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.
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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.
Cooking Holiday in Bologna - Itinerary
Day 1 (Saturday)
Group transfer from Bologna to the villa.
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.
Day 2 (Sunday)
First cooking class with our Italian 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.
Day 3 (Monday)
Visit a local winery and enjoy a private tasting.
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.
Day 4 (Tuesday)
Explore Bologna’s medieval architecture and markets on your day trip.
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.
Day 5 (Wednesday)
Begin the day with a cooking lesson and spend the afternoon relaxing at the villa.
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.
Day 6 (Thursday)
Fourth cooking lesson and afternoon visit to Ravenna.
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.
Day 7 (Friday)
Final cooking lesson with farewell dinner in great company.
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.
Day 8 (Saturday)
Group transfer back to Bologna Airport.
After breakfast and some time to relax, our transfer will collect you and take you back to Bologna 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»
How to get there?
Direct flights from the UK to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi 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»
Still unsure? Look at some pictures our guests have taken on their holiday!
Our guest gallery shows a selection of images that will give you a flavour of your authentic Italian cooking holiday - from the stunning scenery of Emilia Romagna to our beautiful, private villa - here is what you can expect from your holiday.