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Private Italian Culinary Holiday

This package is focused on learning how to cook the great regional dishes of Italy. Your trip begins in Bologna where you will be greeted by your personal chef with a visit to the local markets. You will then head to the Apennine Mountains and cook in the mountain retreat of Chef Stefano Corvucci. You will stay at a hotel or apartment in the small village of Balze.

You will be given personal cooking lessons by Stefano. He will teach you the culinary secrets of Pellegrino Artusi, the father of modern-day Italian cuisine. Writing only two decades after the unification of Italy, Artusi was the first to include recipes from all the different regions of Italy in a single cookbook. He is often credited with establishing a truly national Italian cuisine for the first time.

You will work in the kitchen with a cooking program catered to your interests. These are private classes and custom-designed to meet your needs.

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  • Professional chef lessons in a mountain retreat
  • Daily lunch and dinner with local wine
  • Visit local food purveyors
  • Tour on the route to the beautiful Apennine mountain region
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Private transportation to and from Bologna


5 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
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During this holiday, you will stay in a private mountain retreat.


This package is focused on learning how to cook the great regional dishes of Italy. You will stay in the mountain retreat of Chef Stefano and cook side by side with him morning till night.

The mountain retreat was once part of a convent and was built in the 19th century. It has two fireplaces and a stone oven. The kitchen leads out to a garden with the Tevere River (which is a humble brook) on its border.

You will have the entire house to yourself and your party.

You and the Chef will determine the cooking program based on your interests and the availability of ingredients.

Included excursions

  • Trips to local markets


Stefano Corvucci


This holiday will take place at the Culinary Institute of Bologna (CIBO) in Balze, Italy. It is near Mt. Fumaiolo on the borders of Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, and Marche.


Each day you will be preparing both lunch and dinner as well as eating together with the chef.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

During your free time, you can 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.

You can also explore the surroundings and visit the multiple religious sites such as Basilica di San Petronio, the San Domenico basilica, and Santo Stefano.

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily cooking hands-on private cooking lessons
  • Daily lunch and dinner plus wine
  • Historical lectures about Italian food and culture
  • Tour on route to the Apennine mountains
  • Wine tastings
  • Private transportation

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ). Transfer to and from Bologna train station included.

Airport: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport Airport transfer included: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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