Bologna, Italy
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4 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Learn the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine with a traditional home cooking experience in Bologna. This 4-hour tour will introduce you to Bolognese specialties as you tour the local market, watch a tortellini making demonstration at a local home, then tuck into delicious pasta lunch at a local restaurant (optional; extra cost).
  • 4-hour home cooking experience in Bologna
  • Learn about regional delicacies and traditional ingredients at the local market
  • Discover the secrets of Italian tortellini during a cooking demonstration
  • Pick up cooking tips and techniques from a local chef
  • Dine on tortellini and red wine at a local restaurant (optional)
  • Small-group tour limited to 9 people ensures a personalized experience
Meet your guide and small group of up to 9 people at Piazza Maggiore in central Bologna in time for a 10am departure.
Follow your guide on a short walking tour of the city, stopping to visit a traditional local market. As you browse the stalls, listen as your guide points out regional delicacies and explains the ingredients used in popular Italian dishes.
Then, head to a local home, where you’ll be welcomed inside for an authentic cooking experience. Watch as your host creates delicious hand-made tortellini from scratch and pick up plenty of tips and techniques for making the fresh pasta, creating the filling, and shaping the tortellini.
At the end of your cooking experience, head to a traditional Osteria restaurant (optional), where you’ll be able to sample the famous dish for yourself. Tuck into a tasty lunch of tortellini, accompanied by a glass of red wine — a perfect way to end the tour!
Please note: The lunch experience is an additional €10 per person and must be booked in advance.

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, Jan 2018

This was an amazing experience! Irene was incredibly knowledgeable about Bologna and obviously loves her city! It was very interesting walking around and learning about the city. Making the pasta was incredible! We got to make three different types and enjoyed them with her family. Highly recommend!

, Aug 2017

This was the most amazing thing I did while on vacation!!!! Irene was a wonderful tour guide and showed me some amazing hidden sights in Bologna, which was a fantastic city! Then she welcomed me into her home, where with her family, we prepared 3 types of pasta an sauces. To say it was delicious is an understatement!!!! The best meal I had in Italy!!! Absolutely fantastic and highly highly recommend!!!

, Nov 2016

Another great tour in Italy! Our guide Michol, a former teacher, loves her city and was proud to share her knowledge with us. We walked around the city center for a couple of hours with Michol showing us many out-of-the-way points of interest.
We then went to a beautiful apartment where we met a lovely woman named Lucia who opened her home to us. We sat at her kitchen table and learned to make tortellini the old fashioned way. Michol translated for us and we felt right at home.
We then stopped at a great lunch spot where we had a delicious pasta meal. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a true
Italian food experience.

, Jul 2016

My girlfrend and I enjoyed a lovely morning touring round Bologna's foodie sites with our knowledgeable guide Micol. Learning how to make homemade tortollini after was the highlight, a very unique experience.

, Jun 2016

Our guide, Nicol was so nice and informative. I highly recommend this tour if you are looking to learn about Bologna's history and a bit of the history of the food culture. I am also giving four stars because I really thought I would be learning how to make pasta, or at least watching the process. But we really, really loved Nicol and her mother, and it was really awesome to be in the kitchen with an Italian mother and daughter we were a mother and daughter, too and connect over our similarities despite speaking different languages.

, Feb 2016

Got a great walking tour around Bologna for a little while before heading to the home of a local to learn how to roll tortellini. Then walked across the street to a restaurant to try tortellini in broth--it was fabulous. We had a great time and the guide was fantastic.
However, this is not a cooking class and all you do as far as cooking goes is 20 minutes folding pasta. Not exactly what we were looking for which is why I gave it 4 stars. But, if you are looking for just a taste of the local culture, this was fantastic.

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