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This was the first thing I booked for my tour in Italy and could not have been more impressed. I was a little hesitant at first since I was by myself and everyone else in the class was traveling with a friend or loved one but Elisa, the rest of the team, and the group really settled my nerves. We were too busy learning and laughing to ever feel like I was singled out! I learned so much more about Tuscan cooking and the city of Florence than I could get anywhere else. Plus, the farmhouse is set up high and you're able to really see the city centre of Florence - it's an indescribable beauty! I cannot thank this crew enough for an amazing last day in Italy! Definitely book this tour!!!
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This tour was done by Walkabout tours and we had a wonderful tour. Our guides, Sandra and Martina were great and besides getting so much interesting and informative info about Florence and the history, the tour of the market and shopping for groceries was great. We loved the cooking class and learned a lot of techniques and loved actually making homemade pasta from scratch and cooking with the chef. It was by far our best tour and I would recommend it to everyone.
Excellent tour! Would definitely recommend! Our tour host Olivia was very knowledgeable and fun. The cooking class was tons of fun. The cooking instructor only spoke Italian, but this just enhanced the experience. Olivia and GloriaI think translated everything. Lots of hands on experiences and lots of food and wine! Well worth the cost! Do it if you have a day in Florence.
This was the highlight of our trip in Florence. We had an incredible time making pasta, tiramisu, and eating it too! The chefs were great teachers and were very hands-on and fun throughout the process. We even got a book at the end with recipes, things to do in Florence, and where to eat during our trip. I would recommend this class to anyone looking for a half-day cooking class that won't suck up the entire day in Florence, for those visitors only having a select amount of days in this area.
Doing what: Small-Group Italian Cooking Class in Florence
OMG!!! This was the most fascinating experience I ever had. Guys, guys, if you have Florence in you trip plan, book this cooking class. You will have amazing cooking experience with some history related to Toscan cuisine. 10/10 will come again!
Prepare yourselves for a most AWESOME experience. This was probably the most fun my wife and I had while in Italy. The day starts off with a walking tour of the city where your tour guide goes into the finer details of Florence that you would otherwise have missed. Our Guides, Gloria and Martina were absolutely incredible. You will walk through Florence and get a little bit of history and appreciate the beauty of the town, all while going shop to shop, picking up ingredients for your appetizer / lunch / dinner. That's right, a lot of eating, so don't make dinner reservations on the day you go on this tour.
After a fun and informative tour of the city we were bussed up to the farmhouse that has the most amazing view over the city. The view is truly incredible, the pictures alone fall short of capturing the beauty. Once you arrive you will meet Carmella, the Chef, who guides you through making some very tasty dishes. Carmella is so full of energy and such a happy person, she is an incredibly fun teacher. Carmella, Gloria, and Martina worked in perfect harmony to provide us an amazing experience. To label this as just a cooking class is short selling the entire event. If you are in Florence this experience is one that you cannot pass up
To Gloria, Martina, and Carmella, thank you so much for everything, we couldn't of hoped for a more wonderful experience!!!!
I like to do a cooking class when traveling abroad. And I this was a great class! The farmhouse is absolutely stunning and you will enjoy every minute there. It's the best experience and opportunity you'll have to make all of the Italian classics. Grilling the bruschetta bread, tossing the pizza dough, rolling the pasta, and whipping the gelato - it's the Italian food lovers dream!! I should say that it was a fairly large group with 20 to 30 people but the space could accommodate everyone easily.
We had an amazing time with Elisa and Laviana. They were so generous with their time and such fun hosts. Thank you both!
The local market tour in Florence was excellent! It's worth the extra money. We learned about the history of Florence, stepped into an old church, and learned about bread and ordering coffee in Italy. This was a really fun part of the day.
My wife and I did this tour while in Florence on our honeymoon. It was definitely worth the price and highly recommended. You start the tour walking the streets of Florence learning about the history and incorporating food in all the information. We then stopped for a coffee and learned about how Italians drink coffee. Next you head to the market to get ingredients for the cooking class. After you get everything you head up to the farmhouse in Tuscany. The farmhouse is gorgeous and I loved being up in Tuscany. The cooking class is taught by Carmela, a true Italian chef who has a great personality and was such a character. The two guides Sandra and Gloria also assist and help as well as a few other helpers throughout the cooking. All the food turned out great and I'm so happy to have learned some new tricks about making great authentic Italian food. Sandra, our group guide on the walking tour was great and very personable. She also had a ton of knowledge about Florence and I definitely would recommend checking out this tour if you're in Florence and have an interest in Italian Food!
