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Culinary Vacations in Italy

This week is a wonderful culinary trip to discover the most famous recipes of the Italian cuisine. During this course you will learn and taste delicious, handmade asta alla bolognese, pizza and many other vegetarian and simple dishes that you will be able to reproduce at home.

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  • Hands-on classes
  • Wine tasting sessions
  • Make your own pasta, green dishes and pizza
  • Time to explore the city on your own
  • Cookery school apron souvenir
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Welcome bag

Skill level

  • Beginner


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 4-20 participants
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You are provided with 7 nights accommodation in independent and comfortable 4-star apartments during the holiday.

Borgo Pianello ensures 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, an organic garden, and a swimming pool. A solarium completes the facilities at the guests' disposal. 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.
  • Check-in after 3 p.m.
  • Welcome bag

Day 2 - Sunday

  • Lunch.
  • Welcome to Borgo Pianello. Your holiday starts now!
  • Take your time to relax and enjoy a real Italian lunch.

Day 3 - Monday: Cooking class

  • Head into the kitchen of the Borgo with Chef Stefania for your first hands-on cooking class.
  • Work alongside Stefania to prepare some of the most popular Bologna’s dishes: handmade pasta tagliatelle, ragu alla bolognese sauce, tortelloni and fior di latte.
  • Aperitif and lunch (appetizer, first course, main course, dessert and wine tasting included).

Day 4 - Tuesday: Cooking class

  • Work alongside Stefania to prepare some innovative green dishes: bruschetta toscana, cantuccini cookies and much more.

Day 5 - Wednesday: Cooking class: pizza day

  • You will discover the perfect ingredients to prepare a real Italian pizza and you will cook your own pizza in a firewood oven.
  • Aperitif, lunch and wine tasting included.

Day 6 - Thursday

  • Free day.
  • Visit of art cities and local producers, or trek or bike on the Apennines, or relax in the swimming pool.

Day 7 - Friday

  • Free day.
  • Visit of art cities and local producers, or trek or bike on the Apennines, or relax in the swimming pool.
  • Dinner in gourmet restaurant.

Day 8 - Saturday

  • Check out at 10 a.m. and departure.




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.


Indulge in Italian dishes during this cooking holiday. Included in the package is one Italian lunch and one dinner in typical restaurants of the area.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

Things to do (optional)

Visit the art cities and local producers in your free time.

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.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 days cooking class with lunch and wine tasting
  • 1 welcome bag
  • Cookbook and apron
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 Italian lunch
  • 1 dinner in typical restaurants of the area
  • Suggestions to visit different local producers (Parmigiano Reggiano, Mountain Grappa, organic jam, balsamic vinegar, typical cheese, and local wine producers, etc)
  • Suggestions to visit Bologna, Modena, Firenze, Lucca, etc.

What's not included

  • Everything not specified above
  • Transportation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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

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 on arrival.
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Solo travelers

Please contact Borgo Pianello Holiday Homes & Winery if you are coming alone.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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