5 star rating: Highly Recommended 352 Reviews

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

Best 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 September 2015

I wish we could rate this tour at a 10!!!!!!!!!! The total group was 24 people and split into 2 smaller groups. Our guide was Antonella and she was so knowledgable, kind and welcoming. She took us around Florence and then to the Market which was absolutely delightful. She informed us of different food styles, Italian customs, etc. Then, the facility they take you too is above the Piazza Michaelangelo with the most beautiful views I have ever seen. They built a state of the art, earthy facility just for cooking classes. Woodfire pizza oven, amazing kitchen and the room where you make pasta and then sit and eat is glass floor to ceiling to see nature and the views. The wine was delicious and free flowing and the lady teaching us was adorable. We would've done this tour every day had we known how amazing it would be! The other guide was Valerie, and she too was an absolute delight!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

An amazing day, encompassing so much it felt like several different tours. Travelling with my two older teens, this was one of our favourite days on the entire trip. On top of the welcoming and friendly staff, this was such an exceptional value. I knew what was to be included per the write up but the actuality of it all far surpassed my expectations - the estate, gardens and kitchen so much more beautiful, the tour more informative, market shopping more inclusive, more hands-on prep, and so much food we could not eat another bite. But the real value here are the stars -Martina, Antonella and Carmella! Such a young and vibrant team, so interested in everyone which made us all feel part of a Tuscan family for the day. i am sure any tour by this young and energetic company, specifically this one, would not disappoint anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Really good trip, I would definitely recommend it, We went in August and there were a lot of mosquitos so bring bug spray.

selvi k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Me and my friends really loved this tour! Our guides were Valeria and Molly, they are such wonderful girls.
The tour is not big in numbers and I think we are lucky too that the people we met are very nice and fun to be with. Before the class started, Valeria took us to do some shopping for our cooking class and it was great that we learnt some history about Florence and recommendation for buying groceries and dining

Thanks to our host and teacher, the cooking class was very good and we had the chance to participate and eat together with very beautiful scenery as background.
I can't say enough how much I enjoy this lovely tour and spending the whole day like this is Florence, it's priceless! Highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

One of the best activities to do in Florence! Highly recommend! :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great way to spend the day! The walking tour was fun and informative and the location of the class was amazing. Lots of food, great instruction and opportunities to be hands on through the class. There was never a dull moment and we were well taken care of with lots to eat and drink. A special Thank you to our hostesses Gloria and Antonella and Chef Carmella for giving us a very memorable part of our vacation. I would certainly recommend this class for anyone who likes to cook and wants to learn about authentic Italian cuisine.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had such a great experience. The gentleman, Filippo, who booked the tour for me by phone was very helpful providing advise on where to park. Our guide Gloria was fantastic. We learned a lot about the history of Florence during the market tour. And a quick drive to the beautiful location where we dawned our aprons and got to work learning about the food of Tuscany. We made pasta and pizza and so much more!! Carmella the chef was wonderful. Our tour guides from Walkabout did a fantastic job. Thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was one of the highlights of our entire Italy trip! Our tour guides were fun and informative! The class itself was also fun and educational! The food we cooked, the wine we drank, the location where our class took place and the scenery around us were all phenomenal! It truly was an amazing day and anyone traveling to Florence should put this tour on their itinerary! You won't regret it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My wife and I were on our honeymoon and Florence was our first of three stops. This experience was probably the highlight of our entire trip in Europe. Our tour guide Martina was absolutely lovely! She brought us through the nooks and crannies of Florence showing us many highlights and telling us about the history of the city while we shopped for fresh ingredients and sipped on coffee. Her knowledge and friendly persona definitely helped us to appreciate the culture even more. After our walking tour through the city and marketplace, we were brought by bus to an absolutely beautiful private estate where we met our charismatic and wonderful chef, Carmela. Through singing and laughter, we learned to make and cook many authentic and delicious Italian food. We absolutely had a blast cooking with Carmela and her team!! The food we made ALL 8 DISHES!!!! and endless supply of Chianti wine was phenomenal! Make sure you come with an appetite!! Thank you, Martina, for making this experience so memorable!! :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a fabulous cooking class with Chef Carmella. Carmella does not speak much english, but the two tour guides with us Molly and her associate did all the interpreting necessary. The tour included much more touring of the sites of Florence before heading tot he farmhouse than we anticipated, but the guides were very knowledgeable. We stopped to pick up ingredients at a produce stand, had coffee and picked up bread from a coffee house, and went to the market for cheese and meats. We learned how to make bruschetta, homemade pasta that we rolled out and cut ourselves, pizza that was cooked in an outside pizza oven, pork and potatoes along with the best tiramisu I have ever eaten and home made gelato. My only negative about this tour was that we did it in August and it was hot and there were lots of mosquitoes. This is a tour not to miss!! Our guide Molly was fabulous!

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