If I could give this tour more than 5 stars I would! Chef Francesco was awesome! He was entertaining and taught us so much about the local food and Marketplace. The Market was BEYOND SPECTACULAR! If you have the opportunity, book this tour early in your Florence visit so you can return to the market place. On the day of your cooking class the market tour is limited and the place closes before your class is over so go the next day and just shop and sample and savor this incredible market! After we had purchased what we needed for the class we walked to the cooking school and were joined by two other chefs to make a delicious (though very simple) Italian lunch complete with appetizer and dessert. This was a fabulous day and I would do it again or would sign up for more classes they have at the school. Even though the tour said there would be a maximum of 12 people, our group had 15 excluding the chefs but was still a great time!
Florence is breathtaking just to see on your own but when you walk with an educated highly knowledgeable and entertaining guide you are literally transported back in time! Our guide Izzy was great and funny and her passion for Florence was obvious as she took us through it's rich political and art history. "The David" is beyond words up close. The tour included a tasting of gelato by the Accademia but I would recommend if you have never had gelato before to have it at another gelateria, this one was just ok for me.
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