5 star rating: Highly Recommended 84 Reviews

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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Florence Cooking Course and Local Market Visit

Cooking enthusiasts and novices alike, learn to prepare a four-course Tuscan banquet during this half day cooking workshop in the heart of Florence. Source produce from a local market and feast on your creations afterwards. Best of all, you get to keep all the recipes so you can wow friends and family with your Tuscan talents even after you've left Italy.


  • Florence cooking class and market tour
  • Walking tour through San Lorenzo Market
  • Purchase cooking ingredients and experience local life in the market
  • Prepare and enjoy a Tuscan starter, two main courses and a dessert, with wine
  • Tuscan recipes to take home
  • Expert chef
  • Maximum of 12 participants

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What You Can Expect

Florence Cooking Course and Local Market Visit

Florence Cooking Course

Under the guidance of your English speaking chef, you'll be engaged every step of the way, from sourcing seasonal produce in a local market to food preparation at a distinguished cooking school.

Step into the colorful and historic San Lorenzo central market and witness the lively exchanges between residing Florentines and robust stall owners as you select the freshest ingredients for class.

After trying your hand at a starter, two main courses and dessert, it's time to sample your Tuscan creations. Gather round the table with your fellow aspiring chefs, sip some Tuscan wine and taste away!

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tour of the market, an engaging and knowledgeable guide, along with talented and friendly chefs at the school made this a stress free day followed by a delicious meal. The group was an international mix of travellers, which made for good conversation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was the highlight of my Florence visit. Our chef and tour director was wonderful knowledgeable about foods, culture, history. Very charming and kind. I have turned my bruschetta loose on two family dinner parties since, with good results. Most highly recommended.

Theresa from Seattle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our chef/tour guide was Walter. We were a group of 17 folks of all different ages. We started out at the market where we not only saw beautiful food but tasted different items at vendors that were familiar to Walter.
We walked over to our kitchen for the day, and donned aprons and got to work. We made bruchetta, meatloaf, pasta with vegetables, and panna cotta. Then the fun began, eating this meal along with some appropriate wine. We all had a GREAT time and it was hard to leave!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was the highight of our Florence trip. Chef Alessandro introduced us to butchers, bakers and market merchants selling olive oils, truffle oil and Italian food products.We learned a lot in his cooking class, it was good to eat and good fun at the same time. Mama Mia! It was great.Don't miss it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We visited 2 great wineries and the wine tastings were very good. Besides wine we sampled balsamic vinegar, olive oil and grappa.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Super fun, the market is amazing, I want a market like this in my town. Our instructors were fun and instructive. We enjoyed the fruits of our class in their wine cellar dining room I think I can make homemade pasta on my own

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This was fun! Alessandro led a mixed group of Australian and American tourists through the Mercato Centrale and then back to the kitchen to make (and eat) lunch. He was charming and funny and very patient with us. Our family all had a great time, and I think the others in the group did as well. I can't wait to try making pasta again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was the best tour of the trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was a brilliant, fun experience! Lovely people, great facilities ... a real highlight!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

My wife and I had a great time and we highly recommend this cooking class. The class was on our first full day in Italy and it introduced us to Florence, the market, and some important aspects regarding meats, flavors and tastes of Tuscany. We were able to sample olive oils, balsamic vinegars, Vin Santo wine, biscotti and truffle paste. We also had a lesson in how to order Florentine steak (T-bones). The class was a lot of fun and we learned to make pasta, bruschetta, pannacotta, and an Italian meatloaf. All were exceptional and we ate it all in the wine cellar. Francesco, our chef and teacher, was personable, knowledgeable and entertaining - great fun! He made the whole experience a great deal of fun as well as educational.

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