This was the best tour I have done on any vacation. Antonella, our guide was outstanding ! Her history knowledge was amazing. She gave us history and details as we made our way to the market and through the the stalls! Her English was great and you can tell she loves what she does! The cooking class far exceeded our expectations! There was so much food, the wine was awesome and the chef was incredible! The value for this tour was amazing and we would highly recommend it! Leslie and Paul
This tour was excellent. It was more or an excellent experience. I have no affiliation with the tour company Walkabout but they did an excellent job. During our stay in Florence, we used a few different tour companies and our Walkabout experiences were always the best. Our tour guides Gloria and Julian did an excellent job. They were both very personable, knowledgable, and courteous and made the tour much more fun and worthwhile.
We started off with a walking tour of parts of Florence and visits to local markets. Then we went to a Tuscan Villa in the mountains where Walkabout had bought a former chef's home and converted it into a wonderful classroom kitchen with spectacular views of the tuscan countryside. Here we met Carmela, a total spitfire of a chef and wonderful person. During the day, we learned to make pasta, pizza, tiramisu, gelato, beef ragu, bruschetta, and pork loin and after eating all of this, we all wanted to spend the night and not go home.
Kudos to Walkabout for a wonderful experience and some great memories. Lets hope we can remember what we covered when we get home.
By far the best tour and one of our favorite activities during our trip to Florence. We cannot say enough amazing things about this day!
You are first given a tour of the Market in Florence, where you will buy your fresh ingredients for the day. You are then carted to the CUTEST farmhouse to learn how to make authentic Italian dishes by the CUTEST Italian woman of all time Carmella you're amazing! The wine flows and the food is plentiful! You leave with full bellies and happy hearts.
Thank you to both Martina and Valeria for an incredible day! We had the best time.
This was one of the best tours/day trips I've ever been apart of while on vacation. Where to begin what I didn't realize was that the trip to the market to pick up ingredients for the day of cooking was actually about a 2-hour walking tour of the city that highlighted how food has shaped the culture and architecture in Florence. This was very interesting and a real bonus to the experience. Our guides were amazing, friendly, very knowledgeable and a great ambassadors to the city.
As for the actual cooking class, the villa in the Tuscan hills was breathtaking! The instructor, was hilarious and very friendly. All the dishes we prepared were delicious, the wine pours were generous, and this is absolutely something I'd recommend anyone visiting Florence to do. Whether you are an experienced home chef or a novice you should enjoy this experience.
We had a fabulous time! Lavinia, Gloria and Carmello make a great team. Our tour started with an interesting trip through Florence to the markets to buy our food. It was fresh! It was only a short bus ride to a beautiful setting just outside Florence. We made and ate food all afternoon. There was plenty of hands on time and none of it tedious. We laughed and relaxed and ate the best food of our entire trip. We would give it more stars if we could!
The cooking class and lunch was everything I expected and more. To start, the walkabout guide Lavinia was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. As we walked to the Market to buy our supplies for the day, we had a nice city tour and a bit of history about the buildings we walked by. The Market was amazing with the fresh fruit, meat and cheese. Then off to the countryside for our class. The property where the class was located was so scenic and beautiful. We learned to make pizza, pasta and sauce, tiramisu, and gelato. We also prepared a roast pork with potatoes. The end results were so delicious. Definitely don't plan on eating dinner after. I was so full. I would recommend this tour to everyone and it was a highlight of our trip.
SO much fun. Great day from to the market, learning to make the various foods and a wonderful dinner. Julian was a wonderful guide and kept everything fun.
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This was the highlight of our trip! The tour began with shopping the local area for the ingredients for our meal. We loved seeing the markets where the locals get their personal cuts of meat and the best available cheeses and produce. Additionally, our guide, Antonella Aramu, walked us through some winding streets, explaining fascinating tidbits such as where to spot secret passages for spirits the liquid kind hidden in ancient walls. We took a beautiful bus ride to the countryside kitchen outside of town where we began the work of creating dinner. The resident Chef, Carmella delightfully guided us through the process of making pasta by hand, ragu sauce, tiramisu and gelato. While things simmered in the kitchen, we went outside to the brick wood burning oven for a special pizza lesson. We enjoyed all the food we created with our new student friends and flowing wine at every table. I have never laughed so much during a tour, nor have I learned so much in such a short time! Well done!
