Cooking In The Apennines Of Bologna & Modena™

Chef Stefania’s Cooking Classes Bologna Kitchen ~ 8 Day

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Join Marco & Stefania in their countryside villa for a week of relaxation and wonderful farm-to-table food in the national park of the mountains of Bologna. Chef Stefania leads your hands-on cooking classes to take you in-depth into the fabulous cooking of this mountainous region of Italy. Fresh tagliatelle pasta rolled by hand, traditional slow-cooked ragù Bolognese, and sweet mascarpone tiramisu are just a sampling of the foods you’ll prepare along with your chef’s expert guidance. When you’re not in the kitchen, Marco & Stefania provide suggestions for touring on your own to visit nearby Bologna, Modena, Parma or Florence as well as making reservations to stop off at artisan makers of Parmigiano Reggiano DOP cheese, mountain Grappas, Balsamic Vinegar, Mortadella & salami, wine and craft beer producers on your way.

Cooking Classes

Join Chef Stefania in the kitchen to learn hands-on how to make traditional sfoglia, hand-made pasta, like a real sfoglina. Once you have prepared the paper-thin sheets of pasta, fold, cut and twist the pasta into tagliatelle, tortellini, pappardelle, and stricchetti, to name a few. Then, learn how to serve the pastas with a traditional Bolognese meat sauce, seasonal vegetable sauces, or in brodo, vegetable broth. In Chef Stefania’s pizza-making class, knead and work the dough to create delicious pizza and learn about the various toppings and how to bake in a wood-burning oven just like the local do.

Each cooking class includes the preparation of different dishes, all using local, seasonal ingredients with lunch or dinner following on the foods prepared in class, with local wine included. A recipe booklet and a souvenir chef’s apron are included.


The region of Emilia-Romagna in northeast Italy is one of the country’s wealthiest regions and is home to the fertile plains of the Po River Valley, which produces much of the country’s wheat and dairy products. Traditional dishes of Emilia-Romagna include, Tagliatelle al Ragù, tortellini served in broth, and its delicious Mortadella. For the food lover, the culinary traditions of Emilia-Romagna won’t fail to impress.

Bologna, the capital city of Emilia-Romagna is paradise for the food lover. Bologna’s nickname is Bologna La Grassa (Bologna the fat one!) and it is the culinary capital of Italy. Bologna is wrapped inside a Medieval Wall with porticos or arches where inside you find beautiful monuments such as the towers of Asinelli & Garisenda and Neptune’s Fountain, churches such as the Basilica of San Petronio, museums, arcades, piazzas, bookshops, artisan clothiers, handcrafted shoe & boot makers, and cafés & restaurants. And not to mention the many Michelin Star restaurants, trattorias, cafés & restaurants that over the centuries have served intellectuals, politicians, writers, painters and musicians from around the world.

The charming city of Parma, its claims to fame of course being Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and its sweet Prosciutto Di Parma ham, also boasts one of the oldest universities in Europe and a choice of museums and art galleries. It is a city that has retained, not only its food traditions, but also its rich cultural and artistic heritage. Parma was originally a Roman colony, and traces of the Roman settlement are still visible in places, with the streets of the old town, for example, following the ancient layout of Roman settlement. And as you might expect, there are countless restaurants and osterie where you can sample Parma’s delicious cuisine.

Aside from Bologna and Parma, visit Ravenna, famous for its Byzantine mosaics, Modena, for its ambrosial Balsamic Vinegar, or any one of the numerous charming cities such as Ferrara, Rimini and Faenza of the region of Emilia-Romagna.


The Villa is located in the national park halfway between Bologna and Florence, making it a perfect location to visit both Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. Day trips can be taken to Bologna, Florence, Parma, Lucca to name a few. The villa is immersed in a quiet mountain landscape, off the beaten path in a seemingly undiscovered area, making it perfect for a relaxing holiday away from the crowds. A swimming pool is open for guests in summer months and ski resort areas are a short drive away in the winter. Hiking paths wind through the Apennines nearby, so pack a picnic lunch for a hike through the national park.

