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Martina Freddy and Carmella were wonderful hosts. The day started in Florence with a walking/history tour of Florence. Martina shared some really fun and interesting insights into Florence and its food culture. We took in some sights as well as the San Lorenzo Market and then headed over to the Walkabout Tours property for the cooking portion of the tour. This was so much fun! We were able to take part in as many demonstrations as we wanted as well as have hands on time of our own. The food and wine were abundant and delicious.
This cooking class was fantastic and I would recommend this for anyone looking for something a little different of an experience. We had a fantastic tour guide, Olivia, that was able to share little tidbits about Florence and how the locals cook and shop.
To start our day, we got to go on a brief walking tour of Florence on our way to a produce market, bakery and meat market. It was interesting to see the little shops and we were able to purchase a couple snacks along the way which were delicious. I believe this part of the tour is not offered on Sundays as the market is not open and I would recommend doing this on a day where you can experience this. After picking up all our food we went on a short bus ride to the villa where the class was taking place. This was a beautiful property with amazing views of Florence, make sure to bring your cameras!
The cooking portion of the day was so much fun! We were given valuable instruction on how to make each item, people in the class got to complete different tasks towards making the meal and the guides and chef were so much fun. As a class we made bruschetta, bolegnese sauce, pasta, pork loin and potatoes, tiramisu and gelato. At lunchtime, we were shown how neapolitan pizza is made and we were able to make our own personal pizzas in the wood burning oven outside.
After spending a couple hours cooking, we got to sit down to our very own meal of pasta with bolegnese sauce, pork, potatoes and desserts that we made and it was all delicious.
This is the third time i have taken this tour. It is that good. Lavi and Gloria provide you a terrific tour in Florence, especially the Central Market. The location in the hills of Florence is absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend this tour!
I highly recommend this tour. It was very informative seeing the fruit and vegetable market as well as the central market where we purchased the cheeses and meats needed for our meal.
Our guide was quite knowledgeable on the history of Florence, cooking methods and provided us the correct way to pronounce the foods in Italian in which we were making and not how we American's pronounce it.
The food was very delicious!!! The scenery was awesome!!!
It's been over two weeks we just got back from our vacation and I am still reeling over how much fun I had in this class. It was the highlight of our trip. Lavinia, Olivia and Carmela were the most informative, knowledgeable, and enjoyable instructors I have ever had and I've taken a few dozen classes. We made bruschetta, pizza, pasta from scratch, pork loin with yummy potatoes, tiramisu and gelato. I am looking forward to receiving the recipes so that I can try them at home -- maybe incorporate a couple for Thanksgiving. The market-bakery-vegetable tour was amazing. The farm house and surrounding view were incomparable. If I ever get back to Florence again, you can bet I am going to plan my trip around another one actually more of these cooking classes.
Thank you, ladies, for a wonderful day.
Michelle and Jim from Southern California
The cooking class was so much fun! Martina, who was our walking tour guide, was fun and lively throughout the walking tour which included the San Lorenza market. We learned several great techniques for food food preparation that I have already reproduced at home ragu and handmade pasta Even my mother thought they were fantastic, she may be a little biased, I am sure. However, I was able to recreate the recipe just based on the methods learned in class. I would recommend this class to everyone that has an interest in coking italian style and is looking for a great time out from the crowds in Florence.
Can I give 15 stars?? This was the highlight of my trip. Just amazing. We started with going to the market to get produce, where Lavi shared the value of ingredients to Italians and their healing powers. Then we were off to get fresh bread, then fresh cheese and then fresh meat. I'm never buying mediocre ingredients again!! Next we were off to the farmhouse, and the adorable Carmela!! She showed us how to cook pasta from scratch, ragu sauce, pizza, bruschetta, tiramisu and gelato. All that food! And wine! I didn't eat until noon the next day. I had a blast, learned alot and have a better appreciation for food and using the right ingredients. Lavi and Val were great guides, so sweet and kind. I highly, highly recommend doing this when you're in Italy.
