We had the BEST time with this tour. Valeria was an amazing host, provided key information we needed to shop and eat in Florence as well as great historical nuggets as we walked by buildings and attractions. Once we gathered our ingredients for our cooking class from local vendors, we headed out to the Tuscan farmhouse which has the most breathtaking view of Florence. The kitchen itself was quaint, cozy and modern. Chef Isak took us through 4 delicious recipes while the group we were with laughed, drank wine and chatted about our own individual stories from all parts of the world. I could not have chosen a better tour for Florence and highly recommend Walkabout and their hospitable staff. Thank you to Valeria and Isak for an unforgettable evening!
This was my second cooking class with this tour operator. The staff was wonderful to work with and the chefs fun, informative, and helpful. I will definitely sign up again if I have the chance to be in Florence again.
Great class. Not only where the chefs and staff friendly, the other people taking the class were fun too. You start by cooking the meal then you sit down and eat. It's a wonderful way to spend a night in Florence if you are into food.
Doing what: Tuscan Cooking Class and Dinner in Florence
Julian for sure was best tour guide gave us a walking tour idea about Florence while market shopping for our food stuff as well enjoyed much the cooking class of Camilla which has her lovely spirts in way she cook and fantastic atmosphere for all of our lovely group , I have delay my review till I cooked all what we had to family which let all my family and friends wishing to have same chance for booking same cooking program with Julian and Camilla best regards for all especially Pizza great boss and her assistance
My husband and I were on a two-week trip, and this was our final tour. We had been looking forward to it, and we were not disappointed! Gloria and Molly were our guides and did a fantastic job. The group of approximately 25 were divided into two, and we were with Gloria's group. Gloria led us on a great walking tour through the historic center of Florence. We stopped at a vegetable market to buy tomatoes and fresh basil for the bruschetta we would be making later that day. Then, off to a bakery to buy the bread for our bruschetta and to enjoy a cappuccino. Our final stop before heading to the farmhouse was the Mercata Centrale--what an amazing place! We bought Parmagianno Reggiano sampled some, too and the beef, which was ground fresh as we waited. Off to the farmhouse in Tuscany! Our chef, Carmella, was a ball of energy and thought us how to make bruschetta, pizza, homemade pasta, ragu sauce, roast pork, rosemary potatoes, tiramisu and gelato! The hands-on experience was so much fun! We were able to enjoy our new Italian culinary skills as we ate all of the amazing dishes we made--complemented nicely by plenty of Chianti Classico! I highly recommend this tour--you will not be disappointed!
Amazing time learning to cook and shop around Florence. Jullian was our guide. He was very informative on the city history and spoke English well. The view of the farmhouse was amazing! It made the cooking class more enjoyable. We were able to shop around the market for our ingredients which was great. Good wine and company
It was such a delight to spend the day with Lavi, Val and Camilla. The ladies were extremely welcoming, taking the time to get to know each and every one of us on the tour. By midday, the group was one big Italian family, laughing together, singing together and, of course, cooking together. I'm very thankful for the memories and, whenever I'm back in Florence, I will definitely book this class again.
The cooking class tour with Walkabout Florence was truly one of the most amazing experiences of our European trip. The staff went above and beyond for us since we were initially lost in the city, not able to find a place to park to meet up with the group - so one of their staff Nickoli came out to find us, took us to meet up with the group and drove our rental car all the way up to where the cooking facility was so we could join the group in the bus! We truly were overwhelmed with joy and endless gratitude! The class was absolutely incredible - educational as we walked around Florence learning the history of the city and background for all the local ingredients we would be using in our class as we toured through the bustling marketplace. Our guide Antonella was an absolute joy the entire time, she made us feel extremely welcome and even took time to catch us up on what my husband and I had missed since we joined the group a bit late. She was incredibly informative, knowledgeable, and so warm you felt that you've known her for years. After the tour in the city we all took a bus up to the gorgeous Florence hills where they have renovated a state of the art cooking facility that overlooks the valley, it's stunning! And we had the pleasure of learning how to cook from Carmella - a wonderfully seasoned local Italian cook who's charm and wit made everyone smile and laugh the whole time along with her wonderful translators Antonella and Levi that all made us feel at home. We had the pleasure of making bruschetta, fresh pasta, ragu, roasted pork, our own pizze napolitana in a wood burning ovens worked by the professionals : and gelato and tiramisu! And of course all was accompanied by incredible Chianti wine the entire time. We got to dine in the beautiful floor to ceiling glass dining room with amazing Tuscan views. What a phenomenal experience this was - cooking with wonderful people in a gorgeous setting- the AMAZING staff - this is highly recommended!
