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Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class at a Farmhouse in Tuscany

1. Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class at a Farmhouse in Tuscany

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to cook with a beautiful estate just outside of Florence as your backdrop. Learn the whole pizza-making process, from making and kneading the dough to choosing the perfect toppings. Whenever possible, the ingredients are even picked from the estate's own vegetable garden! Once the delicious pizza comes out of the wood oven, you'll relax and enjoy it alongside a glass of Chianti wine or a cold beer. Then, the fun continues with a lesson on the special techniques used to make creamy gelato. Not only will you leave with your tastebuds satisfied, but you'll also have a unique and memorable experience to take home with you.

Pizza & Gelato Preparation Class in Florence

2. Pizza & Gelato Preparation Class in Florence

Learn how to make pizza and gelato just like the Italians! In this late afternoon class, your chef will introduce you to the history of these most delicious of Italian creations. With a professional pizza chef, you will bake a pizza called pizzaiolo. Learn how to make tender, flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-thinness, as well as the trick for a flavorful yet light tomato sauce. Even if you bake pizza in your own oven, these techniques are universal and using them really makes a difference. Make your very own pizza - stretch it, sauce it, bake it, slice it. This will be the best pizza you ever tasted, and you made it yourself! After pizza, it’s time for gelato. Your chef will explain why gelato remains Italy's favorite dessert while giving an insight into the gelato culture that continues to grow. Learn about the raw ingredients used for bases and about principles for selecting the best products available. Then, enjoy a presentation and tasting of many of the flavors used in gelato making. You will learn about the development and application of natural colors, heating and freezing techniques and their effects on different ingredients. Discover the secrets of the world's most-loved dessert! This activity is strongly recommended for families that wish to teach their children about Italian culture. This easy and fun experience will last forever in your child's memory.

Handmade Pasta and Dessert Cooking Class with Dinner

3. Handmade Pasta and Dessert Cooking Class with Dinner

Take an exciting cooking course and learn to make your own authentic fresh pasta, following traditional Italian recipes. Under the expert guidance of a multilingual chef, learn how to make high-quality fresh pasta, both using a rolling pin and a pasta machine. Use classic recipes and methods that you will remember and use for years to come. Make 3 different types of delicious pasta with 3 different sauces, as well as a typical Italian dessert. The course will be followed by a lunch or dinner featuring the dishes you have prepared during the class as well as a fine Tuscan wine in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Don't miss this chance to challenge your cooking skills, and learn a new set of recipes for delicious Tuscan cuisine.

From Florence: Cooking Class & Lunch at Tuscan Farmhouse

4. From Florence: Cooking Class & Lunch at Tuscan Farmhouse

First discover Florence's historical food market where the locals do their daily shopping. Blend in with the locals, and meet the bakers, the butchers, and the farmers selling vegetables from their fields. Their stalls are full of items such as fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, cured meats, balsamic vinegar, sun dried tomatoes, olives and many other Italian food specialties. Shop for the ingredients to use for the cooking class and learn to choose the best seasonal products. Then it's time to start your cooking lesson at a farmhouse in Tuscany. This isn't just a demonstration, you will actually take part in creating a full traditional Tuscan meal with the chef's help. You will learn to make real Italian fresh pasta by hand with freshly laid eggs and learn to make a traditional meat sauce using ingredients from right outside the door! Learn to prepare a classic bruschetta with fresh bread, homegrown tomatoes and the farmhouse's own extra virgin olive oil and then take a break to enjoy it with a glass of Chianti wine. After the break it's back to the lesson where you will learn how to prepare traditional Tuscan roast pork, aristan and Tuscan roast potatoes using fresh herbs collected from around the farmhouse. To finish the class, you will learn the secrets of the wonderful Italian coffee and cream dessert, Tiramisù. At last sit down to enjoy a wonderful meal. Each course will be paired with a carefully selected wine from the region to compliment the flavors of the food you have prepared. At the end of your meal, your driver will be waiting for you for a short drive back to Florence, so it's time to say "arrivederci" after an unforgettable experience in Tuscany.

Florence: 5.5-Hour Italian Food Market & Cooking Experience

5. Florence: 5.5-Hour Italian Food Market & Cooking Experience

Enjoy this lovely and relaxed day with local famous chefs, and learn the art of the 2 things Italians do best — cooking and shopping. The day begins with a trip to the local market to gather the ingredients for the Tuscan feast you will learn to prepare. With your chefs as your guides you will meet the butchers, the bakers, and the farmers selling vegetables from their gardens. Under their expert guidance you will taste the local food and wines, and learn how to distinguish the highest quality ingredients. After this very enjoyable experience you will make you way to the charming home-style professional kitchen where you will learn to create an amazing Tuscan meal. You will learn how to prepare fresh Tuscan-style bruschetta, fresh home-made pasta, and a seasonal main course, all accompanied with a selection of Chianti wines. Be sure to pay attention to your guides as after you have finished cooking you can enjoy eating the meal you have just created.

