5 star rating: Highly Recommended 81 Reviews

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

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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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Extremely well done

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

The course included both a market tour and cooking class. Both were educational and entertaining. The chefs and help were all fluent in English. And, after prep of the multi-course meal, the class members all enjoyed a delicious and fun meal together with much wine and conversation. I highly recommend the course.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Wow! This was the highlight of our trip to Florence. The chefs, especially Francesco, we're fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

I really loved this tour! The food was amazing and I loved tasting different things in the market. I would recommend this to everyone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

The cooking class and the trip to the Market couldn't have been better. The class turned out to be just my daughter and I. Because of this we were able to do so much more. The food turned out excellent. I would gladly do it again. Our chef was great in guiding us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

If I could give this tour more than 5 stars I would! Chef Francesco was awesome! He was entertaining and taught us so much about the local food and Marketplace. The Market was BEYOND SPECTACULAR! If you have the opportunity, book this tour early in your Florence visit so you can return to the market place. On the day of your cooking class the market tour is limited and the place closes before your class is over so go the next day and just shop and sample and savor this incredible market! After we had purchased what we needed for the class we walked to the cooking school and were joined by two other chefs to make a delicious (though very simple) Italian lunch complete with appetizer and dessert. This was a fabulous day and I would do it again or would sign up for more classes they have at the school. Even though the tour said there would be a maximum of 12 people, our group had 15 excluding the chefs but was still a great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

This was a lot of fun. We were met at the market by our lovely chef. We did tastings at the market and then went on to the kitchen. All well organised and fun staff. Our lunch was served down in the atmospheric wine cellar with lots of wine supplied - a great day and new skills learnt.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our cooking class! We loved our trip through the market, tasting and learning the differences in olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Brava to our chefs! What a fun experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

How good was this tour? I would go back to Florence just to take this tour again! I was in the Tuscany area for 18 days and this was by far and hands down the best day there! You won't be sorry you took this one!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Excellent!! Francesco was very friendly and patient. Our balsamic vinegar tasting at San Lorenzo market was superb and we got to cook up some really yummy Italian food. Would recommend this to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Without a doubt the best experience you can have to take in the culture and culinary skills of Tuscany. The chef, Fransico, was very friendly and funny. This trip was both educational and entertaining. When you look at how much you paid versus the time and quality of food prepared, you are getting more than what you paid for. This is a must do activity if you are visiting Florence.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

This was so much fun, and we made one of the best meals that we ate in Rome!
Chef Francesco was wonderful and we also learned a lot at the market.
Having lunch in the wine cellar was a special touch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

This was my favorite tour we did in Italy! The guides were very friendly and made the experience so much fun! The food was wonderful and you even get the recipes to take home!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Great memory of our trip. My sorellas and I took it together! Class was fun, but eating our dinner in the wine cellar was awesome.would recommend this tour for sure. Lived seeing the beautiful markets for shopping. Recommend you go early in your trip so you can go back to the market to shop! So fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

This was an amazing tour! Chef Francesco is the best as he took us on a market tour with tastings and advise on how to buy fresh produce. The cooking class was perfect as we actually made an entire meal and learned how easy it is to make pasta and then enjoyed it afterward in the wine cellar with wine. We would definitely do this class again and will be putting our new skills to use at home!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Excelentes e divertidos o curso e a visita ao mercado!Professores alegres deixando o grupo(21 alunos) bem à vontade para aprender o que ensinavam.Aula bem prática,facil de entender e de fazer o que foi ensinado.O nosso professor,em espanhol,foi muito atencioso,alegre e prático nos seus ensinamentos.O resultado de tudo isto foi um belo almoço,com belos e bons pratos,e com grande confraternização entre todos os participantes.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

I would recommend this trip to anyone, it was bought for my hubby's birthday and it was so much fun and we learned so much, were so happy. Well done to our amazing chef Allesandro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

My friend and I were greeted by the rep with a wonderful smile and guided to where we were going to learn to cook. The chefs were wonderful and funny and really explained things at the market and whilst cooking. It was an amazing experience and the food we made turned out wonderfully and was served in the wonderfully romantically lit cellar and of course a wonderful glass of wine to finish the day. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone. Bravo!!

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