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Experience Modena through the Eyes & Mind of Massimo Bottura
Emilia-Romagna is a gourmet paradise where eating and drinking exceedingly well is mandatory. On this 5-day immersive Hosted Experience, you will get to meet Massimo Bottura and appreciate Modena and the region through his eyes. A wonderful opportunity to hear insights into his beautiful world of culinary creations, values around ethical cooking, respect for mother nature and his passion for social change.
Bottura’s creative mastery of Italian cooking allowed him to reimagine ingredients from the local Emilia-Romagna region with colour, form and taste. Join the guestlist now and dream about the wonderful dishes just waiting to be discovered on this trip to Italy.
Stay at Casa Maria Luigia
Casa Maria Luigia is an intimate 18th-Century Country House nestled in the hills of Emilia-Romagna and surrounded by agricultural landscape of the countryside of Modena. The space at Casa Maria Luigia plays home to contemporary art from all over the world, with a catalogue of music in the music room and a beautiful collection of books.
Exclusive use for this Hosted Experience of this 12-room boutique property marries traditional, local craftsmanship with contemporary design to offer a reimagined view of what Italian artistry can be.
Masterclass with Chef Massimo Bottura
This private masterclass is designed around Chef Massimo’s culinary art and creations and the regional culture of Emilia Romagna.
Private Dining at Osteria Francescana
A place to eat emotions, to feel enveloped by warm hospitality and to experience Italy at its finest. It is here in this kitchen that Massimo Bottura is hailed as a storyteller and artist as much as a cook.
Parmigiano Reggiano Production
Enjoy a guided tour of a Parmigiano Reggiano DOP Organic Farm to witness the organic farming craft of artisan cheese making for its unique taste of the region.
Learn to make Tortellini with Modena Grandmothers
Enjoy a cooking class with the grandmothers of Modena to learn how to make Tortellini and while doing so, support Tortellante, the Social Enterprise created by Massimo Bottura.
Aperitivo & Private Dinner at Francescana
This private dining experience takes place in a turn of the century Carriage House transformed into a stunning dining room with open kitchen, contemporary artwork and views of the surrounding countryside.
Stroll around Piazza Grande, stop for a coffee or a gelato at one of the many lovely cafés, or grab a sandwich or a snack from Mercato Albinelli, Modena's historical market.
Experience the Culinary Art of Masterchef Massimo Bottura
“Cooking is about emotion, it’s about culture, it’s about love, it’s about memory…”
— MASSIMO BOTTURA —
Massimo Bottura is hailed as a storyteller and artist as much as a cook. Bottura’s freedom weaves narratives through his dishes, breaking traditions and innovating with ingredients. Enjoy Bottura’s warm hospitality on a 5-day travel experience designed entirely around Massimo’s culinary art and creations and the regional culture of Emilia-Romagna. The experience is hosted in the Modenese countryside at Casa Maria Luigia, Massimo’s guest house where he opened his new dining experience “Francescana at Maria Luigia”, featuring a tasting menu with Osteria Francescana most iconic dishes.Read More
As one of the world’s leading influencers on the gastronomy scene, Chef Massimo will share through a masterclass his passion and journey of creativity to feed people with emotion in an intimate setting with a small number of guests. You are also guaranteed a dining experience at both Osteria Francescana, voted best restaurant in the world, and Bottura’s new dining experience “Francescana at Maria Luigia” with open kitchen and communal tables in the countryside, located at Casa Maria Luigia.
Photo credit Marco Poderi
Welcome to the Land of
Slow-Food & Fast-Cars
“Contemporary Italian is not a cuisine of revolution, it’s a cuisine of evolution.”
— MASSIMO BOTTURA —
Your stay will be at Casa Maria Luigia, an intimate 18th-Century Country House nestled in the hills of Emilia-Romagna and surrounded by agricultural landscape of the countryside of Modena. Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore, partners in life and business, acquired the property with the intention of extending the art of hospitality beyond the doors of Osteria Francescana, and where they share their passion for art, music and food in a new form, from the heart of Emilia-Romagna!Read More
The Emilia-Romagna region is known as the land of slow-food and fast-cars. This lush and fertile region is considered the epicentre of Italian cuisine and has created the Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, sparkling red Lambrusco wine, prosciutto and well-known pasta like lasagne, tagliatelle and tortellini.
