For anyone looking for an authentic Italian experience, check out Corte Roeli outside of Bologna http://www.fattoriacorteroeli.it/eng/... We stayed here for three nights at the end of November in the middle of our Italy trip.
Corte Roeli is a small bed and breakfast. We took the train from Venice and the hosts picked us up at the train station in a small bus. It is a little off the beaten path, but great homemade authentic food! A great breakfast was included every morning with food grown at the farm! They also had the option for us to eat dinner there each night for ~22-25euros each person- completely worth it- delicious authentic Italian food (3-4 courses every night) and pairings of wine from the surrounding areas. They run a restaurant on the weekends, but we were there for 3 weeknights so it was just us and one other guest. A few of the other extras- we did a cooking class one afternoon and then ate the pasta that we made in the class for dinner. Our hosts also set up a tour for us of a Prosciutto factory and a Parmesan/Reggiano cheese facility about an hour or two from the B&B. We traveled into the countryside, toured the facilities, sampled the food and had a great day with the locals. If you are looking for an authentic Italian experience outside the normal touristy stuff, Corte Roeli is a great starting place! Our hosts spoke English pretty well- half of the fun of our stay was learning some Italian and helping them with their English. We got dropped off at the Bologna train station at the end of our stay and caught the train to Florence for the last leg of our trip.