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Renaissance Florence™

Florence ~ Cooking & Art Classes ~ 6 Day

Cooking Tours
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Welcome to Cooking & Art in Florence tour and discover the beauty and romance of the art of cooking – while painting and drawing in small like-minded groups. You’ll experience food and art in the Renaissance city where ancient cobblestone streets are dotted with caffès and trattorie spilling out onto piazzas.

Florence Cooking Classes

The cooking classes bring you into the Florentine kitchen with Chef Marie. Step into her kitchen and learn how to create authentic Florentine foods and Italian classics, while participating in hands-on cooking and discovering new techniques for each recipe. The hands-on cooking classes include preparing antipasto, pasta, fish or meat dishes, and delicious desserts. Chef Marie will lead you through each step using only fresh in-season organic vegetables that she buys daily at the nearby Ambrogio Market. A market tour to the famous Ambrogio Market with the Chef is included, as is Marie’s special Florentine Secret Addresses Tour where Chef Marie leads you through her favorite places in Florence. You will experience the city like a local!

Art Classes & Academia Museum Tour
Watercolor or Drawing Classes

When you are not cooking, immerse yourself in art! Your teachers include the best of Florence’s artists and masters who have studied extensively and have been teaching fine arts, art history and the Italian language for a quarter of a century. You will experience hands-on watercolor or drawing classes in a peaceful, multicultural setting while learning, discovering and expanding your creativity.
When you are not in class, you’ll visit one of the most important museums, the Uffizi, home to an expansive collection of Renaissance art from Florentines. Think of the greats such as Leonardo DaVinci (Adoration of the Magi), Michelangelo (Davide), Botticelli (Primavera) and Giorgio Vasari (the Vasari Corridor).
Your English speaking guide, Luca, will lead the tour while explaining historic notes and facts – questions and discussions along the way. Luca is not only 100% Florentine, but he’s also a specialist on art and all things Florence! He knows the history of the local art, as well as the best places to eat and drink Tuscan wine. Learn about the first Etruscans who founded Florence, perhaps as early as 1000BC, the Medici Family, the Renaissance Art that followed, and how Florence evolved into the art capital of Italy.

Discover The Great Florentine Masters

Step in the footsteps of the great artists – all from the Florentine school: Leonardo DaVinci, (a painter, draftsman, sculptor and architect but also an engineer and a genius); Michelangelo Buonarroti, (universally considered one of the greatest artists of all time); Giovanni Boccaccio (artist and poet who laid the foundations for the humanism of the Renaissance); Filippo Brunelleschi, (known for developing a technique for linear perspective in art and for building the dome of the Duomo); Sandro Botticelli, (a great artist best known for two paintings that depict mythological scenes, The Birth of Venus and La Primavera); Masaccio (worked on the frescoes of the Brancacci Chapel in the Florentine Church of Santa Maria del Carmine; Giotto (the most important Italian painter of the 14th century).

And when you are strolling through Florence, visit the Pitti Palace, Bobli Gardens, and the Santa Croce, a church that is home to so many masterpieces and see the Florentine master’s work each step of the way.

Florence ~ Shop With The Chef

Join Chef Marie as she starts the morning off early and heads to the historical Ambrogio Market located in the ancient neighborhood of Camaldoli. Artisan vendors display their seasonal goods: fresh, local and piled high. It is a colorful scene as vendors shout out their specials of the day, and Italians of all sizes negotiate for the best product and price. This genuine market tour through the Sant’ Ambrogio market, under the wings of Chef Marie, will introduce you to the foods of the region. From breads, cheese, fruit, vegetable, fish, and meats to savory salumi, the market is an authentic place to purchase foods for all tastes. Be sure to look for the indigenous cavolo nero, the dark cabbage exclusively from this region in season. Some of the fresh ingredients are bought for the class and used as an informal tasting before one of the classes. Return to her kitchen and get cooking.

