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


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.

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

Monday: truffle hunting with dogs, class cooking with herbs

Experience hunting for bianchetto truffles in the Romagna countryside accompanied by a hunter and his Lagotto breed of specially trained dogs.

Enjoy a light lunch at a local trattoria.

In the late afternoon enjoy a demonstration cooking school class with a chef in his restaurant in a small town. Well known for his expertise in cooking with herbs, he shows you how to cook wonderful dishes with local herbs. Dinner follows.

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. Learn about regional foods. Buy ingredients for your afternoon cooking school class.

Free time. Light lunch on your own.

Explore Bologna’s centre on a guided walking tour.

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.

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.

Drive to Modena, home of balsamic vinegar. In the cellars see how this world famous product is made and sample 12 and 25 year old balsamic vinegar.

Dine in a fabulous restaurant near Modena on beautifully presented dishes featuring parmesan and balsamic vinegar.

Back to Bologna after a long but memorable day. Dinner free.

Thursday: Ravenna & Michelin star restaurant dinner

Drive to Ravenna. Walk with a local guide and learn about its world famous Byzantine mosaics and architecture. 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 the 2 star Michelin San Domenico Restaurant, one of the most celebrated restaurants in Italy. Enjoy an aperitif in their cellars housing 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
  • 2 Italian cooking school classes
  • 3 lunches & 4 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
  • 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
  • tour booklet with information on cuisine, wines and more

Not Included:

  • 1 lunch & 1 dinner

Tour Dates

  • 10-15 February, 2015
  • 11-16 October, 2015
  • 1-6 November, 2015
  • 6-11 December, 2015

This tour is also available upon request in other dates from October to March

Tour Prices

Double Occupancy

Prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

CDN: $3905
U.S.: $3565
Euros: about €2440


Single Supplement

CDN: $360
U.S.: $335
Euros: about €230

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