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 The Art of Cooking and Eating

From Pellegrino Artusi to Massimo Bottura
and Everything in Between!

2019 Culinary Tour Program Dates:


September 14 - September 22

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Sharing The Culinary Secrets Of A Special Region

From traditional to modern, industrial to homemade, our culinary program immerses you in the many delightful facets of Italian cuisine.

Our tour begins in Italy's culinary capital, Bologna, where the energized conversations of university students echo from ubiquitous porticoes and the center square is full of performances and local flavor. Delicious lessons on Bologna’s rich culinary history begin with dinner at a traditional Bolognese trattoria. Guided walks in the city’s historic center continue the exploration, where you’ll learn about world-famous cheeses and meats at tastings in the center market, then enjoy a glass of Pignoletto wine at the historic Osteria del Sole.  

Next, we travel to the brand-new FICO Eataly World, one million square feet of  “foodie amusement park,” featuring pasta, porchetta, gelato, vegetable gardens, restaurants, laboratories and culinary workshops.

From Bologna, we head to Pennabilli to enjoy the quiet beauty, rich culture, and delicious culinary traditions that attracted three stellar chefs. Easy-to-moderate walks with breathtaking mountain views help work up an appetite for the next Michelin-rated meal.

From Pennabilli, we’ll visit several nearby towns to discover the real heart and art of Italian cuisine and food culture. Highlights include:

  • Cooking lessons in the house of Pellegrino Artusi, the father of the Italian cooking bible La scienza in cucina e l'arte di mangiar bene ("The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well")

  • An orchard visit at Isabella della Ragione’s unique Archeologia Arborea, where the history and culture of local fruits becomes a tasting tour as the unique fruits themselves are growing abundantly and ripe for sampling

  • A foraging feast at the headquarters of Aboca to learn about and sample food-based medicines and the culinary apothecary tradition

Your experience also includes truffle hunting, market visits, other meals prepared by award-winning chefs, and Italy’s best pizza-making team. We’ll walk the Roman city of Rimini, famous for its beaches and nightlife, and savor tea at Federico Fellini's favorite Grand Hotel. 

Our program ends on a high note in the vibrant city of Modena, home of balsamic vinegar and Massimo Bottura, Italian restaurateur and chef patron of Osteria Francescana.* We’ll discover firsthand why Bottura’s modern cuisine has been awarded three Michelin stars and ranked number one in the world in 2018. We may also learn how the world’s top chef is working to combat food waste, hunger, and isolation in one ambitious project.

Length: 9 days, 8 nights. 

Price: $3400 includes:

  • accommodation in 4-star hotels

  • local expert guides

  • transportation during the tour

  • master cooking classes, including one with a Michelin-star chef

  • welcome reception and farewell dinner for a total of 18 meals including hotel breakfasts

  • comprehensive assistance and information during tour

Accomodations: Il Duca di Montefeltro (Pennabilli), Art Hotel (Bologna)

Does not include: transportation to/from Italy, personal side trips or meals, 10-course tasting menu + wine pairing at Osteria Francescana (*Given its number one ranking, reservations at Osteria Francescana are limited and subject to availability.)

Special note: The tour cost is per person based on double occupancy, transportation tariffs and currency valuations as of January 2019, and subject to confirmation. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed price and/or itinerary, it is subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.  Single room supplements ($500) may have limited availability and are on a request basis only. 

Reservations: Space is limited. Please reserve your place as soon as possible. For further information, please contact Anna Bonavita at info@esperienza.org. Our Cancellation Refund Policy applies to these payments.