Outstanding! Our tour guide Gloria began the day with a walking tour of Florence - to an area where we visited some small produce stores followed by a visit to the city market. Meats, cheese, bread and tomatoes were selected and purchased for use in our cooking class. We were then transported to a farmhouse in Tuscany - a beautiful setting - where we spent the day preparing bruschetta, pasta, pizza, gelato, tiramisu and more. Chef Carmela was delightful and we all enjoyed the wine, food and the fun of the day. Highly recommend this activity to anyone who visits Florence.
My Mom and I took a 3 week European vacation, including Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, and England ... this class was the ABSOLUTE HIGHLIGHT of our entire vacation! We had so much fun buying groceries in the Florence Marketplace, with our guide Elisa, before heading to the beautiful farmhouse to spend the rest of the day cooking, drinking, eating, and hanging out with a group of about 24 people. Our awesome Chef, Carmela assisted us in cooking more food than we thought we could possibly eat, including bruschetta, beef ragu, pasta, pizza, tiramisu, and more! Thank you Elisa, Carmela, and Walkabout Florence! We can't wait to come back and do it again. Buon Appetito!
Julian, Molly and Chef Isak with Walkabout Florence were amazing! This was one of my favorite days in Florence. The tour around Florence was informative and going to the different markets to buy our ingredients was great fun for this foodie. The views from the house in Tuscany were spectacular! As a culinary graduate and owner of a catering company, I thought the instruction and recipes were top notch. It was such a fun day and I met lots of new friends. If I had one negative comment, it would be that there is no pre-warning in the description of the tour about how much walking is involved both during the walk around Florence and to the house in Tuscany. All in all, I would do this class again. foodieheaven
Although there was no Local market tour the tour was magnificent. Molly, our guide, was very informative and her interaction with the non- English speaking cooking instructor Carmella was excellent - one of our best days of our holiday.
Very hands on and great food.
Gloria and Lavi were wonderful guides and Carmella was a great teacher. We started with a walking tour of Florence and the market which was both fun and interesting. The cooking class at the farmhouse in Tuscany was incredible fun and the food was delicious. Don't bother making dinner reservations for later, you will be stuffed.
Very enjoyable tour. Fun time shopping in marketplace as well as learning how to make some Tuscan classics. Delicious meal to top it all off. Highly recommend this tour.
My family of four mom, dad, two teens booked this tour last minute, and we're so glad we did. We had a great day, it was one of the highlights of our European trip. We loved that it was a small group, our guide Olivia was knowledgeable and fun, and we learned a lot on our walking tour through the markets to buy ingredients. Then a short bus ride to the estate just outside the city. It was a gorgeous spot, with beautiful views. Carmella, our chef/teacher, was engaging and energetic, and the cooking was so much fun, my teens loved that you could participate as much or as little as you wanted, so they got involved in the bits that interested them, and hung back at other times. The food was great, the experience was fun, it was a great day all around. We would highly recommend this class to others.
Fabulous full day, more than a cooking class. The guides Julian and Molly and Chef Isaac made the day fun and relaxed. The cooking was amazing but the eating was so much better, so much great fresh produce purchased on a market tour early in the day. Great value for money
We were not sure what to expect from this tour which started with a walking adventure through the markets and attractions in Florence. Our host Sandra who was later joined by Valeria was wonderful fun of information and excitement about Florence and cooking which in turn made the tour very pleasant. We enjoyed our walk and tasted food as we went to different places, even though our feet were dead from several days of walking prior to this. A good tour guide can make even sore feet seem to disappear when they are so full of life and encouraging. We were taken by a comfortable bus to the villa where they have the most wonderful landscaped place with the best kitchen of Chef Carimela. There we spent a glorious afternoon learning how to prepare food and eating it. You must try their wine and buy a bottle to take home as well. We make bruschetta, pizza, pork and roasted potatoes, our own pasta and meat sauce, tiramisu and gelato all from scratch. It was a wonderful day and we fully enjoyed the pace and structure of the event. Walkabout Florence hosted this day and we applaud our hosts and chef!!! We returned to Florence but comfortable bus and await to have our recipes sent to us so we can continue to cook Italian at home.
