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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, tiramisu and gelato
  • 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 tiramisu and Italian gelato, using a freezing process that creates the ice cream's dense texture.

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.

Itinerary

Please note: When Mercato Centrale in Florence is closed you will visit Sant'Ambrogio Market instead.

Customer Reviews

Ron

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful experience. Great cooking tips and a first class meal.

Cristina G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What a FABULOUS experience! Valeria, Sandra and Carmela are INCREDIBLE, so attentive and eager to make your experience special. Loved the brief tour of gourmet Florence on our way to buy ingredients. Super fun and delightful cooking class. My husband and I laughed, cooked and made friends. PERFETTO!

Tanya R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

One of our favorite activities during our Italy vacation. So glad we did this and Sandra was great! Cost was a good value given the amount of time and food that we consumed. We feared that there was too much group vs individual food preparation, but it ended up being ok. Well worth doing!

Marlene F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My family of four mom, dad, two teens booked this tour last minute, and we're so glad we did. We had a great day, it was one of the highlights of our European trip. We loved that it was a small group, our guide Olivia was knowledgeable and fun, and we learned a lot on our walking tour through the markets to buy ingredients. Then a short bus ride to the estate just outside the city. It was a gorgeous spot, with beautiful views. Carmella, our chef/teacher, was engaging and energetic, and the cooking was so much fun, my teens loved that you could participate as much or as little as you wanted, so they got involved in the bits that interested them, and hung back at other times. The food was great, the experience was fun, it was a great day all around. We would highly recommend this class to others.

Jonell C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

One of the most memorable and fun days we've ever experienced! My husband, daughter and I had an amazing time during this experience. From the short ride to the farmhouse including a mini tour of famed sites along the way to the cooking and the eating!, we had a blast. Our tour guide, Julian, was superb. He is extremely personable, knowledgeable and fun. The chef, Carmella, was just lovely and managed to communicate highly effectively without speaking any English. The food was fantastic. We were stuffed by the time we left. There was also plenty of water and wine throughout the day, as well as beer during the pizza lesson. We loved every moment and would not hesitate to do it again. Thanks, Walkabout Florence!

Sandy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fabulous full day, more than a cooking class. The guides Julian and Molly and Chef Isaac made the day fun and relaxed. The cooking was amazing but the eating was so much better, so much great fresh produce purchased on a market tour early in the day. Great value for money

Gregory M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What a day! Started off with a walk through some of the more significant historical areas of the city centre with detailed explanation from Julian en route to a variety of shops where the vegetables, meat, cheese and everything else we required for our day was purchased. We jumped on to a small bus and were soon out of Florence into the countryside 10 minutes or so. What a fabulous farmhouse/kitchen we were presented with panoramic views and spacious preparation, cooking and dining areas. We prepared, cooked and ate bruschetta, pasta, ragout, pizza, roast pork and potatoes, tiramisu and gelato and it tasted fabulous if I don't say so myself. To refresh us while we prepared and ate, Chianti Classico and Perroni filled our glasses. We had Isaac our chef to guide us, Julian and Molly our guides to assist us, two pizza chefs to show us how to prepare and cook real pizza and great support staff who presented us with an immaculately clean kitchen at the start and throughout the day. Everyone participated, ate and laughed through the day. An excellent day that will long be remembered. Thank you Walkabout Florence tours. Aussie Aussie Aussie. Oi Oi Oi.

William A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour by Walkabout Tours was brilliant! Sandra and Gloria were excellent guides, very knowledgeable and told tales of Florence and the food region that one would never find in a book.
The class with Carmela and the pizza chefs was so much fun!
All round a fantastic day of food and wine!

Molly D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Another great experience! I have done this tour twice now and both of the guides are AMAZING. I highly, highly recommend this tour. This is something you just can't miss.

Maxwell B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Awesome cooking class! We learned a ton, ate well and had amazing views of Florence. Highly recommend.

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