This was the best day of my trip to Florence. My guide was Molly and she is a delightful and intelligent young woman, fluent in Italian, and an excellent tour guide and hostess. We walked from our meeting point to the bus near the train station. We stopped at a corner market, heard lots of history along the way, stopped for espresso, and continued to the central market to buy meat and cheese. The drive to the farmhouse was only about 25 minutes. The farmhouse has a kitchen to die for and overlooks the olive groves and vineyards. We made many dishes, and ate them all. The Chianti was delicious and the company good fun. Our chef Carmela not only excelled in her culinary skills but was a ball of energy and entertainment! I would highly recommend this tour for a relaxing and educational day of cooking and eating. Molly and her colleague Olivia certainly know what they are doing and made this a a very special trip. Thank you very much!
This was an excellent night out the venue was the Piazzali Borghese which was the former very opulent home of Pauline Bonaparte the Favourite but scandalous sister of Naploeon.. On arrival we were given a glass of Bubbly which was a nice touch made us feel welcome.. The meal and Wine was excellent plenty of it and and the staff were all very pleasant and the service was first class ..The entertainment was really good took us back to the Renaissance as promised and everyone seemed to be having a good time.. I was invited to dress up which was fun and I have some great pictures to remind me of a very enjoyable evening out in Florence which I would certainly recommend ..
When looking for the Venue it is next to the Borghese Palace Art Hotel which is no 174 Via Ghibellina and the Venue is 110 Via Ghiballina note that the street numbers don't follow on so keep looking .. Also the street had a different name on either side so we walked straight passed at first so you need to look at both sides of the street when looking for Via Ghiballina the easiest way would be take a tax but they are not cheap in Florencei!!
Doing what: Renaissance Court Banquet in Florence
This was a tremendous Italian adventure. I will tell my friends that it is a must do when going to Italy. My husband participated and he had as much fun as I. The foods will be a part of my home forever. Beautiful Tuscan hillside. Class size 24, room for all to participate.
This was the highlight of my trip in Italy! And we booked very last minute - the night before. None of the other tours had any spots but we managed to get 2 spots with these guys, and it turned out to be fantastic! They didn't hold back with the wine either, and the lunch in the Tuscan countryside was the perfect end to my trip. I would highly recommend this tour if you want some beginner's knowledge about wine, and basically want to spend a lovely morning and afternoon away from the city, sipping on delicious wines and eating local food.
We had a great time, loved the chefs, learned about Tuscan cooking, enjoyed the wine paring and eating what we made. Highly recommended.
Doing what: Small-Group Italian Cooking Class in Florence
This trip was the highlight of our 12 day stay in Italy. We really enjoy the wineries and authentic Italian food, so this was the perfect trip. We met the tour group at the train station in the morning and from there it was completely worry free. The bus driver was excellent and we were able to relax and take in the sites. The first stop was a winery where we witnessed all stages of the wine-making process. We then moved onto a second location, where lunch was served. We ate overlooking the Tuscan hills, the views were breathtaking. The food was excellent too. We then went to the small town of Greve in Chianti. We spent about an hour exploring the town and shops. Then we made our way to the train station. Total time was about 10 hours.
Our tour guide was Alex. He was simply amazing. He was incredibly knowledgeable the entire trip, offered well known information but also interesting stories that I'd never heard of. He was funny and very easy to talk to.
Overall, this trip was amazing. I would recommend to anyone staying in Florence and anyone that likes wine and food!
Great, great, great trip! Had a blast! Definitely worth the expense.
Best tour I've been on! 4 course dinner with wine pairings were all delicious and authentic. Stefano was a great tour guide and Isaac was a great chef!
This was by far the BEST experience we had in Florence. The chef, the other tour guests, the location, the food and the tour guide, Gloria. LOVE LOVE LOVE this
The wine and dine tour in the Tuscan countryside was excellent.! I would highly recommend it!
We originally wanted to do a day tour but they were all sold out and so opted for this night dinner/tour option. We caught a bus up to an amazing Tuscan side country side house where a beautiful room was set up with tales that overlooked the country side. The chef then made our four course meals and explained every meal and its history in the Tuscan area. Each meal was also paired with Tuscan wines. The four course meals were amazing! I have never had food so good! Such a fun evening!
Only criticism is that perhaps the evening could start a little earlier because by the time the food came out to us it was at least 8:30 at night.
So much fun! I would highly recommend this tour.
This was one of the most exciting tours that we have ever taken. We had a great time with the shopping, the food preparation. It was entertaining with very nice staff. The staff had wonderful personalities and they involved everyone in the action of the food cooking preparation. What a wonderful day, not to say anything of the food tasted amazing. We are hopeful that they will email the recipes so we can hopefully recreate these dishes at home. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants a great day in the countryside and wants a truly memorable experience. Thank you. George and Holly White Harleysville Pa
One of the highlights of our trip to Florence. It was unique, fun, informative, and above all, ended deliciously. Our guides were great, Chef Carmelina was hilarious and perfectly suited to the task, and the food was delicious. Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone visiting, especially those that love cooking and are looking for something different than the usual.
Excellent tour. We learned and toured some of the most wonderful vineyards in the Tuscan area where Chianti is produced. Our lunch was also a memorable event, with local food and cheese paired with delicious wines. Most of all our tour guide Martina did an superb job. We highly recommend this small group tour arranged through Viator.
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
Truly enjoyed this tour - used a mezzaluna for the first time, bought one when I got home. Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys visiting local markets and cooking.
Only suggestions I would make is everyone gets a cookbook, even both members of a couple and that guides bring a few extra cookbooks for anyone who'd like to purchase extras.
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
We had a blast! The staff Carmella and team were very accommodating to my sulfite intolerance discovered a week before we left for Italy. We have already used the new techniques we learned to make Caprese pizza for our family. They said it was the best pizza they ever had! Cant wait to get the recipes!
This was the BEST TOUR we did while in Florence. My wife signed us up for this and I have to admit I was not necessarily all that excited but Walkabout Tours does an excellent job and changed my mind. Tour of the city focused on local food and then quick trip up to the Walkabout Tours Estate. Chef Carmella walked us through all of the Italian dishes and made everything doable for even a novice cook. Everyone laughed and had a great time and by the end of the tour, we were all stuffed with wonderful food that we made ourselves. The facility was immaculate and breathtaking and Falco the dog really makes it feel like home! Lavie Walkabout Tour guide was super and really made the whole experience memorable. Loved this tour so much, we would do it AGAIN if back in Florence.
Wonderful experience. Fun, and informative!
Great day. Lots of fun and laughter and great food. No shortage of wine supply. Hosts were fantastic.
Scenery from farmhouse was spectacular.
This was the most fun day! Everything was professional ,warm and worth every euro
I would highly recommend this experience. It was fun, entertaining, delicious, and beautiful.
This is a must.
The staff were so wonderful Reissa, Anabella, Carmella and kitchen staffs.
The setting Tuscan Farmhouse is so beautiful,.
I had so much fun.
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