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8 Days Taste of Italy Cooking Holidays in Appenine

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

8 Days Taste of Italy Cooking Holidays in Appenine

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

Culinary Vacations in Italy

This fantastic week is a real immersion into an Italian culinary lifestyle. You will be learning not only how to cook delicious dishes from simple and famous Italian pasta sauces to typical Tuscan soups, but also how to pair them with the perfect Italian wine. And, not to forget, learn the best way to prepare the famous pizza! You will be amazed by this wonderful, historical, 4-star farmhouse with comfortable and luxurious rooms located in a beautiful natural environment.


  • Pizza tasting
  • Wine tasting sessions
  • Visit to local producers
  • Cookery school apron souvenir
  • 3 days of hands-on cooking classes with appetizier, wine tasting and lunch
  • 3 dinners in local restaurants
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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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 after 14:00.
  • Afternoon free.
  • Have dinner on your own.

Day 2, Sunday - Free day

  • Free day to hike on the Apennines, relax in swimming pool, or visit cities of art or local food producers.
  • Typical local dinner.

Day 3, Monday - Cooking class

  • In the morning, head into the kitchen with Chef Stefania for your first hands-on cooking class at 10:30.
  • Work alongside to prepare some of the most popular Italian green dishes, such as pasta con pomodorini, basilico e burrata (pasta with cherry tomatoes, basil and burrata cheese), ribollita (typical Tuscan soup), zucchine ripiene (zucchini stuffed with ricotta cheese) and tiramisu.
  • Aperitif and 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 the second day of cooking class with Chef Stefania at 10:30. You will learn to prepare pappa al pomodoro (Tuscan tomato soup), pasta al pesto, pizzette di melanzane (eggplants with mozzarella and tomato), and cantucci.
  • Aperitif and lunch (appetizer, first course, main course, dessert 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 10.30.
  • It's 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.
  • Free afternoon and dinner on your own.

Day 6, Thursday - Free day

  • Free day to visit cities of art or local food producers.
  • Dinner in a gourmet restaurant.

Day 7, Friday - Free day

  • The day is free to explore on your own.
  • Dinner in a typical restaurant.

Day 8, Saturday - Departure

  • Check out in the morning.
  • 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.

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

Indulge in Italian dishes during the holidays.

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.

  • 3 cookery classes with lunch and wine tasting
  • 3 gourmet evening meals in very typical restaurants of the area
  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable Four Stars Hotel Residence
  • A handbook of the recipes you have cooked during the course
  • A suggested excursion on day 6
  • All ingredients, necessary materials and information for the cookery lessons
  • An apron from the cookery school as a souvenir
  • 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
  • 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.