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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, and tiramisu
  • 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 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

7citylights

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was the highlight of our trip. .We were treated royally, luxurious views, kitchen modern and impeccable. , food was amazing. The grounds on the Tuscan hills were splendid. Our dining room was all glass looking out onto the hills. Lavigna and Carmela pulled out all the stops for us.t

Alena B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great walking tour to start the day with our guide Gloria. Little insiders knowledge into the food and culture of Florence. The farmhouse location is beautiful and the food is delicious and plentiful. A day of fun, food and wine :)

Tyler

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

What an amazing day! Starting with a short walking tour of Florence, and purchasing the ingredients to the later cooking lesson at a picturesque farmhouse in Tuscany, the whole experience was absolute quality. Our four hosts ( Martina/ Lavinia- our guides, the lovely Italian Chef and Isak the Chef from Seattle) were of the highest quality. Their attitude was way above any expectations and absolutely nothing was too much trouble. I am positive that every single person had a day to remember. With out a doubt this is one of the best tours I have ever been on- an absolute must for any visitor to the wonderful city of Florence.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We had such a great time on this cooking tour! It was my fathers 60th birthday present, the 5 of us came from Dubai, London and South Africa. It is probably one of the best things I have ever done in Europe and I can recommend it to anyone in or around Florence. The guides Martina and Lavi were professional, charming and funny and really helped to make the experience more memorable. There was a beautiful dog Falco at the farmhouse! I highly recommend this tour!

Mr DK L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A fabulous day with wonderful guides, Livinia and Martina. It was well organised, informative and a lot of fun. We enjoyed eating it nearly as much as we enjoyed preparing it.

Jill S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I've been coming to Florence for years and have taken any number of tours and enjoyed various experiences. This was the highlight of my last trip as well as one of the most memorable ever! Great fun, food, wine, learning experience, beautiful sights and lovely people. Carmella rocks and so does Livi. Best of Florence for sure.

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We started the day meeting at the walkabout office in Florence. There we met Lavi and the rest of the group that would be on the tour. We walked with Lavi to the vege store, bakery and the central market to buy the food that we were going to prepare at the farm house. On the walk Lavi gave us some information on Florence. She showed us where MichaelAngelo lived and told us other interesting history facts about Florence. Lavi by the way, is beautiful, smart and speaks beautifully. She showed us how to shop for certain items and when we were done shopping we went to the farmhouse to start our cooking lesson. The kitchen was a professional kitchen, adjacent dining room had all glass windows over looking a beautiful landscape above Florence. It was the perfect setting. We met Carmella one of the chefs who was from Italy who sang in Italian and danced while teaching us how to cook. she was a real live wire. Issac a chef who was from the US translated for us what carmella was saying, and teaching us to cook as well. He was charming and had a great sense of humor. We made brushetta, pizza taught by Carmellas neice who owned a pizza place in florence baked it in the wood burning oven that was on the property. We made fresh pasta, bolognese sauce, pork roast, potatoes, gelato and tiramisu. Lets not forget we drank wine and beer with our food too. This class is a must. It was the highlight of our trip. A relaxing day, instead of the running around sight seeing. I cant say enough about Liv, Carmella and Issac all tutti bene!

Richard G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We had a wonderful time. Our guide, Lovinia's, passion for her culture and her city were energizing and engaging. This was a fun day, educational, and really improved my understanding of life in Tuscany.

Mandy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I had a great time on this tour! The guides, walking tour of the markets, and the food were all fantastic. It's a good way to spend a day in Florence.

Only thing to mention to either WalkAbout or Viator is that I never received the recipes that we were promised would be emailed to us. Can you please send?

Chelsea G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

My husband and I debated whether or not we should pay this much for a tour cooking class. We had so many other things we wanted to do and were trying not to go overboard. Then, we finally pulled the trigger! Some of our best memories from our honeymoon are from this cooking class! The food was delicious and they serve a good amount of beer and wine once you sit down to eat. The Tuscan farmhouse is owned by Walkabout Tours and it has the most beautiful kitchen and dining area overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills. It's really breathtaking and located about 20 minutes from downtown Florence. We couldn't believe how quickly the landscaped changed in a short drive away from the city. Once you arrive, you jump right into the first recipe but you have more downtown later in the day to mingle with the other people in your group. The walking tour was pretty slow-moving and the tour description makes it sound like you'll have ample opportunity to taste food during this portion of the tour. We had a couple of nibbles tuscan bread and parmigiano cheese. Be sure to eat breakfast because you don't want to miss any of the great information Martina shares about Florence!

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