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Time7 hours (Approx.)
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Learn how to cook like an Italian on this full-day culinary experience from Florence. Led by an expert guide, shop for fresh ingredients at a Florentine market before traveling to the wine region of Chianti. There, begin your cooking class inside the walls of a historic villa under the guidance of a prominent Florentine chef. Prepare a delicious 4-course meal and then sit down to taste the fruits of your labor, complemented by top Chianti wine. Numbers are limited to 12 to ensure an intimate experience.
  • 7-hour Tuscan food tour including market visit, cooking class, 4-course meal and wine tasting
  • Visit a farmers market in central Florence to shop for quality local ingredients
  • Travel to the Chianti countryside and stop at a historical villa where the cooking class takes place
  • Learn how to cook under the watchful eye of Chef Giovanni, a professional and locally renowned chef
  • Prepare and cook a 4-course Tuscan feast, featuring specialties such as ravioli gnudi and strawberry tiramisu
  • Enjoy a wine tasting with the meal and savor esteemed varietals such as Chianti Classico
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
Your cooking experience will begin in central Florence, where you’ll meet your host and head to a local market. Peruse the stalls, sample some of local specialties and shop for cooking ingredients with your host.

Afterward, climb aboard your minivan and journey out of the city, heading deeper into the rolling vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany’s Chianti wine region.

Arrive at a rustic villa and meet Chef Giovanni, your prominent instructor hailing from Florence. Tie on your apron and, under Giovanni’s guidance, prepare a delicious, 4-course meal. (See the Itinerary for a sample menu.)

Enjoy a special wine lab experience. This fun and educational experience will let you understand how different varieties of pure wines (from Sangiovese, Canaiolo grapes etc.) are blended to obtain the final complex wines, each one with a peculiar bouquet of scents and flavours.

Learn the ins and outs of Tuscan produce, tips on how best to prepare it and the fine art of creating pasta from scratch. Reward your efforts afterward by sitting down to feast on your dishes, complemented by local wine. Sip and swirl three varietals, typically a Chianti reserve, a Chianti Classico and a Tuscan dessert wine, and hear how to distinguish each blend’s characteristics.

After your meal, commemorate your new culinary chops with a certificate from Giovanni before returning to Florence.

Itinerary

Please note: When Florence Central Market is closed (on Sundays and bank holidays), the market visit will be replaced by a special visit to an organic Chianti farm

Sample Menu:
First course (choice of one):
  • Classic bruschetta with tomatoes, basil and olive oil
  • Tuscan bruschetta with olive oil, salt and garlic
Second course (choice of one):
  • Tagliatelle with a rich meat sauce
  • Ravioli gnudi (ricotta dumplings, similar to gnocchi)
Third course (choice of one):
  • Tuscan salad with bread, fresh herbs and tomatoes
  • Locally sourced meat with vegetables
Dessert:
  • Strawberry tiramisu

Reviews

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K
, Sep 2018

Dont miss out on this fun day with Marco! We met at a central location to watch him do his local shopping for our cooking class. We then took our van tour to the Tuscany hillside to a nice cooking facility. Learning how to make homemake pasta and Tiramisu was hands on and so much fun. A glass of local wine here and there was great too! We then toured a local wine cellar and then short scenic ride back to Florence. A must do in Tuscany.

r
, Sep 2018

the cooking class was a lot of fun but the trip through the market felt a little disjointed. our tour host Marco was extremely patient with us as we attempted to make pasta and desert. The finished product was excellent! my wife and I enjoyed this tour very much and we look forward to trying the recipes provided.

L
, Sep 2018

We had a fantastic time learning how to make pasta as well as learning about Italian food and culture. We met some great couples and our chef Giuseppe was fabulous engaging everyone and sharing his expertise.

G
, Aug 2018

Fun market tour and a great cooking class where we made delicious pastas and then gorged on them afterwards.

K
, Jun 2018

Awesome class! We started with a fresh market tour and bought all of the ingredients that we needed for the day.
Matteo was very knowledgable about everything that we cooked. We received a lot of information and a take home cookbook!
The groundsand the villa were beautiful!

c
, Oct 2017

Amazing experience
Our instructor Javier so knowledgeable
Small group
Highly recommended

J
, Oct 2017

What a great way to end our time in Florence. Loved the experience from our time at the market - with samples - through making and eating our own pasta and tiramisu. Everyone in the small group had a great day.

L
, Oct 2017

Tour was very nicely organized. Our personal chef was most knowledgeable and had all of us engaged with the meal preparation.

N
, Oct 2017

To begin with, this tour should really be 4 hours, not 7-8 hours. We wasted a whole day, with a lot of sitting around.

The tour began with a visit to a local market. There was nothing special about the market, and we're not sure what the purpose of this was, since we did not personally shop for the ingredients. We tasted some fruit, meat and cheese, while our tour guide shopped for the ingredients separately. We spent 1.5 hours here, and this could have easily been 30 minutes or skipped entirely.
The villa was located in the first town outside of Florence, a 30 min drive, so don't take this tour if you're expecting to see the Tuscan countryside.
When we arrived, I was surprised to see the room was not equipped with sinks or stoves, there was simply one hot plate which the chef would use to cook everything. We were expecting for this to be a full cooking class, but it was more like a demonstration. The only part of the class we were involved in, was making the pasta. This was the most enjoyable part of the class.

The chef/instructor did not pass out recipes for us to follow while he prepared and cooked, we really just watched and asked questions. We were supposed to be making a 3 or 4 course meal, but it turned out to only be pasta with meat sauce and tiramisu. For the bruschetta appetizer, he just opened jars of tapenade and put it onto bread!

In terms of the instructor, Marco, he was not very enthusiastic or engaging. He did not introduce himself at the beginning, and did not engage the group or encourage any introductions. Additionally, the most disturbing part was that he did not practice safe handling of food. When we arrived, he did not ask the group to go and wash our hands, and in fact, he himself touched the meat with his hands, and right afterwards touched the vegetables, without washing his hands. This was extremely upsetting, since he was cooking the food for a large group of people. As a chef and instructor, he should have been practicing food safety, and ensuring the whole group was also being safe. Any cooking classes I have ever taken in the past, this was always of utmost importance.

The food itself was very good. We spent about 45 minutes eating, and drinking wine. Afterwards we were taken to a nearby cellar where they make wine and olive oil. Again, we are not sure what the purpose of this was, since we didn't even get to taste any wine or olive oil. Some was available for purchase, but again this 30-45 mins was a complete waste of time.

I think there are a lot of kinks that need to get worked out with this tour and I wouldn't recommend doing it unless you have a full day you don't mind wasting while in Florence. We only had 3 days in Florence and we were very disappointed we wasted one of them on this.

E
, Sep 2017

Best day of our Tuscan honeymoon! thank you Chef Marco!


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