8 Days Pasta Cooking Holidays in Bologna Countryside

  • Borgo Pianello, Rocca Corneta, Località Pianello 40042 Lizzano in Belvedere, Bologna, Italy

Overview

Traditional Italian Cooking Vacations

Combine a passion for the delights of the Apennine of Bologna and Modena, cooking tortellini, tagliatelle, tortelloni and other traditional Bologna's food with ultimate luxury on this unique 8 days cooking holiday. Discover Bologna through typical products and recipes famous all around the world. Immerse in the quiet and uncontaminated landscape of Borgo Pianello. Enjoy the nature, as well as the comfort Borgo Pianello has to offer.

Highlights

  • Wine tasting sessions
  • Visit to local producers
  • Cookery school apron souvenir
  • 3 days of hands-on cooking classes with appetizer, wine tasting and lunch
  • 3 dinners in local restaurants
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 20.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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Pianello is one of the oldest farms in Lizzano in Belvedere with evidence of its existence dating as far back as 1000 B.C. With its splendid location in the Dardagna valley, facing the Riva mountains, Pianello provides historical testimony of the agricultural lifestyle of the surrounding regions. Totally immersed in a quiet and uncontaminated landscape, Pianello now offers the best opportunities for relaxing holidays and business meetings.

In Borgo Pianello, guests are ensured the maximum of comfort in the farmhouse apartments, where all furnishings are chosen with care. Every unit has a fully-equipped kitchen and fireplace, satellite TV/radio and internet connection so that guests can enjoy their stay in harmony with nature. The charming meeting room, located in the refurbished barn, can accommodate training courses, seminars, exhibitions and events of any kind. Equipped with a kitchen, giant screen and restrooms, it can accommodate 60 people.

The farmhouse offers ample private parking and a 10.000 square-meter lawn, a barbecue area, a children's playground, organic garden and a swimming pool. A solarium completes the facilities at the guests disposal. During the summer season, Pianello is particularly appropriate for events such as weddings, concerts and private and corporate parties. The farm is immersed in the natural surroundings including the vegetation and fauna of the Corno alle Scale regional park where it is not uncommon to spot deer, squirrels, wild boars, foxes, hawks and other animals of the valley.

Day 1, Saturday - Arrival

  • Arrival and check in the Borgo.
  • Afternoon free.
  • Have dinner on your own.

Day 2, Sunday - Free day

  • It's your free day. You can hike on the Apennines, relax in swimming pool, visit cities of art or local food producers.
  • Enjoy typical local dinner.

Day 3, Monday - Cooking class

  • Head into the kitchen of the Borgo with Chef Stefania for your first hands-on cooking class at 10:00. Work alongside Stefania to prepare some of the most popular Bologna’s dishes such as handmade pasta and tagliatelle, ragu alla bolognese sauce and fior di latte.
  • Enjoy aperitif lunch (appetizer, first course, main course, desert and wine tasting included).
  • Free afternoon and dinner on your own.

Day 4, Tuesday - Cooking class

  • Tie on your apron for your second hands-on cooking class with Chef Stefania at 10:00. You will learn to prepare stuffed pasta (tortelloni with ricotta cheese) and chocolate salami.
  • Aperitif and lunch to follow (appetizer, first course, main course, desert and wine tasting included).
  • Free afternoon and dinner on your own.

Day 5, Wednesday - Cooking class

  • Return to the kitchen for your third and last day of cooking experience at 10:00. During this class you will learn to cook the most typical Bolognese social meal, crescentine and tigelle (fried and stamp baked breads). This meal is the perfect occasion to taste the most important and famous products of Emilia Romagna (prosciutto di parma, mortadella, salami, parmigiano reggiano, balsamic vinegar and others).
  • Aperitif and lunch will follow (appetizer, first course, main course, desert and wine tasting included).
  • Free afternoon and dinner on your own.

Day 6, Thursday - Free day with dinner

  • Today, enjoy a free day.
  • You can visit cities of art or local food producers.
  • Return to the Borgo in the afternoon.
  • In the evening, have dinner in pizzeria.

Day 7, Friday - Free day with dinner

  • The day is free to explore on your own.
  • In the evening, enjoy dinner in a gourmet restaurant.

Day 8, Saturday - Departure

  • Check out at 10:00.
  • Departure on your own.

