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The Ultimate Italian Cooking Adventure

Join in for a week of fun-filled culinary adventures to make you into a great Italian chef! 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.

However if you prefer to skip a few days of cooking, you can take advantage of the beautiful cultural, historic, and natural sites to visit in the mountains between Tuscany and Bologna. Your chef will be your guide and personally take you to some of his favorite spots.

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  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • 6 lunches and 6 dinners with your private chef
  • *Daily personal cooking lessons
  • Wine tastings
  • Private transportation
  • Guided tours of the region
  • Transfer to and from Bologna


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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You will stay in a local hotel or bed and breakfast.


This tour is designed for people who want to take a deep dive into Italian cuisine. This is private and custom, designed for your interests and skill level. Whether you are an amateur or professional, you will acquire practical knowledge reinforced by having hands-on experiences by a professional chef.

The schedule includes lunch, a time to relax, and dinner. After lunch, relax, and resume early afternoon for more hours of cooking lessons. You will be preparing both lunch and dinner, and eating together with the chef and maybe his family.

The Apennine mountains provide a wide range of options if you prefer to skip a day or two of cooking. There are wineries, butchers, and cheesemongers to learn from along with a host of cultural and natural sites to visit. Your chef will be happy to take you to visit some of his favorite places.


Stefano Corvucci


The Mountain Retreat is close to Mt. Fumaiolo and borders Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, and Marche. It is approximately two hours from Bologna.


Your private chef will work with you to design a menu customized to your needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • 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)

You can spend a night or two at the famous spas in Bagno di Romagna.

What's included

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

What's not included

  • airfare

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.
7 days / 6 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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