Learn And Taste Mouthwatering Vegetarian Dishes In Italy's Food Paradise
Sunday – Get settled and welcome dinner, an intro to traditional regional Italian cuisine
Meet at Bologna airport or train station. Private transfer to your hotel, ideally situated in the heart of Bologna. Welcome dinner at a typical Italian restaurant in Bologna to enjoy traditional dishes of the area.
Monday – Truffle hunting with dog and cooking class on aromatic herbs
Morning excursion in the countryside for truffle hunting with the special truffle dogs. Lunch in the area. Afternoon free. Pizza dinner at our favorite pizzeria.
Tuesday – Food shopping at the Bologna market and cooking class in preparing some regional specialties
In the morning visit and walk in the central market area, a couple of ancient narrow streets lined with colorful, irresistible Italian food shops, stands and delis, stunning to behold and delicious to taste. Here we will buy the ingredients for our afternoon cooking lesson. Leisure time for shopping or just strolling in the charming medieval town.
Lunch on your own. There are many fantastic cafes in the Bologna market area to choose from.
In the afternoon hands-on cooking class at a private home with an Italian family cook, expert on hand-made pasta making. You will learn to make egg pasta from scratch rolled out with the rolling pin and other traditional dishes of the region and receive a recipe book to take home. Our multi-courses dinner will follow and consist of the fruits of your own afternoon labors.
Wednesday – Parmigiano Reggiano–Parmesan cheese–traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena and gourmet lunch
Early morning departure to visit a family-cooperative where you will watch all the stages in the production of parmigiano reggiano–parmesan cheese–learn all about parmigiano and finish this excursion with a cheese tasting.
Transfer to Modena to visit another family-owned representative business, producer of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. The owner will explain where and how balsamico is made; we will have a tasting of the product at various ages and learn how and when to use these.
Drive to a beautiful restaurant in Modena where we will have an aperitif in the kitchen with the chef, Luigi, who is very creative and friendly. In the kitchen you will see how Luigi prepares our lunch, based on plates featuring parmigiano –parmesan– and balsamico and accompained by Lambrusco, the red sparkling wine typical of the Modena area, wonderful accompainment to parmigiano. All his dishes are a feast for the eye as well as delectable. Back to Bologna. Afternoon and dinner free.
Thursday – See Ravenna Byzantine mosaics and farewell dinner at a farmhouse
In the morning leave for Ravenna, famous for its Byzantine mosaics and architecture. Walking tour to visit San Vitale and Galla Placidia and their spectacular and unique mosaics. Free time to stroll, admire the fabulous art and shop at mosaic, ceramics and other stores. Light lunch in Ravenna center at an Italian osteria serving tasty local food.
On the way back from Ravenna we will visit a nice ceramic studio in Faenza, where Max, the artist will show us how he decorates ceramic. Then we will taste one of the best gelato of the area.Then drive to a beautiful agriturismo in the countryside for a three hour hands-on cooking class with a woman who is a great Italian family chef. You will learn to make the best vegetarian lasagna and other regional specialties, determined by the freshest ingredients that are in season at the moment. Farewell dinner of our creations at her 150 years old farmhouse among the olive trees.
Friday – Departure day
Departure to Bologna airport or train station after breakfast at the hotel.
Available all year round, upon request.
Price per person:
Included in the price:
• 5 nights in lovely four star hotel, breakfast included
• 2 Italian cooking lessons with English assistance
• 2 dinners after the cooking lesson with selected regional wines included
• 5 meals with selected regional wines, mineral water and coffee
• Truffle hunting in the countryside
• Italian hand-printed linens factory visit
• Entrance fee in Ravenna
• Visit to Parmigiano Reggiano –Parmesan cheese– factory and tasting
• Visit to Balsamic Vinegar of Modena producer and tasting
• Bologna guided food market visit in English
• Our recipe book in English
• Traditional Italian hand printed apron
• Private transfers and assistance on arrival and at departure (from and to Bologna train station or airport)
• Private car (or minivan) with driver for all the excursions listed in the program
• Local tour director English speaking throughout (Marcello or Raffaella)
• Flight ticket
• Personal expenses
• Everything not written in the program
• Cancellation insurance
• Local taxes (city taxes)