Cooking School Tours In Italy with Mama Margaret & Friends

Cook, Eat, Drink, Make Friends With Local People In Authentic Italy

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Food Lovers' Adventure in Italy's Gastronomic Paradise, Bologna & Emilia-Romagna Fall & Winter


** This tour has set dates so you can join a group. Or bring your own group.
** This tour is also available on any dates you like from October to March. Please contact us to ask for your dates.

5 nights

As a true food lover, you want to immerse yourself in exceptional, authentic, insider experiences with local people like cooking with families and learning right with the artisan producers how they make world renowned Parmesan cheese and the real 25 year old  traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena.

Participate in an extraordinary variety of food and local life experiences, many off the tourist track. Tour the famous Bologna food market with your cooking teacher to shop for ingredients for your cooking class in their home. Make silk-like pastas with a pasta expert in her country home.

In an exclusive experience, hunt for white truffles with a truffle hunter and his specially trained Lagotto breed of dogs.

At a Michelin star restaurant before dinner, since your tour host played with the chef as kids,  enjoy a special visit in their wine cellar of about 25,000 bottles, some from Napoleon’s time and an aperitif there.

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

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Sunday: welcome dinner in Bologna's historic centre

Private transport from Bologna airport or train station to your four star hotel in the historic heart of Bologna.

Once you have settled into your room, your tour host and you will meet with an English-speaking guide for an introduction to the city and the Emilia Romagna region.

Enjoy dinner of typical, regional dishes at a typical, excellent restaurant in Bologna’s centre.

Monday: truffle hunting with dogs, class cooking with herbs

Your early morning wake-up call will be well worth your countryside excursion with expert truffle hunters and specially trained dogs. This is an unforgettable experience with excitement that comes with each truffle finding. After your adventure, you’ll feast on truffle-based dishes and seasonal products at the home of the truffle hunter and his family.

In the afternoon, return to Bologna where you will have free time to rest or explore the city.

In the evening, meet your tour host for dinner together at another great restaurant.

Tuesday: Bologna market walk & cooking class in Bologna home

With you cooking teacher, walk in Bologna’s central market with ancient narrow streets lined with colorful, irresistible Italian food shops and stands. A feast for your senses! Learn about regional foods. Buy ingredients for your afternoon cooking school class.

Enjoy a light lunch at a quaint osteria in Santo Stefano square along with a glass of wine and tastings of local cheeses and salumi.

Free time to explore the historic centre, go shopping or just relax.

Roll up your sleeves a hands-on cooking school class at a private home with an excellent Italian family cook to learn traditional regional dishes. Dine on your dishes with her friendly family around their table and take a recipe book home.

Wednesday: parmesan & balsamic vinegar artisan visits

In the early morning, head to the Parma area, home of the legendary Parmigiano Reggiano, to visit a traditional cheese factory. After watching the men go through all the fascinating steps in making the cheese and visiting the incredible storage rooms, you nibble on fresh and aged parmesan right in the factory.

For lunch, drive back to the Modena area to enjoy an aperitif in the kitchen with restaurant chef Luigi. Watch Luigi prepare lunch in the kitchen with dishes featuring Parmigiano, prosciutto and traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. Along with his delectable dishes, sip Lambrusco, the red sparkling wine of the Modena region that is a perfect accompaniment to Parmigiano.

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

Back to Bologna after a long but memorable day.

Later meet with your tour host and group for another fine dinner in Bologna.

Thursday: Ravenna & Michelin star restaurant dinner

Drive to Ravenna. Walk with a local guide and learn about its world famous Byzantine mosaics and architecture.Ravenna is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Light lunch in Ravenna’s centre at a historic osteria.

Return to your hotel in Bologna.

In the evening drive to Imola for your farewell gala dinner at San Domenico Restaurant, one of the most celebrated restaurants in Italy. This two-star Michelin restaurant and its world-famous chef, Valentino Marcattilii, have received global attention throughout its more than 45 years in existence. Its cellars house about 25,000 bottles, including bottles from Napoleon’s time.

Friday: ciao for now

Reluctant departure to Bologna airport or train station after breakfast at the hotel.

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  • 5 nights in 4 star hotel in Bologna with breakfast
  • 1 Italian cooking school class
  • 4 lunches & 5 multi-course dinners with selected regional wines, mineral water & coffee (including Michelin star restaurant dinner)
  • tour of parmesan cheese factory
  • tour at balsamic vinegar producer
  • truffle hunt with truffle hunter and his dogs
  • walking tours in Bologna & Ravenna with entrance fees in Ravenna
  • Bologna food market walking tour
  • private pick-up & drop-off at Bologna train station or airport
  • private transport throughout tour, except in free time
  • local bilingual tour director throughout, except in free time
  • recipe book of local dishes
  • traditional hand painted apron

Not Included:

  • local taxes

Tour Dates

2016 dates

27 March-1 April
9-14 October
6-11 November
4-9 December

This tour is also available upon request in other dates from October to March. Contact us If these dates do not fit in your schedule.

Tour Prices

Double Occupancy

Prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

CDN: $3660 about
U.S.: $2785 about
Euros: about €2440


Single Supplement

CDN: $345 about
U.S.: $265 about
Euros: about €230

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