Pasta Cooking Experience in Florence

6. Pasta Cooking Experience in Florence

Italy is known the world over for its food; fine wines, pizza, organic olive oil and of course pasta. The perfect companion to your vacation in Florence is an Italian cooking class where you will learn the secrets of creating fresh Italian pasta dishes from scratch in traditional surroundings.  The class is held three times a week in the Florentine city center and lasts around three hours. Your culinary adventure will be guided by a professional chef who will take you through each step of the process. You'll also create delicious sauces (vegetarian options available) and a dessert to enjoy alongside your fresh pasta when you all eat together at the end of the class. Wine is also provided to round out a wonderful Italian evening.

Florence: Family Cooking Experience

7. Florence: Family Cooking Experience

Join a family-friendly cooking class with an expert chef in Florence. Parents and children will learn how to prepare pizza, fresh pasta, and a traditional dessert before enjoying their dishes for dinner. Enter a fully equipped, professional kitchen and start your cooking lesson with the instruction of an expert chef. Children will have a great time putting their hands in the dough and mixing ingredients as you work to prepare your dishes. After your cooking lesson, sit down and enjoy the dishes you prepared. Adults can enjoy their meal along with a glass of Tuscan wine while children can enjoy a soft drink. Leave your experience with new cooking skills and recipes you and your children can share with friends and family.

Florence: Cooking with Kids 3-Hour Experience

8. Florence: Cooking with Kids 3-Hour Experience

Enjoy a cooking class with the whole family, and learn how to make traditional Italian pizza and gelato (Italian ice cream). Kids can get involved in a fun and educational game and, along with adults, they’ll learn how to cook the dishes that represent the heart of Italian cooking. Led by a passionate chef, during this 3-hour experience you can express your creativity and culinary skills. Bake a pizza in a real wood oven, made with easily available ingredients. With this simple recipe you’ll be able to reproduce authentic Italian pizza in your own oven at home. Using the same pizza dough you’ll also learn how to make savory croissants of various shapes, suitable as appetizers or to accompany aperitifs. After this, prepare three mouthwatering flavors of homemade Italian gelato from refreshing and tasty recipes. Enjoy everything that you have prepared together, rounding off an unforgettable experience for the whole family. At the end of the class kids will receive a Little Chef certificate.

4-Course Cooking Experience in Florence

9. 4-Course Cooking Experience in Florence

This Florentine cooking class lasts approximately 4-hours. During this time, you will learn how to prepare a real Italian menu. At the end of the class, you will receive the recipes for the dishes you have made, so you can prepare an Italian dinner once you're back home. You will meet a professional chef and their team: the cooking class will be held in the language you choose. You will prepare four traditional Tuscan courses, including: an appetiser, a pasta course, a second course, and a dessert. Water and wine are also included in this cooking experience. At the end of the class you will taste what you have cooked. Vegetarian options are available - please inform the supplier of your dietary requirements.

Tuscan Cooking Course with Dinner

10. Tuscan Cooking Course with Dinner

This tour is a unique chance to learn how to prepare a Tuscan dinner. To begin, you will be instructed in a small group on how to choose the proper ingredients. Skilled chefs will teach the art of Italian cooking and in the end you will get to enjoy the fruits of your work. Moving from starter to dessert, you will improve your knowledge about Italian food and its delicate preparation. Later, share with your friends and family back home what you've learned in this course. Lovers of the culinary arts can savor the atmosphere of this Italian cooking school and feel like real chefs in a Florentine-style kitchen as they prepare a 4-course Tuscan meal. No prior experience is necessary to join the cooking class - just a love of great food!

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What people are saying about Florence

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 542 reviews

This was absolutely fantastic. One of the absolute highlights from our honeymoon in Florence. I have Celiac's, but I also do the majority of the cooking in our house, so I let them know I could cook and drink wine and my husband would focus on the eating. But they went above and beyond and surprised us with a separate meal plan in a separate area so I could eat everything! Except the pasta of course (well worth the learning experience... and everything was thoroughly decontaminated after!), but even for that, they cooked me gluten free pasta so I could try the sauce we made! Catarina, our amazing instructor, was so incredibly kind and informative... and we even started making the recipes at home from the booklet they gave us at the end! Honestly 10/10 recommend... still dreaming of that gluten free tiramisu and my husband already bought us a pasta maker so we can try to recreate that magic next!

What a fun time! The class is reasonably priced compared to other cooking classes. We were busy and given friendly frequent help. I loved the variety of participants. We quickly bonded and helped and encouraged one another. The meeting point is on the street, but Laura from the tour company arrived very early and was so engaging and interesting that it felt like the event started right on the street. So happy I did it!

Such a great experience! We made 3 different pastas and sauces and dessert. The instructors were fabulous and we learned so much about Italian cooking! Would highly recommend this class!

Max, Thomas and Luigi were amazing. They were very entertaining and informative every step of the way. Highly recommend as a must-do activity when in Florence!

Very well organized, extremely friendly. Always my pleasure!