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!
More Florence eXPerience
If you are a lover of Florentine cuisine but also you want to get in touch with the very essence of Tuscany, we recommend the Tuscany Wine Trail Tour or Horses and Vineyards in Tuscany Tour!
- Central Market*
- Cooking School
*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.
- Visit of the Central market of Florence with our Chefs
- Food and local products tasting
- Cooking lesson with famous local Chefs
- Use of apron and cooking utensils
- All ingredients for your lunch
- Lunch with Wine Tasting (2 glasses of wine)
- Graduation Certificate
- Booklet with recipes
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
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).
Confirmation will be received at time of booking. You will receive a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.