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Culinary Delights of Northern Italy with Deborah Costella - September 2024


Culinary Delights of Northern Italy with Deborah Costella – September 2024

Join us for this unforgettable culinary trip through Northern Italy. On this original itinerary, Deborah Costella of Cosmic Muffin School of Cookery will share her knowledge and passion for food and wine while participants are given the opportunity to learn from local chefs. Throughout this cooking tour you will savor the flavors of Northern Italy and immerse yourself in the culture and traditions in the Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, and Liguria regions. The small group setting ensures an intimate and personalized experience that will leave you with lasting memories of this culinary adventure.

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Day 0- Friday, September 27: Optional Pre-Night at Milan Airport Hotel

For those travelers arriving today from the US and wishing to have an easy hotel option for the night before the trip, an optional pre-night at a Milan airport hotel can be added.

Day 1 - Saturday, September 28: Transfer to Bologna

This morning the group will meet near the Milan airport for a group transfer to Bologna, our first destination on this culinary journey. Bologna, often called “La Grassa” (the fat one) due to its rich culinary history will be our base for exploring the Emilia-Romagna region and its traditions. On our way to Bologna the group will visit a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese producer and explore a traditional balsamic vinegar aging room to learn how these local specialties are made. Afterwards we will head to Bologna where you will have time to check-in and relax before a delightful welcome dinner at a local trattoria where you will savor classic Bolognese dishes. Overnight in Bologna

Day 2 - Sunday, September 29: Cooking Class & Bologna

Today the group will have their first cooking experience with a local chef in an intimate setting where you will learn to make handmade stuffed pastas and other traditional dishes from this region. You will then enjoy the fruits of your labor and more for lunch. In the afternoon, we will return to Bologna where you will have some free time to explore the city’s historic center with attractions like the Two Towers and Piazza Maggiore. Overnight in Bologna

Day 3 - Monday, September 30: Bologna Market Tour & Tasting and Ravenna

Today you visit the food markets in Bologna such as the Mercato di Mezzo and Mercato delle Erbe where your guide will take you for tastings of the local specialties such as Mortadella while also sharing with you more about the unique history and culture of this city. In the afternoon, we will venture to the coastal city of Ravena which promises to be a delightful journey through history, art and culture. Ravenna is renowned for its stunning mosaics, rich heritage, and charming atmosphere. On our way back this evening we’ll stop for dinner at a charming local restaurant in the countryside.Overnight in Bologna

Day 4 - Tuesday, October 1: Cinque Terre Cooking Class & Genoa

Today we will depart Bologna and travel to the beautiful region of Liguria. We will stop along the way at one of the coastal villages in Liguria for an exclusive cooking class and lunch with a local chef in her home. This opportunity will be fun and relaxing and allow the group to enjoy the atmosphere of a private home. After lunch we will continue up the coast, stopping along the way to take in the amazing views of the Cinque Terre before we reach our hotel for the next three nights in Genoa, the capital of Liguria. Overnight in Genoa

Day 5 - Wednesday, October 2: Pesto Cooking and City Tour with Tastings

Today we will explore Genoa and its historic center along with its Mercato Orientale where we can sample fresh seafoods and other Ligurian ingredients. We will then enjoy a cooking class where we will learn the secrets of making focaccia and pesto from an Italian pesto champion followed by a delicious lunch. This evening you will have free time to continue enjoying the city and its vibrant atmosphere. Overnight in Genoa

Day 6 - Thursday, October 3: Ligurian Riviera

Today we will enjoy the Italian Riviera with visits to some of the small coastal visits such as Portofino and Camogli, the two most famous villages on the coast. Weather permitting, we will visit these villages by boat where you can relax and take in the breathtaking views. Before our return to Genoa, we will stop in Recco to enjoy a lunch of its famous cheesy Focaccia. Overnight in Genoa

Day 7 - Friday, October 4: Piedmont Wines and Chocolates

Today the group will travel to the Piedmont region, famous for its wine, truffles, and the birthplace of the slow food movement. On our way, we will visit our first local vineyard for a wine tasting. Depending on the interest of the group, we will also have time to stop at a delicious chocolate production or a local outlet mall including kitchen and houseware stores along with many other Italian products. We will then continue to our charming hotel where you will have time to soak up the local atmosphere. Overnight near Alba

Day 8 - Saturday, October 5: Truffle Festival, Alba & Cooking Class

This morning we will head into the red-bricked city of Alba where we will have time to meander through the lively weekly market. Full of street stalls selling local specialties and delicacies, it will be something to remember. We will also visit the international truffle fair and have the possibility to learn more about all sorts of local products. Today we will also enjoy a cooking class of Piedmonts dishes, such as risotto or ravioli del plin. Later, we will pay a visit to a local small-family wine producer featuring Barolo wines. Overnight near Alba

Day 9 - Sunday, October 6: Truffle Hunt & Truffle Lunch with wine

We will start the day with a real truffle hunt, during which we will learn more about truffles, how to find and collect them, and of course how to prepare them to best enjoy their amazing aroma. Our lunch today will focus on truffle based dishes to complete this truffle-filled day followed by a visit of winery with tastings inside a local castle. Overnight near Alba

Day 10 – Monday, October 7: Departure

This morning, the group will be transferred to Milan Malpensa airport where you can either fly out or continue your journey. Be sure to schedule your flights for after 11:30AM if you plan to fly out today.


Trip Details:
10 days – 9 nights
3 nights in or near Bologna
3 nights in Genoa
3 nights near Alba

Price: $4,850 USD per person (double occupancy)
Single Supplement: $750 USD per person

What is included in the price

  • All hotel accommodations in charming and well located hotels
  • Group transportation in a deluxe private bus
  • Group transfers upon arrival and departure
  • All breakfasts and one main meal per day, including wine
  • All entrance fees, cooking class and tastings per the itinerary

What is not included

  • International airfare to and from Italy
  • Personal expenses
  • One meal per day
  • Trip Insurance
  • Tips to guides, tour leader and drivers

    For those wanting to continue their journey, a post-tour extension to Milan is available. It will include 2 nights at a centrally located 4* Milan hotel, a guided city tour on arrival day and private return transfer to Milan Malpensa or Linate airport.

    Day 10 – Monday, October 7: Transfer to Milan & Tour
    After the rest of the group is dropped off at the airport this morning, you will be transferred to your centrally located Milan hotel. Your local guide will meet you at the hotel to take you for a walking tour of this vibrant and fashionable city. You will get a taste of Milan’s rich culture, history and modern allure with visits to places such as the duomo and the elegant Galleria known for its high-end boutiques. Overnight in Milan

    Day 11 – Tuesday, October 8: Free Day in Milan
    Today you will have time on your own to continue exploring this elegant city with its many museums, opera house, scenic parks and more. Overnight in Milan

    Day 12 – Wednesday, October 9: Departure
    Today you will be transferred to either airport in Milan for your return flight. Your flight can be booked for any time today.

    Price: $895 USD per person
    Single Room Supplement: $550 USD


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