BUONA BOLOGNA with Paola Bianco

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October 20-27, 2015
Tour Cost: $3100

Did you know that Bologna is known as the epicenter of Italian cuisine? Why is the best pasta sauce called "bolognese"? The fresh veggies, tasty salumis, formaggio parmigiano, finely aged balsamic vinegars and crispy Lambruscos all stem from the region of Emilia Romagna, of which Bologna is the capital.

At the heart of this wonderful town is food. And that is what Paola Bianco aims to show you through walks through the markets, cooking classes, visits to regional artisan makers of wine, vinegar, and gelato; all of which will be integrated at meals in some of Bologna's best restaurants.

Since she is an architect by trade, but also a passionate foodie, Paola will also guide us on an architectural tour of the city. I will indulge us in a day completely unrelated to food (except for lunch and maybe an afternoon coffee or gelato), and a day in Ravenna to view that city's superb mosaics.

Paola Bianco: Bio



  • Markets in Bologna


  • The cities of Bologna, Modena, and Ravenna
  • Regional artisan makers of wine, vinegar, and gelato
  • Gelato Museum


  • Cooking Classes
  • Architectural walking tour of Bologna
Did you know that Bologna is known as the epicenter of Italian cuisine? Why is the best pasta sauce called "bolognese"?
The Palazzo Trevi Charming Hotel is located in a rather quiet section of Bologna.

Palazzo Trevi Charming Hotel


Palazzo Trevi Charming Hotel


Our home for the week will be the Palazzo Trevi Charming Hotel, www.palazzotrevi.it. It is located in a rather quiet section of Bologna. (Certain parts of the city can be downright rowdy at times, due to the large student population. You'll see when we are out and about in the evening.)

Tuesday: We will arrive in the afternoon, be transported to our hotel, Palazzo Trevi, and then have some down time. When you are roaring to go again, Paola will take us on an orientation walk through the city and afterward we will have our reception dinner. After an early turn in for the night, we will spend the next morning with Laura of Cibo Sano, where we will make pasta and vegetarian bolognese sauce for our lunch. To work off that meal, Paola will lead us on an architectural tour of Bologna.

Thursday: We'll take an excursion to Modena, where the top producers of  balsamic vinegar and cheese and prosciutto reside. We hope to have a balsamic tasting party and also see the production of the famous parmigiano.

Friday: We will be back in the kitchen of Antonella of La Pasta Madre for 4 hours, learning how to make bread for pizza and foccacia. In the afternoon, if you'd like, we'll go to the Gelato Museum in the nearby town of Anzola and then visit the vineyard of Floriano Cinti, maker of many different wines, excluding Lambrusco!

Saturday: This is market day in Bologna, so we will visit the various markets and then have free time to mosey around, do some shopping, go to the museums, etc....

Sunday: We'll take another excursion, but this time, to Ravenna, a beautiful town on the eastern edge of Emilia Romagna on the Adriatic. Here are the splendid mosaics from the 5th and 6th centuries. They are exquisite examples of the application of a Roman artwork that the Christians adopted and became masters of. To the right is a photo that I took last April; it is not very good, but you can get an idea of their majesty.

Monday: Our last full day, we will finally have time to sleep late, shop, pack, walk around, and have a chance to breathe in Buona Bologna for a final day. We will end our food trip with a very gala dinner in the tower pictured right. We'll say our farewells to Paola and Alberto, and then the next morning we will trundle off to the airport much too early for the journey back across the pond.

TOUR COST:  $3100

  • Includes accommodations for 7 nights, all meals (except perhaps Saturday's lunch, if you go missing while shopping or visiting museums), airport transfers, ground transportation in Italy, all excursions that you wish to go on,teacher/guide fees, and administrative fees.
  • Single Supplement is $550.
  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place on this journey.
  • NOTE: Because Bologna is mostly a pedestrian city, we will be doing a lot of walking and ask that you be able to walk easily for about 1 hour at a time.
  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.
  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged.
Saturday is market day in Bologna, Italy.  Fresh fruit and vegatables are just one of the many treasures for sale.
Fresh produce in the Bologna market.
The majestic mosaics in Ravenna are a must to visit!
Mosaics in Ravenna.

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Women making tortellini in a shop in Bologna, Italy.
Making tortellini

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