This was a terrific night and the entertainment was so much fun, I even got dressed in the medieval clothes and danced with the male dancer to one of the dances. The food was wonderful and there was so much of it and there was plenty of wine. Everyone got into the spirit of the night and we all bonded and had a great night. The room was just stunning with all the gold, mirrors and candelabras. This night will not be forgotten.
Doing what: Renaissance Court Banquet in Florence
A must-do! This was a standout for my husband and me on our recent visit to Florence. We cannot praise our tour guide highly enough for her passion, charm and warmth. We learnt so much about Italian food traditions we now feel like experts. Never again will we order a cappuccino after 10am! The walking component of the tour, and visit to the markets, was fascinating but the real highlight was meeting our teacher Carmelo at the beautiful Tuscan farmhouse and getting stuck into making our own pasta.The resulting meal was superb and one we will always remember. A great day and one which has brought a new dimension to our love of Italian food. Thanks!
My best friend and I absolutely loved this excursion. Antonella was our Florence tour guide. Let me just say...she was delightful! We were warmly greeted, and her enthusiasm was contagious. It is very apparent she loves her job. She was intelligent, informative, passionate about Florence, and artistically knowledgable about her beloved city. This is only the beginning. Her culinary expertise lended toward a fantastic journey through the mercado where we chose carefully the ingredients we would use for our meal. She brought us to a cafe where we were taught the traditional Italian thoughts toward coffee. We sampled cappuccino or expresso, or whatever our choice. Commencing with our journey, Antonella took us up into the hillside of Tuscany where we were greeted by Carmella! This deserves the exclamation point just by the mere mention of her name....an authentic Italian cook. It was mentioned on multiple occasions she knows not a word of English. She was warm, colorful and extremely funny. Her knowledge of Italian cuisine is not to be equaled. She showed us the art of making homemade pasta...the old fashioned way. We were shown how to make Ragu sauce, bruschetta, pork loin with garlic, sage and basil. Then we were visited by Carmella's niece who gave us the true stone oven way of making pizza right down to the science of properly throwing the dough into the air. Arla was our pizza expert and if we didn't know how to make pizza before, we surely do now! Also deserving honorable mention is Bernadetta who joyfully prepared and cleaned each station for us while we weren't looking. At the end we enjoyed our culinary creation with a Devine Italian meal including plenty of vino in a room overlooking the Tuscan countryside. I give this experience a 5 star rating. Our trip to Italy would not have been complete without it. Bravo! Review written by Lucia
This tour was amazing!!!!! Stephano had excellent knowledge of the region amd was very informative. We had a great time eith the stories . It was an awesome experience.
Eliza, our tour guide and Carmella, the chef were fantastic! This tour was the best part of our trip to Florence. The walking tour was very educational, as was the coffee break and the market visit. It's amazing that the countryside is only 15-20 mins from downtown. Eliza is on so lovely and Carmella is so funny. We made a lot of food and we were stuffed! We started with bruschetta, then learned and made our own homemade pasta and bolognese sauce. Then we learned how to make pizza and made individual ones with pre-made dough since you have to let the dough rise. We also made roast pork, potatoes, gelato and tiramisu! I am stuffed just thinking about it all over again. You must book! You WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!
Best tour every. We got so much for the price! We went March 14th and had a 4 person tour. Our guide Alessandro was great and knew so much about the land, the wine, the food, and was willing to answer any questions or curiosities we had about Italy. The castle, restaurant, town, and villa were so beautiful. But the food and wine were exceptional. Truly, I would recommend this tour to anyone. The next time I'm in Florence I'm doing it again!
It was excellent and our guide Stefano was fantastic and very knowledgeable. Plenty of food and wine and very small group. A must do!
Brilliant! Best trip ever. Martina, our guide was charming, helpful, informative and tireless. The venues were all off the tourist trail, so were quiet, beautiful and quite wonderful. We loved this excursion and cannot recommend it highly enough.
This tour was amazing!
Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed our delightful evening at the Renaissance Banquet in Florence. From start to finish the gracious staff made us feel welcome and pampered. Each course of the meal was delicious, especially the prime rib and lemon cake. Even our very picky 11-year-old came home completely full. The musicians were talented and provided added ambience. Throughout the evening members of the audience were selected to participate in different aspects of the entertainment, which added to the amusement. The ambience of the Palazzo Borghese adds heavily to the evening. The dining area is stunningly beautiful. After dinner some of the wait staff proudly gave us a tour of some of the other rooms. It was just a lovely and perfect evening.
Doing what: Renaissance Court Banquet in Florence
Great tour ! The wine and food was amazing you really get your monies worth and then some. Stefano our guide was very knowledgable but not pushy about making the trip solely about learning chianti wines. Our small group had a fabulous time and i will recommend this tour to anyone going to Florence.
We had the most wonderful day in the hills of Tuscany. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took our wine tour to the next level. I would one hundred percent recommend this company and tour to anyone I know. Thank you for such a wonderful day!
Excellent day starting with a tour around the markets of Florence and the history behind the delivery of food and wine to houses in the 1800s. The cooking class out at the farm was well worth the money - very clear explainations and a lot of fun as well. I have since made the pasta from memory (recipes are sent out to you after completing the tour) and after errors on the 1st batch, produced a more eatable batch. We left the day very full, and happy. Strongly recommended!
Excellent and informative tour guide, delicious wine and meal, and scenery was stunning!!!! Recommend it to everyone.
Excellent tour! My boyfriend and I holidayed in Italy for New Years and booked this tour for the end of our trip! We had an amazing time picking out our food at the local market and cooking with our adorable cook Carmella! The food was incredible, and the atmosphere cannot be bought! Do this tour!
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