A culinary centre with gastronomic traditions that is home of course to Massimo Bottura, who catapulted Italy’s Modena to worldwide gastronomic glory when he opened his Osteria Francescana in 1995, showcasing his avant-garde take on traditional Italian cuisine.
Meet Your Host
Chef Massimo Bottura
CELEBRITY CHEF, AUTHOR & RESTAURATEUR
Chef Massimo Bottura is without a doubt one of the foremost ambassadors of modern Italian cuisine. From his first trattoria — Trattoria del Campazzo — on the outskirts of Modena in 1986, where he worked with Rezdora Lidia Cristoni, to an apprenticeship under Chef Georges Coigny. Bottura formed a culinary foundation that combined regional Italian cooking and classical French training. He further refined his style under legendary Alain Ducasse at Louis XV in Monte Carlo.Read More
In 1995, Bottura opened his Osteria Francescana in historic central Modena, where he was able to freely blend his creative take on Italian cuisine with cutting edge contemporary art and design, bringing a modern aesthetic to the junction of tradition and innovation. Another formative experience—this time under Ferran Adrià—encouraged Bottura to continue pushing the envelope in his cuisine. Over the last 10 years, Bottura has worked to do just that, creating dishes such as “Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano in different textures and temperatures” that showcase his maturity as an innovator, as well as his respect for his ingredients.
Three Michelin stars and a first-place ranking in San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list prove that Bottura’s explorations are more than successful; they’re inspiring. Like so many cutting-edge chefs, Bottura cooks to invite and evoke contemplation of history, territory, and flavour. And on the stage of gastronomic conferences around the world, Bottura freely shares his creative process in demonstrations, lectures and film, such as his latest “Chef’s Table” on Netflix and the conceptual “We Are the Revolution,” a narrative exploration of “original sound” through art, music.
Luxury Accommodation at Casa Maria Luigia
Masterclass with Chef Massimo Bottura (1x)
Tortellini Masterclass with Tortellante (1x)
Dinner at Osteria Francescana (1x)
Dinner at Francescana (1x)
Emilian Entertainment Evening
Farewell Take it Easy Brunch
Private trips for groups can also be arranged.
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Casa Maria Luigia is an art resort in the Modena countryside, assembled piece by piece by Bottura and his wife Lara Gilmore in the spaces of an eighteenth-century villa. This 12-room boutique hotel combines local craftsmanship with contemporary design to offer a reimagined view of what Italian artistry can be. No two rooms are similar, with each featuring contemporary art, vintage and design furniture, Dedar fabrics and Ortigia bath amenities.
INDOOR FACILITIES INCLUDE
Cozy Cocktail Lounge
Glass-Enclosed Portico Lounge
Vinyl Record Music Room
Family Style Kitchen
Complimentary Beverages & Snacks
OUTDOOR FACILITIES INCLUDE
Wood-Decked Swimming Pool
Complimentary Beverages & Snacks in the Pool House
Leisure Walking Paths
Wood-Burning Oven & Vegetable Garden
Bologna Airport Pickup & Transfer
Arrival and Check-in at Casa Maria Luigia, Modena
Reception & Private Dining Experience
Transfer to Valsamoggia
Truffle Hunting Day Experience
Private Dining Experience with special entertainment
Tortellini Foundation Experience
Discover the scents of Modena at Mercato Albinelli
Ferrari Museum Tour
Embrace Modena through Parmigiano Reggiano
Savour Modena’s acclaimed Balsamic Vinegar Experience
Masterclass with Chef Massimo Bottura
Grand Finale Dining Experience at Osteria Francescana
Exclusive Farewell Brunch
Check out from Casa Maria Luigia, Modena
Transfer to Bologna Airport
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