The villa is divided into individual apartments with carefully chosen furnishings, fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, satellite TV/radio and internet connection. Parking is available for guests as the Villa highly suggests that guests have a car to best explore the area.

Itinerary ~ 8 Days, 7 Nights

Check in on Saturday for a 7-night stay and check out the following Saturday. Cooking Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Day 1: Arrival & Check In

  • Arrival & check in at the villa. Meet your hosts Marco & Stefania and settle in to your private apartment.
  • Afternoon free & dinner on your own.

Day 2: Lunch at the Villa

  • Morning – set out to explore your surroundings or simply take a moment to sit back and relax and enjoy the first day of your vacation.
  • Lunch at the property. Enjoy a delicious Italian lunch at the villa, with local wine included.
  • After lunch – suggestions: Go for a hike or relax by the pool.
  • Afternoon free & dinner on your own.

Day 3: Cooking Class 1

  • In the morning, head into the kitchen with Chef Stefania for Cooking Class 1. Work alongside the chef to prepare some of Bologna’s best-loved pasta dishes – like handmade tagliatelle with Bolognese ragù sauce and tortelloni with mozzarella. Lunch follows with aperitivo, appetizer, first course, main course and dessert, with wine tasting included. Additional wine & beverages at a surcharge.
  • Afternoon free & dinner on your own.

Day 4: Cooking Class 2

  • Tie on your apron for Cooking Class 2 with Chef Stefania. Work alongside the chef to prepare some delicious local recipes such as Tuscan bruschetta   cantucci cookies and much more. Tastings follows on the foods prepared in class. Wine tasting included, additional wine & beverages at a surcharge.
  • Afternoon free & dinner on your own.

Day 5: Cooking Class 3

  • Return to the kitchen for your third & final hands-on cooking class with Chef Stafania. Work alongside the chef to prepare a delicious selection of pizzas, with a choice of toppings and instructions on how to bake them perfectly in a traditional wood-burning oven. Lunch follows on the foods prepared in class. Wine tasting included, additional wine & beverages at a surcharge.
  • Afternoon free & dinner on your own.

 Day 6: Free Day

  • Free Day.
  • Suggestions: check with Marco & Stefania to reserve a visit to the local food producers & taste your way through the Apennine Mountains’ prized cheeses, honey, jams, salami and more, or take the day to drive to Florence, Bologna, Lucca, or Modena.
  • Return to the Villa in the afternoon.
  • Evening free and dinner on your own.

Day 7: Free Day & Dinner included

  • The day is free to explore on your own.
  • In the evening, dinner is included in our favorite local restaurant. A tasting menu is included with local wines, additional wine & beverages at a surcharge.

Day 8: Departure

  • Check out & Arrivederci Marco & Stefania!
  • Departure on your own.

*Note: This schedule may vary due to weather, feast days, market days, etc. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the program.

Program Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodations in full service villa apartment. Click to view!
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes including the preparation of an appetizer, first course, second course, and dessert. Lunch or dinner follows on the foods prepared in class. Local wine included, additional wine & beverages at a surcharge.
  • 1 Dinner included at local restaurant, including tasting menu and local wine. Additional wine & beverages at a surcharge.
  • 1 Italian lunch.
  • Souvenir chef’s apron and recipe booklet.
Program Prices:

$1,295 per person, based on double occupancy.
$1,495 per person, based on single occupancy.

*This program requires a rental car. This program is designed for the person who wants to blend our scheduled cooking classes, with free time to explore the Emilia-Romanga & Tuscan Countryside on your own. Marco & Stefania provide information, suggestions, directions and maps for you. Driving through Emilia-Romagna & Tuscany and getting from town to town is easy and the driving is pleasant. There are no transfers included from the train station or airport.

Check Availability

2020 Dates: This program is available throughout the entire year. You can check in and start your cooking program on a Saturday. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.