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Learn your way around an Italian kitchen with this full-day experience, including a market visit and cooking class, topped off with a 4-course lunch. Search for fresh ingredients at a Florentine market before venturing to a Tuscan farmhouse in the countryside. Take your cue from an expert chef as you create an Italian spread of pizza, pasta, roast pork and dessert. Then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, complemented by Tuscan wine.

Highlights

  • Full-day Tuscan food tour with market visit, cooking class, 4-course meal and wine
  • Visit a historical food market in Florence to shop for ingredients and sample food and wine
  • Travel to a farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside for a cooking lesson with a local chef
  • Prepare a traditional meal including Tuscan arista, pizza, pasta, tiramisu and gelato
  • Savor Chianti wine and other local varietals alongside your creations
  • Receive a cooking diploma and the recipes

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What You Can Expect

Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence

Learn how to make a delicious Tiramisu!

Your tour will begin in central Florence, where you’ll join up with your guide. Walk to a Florentine food market and peruse the stalls, each teeming with the region’s freshest ingredients, including cured meats, olives, cheeses, balsamic vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes and other Tuscan delicacies. Select some of these high-quality ingredients for your cooking class later in the afternoon and enjoy tastings of the food and wine.

Climb aboard a minibus and journey into the Tuscan hills, where you'll arrive at a rustic farmhouse. Under the guidance of an expert chef, prepare a full Tuscan meal, starting with an array of appetizers. Discover the culinary secrets behind Tuscan meat sauces and watch how to whip up Italian pasta from scratch.

Then grab fresh bread, tomatoes and olive oil to create a bruschetta and Italian pizza. Take a break to feast on your dishes, sitting down with a glass of Chianti wine.

Return to the kitchen to prepare traditional roast pork, seasoned with fresh herbs from the farm. While the pork cooks, learn how to make tiramisu and Italian gelato, using a freezing process that creates the ice cream's dense texture.

Finally, reward yourself with your 4-course meal. Complement your roast pork and desserts with Tuscan wine and good conversation. Before returning to Florence, you’ll receive the recipes you learned so you can impress family and friends back at home with your Italian dishes.

Itinerary

Please note: When Mercato Centrale in Florence is closed you will visit Sant'Ambrogio Market instead.

Customer Reviews

Mimosa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Molly was an exceptional guide through the markets of ,Florence, providing history and context and lots of interesting insights into the food culture of Florence. She was friendly and knowledgeable and the tour through town gave us an understanding of the food we cooked and savoured in the beautiful Tuscan farmhouse. Carmela, the chef, was a real character and a good teacher. The roast pork was particularly memorable. We also got to enjoy a spectacular view of Florence from the top of the hill on our way back. This was a great and delicious experience!

owen.wraight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was our favourite day from our whole 2 weeks in Italy. Great guides (Sandra and Valeria), fabulous food, good wine and lovely company.
Really enjoyed the walking tour of Florence, and of course the coffee and food tastings were a hit.
Fantastic Farmhouse with great views. Carmela was the best!

Trudy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing day! It far exceeded my expectations!

Jena S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

When I first saw how much it was, I wasn't sure if it would be worth it, but it was a bargain for all I did in a day. The market was so fun to walk through and Olivia, our tour guide, was friendly and passionate about this city. All the food was delicious and it was a wonderful day spent in the Tuscan Hill side.

bartmassey1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I loved this experience. I have always wanted to visit Tuscany and I simply love the food. This class is interesting, educational and in a location with an amazing view of Florence Italy. Worth every cent and more.

Taylor R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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!!!

Frank N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great job by our guides Valeria and Sandra, Totally enjoyable and unique experience with our entire family accompanied by good food and wine

Cathy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A MUST DO experience! Absolutely excellent from beginning to end. Tour guides Gloria and Lavi hope spelt correctly were superb. Friendly, happy, knowledgable and worked so hard all day to make a great day for us. Fantastic tips, super fun cooking an eating. All round terrific experience and well worth every penny. Myself, my husband and two kids loved this trip and chef Isaac was both witty, engaging and wonderful at sharing his knowledge. Definitely recommend this tour!! Brilliant thanks so much!

Marc S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was so much fun. We had Gloria and Lavi as guides and Chef Isak to guide us through the day. The information provided was fun and helpful. I can and #39;t wait to get home and try the recipes again. I would recommend this tour to anyone heading to Florence.

JUDIE United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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.

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