Cultural Activities at Palazzo Fantini for our guests!


Garden and Country Civilization Collection

As guests at Torre Fantini you are entitled to visit the private garden of Palazzo Fantini, which is featured among those of the Grandi Giardini Italiani Association (Association of Great Italian Gardens), as well as the adjoining Country Civilization Collection, where you can glean interesting insights into the life of an important country estate and of rural work in the past century.


Art and Music Events at Palazzo Fantini

You may also visit or attend any of the cultural activities being hosted at the Palazzo during the dates of your visit. These may be art exhibitions, classical music or jazz concerts, or film or book presentations. They are usually held in the summer months in the courtyards of Palazzo Fantini.


Our Courses

During the summer months, we also organize the following courses on request

  • Cook with Carmelita at Palazzo Fantini

Carmelita Caruana is originally from Malta and has been passionate about food and cooking since a very early age. She fell in love with the beautiful city of Bologna, acknowledged food capital of Italy, and in 1999 she set up her cooking school there. In Bologna she offers fun hands-on classes for very small groups, including family classes for parents (or grandparents) and children, and one-on-one classes.

She has written for the BBC Good Food magazine, taught classes all round Italy, in Malta, Spain, London and many US cities, at times collaborating on fund raising events with British and US chefs, including James Beard Award Winner Mike Lata of Charleston, South Carolina.

You can read reviews of Carmelita’s classes on Trip Advisor, view her food photos, visit her Facebook page and her website.

For a minimum of 4 guests and a maximum of 6, Carmelita will come to our fabulous Palazzo Fantini family kitchen to run a half day cooking class for you, making a three course traditional meal. Of course the class ends with lunching on the dishes made! Torre Fantini guests also get a 10% discount if they take a full or half day class with Carmelita in Bologna.

  • Italian Language Courses for Foreigners

If you speak no Italian you may enjoy taking a class or two to learn just enough Italian to be able to order your meal in a restaurant, or to ask for directions as you walk around town or drive in Italy. Or perhaps you already speak some Italian and would like a little conversation practice? In either case, the staff of Extra Class Italia, located right in Tredozio, can certainly meet your needs!

  • Pottery Courses at a prestigious workshop in Faenza

We can also organize visits to the famous “Villa Emaldi” in Faenza, where the Countess Antonietta Mazzotti Emaldi has a ceramics workshop in which she creates to order and ships throughout the world. You will be able to follow the process of making ceramics, and you can buy items made here in the lovely shop in her villa. Besides, in the splendid conservatory studio of the Villa Emaldi, we can organize courses, of a day or more, where the Countess will teach you how to make and decorate ceramics.


Traditional Leather Goods

Shoe-making has long been a local industry, and the tradition of custom-made footwear continues at the family business of Stivali Fabbri (Fabbri Boots), which has operated in Tredozio since 1924.
By appointment, Stivali Fabbri opens its workshops to our guests, to demonstrate the skills involved in hand-making bespoke walking and golf shoes, and the company’s proudest product − riding boots.
Another long standing maker of hand crafted artisan shoes and boots for men and women is the Valli firm, which has a shop in nearby Modigliana village.
Please enquire about these courses by email: