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  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration:  4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Lick your lips and roll up your sleeves for an evening of food tasting and cooking during an exciting Florence Super Saver. Combining two best-selling food experiences at a discounted price, the Super Saver starts with a wine and olive oil tasting in a Florentine bar to introduce you to some of the finest Tuscan ingredients. Then, learn how to make classic Italian pizza and gelato with a fun-loving local pizza chef before devouring your creations with another glass of wine!


  • Florence Super Saver, combining a tasting session with a cooking class at a discounted price
  • Sample up to three glasses of Tuscan wine plus olive oil, cheese and honey in a Florentine wine bar
  • Learn about Tuscany’s renowned foods from a knowledgeable local sommelier
  • Discover the secrets to making high-quality dough and toppings from a respected local pizza chef
  • Hear about the ingredients and production techniques used to create authentic Italian gelato
  • Savor your creations with a glass of wine, and receive a ‘graduation’ certificate

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What You Can Expect

Florence Super Saver: Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Plus Gelato and Pizza Cooking Class

Sample up to three glasses of Tuscan

Florence Wine and Olive Oil Tasting (1.5 hours)
Meet your guide inside a Florentine wine bar in the center of the city, and take a seat at your table for your tasting session. Wine and olive oil are staples of Italian cuisine, and Florence — in the heart of the fertile Tuscany region — is perfectly placed to produce some of the country’s finest varieties.

Learn about the region from a local sommelier, and hear some of the secrets of wine and olive oil production in Tuscany. Next is the highlight: the tasting of three different Tuscan wines as well as various olive oils and select local produce such as cheese and honey. Samples vary, but typically include prestigious local varietals such as Brunello di Montalcino.

Your tasting session finishes after 1.5 hours, but you can stay inside the bar for longer if you wish, and make the most of another 1.5 hours of free time before your next experience starts.

Florence Cooking Class: Learn How to Make Gelato and Pizza (3 hours)
Meet your guide at the Food and Wine Academy School in central Florence, and start your cooking class by getting to grips with the basics and background of Italian pizza. Pizza Margherita took its name from Italy’s Queen Margherita, who was served a pizza that resembled the Italian flag with red tomatoes, white mozzarella and green basil. The beloved Italian pizza as we know it today was born.

With the help of your pizzaiolo, a professional pizza chef, learn how to make the tender and flexible dough that epitomizes a good Italian pizza, and see how to stretch it to the thinness of paper before topping it with a flavorful tomato sauce. It’s sure to be one of the best pizzas in town, and one made with your own hands!

After feasting on your pizza with a glass of wine (or soda), busy yourself with the important task of gelato making. Learn how to select the finest quality ingredients to produce intense flavors that are combined with a lightness and elegance you rarely find outside Italy. Discover how natural colors are developed and applied, and learn about different heating and freezing techniques to achieve the creamy texture of a perfect rich gelato.

Eat your gelato and receive your ‘graduation’ certificate from your pizzaiolo before finishing the experience.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We had lots of fun and great teachers for both classes. Everyone had a great time,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Definitely an enjoyable night. Virginia taught the wine and olive oil tasting, Julio and Davide the Pizza and gelato portion. They were all very good at what they do! Entertaining and nice and made for a really fun night.
In the description it says that you will meet inside a wine bar for 1 1/2 hours, and that there will be a 1 1/2 hour break in-between. Having to kill the time in-between the classes was a concern when booking but we decided to book the class. This was not the structure of the class at all. We met near Piazza Della Signoria, which was about a 10 minute walk from where we were staying(on Piazza de Duomo). We then had to walk back towards where we were staying beyond the San Lorenzo market( about a 10-15 minute walk) this wasn't the most convenient as we had an 83 year old relative with us. It would have been much easier had we been given the address of our final destination and saved the unnecessary walking.
Once we finally arrived at the school it was a great night. The olive oil /wine tasting ended and segued seamlessly into the pizza gelato making class. There was no 1 1/2 hour break in between (happily) and there was no having to move to another location!
*The description should be changed to better reflect the actuality of the time frame.
*The final destination address should be given to participants to avoid the unnecessary walking, which was considerable. Particularly with an elderly relative in tow.
All things considered I loved the class and would definitely recommend it!

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