Go hungry and be prepared to EAT!! Gloria, Francesco and Carmella were a lot of fun to spend the day with! Carmella has so much energy and is very entertaining to learn from! Our Pizza chef's were awesome too! If anyone knows what restaurant they own please let me know
This tour was incredible! I had so much fun with this one. It was non-stop cooking, drinking, and fun. Olivia was our tour guide, and we started out with a walk around Florence while stopping at different markets to collect our ingredients. After that, it was a quick bus ride to their estate where we learned to cook about 5 different dishes my favorite was the fresh pasta. They kept this tour informative and fun...and delicious, since we got to eat everything we cooked!
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!
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.
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.
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