Save10% on these popular tours by booking them together in this exclusive combo package!
- 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
What You Can Expect
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.
I would HIGHLY recommend this experience! Davide was great! I learned a lot about wine, olive oil, and balsamic in the tasting portion and the gelato and pizza cooking class was very enjoyable. Even though the class was full, we still had a lot of personal attention and overall it was a memorable experience I would encourage others to pursue. Oh, and it's great for all ages! We had kids as young as 5 in our cooking class!
Don't go on this tour if you don't like Chianti because that is the only three wines you will taste. The tour would have been improved with at least using videos to explain fermenting process instead of just talking about it. Skip this tour and look for one that goes to a vineyard instead.