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/Exchange Point

Central Florence


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
$ 95.55

Customer Reviews

Susan B

November 2015

This was definitely a trip highlight. I had so much fun I immediately booked another cooking class for the following day.

Roseanne M . J

November 2015

It was wonderful!

Elizabeth C

November 2015

This was a really excellent day - we were upgraded from the half day cooking class at no extra cost and went out into the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The staff were extremely nice when one of the party was feeling unwell. The food was delicious and the Chianti only served to enhance the mood and break the ice with the others in the group - we had a good giggle. Would recommend this class as a really good experience.


November 2015

We so enjoyed this cooking experience the staff was very entertaining and informative!!!! We enjoyed the trip to the market and making a full dinner!!!

Brian R

November 2015

Amazing experience! Alex was an incredible tour guide and chef. We learned a lot, ate a lot, and had a great time. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys Italian food.

Connie R

October 2015

We loved every minute of this tour! It made our day! Our chefs were very personable and we actually can't wait to share our menu and new skills with our family when we get home! We also loved the tour of the Markato Centrale. Fascinating and very informative. We went back the next day and explored it again.

Jon B B

October 2015

The cooking class was a highlight of our trip!

Rod C

October 2015

Alain and Alesso took us through an amazing tour of Italian cuisine. A very fun day and very educational as well.

Anil D

October 2015

We were upgraded to a higher-value tour with only 4 total people so this may not be directly relevant. The walk through the market was great. We were actually taken through a smaller market rather than the central one, which actually let us walk more freely and talk with the vendors. The cooking class was really well done and the food we prepared was fantastic, despite using very few ingredients. Giovanni was a great teacher and we picked up copies of the recipes to make at home. Would highly recommend.

Kirk S

November 2015

This was the high light of our tour of Italy. Chefs David and Allen, made it fun, educational, entertaining and delicious. We can't wait to try out our new skills at home

Carolyn P

November 2015

This was part of a family vacation for us. 6 adults We had a great time. We visited the market briefly and got some great insights into Italian food. Then we moved on to the kitchen to make tiramisu and homemade pasta, which we promptly consumed for lunch. It was one of the highlights of our time in Firenze.

Lloyd M

October 2015

Great class. So happy I learned how to make pasta. Not difficult. Excellent facility and entertaining chefs. Most highly recommended.

Kathleen G

October 2015

Chef and sous chef were incredibly talented and informative. Not to mention,engaging and entertaining!

Brandon D

October 2015

This was amazing! Davide and Andrea did an amazing job of showing us the market, what the chefs look for in the quality of their ingredients, and recommendations on what we should eat with our time here.

The cooking part was really fun. We made dessert and part of the meal, and then got to enjoy it with wine and talking with our group. A great mini getaway in this amazing city.


October 2015

Book this tour at the last minute and so glad I did! Alessio and Alain were fantastic and fun! Can't wait to try what I learned at home!

Susan G

October 2015

This cooking class was so much fun. The chefs were knowledgeable, friendly and patient. The food we made was delicious and everything was well organized. We had a great time!

Frank C

October 2015

I have never prepared a meal before. It surprised me how much I enjoyed cooking up a couple of delectable Italian specialties. The instructors were informative and very entertaining.

Betty B

October 2015

It was a lot of fun and I learned so much about making authentic foods from Florence! I would recommend this class to anyone who would like to experience the real thing!


October 2015

Absolutely the most fun filled afternoon ever. The high light of our stay in Florence. Making the sauces and pasta were fun, but enjoying the results was even better. Next tour, we will use viatour for making our trips special and memorable.

Robert W

October 2015

We had a great time, loved the chefs, learned about Tuscan cooking, enjoyed the wine paring and eating what we made. Highly recommended.

carole w

October 2015

We attended this class our first day in Florence. We figured if we were eating Italian food for 2 weeks, it would be great to know how it is prepared. We started with a walk through the Centrale Market visiting local butchers and bakers, picking up our groceries, and having a personal tasting of olive oil and balsamic. After a short walk to the classroom kitchen, we donned our aprons and got to work preparing tiramisu and bolognese. Our chefs were fabulous, not only directing hands on preparation, but educating us with the history of their recipes! We so enjoyed the comraderie of our cooking partners during a a sit down delightful lunch with chianti. We learned so much and can hardly wait to host an Italian dinner at home with our friends! We had such a great time, we booked the pizza and gelato class a few days later and my husband doesn't even cook!. The recipe book was a bonus. Magnifico!!

Frank T

October 2015

This was a highlight of our 15 day tour in Europe. My wife and I had outstanding teachers and a wonderful group of people taking the class. We enjoyed the market tour prior to the cooking class as well and loved sampling cheeses, oils, and learning about the specialties of Italy. Eating our creations was also a lot of fun. I recommend this tour to anyone wanting to have a hands-on experience with Italian cooking in the heart of beautiful Florence.

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.