We had the greatest time at this cooking class! Antonella was an incredible guide, so funny and full of information. Carmella, the incredible chef, kept us all entertained, taught us a few words in Italian, and showed us how to make some incredible food that we can even do at home! The day was absolutely perfect, and we made many friends with the other people in the class, as well as everyone working with the walkabout crew. Highlight of our trip to Florence! DO NOT MISS OUT!!
Antonella and Carmella are some of the greatest people you will ever meet
Sandra, our guide, took us for a lovely walk through Florence, giving us insights into various buildings while we were shopping for our groceries. Our ultimate goal was the cooking class given by Daniela who, despite lack of English, was able to show us everything we needed to learn about making bruschetta, pasta, ragu meat sauce and our desserts. I am highly allergic to nuts - Sandra was able to provide an alternate to the amaretto gelato which kept me safe and part of our awesome group.
Eliza, the second guide, was funny and helpful, and along with Sandra kept us focused on the task at hand which was making some amazing food.
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for an intimate cooking class in a beautiful location with amazing people making it all work beautifully. I loved this - our favorite part of our unbelievable trip to Italy - and that's saying a lot :
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this all day tour and cooking class. Antonella and Lavinia were wonderful as our guides. The shopping trip through Florence was so much fun. As restauranteurs, we were really impressed with the way the cooking class was conducted. Carmela was a skillled and delightful cook who never lost her sense of humour thoughout the day Volare!. Her recipes were delicious and the wine flowed freely. We would recommend this tour to everyone.
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This tour and cooking class was the highlight of our time in Florence! The staff at Walkabout tours is second to none in making you feel like family. Our guides and chef were genuine and informative, but most of all, they were fantastic hosts. The amount of food and fun that was packed into this tour was incredible and the setting at the Farmhouse is just breathtaking. We can't wait to return to Florence and take this tour again!
This tour was amazing! It started off with a 2 hour tour of Florence, but not the usual churches and boring parts, all of the food history and fun little stories which included a stop off at a coffee shop for some Italian coffee. The farmhouse was beautiful and the cooking class was so much fun, it was informal and informative, we learned loads of tips and interesting facts about Italian food and cooking. Our tour guides Lavinia and Sandra were AMAZING and made the trip. I would do this again in a heart beat if I came to Florence again, it's a must do trip!
This was absolutely the highlight of our trip in Florence. Cannot recommend Walk About Tours and Lavinia and Gloria enough. They were spectacular tour guides, and interpreters for the day. We loved the cooking class, the city tour, the people on the tour, the entire day was a win! win! win!....my only regret was that we did not have enough time to go on the tour again......we absolutely loved it. And, my husband, who does not like to cook, could not get enough of this class and tour. He is still talking about this with all of our friends! It was a blast! Yes!
I can't possibly overstate how amazing this tour was. It's more than worth the money and it really was the icing on our trip to Italy.
Val and Lavi were a joy - full of energy and knowledge. The morning started off with a walk through Florence with a history lesson on food and culture as we toured the markets and purchased food for the afternoon's meal - sure it covered less ground than a typical walking tour of the city since the tour was aimed at educating the participants on Florence's food, but it was better than any other tour we'd been on so far in the city.