Participants may choose whether to visit some producers of parmigiano reggiano, chestnut beer, mountain grappas, organic jams and juices of the forest, balsamic vinegar, cheeses, mortadella, salami or other top products. The program of the visits will be decided on site and on weekly basis.

Borgo Pianello is located few kilometers away from Lizzano in Belvedere, in the Appenine, approximately one hour from Florence, Bologna, Modena. It is a strategic location to visit art cities, and also important food cities. In the neighborhood there are small ancient villages, wonderful nature, river for fishing, stunning landscapes, really good food and warm people.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant nearby
  • River nearby
Services
  • Conference room
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Wedding

Indulge in Italian dishes during the holidays.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch

The regional parks Corno alle Scale and Frignano

The regional parks of the Corno alle Scale and Frignano are the largest and most picturesque green oasis of the Emilia-Romagna and are home to many species of wildlife and vegetation. They offer pleasant opportunities for hiking, walking, mountain biking and spontaneous gathering of mushrooms and blueberries in contact with nature and full of wonderful colors.

The Dardagna River

From Borgo Pianello in a few minutes you are walking to the river Dardagna, a beautiful mountain stream which by the peaks of Corno alle Scale runs down along the valley with towering waterfalls. You can fish for trout and sports in the summer months. The temperature can make a nice swim in its crystal clear waters.

The historic villages and shrines

Around the Borgo Pianello, visit Monteacuto, Castelluccio and Pianaccio, ancient mountain villages which are still perfectly preserved and made of native stone. See for yourself the sanctuary of our lady of the maple, a famous and ancient testimony of the Middle Ages, the shrine of our lady of the Beech, Poggiolforato, Farn, house flakes and many other small settlements.

Ski resorts of Corno alle Scale and Cimone

During the winter, skiing is possible on both the Monte Corno alle Scale and on Monte Cimone. Pianello village is located halfway between the two ski resorts in the Apennines. In about twenty minutes you can reach them.

Le Terme di Porretta

Spa water is unalterable, as natural as nature intended and can only be used in the form provided by nature in those evocative places known as spas. The spa waters of Porretta Terme are 2000 years old. Legend has it that the curative properties of its waters were discovered thanks to a sick ox. The ox, too weak to pull a plough, was released by its owner and during its wanderings drank at the spa spring where it found renewed vigor.

Cities of art

Pianello village is located perfectly for those looking for a base to visit Florence, Lucca, Pistoia, Bologna, Modena and other interesting places in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. And within an approximately half-hour, you can also reach the fantastic Versilia on the Tyrrhenian sea.

The Ferrari museum

This is a Ferrari company museum dedicated to the Ferrari sports car marque. The museum is not purely for cars but also on view are trophies, photographs and other historical objects relating to the Italian motor racing industry. The exhibition also introduces technological innovations, some of which had made the transition from racing cars to road cars.

Visit different local producers of parmigiano reggiano, mountain grappa, organic jam, balsamic vinegar or typical cheese

Visit Bologna, Modena, Firenze, Lucca or others

  • 3 days of cooking classes with lunch and wine tasting
  • 3 gourmet dinners in typical restaurants of the area
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Cookbook and apron
  • Breakfast
  • Everything not specified above
  • Transportation

Driving directions from Milan

  • Highway A1 direction Bologna - South Modena exit
  • Take direction Vignola - Fanano - Lizzano in Belvedere - Rocca Corneta

Driving directions from Bologna

  • Highway A1 direction Florence - Sasso Marconi exit
  • Take direction Porretta Terme/Pistoia - Silla - Gaggio Montano - Querciola - Rocca Corneta

Driving directions from Florence

  • Highway direction A11 direction Pisa - Pistoia Exit
  • Take direction Porretta Terme - Gaggio Montano - Querciola - Rocca Corneta
For information about the booking conditions, please send Borgo Pianello Holiday Homes & Winery an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler

    "I took a one week holiday in Borgo Pianello in mid September 2014. I went alone and booked the Bilo Apartment which overlooked the swimming pool. The location on Borgo Pianello is deep in the hills with local towns a 10-minute drive away. The location is simply stunning and breathtaking! There is a ski resort locally and I can only imagine that the property in the winter snow. It was like going to your dream house, the owners have clearly put a lot of time, work, and money into this cluster of properties. There are lots of lovely restaurants in the area including "Trattoria picchioni" in the town of Lizzano and an amazing Pizza restaurant not for from Lizanno. The local town Fanano held a local farmer-type market in the heart of the town on Sundays where you could buy local fruit/veg, cheeses, meats etc. the local shops, cafes and bakeries were very friendly. "

