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3 Days Luxury Italian Cooking Holiday in Bologna

Cooking Tours Italy

Greatly improve your culinary skills at CIBO with hands-on cooking classes and lessons for foodies of all skill levels and dining experiences. Using our state-of-the-art professional kitchens, our cooking lessons will improve your cooking skills and make you an expert in the kitchen. Enjoy an Italian cooking vacation, preparing authentic Bolognese cuisine and then enjoy the wonderful meals that you and your mates created. They mean it when they say they don't want to meet your needs; they want to exceed your expectations!

Meet the instructors

Stefano & Lucia
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  • Local market visit
  • Full day, hands-on cooking class
  • Enjoy a full tasting of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale
  • Culinary Institute of Bologna certificate and apron
  • 2 nights luxury accommodation
  • Bologna history tour

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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You will stay at a nearby hotel during the holiday.


Cooking classes in Bologna

Meet at CIBO then you take an historical tour on route to the Bologna market area. You have a light breakfast at a local cafe or cappuccino and a pastry and then you walk through the market, sampling the Bolognese foods, decide with the chef what you will be preparing that day and then return to the class and prepare antipasti, main dishes, sides, and desserts.You will prepare two delicious, complete, authentic, Bolognese meals. Every CIBO class includes learning how to create hand-made pasta using a 38 inch long matterello (rolling pin). You will be having lunch, time to relax and then dinner. Each meal includes unlimited wine.

CIBO, the Culinary Institute of Bologna for Foodies, offers unique, hands-on cooking classes. Taught by English-speaking, professional restaurant chefs, classes are for foodies of all cooking skill levels and you also provide special courses for culinary professionals and chefs. All classes are aimed at advancing your knowledge and skills for preparing authentic Italian cuisine. It is often reported that back home, our guests rarely eat Italian food out now because what they make at home is better than what they can get at most local restaurants.

Cheese factory tour

Venture out on a morning excursion to a cheese factory, there you will meet Alessandro, where you will see all the working steps in the production of Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, the world's most famous artisanal cheese made only in the Emilia-Romagna countryside. This special part of the tour takes you to a factory, where they have invested their entire lives in maintaining the quality and tradition of this fantastic product. You will have the rare opportunity to witness the entire process, from the early morning delivery of the milk from local farmers to the crafting of the curds by the master cheesemaker Big Cheese to the final aging process.

You'll also see a Parmigiano bank, storing millions of this incomparable cheese. At the end of the visit, you will enjoy the breakfast of the champions with a glass or two of good, dry Lambrusco, and, of course, plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Afterwards, you can buy Parmigiano, aged for 13 or 25 months, for a quarter of the price you pay back home.

Italian balsamic tour

From the Parmigiano factory to the Acetaia, to see the secrets of the famous Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP, certified balsamic vinegar that is at least 12 years old). This isn't factory balsamic you can find in a market back home, this is a single family producing small amounts of the world's finest vinegar for generations. They are using the same ancient technique of aging grape, must from Lambrusco or Trebbiano grapes in oak barrels (batterie), that Italian families in this region have been using for centuries.

The result is a condimento so delicious it has to be tasted to be believed. Enjoy a full tasting of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale DOP, allowing you to compare 6-year balsamic dressing with 15 and 45-years balsamico, ricotta (fresh from the cheese factory) and Balsamic Gelly and Gelato with balsamic dressing.

Prosciutto tour

From aceto balsamico to one of the best Prosciutto producers in the region, where you'll meet a family that, for over three generations, has been committed to the production of Prosciutto di Modena DOP, a Prosciutto equal to the more famous Prosciutto de Parma. This Prosciutto did not have the same name recognition, since its produced within the city limits of Modena and not Parma, but it is made with the same food regulation.

There, you'll learn the careful craft that goes into creating one of the most delicious pork products this planet has ever known. Also here, enjoy a full tasting of fresh slices of prosciutto di Modena D.O.P in a combination with some nice Lambrusco. Please note that some rooms are cold storage. You will have lunch at a countryside original Trattoria, a perfect ending to a day filled with the very best of Italian food culture.


Stefano Corvucci


This cookery retreat will take place in Bologna, Italy.


You will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel. The large breakfast is served every morning from 07:00 to 11:00 and it offers various types of bread typical of this region, such as sweet and savory croissants; finger food; quiche and toast; hard-boiled and fried eggs; yogurt with or without fruit and cereal; a selection of jams, jellies, and honey; fresh artisanal pastries; cold cuts and fresh cheese; fresh seasonal fruit, nuts and canned fruit, like pears, apricots, and plums; assorted fruit and vegetable juice and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Besides the delicious breakfasts offered, you will be able to taste and prepare several different dishes that will delight your senses and will help you become better at preparing Italian cuisine back at home. Some of the dishes you may prepare are:


  • Focaccia
  • Grissini
  • Pane
  • Panini
  • Pizza
  • Stuffed panini


  • Creme caramel
  • Pan di spagna
  • Panna cotta
  • Tiramisú
  • Zuppa inglese

Main courses

  • Broccoli flan
  • Cauliflower flan
  • Fennel sformato
  • Lamb with swiss chard
  • Polpette
  • Pork sirloin in milk sauce
  • Rabbit with artichokes
  • Rabbit or chicken porchetta
  • Spinach flan
  • Stuffed chicken
  • Veal stew

Handmade pastas

  • Cannelloni
  • Crespelle
  • Gnocchi
  • Lasagne
  • Maltagliati
  • Pappardelle
  • Pasticcio di maccheroni
  • Ravioli
  • Rotolo
  • Strozzapreti
  • Tagliatelle
  • Tagliolini
  • Tortelloni

House pate

  • Chicken liver pate
  • Rabbit pate


  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Sausages


  • Artichokes salad
  • Puntarelle


  • Bechamel
  • Lamb and spinach ragu
  • Lamb ragu
  • Rabbit ragu
  • Ragu bolognese
  • Sausages ragu
  • White ragu


  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Leek and potatoes
  • Onion
  • White beans

Stuffings for Pastas

  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Ricotta and parmigiana
  • Ricotta and spinach
  • Traditional tortellini meat stuffing

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)


For those who love the outdoors and the pleasure of visiting our city on two wheels CIBO offers Bologna Art Hotels bicycles. This service is free so long as there are bikes available. Ask for them at reception.

Guided tour

Bologna Art Hotels offer, every Sunday morning, interesting guided tours in collaboration with Bologna Turismo which follow the following itinerary: Piazza Maggiore, the Fountain of Neptune, Palazzo Re Enzo, Palazzo d'Accursio, the Basilica of San Petronio, the Archiginnasio, the Abbey of Santo Stefano, the Palazzo della Mercanzia, and the two Towers. This service is complimentary upon availability.

What's included

  • 1 dinner
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 snacks
  • Balsamic vinegar factory tour
  • Bologna history tour
  • Cheese factory tour
  • Cooking class
  • Culinary Institute of Bologna certificate and apron
  • Local market visit
  • Prosciutto tasting

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Airport transfers

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
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