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Florence Market Tour and Cooking Class with a Local Chef

Sample local ingredients and learn traditional cooking techniques with a private chef
From US$571 privately
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Tour Details
5 hours
Product Type
Sant'Ambrogio Market
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  • Join an engaging, local expert at the top of their field in culinary traditions as you explore Florence.
  • Unique, personal tours for the intentional traveler. Choose from private tours for just you and your party, or join a small group tour with up other travelers.
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Tour Description
Florence is a feast for the senses, and no other art form engages all five of them like cooking. Our Florence cooking class, led by a local chef, offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to delve into local food traditions, and to fully appreciate their historical, social, and cultural components. This half day experience covers all aspects involved in preparing an unforgettable meal, from selecting fresh products at the market, to a hands-on experience turning them into meaningful and mouthwatering dishes.

You'll begin the tour in Piazza Ghiberti, where the St. Ambrogio market takes place every morning in and around a structure dating back to 1873. In this authentic setting, you will wade through the local farmers' stalls, familiarizing yourselves with a variety of fresh produce such as seasonal organic fruits, vegetables, and eggs, some of which will be carefully selected to become your lunch ingredients. You will also linger over and discuss specialties (cured meats, bread, cheese) that make up the heart of the Florentine and Tuscan gastronomic tradition, such as savory pecorino cheese and lampredotto, a tripe-based peasant dish, usually served in a sandwich.

During the second part of the experience, you'll spend about four hours in a Florentine kitchen in a private home where we will learn about and savor the basics and the nuances of Tuscan cuisine. Under the expert eyes and directions of our guide, you will combine all the ingredients to create scrumptious dishes, which can include fresh tagliatelle pasta made from scratch and topped with a rich sauce, peposo (a delicious peppery stew), and cantuccini (biscuits with almonds, served with wine to dip). By the end of your time with your guide, you'll be more familiar with the regional food culture and its importance in the social context of Florence, and will be carrying back exquisite memories from Florence, in the form of step-by-step simple recipes to recreate at home.

Meet Your Expert
  • You're a food lover eager to indulge in a culinary adventure and prepare local specialties.
  • You like to discover history and culture through food - this isn’t your average tasting tour
  • Indulge your passion for food and embark on a culinary journey through tantalizing local delights
  • Sant'Ambrogio Market – vibrant outdoor market
General Information
  • You are pre-paid for this tour and cooking class.
Wheelchair accessibility
  • While Sant'Ambrogio Market is wheelchair accessible, the chef’s home is on the second floor of a building without an elevator.
Service Dogs
  • Service dogs are allowed if you have a medical certificate proving the need. 
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What if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?
Please specify any food allergies or intolerances in the "additional details" section of the order. The menu can be adjusted according to your preferences. We are happy to work around dietary restrictions provided we are notified in advance.

Can I bring a big group of people with me for this cooking experience?
No, the maximum number of cooks we can accommodate at once is 4. Please contact us to discuss other food and wine options in Florence for groups larger than 4 participants.
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We had a wonderful experience with our lovely local chef Patrizia. Shopping in the market and meeting the local farmers and vendors was wonderful- this was almost my favorite part. Little did we know we would be cooking a full meal with Patrizia right out of her home. We learned about classic Florentine recipes, the techniques for making wonderful homemade pasta, and we got to enjoy our lunch together with Patrizia as well- my favorite part. I would recommend this tour to anybody looking to learn more about local Italian cooking.
Patrizia was an incredible guide and taught us so much about Florentine food and the Tuscany region. She welcomed us into her home like we were family and we’re so grateful for the experience. Highly recommend!
Patrizia was a warm host for our day together at the market and cooking. She was knowledgeable, passionate and fun - a great combination. We started out with a tour through the market talking with vendors as friends, while we discussed the menu. It was a hands-on cooking experience in her lovely central-Florence home and we have gone home with recipes and techniques to use. What a fabulous day! Thank you Patrizia. We highly recommend.