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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 bruschetta, 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, bruschetta, pasta, and tiramisu
  • Savor Chianti wine and other local varietals alongside your creations
  • Receive a cooking diploma and the recipes

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. 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. 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 the typical Italian dessert, the classic tiramisu.

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.

Customer Reviews

stantonblmj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was really a great day. Beautiful scenery, mouth watering food, delicious wine, and good company!! Bennisimo!!

Ashley F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

My mother and I had this most amazing day touring the markets and the streets of Florence with Martina and cooking with Carmela!! There were many laughs and a delicious meal shared with new friends! Plus you are enjoying the whole day with the most gorgeous view and wine! A must do if you are going to be in Florence! Thank you!!!

TStone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This is a definite must! Isak and Carmela make this day just absolutely wonderful from the very start with the picking of the food at the market to the cooking in the beautiful kitchen. I took my two daughters with me and they loved it. If you do anything in Florence, pick this one. You won't be sorry... One of the highlights of our trip!

Leica F Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The day started with a visit to Mercato Centrale to gather fresh ingredients for the preparations ahead. A walk to the awaiting bus and then a quick bus ride to the farmhouse which looks back across the valley to Florence - stunning! The kitchen was a wonder in itself - superb - and it just added to the excitement of what we were about to undertake. Everybody had a go at chopping vegetables and herbs, preparing bruschetta, cooking the ragu, making the pasta although Issac was called upon to render intensive care assistance to one poor batch - which made the rest of the crew laugh, setting the potatoes to roast, and watching how to prepare the pork. Finally we got to make and decorate our individual tiramisu pots. We were then free to get ready to enjoy the wonderful food and company. Several glasses of Chianti, a coffee and maybe an after dinner nip later everybody was suitably satiated.

Both chefs were knowledgeable and fun. Isaac was the straight man okay with a very dry sense of humour to Carmella's charm, energy which we were warned about and skills. We both really enjoyed our day and felt that everyone at the farmhouse was professional and extremely efficient. It was a certain highlight of the trip to Italy.

Jeffrey W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour. Well planned and sensational food -that we cooked ourselves. The guide was clever, funny, and knowledgable. Everything was perfectly timed in a wonderful setting. The final meal of pasta, pork, tirmusu sp and a couple glasses of wine was a great way to cap it off. Great value for the money and lots of laughs.

Kristy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very fun and informative!!! Well organized. If you don’t like cooking, you didn’t have to participate there were pleased ty if activities to do for everyone, including drinking wine. The views at the farm house were lovely and the lunch was delish!!! Tons of food for the group.

Lucy in the Sky

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

My teens, ages 14yo and 17yo, loved it! I deliberately looked for a class that was challenging enough for teens and would not have small children, and this fit the bill. I was a little worried about the size of the group (26) but really it made it more fun and things ran so smoothly. We all received headsets (of note, better quality than we've had on some previous tours), and started with a visit to Mercato Centrale to gather fresh ingredients we would use to cook with. Then a quick bus ride to the farmhouse property, which has a beautiful state of the art kitchen set in the stunning Tuscan hillside only 15min from central Florence. We made Bruschetta, Beef Ragout, Pesto, Fresh Pasta, Roast Pork and Potatoes, and Tirsmisu. In the end, we enjoyed the many fruits our labor while sipping Chianti and taking in the breathtaking hilltop views. Both chefs were fabulous and fun. Carmella was so charming, energetic and sweet, and Isaac blew us away with his knowledge and wit. The entire staff was professional and extremely efficient. I noticed and appreciated how every detail of the experience felt upscale (but not pretentious), right down to the table setting and wine glasses. An AMAZING experience our family will not forget!

dana.gennett

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Fantastic Day in Florence. Loved going to the market such a great experience. With the help of Isaac the day was filled with so much fun and great food! Met a lot of nice people from all over really enjoyed myself!

Melissa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this tour and experience.......HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Isak and Carmella certainly know how to make the day very informative, fun and special. The location of the cooking school is AMAZING, the views incredible! I cant wait home to try out the recipes with family and friends, especially the home made pasta. If you love food, cooking, wine, learning about the local knowledge from a foodie perspective, this experience is a MUST!

dana T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Isak was our tour leader and he was awesome. The entire experience exceeded my expectations trifold.

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