Small Group Cooking lesson and Market Tour in Florence

Join our small group Cooking Class and Market tour in the heart of Florence to learn how to choose the freshest ingredients and cook like a real Italian chef!

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Small Group Cooking experience in Florence To Discover Italian Cuisine

Join us for the best cooking class in Florence, Italy, and learn the secrets of traditional Tuscan cuisine. Our small-group tour takes you through the Central Market of Florence to select fresh ingredients, then to our professional location to create delicious meals under the supervision of expert chefs. At the end of the tour, you'll enjoy what you prepared with a glass of the best Chianti wine and receive your graduation certificate.

Meet our chef and start to walk along the Central Market streets

Florence is a city that is world-renowned for its rich culture, history, and of course, its incredible cuisine. Italian food is known for its fresh, seasonal ingredients, rich flavors, and simple yet delicious recipes that have stood the test of time. That’s why you can’t miss the opportunity to visit the Central Market, which is located in the heart of Florence and is a bustling hub of activity where locals and visitors alike come to purchase fresh products like meats, cheeses, and other Italian delicacies. You’ll be guided through the market by our experienced chef, who will teach you how to distinguish the freshest ingredients.

Learn Tuscan cuisine together with a chef in the center of Florence

As you wander through the market, you'll have the opportunity to meet local producers and vendors, who will share their passion and knowledge of the food they sell. You'll learn about the different varieties of olives and olive oils, cheeses, cured meats, and fresh seafood that are available, and discover how to select the best quality ingredients for your dishes.
Our expert chef will help you to identify and select the freshest and most flavorful produce for your cooking class later in the day. You'll also have the chance to taste some of the delicious foods on offer.

Discover the differences about the typical Italian food products

Take the chance to discover the many varieties of food products in Italy. Starting from cheese for example, you can find from creamy ricotta to tangy pecorino, and how not to mention the gorgonzola, the world-known blue cheese. Other Italian specialties of Italian culinary tradition are cured meats, such as prosciutto, salame, and mortadella. Your dedicated chef will explain the differences between each type of meat, and how they can be used to add flavor to your cooking.The Central Market tour also provides a great opportunity to learn about Italian olive oil. Italy is one of the largest producers of olive oil in the world, and the market is filled with an array of high-quality oils from different regions of the country. It will be explained to you the differences between extra-virgin, virgin, and regular olive oils, and how to use them in your cooking.

Join us for an authentic cooking experience with a professional chef in the heart of Florence. 

After the market tour, you'll head to our nearby cooking school, where you'll have the opportunity to learn how to cook some of Italy's most famous dishes. Our experienced local chef will guide you through each step of the cooking process, from preparing the ingredients to plating the finished dish. You'll take over the making of a variety of dishes, which change according to season, so maybe you’ll start with typical bruschette as appetizers, followed by fresh hand-made pasta like ravioli or tagliatelle, and then dessert. You'll work alongside the chef, kneading dough, chopping vegetables, and simmering sauces.

Sample your creations and get a recipe booklet

The perfect ending of the best cooking class in Florence is the moment you eat all the Italian specialties you prepared under the expert guidance of our chef. What a satisfaction sampling the authentic Italian savors, and even more if you cooked everything you are tasting!
The good news is not over, because two classes of the dainty Chianti wine are supposed to accompany the main courses. 
Are you afraid to forget everything you learnt during this cooking class in Florence? Don’t worry, because a recipe booklet, together with a graduation certificate, will be given to you, so that you can recreate the Italian recipes back home and surprise your friends and family!

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Please inform us of any food intolerance or allergy in advance or if you need a vegetarian menu.  
Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accommodate them.
*Please note that when the Central Market is closed (on Sundays and bank holidays) a special introduction and extra tastings at the cooking class location will substitute instead.
Tour will end at our cooking school in San Lorenzo district (Via Panicale, 43R).

Reviews of Small Group Cooking lesson and Market Tour in Florence

Reviewed by TexasTravelsWorld from United States

FlorenceTown cooking class

My husband and I took the cooking class and the result was one of the best meals we had while in Italy! We made pasta, ravioli, and tiramisu. The walk through the market was very educational and I wish we had gone through the market again on our own but left Florence the next day. I highly recommend doing this tour if you are interested in doing something a bit off the beaten path and want to learn a little about traditional italian cooking. Even if you are not passionate about cooking, which I am not, I thoroughly enjoyed the cooking class and would do it again. My husband who loves to cook was completely wowed by the experience.
Reviewed by Traci L from United States

Fun and delicious cooking class!

My husband and I took this class on our honeymoon. I love to cook but do not have much experience with cooking italian food from scratch. There were about 15 people in the group, all there to have a good time while learning a bit. No one took themselves too seriously, which was nice. Our host Alex walked us through the big Central Market and talked a bit about typical tuscan food. We also bought our ingredients for the delicious lunch we were about to make at the market. We then sat down at our stations and made tiramisu and homemade pasta that would be made into both cheese raviolis and a Tagliatelle with Meat sauce. We were very impressed with ourselves - it was all absolutely delicious. I struggled with making my pasta dough and Alex was very patient and helpful as I was getting somewhat frustrated (my husband was having NO trouble at all). The other chef, Julio, was also great. We sipped red wine and tasted bruschetta and crostinis with fresh pesto. So good. The day really did last from 10 to 3:30 or so but it was fast-moving and fun. HIghly recommended!
Reviewed by Teresa D from United States

Cooking Class

The cooking class was one of the highlights of my stay in Tuscany. Andrea led us through the New Market, teaching us about Florentine cuisine all along the way. Then we headed to the kitchen/classroom where we donned our aprons and made individual tiramisu cups. Next was creation of our own ball of pasta dough. While it rested Andrea showed us how to prepare a Bolognese sauce, teaching knife skills and proper searing of meat. The sauce went to the chef's kitchen to simmer while we were treated to wine, bruschetta, crostini, and aged parmesan. Then came the fun of rolling out our dough and creating both ravioli and tagliatelli. Everyone's pastas went back to the kitchen to boil while the whole class worked together to clean the work surfaces so we could do what we'd all been waiting for - eat our creations! They served each of the 3 work tables a platter of ravioli with butter-sage sauce, a platter of tagliatelli with Bolognese sauce, and another bottle of Chianti. A vegetarian option was also served. We finished our meal with our personal tiramisu. Everything was absolutely delicious! It was really some of my best food on my trip. All 3 of our instructors were knowledgeable, personable, fun, and great communicators. We received a recipe book which I've used to make all the dishes we made in class - just as good as I remember. What a great way to commemorate my Italian adventure!
Reviewed by Tiffany R from United States

Pasta and Tiramisu...Delizioso!

My husband and I took the cooking class with David and Julio and had a blast! After a trip to the market for meat and a quick (and delicious) explanation on olive oil, bread and balsalmics, we headed to the cooking school where we tied on aprons and made tiramisu, ravioli and a pasta with bolognase sauce. The chefs were patient and kept the spirit in the room fun and lighthearted. In the end, the food was fantastic, the wine plentiful and the presentation of diplomas was hilarious.
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