During our 2 weeks in Italy this was THE Hilight of our trip ! it's a 7 hours worth every minutes. Visiting Florence, the Café, just the visite at the market we didn't do because of the rain but than at the farmhouse ! wow wow wow ! what an experience we cooked bruschetta, pasta, pizza, tiramisu, gelato all that in a magnific environnement and with a lot of Chianti vino ! I already recommanded it to friends who goes in August and they signed up for the class. We just wait for the recipes to impress our friends and family here in Québec ! I also have photos if you tell me how to do I will join them. Thanks again, good service, on time, good guides A
This tour was truly amazing! The staff at Walkabout Florence was excellent. Julian, our tour guide, was not only a local, but also had U.S. Background that made him very easy to follow and understand. He spoke both fluent English with slang and Florenzian. Since the market was closed that day he took it upon himself to give us a guided tour of the city on our way to the bus. We learned so much from him. All in our group were in awe of the tour, the food, really the whole experience. The chef was amazing and loves giving classes even though she did not speak English Molly and Julian translated and were able to help us with the cooking. The pizza chefs were top notch as well. We were stuffed when we left and enjoyed food and wine the whole day we were in the tour. I would not miss this tour if you are considering it for your time in Florence!
This was our favorite of the 9 tours that we took throughout Italy this was by far our favorite! I loved the walking food tour, learning the history of food in Florence and going to the market to get fresh food for us to cook with. Our guide, Lavina, was beyond great! She was a local and gave a great insight in to daily life of someone living in Tuscany. We then joined the other guide, Eliza, and went to the farmhouse to begin our cooking adventure with Carmela the chef. We learned a lot of techniques and loved the atmosphere the class created, everyone felt like a friend by the end of the class. A lot of laughing and even more eating! I definitely recommend this!
The cooking class experience was great. My daughter and I had a wonderful time learning the secrets of making authentic Italian Pasta, Pizza, Bruschetta, Tiramisu and gelato ice cream. Our guides Julian, Val and Carmella were amazing. The venue on a hill top was a superb location. The Pizza chefs were very friendly and inspiring. They taught us everything very well. On the whole, it was a memorable experience and we recommend it to everyone visiting Florence.
This day was so much fun, one of the highlights from our 2 weeks in Italy!!! And a nice break from visiting the great architecture and history and crowds in Florence. Molly and Julian were fantastic hosts, so energetic and funny, they made the day for all of us. Molly shared some interesting history of Florence and Tuscan cuisine that we hadn't learned elsewhere. And we met some nice fun people from all over the world, enjoyed wine and learned some culinary skills suitable for all skill levels, while having many laughs.
Note - we took a Vespa tour with a separate tour company and there was a cooking class in progress at that location. It was not the amazing setting and kitchen that we had, and lacked the energy and level of activities that we experienced. So if you are looking at cooking classes, choose this one...
What an amazing day !! I would recommend this cooking class to all that visit Florence .
The Knowledge of the Guide Martina was first class as she walked us around the ancient streets of the city and the location and beautiful surroundings of the cooking class venue was breathtaking , Thankyou
This outing was one of the best experiences I've had. The walking tour in Florence was interesting and informative, and fun! The cooking class was in a beautiful setting and was very well done. I enjoyed the cooking, the chef and instructor, Carmella, was excellent and engaging. The tour guide, Lavinia, was outstanding. Everyone involved with this tour through Walk About Florence was warm, friendly, intelligent and helpful. I highly recommend!
We had a great time at the cooking class! Our guide/chef, Giuseppe, was wonderful, as were the rest of the staff at the cooking school. It was a great evening and one of the highlights of our time in Florence!
Wonderful staff - lots of fun and very informative. Learned many things and ate the food we cooked after - some of the best we had in Florence - along with some lovely Classico Chianti
This was an amazing experience that I keep raving to everyone about! Took a 19 day trip to Italy, and did this class on our second day. Started off with Olivia our guide, taking us throughout Florence by foot, showing us how to shop for produce, meats, cheese, and other local specialties at small local shops, and the HUGE Mercato Centrale. Throughout the tour she gave us plenty of interesting and useful information about Florence, Italy, and even tips like how to order coffee like a local which was appreciated and useful for the rest of our trip. After shopping, we took the bus up to the hills of Florence to a hillside farmhouse villa that is in a breath taking location, and also beautifully renovated with a gourmet kitchen, beautiful patio and floor to ceiling glass dining room with panoramic views of the hills of Tuscany. The food that we cooked was simple but the tips on how to make things more authentic were great. We loved being with Carmela and felt that we really learned from the best! Even though I am an advanced level home cook, I still felt like this was a very fun experience with my husband. Would definitely recommend this to everyone! Thank you Olivia, Martina and Carmela for being amazing hosts!
