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Wow! Both my husband and I loved this experience. Our day started with Martina and a two-hour walking tour of the historical center of Florence while making stops along the way to pick up ingredients for the cooking portion of the day. We were pleasantly surprised at how much we saw and learned during this portion of the day. The group was smaller and Martina was a lovely, energetic, and knowledgable. She also learned all of our names and made a great effort to include everyone.
At the end of the walking tour, we met up with Gloria and her small group, and we all boarded the bus to go to the Walkabout estate. It's a 20-30 minute drive, in which Gloria and Martina took turns explaining what to expect in the second portion of the day. They are both high-energy and clearly love their jobs, as they were entertaining and informative, and kept us paying attention.
The estate is breathtaking. It has a beautiful view of the city from the hills of the Tuscan countryside--along with a state of the art kitchen, plenty of outdoor space and a dining room enclosed in all glass, so you can see all of this from where you sit.
The cooking class is obviously the bread and butter of the day--and it did not disappoint. After our two smaller groups joined together, it seemed like a lot of people 25-30. But it actually worked well--we all took turns with the various tasks and everyone had room to breathe. It was fairly a relaxed environment--so you were never forced to participate but you were always welcome to if you wanted to. Carmella, the house chef, is an absolute joy. There is so much life in that woman it's impossible not to be infected by her positive energy. You can easily see that she has a passion for what she does, which is not only cooking tremendous food but also sharing that gift with so many people.
The food was amazing--some of the best we had in Florence. We didn't need to eat dinner afterwards and we cannot wait to get our recipes to start cooking for our friends!
If I had to list one area for improvement, it would be to make it more clear in the description just how much walking is required for this day. Again, we walked for about two hours at the start of the day--though Martina was really great about keeping it to a slow pace and making sure everyone was keeping up. Also, while we were transported to the estate by bus, there was an additional 7-10 minutes of walking downstairs/downhill upon arrival. That means uphill/upstairs to get back. While this may be easy for many, there were some seniors in our group concerned about the trek back up--so I think it's just important to note for anyone with reduced mobility.
Overall, one of our favorite days in the two weeks we spent in Italy--do yourself a favor and book it!
My wife and I had a great time at cooking class. We made two types of homemade pasta and two types of sauces. We also made tiramisu. At the end of the class we got to enjoy a great lunch of the food we cooked, which was one of the best meals we had while in Florence. The class size was small enough so that we each received personalized instruction but also large enough to enjoy the company of a nice mix of other people. The two instructors were extremely knowledgeable and gave us many useful tips. They were also great fun to be with. The class was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy.
This was such a great experience! My husband and I really enjoyed the cooking class with Carmela and Elisa and Valerie. They were so much fun and we were stuffed after preparing and eating all of the delicious food. Everything was very well organized and had a nice flow to the whole day excursion. One of our best days in Florence!!!
I had an amazing time !! Meet some great people ! I would recommend this cooking class in Florence Tuscany !!!
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.
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.
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.
Best tour experience ever! There, I said it. The experience was possibly one of the best that we have ever had on any vacation. We took the Walkabout Tours Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse on September 10, 2016 with Freddy as our guide. Freddy showed us wonderful hospitality and gave us a great walking tour as we bought our ingredients for the meal. The farmhouse was very much modern and comfortable for handling our group during our meal prep. Our group was made up of folks from the US, Australia, and the UK. It was a fun filled afternoon while we each took turns making our meal. Finally, we sat together in an outdoor dining room that overlooked a beautiful valley in the hills of Florence. We then had our favorite meal of our vacation, drank incredibly delicious Chianti Classico, and finally finished the meal with our own handmade Tiramisu. Overall, my wife and I felt that the value of this tour was well worth the cost and time. Freddy and crew made us feel completely welcome and provided an experience that we will always treasure. This tour should be on everyones to-do list when coming to Florence. You wont regret it!
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!
This was SO fun! We really enjoyed the atmosphere and Davide was such a great instructor. Definitely would recommend doing some sort of cooking class while in Florence, but we did especially enjoy this one!
The cooking class my daughter and I took in Florence was fabulous! Alan and Guseppe were very knowledgeable and taught the class with a lot of humor. We started the class with a trip to the market where we bought the meat and learned a lot about the local products. Then we made 2 pastas and 2 sauces as well as tiramisu. The food was amazing and I look forward to making the recipes at home. Also the book they leave you with is very informative. I wish I had it earlier in our trip. Take this class! It was fun!
