Fancy slowing down the Italian way?

Interested in speaking, cooking and eating Italian?

We have the right solution:

Have fun learning Italian in Italy!

  • 7 nights
  • 2 days cooking class with lunch and wine tasting
  • 9 Hours of Italian course
  • 4 Gourmet meals

A study holiday on the mountains

A professional cookery and language course organized in a Borgo Pianello, a 4 star residence, surrounded by a quiet and uncontaminated landscape and situated on Appennino bolognese, the mountains between Bologna and Florence, in northern Italy. A unique opportunity to learn Italian and discover the traditions and the cuisine of a beautiful region: Emilia-Romagna.

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The Appennino mountains mark the boarder between Emilia-Romagna and Toscana: you will be surprised by the variety of the landscape: villages, forests, and mountains will all come together to shape an incredible atmosphere


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Why mixing cookery and language in the same experience is the best way to discover Italy?

This course will be an amazing experience for any “foodie” who wants to learn Italian and discover about Italian culture.

It’s possible to get to know Italian food and language even abroad but nothing is like a full-immersion in Italy! Why?

The language will surround you all day long; talking Italian will come natural to you and you will get constant feedback from the locals leading you to a quicker learning.

You will not just learn the language but discover the different aspects of Italian life style, above all food! You will be taught how to make pasta and pizza from scratch and you will be experiencing four gourmet meals and the chef will take you through the peculiarities, the making and the right matching for the food you will be served each night.

You will realize that lots of time abroad you have been served the bad imitation of Italian food and how important is food for Italian people! Food for Italians is nearly a religion and as any religion has got its guidelines!

Learn italian in Italy - International breakfast buffet at Borgo Pianello
International breakfast buffet at Borgo Pianello

Appennino Bolognese is a great place for food: here the great tradition of Emilia-Romagna cuisine enhances its quality and refinement with the genuineness of its local products, like mushroom, truffle, game, polenta flour. The influence of nearby Toscana adds a touch of uniqueness to delicious dishes that have always attracted gourmets from everywhere. In your package you have included 3 dinners in local gourmet restaurants and a lunch at Borgo Pianello. These are some of the food you may taste at the restaurants:

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Why Borgo Pianello?

With Italian tutor you will discover the pleasure of slowing down and living the local way, as well as rich gastronomic traditions, wines, and if you fancy, as well art and architecture. You will be based just outside the mountain village of Lizzano in Belvedere a perfect position in the heart of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine, about an hour away from Florence, Bologna and Modena.

The teacher

If you come to Borgo Pianello, I am going to be your teacher.
My name is Gabriele Galli, I was born in Bologna, I am a 41-year-old certified Italian teacher with a degree in politics and a PhD in modern history. I have been working as an Italian teacher 9 years in the UK.

Read more about Gabriele.

It’s good value for your money!

  • 16th May – 23rd May

    13th – 20th June

    5th September– 12th September

  • 7 night accommodation in independent and comfortable 4 stars apartments
  • 2 days cooking class (pasta and pizza from scratch) with lunch and wine tasting</>
  • Complimentary cookbook and apron
  • 9 Hours of Italian Language Lessons
  • Welcome bag on arrival
  • 4 Gourmet meals in typical restaurants of the area and in Borgo Pianello
  • Suggestions to visit different local producers (Parmigiano Reggiano, mountain grappa, organic jam; balsamic vinegar, typical cheese and local wines producers …)
  • Suggestions to visit Bologna, Modena, Firenze, Lucca, etc.
  • From just 965 euro

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The course

It’s a group course (minimum class size 4 people/maximum class size 20 people) aimed to all levels. The teacher will be with you not just during the lessons but as well during the gourmet experiences at the local restaurants.

