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

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From $160.50

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  • 7 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the secrets of Tuscan cooking during this full-day experience, including a market visit and cooking class, topped off with a 4-course lunch. Shop 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 Italian dishes from scratch including bruschetta, pasta, roast pork, and tiramisù. Then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, complemented by Tuscan wine.
  • Visit a historical food market in Florence to shop for ingredients
  • Travel to a farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside for a cooking lesson with a local chef
  • Savor Chianti wine and other local varietals alongside your creations
  • Receive a cooking diploma and the recipes

Sample Menu

Starter

Bruschetta with fresh bread, homegrown tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil

Main

Hand made fresh tagliatelle with traditional meat sauce

Main

Tuscan roast pork with potatoes

Dessert

Tiramisu

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus (20 mins ride to get to the farmhouse)
  • Market visit and ingredients
  • Cooking class
  • 4-course lunch accompanied with wine
  • Recipes (sent by email after the tour)
  • Cooking diploma
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazza della Stazione
    Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

    Check-in 8:45 am - Your guide will be holding a WALKABOUT TOURS sign, right by the taxi stand at Santa Maria Novella train station across from the outside McDonald's Return: Santa Croce church area (different from first meeting point)

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your tour begins in central Florence, where you 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 and drive to a rustic farmhouse. Under the guidance of an expert chef, prepare a full Tuscan meal. Discover the culinary secrets behind Tuscan cuisine, from slow-cooked meat sauces to whipping up Italian pasta from scratch. Everything you make is seasonal but the menu may include roast pork, bruschetta, and tiramisu.

Finally, reward yourself with your 4-course meal. Complement your delicious food with Tuscan wine and good conversation. Return to central Florence and receive all the recipes by email so you can impress family and friends back at home with your Italian dishes.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We regret that vegetarian or other alternative dietary requirements cannot be catered for
  • On Sundays and public holidays there is no visit to the San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale (instead there will be a visit of the vegetable garden at the estate where you can pick the fresh ingredients)
  • Near public transportation
  • Due to uneven and steep surfaces, we are unable to accept anyone with walking difficulties or wheelchair users
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips


