"Life is a combination of magic and pasta." - Federico Fellini
Bologna and its Neighbors
The birthplace of Italian cuisine
May 20 - 27, 2020
The 2018 group taking a break in between stops!
Four Star Accommodations in Centrally Located Hotel
Taste of Modena Tour
Visit to Parmigiano Producer
Visit to Balsamic Vinegar Producer
Visit to Culatello di Zibello Producer
Visit to Lambrusco Winery
Two Cooking Classes
Visit to the Sanctuary of San Luca
Walking foodie Tour of Modena
Farm to Table Culinary Experience
Overview Our spring week in Bologna, in the Emilia Romagna region, promises to be a food & culture lovers delight. Bologna is ideal for anyone wanting to learn all about real, authentic Italian cooking, art and culture. Fondly known as "Bologna La Grassa" or Bologna the Fat, this city is Italy's culinary birthplace. Our home base for the week is Bologna, and during our time in Emilia Romagna, we will be taking part in numerous day trips to expose you to this region in details. Learn the parmigiano making process from the producers themselves, learn how the prized Culatello di Zibello is prepared, visit an ancient balsamic acetaia where the barrels are hundreds of years old, and enjoy a delicious foodie walking tour in Modena. Learn all about the gelato making process, experience a full day on an agriturismo for a culinary feast of all senses, take a picture in front of Osteria Francescana, the worlds #1 restaurant, and take some time for reflection at the Sanctuary of San Luca. By the end of the week, you will be fully educated on how these world-famous products are made and you will be able to appreciate the Italian culture and its products fully.
Bologna 2018 Culinary Adventure Group
Day 1 - Arrival & Welcome Dinner
Arrive at your accommodations in the afternoon. Settle in and unpack knowing you will not have to repack for the entire week. Ward off jet lag with a quick walk to the many specialty shops in Piazza Maggiore, and perhaps grab your first gelato for the week. In the evening, we will meet for our first group activity. After a wine tasting, we will enjoy our first taste of real authentic Bolognese cuisine in a group dinner. We will learn about the city and discuss the plans of the week ahead.
Welcome wine tasting and meet & greet
Day 2 - Taste of Modena
Our private transportation will swift us off to Modena today to enjoy a delicious guided tour of a family-run dairy farm producing DOP-certified Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, the indisputable king of cheeses. We will watch the entire process, visit the maturation rooms and of course, enjoy a tasting of various ages of Parmigiano. After our dairy lesson we move to one of the world’s most recognizable and prized product, Modena’s black gold. Savor the first taste of Modena’s famed balsamic vinegar. Our guided tour takes us to DOP certified producer to discover the intimate and prestigious world of this product, the aging process and the certification guidelines. Enjoy different types and ages, all served with local bites.
Our next stop is sure to please every wine lover. Enjoy a light lunch at a Modenese vineyard where the region's adored Lambrusco is produced. We will tour the vineyard, winery and aging rooms and learn all about the wine-making process.
Our fresh pasta cooking classes, learning from the best.
Day 3 - Hands-On Cooking Class + Visit to the Sanctuary of San Luca
It’s time to work for our lunch today as we get our hands dirty in the dough! Grab your apron and enjoy a hands-on cooking class where we will prepare what the region is famous for, fresh pasta! The setting for the class will be an artisanal winery, located in the beautiful hills of Bologna. We will prep two pasta dishes, which will be enjoyed for our lunch, along with dessert and wine, of course. All savored in the beautiful setting of Lodi Corazza winery. After lunch, we walk off our calories wandering around the hills in Bologna, visiting the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. Over 1000 years old, the Basilica is situated 300 meters above city plain, offering wonderful views and photo opportunities.
Visiting a parmigiano cheese producer in Parma
Day 4 - Discover the Heart of Parma's Gastronomy
You have certainly heard of Prosciutto di Parma, one of Emilia Romagna most beloved and exported products, but did you know that there’s another lesser known product that deserves your attention? The king of salumi is Culatello di Zibello. Culatello is one of the most prized salumi in Italy and Zibello is the epicenter for its production. The location, with the fog from the Po River and bitter winter cold months, give this salumi its distinctive characteristics and flavor. We will enjoy a delicious tour of a family-run producer and learn all about the production and aging process. After a full lunch at a typical Osteria, we will visit the small village of Torrechiara, where a very special winemaker and his wife sell wines only to folks who knock on their door! Enjoy a delicious tasting paired with homemade cakes and treats.
The aging room where the Culatello di Zibello rest until ready for consumption!
Day 5 - Walking Tour of Bologna + Sunday Lunch
After a few days on excursions, today we will stay in Bologna and enjoy a calm day walking the streets of this beautiful, yet not very well-known city. After an insightful and educational tour of this city, we will savor a delicious Sunday lunch the way only Bolognese know how. You will have the afternoon on your own to enjoy as you please, perhaps shop at the various places all within easy walking from our hotel, visit a museum, or enjoy “Il Dolce Far Niente,” literally the sweetness of doing nothing. The Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna's Patron Saint is steps away from our hotel, so today may be the optimal day for a visit.
There's always time and room for lunch!
Day 6 - Walking Foodie Tour of Modena + Gelato Class
Grab the comfy shoes as today we will be spending a few hours walking. It’s a good thing that along the way though, we will be savoring the best that Modena has to offer as we take part in a delicious walking food tour of this city. We will visit the historical center and savor local culture, along with street food and specialty products. Shop for a few products to take home at the famous and ancient Mercato Albinelli. We will also stop in front of Osteria Francescana for a photo opportunity in front of the world’s number one restaurant. After our tour and lunch in Modena, we will enjoy dessert. But not any dessert, we will be making our own gelato with a a master Gelataio. He will teach us how to use fresh fruit and other common ingredients to make a variety of flavors. We can guarantee that you have never had gelato this fresh!
A traditional specialty shop in Modena.
Day 7 - Farm to Table Cooking Class
Today, we will experience a delicious farm to table food experience in an agriturismo located in the countryside of Bologna. We will learn exactly what an agriturismo is, the philosophy behind them, and the benefits of growing vegetables and cooking only with seasonal products. We will enjoy a cooking class that will focus on the preparation of seasonal dishes that have a deep connection to the ingredients we just picked. After a full lunch, we can enjoy some time to relax on the property.
Olive oil tasting with the group!
Day 8 - Check-Out
The week in Bologna is winding down. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out.
Enjoying lunch on an agriturismo!
Daily Breakfast at the Hotel
Daily Lunches on Location
All Transportation During the Week
Visit to Parmigiano Reggiano Producer
Visit to Traditional Balsamic Acetaia
Visit to Culatello di Zibello Producer
Farm to Table Cooking Class on Agriturismo
Cooking Class on Winery
Bologna City Walking Tour
Modena Culinary Walking Tour
Two Cooking Classes
One Gelato Class
Airfare / Flights
Personal purchases of any sort
Tips / gratuities for guides & waitstaff
Airport Group Pick Up and Drop Off
Anything not specifically listed in the inclusions above
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is HIGHLY recommended in order to protect your investment.
Hotel City Tax of 4.00 - 6.00 Euros per person / per night, to be paid directly to hotel by guest
Price & Details 8 Days / 7 Nights $4200 USD Per Person for Double Occupancy / Single Supplement is $500 USD. Pay in full by check and save $100 USD. $1,000 USD Deposit is required to secure your spot. Deposit will be applied towards overall cost of tour.
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