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.