Tours & activities by Columbus Travel Media Ltd from Viator

  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Learn the art of Tuscan cooking on this 5.5-hour market visit and cooking class in Florence. Led by local chefs, visit Florence’s Central Market to choose fresh ingredients and then prepare a classic Tuscan lunch in the cooking school kitchen. Create dishes such as ‘bruschetta’ (tomato-topped grilled bread) and homemade pasta and dessert watched by your chefs, and savor your meal with your fellow cooks and two glasses of Chianti wine before receiving a diploma and recipe booklet.
Numbers are limited to 25 for this small-group class to ensure a personalized experience.
Make your own way to the start point in central Florence and meet the rest of your like-minded small group and the expert local chefs taking your class.
Then, walk to Florence’s nearby Central Market. Located in a cast-iron 19th-century building, this bustling stall-fest all is a paradise for food-lovers.
Head inside with your chefs and trawl the stands for fresh ingredients. Meet the farmers and other vendors selling everything from fresh meats to local delicacies, and learn how to identify and barter for the best produce.
Then, armed with your goodies, walk to the nearby cooking school, where a typically home-like Tuscan kitchen with elegant, marble-topped islands awaits.
Listen intently as your chefs talk you through the lunch menu for the day. Dishes will vary slightly according to the season and ingredients available, but you can typically expect to prepare bruschetta, different pastas such as tagliatelle or ravioli made from scratch, plus fresh pasta sauces and a dessert.
Pull on your apron and set to work under the watchful eye of your chefs, who will offer helpful guidance along the way. During breaks, enjoy tastings of the ingredients bought at the market, and then, once your meal is ready, take a seat in the dining area.
As you relax over your meal, discuss your efforts with your chefs and fellow cooks, and sip on two glasses of Chianti wine — the perfect complement to your food.
Afterward, receive a recipe booklet so you can recreate your dishes at home and a graduation diploma — both perfect souvenirs.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Florence
Departure Time:
5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Central Florence

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Small-Group Italian Cooking Class with Florence Market Tour in Florence

Small-Group Italian Cooking Class in Florence

  • Small-group cooking class (maximum 25 people)
  • Cooking lesson with local chefs
  • Central food market guided visit
  • Use of supplied apron and cooking utensils
  • All ingredients for your lunch
  • Food tastings at school
  • Two glasses of Chianti wine with lunch
  • Recipe booklet
  • Graduation diploma
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • 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
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Steve H, October 2016

My wife and I had a great time at cooking class. We made two types of homemade pasta and two types of sauces. We also made tiramisu. At the end of the class we got to enjoy a great lunch of the food we cooked, which was one of the best meals we had while in Florence. The class size was small enough so that we each received personalized instruction but also large enough to enjoy the company of a nice mix of other people. The two instructors were extremely knowledgeable and gave us many useful tips. They were also great fun to be with. The class was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy.

Reviewed by: Brenda B, October 2016

Learned how to make pasta from scratch, 2 pasta dishes and made tiramisu! The trip to the market was nice, but very difficult to hear the guide as the market is loud and busy, would've been nice to have the earphones and the chef guide mic'd. Overall a wonderful experience!