Meet your host in central Florence, and start your Tuscan cooking experience with a gentle stroll to a bustling farmers market in the city center. Local butchers, bakers and farmers sell their wares at the market, and it’s a popular place with visitors and Florentines alike. Sample some of the different foods on offer, and help your host purchase ingredients for your cooking class.
Then, hop inside your minibus and travel out into the Tuscan countryside that surrounds the city. In no time at all, the vineyard-draped hills of the Chianti region form the landscape around you, offering a quintessential snapshot of beautiful Tuscany.
After admiring the scenery, stop at a beautiful villa and head inside to meet Chef Giovanni, a well-known and highly rated Florentine chef who runs one of Florence’s top food and wine academies. Put on your apron, and help Giovanni create an exquisite Tuscan meal. The menu changes according to seasonality, but take a look at the sample menu in the Itinerary for examples of typical dishes.
Enjoy a special wine lab experience. This fun and educational experience will let you understand how different varieties of pure wines (from Sangiovese, Canaiolo grapes etc.) are blended to obtain the final complex wines, each one with a peculiar bouquet of scents and flavours.
Discover how to make pasta from scratch, learn about the local produce and hear cooking tips aplenty as you chop, prepare and cook your meal. When finished, sit down to eat while tasting some of the local wine. Sip on three different varietals — usually the prestigious Chianti Classico, a Chianti reserve and a Tuscan dessert wine — and note how the flavors complement and balance the food.
When your meal is finished, receive your souvenir ‘graduation’ certificate, bid a fond farewell to Chef Giovanni, and then travel back to the start point in central Florence to end your experience.