Carmella's farmhouse and property were straight out of my dreams. The kitchen/instruction space was large enough to comfortably accommodate the moderate sized group, beautifully appointed and but as warm and inviting as any home kitchen I've ever had the pleasure of cooking in. Carmella was also a joy - full of energy, eager to answer our questions and to make sure everyone got a chance to participate. Not only was this the best Florence tour/class we took on our trip, but it was the best cooking class my husband and I have ever done. Lots of opportunities for hands-on participation including our individual own pasta- and pizza-making stations.
The food, fellowship and wine were just what we wanted and the amazing guides, cooks, views and experience were more than we could have every asked for. I'm telling ALL of my friends to put this tour at the top of their list when they visit Florence and I'll be back for sure!
The Viator cooking class with Carmella, Elisa and Sandra was the best tour which I have ever, not only in Italy, but in many other countries. The class, I would say, the culinary school was designed wonderfully, which included the tour of beautiful Florence, experience with Italian products and terrific environment on the market and, of course, great educational and practical part on the farm.
Elisa and Sandra with terrific English, in the walking part of this class, showed us very interesting areas of Florence, explained significance of the city in the past and now, its development, history, architecture, religion, art and traditions. Their talk was much more educational and gave us much more understanding of the city than we got in 3 hours walking tour with another company. Elisa and Sandra were outstanding!
I cannot describe the class - it was a real education and a lot of practice, fun, talks, food, wine...Carmella is only One: terrific cook, dedicated teacher and very outgoing person. She enjoyed cooking and teaching and loved the students. For me and, as I noticed, for all group, it was a Real Holiday: Great Education combined with Outstanding Teachers Carmella, Elisa and Sandra, as well as great group of participants, beautiful Tuscany's surrounding, delicious food and wine, fun, joy and excitement. Memories of this day, skills and recipes which we got will be with us for the long time. I want to express, from the bottom of my heart, my great appreciation to Carmella, Sandra and Elisa and, of course, Viator for developing and organizing such a terrific tour. We are going to travel to Italy again in a few years. Elisa, Carmella and Sandra's class, will be again on our list of the best Florence's attractions! They and Viator are The Best!
I highly recommend this TERRIFIC Tour!
Four friends traveling throughout Italy for three weeks booked this cooking class while visiting Florence. Of ALL the tours we did while in Italy this was hands down our favorite. We met our culinary guide, Sandra, at the tour store front at 10:00 am. After introductions we began our two hour stroll through Florence
We were in Italy for 3 weeks, did many excursions and this cooking class was one of our top favorites!! This was so much fun!! Julian our guide and Carmela, our teacher were amazing!!! We learned so much and had the best time!!
I would definitely recommend this to anyone traveling to Florence!
How do you communicate with an Italian woman, who does not speak English, when you don't speak Italian? You sign up for this fabulous cooking class and let the cooking and dining experience be the go-between.
We were enlightened by our bi-lingual guide, Molly, whose enthusiasm for life and Florence, seemed unbounded, as she led us through the streets of Florence to markets to pick up the ingredients for the courses to be prepared by us. Molly is bright, personable and loves her job, which is a real plus.
The villa and its vistas were breathtaking, and Carmela's kitchen set a standard for all of us to strive to attain. What an EXCEPTIONAL experience! Communal cooking, led by a gifted chef is a rare and beautiful thing, like the facade of Santa Maria del Fiore, or the eloquence of.John Coltrane's saxophone, or a Matisse, or watching the sunset on a tropical beach. Need I say more?
We loved this class!
Our day started when we met our guide, Gloria, and got a mini tour of Florence with an emphasis on food shops. We purchased several key ingredients for the days meal and stopped for coffee.
From there it was off to the tuscan countryside. We met our instructor, Carmella, who welcomed us into a large well equipped modern kitchen. We started in at once, preparing first the meat dishes that would need time to cook and then desserts that would need to chill. We made bruschetta just in time to hold off a growing desire for lunch.
