Frequently Asked Questions
Are your cooking classes in English?
Our cooking classes are held in English. We like to take you in places off the beaten path, where no tourists go, so sometimes the cook/chef does not speak English. In this case we (Marcello or Raffaella) translate for you.
Are your cooking classes demonstrations or hands-on?
Most of our cooking classes are hands-on, so you will participate actively in preparing the meal. If you prefer not to work, you can just watch. If the cooking lesson is a demonstration it is specifed in the program. In this case you will follow all the steps of the cooking just watching. Each participant will be given a recipe book in English, so you will be able to follow all the recipes.
How do I book and pay?
After deciding your dates and program we email you the booking form where we specify the payment conditions and cancellation policy referred to that tour. To reserve your space we need to receive a deposit.
We accept payments by credit card and bank wire.
What can I do if I don't find "my tour" or "my dates"?
Bluone specializes in custom tours. If you have different needs, different periods, different budget we are happy to custom design for you a tour, following your requests, for a minimum of two people.
We have scheduled dates for our tours, but can add as well other dates on your request, if available.
When is the best time to come?
In Emilia Romagna we offer two different tours: one in the Spring/Summer, one in the Fall/Winter as the cold season do not permit to stay too much in the countryside. In the meanwhile the in the Fall/Winter there are some of the most important events of the year, such as white truffle (from October to January), olive oil harvest (in October/November), grapes harvest (September/October).
Generally speaking we suggest to do the Emilia Romagna/Bologna and Umbria tour all year round, Piemonte and Le Marche tour in the Spring and Fall.
Summer can be very hot and if you do not like the hot season it is better to avoid the period July and August.
What should I bring?
All of your necessary travel documents including your passport, any travel insurance documents, suitable clothing including comfortable shoes for walking and of course, your appetite!
Are the cooking classes suitable for beginners?
Yes. The cooking classes are designed for all levels from beginners to advanced cooks. While the classes are taught by experienced chefs and home cooks, the pace is relaxed and informal.
How large are your tour groups?
All of our tours consist of small groups, no larger than 8-10 participants as we want to maintain intimate the group and give to each of our guest our best attention.