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Wanna Be Italiano - The original Cooking Class & Market Tour in Florence

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  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Try your hand at Florentine cuisine on this cooking class. Journey first to the city’s Central Market alongside expert chefs to select local ingredients for your lunch. Then head to the cooking school to learn how to make Tuscan favorites such as bruschetta, homemade pasta, and dessert. Afterward, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, complemented by Chianti wine.
  • Trawl Florence’s bustling central market for ingredients with expert chefs
  • Learn how to prepare a classic Italian meal in a home-like, cooking school kitchen
  • Receive a recipe booklet and diploma after your class
  • Enjoy personalized attention from the chefs in a small-group class limited to 25 people

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This cooking class teaches you how to make Italian staples such as pasta and tiramisu without any fancy equipment, meaning you can easily recreate the dishes at home. Come on the hungry side; food samples are included in addition to the three courses you prepare.

Sample Menu




Fresh home-made pasta.

Tagliatelle and ravioli with 2 sauces. Please note: Your menu may slightly vary depending on fresh ingredients available and intollerances



What's Included

  • Central food market guided visit
  • Food tastings at school
  • Two glasses of Chianti wine with lunch
  • Recipe booklet
  • Graduation diploma
  • Suitable for vegetarians! (please inform us in advance)
  • Free subscription to our Food&Wine Club, to access special discounts online on wine&typical products
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Florence Cooking Classes by Florencetown
    Via Panicale, 43/r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

    FLORENCETOWN cooking class is located in Via Panicale 43 red(close to Central Market) Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour starting time.

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Join your instructors and fellow classmates in central Florence and head to the Central Market nearby. Filled with stands of fresh produce, the market is a heavenly spot for foodies.

Step inside and meet the local vendors as you search for ingredients and other Florentine delicacies. After gathering everything you need for your meal, walk to the cooking school.

Tie on your apron and get to work under the guidance of your chefs, as you learn how to make a delicious Italian lunch. Prepare bruschetta, pastas such as ravioli from scratch, plus fresh sauces and a dessert. Your chefs offer tips along the way, as well as samples from the market to nibble on.

Take a seat in the dining room once your meal is ready and say, Buon appetito! Toast your newfound friends with Chianti wine and feast on your creations.

With appetites and taste buds sated, depart with a graduation diploma and a recipe booklet, so you can cook these dishes again for friends and family.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Vegetarian cooking classes can also be catered for, please specify when booking
  • Please note that when Florence Central Market is closed (on Sundays and bank holidays), the market visit will be replaced by a special introduction and extra tastings at the cooking class school
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Wanna Be Italiano - The original Cooking Class & Market Tour in Florence?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Wanna Be Italiano - The original Cooking Class & Market Tour in Florence?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Wanna Be Italiano - The original Cooking Class & Market Tour in Florence?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

