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From Florence: Cooking Class & Lunch at Tuscan Farmhouse

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Activity provider: Walkabout Florence

From Florence: Cooking Class & Lunch at Tuscan Farmhouse

Activity provider: Walkabout Florence
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From US$ 125.31 per person

A full-day hands-on cooking class in a stunning setting in the Tuscan countryside including a food tour through the historic center of Florence.

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Duration 6 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Take a small-group Italian cooking class at a breathtaking farmhouse set in the rolling hills of Tuscany!
  • Explore Florence on a morning food tour with tastings
  • See San Lorenzo's colorful Mercato Centrale
  • Have a hands-on experience and learn to make bruschetta, home-made pasta, Tuscan roast pork with potatoes and tiramisù
  • Enjoy your freshly cooked meal accompanied with wine after the class
  • Master the secrets of traditional dishes that you will easily re-create at home for your friends and family
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Florence food walking tour
  • Transportation from Florence to the farmhouse and back
  • Cooking lesson and lunch with wine
  • Recipes
  • An Italian cooking diploma for your hard work
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 8 years
    • People with food allergies
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    Traveler requirements
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    The taxi stand outside the train station of Santa Maria Novella. Look for your guide holding a sign bearing the tour operator's name.

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    Know before you go

    • On Sundays and public holidays there can be no visit to the San Lorenzo's Mercato Centrale
    • Due to uneven and steep surfaces, the tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties or wheelchair users
    • Unfortunately vegetarian or other alternative dietary requirements cannot be catered to
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 49 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
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    • Transportation
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    • Value for money
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    • Safety
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    Awesome day of exploring the central market, cooking delicious food, and then enjoying that food with some Chianti red wine! Luca and Carmela were wonderful hosts and teachers as we not only prepared some of the meal but had them explain different techniques for things we didn’t cook! The pasta making experience was fun and definitely something we will be able to try at home! Luca, we love you!

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    June 7, 2022

    This was one of the highlights of our trip! It was an absolute blast definitely exceeding our expectations. We had the pleasure of having Luca start our tour. He was incredibly funny, entertaining, and engaging. The market tour was great fun, and the house where the cooking class takes place is breathtaking. Just what you picture when you think of the Tuscany. Luca and Carmela (the other chef) did a lovely job teaching us the skills, the menu was approachable, the pacing good, and the food delicious. Luca and Carmela have a wonderful dynamic and really made the class. At the end of the tour my husband accidentally left his phone in the taxi. A gentleman from the company (I didn’t get his name) helped to locate the taxi driver and called Luca, who came running (literally) and sat with us until the driver returned. Truly above and beyond.

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    May 29, 2022

    It was absolutely lovely!! We met next to the main train station in Florence center and walked to Florence Central Market to pickup our ingredients. Along the way, our guide/chef, Luka told us a little bit about Florence’s history. At the market, we got to taste test many different foods, which I wasn’t expecting! After that, we rode for about 15 minutes to the villa to cook to food. The experience there was incredible and so beautiful!! At the end we got a ride back into town, but I opted to walk the 45 minutes back because the way is so beautiful, and I HIGHLY recommend this. It was an absolutely fabulous day!!

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    April 21, 2022

    Product ID: 108565