Whether it’s learning to make pasta at a Tuscan villa or exploring the market for ingredients, joining a Tuscan cooking class is a hands-on way to dine while in Florence, with some classes including wine tastings. Here are a few of our favorites.
Private Cooking Classes
Those looking for personalized attention and a private setting will enjoy a private cooking class in which a personal chef teaches travelers how to make an authentic Italian meal. This option is especially popular among those with specific dietary requirements (such as gluten-free eaters), as they can spend a day clearning how to use the best ingredients to make an all-natural meal that fits their needs.
Cooking Classes with a Dinner or Market Visit
Any good meal starts at a local market, and many Tuscan cooking classes begin by meeting a chef at a market to shop for the freshest produce with which to cook. Wander through stalls full of cheese, meats, and red tomatoes before heading into the kitchen to whip up a classic Tuscan meal. Some classes take place in the city, while others include a short drive to a farmhouse or villa in the hills. Either way, you’ll get to finish the class off by tasting the fruits of your labor.
Cooking Classes on a Tuscan Farm
For the full Tuscan culinary experience, combine the flavors of Florentine cuisine with views of the surrounding hillside. You might learn to make tagliatelle on a farm that’s surrounded by olives, or sip on chianti amid rows of vineyards where the grapes were originally grown. Wherever you enjoy your cooking class, you’ll likely receive a copy of the recipe so you can relive the experience at home.