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  • Location:Florence, Italy
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Small-Group Italian Cooking Class in Florence

Learn the art of Tuscan cooking on this 5.5-hour market visit and cooking class in Florence. Led by local chefs, visit Florence’s Central Market to choose fresh ingredients and then prepare a classic Tuscan lunch in the cooking school kitchen. Create dishes such as ‘bruschetta’ (tomato-topped grilled bread) and homemade pasta and dessert watched by your chefs, and savor your meal with your fellow cooks and two glasses of Chianti wine before receiving a diploma and recipe booklet.

Numbers are limited to 25 for this small-group class to ensure a personalized experience.


  • 5.5-hour small-group market visit and cooking class in Florence
  • Trawl Florence’s bustling central market for ingredients with expert chefs
  • Learn how to prepare a classic Italian meal in a home-like, cooking school kitchen
  • Create three dishes such as bruschetta, homemade pasta and sauce, and dessert
  • Enjoy your prepared feast with two glasses of Chianti wine
  • Receive a recipe booklet and diploma after your class
  • Enjoy personalized attention from the chefs in a small-group class limited to 25 people at most

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Italian Cooking Class in Florence

Learn Tuscan cooking from expert chefs on this small-group cooking class

Make your own way to the start point in central Florence and meet the rest of your like-minded small group and the expert local chefs taking your class.

Then, walk to Florence’s nearby Central Market. Located in a cast-iron 19th-century building, this bustling stall-fest all is a paradise for food-lovers.

Head inside with your chefs and trawl the stands for fresh ingredients. Meet the farmers and other vendors selling everything from fresh meats to local delicacies, and learn how to identify and barter for the best produce.

Then, armed with your goodies, walk to the nearby cooking school, where a typically home-like Tuscan kitchen with elegant, marble-topped islands awaits.

Listen intently as your chefs talk you through the lunch menu for the day. Dishes will vary slightly according to the season and ingredients available, but you can typically expect to prepare bruschetta, different pastas such as tagliatelle or ravioli made from scratch, plus fresh pasta sauces and a dessert.

Pull on your apron and set to work under the watchful eye of your chefs, who will offer helpful guidance along the way. During breaks, enjoy tastings of the ingredients bought at the market, and then, once your meal is ready, take a seat in the dining area.

As you relax over your meal, discuss your efforts with your chefs and fellow cooks, and sip on two glasses of Chianti wine — the perfect complement to your food.

Afterward, receive a recipe booklet so you can recreate your dishes at home and a graduation diploma — both perfect souvenirs.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was definitely a trip highlight. I had so much fun I immediately booked another cooking class for the following day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was wonderful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a really excellent day - we were upgraded from the half day cooking class at no extra cost and went out into the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The staff were extremely nice when one of the party was feeling unwell. The food was delicious and the Chianti only served to enhance the mood and break the ice with the others in the group - we had a good giggle. Would recommend this class as a really good experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We so enjoyed this cooking experience the staff was very entertaining and informative!!!! We enjoyed the trip to the market and making a full dinner!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was the high light of our tour of Italy. Chefs David and Allen, made it fun, educational, entertaining and delicious. We can't wait to try out our new skills at home

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing experience! Alex was an incredible tour guide and chef. We learned a lot, ate a lot, and had a great time. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys Italian food.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was part of a family vacation for us. 6 adults We had a great time. We visited the market briefly and got some great insights into Italian food. Then we moved on to the kitchen to make tiramisu and homemade pasta, which we promptly consumed for lunch. It was one of the highlights of our time in Firenze.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We loved every minute of this tour! It made our day! Our chefs were very personable and we actually can't wait to share our menu and new skills with our family when we get home! We also loved the tour of the Markato Centrale. Fascinating and very informative. We went back the next day and explored it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The cooking class was a highlight of our trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We were upgraded to a higher-value tour with only 4 total people so this may not be directly relevant. The walk through the market was great. We were actually taken through a smaller market rather than the central one, which actually let us walk more freely and talk with the vendors. The cooking class was really well done and the food we prepared was fantastic, despite using very few ingredients. Giovanni was a great teacher and we picked up copies of the recipes to make at home. Would highly recommend.

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