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.
We had a great day with this cooking class tour! While we had fun, we learned to make a big italian meal that I was able to replicate once at home for my guests... this is a wonderful souvenir from this day and from Italy! Thank you Julian and Walkaboutflorence.
David was a great teacher and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the market and cooking class! It was great to have valet parking when we arrived at the office in Florence (extra 41€).
We would definitely choose another cooking tour with this company. Wish we had time for the Pizza/Gelato class!
I wish I could give this class 10 stars! Amazing! I did multiple activities during 3 weeks in Italy and this topped the list for sure. Explored Florence with our super friendly guide Sandra, gathered fresh ingredients, learned to cook from the awesome Carmela, and then ate our delicious creations!
What a FABULOUS experience! Valeria, Sandra and Carmela are INCREDIBLE, so attentive and eager to make your experience special. Loved the brief tour of gourmet Florence on our way to buy ingredients. Super fun and delightful cooking class. My husband and I laughed, cooked and made friends. PERFETTO!
What a day! Started off with a walk through some of the more significant historical areas of the city centre with detailed explanation from Julian en route to a variety of shops where the vegetables, meat, cheese and everything else we required for our day was purchased. We jumped on to a small bus and were soon out of Florence into the countryside 10 minutes or so. What a fabulous farmhouse/kitchen we were presented with panoramic views and spacious preparation, cooking and dining areas. We prepared, cooked and ate bruschetta, pasta, ragout, pizza, roast pork and potatoes, tiramisu and gelato and it tasted fabulous if I don't say so myself. To refresh us while we prepared and ate, Chianti Classico and Perroni filled our glasses. We had Isaac our chef to guide us, Julian and Molly our guides to assist us, two pizza chefs to show us how to prepare and cook real pizza and great support staff who presented us with an immaculately clean kitchen at the start and throughout the day. Everyone participated, ate and laughed through the day. An excellent day that will long be remembered. Thank you Walkabout Florence tours. Aussie Aussie Aussie. Oi Oi Oi.
This was an awesome experience and I highly recommend a cooking class during your trip to Florence. After we did this pizza/gelato class we tried to book a different one but they were all filled up. My 7 year old nephew loved the class, and it was his favorite day of the entire trip. My parents, and my husband also really enjoyed. It was definitely one the highlights of our trip as well. The cook was awesome and friendly and funny.
Awesome cooking class! We learned a ton, ate well and had amazing views of Florence. Highly recommend.
What a fantastic time we had with Walkabout Tours . I booked the class so our 13yr old son could join in and it was the best thing we did in Florence. From the start of the tour with our guide Lavinia Lavi walking through the the streets of Florence buying our food for the Cooking Class and Lavi talking about the history of the place to meeting up with Gloria and the rest of the class and going to the Farmhouse. Chef Carmella and her staff were wonderful. The whole day was fantastic, we would definitely book another tour with Walkabout Tours and would love to go back and do another Cooking Class.
Wonderful experience! Our guides, Molly and Gloria, gave a fantastic tour of the city while we shopped for the ingredients for our cooking class. Then, we arrived at the kitchen, and our chef, Carmela, taught us how to cook a wonderful Italian meal. The day was relaxing and mixed with good food, humor, and new friends. A must while in Florence!
My husband and I spent 5 days in Florence and this class was the highlight of our trip. Freddy, our tour guide was informative, hospitable, and funny.
The Farmhouse is gorgeous. The chef is adorable Italian lady. The cooking atmosphere is fun and playful. I highly recommend this tour if you are in Florence.
Thank you Lavinia, Gloria and Isaac! Very warm and friendly people, excellent local knowledge with a good sence of humor. And cooking skill of course. Excellent guides and cook.
Fantastic organization. Everything was planned and ready when it was supposed to.
First class facility for the cooking class on the hills overlooking Florence.
The bruschetta was heavenly. Striking, in a good way, was the difference in what the pizza tasted like compared to all other pizzas we have eaten through out the years. Nothing comes even close to the deliciousness of this one.
Homemade pasta, roasted pork and desserts. The perfect end to a fantastic day.
We had a wonderful time.
Goran and Natalie
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.
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