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The Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence was outstanding. Our guide Olivia was very knowledgeable of the market we visited. She was able to answer any question that the group had and was able to translate everything our chef Carmella said. We were allow to help with the preparation of the lunch and even made our own pasta that the whole group ate.
Our favorite tour we went on in Italy! Reasons why:
Carmela was our chef who taught us how to cook, and Martina was our guide. They are so fun to be around! They make you laugh, they are patient with you, and they really want you to learn and also have a lot of fun cooking! The local market was such a neat place to go. We went with Martina before the cooking class and we went around the different stands in the market to get what we needed for the meal. But it was awesome because along the way, she taught us some Tuscan food history. Martina is VERY knowledgeable but also SO personable and fun. And we made really good food too! They do NOT skimp on the food. You will not go away hungry, that is for sure. Probably the longest review I have ever left, but you really should book with them if youre looking for a great cooking class also, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS from the house we cooked at. This was one of our favorite days of the trip. : You will not be disappointed. Thank you Martina and Carmela!! :
I am so glad we did this! Cooking with Carmella was so much fun! She is so energetic and entertaining, she makes the class so fun! Our final lunch dishes were amazing. We loved this!
We had the best experience on our cooking class with Gloria and Carmela. We began our tour exploring the city and entering the famous market in the middle of Florence. This was such a great experience, we felt like locals tasting the cheese, meat, bread and wine. We made it to the breathtaking farmhouse and the fun ensued! The fresh ingredients and the view of the countryside was remarkable. My partner and I could not have had a better experience chopping the fresh veggies with the mezzaluna and learning how to make fresh pesto and pasta was something we will never forget. Carmela's enthusiasm and energy are contagious and Gloria is so knowledgeable and thorough. This experience was a must! If you want a taste of real Italian gourmet food and being able to take what you learn with you back to your home forever is worth it! You will not regret this tour :
We were all looking forward to this class on the trip and it did not disappoint! Issac our tour guide was excellent! He has an amazing memory and remembered all of our names after telling him one time! He was so entertaining and knowledgeable it made learning fun and memorable. The lady that helped him on site was delightful so full of energy and happiness it made for a most enjoyable experience! The food was delicious and plentiful along with the wine and the views from the farmhouse were incredible! I would defiantly recommend doing this while your there!
Isak met us at the nearby train station. We walked to the Mercato Centrale for purchase of the ingredients we would be using for the meal we were to prepare. It was a learning experience at the vendors, especially the baker and the butcher. By bus, we traveled through Florence up into the Tuscan hillside where we were greated by Chef Carmela and the dog! We had an awesome experience making dishes for our four course meal as well as consuming delicious wine! The grounds of the Tuscan farmhouse were exquisite overlooking the countryside and Florence. We had a great time cooking with everyone while enjoying the beautiful Tuscan region. I highly recommend this experience for others visiting Florence!
Great experience. Elisa and Carmela were great hosts and cooking instructors. Food was delicious. Highly recommend this tour.
WE LOVED THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE!!! We had a great leader and we had such fun and learned a lot about cooking and enjoying Italian cuisine.
We are still waiting for the recipes!!!
This was an amazing day from beginning to end enjoyed by myself, my husband and our two adult children daughter and son. We all loved the tour of the local market in Florence, as we purchased ingredients for our home cooked meal. What a market! And our tour guide/chef Isak with his amusing dry sense of humor, and our spit-fire Italian cook Carmela were wonderful hosts. The Tuscan farmhouse was spectacular, with gorgeous views. As for the cooking experience, it was so much more than we ever expected....utilizing cooking tips we learned, savouring wine and appetizers in between, and enjoying our group as we prepared our meal. To our delight, the meal was plentiful and among the best we ate in Italy! I highly recommend this tour for EVERYONE. The cooking part was phenomenal, yet it was so much more than a cooking class.
We spent three days in Florence, and this tour was the highlight of our stay. Beginning with meeting our amazing host, Isaac, to shopping for groceries, to arriving at the most picture-perfect farm/unbelievable kitchen, to cooking with the fabulous Carmella, to eating a meal that my husband and I will never forget, the day was simply perfection! Im of Italian heritage and love to cook, but this was an entirely different level of happiness for me. Watching my husband roll out pasta was a priceless memory. The view of the Tuscan hills from our setting was spectacular, and we kept pinching ourselves throughout the day. I highly recommend this experience.
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