Small-Group Italian Cooking Class in Florence

Learn the art of Tuscan cooking on this 5.5-hour market visit and cooking class in Florence. Led by local chefs, visit Florence’s Central Market to choose fresh ingredients and then prepare a classic Tuscan lunch in the cooking school kitchen. Create dishes such as ‘bruschetta’ (tomato-topped grilled bread) and homemade pasta and dessert watched by your chefs, and savor your meal with your fellow cooks and two glasses of Chianti wine before receiving a diploma and recipe booklet.

Numbers are limited to 25 for this small-group class to ensure a personalized experience.

What You Can Expect

Learn Tuscan cooking from expert chefs on this small-group cooking class
Learn Tuscan cooking from expert chefs on this small-group cooking class

Make your own way to the start point in central Florence and meet the rest of your like-minded small group and the expert local chefs taking your class.

Then, walk to Florence’s nearby Central Market. Located in a cast-iron 19th-century building, this bustling stall-fest all is a paradise for food-lovers.

Head inside with your chefs and trawl the stands for fresh ingredients. Meet the farmers and other vendors selling everything from fresh meats to local delicacies, and learn how to identify and barter for the best produce.

Then, armed with your goodies, walk to the nearby cooking school, where a typically home-like Tuscan kitchen with elegant, marble-topped islands awaits.

Listen intently as your chefs talk you through the lunch menu for the day. Dishes will vary slightly according to the season and ingredients available, but you can typically expect to prepare bruschetta, different pastas such as tagliatelle or ravioli made from scratch, plus fresh pasta sauces and a dessert.

Pull on your apron and set to work under the watchful eye of your chefs, who will offer helpful guidance along the way. During breaks, enjoy tastings of the ingredients bought at the market, and then, once your meal is ready, take a seat in the dining area.

As you relax over your meal, discuss your efforts with your chefs and fellow cooks, and sip on two glasses of Chianti wine — the perfect complement to your food.

Afterward, receive a recipe booklet so you can recreate your dishes at home and a graduation diploma — both perfect souvenirs.

Days of Service

Daily, except Sunday



  • Small-group cooking class (maximum 25 people)
  • Cooking lesson with local chefs
  • Use of supplied apron and cooking utensils
  • All ingredients for your lunch
  • Food tastings at school
  • Two glasses of Chianti wine with lunch
  • Recipe booklet
  • Graduation diploma


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Vegetarian cooking classes can also be catered for, please specify when booking
  • Please note that when Florence Central Market is closed (on Sundays and bank holidays), the market visit will be replaced by a special introduction and extra tastings at the cooking class school
Voucher Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Schedule and Pricing

Departure Point

Tuscany and Florence


5 hours 30 minutes

Return Details

Central Florence


Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.

Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.

9:00 AMTour
Small-Group cooking class in a group of no more than 25 people. From
$ 95.32

Customer Reviews

Elana V

October 2015

Me, my husband and two sons took this class while visiting Florence. I booked this based on previous reviews and was not disappointed! It was a lot of fun. Not only was our chef Alain great, but the other travelers who were on the tour were a blast as well. Good people! I do cook a little and it was fun to learn some new things not to mention eating and drinking all day. Make sure when you go that you are hungry. I do have to admit that I was not a fan of tiramisu and was a little bummed that was the dessert we made in the class, but I have to say the tiramisu in Italy was so much better than what I have had in the states! Guess I will have to come back :. Even if you don't cook you will enjoy this class. Thank you Chef Alain and Viator.


September 2015

So glad we decided to take this class. We started in the market, getting a presentation on truffles and amazing tastings, then on to the cooking school, where we were expertly instructed by Andrea, Giulio, and Daniel, to make tiramisu, tagliatelle, bolognese sauce with a vegetarian alternative, and ricotta ravioli with a butter sauce. We also got an overview of aperitivos, including bruschetta, garlic bread, pesto, and lessons on balsamic vinegar and truffles. Fun and funny guys who are true professionals and very personable.

Millie C

September 2015

I went to Florence with my daughter, who was in Conferences and Lectures all day. I was hesitant to take this class because I was by myself. I am so happy I booked this tour. It was truly the highlight of the trip, and that is not a sales pitch, it is from the heart. I met some amazing people in my class from all over the world, Davida, Danielle and our main guide, Julio were great. The tour of the Central Market was inspiring before we returned to the Apartment for our cooking lesson. I love to cook and I can honestly say that I have never been a part of anything like this before. I learned some really helpful tips and information during this class. And, in the end, the food that we made, was the most delicious meal I had in Italy. Seriously, don't let this deal pass you by, it is truly worth every penny!!