Five stars is not enough! This was the best tour! We started in small groups of about 12 with our guides, ours was Elisa the other was Lavinia. We walked from near the Ponte Vecchio through the streets of Florence. As we went Elisa explained some of the customs, landmarks and food history of Florence. While we did this we also collected the food for our cooking class. We learnt about the tradition of coffee as well as had a cup Italian style. We went to the central markets where we learnt more about local food and made some more purchases. The two groups then joined together and we were taken by small bus to a Villa up in the hills to start cooking. Our chef for the day was Isaac. He made it all very easy. We made about six courses. Everyone had jobs to do and between eating the fruits of our labours and drinking the wine we had a fantastic day. All the staff were fabulous. We wish we had done this tour when we first arrived in Florence because it gave us a much better insight into Florence the people and the food. A big thank you to Elisa Lavinia and Isaac!
We enjoyed our walk through Florence and the Mercado Centrale, then the cooking class in a beautiful kitchen and lovely dining room on a hillside above the city. We learned a little history, ate some great food, and enjoyed Peroni and Chianti classico. We made bruschetta, pasta and ragu, roast pork and roast potatoes, and tiramisu. And we made our own wood-fired pizza that was a work of art. Our guide Julian was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He was a good host. Carmela the chef was energetic and fun also. And then a week or so after we got home Julian sent all the recipes so we can try to do it all over again at home. Very nice.
My husband and I recently took the cooking class at the Tuscan farmhouse just outside of Florence. After 2 weeks in Italy, doing a variety of things, we consider the day we spent cooking one of the highlights of our trip. The guide, Molly, could not have been better. She was funny, charming and informative. She helped everyone in our group feel welcome and connected very quickly. The farmhouse is gorgeous and the chef and his assistants were wonderful. We are all ready planning our next trip to Italy and arranging various tours with your company are at the top of our to do lists. Thanks to the company and please relay our great appreciation and good wishes to Molly. Ciao'!
This was a great day! And Valeria, our guide, was knowledgeable, patient, and had a great sense of humor. The tour started with a walk around Florence and Valeria was informative and helpful. We stopped at a small market to buy some of the ingredients for our class and then went to the Mercato Centrale to purchase meat, bread and cheese. After that we took taxis to the cooking site which was amazing - and indoor/outdoor space overlooking Florence. We cooked from about noon to 4, eating and drinking as we did so. Valeria translated for the cooking teacher who spoke no English to us but was incredibly lively and personable. At about 4 we all sat down to eat what we had created and it was all delicious. A great day and great fun!
We loved the cooking tour! It was to start off with a short walk in the center of Florence. Martina, our tour guide took the time to learn all of our names and was friendly and warm during the entire tour. We learned about some of the food history and culture of Florence before taking a bus to some beautiful grounds and a farmhouse just outside of the city. We thoroughly enjoyed the cooking demonstration/cooking class.
What a great time we had, this was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy. Sandra our tour guide was wonderful she was so knowledgeable,very friendly, funny and just a great person. We started off with a food walking tour of Florence, stopping at a produce stand and then going to the market for the rest of the food for our cooking class, it was really fun. Then we boarded a small bus were we met Valerie another wonderful tour guide who was very sweet and friendly. At the Villa we met Carmella our chef who was so much fun. We all got a chance to help with all the courses which were delicious we then ate everything we made served with wine and beer with the pizza.
I just think this was such a great way to spend the day with the beautiful people of Italy.
This tour is for everyone men and women and seniors like us.
Absolutely fantastic! Valeria, our guide, and Isaac, our chef/instructor, really made our day. They were very professional, but at the same time made the day such fun. Our cooking class was on a Sunday, so we weren't able to do the market shopping, but everything was ready for us at the Tuscan Farmhouse. Since we couldn't do the shopping, Valeria took us on a great 1 1/2 hour walking tour of some of the oldest parts of Florence, with a special emphasis on food and wine details. No doubt, this was a great highlight of our visit in Florence, and definitely the most fun day we spent there.
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