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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence

Indulge your love of Italian food in Tuscany, and enjoy a full-day tour that combines a market visit with a cooking class and 4-course meal with wine! After scouting out quality local ingredients at a historical Florence food market, travel to a rustic farmhouse in Tuscany, surrounded by exquisite countryside. Then, prepare your feast of pasta, pizza and Tuscan roast pork, plus beloved desserts such as tiramisu and gelato, before savoring the creations with Tuscan wine. Up to four glasses of wine are included throughout the day, as well as a recipe book, cooking diploma and souvenir apron.


  • Full-day Tuscan food tour with market visit, cooking class, 4-course meal and wine
  • Visit a historical food market in Florence to shop for ingredients and sample food and wine
  • Travel to a farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside for a cooking lesson with a local chef
  • Prepare a traditional meal including Tuscan arista, pizza, pasta, tiramisu and gelato
  • Savor Chianti wine and other local varietals alongside your creations
  • Receive a cooking diploma, recipe book and souvenir apron

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What You Can Expect

Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence

Learn how to make a delicious Tiramisu!

Meet your guide near Palazzo Vecchio in central Florence and take a 30-minute walk to Mercato Centrale, a historical food market in the San Lorenzo area, to see where the locals shop. En route, stop by a local bakery for some tastings and to buy fresh bread. Then follow your friendly guide around the market stalls, and meet butchers and farmers selling vegetables from their fields in Tuscany.

The market teems with fresh fruit and quality local produce including cheese, cured meat, balsamic vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and many other Italian specialties. Select some of the finest ingredients to use later in your cooking class, and enjoy samples of some of the food and wine. (Note: When Mercato Centrale is closed you will visit Sant'Ambrogio Market instead.)

Hop aboard your minibus and travel to a farmhouse, tucked away in the Tuscan hills, where your cooking class takes place. Don your apron, which you can keep as a souvenir, and help your chef prepare a full Tuscan meal, starting with a selection of appetizers. Learn how to make proper Italian pasta using freshly laid eggs, and discover the secrets behind traditional meat sauces, using ingredients from right outside the door!

A pasta dish, pizza and classic bruschetta are all on the menu, so help your chef prepare them with fresh bread, tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil — each produced on site. When the dishes are ready, take a break to eat and enjoy your creations with a glass of the region’s full-bodied Chianti wine.

Then, head back to the kitchen to prepare traditional Tuscan arista (succulent roast pork) with roast potatoes, seasoned with fresh herbs from the farm. As the pork cooks, prepare a classic tiramisu, layering delicately flavored mascarpone with liquor- and coffee-soaked sponge biscuits, and learn about strong and rich Italian coffee. In addition, learn how to make authentic Italian gelato, using a freezing process that creates a denser, more flavorful product than most ice creams.

The highlight of your tour comes next: sitting down to eat your 4-course meal! Savor your main course and desserts along with a carefully selected Tuscan wine while chatting to your chef and fellow lovers about your day of food.

After your meal, receive a cooking diploma and a recipe book so you can recreate the dishes for family and friends back at home. Then, return to your minibus and relax on the journey to the start point in Florence where your tour finishes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I absolutely loved the day. Loved how it started with the walking tour, lovely location for the cooking class, excellent food and great tour guides. Italian cooking teacher was fantastic! I would highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Worth every minute! Great team and one of the best things we did on our trip!
Congratulations on a fantastic idea and concept!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was BY FAR my BEST day in Florence! Our guide was very knowledgeable, kind and caring. Carmella is a wonderful chef, and so good at teaching how to make the traditional dishes. The pizza professionals were a surprise... I've always wanted to know how to make REAL pizza and how to throw it in the air! The Gelato was the best I've ever dreamed of! I can't wait to get all the recipes! The entire day was wonderful... THANK YOU SO MUCH!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A brilliant way to see Florence and learn some great recipes in a fun and relaxed hillside setting. Antonella ,our guide, was wonderful and made the experience for us all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Learned a lot about Florence - culture and cooking, and had a great time in the process. It and #39;s a full day, but the time goes fast because there and #39;s so much going on. Our guide (Molly) was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The farm setting is lovely.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My wife and I had an amazing time on this tour learning to cook and learning some history about Florence. Julian was our guide and took us around the city and showed us some of the local markets which my wife and I later visited during our time in Florence. He was friendly, informative and made the tour a lot of fun. The cooking experience at the local farmhouse was amazing. The food, the wine and the company made this experience one of the highlights during our trip to Italy. We would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Guiliano and Carmela were the absolute best! I was in Tuscany for 10 days, and this class and overall experience was the best single thing I did

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

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