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3 Day Traditional Bolognese Cooking Course in Bologna

Culinary Institute of Bologna, Via Augusto Righi, #30B, Bologna 40126, Italy

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This course is aimed at teaching you how to cook specific Bolognese comfort foods. Join chef Stefano Corvucci and learn authentic cooking techniques, have fun with market visits, filled cooking classes, and eat what you create. Learn to make home-made pasta such as tagliatelle, tagliolini, tortelloni, and torte. Take a tour on route to the Bologna market area and enjoy comfort dishes such as beans soup, stock brodo, and bechamel sauce, and taste the history and culture of Italy.

Meet the instructors

Stefano & Lucia
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  • Daily cooking classes
  • Learn to make handmade pasta
  • Tour on route to the Bologna market area
  • Hands-on lessons, personal workstation, and burner
  • Professional chef lessons in a professional kitchen
  • Discover the history and culture of Bologna
  • Daily lunch and dinner with unlimited wine
  • 2 nights accommodation


3 days with instruction
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You will stay at a nearby hotel, BnB or apartment during the holiday.


During this holiday, you will learn and advance your cooking skills because you will not be just taught by recipes, but rather, you will be learning cooking techniques that will generalize to all types of dishes. The course focus will be on assisting you in learning to explore the simplicity and true elegance of authentic Italian cuisine.

Unlike other courses, where you meet with the chef and decide which dishes you will be cooking, this course is aimed at teaching you how to cook specific Bolognese comfort foods inspired by chef Stefano's grand granny's cuisine. Those recipes have been handed down for generations and Stefano is proud to share them with his students.

You will meet at CIBO at 08:30 then take an historical tour on route to the Bologna market area with the chef where you’ll decide what to prepare in the kitchen and do the shopping at market stands. After strolling and sampling through the market and purchasing ingredients, you return to the school and the culinary adventure begins.

You will be preparing 6 delicious, complete granny’s meal, one for lunch and one for dinner, including hand-made pasta using a 38-inch long mattarello (rolling pin). You will be enjoying lunch and dinner and a little bit of relaxation between the morning and the afternoon session. For any special wish about the dishes to prepare write CIBO an email!

After three days of cooking with a chef aside you you’ll really improve your cooking skills and techniques, and back home you’ll confidently create your own granny’s menu!

Included excursions

This holiday includes a historical tour on route to the Bologna market area. Your chef and guide will inform you about the history and culture of Bologna and you will visit the market to shop.


Stefano Corvucci


This holiday will take place at Bologna, Italy. You will take your classes at the Culinary Institute of Bologna (CIBO) in Bologna. Nearby, there are multiple religious sites such as Basilica di San Petronio, the San Domenico basilica, and Santo Stefano.

The Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, the music museum in the spectacular Palazzo Aldini Sanguinetti, and the Palazzo Comunale, a mélange of building styles and constant modifications are a few kilometers away from the institute.


  • Bologna central station - 10 minutes


During this holiday, you will enjoy a daily lunch and dinner plus unlimited local wine. Everyday, you will eat the dishes that you have created. You will also prepare both lunch and dinner, as well as eating it together with the chef.

CIBO are very flexible and able to accommodate any guest who would like to come to class but needs the menu adjusted to fit their dietary needs. If you are interested in signing up for one of the classes but would like to have substitutions made to follow your specific diet, please contact CIBO.

Possible dishes you may cook:

  • Handmade pastas: handmade egg pasta dough, pasta fresca tagliatelle, tagliolini, tortelloni pappardelle maltagliati, strozzapreti, strichetti (bowties), garganelli, gnocchi, potato dumplings, ravioli, cappelletti, rotolo (pasta roll), lasagne.
  • Soups and sauces: beans soup, stock brodo, bechamel sauce, rabbit ragu, ragu bolognese, sausage ragu (bolognese ragu di salsiccia)
  • Main courses: chicken cacciatora, cotoletta bolognese, bolognese cutlet, vegetable pie, friggione, lamb ragu, meat balls, polpette, pork ribs and sausages stew spuntature e salsiccie in umido, pork sirloin in milk sauce lombo al latte, spinach flan
  • Typical rustic bread: piadina, crescentine
  • Tarts/desserts: cooked fruit for pastry (fruit jam), tiramisu, creme caramel, crostata and biscotti dough, flan pastry custard

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

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

Things to do (optional)

Discover the surroundings

During your free time, you can explore the surroundings and visit the multiple religious sites such as Basilica di San Petronio, the San Domenico basilica, and Santo Stefano.

You can also visit the murals, sculptures, and statues such as the Fontana del Nettuno elaborated by sculptor Giambologna, or explore the museums, galleries, castles, and palaces nearby such as the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, the music museum in the spectacular Palazzo Aldini Sanguinetti, and the Palazzo Comunale, a mélange of building styles and constant modifications.

Walk through the three squares and the two towers

Maggiore, Re Enzo, and Netuno are three of the most beautiful squares in Italy. These interconnecting squares are at the heart of the social and cultural life of the city. To the east of the three squares lie the two towers of Garisenda and Degli Asinelli. Originally built for defensive purposes, they have become important emblems of the city and command breathtaking views across Bologna.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Culinary Institute of Bologna apron
  • Culinary Institute of Bologna diploma upon completion
  • Daily hands-on cooking classes
  • Daily lunch and dinner with unlimited wine
  • Hand-made pasta lessons
  • Historical lectures about Bolognese food, culture, and history
  • Personal workstation and burner
  • Tour on route to the Bologna market area
  • Wine tastings

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfast
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ)

  • Exit the seven exhibition Via Stalingrado to the city center.
  • After the bridge, take Via Mascarella.
  • At the bottom of Via Mascarella take a right onto Via Irnerio.
  • Take the third street on your left to Via Alessandrini.
  • Take your fifth right to Via Bertiera.
  • By then, the sign of the hotel is already visible on the corner of the second street on the left.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ).

Arrival by bus

When you exit from the station, go left until you reach Via Indipendenza. Continue towards the city center until you reach Via Bertiera, after the statue of Garibaldi on horse, the second street on the left.

Turn from Via Bertiera to Vicolo Cattani, which is the second street on the right. The shuttle bus “C” stops at via Augusto Righi. If you arrive to the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), you can take the aerobus BLQ and get off at the stop in Via Indipendenza, in front of the Arena del Sole. The hotel is within walking distance from there.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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