Highly, highly recommended. Don't have any idea why everyone here doesn't rate it a five. If you take the time to view the 4 and 3, they say it was great! The wife and I were on a 10 day trip through Italy for our 25th anniversary. We had done Venice and Florence was next before heading to the Amalfi Coast. We were looking forward to this class and it didn't disappoint in any way. We ran into another couple at lunch when we arrived in Florence and they said it was the best tour they've ever done, period! We met up with Julian near the city center and walked through the streets stopping for vegetables, bread, cheese, and meat in the local markets. Along the way, he pointed out major landmarks and gave us a feel for living in Florence. Gave a nice stop for coffee as well. Joined up with the other half of the tour led by another guide, for a quick 15-20 min ride just out of town to their wonderful cooking location on a Tuscan hillside. We met lots of great people, ate, drank, and went home thoroughly satisfied. Carmela the cook was a hoot and the guides translated throughout. That being said, unless you are a complete novice in the kitchen, you picked up 80 of what she was saying just by her hand movements. They go all out in the quality of the facilities, wine, food, etc. to make the tour perfect. It was a wonderful time. DO NOT MISS OUT ON IT!
We had so much fun during our cooking class. The experience is actually about 6-8 hours, all of which were amazing. We enjoyed the market tour and buying fresh mozzarella cheese. Martina gave us a little tour of Florence and gave us some some of history. We stopped in the cutest coffee shop for delicious coffees. The cooking class is situated on an incredible farmhouse outside of Florence with spectacular views. Cooking the food was so much fun, and the wine was free flowing. Between bruschetta, pizza, pasta, pork loin, gelato and tiramisu, we left well fed and with delicious recipes. Carmella is so funny and kind, and we wish we could have brought her back with us! This was definitely one of the best things we did in Italy, and I would highly recommend getting away from the busy city for a day filled with beautiful food and drinks!
Best day ever! Our guides, Gloria and Molly were exceptional. We learned some Florence history as we walked through the city. The markets were fantastic. The class was well orchestrated. Our chef was incredible and hysterical. She had the group singing as we prepared the meal. Loved learning about italian cooking from pizza to pasta to roast pork. Oh and then there was the desserts. Wow. So much fun and the food was delish. We all had a blast!
Excellent. Martina and Valeriana were splendid guides. Prior to boarding the bus to the farmhouse our small group was led by Valeriana on an informative walking tour of Florence, and a most welcome and well timed coffee break at a café. Next, our group went shopping for supplies at the delightful and colorful Central Market. On the bus to the farmhouse we were joined by the other small group and we all participated in a wonderful afternoon making and consuming bruschetta, tagliatelle with ragù, pork loin, roasted potatoes, pizza, gelato and tiramisu. All of this was accompanied by Chianti wine and beer or wine for the pizza. Carmella was our enthusiastic and friendly teacher.. Everybody had a chance to participate in preparing our luncheon. Martina and Valeriana coordinated all of these activities and ensured a satisfying experience for all of us.
My wife and I took the Cooking Class at a Tuscan Villa with Tours of Local Markets run by Walkabout, and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable cooking and authentic food experience while in Florence. Reviews I read prior to going said it was a must do, and we couldn't agree more, don't miss out!
Our guides Lavi and Sandra were fantastic! they were funny, great personalities and very knowledgeable. They make the tours very enjoyable, have great knowledge of Florence's food history, and were willing and able to answer any questions you had
You start off meeting your guides at the local Offices in downtown Florence, which was easy to get to. They take you on a walking tour through Florence to various markets and stores not only to buy the products you'll be cooking with, but explaining the history of food and wine in Florence like showing you the wine tabernacles still in buildings where wine used to be dropped off to families by local vendors. From local produce markets, spice shops still existing from the Renissance period, famous bread and coffee shop, to the major food market in Florence...
After you finish the market tour collecting your cooking products along the way, you take a tour bus up to a Tuscan villa not far from town, where you meet your cooking instructor Carmella. While Carmella speaks minimal English, it doesn't matter, her wonderful personality speaks for her with translation assistance from Lavi and Sandra. She was genuinely excited to have us there and teach us, and her best advice was to sing to the food, and that she did!