Florence Cooking Classes

In your hands-on cooking classes you will learn to prepare antipasto, pasta, risotto, main courses and desserts under the guidance of Chef Marie. She learned to cook by watching her grandmother make biscotti and tagliatelle for Sunday lunch. Her passion started when she was a child and continued. As she says, “it was always in my heart and soul”.
You will learn from start-to-finish how to make Florentine bread including,-coccoli con prosciutto, schiacciata all’olio, and bruschette. There is fresh pasta, such as crespelle alla fiorentina, tagliatelle ai funghi porcini, and ravioli di ricotta. Also learn to make a great Tuscan pappa al pomodoro or Panzanella. Main courses or secondi, include pollo in fricasseascamerita col cavolo nero, and polpette della nonna. Desserts include torta di mele, cantucci, and tiramisù al vinsanto to name a few. Following the seasons, recipes vary.
After the class, everyone joins around the table and enjoys the foods that they made. Local wine, dessert and great conversation are always included. Chef, food lover, and member of a professional choir at the School of Music in Fiesole always provides music in Marie’s kitchen!
Marie will also share the secret addresses of Florence for food, wine, artisan products and local produce. This exclusive Food & Art tour will have you cooking, learning, and touring – the perfect trip for real foodies!

A Note on Florentine Food & Wine

Tuscan food is simple, delicious and from the land, offering thick hearty soups, antipasti with salumi and artisan cheese, wholesome pastas topped with truffle, porcini and meat sauce. Beans are also a staple in the Tuscan diet, as is the famous Florentine meat, roasted, grilled, fried, braised and always served with wine, most often Chianti or Sangiovese. Bread is a staple as well and there are many; always made without salt respecting the anti salt tax laws that once existed. Florentines love their dolce be it biscotti, cantucci, crostata or torte made with golden apples, roasted chestnuts, and tart pears. And not to forget gelato – whatever the season, gelato is available in seasonal flavors. Gelato in all the four season flavors include pumpkin, rose petal, summer fruits and winter blends of caffè, caramel and chocolate.

Buon Appetito~Antipasto, Primo, Secondo & Dolce!

Start off with Tuscan bruschetta, a trilogy of three Tuscan breads served with first cold pressed extra virgin olive oils dusted with sea salt and herbs, or white beans & olive oil, and always the Tuscan black olives and fennel. Then for the adventurous at heart, try the classical, toasted bread and fegato, sautéed livers and onion.
Florentine pastas include Gnudi, little pasta dumplings made with ricotta (in Renaissance dialect, ignudi, literally meant naked) or Pici, thick wholesome strands of hand-rolled pasta served in a zesty garlic sauce, and the classics, Tagliatelle, Ravioli and Tortelli served with vegetable or meat sauces. Coniglio in Umido, Vitello and Bistecca Fiorentina follow. Sweet desserts include: baked Tuscan Cantucci dipped in Vin Santo; Frittelle di Pere, Bosc pears dipped in Vin Santo and fried golden; Torte di Mela, a golden apple cake served with gelato.

Florence Accommodations

In the very heart of Renaissance Florence and where all the artists once lived is our B&B. It is comfy, cozy and adorned with all the modern touches. The property is just around the corner from Dante’s statue and a short walk from the Museum Uffizi. Set on a quiet street filled with Florentine palazzo, its location is convenient and centrally located. Step into the warmth of the newly renovated B&B, and into a clean modern atmosphere, with comfortable furnishing, large windows, ensuite private baths in every room with showers, hairdryers, and air conditioning. A common breakfast room always filled with the sweet smell of Marie’s home baked cakes and jam welcomes you each morning. A continental breakfast is included daily.

Florence

When you’re not cooking painting or drawing, stroll round Florence’s cobblestone streets and pedestrian walk ways to discover the city’s famous restaurants, wine bars, goldsmiths, jewelers and leather artisans. Cross the ancient Ponte Vecchio; visit the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens.

