Cooking School Tours In Italy with Mama Margaret & Friends

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Bologna Family Cooking With Parmesan, Prosciutto & Balsamic Producer Visits


** This is a sample itinerary only and gives you ideas for your custom designed tour. Please ask us for current prices.

3 nights

As a true Italian food lover, you want to meet a variety of local people and taste real Italian life through authentic, insider food experiences with local people.

Tour Bologna’s food market with a great home cook, cook in her home and eat with her fun loving family. In private visits, see first hand all the steps they go through to make Parmesan cheese in an artisan factory and Modena’s traditional balsamic vinegar in cellars. Taste these food treasures right with the producers.

Your outgoing, fun loving, thoughtful guides were born near Bologna, have lived in Bologna for years, and introduce you to local friends and off the tourist track places. You feel you’re making new local friends.

See tour itinerary below.

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Day 1: welcome in hotel in Bologna's medieval centre

Arrive mid afternoon in Bologna. Check in to a friendly four star hotel in Bologna’s medieval centre. Dinner on your own.

Day 2: Bologna market walk, cooking class in Bologna family's home

In the morning walk with your cooking teacher in Bologna’s central market with ancient narrow streets lined with colourful, irresistible food shops and stands. Learn about regional foods. Buy ingredients for your afternoon cooking school class.

Free time to explore. Light lunch on your own.

In the late afternoon, take a hands-on cooking school class on regional dishes at with an excellent family cook in her home. Dine on your dishes with her friendly family around their table.

Day 3: parmesan & balsamic vinegar artisan visits

In the early morning, head to the Parma area to visit a traditional Parmesan cheese factory. After watching all the fascinating steps the men go through to make it and touring the amazing storage rooms, nibble on fresh and aged parmesan with the producer.

Drive to visit a prosciutto factory to discover how they make and age prosciutto and taste top quality prosciutto right with the producer. Enjoy a multi-course lunch in a typical trattoria filled with local people.

Drive to Modena, home of balsamic vinegar. In the cellars see how they make it and sample 12 and 25 year old balsamic vinegars, like liquid velvet in your throat.

Return to Bologna. Light dinner on your own.

Day 4: ciao for now

After breakfast, reluctantly leave Bologna by taxi for the airport or train station.

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  • 3 nights accommodation in 4 star hotel with breakfast
  • 1 full menu, hands-on cooking class
  • Guided visit to parmesan cheese factory with tastings
  • Guided visit to prosciutto factory with tastings
  • Guided visit to traditional balsamic vinegar producer with tastings
  • 1 multi-course lunch & 1 multi-course dinner
  • Local guide except during free time
  • Transport throughout except during free time

Not Included:

  • 2 dinners, 1 lunch
  • transfer to/from Bologna train station or airport (please inquire about a private transfer)

Tour Dates

** This is a sample itinerary only and gives you ideas for your custom designed tour. Please ask us for current prices.

 We book this Italy cooking school tour for a minimum of a party of two people traveling together.

Tour Prices

CDN: $1815 about
U.S.: $1380 about
Euros: about €1210

Prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.


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