She gets everyone involved in helping to cookthe meals and learn the techniques. There's lots of laughs and wine! along the way. And even though we made the food, it was fantastic, obviously helps to have Carmella and the girls guiding you through it all! The villa, grounds and viewsof the Tuscan hillsides are breathtaking!! Book the tour and don't look back, you won't regret it!
This was my most favorite tour ever! Gloria and Carmen were absolutely fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed the day with them. We made delicious food, went to the markets, made our own pasta, and had gorgeous views of the country side.
Best tour I have ever booked!! More of an experience than a tour although the first two hours you walk with your guide and learn about food history in Italy while going to various markets to purchase food for the day's meal. Lavi, our guide was fantastic, informative, entertaining and made the entire experience wonderful in every way. We then met up with our bus very comfortable and air conditioning and another group and traveled about 20 minutes to an absolutely LOVELY farmhouse setting and Fantastic kitchen and glass prep room overlooking the scenery where we made pasta and later enjoyed our lunch. We made so much quality food over the course of five hours with time to enjoy each course with a regional chianti wine. The help staff was phenomenal in cleaning up all of the prep food, dishes etc. Carmella the chef was joyful and helpful as she had us prepping each course. Absolutely recommend this...you can not possibly be disappointed!!!
I wish we could rate this tour at a 10!!!!!!!!!! The total group was 24 people and split into 2 smaller groups. Our guide was Antonella and she was so knowledgable, kind and welcoming. She took us around Florence and then to the Market which was absolutely delightful. She informed us of different food styles, Italian customs, etc. Then, the facility they take you too is above the Piazza Michaelangelo with the most beautiful views I have ever seen. They built a state of the art, earthy facility just for cooking classes. Woodfire pizza oven, amazing kitchen and the room where you make pasta and then sit and eat is glass floor to ceiling to see nature and the views. The wine was delicious and free flowing and the lady teaching us was adorable. We would've done this tour every day had we known how amazing it would be! The other guide was Valerie, and she too was an absolute delight!
An amazing day, encompassing so much it felt like several different tours. Travelling with my two older teens, this was one of our favourite days on the entire trip. On top of the welcoming and friendly staff, this was such an exceptional value. I knew what was to be included per the write up but the actuality of it all far surpassed my expectations - the estate, gardens and kitchen so much more beautiful, the tour more informative, market shopping more inclusive, more hands-on prep, and so much food we could not eat another bite. But the real value here are the stars -Martina, Antonella and Carmella! Such a young and vibrant team, so interested in everyone which made us all feel part of a Tuscan family for the day. i am sure any tour by this young and energetic company, specifically this one, would not disappoint anyone.
We had such a great experience. The gentleman, Filippo, who booked the tour for me by phone was very helpful providing advise on where to park. Our guide Gloria was fantastic. We learned a lot about the history of Florence during the market tour. And a quick drive to the beautiful location where we dawned our aprons and got to work learning about the food of Tuscany. We made pasta and pizza and so much more!! Carmella the chef was wonderful. Our tour guides from Walkabout did a fantastic job. Thank you.
My wife and I were on our honeymoon and Florence was our first of three stops. This experience was probably the highlight of our entire trip in Europe. Our tour guide Martina was absolutely lovely! She brought us through the nooks and crannies of Florence showing us many highlights and telling us about the history of the city while we shopped for fresh ingredients and sipped on coffee. Her knowledge and friendly persona definitely helped us to appreciate the culture even more. After our walking tour through the city and marketplace, we were brought by bus to an absolutely beautiful private estate where we met our charismatic and wonderful chef, Carmela. Through singing and laughter, we learned to make and cook many authentic and delicious Italian food. We absolutely had a blast cooking with Carmela and her team!! The food we made ALL 8 DISHES!!!! and endless supply of Chianti wine was phenomenal! Make sure you come with an appetite!! Thank you, Martina, for making this experience so memorable!! :
This was a fabulous cooking class with Chef Carmella. Carmella does not speak much english, but the two tour guides with us Molly and her associate did all the interpreting necessary. The tour included much more touring of the sites of Florence before heading tot he farmhouse than we anticipated, but the guides were very knowledgeable. We stopped to pick up ingredients at a produce stand, had coffee and picked up bread from a coffee house, and went to the market for cheese and meats. We learned how to make bruschetta, homemade pasta that we rolled out and cut ourselves, pizza that was cooked in an outside pizza oven, pork and potatoes along with the best tiramisu I have ever eaten and home made gelato. My only negative about this tour was that we did it in August and it was hot and there were lots of mosquitoes. This is a tour not to miss!! Our guide Molly was fabulous!