Day-by-day schedule:

  • Saturday
    Arrival & check in after 3 p.m. & Welcome Bag.
  • Sunday
    Welcome to Borgo Pianello. Take your time to relax and enjoy a real Italian Lunch.
  • Monday
    Cooking Class.
    Head into the kitchen of the Borgo with Chef Stefania for your first cooking class. Work with Stefania to prepare some of the most popular Bologna’s dishes: HANDMADE PASTA : TAGLIATELLE, RAGÚ ALLA BOLOGNESE, TORTELLONI WITH FIOR DI LATTE.
    Aperitif & Lunch (appetizer, first course, main course, dessert and wine tasting) included.
  • Tuesday
    Cooking Class: PIZZA DAY.
    You will discover the perfect ingredients to prepare a real Italian pizza and Tiramisù and you will cook your own pizza in a woodfired oven.
    Aperitif, Lunch and Wine Tasting included.
  • Wednesday
    Morning: 3 hours of Italian language class.
    Free afternoon
    Dinner in Gourmet Restaurant.
  • Thursday
    Morning: 3 hours of Italian language class.
    Free afternoon
    Dinner in Gourmet Restaurant.
  • Friday
    Morning: 3 hours of Italian language class.
    Free afternoon
    Dinner in Gourmet Restaurant.
  • Saturday
    Check out at 10 a.m and departure.
Price list
  • € 965 per person (at least three people)
  • € 1035 per person (two people accommodation)
  • € 1175 per person (one person accommodation)

What you are going to learn in 9 hours of lesson

The basics
Meeting greetings
How to introduce new people
Members of family
Verbs essere (to be) and avere (to have)
Definite and Indefinite Articles
Nouns and adjectives
Single and combined prepositions
Ordering Food & Drinks. Polite requests
Expressing likes and dislikes and preferences.
Hotel. Booking a room. Days and months. Telling the time
Where is… ? Where are…. ? Places of interest
Finding your way around
Leisure and holidays.
Doing shopping

Talking about work
Regular verbs

Talking about free time
Verbs to go and to come + some irregular verbs

Inviting people out / Directions
Modal verbs + More irregular verbs.

Where do you live?
Talking about houses and accommodations
Furniture and rooms in an house

What did you do at the weekend?
Introduction to the Past tense
Talking about past activities – More past tense – transitive and intransitive verbs – verbs to have and to be used as auxiliary verbs – regular and irregular past participles

Italian tradition and festivals
Christmas, Easter and Carnival – Talking about traditions and festivals – Comparing British and Italian traditions

Relationship with friends and people in general
Reflexive verbs

What you will cook and eat

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Your accomodation for your group course on the mountains

I feel very lucky that chef Stefania and husband Marco (in the picture below) allowed me to hold my courses in this special place. Located in an amazing position on the Appennino Bolognese, Borgo Pianello is made of five apartments, a house and a manor house, all furnished with great care, up to the tiniest details. Inside the manor house there is a large hall, a unique winery; at the back a beautiful swimming pool overlooks the mountains.

Every apartment is composed of a large bedroom with double bed and a living room with a comfortable sofa bed. They are furnished in modern style with old-style details. The house in front of the swimming pool, which originated from the renovation of an old stable, is composed of two connected one-room apartments of 45sqm each. In the house there are two kitchens, two fireplaces and two bathrooms. The manor house has four bedrooms, a large living room with an ancient fireplace, a roomy kitchen, two bathrooms and a private garden.

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What you can do around Borgo Pianello

Appennino Bolognese is very various and all its bits and pieces come together to create an unforgettable vacation. Villages, attractions, forests, and mountains will surprise you!

You will have plenty of free time and you have got a lot of options about how to spare it! If you are on a lazy mood and you don’t fancy to go around, you may want to taste some nice wine by the swimming pool. Borgo Pianello is also a winery; Stefania and Marco don’t produce wine but have a personalized line and an accurate selection of typical Italian wines. If you like the wine you can purchase it at a special price.

Sunday is going to be your free day: no cookery lessons, no language lessons! So if you are on an active mood you have plenty of places to visit which are really a short distance from Borgo Pianello.

