United, Lufthansa, British Airways and American offer connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Bologna.
WHERE TO STAY
Grand Hotel Majestic
Via Indipendenza 8
Bologna’s oldest and most luxurious hotel. Double rooms from $340, including breakfast.
Via IV Novembre 10
A charming little hotel near Bologna’s central square. Double rooms from $140, including breakfast.
Largo Respighi 8
A B&B in the centrally located university area, offering its own cooking classes and gastronomic tours of the surrounding region. Doubles from $124, including breakfast.
CIBO – Culinary Institute of Bologna
Via Augusto Righi 30b
Half-day, full-day and multi-day individual and group classes for all skill levels. Prices start at $59 per person.
Via Emilia 45, Anzola Emilia
Guided tours of the museum followed by either a basic gelato tasting or a one-hour or three-hour hands-on gelato-making class. Prices start at $6.
Il Salotto del Buongusto
Piazza San Francesco 10
Organizes a variety of cooking courses, from fresh pastamaking to gluten-free cooking to molecular gastronomy. Also offers wine-tasting and art-of-entertaining classes. All classes last approximately three hours and cost $51 per person, or $59 with a translation service.
Il Salotto di Penelope
Via San Felice 116/G
Half-day and full-day fresh pasta classes. Prices for courses in English start at $105 . Evening classes in Italian from $46.
International Cooking School of Italian Food and Wine
201 E. 28th St., Suite 5B
Five courses in Bologna scheduled for 2013, between May 26 and June 6 and between Sept. 15 and Oct. 20. All courses begin Sunday afternoon and last from four to six days. Customized private courses may also be arranged. From $2,095 per person, including accommodation.
Vecchia Scuola Bolognese
Via Galliera 11
The most famous fresh pasta school in Italy. Now also features pastry- and bread-making classes. From $86 per person.