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Fantastic!! A must if your in the Florence area
This was so much fun! The chef was a great personality, everyone in the class seemed to be having a blast! He pulled the kids to the front to make the gelato after we had all made our own pizza, our son was smiling ear to ear. We really enjoy cooking at home and this was a great tutorial on making perfect pizza crust. Different from the typical tourist stuff and really worth your time if you like to cook!
One of the BEST experiences of my life. The setting was impeccable overlooking Florence and Tuscany. The tour guide and chef were fantastic. The food! SO delicious. I was so stuffed after everything because I didn't want anything to go to waste.
INCREDIBLE! This tour was everything that we could have wished for and more. Exceeded all expectations! Stefano, our Italian sommelier tour guide was awesome from start to finish, full of incredible information and history regarding Tuscany and Chianti wines in general He also gives the best dinner recommendations for restaurants in Florence. The lunch on the tour was my personal highlight, overlooking the gorgeous Tuscan picturesque countryside with the most delicious food all paired back with various Chianti grown wines. This is a must if you're visiting Tuscany or Florence, even if for a day regardless of if you love wine...you will by the end of this tour. We can't wait to go back to Tuscany!
We are a Canadian family with three children ages 7, 9, 12 and I can say, without hesitation, that this was a highlight of our time in Florence. The kids LOVED it and we did too. Florenzo and Alex Alessandro did a wonderful job of keeping everyone engaged, amused and interested. They catered the information to both the children and the adults with good humour and lots of simple instruction. Our kids loved making their own pizzas and gelato and we left with very full tummies. In fact, it was the best pizza that we've eaten in Italy so far if I do say so myself. This is great value - a 3 hours class, great instructors, a full meal with wine tasting and dessert and a recipe book and 'diploma' to take away with you. You won't regret it...this is good times.
This tour was amazing.-Elisa and Freddie were great tour leaders. Carmella and the whole staff at the farm were gracious and made us feel like family. The entire experience from start to finish was one that I will never forget. We all got on the bus as strangers but left the farm as a family.
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!
This was an amazing experience for my mom and I. Martina and Sandra were wonderful guides throughout the entire thing. Starting with a walk through Florence highlighting different food and drink history/traditions was such a good plus! The group was small enough that walking through Florence was not an issue and it didn't feel like we were being herded like cattle as with other tours.
Martina and Sandra were personable, interested and funny. The experience at the farmhouse was almost too much for words. I would recommend this to Anyone visiting Florence that is interested in cooking and learning about food culture in Italy. Views and food were amazing and the wine was plentiful/wonderful. It remains one of our most favorite experiences of our entire trip! -Carrie and Cathy.
Gloria, Francesco...And Carmella. BRAVO! My girlfriend and I LOVED everything about this tour. If I could give 6 stars I WOULD! Was more than just a food tour which we appreciated. The entire team was extremely attentive and Farmhouse was amazing to be at. MUST DO and will be making all the food we made in Florence on the regular in NYC!
Wonderful tour! Beautiful scenery, excellent guide, great food and wine. All and all, an excellent way to see the Tuscan countryside and lear about wine.
We had Alex as our training chef. He was GREAT -- smart, funny, and delightful. My daughter 13 years old and I took the class together and had such a great time and a GREAT meal as a result. Highly recommend.
Steve from Philadelphia USA
We had a lovely day with the amazing Carmella and Lauvinia. It was a beautiful setting and there was so much food! Definitely recommend this for a great experience.
Francesco made the day I spent on this tour the best day of my entire trip. Everything was perfect! I strongly recommend this tour and Walkabout Florence!
Great friendly staff and the most beautiful views from the farmhouse! I can't wait for my recipes from our class to arrive so I can make all the dishes over again. Taking this class was a spur of the moment idea, but it ended up being one of my favorite days in Italy.
Loved, loved, loved this! Our instructor was very clear on instructions and we had a blast making our own pizzas! The gelato was a group effort, but was sooo delicious! My husband and I had a great time bonding over this experience since we don and #39;t cook at home! I definitely recommend this!
I think this was a highlight of our trip and a lot of fun. Walking through the town to get the food supplies and got some history tidbits in there as well. Carmella was our chef/cook and she was so fun and enthusiastic about what she does. Got a lot of great food ideas and the setting was beautiful. Would definitely recommend it.
What a wonderful experience. We were the only 2 on the trip so essentially it was a private tour. Matteo was a fabulous guide, very knowledgeable in the area and about wines. We were first brought to Castello Vicchiomaggio where we were given a tour we actually saw the owner of the winery! and had a nice lesson from Matteo on the nuances of Chianti wines, then it was off to Nozzole Winery, where again, it was a private tour through the winery with a wine tasting of 2 of their Chiantis and the evening ended with a dinner at the Castello San Polo where we had dinner in a mediaeval castle. There was a super full moon of the Tuscany hillside. No better way to celebrate my birthday. Even if you don't like wines, I would highly suggest this tour.
Very nice tour to explore 2 of the best towns in Tuscany! The walking tour in Siena was really good with a local guide and you can hear about the contrade history and then have free time in San Giminiano followed by a dinner in Chianti which was super good! Big portions (appetizers, pasta, meat and dessert!) and lot of wine. Totally recommend if you have only one afternoon to explore the Tuscan countryside!
One of the highlights of our trip! The lady helping out with the tour/translating for the chef was super sweet and the chef was great! We had such a great time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this class! You will not be disappointed!
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!!!
We loved this tour. Our guide Gloria was extremely knowledgeable and a fun guide. The wineries we visited were very unique and very beautiful. Our lunch was also extremely delicious. It was a long day but a great way to see the Tuscan wine region. I would highly recommend this tour!
This tour was great. I went with my mom and dad, and they got my dad to join in and cook. Making pasta was great and the food tasted great. Even though it a raining, it was still an awesome day. I would definitely recommend this tour again.
My wife and I enjoyed the entire experience. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, the food was delicious and the views were spectacular.
Christi W USA
My husband and I both like to cook and we learned how easy it is to make pasta from scratch and bruschetta and tiramisu and much more! The class seemed like a lot of people, but everyone got to make pasta and be a part of the meal preparation. This was one of the best meals that we had in Italy and we got to enjoy it with other foodies! Thank you to the whole staff for an amazing experience.
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