

You will cook and eat together with Stefano the best Italian dishes, including according to the season, Porcini and Chantarelle mushrooms, white truffles, local meat and seafood, the best salumi and cheeses, vegetables and handmade pasta.

2 wines a day

You'll drink (not just "taste") Stefano's favorite Italian wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Valpolicella and Amarone, Sangiovese, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Sassicaia. Included also one bottle of champagne per day.

Itinerary

In order to make your experience memorable, Stefano will be glad to come and cook with you at your place wherever in the world so that you both can design and tailor the whole vacation to your preferences.

Sample itinerary

Basically, you’ll spend three days in each location:

  • 4 days/4 nights in Bologna with cooking classes at the Culinary Institute of Bologna, wine gourmet food tastings and city tours
  • 3 days/4 nights in the Lake go Garda with cooking classes in an ancient villa: one day Amarone winery visit and tasting; one day Prosecco and Bianco di Custoza winery visit and tasting; one day in Venice with Rialto market visit and aperitives, lunch, walking and Gondola tour, and live concert Vivaldi
  • 3 days/3 nights in a spa resort in Ortisei (Dolomites) with spa treatments, relax and local wine tastings and food
  • 4 days/4 nights on the Apennines mountains with daily cooking classes, wine tastings, and tours: two days in Tuscany, one day in Montefeltro, one day in Ravenna. Lodging here will be in an ancient house or a hotel

Included excursions

Tours

Visit the splendid mountainous region of the Apennines

On the border with Tuscany and Marche, away from the typical tourist routes, you will discover a fascinating, cozy and very romantic area, unveiling its treasures at every corner.

Visit the Sanctuary of La Verna (Tuscany)

Founded by St. Francis of Assisi, you’ll admire the beautiful works of lead-glazed terracotta by Andrea Della Robbia there.

Visit Borgo San Sepolcro (Tuscany)

Home of the Painter Piero della Francesca, you will visit the local museum with frescoes of the Resurrection of Christ and the Polyptych of the Misericordia.

Visit Monterchi (Tuscany)

There, you'll admire Piero della Franceasca's Madonna del Parto.

Visit Sant'Agata Feltria, Pennabilli, Monte Fumaiolo

Sant'Agata Feltria, Pennabilli, Monte Fumaiolo are just some of the dozens of welcoming towns and villages where art mixes with food, natural beauty and tradition, creating an intimate charm for those who visit.

Other included excursions

  • Going to a concert in Venice and listening to Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" live
  • Dining in Stefano's favorite restaurants and picnicking in the woods
  • Amarone tasting and tour in Veneto
  • Prosecco tasting and tour in Veneto
  • Rowing lessons in the Venetian Lagoon
  • Night and day Gondola tour in Venice
  • Shopping at the Middle Market in Bologna
  • Shopping at the Rialto Market in Venice
  • Visiting local farmers, wine cellars and markets

Instructors

Stefano Corvucci

Location

In 15 days, you’ll discover the beautiful regions of Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Alto Adige, Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche.

Food

You will eat the food that you cook during the cooking lessons. On another day, you will be dining in Stefano's favorite restaurants.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

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

What's included

  • Five-star accommodations
  • Private cooking lessons at the Culinary Institute of Bologna
  • Private cooking lessons at an old traditional family Balsamic Vinegar Factory in Vignola, Modena;
  • Private cooking lessons at a mountain retreat on the Apennine Mountains
  • 3 days in a spa resort on the Dolomites
  • 3 days in the Lake Garda (Veneto) and Venice
  • Amarone, Valpolicella, Bianco di Custoza tasting and tour in Veneto
  • Prosecco tasting and tour in Veneto
  • Night and day gondola tour in Venice
  • Going to a concert in Venice and listening to Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" live
  • 10 recipes a day: cook and eat together the best Italian dishes, including according to the season, Porcini and Chantarelle Mushrooms, white truffles, local meat and seafood, the best salumi and cheeses, vegetables and handmade pasta
  • 2 wines a day: drink (not just "taste") Stefano's favorite Italian wines: Barolo and Barbaresco, Valpolicella and Amarone, Sangiovese, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Sassicaia
  • 1 champagne a day
  • Shopping at the Middle Market in Bologna
  • Dining in Stefano's favorite restaurants, picnicking in the woods, cooking Pellegrino Artusi’s traditional recipes in his kitchen
  • Visiting local farmers, wine cellars and markets
  • Visiting the splendid mountainous region of the Apennines, on the border with Tuscany and Marche. Here, away from the typical tourist routes, you will discover a fascinating, cozy and very romantic area, unveiling its treasures at every corner
  • Visiting the Montefeltro area and discovering about the renaissance Duke Federico da Montefeltro
  • Visit the Sanctuary of La Verna (Tuscany) founded by St. Francis of Assisi: here we’ll admire the beautiful works of lead-glazed terracotta by Andrea Della Robbia
  •  Visit Borgo San Sepolcro (Tuscany), home of the Painter Piero della Francesca, where we’ll visit the local Museum with frescoes of the Resurrection of Christ and the Polyptych of the Misericordia;
  • Visit Monterchi (Tuscany) where we'll admire Piero della Franceasca's Madonna del Parto
  • Sant'Agata Feltria, Pennabilli, Monte Fumaiolo are just some of the dozens of welcoming towns and villages where art mixes with food, natural beauty and tradition, creating an intimate charm for those who visit
  • In order to make your experience memorable, Stefano will be glad to come and cook with you at your place wherever in the world so that you can design and tailor the whole vacation to your preferences

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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