 

Itinerary ~ 5 Nights, 6 Days

Day1: Arrival & Chef’s Tasting Dinner

  • Arrival & check in
  • You will be welcomed to the property and the cooking and art week with a welcome bag including a Chef’s apron and recipe folder.
  • Welcome aperitivo and a personal introduction to the week’s festivities.
  • The Chef’s Tasting Dinner is a traditional meal served at our favorite trattoria. It includes: antipasto, primo-pasta, secondo and dessert. A toast of red or white wine is included as well as soft drinks for the children and non-wine drinkers. (Additional wine, liqueurs and any drinks are available at a surcharge).

Day 2: Art Class 1 & Explore Florence

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, enjoy your watercolor, drawing or acrylic class with your master professor. Spend the morning with your teacher learning technique and style.  Questions welcomed!
  • Afternoon free and dinner on your own. Suggestions are included in your Florence restaurant hot pick list.

Day 3: Market Tour & Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, enjoy an early morning visit with the Ambrogio Chef Marie on a tour of the Sant’Ambrogio market. Meander through stalls of Italian vendors, farmers and cheese makers selling their products. Chef Marie greets each one by name, selecting the best produce of the day. Conversation and questions answered along the way.
  • After the market tour, head back to the property for your hands-on cooking class. Under Marie’s guidance, we’ll prepare a traditional antipasto, fresh pasta and sauce with dessert. Everyone dines together on the foods prepared in class. A toast of red or white wine is included as are soft drinks for the children and non-wine drinkers. (Additional wine, liqueurs and any drinks are available at a surcharge).
  • Following your cooking class, step out onto the cobblestones of Santa Croce, walk to the Piazza Republica and explore the River Arno under the stars.
  • Afternoon free and dinner on your own.  Suggestions are included in your Florence restaurant hot pick list.

Day 4: Art Class 2 & Uffizi Gallery Tour

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, enjoy your morning art class with your master professor.
  • After your art class, join our English-speaking guide Luca for a private three hour tour (our small group) of the Uffizi Gallery. (Museum tickets not included; Luca can reserve them for you and avoid the wait in line.)
  • Evening free & dinner on your own. Suggestions are included in your Florence restaurant hot pick list.

Day 5: Cooking Class 2 & Art Class 3

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, we head to the kitchen for our hands-on cooking class with Chef Marie. We’ll prepare a traditional antipasto, fresh pasta and sauce with dessert. Everyone dines together on the foods prepared in class. A toast of red or white wine is included as well as soft drinks for the children and non-wine drinkers (Additional wine, liqueurs and any drinks are available at a surcharge)
  • Following your cooking class, head to your art class: watercolor, drawing or acrylic class. This final class may last longer producing your final creation. Then questions and answers and good-byes with your professor.
  • Evening free & dinner on your own. Suggestions are included in your Florence restaurant hot pick list.

Day 6: Check Out & Departure

  • Breakfast served.
  • Do some last minute shopping and take in a caffè.
  • Say final ciao ciao to your newly made friends and Chef Marie.

Program Includes:

  • 5 nights / 6 days in classic double room, based on double occupancy.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Welcome Aperitivo & Introduction.
  • Chef’s Tasting Dinner with Tasting Menu at local restaurant, antipasto, primo-pasta, secondo and dessert.  Wine and beverages not included.
  • Ambrogio Market Tour, with discussion & tastings.
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes followed by lunch or dinner on the foods prepared in class. Wine and beverages included.
  • 3 art classes with your professor.  Art supplies included.
  • Museum Tour of the Uffizi Gallery, including 3-hour tour with private professional guide & reserved entrance to the museum (Museum tickets not included).
  • Round trip transfers to and from Florence Airport or Train Station.
Program Prices

$2,795 per person, based on double occupancy. All taxes and Italian VAT included.

$500 Single Supplement, based on minimum 2 participants in the program.

$1,620 Single Supplement, based on 1 solo participant.

*An Italian visitor tax may apply in some cities and must be paid directly on site at check out.

Check Availability

2019 Dates: This program is available throughout the year and you can start your program on any day of the week. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.