Florence: 5.5-Hour Italian Food Market & Cooking Experience

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Florence: 5.5-Hour Italian Food Market & Cooking Experience

From $117.45 per person

Learn how to shop and cook Tuscan style on this 5.5-hour tour in Florence. Visit the central food market with your expert food guide to collect fresh produce and sample the local food and wines. Then learn how to cook yourself a wonderful Tuscan meal.

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Duration 5 hours
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English, Italian
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  • Learn to cook a Tuscan feast during this cooking class in Florence
  • Visit the central market and learn how to shop Italian style
  • Use the products you buy from the market to create a delicious Tuscan feast
  • Once you have created your amazing meal, sit down with a glass of Chianti and taste your own creation
  • Receive your own Graduation Certificate from the Food & Wine Academy of Florence
Full description
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.
  • Market tour
  • Tastings
  • Cooking class
  • Lunch with wine
  • Graduation Certificate
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Vegans
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Florencetown cooking school is located in Via Panicale 43red, near San Lorenzo Central Market. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to tour start time.

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4.8 / 5

based on 55 reviews

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The course as a whole was a good change from the city tour.

Unfortunately the market was closed on Sunday, so we missed the opportunity to experience the atmosphere and the great offer of the market. That was a real shame! The provider should perhaps not offer this tour on Sunday, because the market is certainly one of the highlights of the course. The menu itself was certainly not difficult and unusual in terms of choice, but the production of fresh pasta was the great experience and the conviviality of the multicultural group was very refreshing and enriching! The food was rather bland and tasted too little for Italian standards. Kevin, the tour guide and cook was very friendly and gave a very personal touch with a lot of passion. His cooking assistant Manisha was also very warm, natural and conveyed her knowledge well. We really liked the cooking class from the experience point of view and is definitely recommended if you have enough of shopping and sightseeing!

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June 11, 2018

Perfecto! We learnt a lot of each item. Will do again. I recommed it.

From the directions to meet at the kiosk to the cooking house - all was great. Little dissapointed that didnt go to the market as that was part of the reason for choosing this tour. Every single thing they taught us, was new to us and we learnt immensely. Very very informative and hands on. I recommend it to anybody.

October 2, 2017

Fun and informative

Nice shopping visit to the market then back to the kitchen to learn the basics of making pasta by hand, which is easier to do than you think but does take some patience. Also made Tiramisu from scratch and drank a glass or two of Chianti along way. Nice intro to the basics of Italian cooking.

March 20, 2017

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