    "Borgo is very much a place where you switch off, relax, and watch the world go by, no need to rush around. The cookery course was a must. The hosts/owners at Borgo are Stefania and Marco who are lovely. Stefania is chef and takes the cookery course. On the course we learnt how to make two types of Italian soups, stuffed zucchini and tomatoes, pesto, aubergines with mozzarella, pizzas, garlic focaccia bread, cantuccini, tiramisu, several types of sauces to go with pasta. Stefania's partner, Marco, is a wine expert and you can buy local and Borgo wines at the house along with prosecco, limoncello, others Italian alcohol along with local olive oil and balsamic vinegar, he also chooses the wines to have with the food you've cooked and gives a little history with which drinks go with different foods. Both, Stefania and Marco, are very friendly and knowledgeable and are on hand if anything is required at the accommodation. There was also a warm welcome and Marco gave each apartment a free bottle of wine on arrival which was a lovely touch. I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and I would definitely recommend to anyone and is well worth the money."

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  • Review by Nesi from Italy

    "Comfortable, beautiful place."

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  • Review by a traveler from Eindhoven, Netherlands

    "We visited the cooking class and were here for a week with a group of 19 persons. As leader of this group and having seen all kinds of places, I can strongly recommend this one. We enjoy the fantastic scenery, the warm Italian hospitality and the great food and wines. Its so nice to be away from the busy life and relax at this beautiful place with nice people."

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  • Review by Ilse W. from Groningen, Netherlands

    "We stayed at the Borgo in August with our daughter and friends with their children. We loved it. The Borgo has been restored in 2006 and turned into 7 nice modern apartments. All have a nice bathroom and a smaller or larger fully equipped kitchen and some apartments have a dishwasher too. It's located on a slope. At the back there is an unheated swimming pool, which is nice when it's 30+ degrees, overlooking the valley.The Borgo has wines from their own and other wineries, jams, liquers, etc. and you can get nice espresso, cappuccino or Italian aperitif. It's close to several villages where you can get your groceries or find restaurants, pizzerias and trattorias. It lies between Bologna, where you can go to by train for EUR 10 return ticket from Porretta Terme, and Florence. There are excellent opportunities for hiking in the area and the nights are truly quiet.The Borgo has many places outside to sit and barbecue. You can even do your laundry. The owner, Marco, is very helpful. This is a perfect place for a nature loving people."

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  • Review by a traveler from Pennsylvania, USA

    "Borgo Pianello is one of our favorites in all of Italy! Its beautifully maintained. It has updated baths, great wine and beautiful views of the surrounding area. Lizzano and Fanano are close by and talk about your small town charm! Put it this way, of all the places we visited, this area was our favorite and Borgo Pianello open this up to us. The hosts were great and for that we thank you!! If we were able to purchase a place anywhere in Italy, it would be in one of those two towns. Again, we like small towns!If you're a city person, look where this place is located, you won't like it. If you're after small town charm, a scone and a coffee street side, lovely little downtown shopping, gorgeous la chiesa (church) and a quiet and relaxing time, this is the area!"

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  • Review by D. P. from Malta

    "The location was easy to find, thanks to our GPS. It was easier since it was not totally dark by the time we arrived. The area is magnificent, surrounded by mountains, hills etc. The apartments were nicely decorated and converted. We stayed in apartment number 4, facing the parking area. All area is quiet. Since the weather temperature by night was still low, we had the facility to warm up the apartment by using wood burning fireplace. Unfortunately we weren't lucky enough to use the pool located in this unique area, but we were able to spend some time by the pool.Location: the apartment is cut-off from the main town and, therefore, to go to the nearest COOP supermarket meant to drive some 8 kilometers in narrow roads and hills and another 5 kilometers in more decent faster roads. The only drawback is that in these roads it meant an approximately 30-minute drive. Wi-Fi and TV: Wi-Fi was bit problematic to connect with at times and slow. TV only had a couple of Italian stations. When it gets pitch black there's nothing much that one can really do in the area. The option is to spend evenings in cities. Verdict: Recommended."

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