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Florence Cooking Class & Market Tour ~ 1 Day

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Market Tour, Shop With The Chef & Hands On Cooking Class ~ Chose from 1 day Cooking Class Only or with Market Tour!

Join Chef Lorena for a delightful trip to the Ambrogio Market., shopping for ingredients for your cooking class followed by a hands-on cooking class in the heart of Florence. Florence’s outside market is a food experience where you will see venders selling their farm-to-table ingredients – local and arriving from a less than a one kilometre radios.  Following the market tour, step into her kitchen and learn how to create authentic Florentine food  participating in hands-on cooking and discovering new techniques for each recipe. The hands-on cooking classes include preparing antipasto, pasta, fish or meat dish, and delicious desserts. Chef Lorena will lead you through each step using only fresh in season organic vegetables that she buys daily at the nearby Ambrogio Market.

The Ambrogio Market Tour, Shop With The Chef

Join Chef Lorena as she starts the morning with an early morning visit to the Sant’ 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 Florentines negotiate the best product and price. Our market tour takes you through the Sant’ Ambrogio market under the wings of Chef Lorena and introduces you to the foods of the region. From artisan bread and cheese, to fruits and vegetables, fish and meats, to savory salumi and sweet baked goods, the market is an authentic place to purchase foods for all tastes.  Look for the cavolo nero, Tuscan black cabbage, grown in this region and only in season. Some of the fresh ingredients are bought for the cooking class and used are as an informal tasting before one of the cooking classes. Return to the kitchen and get cooking.

Learn the art of Florentine cooking under the direction of Chef Lorena. Her passion started when she was a child and continued ash she said, “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 fungi porcini, and ravioli di ricotta. Also learn to make a great Tuscan pappa al pomodoro or Panzanella. Main courses or secondi, include,-pollo in fricassea, scamerita 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.

Everyone joins around the table and enjoys the foods that were made in class following. Local wine, dessert and great conversation always included. Chef, food lover, and member of a professional choir, there is always music in Lorena’s kitchen!

Classes begin at 10:30am and end approximately at 2:30pm.

Program Includes:

  • Market Visit, with English-speaking Chef.
  • Hands-on Florence cooking class including an antipasto, fresh pasta or risotto, main course –  meat, fish or vegetarian and dessert
  • Lunch follows and everyone enjoys the food that was prepared  in the cooking class with a toast of local wine included.
Program Prices:

$325 per person, based on 2 guests Cooking Class.

$385 per person, based on 2 guests Market Tour & Cooking Class

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

* Please note: One-day cooking classes do not include transportation, accommodations, or any other excursions.  If you would like to add on transfers to and from your hotel or cruise ship port ~ please let us know your group size and we will be happy to provide a price and reserve the transfer(s) for you.  If you have a non-cooker who would like dine, but not cook, please let us know and we will also send you pricing.

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2023 Dates: This program is available throughout the year and cooking classes are held every day. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Cooking classes are available everyday beginning at 10:30 and end at 2:30pm. Market visits are not available on Sunday and public holidays, classes begin at 11:30am. 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.