Discover Emilia Romagna
Italy’s Cultural and Gastronomic Paradise!
Emilia Romagna, home to the cities of Bologna, Parma, and Modena is known as the best food region in Italy. This is partially due to the extraordinary number of products and dishes from Emilia-Romagna that seem to lie in the heart of “Italian” cooking. Home to Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto di Parma, Tortellini, Spaghetti Bolognese, and many other famous dishes. Each region of this gastronomic paradise has remarkable specialties and boasts more world class chefs than any other Italian region. Osteria Francescana, a three star Michelin restaurant holding the title of Best Restaurant in the World, is located in Modena. Your time in this region will be filled with rich, creative and uncompromising experiences. Not only will the charming towns of Bologna, Parma and Modena mesmerize your senses, but you’ll be learning new skills from some of the best chefs in the region.
Art Hotel Commercianti - For One (Dbl Occ)
Your home for the next seven days will be at the Art Hotel Commercianti in the heart of Historic Bologna. Here you will experience the slow-paced, charming atmosphere of the “small capital” of the Emilia Romagna region. The Art Hotel Commercianti enjoys an unbeatable position in the historic centre of Bologna, right next to the majestic Basilica di San Petronio and in a pedestrian area close to Piazza Maggiore square. This charming 3-story hotel is housed in an ancient 12th-century building, which has preserved its authentic character while offering every modern comfort. As a guest you will appreciate the property’s warm, medieval atmosphere, relaxing bar/lounge, and finely decorated rooms combined with the highest standards of service. The upscale rooms feature marble bathroom, free WiFi and satellite TV, plus tea kettles and minibars.
Round Trip Transfers | Traditional Welcome Dinner
You will be met at the Bologna International Airport (or Train Station) and taken on a journey through one of the oldest cities in Italy (Bologna) to your home for the next week in Bologna, a city in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. You will have the opportunity to explore one of the most charming cities centers in Italy, exploring your medieval manor-home, and finally sitting down to dine on a delicious multi-course welcome dinner that features some of the finest foods in all of Bologna
Orchard & Farm Experience | Pasta Cooking Class
After a delicious buffet breakfast you will enjoy a guided visit to a traditional orchard and farm to gather herbs and spices in the fields among the hills of the Emilia Romagna region. These will be the ingredients you will use during your cooking course. After your farm tour and foraging experience, you will meet in the kitchen of the farm’s villa for your first cooking class where you will learn how to make regional pastas, tagliatelle, and tortellini…as well as a ragù sauce. Enjoy what you created for lunch with local wine, topped off with a traditional dessert.
Bologna Market Visit | Antipasto Cooking Class
Begin your second cooking class with a visit to the markets where you will gather all the necessary ingredients for your cooking class. Today your cooking class will focus on antipasti (appetizers). Recipes may include Bolognese cotoletta, crescentine (homemade bread), and Modena balsamic vinegar with a Parmesan cheese salad. In the afternoon, visit Bologna, which is known for having an extensive array of food shops that showcase the regional culinary delights, such as cured meats, parmesan cheese, pastas, and much more. Beautiful arcades line the food stands and are a signature architectural beauty of this city.
Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese & Dairy Tour
Following practices that have been passed down for generations, this facility raises their own cows, feeds them only organic feed and vegetables, milk the cows themselves, and then make the cheese by hand. It is unusual in today’s world for cheese producers to raise milk cows onsite, not to mention the organic feed for the cows. The cheese then ages for 2 years before it is sold only locally. Learn how the cheese is produced, and enjoy a sampling of their products during lunch.
Traditional Bolognese Cooking Course
Today your cooking class will take place in a beautifully restored farmhouse , where you will focus on preparing traditional Bolognese Cuisine using fresh fruit and vegetables gathered and picked from the organic garden. You will learn to incorporate aged meats and cheeses into your cooking, starting by collecting the eggs from the henhouse to make homemade pastas and breads. Yes, you’ll be doing the egg collecting…so dress appropriately! Of course the best part is that you get to dine on your creations!
Parma Ham & Prosciutto Artisan Tour
Visit a nearby black pig farm to learn about the famous traditional process of salting and curing meat that has been passed down for generations. You will be taught by some of the world’s top experts on Italian cured meats. They make some of the world’s best salumi’s, such as the legendary culateili, a slowly cured boneless ham unlike any other you’ve ever tasted. Enjoy a sampling of locally cured meat with lunch.
Modena Visit | Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Tour & Tasting
Modena is located in the heart of the Emilia Romagna Region and is known as the home of the traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. With its beautiful architecture, focus on fine cuisine, and hospital culture, a visit to Modena is not to be missed. Today you will be pampered with a delicious tasting, sampling a variety of Modena’s most popular vinegars. You will have the opportunity to tour a balsamic cellar and learn about the process of aging.
Vineyard Visit & Wine Tasting | Multi-course Farewell Dinner
Today your adventure will take you into the countryside of Parma to learn about the history of Italian cuisine through a dynamic hands-on culinary tour of the vineyards and ancient cellars of Parma. Enjoy a tour of the orchards, vineyards, and vinegar production outside. You will have an opportunity to sample cheeses, meats, and taste the delicate, fruity white wine that is considered the “King of the Bolognese Hills.” Your evening will end with a multi-course farewell dinner at one of the best restaurants in the region.