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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 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.
Great, great, great trip! Had a blast! Definitely worth the expense.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
This was a really great tour, I definitely recommend it! Our tour guide was Sandra, she was brilliant, I know this knowledge that I have learned will come in handy and I'm looking forward to trying out most of the recipes too
This was the best tour I have done on any vacation. Antonella, our guide was outstanding ! Her history knowledge was amazing. She gave us history and details as we made our way to the market and through the the stalls! Her English was great and you can tell she loves what she does! The cooking class far exceeded our expectations! There was so much food, the wine was awesome and the chef was incredible! The value for this tour was amazing and we would highly recommend it! Leslie and Paul
Excellent tour from start to finish. Our guide, Gloria, was terrific. We really enjoyed the city walk. The farm house is beautiful with amazing views. We loved the class and the lunch. Very professional tour company!
Absolutely great day out. One of the best decisions we made was to book this trip - myself, my wife and two daughters loved it.
Do not go to Florence without taking this tour. So much fun! A wonderful, wonderful day... from the morning walkabout, the beautiful setting of the farmhouse, to the most delicious food. Valeria, Antonella, and Carmella made sure we left satisfied that we had experienced authentic Italian cuisine. We would definitely do this tour again!
Norma and George
This tour is run by Walkabout Florence. They are a great company. Very organized and professional. This is an excellent tour. Our guides/translators Julian and Gloria were amazing. They were both very enthusiastic, personable and informative. We really enjoyed our walk through Florence to gather the ingredients that we would later be cooking with. The farmhouse was gorgeous. Carmela our chef was so lively and had everyone participating in the preparation of our delicious meal. If you love italian cuisine you definitely need to check out this tour. I've already recommended it to everyone I know!
Our best time and experience thus far in Florence, and we enjoyed every moment of it. Thanks Walkabout for this great fun tour, stunning Tuscan farmhouse, good wine, wonderful and incredible guide especially to Molly and Martina and no forgetting our marvellous 'singing' chef Carmella... and, as this was a cooking class, well, we got to enjoy food that we learned to cook... SIMPLY EXCELLENT!!
This tour was excellent. It was more or an excellent experience. I have no affiliation with the tour company Walkabout but they did an excellent job. During our stay in Florence, we used a few different tour companies and our Walkabout experiences were always the best. Our tour guides Gloria and Julian did an excellent job. They were both very personable, knowledgable, and courteous and made the tour much more fun and worthwhile.
We started off with a walking tour of parts of Florence and visits to local markets. Then we went to a Tuscan Villa in the mountains where Walkabout had bought a former chef's home and converted it into a wonderful classroom kitchen with spectacular views of the tuscan countryside. Here we met Carmela, a total spitfire of a chef and wonderful person. During the day, we learned to make pasta, pizza, tiramisu, gelato, beef ragu, bruschetta, and pork loin and after eating all of this, we all wanted to spend the night and not go home.
Kudos to Walkabout for a wonderful experience and some great memories. Lets hope we can remember what we covered when we get home.
Absolutely the best tour!! It was so much more than we could ever have expected. Wonderful guides and the cooking experience was amazing. Not to mention the most delicious food. And wine. I would highly recommend this tour for people of all ages. We had 11 and 13 year old boys in our class and they had a blast!!
This was the highlight of our trip. Elisa was fantastic. She was friendly and very informative. Julianne was also extremely friendly and easy to get along with. By the end of the day everyone in the group was getting on so well. I cannot say enough good things about the tour. We had plenty of food and wine for the whole day. Such a great experience
By far the best tour and one of our favorite activities during our trip to Florence. We cannot say enough amazing things about this day!
You are first given a tour of the Market in Florence, where you will buy your fresh ingredients for the day. You are then carted to the CUTEST farmhouse to learn how to make authentic Italian dishes by the CUTEST Italian woman of all time Carmella you're amazing! The wine flows and the food is plentiful! You leave with full bellies and happy hearts.
Thank you to both Martina and Valeria for an incredible day! We had the best time.