The market tour and cooking class was very enjoyable. The market tour was interesting and informative. Our guide and chef, Alessandro, did a good job of explaining the various market stalls and the local details as we progressed through the market. Unfortunately, it was raining when it was time for us to make the 15 minute walk to the school, so we arrived a little soggy, but happy to be inside. My biggest disappointment was that it was to be a class size of 12. Unfortunately, there were two classes of 12 with 2 chefs in an area not large enough for 1 class of 12! I would have enjoyed more detailed and hands-on activity. Overall, however, the food was good, the instruction was adequate, the setting was original, and the time was well spent. Probably the highlight of this activity was the trip down the ancient stairs to the wine cellar/eating area. What a delight - I believe the wine and the food tasted better just because of the setting. That was a delightful experience. Overall the pros - good instructor, good food, great eating area. Cons - Too many people in such a small area, not enough time to experience each recipe, not enough hands-on activity. I felt the activity was worth the money spent.
This tour exceeded my expectations. Every part of it was more than I expected. Probably the one thing that made it spectacular was our guide, Becky. What a delight. I don't know how much she is paid, but it is not enough. Her knowledge, her personal attention to each guest and her great sense of humor was beyond great. The tour included the towns of Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa. We had plenty of free time in each area. The best part of the tour was the delightful tour and meal at the organic farm. What a wonderful experience. As I said - It far exceeded my expectations and we have recommended Walk-About to others we met in Florence.
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