I would highly recommend this class for anyone taking a trip to Florence.
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Awesome cooking class!
Linda_R, Apr 2022
Great cooking class! Our instructor David was the best. I encourage anyone who wants to learn how to make pasta from scratch to sign up for this excursion. You won’t be disappointed!
Ok class, but there are other better options.
sherrigoldstein, Jun 2022
I took two cooking classes in Florence and they were so very different. This one was truly a disappointment. Catarina our chef was fabulous and did her best with the circumstances. However we (group of 5) paid for a class that was to include a market tour, appetizer (bruschetta, pasta making and sauces along with dessert and wine. This class was on a Sunday and the market was closed. The prep staff failed to get the all the fresh ingredients necessary so Catarina had to improvise and blended tomatoes to start a sauce. No fresh tomatoes hence so bruschetta. We mostly watched the class as a demo. The main hands on part was making the Tiramisu that involved beating egg yolks and whipping whites. As well as making pasta. We watched the preparation of the Ragu and tomato sauce. This was not as hands on as expected. One of the participants was vegetarian and received pesto sauce. The recipes were printed on double sided paper. No booklet was provided and no recipe for the pesto. So the vegetarian participant missed out on that part. The red wine was not good and we overheard other participants also complain about the wine. It looked like they refilled old Chianti wine basket bottle with cheap wine. Those who wanted soda were given soda. All in all the location was convenient. Food tasted good. It just was not comparable to the other cooking class I had taken in Florence.
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Amazing experience!
david_c, May 2022
Making pasta and new friends was an experience to remember forever. Touring the marketplace and learning about the process from a professional was amazing.
Amazing day
Liz_N, Sep 2022
Just brilliant day - the market walk around was fabulous and the chefs fun , engaging and just fabulous. Yummy food and venue too. Going to enjoy the recipes at home!
Super cooking class
Matthew_W, Jul 2022
Super class. Chef was engaging, knowledgeable, and well prepared. Definitely worth the time. The kitchen was well equipped and organized. Plenty of room for everyone in the class. Best is that you got to eat everything you made.
They teachers are very...
Khanh_P, Sep 2022
They teachers are very interactive. We learned a lot and had a great time! Will definitely recommend this experience for Italy first- timers!
Great family fun
Scott_M, Jul 2022
Wonderful food experience. Visit to the Central Market and then watched Chef Niccolo make the BEST bolognese ragu ever. We then each made fresh pasta - tagliatelle and ravioli followed by making tiramisu. It was better than expected. Our two kids (12 and 14) loved it!
Great class!
Colette_D, Jun 2022
Making everything from scratch! We have not received the recipes we did that day. I'm hoping we get them soon.
Fun class!
Meghan_D, Apr 2022
Such a fun class! David was a great teacher and made the class very fun and interesting. We loved going to the market and learning about all the local foods. Highly recommend!
Our chefs were great and...
Jennifer_H, Apr 2022
Our chefs were great and we learned so much! The market was so interesting and learning to make pasta was one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you!
We had a wonderful time...
Debbie_K, Aug 2022
We had a wonderful time watching demonstration and preparing our pasta. It was well organized. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed our cooking creations.
A fun learning experience
Ellen_M, Jun 2022
The class was super fun. The chef was a great teacher. The class was really hands on. The food we made was delicious! I’m excited to try the recipes at home!!
Had a great and delicious time.
Sharon_N, Jul 2022
Our chefs were wonderful and the food was delicious. We had a lovely time and the 5 hours flew by. It is important to note that you do not do all the cooking. The sauces are made by the chef with us watching and you are given the recipes, but you get to see how it is done step by step. It was great fun to make the pasta and the tiramisu. The walk through the market was very informative and the samples we ate there were great. Niccolo and Caterna were wonderful.
Great family day at market and pasta making
Todd_E, Apr 2022
Had a truly Awesome experience with David - market tour was great and got to try some yummy cheese and salumi then back for our cooking class and lunch. Highly recommend for families with kids who want to cook!
Tomasso was wonderful! ...
Karen_G, May 2022
Tomasso was wonderful! Very personable and knowledgeable. Vendors in the market knew him well and were welcoming which added to the experience. The cooking instructions were well planned and full of take away techniques like different things to do with a whisk and how to cut an onion with the least amount of tears. Pasta making was fun and and the outcome was delicious! This was the highlight of my Florence experience.
Don’t pass this up!
Savannah_M, Aug 2022
Our chefs Jon and Tomasso were so fun, kind, and helpful! The food we made was delicious and I know we will be able to use what we learned when we get home. The facility is air conditioned and pleasant, perfect for a hot summer day. The market tour at the beginning was lovely, we tasted cheeses and breads and learned so much from Jon. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat. Grazie!
Great experience
Linda_L, Jul 2022
The Tomaso our instructor was fun, patient and knowledgeable….made the experience wonderful…..highly recommend if your in Florence Italy
Best Experience in Florence, and Best Food in All of Italy!!
Victoria_M, May 2022
This cooking class was by far the best part of our time in Florence. Our chef John (Giovanni) was incredible, so fun and knowledgeable! We had a small group of 7 which was I think just luck, but it made the class so intimate and special and we became friends with the people we spent the morning with! But the best part, the FOOD!!! Everything was so easy to make, but also completely brand new to us. We made 2 pastas and 2 sauces and it was the best meal we had the entire 2 weeks in Italy. I could not believe it, it was incredible. We cannot wait to make it again at home so soon!! I would do any class with this company, the kitchen was clean and easy to get to, and the experience was worth every penny. I cannot wait to come back!!!
Superb cooking class👌👍
Sunita_M, Oct 2022
It was a wonderful experience. The hosts of the class were friendly and cordial making the class enjoyable. Best part was that for me being only vegetarian in the class, veg tagliatelle was cooked for me and it was amazingly delicious. I recommend to take this class when you are visiting Florence. Thanks
Take this class in Florence
Sheila_O, Jun 2022
This is a wonderful class. We have been to week-long cooking classes in Italy and this ranks right near the top of all of them. The chefs were very helpful, had interesting cooking tips and made all of us feel welcome. We made great food with excellent cooking instructions. The food was authentic Italian food that everyone could eat. The trip to the marked with a cheese tasting stop was great fun. I have made two of the recipes since returning to the states and received rave reviews and requests for the recipes from everyone. Take the plunge and sign up.
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