Ed K Australia
This tour is absolutely wonderful. We both found the complete experience a highlight of our travels and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone considering a similar activity. Our tour guides took us on an exciting adventure purchasing the raw materials we would use later in the day whilst highlighting interesting landmarks as we walked thru the food stores and Market. Chef Carmello was both brilliant in showing us the Tuscan style of cooking as well as exciting in her delivery.
A truly great event
Since I am a foodie and love to cook, I loved this experience. The farmhouse was in a beautiful setting and a dream kitchen for anyone who loves to cook. The area we ate and made pasta was a dream and very conducive to talking with the group. The one thing I was not happy with was the groups size. I had thought there would be less people and each of us would be able to have hands on with all the dishes. I would be willing to pay a little more for a more private class. I did enjoy myself but would enjoy more a smaller group. I also am sorry it was a holiday so we missed the market. Definitely would do again. Our guides were fun and kept the group engaged. The chef and her staff were wonderful and Carmella was very funny and entertaining as well as a great chef and teacher.
Absolutely one of the best tours I've done. Sandra and Gloria we're both professional and fun, making sure everyone had a wonderful time. The walking tour to the markets and the cooking lessons in the fabulous Tuscan hills with great food will be something I will remember forever.
Thanks for the wonderful tour!!!
My fiance and I were so very impressed with the tour and the entire day. From the minute we walked into Walkabout Tour and met Sandra - we were thinking, this is going to be great! It is clear to see, she loves her profession and is proud to share the legends and historical facts about the city as we moved through the streets to the market and up to the farmhouse. The tour is so well organized. We met Gloria and the other half of our tour participants as we boarded the bus and off we were to see Carmella. What a character and a lovely woman - authentic, spirited and fun! I cannot say enough about the great time we had, the food we made and ate and the drink. There was not one thing I would change about this adventure. Sandra was just top notch! We will have this memory for a long while, and will do this again when we return to Florence. Thank you Sandra, Gloria and Carmella. This is a must do in Florence!
This experience was out of this world!!! Started with a great guide, Julien and a walking tour of the market and some local landmarks. After a short bus ride, we arrived at the farmhouse for food preparation. We have lots of fun with the other group and their guide, Valeria. Carmela, the chef that worked with us was wonderful. Can't wait to get the recipes via email so I can cook them at home.
The tour definitely gives you the full bang for your buck! The morning is a 2 hour your across the city where Lavi stopped along the way pointing out different food facts with just a hint of Florence history. The tour ended at the central market where we picked up the meat and final ingredients for our cooking day. Then the short bus ride outside of city center brought us to a beautiful view of Florence. The estate where you spend the day cooking and drinking was beautiful, clean and had amazing views! The cooking lesson was the perfect balance of preparing our own food and not waiting too long for certain steps like the pizza dough to rise, for example. Lavi and molly were fun and energetic and great at translating for Carmella! We loved it all!
Our experience with this tour was great! The walk in the city and the market were relevant to food and Gloria was very knowledgeable. The second part was amazing as well! Lavinia and Gloria make such a great pair and were great hosts. We had lots of great food and wine, and everything was delicious! I would highly recommend this tour!
I am so glad I decided to book this for my daughter and myself. I've taken a lot of tours in my travels but this one was by far the best. Our guides Valeria and Mollie were amazing and you could tell how much they loved their jobs. Valeria did an amazing job taken us around Florence to buy staples for our class. I've been coming to Florence for 20 years and learned so much from her. The next day we went back into the market back tracking to all the places she brought us too!
The cooking class was incredible. Set high in the hills the view was breathtaking and the cooking facility so top notch. Making so many fabulous dishes in the company of such wonderful people we met was a day we will never forget. Can't wait to get the recipes and recreate them for our family back home! Thanks again for such a wonderful experience. We will forever cherish these memories.
This was so much fun. We started out with two guides Olivia and Sarah that split the group and took each group through the City showing up some of the History and where to buy the ingredients for our cooking class in the City and at the Market Place. After a short ride we met a wonderful and sweet chef Carmilla who taught us how to make Bruscetta, homemade noodles, pizza dough, Roast Pork and potatoes, Tiramisu, Gelato and then was taught how to make pizza by two kind gentlemen. What a fun time and highly recommend this adventure to all.
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