Chianti Semi-Private Cooking Class At A Tuscan Villa - Florence

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Overview

Create the flavors of Tuscany during a full-day cooking experience from Florence! After shopping for quality ingredients at a Florence farmers market, travel to a historical villa in the Chianti region of Tuscany for a cooking class. Then, learn how to cook Chianti-style with expert tuition from Chef Giovanni, a charismatic and locally renowned chef from Florence. After preparing a lavish 4-course meal, sit down to eat and enjoy a wine tasting, too! Three glasses of prestigious Chianti wine are included. Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention.

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  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Lunch included

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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 its 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 Florences 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 aspecial 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.

Inclusions for Chianti Semi-Private Cooking Class At A Tuscan Villa

  • Market visit with samples
  • Cooking class
  • Use of apron and cooking utensils
  • All ingredients for your lunch
  • Lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • Wine lab experience
  • Graduation certificate
  • Booklet with recipes

Exclusions for Chianti Semi-Private Cooking Class At A Tuscan Villa

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Itinerary:

Please note: When Florence Central Market is closed (on Sundays and bank holidays), the market visit will be replaced by a special visit to an organic Chianti farm

Sample Menu:
First course (choice of one):
  • Classic bruschetta with tomatoes, basil and olive oil
  • Tuscan bruschetta with olive oil, salt and garlic
Second course (choice of one):
  • Tagliatelle with a rich meat sauce
  • Ravioli gnudi (ricotta dumplings, similar to gnocchi)
Third course (choice of one):
  • Tuscan salad with bread, fresh herbs and tomatoes
  • Locally sourced meat with vegetables
Dessert:
  • Strawberry tiramisu

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Vegetarians can be catered for; please make a note in the 'Special Requirements' field when booking

RAIN POLICY:

The tour runs rain or shine (but please see below).

The tour will never be cancelled due to rain. 

We will do our best to proceed with the bike tour, however, in case of heavy rain, we might decide to stop the bike tour and proceed with a walking tour instead (or just start with a walking tour if the weather does not allow to use the bikes at the time of the meeting point). Should the weather get better during the tour, we will try to get back on board, when possible.

Guest options on rainy days:

Proceed with the tour hoping for clearing weather - with the understanding that no refund or discount will be given if bikes are not ridden due to rain, or if the bike tour is abbreviated due to rain. We will do our best to get you on a bike, weather permitting.

Rain check (of the same amount clients paid) to be used the following day or at any other time, subject to availability. The Rain check is a voucher given to client. The voucher is transferable and may be sold or given to others to use at a future date and lasts up to 1 year from date. It has a value that can be possible used in any other tour provided by our company.

Please note that clients' safety and comfort are of utmost priority, and proper rain gear is mandatory for guests choosing to "ride in the possible rain".

We ask clients to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour departure, to check the weather conditions and choose accordingly.

No-shows will not be refunded."

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Tour was very nicely organized. Our personal chef was most knowledgeable and had all of us engaged with the meal preparation.

  • To begin with, this tour should really be 4 hours, not 7-8 hours. We wasted a whole day, with a lot of sitting around.

    The tour began with a visit to a local market. There was nothing special about the market, and we're not sure what the purpose of this was, since we did not personally shop for the ingredients. We tasted some fruit, meat and cheese, while our tour guide shopped for the ingredients separately. We spent 1.5 hours here, and this could have easily been 30 minutes or skipped entirely.
    The villa was located in the first town outside of Florence, a 30 min drive, so don't take this tour if you're expecting to see the Tuscan countryside.
    When we arrived, I was surprised to see the room was not equipped with sinks or stoves, there was simply one hot plate which the chef would use to cook everything. We were expecting for this to be a full cooking class, but it was more like a demonstration. The only part of the class we were involved in, was making the pasta. This was the most enjoyable part of the class.

    The chef/instructor did not pass out recipes for us to follow while he prepared and cooked, we really just watched and asked questions. We were supposed to be making a 3 or 4 course meal, but it turned out to only be pasta with meat sauce and tiramisu. For the bruschetta appetizer, he just opened jars of tapenade and put it onto bread!

    In terms of the instructor, Marco, he was not very enthusiastic or engaging. He did not introduce himself at the beginning, and did not engage the group or encourage any introductions. Additionally, the most disturbing part was that he did not practice safe handling of food. When we arrived, he did not ask the group to go and wash our hands, and in fact, he himself touched the meat with his hands, and right afterwards touched the vegetables, without washing his hands. This was extremely upsetting, since he was cooking the food for a large group of people. As a chef and instructor, he should have been practicing food safety, and ensuring the whole group was also being safe. Any cooking classes I have ever taken in the past, this was always of utmost importance.

    The food itself was very good. We spent about 45 minutes eating, and drinking wine. Afterwards we were taken to a nearby cellar where they make wine and olive oil. Again, we are not sure what the purpose of this was, since we didn't even get to taste any wine or olive oil. Some was available for purchase, but again this 30-45 mins was a complete waste of time.

    I think there are a lot of kinks that need to get worked out with this tour and I wouldn't recommend doing it unless you have a full day you don't mind wasting while in Florence. We only had 3 days in Florence and we were very disappointed we wasted one of them on this.

  • Best day of our Tuscan honeymoon! thank you Chef Marco!

  • We had a great time! Javier, our instructor, was wonderful. The food was delicious and I'm looking forward to trying it make it at home.

  • We had an amazing day with Daniel as our tour guide through the market and as our chef and teacher. We learned how to make excellent pasta and two sauces along with tiramisu. We enjoyed the tasting in the market in the morning also. Our family of six thought this was one of the best things we did during our two weeks in Italy! Highly highly recommend!!

  • Please note that the tour that is actually offered does not reflect the tour advertised by Viator. The supplier is Florencetown, they offer a VIP Tour. We received close to what they advertised. What was to be a highlight for my 25th Wedding Anniversary turned in to a complete disappointment. Florencetown offered a discount and after weeks of no communication from Viator we did receive the promise of this discount. This has yet to appear on our credit card. We arrived and expected to meet chef Giavonni as advertised. We had another chef. We expected a wine lab as advertised we did not receive it. We did not make all that was advertised by Viator. Also if you are expecting to have a high level of participation in this class. You will spend much of your time watching. Do not book with Viator for this tour as it is 100 misrepresentation of the actual tour provided.

  • We met our chef Marco in the Piazza Republicca and then we walked about 3/4 of a mile to a small outdoor market where we spent almost two hours waiting for the bus. He walked us around and explained a little about the produce and meats but then sat us at a table with bread, meats, cheeses and wine. We were left alone most of this time and we were not sure what was going on. We finally made it to the villa to cook and was surprised to watch Marco cook for most of the time. We had paid to cook and not just watch. We did make our own tiramisu and pasta by hand which was fun. The food was amazing and Marco was very knowledgeable but he could have used some assistance as the 7 hours we were there were not used wisely. The wine experience at the end was rushed and again seemed unorganized.

  • A great day with a professional tour group. The bus ride was comfortable and our chef Giuseppe was friendly and showed us how to make great pasta. Unfortunately the market was closed so no fresh basil for our pasta dish. Instead we had breakfast at a wonderful cafe. This was a great start for our day and was most enjoyable.

  • This tour was great. I went with my mom and dad, and they got my dad to join in and cook. Making pasta was great and the food tasted great. Even though it a raining, it was still an awesome day. I would definitely recommend this tour again.

  • This was well worth the money. I had an amazing time and met some lovely people. Also got some lovely photos of the Tuscan countryside. Our chef David was great. I loved the walk through the markets and he gave us a great spiel. Was a great chef as well.
    Fantastic!

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