Cooking Holiday in Bologna

Home to a wealth of Italy’s most famous and beloved dishes, Bologna is widely considered Italy’s food capital – quite an achievement in a country obsessed with food! The region of Emilia-Romagna boasts beautiful scenery, and world renowned delicacies such as balsamic vinegar, fresh tortellini and tagliatelle, parmiggiano reggiano, and of course Parma ham. Explore Bologna’s medieval towers and covered food market full of local artisanal produce, and marvel at Ravenna’s stunning mosaics. A week learning to cook in this foodie’s paradise is one that you won’t soon forget.


The location was simply divine, Pierluigi was an amazing chef, Livia was a perfect hostess. Truly a memorable trip.

Dates and Availability

Date Price From Availability Enquiry Booking
02nd June 2018 £1599 Available Enquire »
09th June 2018 £1599 Last Room Enquire »
16th June 2018 £1599 Available Enquire »
23rd June 2018 £1599 Only 2 Rooms Left Enquire »
08th September 2018 £1599 Available Enquire »
15th September 2018 £1599 Available Enquire »

At a Glance

  • Stay in stunning villas nestled in the Appenine hills.
  • Discover the culinary secrets of this foodie hotspot and learn to cook like a local.
  • Explore Bologna’s impressive artistic and cultural heritage, and the stunning mosaics of Ravenna.
  • Sample the local wine at a private wine tasting.

Your Holiday Price Includes

  • No single supplement.
  • 5 cookery lessons with our Italian chef.
  • Private, en-suite accommodation in our Emilia Romagna villa.
  • Visits to Bologna & local towns such as Ravenna.
  • All meals and wine, including 2 meals at a local restaurant.

Where you’re going to stay

Villa La Vespa is a beautifully restored farmhouse located south of Bologna. Nestled in the heart of the Appenines, the villa has unforgettable views of the surrounding area. With its spacious pool and al fresco dining area, the villa provides the perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy the rolling hills of Emilia Romagna. View our photo gallery to see more of your cooking venue.

Villa La Vespa

Cooking Holiday in Bologna - Itinerary

Our Flavours transfer will meet you at Bologna Airport. We will then take you to the villa for welcome drinks on the terrace followed by dinner prepared by our local chef.

After breakfast you will have your first cookery lesson with our local chef, enjoying your creations for lunch. The afternoon is free to enjoy as you wish. Dinner is prepared at the villa.

Enjoy your second hands-on cookery lesson, followed by lunch and then visit a local winery for a private wine tasting. Return to the villa for dinner prepared by your chef.

After breakfast, a day to enjoy sight-seeing or shopping in Bologna at your leisure. Lunch will be at a local trattoria. Return to villa late afternoon for dinner.

Another cookery lesson this morning and then lunch. The afternoon is yours to relax by the pool or take a walk around the grounds of the villa. Dinner tonight is at the villa.

This morning is your fourth cookery lesson, followed by lunch. There is an afternoon visit to Ravenna with a chance to explore before dinner at a local restaurant.

After breakfast, you have your final cookery lesson and lunch. Enjoy your afternoon relaxing at the villa and in the evening, the chef will prepare a farewell dinner.

After breakfast and some time to relax, our transfer will collect you and take you back to Pisa Airport for your flight home.

Discover Authentic Bologna

Many of Italy’s best known dishes around the world originate from Bologna – think fresh tagliatelle al ragu’, tortellini and strozzapreti pasta. And no visit to the area is complete without sampling the local produce, such as mortadella, parma ham and balsamic vinegar. We organise holidays to Bologna throughout June and September – the perfect months to enjoy the sunshine and to relax by the pool, without being too hot to enjoy your lessons and excursions. Would you like to find out more? Make an enquiry here»

Bologna Tortellini

How to get there?

Direct flights from the UK to Bologna Marco Polo Airport are from London Gatwick or Manchester, although regional flights are available. If you are coming from outside the UK we will give you times to meet us in Bologna to begin your Flavours holiday. We provide group transfers to and from the airport, and are more than happy to advise you about your options and arrange your flights for you – simply contact us»

Villa La Vespa from the sky