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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

Lesley S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

What a wonderful opportunity to eat fabulous food that we cook!!! As a added bonus it allows people to have a meal together from all societies and all walks of life! A wonderful experience.for a mother to teach her daughter!

Lindsey F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

One of our favorite things we did in Florence. Our tour guide Francesco had a great sense of humor and led us through a short culinary tour in Florence. We then had a short bus ride to the farm house, which had amazing views of the city. Chefs were great, food was amazing. Pizza was tops!!

Nicola M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Can and #39;t rate this highly enough. Our guide, Valeria, was lovely. We really enjoyed the trip to the market, especially all the tasters on the way! The venue is stunning, real postcard stuff, and our welcome from Carmella was warm and genuine. Food cooked is amazing!! It really was the best trip ever!

Laura J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This experience exceeded my expectations! We only had two days in Florence, so we were unsure whether an all day tour was best, however this was the highlight of our Europe trip and got to see some of the city as well as the beautiful country side. Sandra, the tour guide was enthusiastic, extremely knowledgable and made everyone feel so comfortable. The food we made was devine and in abundance with the wine flowing. I would not hesitate in recommending this experience to anyone. Plenty of laughs!

Brandon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Out of everything that did in Italy this was by far the BEST thing we spent Money on!!! Carmella and Isaac were so great to work with as our chefs! And our tour guide Elisa was so informative and a joy to be around all day! Along with all the great activities we did we also got to meet some great new friends/couples that were apart of the tour! This is a MUST DO!!!! Well worth the money plus some!

danrusso123

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was our favorite tour EVER!! So fun. There were 16 of us, most were around 30 years old, and couples. The walking food history tour in Florence was interesting, the time in the huge Florence Market was fantastic. The home was located up above the Michelangelo View Point above the city, very pretty. The kitchen was huge. Very hands on. Pasta and Pizza making were our highlights. We had dinner reservations, but by the end of eating about 5:30pm, we ended up cancelling our dinner reservations as we could not eat anymore that night.

kimdell

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was an amazing day and was so much fun! I would recommend it highly. The whole group was wonderful. Great tour guides, chefs, and even the fellow participants were so nice. In the end, the food was delicious. Kim Dellastatious Ridge

Chris C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

An absolutely great day. Our guides and Chefs were terrific and the entire family from my college aged son to me--someone who gets lost going to the kitcjen had a blast.

Definitely do this!

Tracy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

One of the most AMAZING experiences we had on this trip. I highly recommend Walkabout Florence for any tours. The guide Maritna was great, and our two chefs, Issac and Carmela were so friendly. The walking tour to the markets was such a cool experience, it has inspired me to cook with more natural ingredients. We really had a great time and learned so much. I cannot stress enough how much fun we had on this tour. If you have the time, please, please do this tour.

dflorence

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Italy. My wife wanted to do a cooking class while we were in Florence. Luckily a co-worker of mine had been to Florence in May and had done this same class and highly recommended it. We LOVED it! We stayed at the Hotel Spadai in Florence which is close to the Duomo and easy walking distance to Walkabout Tours which is where this class originates from. We met Freddie our host along with our fellow classmates sisters from Hong Kong, a girl from the Philippines, a couple from Houston and a couple from Denver at their office. Freddie then led us on a walking tour through Florence where we picked up bread and vegetables on our way to the Central Market where we got our cheeses and meats. We then loaded up into a couple of taxis and headed out to where the class was to take place.

The setting is absolutely magnificent. It's a beautiful overlook of valleys and hills and vistas. As you walk up, there is a stand alone wood burning oven which leads you to a wonderfully constructed stand alone kitchen / prep area. It is modern and rustic at the same time. And as we cook, there is a separate dining area that is all windows and the view is spectacular.

The class was so much fun. I am NOT a cook, so I was there to eat. My wife loves to cook, but isn't a Julia Child's protégé. We were there to have fun. And we had a bunch of it. We learned to make Ragu, pasta, pizza, tiramisu, gelato, etc. Chef Isaac was there along with our Italian chef hostess and they were all amazing. Freddie did a great job of hosting us and making us feel comfortable, engaged and informed. The food was spectacular and the company was great. We all got along and laughed and cooked...

It is a full day and we were stuffed and exhausted when we finally got back to Florence. I wouldn't change a thing and I would definitely do it again. Definitely 5 stars and I highly recommend it!

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