Food & Wine Tours

Market, Cook and Dine in Bologna Centre

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Duration 4h

Max 6 guests

Spoken languages:  Italian, English, French

Follow your Cesarina in a local market tour, challenge yourself with a hands-on cooking class followed by a tasting of the recipes prepared during the lesson

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Your experience
  • Mortadella cream with traditional bread
  • Tagliatelle ith ragù
  • Traditional dessert from Bologna

With this experience, you'll get to join Paola, one of our Cesarine in the city center of Bologna, as she shops in a local market, watch her make typically Bolognese preparations, and sit down to dine on a three-course meal, served with local wine.

The experience start with a visit in the vibrant local market of Bologna.

Then you can enjoy an exclusive cooking demo and taste authentic Bologna recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian Mammas

After the course, immerse yourself in a private lunch or dining experience at Paola's home.

During the summer, you can enjoy the lunch or dinner in a faboulous garden. Local wine and coffe is included!

56 reviews
We had a wonderful experience with Paola. We did a little tour in 2 Mercato’s, then we went to her wonderful house where she taught us how to make piadina, mortadellla foam, tagliatella and tiramisu the traditional way and sharing so many tips. In the end we had lunch in her lovely garden! Highly recommend to book this food experience, you won’t regret!

Simone and Bernard - June 2024

My mom and I had a wonderful time! Paola was an excellent teacher, very friendly and patient with us first-time pasta makers. We loved getting to know Paola and she gave us some great recommendations for our time in Bologna. The food we made was delicious and she gave us the recipes to make ourselves at home! Such a great experience, I would 100% recommend it to anyone!

Makenzie - June 2024

My cooking class with paola was a wonderful hands on experience. We made tagliatelle and tortelloni and it’s filling, as well as tiramisu. She showed us how to do all the steps but then let us do the work and try all the things. She had so many tips and tricks and fun stories that you can only learn in somebody’s kitchen. She is a nice inviting woman with an adorable house and lovely backyard in which we could cool off and eat our hard work. And, if you want to know a secret ingredient to take your tiramisu to the next level, you’ll have to book this class. Thank you Paola!

Sarah D - June 2024

There are not enough superlative words to describe our experience with Paola! We had this class scheduled for our first day in Italy. Due to some confusion on my part, our tour took place right after we had arrived from the US and no one in our group had slept in about 20 hours nor eaten in about 10. I called Paola on the phone, and she helped me figure out where we were heading in absolutely perfect English. When we arrived at her home, she immediately made us feel welcome and comfortable and it did not take long for her to have our entire group of 6 starving and exhausted adults smiling and laughing! She was so thorough in her explanations and so patient with our lack of experience that the evening just kept getting better and better. She took us back and forth between the kitchen and the dining room to mix and roll and create magic with her fresh ingredients and ensured that everyone felt comfortable with all of their new skills. We laughed so much and learned so much at the same time. To top it off, the finished meal was mouth wateringly delicious! We drank wine and ate and ate and ate until we could eat no more! When it was finally time to go, Paola helped us pick the best walking route back to the train so that we could walk off some of our dinner and get a glimpse of this beautiful city. I am writing this review after we have been in Italy for 9 days and literally every day someone brings up something that Paola showed us or told us. We are so grateful we ended up with her as our teacher and hope to return again someday to learn more from her.

Cindy B. - May 2024

Paola was amazing! The food was really good. She was willing to answer questions about both food and Italy. We would recommend her to anybody!

Allison P - May 2024

€189.00 per guest

€94.50 per child

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Cesarina from 2018Location: Bologna    Languages: Italian, English, French
Want to enjoy the finest flavours of one of the world’s most iconic cuisines, right at the city gates of Bologna?  You can! Paola lives at Porta San Felice, near Bologna’s original city walls.  Enjoy a special lunch and dinner during the summer in the garden of this gourgeous house in the city center of Bologna.
  In this tranquil location our Cesarina takes us on a journey through the flavours of Bologna’s local traditions, from mortadella to ragù alla bolognese. “I love cooking, because it brings together family traditions and the joy of sharing food with other people”.  
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