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Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class at a Farmhouse in Tuscany

1. Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class at a Farmhouse in Tuscany

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to cook with a beautiful estate just outside of Florence as your backdrop. Learn the whole pizza-making process, from making and kneading the dough to choosing the perfect toppings. Whenever possible, the ingredients are even picked from the estate's own vegetable garden! Once the delicious pizza comes out of the wood oven, you'll relax and enjoy it alongside a glass of Chianti wine or a cold beer. Then, the fun continues with a lesson on the special techniques used to make creamy gelato. Not only will you leave with your tastebuds satisfied, but you'll also have a unique and memorable experience to take home with you.

Pizza & Gelato Preparation Class in Florence

2. Pizza & Gelato Preparation Class in Florence

Learn how to make pizza and gelato just like the Italians! In this late afternoon class, your chef will introduce you to the history of these most delicious of Italian creations. With a professional pizza chef, you will bake a pizza called pizzaiolo. Learn how to make tender, flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-thinness, as well as the trick for a flavorful yet light tomato sauce. Even if you bake pizza in your own oven, these techniques are universal and using them really makes a difference. Make your very own pizza - stretch it, sauce it, bake it, slice it. This will be the best pizza you ever tasted, and you made it yourself! After pizza, it’s time for gelato. Your chef will explain why gelato remains Italy's favorite dessert while giving an insight into the gelato culture that continues to grow. Learn about the raw ingredients used for bases and about principles for selecting the best products available. Then, enjoy a presentation and tasting of many of the flavors used in gelato making. You will learn about the development and application of natural colors, heating and freezing techniques and their effects on different ingredients. Discover the secrets of the world's most-loved dessert! This activity is strongly recommended for families that wish to teach their children about Italian culture. This easy and fun experience will last forever in your child's memory.

From Florence: Cooking Class & Lunch at Tuscan Farmhouse

3. From Florence: Cooking Class & Lunch at Tuscan Farmhouse

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.

Handmade Pasta and Dessert Cooking Class with Dinner

4. Handmade Pasta and Dessert Cooking Class with Dinner

Take an exciting cooking course and learn to make your own authentic fresh pasta, following traditional Italian recipes. Under the expert guidance of a multilingual chef, learn how to make high-quality fresh pasta, both using a rolling pin and a pasta machine. Use classic recipes and methods that you will remember and use for years to come. Make 3 different types of delicious pasta with 3 different sauces, as well as a typical Italian dessert. The course will be followed by a lunch or dinner featuring the dishes you have prepared during the class as well as a fine Tuscan wine in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Don't miss this chance to challenge your cooking skills, and learn a new set of recipes for delicious Tuscan cuisine.

4-Course Cooking Experience in Florence

5. 4-Course Cooking Experience in Florence

This Florentine cooking class lasts approximately 4-hours. During this time, you will learn how to prepare a real Italian menu. At the end of the class, you will receive the recipes for the dishes you have made, so you can prepare an Italian dinner once you're back home. You will meet a professional chef and their team: the cooking class will be held in the language you choose. You will prepare four traditional Tuscan courses, including: an appetiser, a pasta course, a second course, and a dessert. Water and wine are also included in this cooking experience. At the end of the class you will taste what you have cooked. Vegetarian options are available - please inform the supplier of your dietary requirements.

Tuscan Cooking Course with Florence Central Market Visit

6. Tuscan Cooking Course with Florence Central Market Visit

Learn how to cook a delicious and authentic Tuscan meal with fresh seasonal ingredients, under the guidance of an experienced chef. Begin by visiting Florence's historic food market. With the help of your guide and chef, pick the freshest and most delicious local ingredients to use during the cooking lessons. You will have the chance to prepare a four-course meal (starter, first course, second course and dessert) in a top-class culinary school. The course will be followed by a lunch with the dishes you have prepared together, paired with an excellent Tuscan wine as well as a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Florence: 5.5-Hour Italian Food Market & Cooking Experience

7. Florence: 5.5-Hour Italian Food Market & Cooking Experience

Enjoy this lovely and relaxed day with local famous chefs, and learn the art of the 2 things Italians do best — cooking and shopping. The day begins with a trip to the local market to gather the ingredients for the Tuscan feast you will learn to prepare. With your chefs as your guides you will meet the butchers, the bakers, and the farmers selling vegetables from their gardens. Under their expert guidance you will taste the local food and wines, and learn how to distinguish the highest quality ingredients. After this very enjoyable experience you will make you way to the charming home-style professional kitchen where you will learn to create an amazing Tuscan meal. You will learn how to prepare fresh Tuscan-style bruschetta, fresh home-made pasta, and a seasonal main course, all accompanied with a selection of Chianti wines. Be sure to pay attention to your guides as after you have finished cooking you can enjoy eating the meal you have just created.

Pasta Cooking Experience in Florence

8. Pasta Cooking Experience in Florence

Italy is known the world over for its food; fine wines, pizza, organic olive oil and of course pasta. The perfect companion to your vacation in Florence is an Italian cooking class where you will learn the secrets of creating fresh Italian pasta dishes from scratch in traditional surroundings.  The class is held three times a week in the Florentine city center and lasts around three hours. Your culinary adventure will be guided by a professional chef who will take you through each step of the process. You'll also create delicious sauces (vegetarian options available) and a dessert to enjoy alongside your fresh pasta when you all eat together at the end of the class. Wine is also provided to round out a wonderful Italian evening.

Florence: Cooking with Kids 3-Hour Experience

9. Florence: Cooking with Kids 3-Hour Experience

Enjoy a cooking class with the whole family, and learn how to make traditional Italian pizza and gelato (Italian ice cream). Kids can get involved in a fun and educational game and, along with adults, they’ll learn how to cook the dishes that represent the heart of Italian cooking. Led by a passionate chef, during this 3-hour experience you can express your creativity and culinary skills. Bake a pizza in a real wood oven, made with easily available ingredients. With this simple recipe you’ll be able to reproduce authentic Italian pizza in your own oven at home. Using the same pizza dough you’ll also learn how to make savory croissants of various shapes, suitable as appetizers or to accompany aperitifs. After this, prepare three mouthwatering flavors of homemade Italian gelato from refreshing and tasty recipes. Enjoy everything that you have prepared together, rounding off an unforgettable experience for the whole family. At the end of the class kids will receive a Little Chef certificate.

Florence: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

10. Florence: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

Learn how to make authentic Italian pasta and tiramisu at a friendly local host's home. Find out how to roll fresh pasta dough by hand, make two traditional pasta shapes, and prepare the perfect melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu. Sip an aperitivo as you learn the tricks and trades of authentic Italian cooking and hear fascinating stories about the local culture and cuisine. Dine with your host and taste the finished dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Experience the warmth of Italian hospitality and return home with something more than just souvenirs — classic Italian cooking knowledge that will stay with you for life.

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What people are saying about Florence

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 542 reviews

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.

It was so much fun. The instructors were funny and engaged (even though you know they have to do it several times a day). The recipes were fantastic and everything tasted amazing. I have received my recipes and plan on having a pizza gelato party for my friends. Great time and I highly recommend it.

This was an incredible experience. The location was breathtaking, and the overall structure was very organized. Max, Thomas, and Tiziano were so knowledgeable, funny, and encouraging! I can’t wait to try to make my own gelato and pizza at home.

Olivia was amazing such a great experience. But we haven’t received the recipes we were promised! I tried to reach out through texted with no avail.☹️

Absolutely great experience. Would recommend to all!