We made pizza at an outdoor oven under the instruction of two pizza chefs who demonstrated and then helped us create our own. This great combo ensured that lunch was delicious.
The different dishes provided a range of challenges. Bruschetta is quite simple while pasta takes some skill with a rolling pin. Anyone with a bit of interest would probably enjoy this class.
We attended this class in August though the AC in the kitchen made it comfortable.
When we returned, we successfully prepared all of the dishes, except for pizza which we still need to attempt, in a dinner for our family. Everything came out rather well so we were even able to make use of our newly learned skills even our family loved it.
The full day cooking class was a magic highlight to the finish to our 34 days in Italy. Our guide Martina was the best. We felt like that we had known her all our lives. The tour and shopping in Florence was so colourful and interesting.. Going into the Tuscan Hills was just perfect. It felt good to get our hands into making bruschetta, pasta, pasta sauce, roast pork, tiramisu and gelato with Carmella. Beer and wine went well with the food. Don't miss the opportunity while you are in Florence! Absolutely fabulous.
We traveled to Italy for my mother's 80th birthday and did many wonderful things during our stay. The cooking class in Florence was one of the highlights of the trip. It was enjoyed by all 10 of us.
Doing what: Tuscan Cooking Class and Dinner in Florence
This was a highlight of our 15 day tour in Europe. My wife and I had outstanding teachers and a wonderful group of people taking the class. We enjoyed the market tour prior to the cooking class as well and loved sampling cheeses, oils, and learning about the specialties of Italy. Eating our creations was also a lot of fun. I recommend this tour to anyone wanting to have a hands-on experience with Italian cooking in the heart of beautiful Florence.
Doing what: Small-Group Italian Cooking Class in Florence
We attended this class our first day in Florence. We figured if we were eating Italian food for 2 weeks, it would be great to know how it is prepared. We started with a walk through the Centrale Market visiting local butchers and bakers, picking up our groceries, and having a personal tasting of olive oil and balsamic. After a short walk to the classroom kitchen, we donned our aprons and got to work preparing tiramisu and bolognese. Our chefs were fabulous, not only directing hands on preparation, but educating us with the history of their recipes! We so enjoyed the comraderie of our cooking partners during a a sit down delightful lunch with chianti. We learned so much and can hardly wait to host an Italian dinner at home with our friends! We had such a great time, we booked the pizza and gelato class a few days later and my husband doesn't even cook!. The recipe book was a bonus. Magnifico!!
Doing what: Small-Group Italian Cooking Class in Florence
Met Julian our guide at the tour office who then proceeded to take us to the market through small streets in Florence explaining numerous facts about Florence in the middle ages. Coffee brake brought additional facts on how Italians order their coffees then on to the market purchasing vegetables, meat and cheese.. Met up with the second group led by Elisia and together we proceeded to a farm in the hills above Florence.
A magical view over the city added to the excitement of the day. Our resident Chef Carmilla welcomed everyone and we started our cooking class. I believe fun was had by all with Julian and Elisia translating for Carmilla we produced pasta dough which we then rolled into fettuccine. Then on to the special Ragu alla Bolognese, cutting up vegetables for the sauce. Everything was hands on for everyone. Then on to porkloins rubbed with garlic, rosemary and sage hmmm hmmm. Then on to pizza making, the process of the dough was explained then we were handed a pizza dough each to stretch and roll to produce a nice round pizza then adding individually required additions like extra cheese and or Italian ham. The fresh pizza was then placed in a wood fired oven and in less then 2 min we had our pizza, it was delishes! Oh, I almost forgot, wine and beer to help us cook and eat was plentiful. Later on, we were all seated to enjoy our fruits of labour and had a wonderful dinner with our pasta and Ragu sauce, then porkloins with delicately spice potatoes. It was magical. Made a lot of acquaintances with people from all over the US, Australia and New Zealand. Kudos to Julian and Elisia for a wonderful day, would do it again in a heartbeat if those two were our guides.
Thank you for a wonderful day.
Michael and Laurie
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