Learning to cook in Tuscany.....WOW!!! what an experience. This tour is a must do if travelling to Florence, the Walkabout group tours are very well thought out and cannot fault any aspect of the tours and would recommend everyone take a Walkabout tour wherever they are as these guys really know what the traveller wants.
Our wonderful cooking experience started out in the Walkabout office that in itself set the tone for the rest of the day as the staff were sooo welcoming and friendly. We then took off for a walking tour of Florence to the Mercato to buy our ingredients for our cookings class. Martina our tour guide was beautiful, friendly, engaging, inclusive and so knowledgeable and patient. It was wonderful to walk through the streets and get an insight into what we were actually looking at, we found for us it brought the city alive, thankyou Martina your story telling left us in awe. The cooking class itself well what can I say....the best and most fun experience...Carmela the chef was the quintessential Italian cook, so much fun and laughter as well as learning could not have asked for a better day, the villa was superb, our tour group were all very friendly and that I believe is due to Martina who ensured everyone interacted and was introduced. Thank you Martina you were amazing as was your colleague on the day and Carmela was beautiful and fun and we will not forget our cooking experience thank you for making it so memorable. Thank you to Walkabout for being such a great tour company.
Sina, Grace and Shirley Australia
We had an amazing day with Molly and Gloria our guides who accompanied us for our walking tour through the city, shopping at the local shops and market and translated for our wonderful chef Carmela!!
The city walk was very informative, the Farmhouse beautiful, and the food delicious. Everyone made their own pasta, pizza, bruschetta and more. At the end we all sat together and enjoyed a delicious meal...
A really unforgettable experience also due to the recipes, cookbook and aprons we got yo keep -.
WALKABOUT provides a great cooking class and visit to local market...one of the best tours we have ever taken!
Our whole family had a very nice time here with Molly and Carmela and our other guide sorry missed your name :- The food was all very nice and my favorite the pizza oven was a real blast. The market trip was fun.
I thought it was great they accommodated the vegetarians and the non drinkers very nicely. Its a full day and well worth it. We have done some other cooking classes that were not up to par but this one had everything just right with clean aprons and plenty of wine and water for all. Highly recommend and do go there hungry and ready to get some good photos of the beautiful country and olive trees.
From start to finish, this tour was phenomenal! We started the day meeting our wonderful guide, Lavinia, at their central location which happened to be a garage with cute 1960s vintage Fiats. Lavinia was friendly, funny, and very informative. The tour she gave us through Florence focused not only on the food history but also Florence's general history as well. The information she provided at the local market as well as the large central market was amazing. She gave us the best tidbits to find the best authentic food around. We stopped off at a local cafe to pick up amazing tuscan bread for our meal, in addition to learning about how Italians really feel about coffee! Even though we couldn't drink coffee due to the heat, the iced tea was refreshing and delightful! After that, it was a short 20 minute air conditioned bus ride to the Tuscan farm house up in the hills just outside the city where we would meet our cook, Carmela, and truly have one of the most amazing experiences yet.
The cooking class at the Tuscan farm house was outstanding! It was rustic, yet modern, and making pasta overlooking the Tuscan Hills was truly unforgettable. Carmela was funny, caring, and boy does she love to sing! Our meal also included pizza making with a true pizza artist, Arla, who showed us how she makes her pizza aka her babies in the massive wood burning oven that was located outside the farmhouse. Our menu consisted of homemade bruschetta, our personalized pizza, homemade pasta with beef ragu, roast pork with potatoes, homemade gelato and authentic tiramisu so delicious! We made every one of these dishes from scratch...fantastic!! oh yeah the wine was free-flowing!!! Dont be fooled by the four-glasses per person. Some may have had 4 bottles themselves.
All in all, you should definitely book this cooking class!! It was truly phenomenal!!
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