The Regional Park of the Corno alle Scale and Frignano is the largest and most picturesque green oasis of the Emilia-Romagna. Home to many species of wildlife and vegetation. It offers pleasant opportunities: hiking, walking, mountain biking. You will be in contact with nature and surrounded by wonderful colors

The Regional Park of the Corno alle Scale and Frignano is the largest and most picturesque green oasis of the Emilia-Romagna. Home to many species of wildlife and vegetation. It offers pleasant opportunities: hiking, walking, mountain biking. You will be in contact with nature and surrounded by wonderful colors

The river Dardagna: In a few minutes walk from Borgo Pianello there is river Dardagna, descending along the slopes of mount Corno alle Scale (2,000 metres high) with natural waterfalls. You can fish for trouts, doing sport, and in the summer also have a nice swim in the crystal clear water

Around Borgo Pianello you can visit Monteacuto, Castelluccio and Pianaccio, ancient mountain villages still perfectly preserved and made of native stone, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the maple, dating back from middle age, the Shrine of Our Lady of the Beech; Poggiolforato, Farnè, House flakes and many other small settlements

Visit a local Parmigiano Reggiano cheese site production! It’s an amazing experience, a great and tasty tradition of this area of Italy. It’s a worldwide that Italians often great on their pasta but it’s fantastic even on it’s own perhaps with some drops of balsamic vinegar!

Balsamic vinegar is another local production. There are production sites of it around Pianello they are called acetaia (aceto is the Italian for vinegar) and this is something you may want to visit as well during your free day.

Art cities: If you feel like a longer drive, in about an hour you can get to Florence, Lucca, Bologna and other interesting places in Toscana and Emilia-Romagna.

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Borgo Pianello is a special place and I am really looking forward to meet you there!!!

Getting to Borgo Pianello from the United Kingdom is very easy!

The closest airport is Bologna
which is about 50 miles away.

There are direct flights to Bologna from many UK airports:
There are direct flights to Bologna from many UK airports:
London Heathrow, 3 per day with BA
London Stansted, 1-2 per day with Ryanair
London Luton, 1 per day with Ryanair
London Gatwick, 1 per day with EasyJet
Bristol, every Wednesday and Sunday with Ryanair
Manchester, every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Ryanair
Edinburgh, every Monday and Friday with Ryanair

From Bologna Airport, the best way to get to Borgo Pianello is by car! We suggest you include the renting of your car in your plane booking: it’s normally a lot cheaper. You will be given the car directly at the airport and in an hour you will be in Borgo Pianello.


Last year on the hills of Bologna I organized a really similar experience for two of my British students. It was great for me and judging from the feedback even for them:

“We had a fantastic trip to Bologna organised by Gabriele . Nothing was too much trouble and we particularly enjoyed the variety of the experience from the wonderful accommodation and food and local wines at to our guided tours of Ravenna and Ferrara and Bologna itself.
The opportunity to learn pasta making, have Italian lessons and go cycling in the beautiful countryside is something we will never forget. We would thoroughly recommend.

What my students in UK say of me:

“After having completed a 24 hour Italian course with Gabriele, I could only highly recommend him as an enthusiastic and engaging teacher for all levels. Upon starting the course, I had an upper-beginner level and was not at all confident in spoken or written Italian. Now I have completed my hourly sessions of conversational Italian, my level of spoken and written Italian has improved so much and I am so happy with everything I have learnt and achieved.”
Richard, Marlow

“I always look forward to my Italian lessons with Gabriele very much indeed. His friendly manner and good sense of humour put me at my ease, and there is always so much to discuss. He has a thorough understanding of Italian and English grammar and, more importantly, the skills to explain and teach, which is not true of all native speakers.
He is interested in his students and tailors each lesson to their individual needs and interests. His warm personality and professional intelligent approach make his lessons a most rewarding and enjoyable experience.”
Pam, High Wycombe

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