Bologna Family Cooking With Parmesan, Prosciutto & Balsamic Producer Visits
Experience Emilia-Romagna’s world renowned Parmesan cheese, traditional balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto di Parma, and real Italian life first hand with a local family in Bologna. Shop for your cooking lesson ingredients with the mother in Bologna’s market full of eye-popping displays in the medieval centre. In the family’s home, you and the mother cook an authentic, full menu meal. You dine on your creations with the family. Soon you feel like a friend sharing simple joys of Italian life.
The fun loving father takes you to see how they make parmesan cheese from start to finish. At a prosciutto factory and a traditional balsamic vinegar producer’s cellars, you see how they make and age these foods. Fascinating! The prosciutto melts in your mouth. The 25 year old traditional balsamic vinegar feels like liquid velvet in your throat.
- 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
- 1 full menu, hands-on cooking lesson
- Excursions with guide to Bologna market, parmesan cheese factory, prosciutto factory, balsamic vinegar producer
- Local guide with you except during “free time”
- Transport throughout except during “free time”
- 2 dinners, 1 lunch
- transfer to/from Bologna train station or airport (please inquire about a private transfer)
3 Night Italy Cooking School Tour Itinerary
Arrive mid afternoon in Bologna. Check in to a four star hotel in an ancient palazzo with modern rooms and friendly service in the medieval centre so you can easily walk to piazzas, shops and restaurants and soak up local city life. Dinner on your own.
Tour Bologna’s food market with the mother of your family hosts and also your cooking teacher to learn about local foods and shop for ingredients for your cooking lesson. Free time for lunch on your own and exploring the city. Full menu, hands-on cooking lesson with excellent home cook at her family’s home in the centre of Bologna followed by dinner of your creations with the family around their dining table with good local wines.
Leave about 7:30 a.m. to reach the parmesan cheese factory at 9:00 when they start production. See the whole process of parmesan cheese making from start to finish including ageing and taste young and mature parmesan.
Drive to visit a prosciutto factory to discover how they make and age prosciutto and taste top quality prosciutto right at the producer’s. Enjoy a multi-course lunch in a typical trattoria filled with local people.
Drive to visit a producer of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. Learn how they make it in a ever smaller series of barrels of different woods and what the differences are between traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena and the industrial ones. Taste 12 and 25 year old balsamic vinegars—like liquid velvet!
Return to your hotel in Bologna. Light dinner and evening on your own.
After breakfast, reluctantly leave Bologna by taxi for the airport or train station.