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

Tuscan Cooking Class and Dinner in Florence

Make like a real Tuscan cook on this 4.5-hour evening cooking class in a historical palace (palazzo) in Florence. Working in a modern kitchen in the old building, learn how to create a quintessential Tuscan 4-course dinner of staples such as Hunter’s Chicken (chicken stew), fresh pasta and ‘tiramisu’ (cocoa, espresso and mascarpone pudding). Gain valuable insider tips from an expert local chef, and then enjoy your dishes during a convivial dinner, complete with well-matched Tuscan wine.

Receive personalized attention on a small-group class limited to no more than 12 people.


  • 4.5-hour small-group evening Tuscan cooking class in Florence
  • Learn to create a classic Tuscan dinner in a beautiful palazzo setting
  • Discover the secrets of dishes such as Tuscan Hunter’s Chicken and tiramisu
  • Create a 4-course menu with guidance from an expert local chef
  • Enjoy your dishes over dinner with complimentary Tuscan wine
  • Receive a recipe booklet to recreate your dishes back at home
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your chef in a small-group class limited to 12 people

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What You Can Expect

Tuscan Cooking Class and Dinner in Florence

Learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine on this small-group cooking class

Meet your guide and the rest of your small group near Piazza Santa Trinita in central Florence. After making your introductions, walk to the nearby cooking school, housed in a medieval Tuscan palazzo across the Arno River.

As you cross the river, stop to admire the views of the magnificent Ponte Vecchio. Then, when you arrive at the school, head inside and find your allocated spot in the modern kitchen.

Next, listen avidly as a friendly, expert chef talks you through the 4-course dinner you’re about to cook.

Your menu will vary according to the day of your class and the availability of ingredients, but typically, you can expect to prepare a classic Tuscan meal of favorites such as potato gnocchi (dumplings), Hunter’s Chicken (chicken stew), and a dessert such as tiramisu. See the Itinerary below for sample menus.

Put on your supplied apron and set to work following the provided recipes. As you prep, get helpful tips from the chef and gain valuable insights into local culinary traditions and techniques that you can use to impress family and friends back home.

With your meal ready, take a seat at the communal table in the charming dining area and savor your finished dishes in the company of your fellow cooks. As you eat, enjoy a glass of wine — your experience includes a complimentary bottle shared between four people.

Discuss your efforts with your companions and learn the strengths and weaknesses of your dishes in the eyes of your chef.

After your convivial meal, receive a recipe booklet to take home with you and then say your goodbyes. Your tour ends when you leave the cooking school.


Sample Menus:

  • Eggplant caprese (tomato and mozzarella salad)
First course:
  • Potato gnocchi (dumplings) Meat sauce Bolognese or pesto alla Genovese (pesto and basil sauce)
Second course:
  • Tuscan Farmer’s Chicken (chicken stew)
  • Tiramisu (cocoa, espresso and mascarpone cheese pudding)

  • Vegetable millefoglie (vegetable stack)
First course:
  • Spinach and ricotta-filled ravioli
Second course:
  • Tuscan Hunter’s Chicken (chicken stew)
  • Chocolate soufflé

  • Zucchini Parmesan (baked zucchini and Parmesan cheese)
First course:
  • Cannelloni pasta and sauce
Second course:
  • Chicken Marsala (chicken and mushroom casserole with Marsala wine)
  • White chocolate mousse with chocolate rum sauce

  • Potato brocatelle (soufflé)
First course:
  • Fresh pasta and sauce
Second course:
  • Chicken Tartara (chicken in mayonnaise-style sauce)
  • Ricotta cake with pineapple sauce

1 bottle of wine for every four people

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great class. Not only where the chefs and staff friendly, the other people taking the class were fun too. You start by cooking the meal then you sit down and eat. It's a wonderful way to spend a night in Florence if you are into food.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My wife and I were the only people that showed. The chef was humble, talented, and very willing to explain things in detail. I know it may have been different if more people were there, but Im sure he would acclimate to a larger crowd nicely. The food we cooked came out excellent, we actually learned a few things and the overall experience with eating dinner down in their wine cellar was an awesome experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was an awesome experience! Alessandro was our chef for 4 of us at one station and 5 at another. We were able to participate in making the appetizer, gnocchi, sauces, chicken dish and dessert. Alessandro was very patient and made sure everyone was involved in the cooking. After we were done, we went downstairs to a lovely dining area and were served our dinner with wine. It was great fun and everyone in the class appeared to be having a great time!! Great value for the money - and you get the recipes to take home.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The food was delicious and the experience was great! I would do it again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Valerie with Walks of Italy and bus driver Michelina through our Viator purchase were quite amazing! It was very apparent she enjoyed her job and was quite well versed in the history and knowledge of everywhere we went. She spoke great Englis b and had lots to suggest.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We traveled to Italy for my mother's 80th birthday and did many wonderful things during our stay. The cooking class in Florence was one of the highlights of the trip. It was enjoyed by all 10 of us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My daughter and I took this cooking class our first night in Florence and it was a great way to learn Italien cooking and enjoy meeting other tourists. The recipes were delicious, plenty to eat and wine to drink and nice company to enjoy it with. The chefs were terrific. A little crowded with 20 people but we also took a pastry baking class with them in the afternoon and had a private lesson. Same chef and he was great. We made biscotti and cannoli so and we loved it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great fun and a wonderful meal. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My wife and I had a wonderful time at the class - one of the highlights of our trip. Made an awesome chicken cacciatore and fresh ravioli dinner. The chefs were very funny and personable, and we had fun eating afterward. One of the best meals we had in Italy!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was well worth the time and money! You have four to six people who you cook with and there is plenty of room. The chefs do a great job in showing you and helping you if necessary and salvaging if you really mess up. Everyone at all the tables eat together at the end of the night and your with people from literally everywhere. Oh yes, they supply you with plenty of wine. We made some great friends that night and have been in contact long since our trip was over. We highly recommend this!

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