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Try your hand at Italian fare with this 5-hour cooking course and market tour in Florence. Begin with a walking tour through the San Lorenzo Market, choosing fresh ingredients for your dishes. Then head back to the kitchen and learn how to prepare a 4-course Tuscan meal under the guidance of an expert chef. Sit to feast on your creations with your fellow chefs and enjoy recipes to take home at the end of your class.


  • 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

Your cooking class will begin in central Florence, where you’ll meet up with your small group. Follow your instructor through the historic central market of San Lorenzo as you shop for fresh, local ingredients for your meals. While traveling through the hub of activity, watch the animated exchanges between stall owners and Florentines.

Return to the distinguished cooking school with your guide and learn how to turn your ingredients into a traditional appetizer, two main courses and an Italian dessert. Afterward, reward your hard work in the kitchen by sitting with your fellow chefs to feast on your creations. Your instructor will pour wine to complement the meal and toast to your success.

At the end of your Florence cooking experience, you’ll be provided with Italian recipes to recreate at home.

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Customer Reviews

Jeffrey A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a terrific activity! Our group was only 4 people and we started with a tour of the San Lorenzo market. Walter was very knowledgeable and we got to taste various balsamic vinegars and truffle products. After the tour, we walked back to the kitchen and started cooking. We made bruschetta, fettucine with truffle sauce, meatloaf and panna cotta with strawberry sauce for dessert. Walter explained all the steps to us so it will be easy to make everything again. We also got a booklet with the recipes. I definitely recommend doing this!

Joyce R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

So good and it was so fun to go through the market and get our food. Walter was a wonderful guide.
Our final result was a delicious meal that we actually did ourselves!

Jay R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

One of the highlights of our trip.


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.

Richard K

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

William W

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!

Tamara J

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

Henry L

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.

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