Cooking lessons with guided shopping at the market and lunch

Come with us to buy fresh ingredients at the local market and prepare your own lunch following Barbara’s directions!

Wine tasting, Food tasting, Culinary experience, Walking & Sightseeing
Date of the tour

When to book - availability

All year long


  • Traditional menu cooking lesson
  • Guided Tour of the food market
  • Lunch and Wine
Languages: English, Italian
Duration: 4 hours
Group size: 1-8

A guided shopping of the ingredients with your chef at the ancient food market of S. Amborgio.

The day will start with the choice of the fresh and simple ingredients at the marketplace. You will meet Barbara in front of the main door of the S. Ambrogio market or at the reception in your hotel and you will begin your guided tour among the stalls of this ancient food market, shopping the ingredients for your Tuscan menu.

Ten minutes walking and the teacher will show how to prepare a complete meal in our kitchen inside an ancient building at Centro Italiano in Piazza D'Azeglio 20. 

After the cooking class, lunch will be served, accompanied with local wines. 

The program

10:00 - Meeting point in front of the main door of the San Ambrogio marketplace or at your hotel in Florence. Your chef guides you around this historical food market.

10:45 - Guided walking to Piazza d'Azeglio

11:00 - 1:00 You start the cooking class. You stay around a large table, assembling the ingredients and working at a Tuscan menu

1:00 - Lunch is served, with all the dishes prepared accompanied with the most appropriate wine

Some of our suggested menus, for the complete offer:


Pappa al pomodoro or Panzanella (depending on the season)
Tagliata di pollo all’aceto balsamico (chicken with balsamic vinegar)
Seasonable vegetable side dish
Panna cotta with sauce
Red wine Chianti Buondonno, Castellina in Chianti


Pasta fatta in casa: preparation of different kinds of pasta with and without eggs, cutting by hand and machine (spaghetti, taglierini, fettuccine, tagliatelle, etc.)
Three typical Tuscan sauces: carrettiera, mushroom sauce *, and pesto
Mousse al ciccolato
Red or Rosè wine Chianti Buondonno, Castellina in Chianti


Mezzelune con ricotta e spinaci
Pollo alla cacciatora (chicken hunter's style)
Cantuccini di Prato (traditional tuscan cookies with almonds or chocolate)
Red wine Chianti Buondonno, Castellina in Chianti

What's included

  • A chef-guide in your language
  • A guided visit to the food market
  • Tuscan lunch with wine


  • Cancel up to 15 days before the date of the program to get full refund;
  • Cancel from 15 days to 72 hours before the date of the program to get 65% refund;
  • Cancel less than 72 hours before, no refund possible. 
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