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Try your hand at Italian fare with this 5-hour cooking course and market tour in Florence. Begin with a walking tour through the San Lorenzo Market, choosing fresh ingredients for your dishes. Then head back to the kitchen and learn how to prepare a 4-course Tuscan meal under the guidance of a chef. Sit to feast on your creations and take recipes home at the end of your class. The lesson will be divided into two groups, with a maximum of 12 people per chef for a more personal experience.


  • Florence cooking class and market tour
  • Walking tour through San Lorenzo Market
  • Purchase cooking ingredients and experience local life in the market
  • Prepare and enjoy a Tuscan starter, two main courses and a dessert, with wine
  • Tuscan recipes to take home
  • Class is divided into two groups, with a maximum of 12 per chef, for a more intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Florence Cooking Course and Local Market Visit

San Lorenzo Central Market, Florence
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Your cooking class will begin in central Florence, where you’ll meet up with your small group. Follow your instructor through the historic central market of San Lorenzo as you shop for fresh, local ingredients for your meals. While traveling through the hub of activity, watch the animated exchanges between stall owners and Florentines.

Return to the distinguished cooking school with your guide and learn how to turn your ingredients into a traditional appetizer, two main courses and an Italian dessert. Afterward, reward your hard work in the kitchen by sitting with your fellow chefs to feast on your creations. Your instructor will pour wine to complement the meal and toast to your success.

At the end of your Florence cooking experience, you’ll be provided with Italian recipes to recreate at home.

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Customer Reviews

Marcy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We had a wonderful experience on this tour. The time in the market was enjoyable, especially the special tasting we had at one of the shops. Our chef was with us and we purchased many of the ingredients that we used later in the cooking class. The class was lively and fun and everyone got to participate in creating the wonderful Tuscan meal that we prepared. We all then sat down in the lovely area downstairs and were served the meal, along with wine. It was definitely a highlight of our trip to Italy.

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

WOW, First of all we were met by our chef Alessandro who took us for a tour of the markets in Florence, we got to sample so many different things, fruits so fresh, biscuits, oils, balsamic vinegars truffles and so much more!! After that we walked to the kitchen were we all cooked up a 3 course meal, then sat down in a beautifully decorated room and were served our meal with a wine to accompany each course, what else could we ask for. Our chef was also amazing. I would highly recommend this tour and if ever I am lucky enough to go back to Florence I will definitely do it all over again, it was the best!!!

Pat United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide and chef was very helpful and great at running hthe coking experience.
We had a friendly group, and enjoyed our meal that we had made.

Jeffrey A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a terrific activity! Our group was only 4 people and we started with a tour of the San Lorenzo market. Walter was very knowledgeable and we got to taste various balsamic vinegars and truffle products. After the tour, we walked back to the kitchen and started cooking. We made bruschetta, fettucine with truffle sauce, meatloaf and panna cotta with strawberry sauce for dessert. Walter explained all the steps to us so it will be easy to make everything again. We also got a booklet with the recipes. I definitely recommend doing this!

Joyce R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

So good and it was so fun to go through the market and get our food. Walter was a wonderful guide.
Our final result was a delicious meal that we actually did ourselves!

Jay R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

One of the highlights of our trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tour of the market, an engaging and knowledgeable guide, along with talented and friendly chefs at the school made this a stress free day followed by a delicious meal. The group was an international mix of travellers, which made for good conversation.

Richard K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was the highlight of my Florence visit. Our chef and tour director was wonderful knowledgeable about foods, culture, history. Very charming and kind. I have turned my bruschetta loose on two family dinner parties since, with good results. Most highly recommended.

Theresa from Seattle

William W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our chef/tour guide was Walter. We were a group of 17 folks of all different ages. We started out at the market where we not only saw beautiful food but tasted different items at vendors that were familiar to Walter.
We walked over to our kitchen for the day, and donned aprons and got to work. We made bruchetta, meatloaf, pasta with vegetables, and panna cotta. Then the fun began, eating this meal along with some appropriate wine. We all had a GREAT time and it was hard to leave!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was the highight of our Florence trip. Chef Alessandro introduced us to butchers, bakers and market merchants selling olive oils, truffle oil and Italian food products.We learned a lot in his cooking class, it was good to eat and good fun at the same time. Mama Mia! It was great.Don't miss it!

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