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10 Days Private Cooking Vacation in Italy: Bologna, Romagna, Tuscany and Montefeltro

Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Exciting Culinary Vacation in Italy

In 10 days you’ll cook, taste and discover the beautiful regions of Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Montefeltro. You will be taken on a journey to the places where the traditional Italian dishes were born. During this trip you will learn about an unimaginable variety of seasonal local ingredients, and you will become an expert in their selection. Your host will entertain you by showing and explaining everything he has learned during his gourmet life, revealing the treasures of my homeland and its gastronomic secrets. You will try the original recipes from Pellegrino Artusi’s cookbook.

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  • Get hands-on experience with workstation and burner
  • Drink and appreciate the Chef's favourites Italian wines
  • Guided tours of the famous food markets in Bologna and Florence
  • Cook and eat the best italian dishes in Bologna and on the Tuscan mountains
  • Visit Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and balsamic vinegar factories
  • Unlimited local wine and snacks
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily lunch and dinner


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During this holiday, you will be staying at a nearby hotel or apartment.



There will be a morning cooking session from 8:30 a.m. and continue till 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served afterwards. Afternoon cooking session starts at 4:00 p.m and continues till 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served after the session. You will meet at CIBO then take a historical tour route to the Bologna market area with the chef where you will 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.

Each day, you will be preparing a complete meal, one for lunch and one for dinner, including handmade pasta using a 38-inch long mattarello (rolling pin). You will be enjoying lunch and dinner as well as a little bit of relaxation between the morning and the afternoon session.

1 day morning Balsamic cooking and afternoon visit to a traditional Balsamic vinegar producer nearby Modena

One day is dedicated to balsamic cooking. You will meet at CIBO at 8.30 a.m. and go for shopping to the market with the chef and back to the kitchen, where you will be preparing a delicious meal using traditional Balsamic vinegar of Modena, Saba, and the Balsamosaba sweet and sour condiment collection as the main thread.

You will be enjoying lunch and a little bit of relaxation and at 4:00 p.m. you will leave downtown Bologna, with the chef, to travel to Vignola (Modena) and visit the vinegary La Cà dal Non in English “the house of the grandfather” where Mariangela and her family will lead you to the discovery of the fascinating world of traditional Balsamic vinegar of Modena aged over 12 and 25 years.

The tour will last for two hours and it will unlock the “secrets” of the production of this famous vinegar. You will walk in the ancient lofts where the product ages for many and many years and you will be guided through the tasting of these amazing vinegars and if you want you can shop them. Once you are back to Bologna, you will enjoy your dinner.

1 full day Bologna food tour

You will have breakfast, and visit the Prosciutto di Modena factory. You will enjoy Italian family style lunch with wine tasting. You will have the rare opportunity to view each step of the process, including the heating of the fresh milk and the separation of the curds and whey, the crafting of the curds by the casaro, the master cheese maker, the formation of a single cheese mass, and the birth of “twins”. Your discovery of the ageing process will take you on an exploration of the impressive “cheese library”, which houses more than six million euros worth of Parmigiano Reggiano.

At the end of the visit, you will be treated to a full tasting of Parmigiano Reggiano aged 13 and 25 months, as well as other delectable breakfast treats. CIBO will then take you off the beaten path to one of the best Prosciutto factories in the region. Here you will meet a family that for over three generations has been committed to making one of the world’s most delicious pork products.

At their factory in Modena, you will learn all about the strict regulations, the lengthy curing process, and the tremendous care that goes into ensuring that all D.O.P. prosciutto, including Prosciutto di Modena D.O.P. and Prosciutto di Parma D.O.P., meets exactly the same high standards. After the tour you will be treated to some freshly cut slices of Prosciutto di Modena D.O.P. together with some refreshing Lambrusco Grasparossa wine.

You will enjoy authentic Italian lunch at a countryside original Trattoria or in a certified organic winery, a perfect ending to a day filled with the very best of Italian food culture, here you will experience the famous Italian Days “LIGHT” lunch. You will be drinking and eating the best food and wine that the area has to offer.

1 day in Venice

Begin your adventure at 7:00 a.m. in Bologna. Your chef or instructor will accompany you on a quick ride and you will arrive in Venice by 9:00 a.m. You motor-launch through the picturesque Venetian canals and you shortly arrive at the stoned piazza of the famous Rialto seafood market. You then have a Prosecco Aperitive combined with typical local snacks in an authentic Venetian Osteria. You then walk to a local typical restaurant and have a great Venetian seafood lunch. After lunch, you walk to Piazza San Marco for an espresso and go back to Bologna.

Included excursions

Visit to a traditional Balsamic vinegar producer nearby Modena

Visit to a Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma factory

A day trip to Sansepolcro

A day trip to Montefeltro

A day trip to Florence

A day trip to Ravenna


Stefano Corvucci


This holiday will take place in Bologna, Emilia Romagna region and the Tuscan mountains Italy. The cooking classes will be taking place in CIBO which is located in Bologna city center, a short walking distance from the old Middle Market, the very food beating heart of the town.


Every day during this holiday, you will be served with daily lunch and dinner as well as snacks and unlimited local wine. For any special wish about the dishes to prepare, or any food allergy or intolerance, leave CIBO a comment in the booking form.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

What's included

  • 5 cooking classes in a professional kitchen
  • 1 balsamic cooking
  • 5 market visits and shopping with the chef
  • English speaking chef instructors
  • Hands-on lesson, with one’s own workstation and burner
  • 1 day trip to the Balsamic vinegar of Modena producer
  • Guided tour and tasting at the vinegary
  • 1 day Bologna food factory tour comprising of Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Modena factory as well as wine tasting
  • 1 day trip to Florence with aperitive and lunch
  • Snacks and unlimited local wine
  • Lunch and dinner every day
  • 9 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Everything not mentioned above

How to get there

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Arrival by train

From Bologna main railway station (Bologna Centrale), you have three options:

You can walk for 15 minutes. Follow Via Indipendenza until the crossing with Augusto Via Righi. Walk along Augusto Righi up to Via Venturini. Walk along Via Venturini until the crossing with Via A. Zappoli. You’ll find them at n. 5 Via Zappoli.

You can catch bus C – Cestello, at the second stop Righi, get down of the bus and follow Via Righi up to Via Venturini. Walk along Via Venturini until the crossing with Via A. Zappoli. You’ll find them at n. 5 Via Zappoli. (approximate time: 10 minutes)

You can take a taxi and you’ll reach the school in less than 10 minutes (approximate cost: 10 EUR)

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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