Just note there is a little bit of walking and standing so wear comfortable shoes.
If you have issues walking this may not be for you as there is a good deal of walking around the market and to the bus.
Be aware that there is some walking involved - about a mile and most on flat surfaces
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Highly Recommend if you Love Tuscan Food
Keith_H, Nov 2022
We had a perfect vacation experience hearing about the food history of Florence and experiencing great flavors. From the shopping in the market to the views at the villa looking out across the city, the event was great. We were traveling with multiple couples.
My heart is yours Luca & Carmela!
Kyla_S, Nov 2022
Luca was the most gracious host! The walking tour in the market was fabulous, we learned so much! Then off to the most beautiful Tuscan kitchen where Luca & Carmela taught us to prepare the most delicious 4-course Italian meal! They made it so fun!This was the top highlight of our trip to Florence.
Authentic, informative, entertaining and learned some mad skills too!.
Laura_L, Nov 2022
Shopping and learning about Florence food regions was incredible! Luca was so entertaining! Camila fabuloso.
We will be back!
Sherri, Oct 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this excursion. Luca was the best! I can’t imagine this day with anyone else. The estate was beautiful and the class was so much fun. We definitely recommend to anyone visiting Florence!
Such a lovely day!
Nina_C, Oct 2022
What a fun day!! We thought a 6 hour tour seemed a bit long but the time flew by so quickly. We started at the market and hopped on a short bus ride to the beautiful estate. The menu was perfection and Luca & Julia we’re SO great. Would absolutely recommend doing this while in Florence
Best tour I’ve ever done
Tiffany_G, Oct 2022
Best tour in Italy (or anywhere) by far and I already miss our leader Luca. My husband and I loved him so much, we learned a lot and laughed even more. Cooking together was so much fun and we made legitimately the best bruschetta I have ever had. Special shout out to Carmella who didn’t speak a lick of English but was still SO warm, kind, funny and full of life. They are both amazing chefs full of knowledge and skill and all the food we made together was incredible. Amazing experience, I highly recommend to anyone and everyone. Thank you Luca and Carmella, we looove youuu!!!
Wonderful class with amazing chef and beautiful setting
Larry_S, Oct 2022
This class was one of the highlights of our trip. Luca was adorable, hilarious, entertaining, and an excellent instructor. Before we left Florence for the farmhouse, he took us through the Central Market to pick up the food we would be preparing and introduced us to many of the purveyors. It was a quick bus ride to a magnificent estate just outside Florence. He kept the day moving at a great pace, keeping everyone involved every step of the way through our food preparation. He also kept us laughing and having a great time. We learned (hands on) to make pasta, bruschetta, and Tiramisu along with a delicious pork roast and ragu. Everyone in the class was also very friendly and social, and we enjoyed sharing our experiences together. The setting was gorgeous, and the "farmhouse" was more like something out of Town & Country magazine.
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It was a wonderful...
RithelaIsabel_G, Oct 2022
It was a wonderful experience: our tour guide, Olivia was great. The chef Carmela was wonderful, the recipes were easy to follow and the result was superb! The setting for the class, in the Toscany campiña, couldn't have been better. I recomend this class to anybody coming to visit Rome!!!
What a hoot! The people...
Peter_A, Oct 2022
What a hoot! The people we were with were brilliant. Luca, our guide and chef was extraordinary and an absolute font of knowledge. Our other chef, while she couldn’t speak a word of English made herself understood (Luca also interpreted a lot!) and was exactly what you would expect an Italian Nona to be like. Great day, great food, learnt heaps.
PLAYING WITH FOOD!
Angela_C, Sep 2022
Luca & Carmela could not have been more wonderful! The trip to the Mercato Centrale to pick out our ingredients was such a highlight! Luca spewed out more tips and recipes in casual conversation during the tour than most cookbooks can teach you! I was clinging to his every word! So informative! When we got to the cooking class, we were only 20 minutes outside of Florence, but were in the Tuscan countryside as if we were hours away. Enjoyed gorgeous views while we were sampling our Bruschetta and wine! They were so entertaining and funny and we learned so much! FUN! FUN! FUN! No matter what your cooking skill level, you will enjoy this day from start to finish! Lucccccccaaaa, I lovvvvvve you!
Highlight of our Trip!!!
nichellenelson, Sep 2022
This was by far the highlight of our visit to Italy. Gloria was our guide and Carmela was our chef. They were both AMAZING! So fun to be around and extremely knowledgeable. We started the tour at the market (we would have never known it was there without this tour!) and Gloria shared so much knowledge about different Italian foods and shared many samples. We then took the bus to a beautiful Tuscan farmhouse. Let me tell you... the kitchen was incredible. And sat on the hillside overlooking Florence. I will never forget it. Carmela had so much energy and I absolutely loved her. She shared so much about her family and her recipes. I think her and Gloria did an amazing job coordinating and organizing the group. It's hard work to cook and even more work to manage a large group and make it so interactive! The food was absolutely delicious!!! Definitely book this tour for your trip, you won't be disappointed.
Tuscan Villa Treat
Kristan_J, Sep 2022
Excellent experience with Luca and Julia. Such a treat to experience traditional cooking on a Tuscan estate with such knowledgeable staff. The market tour made us feel like genuine locals. Our only regret is that we didnt do this class our first day of our time in Florence.
Worth every penny and more
Chris_L, Sep 2022
An amazing entertaining and informative class. Olivia the tour guide could not be any more nice and kept the class informative the whole time Carmela the chef was hilarious made the process super easy and kept us entertained through the whole process. The view is worth the class alone completely breathtaking first class experience. Definitely would recommend anybody coming to Florence to take this class
Delightful!!
Cathy_R, Aug 2022
Luca was incredible! Fun, instruction was valuable and clear. The cooking class was a trip favorite. If I return to Florence I would take another Luca cooking class!
Cook with Love
Taylor_R, Aug 2022
Luca and Carmella were absolutely fantastic- kind, informative, passionate, and hilarious! We enjoyed touring the market and learning about many different traditional Italian recipes. The farmhouse itself has a stunning view, and the bus ride there is a great way to see the sights. One consideration is there is more walking involved than advertised, as you are walking to the market, to the bus stop a ways away, and then back to the bus (including many stairs). The bus drop off point was also quite a ways from the original spot which was pretty inconvenient. All in all, absolutely recommend this class for its fullness and passion into Italian cooking! Luca and Carmella steal the show- they are stars!
Fun, educational, delicious, and entertaining!
Jane_S, Aug 2022
Luca and Carmella offered a fantastic experience! They were funny, light hearted, educational, and thoughtful as they taught and worked with us. I was very impressed with their knowledge and professionalism! I would recommend this class to anyone who is looking for a hands on experience and knowledge of Florence! I would suggest doing it at the start of your trip, as Luca has lots of Florence recommendations that I wish I could have taken advantage of!
A Must in Florence!
Shannon_M, Aug 2022
We loved the tour of the market and all of the cooking tips plus advice on where to go in Florence. Luca was a fantastic chef & made the day. Plus the food at the end of the day was amazing
Fun food with Luca!
Cristy_S, Aug 2022
Luca was fantastic from the first moment we met in the market to the last getting off the bus! So funny, engaging and knowledgeable. I’d happily take cooking classes with him and his team every day. I’m looking forward to following along with his YouTube and IG lessons until the next time we visit Florence! He would be a perfect tv cooking show host!
An Unlikely Lesson in Family Cooking
Spyro_S, Aug 2022
Carmela and Lavi brought an incredible energy to a personal and familial cooking class. Lavi was quick to go above and beyond questions asked no matter how benign. Carmela, despite not speaking English, was able to communicate and connect with everyone in the class. Beyond a doubt one of my favorite experiences in Italy and one that I will cherish for a very long time.
The food was amazing but...
Elena_S, Jul 2022
The food was amazing but Luca and Carmella made it so fun, informative and special! I would love to do another tour with them when we come back! I will definitely recommend to anyone coming to Florence! Thank you for the amazing time and beautiful setting
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