Jo G

September 2015

Great class for my whole family of 7. We have some talented cooks in our family and still learned quite a bit. the hands on was great and it has inpired us to try these recipes at home.

Karen H

September 2015

My husband and I wanted to interject a different type of activity into our vacation. This was it! We started our class by touring Florence's Central Market discussing the meats, cheeses, produce and oils, chatting with the vendors as well. At the class site, we had a group of about 20, with each tabletop accommodating 8 people. We made pappardelle, ravioli and tiramisu. This class proved that doing from scratch pasta was easy, required a few ingredients, and resulted in an incredibly delicious meal. Our chefs Giovanni and Paolo were excellent and our fellow cooks were enjoyable. It was a great atmosphere and one of the highlights of our time in Florence.

Kathleen O

September 2015

I truly enjoyed my cooking class. The instructor was thorough and helpful. The staff was efficient and kind. I would highly recommend the course to anyone who desires to learn more about cooking Italian food. My only regrets are not taking take the next course offered the same day.

Jane E

September 2015

Great fun. Excellent food and host was very enthusiastic! Well worth it!

Richard C

August 2015

Very enjoyable. The chefs were very knowledgeable and personable. They made the class entertaining and informative.

patricia g

August 2015

One of the most fun things we did in Florence. Giovanni was great. Learned a lot about cooking and was a lot of fun.

Denise Y

August 2015

Fantastic class! I attended with my daughter and my friend joined us with his son and daughter ages 11, 12 and 14. All of us had a great time!

Started by going to the market to see all of the fresh produce and visit the local butcher. Then on to the Academy to prepare lunch. Started by making tiramisu since it needs to chill for at least 2 hours and then we made fresh pasta. Best part was we got to eat it all!

5 hours seemed to fly by. The kids weren't bored at all and the food was restaurant quality!

Highly recommended!!

Lois V

August 2015

This was an excellent day of cooking with my daughter. We had so much fun cooking together and making beautiful food from scratch. The chefs were friendly, helpful and very organized. I would recommend this cooking class to everyone! A highlight of our Florence trip for sure!

Guy C

August 2015

My daughter and I attended the small-group Italian cooking class in Florence in late July and it was the highlight of our trip. The instructors were excellent, lots of fun and really made learning Italian cooking easy. I never thought making home-made pasta could be so easy - and fun! And getting to eat the fruits of our labor and wash it down with some great table wine made it even better. Thank you so much!

Vinnie G A

August 2015

This was a wonderful experience. We had fun with the instructors and the other participants. We enjoyed the time spent with them and learned how to make delicious pasta.
Thank you for a wonderful and memorable experience.

Lynwood T

August 2015

It was great, my husband and I really enjoyed it. Don't hesitate to take the class you will not regret it.

Barbara S

July 2015

Oh, Wow! Best food in Italy and so much fun! Definitely do this when in Florence.


July 2015

This was one of the highlights of our two week trip. I took the class with my daughter. The chefs were friendly and knowledgeable. The experience delivered more than the write-up describes. The trip to the market was great! We took my husband and son back the next day. It was so much fun working together and then eating our creations. I can't wait to try the recipes at home.

Laine Z

July 2015

I LOVED this and it is one of my best memories from my entire trip. The class is educational, fun and very hands on. I plan on inviting my friends an family over for fresh pasta now that I'm home. I definitely recommend this - it's such a great experience outside of the more typical tourist activities...

Curtis L

July 2015

The best experience of our trip to Europe! Our chef did an excellent job of explaining and demonstrating the proper cooking techniques for our recipes. The whole class enjoyed both cooking and eating the meal they prepared. We would enthusiastically recommend this experience to others.


July 2015

Outstanding cooking class! Andrea made this class so much fun!

Diana B

July 2015

It was a great experience!! I'll do it again. Julio and Paola were really nice.

John H

July 2015

Such an outstanding experience. Staff, cooks, and classmates were truly fun to be with. It was a blast and the scenery at the villa made it even more special. Gracie!

Amy D

July 2015

Excellent class! My husband and I had so much fun at the market and then learning how to prepare the foods. This was my favorite tour of my 2 week trip.

jennifer b

July 2015

Great class. Lots of fun cooking with little bites and wine in between. Easy to follow and tastes great.

Sherry J

July 2015

did this with my girls age 12 and 15. We had a great time. The staff were professional and funny, but still kept the class authentic. We had 4 days in Florence and I would definatley recommend this class if you have a couple days and if you love cooking!!! Great memories.. Very excited to use the Truffle sauce/oil and salt I purchased.