Florence Market & Cooking Class

Florence Market & Cooking Class

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Meet Viola, one of Luxe’s amazing guides in Florence. Not only does she have an amazing knowledge of the history, the art, and culture of Florence and its museums, but she is also an amazing cook!

Her passion for local Tuscan food and wine is infectious so get ready to shop, cook, drink & eat like a Tuscan!

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“I was born and raised in Florence, have an Art History degree and a Visual Arts Degree. I love art, good wine, food and walking a lot! My favorite tours are with families: kids always have the best questions!” 

Any questions about this tour? Contact Viola below.

What Is Included In The Florence Market & Cooking Class?

  • Licensed, expert food guide.
  • A guided tour of the Sant’Ambrogio market where you will purchase the fresh ingredients for your cooking class (included in the price).
  • A 3-course cooking class in a beautiful, historic apartment located just a few hundred meters from Ponte Vecchio.

Florence Market & Cooking Class Description

Choosing the best ingredients is THE secret of Italian cuisine, which is why this tour starts at the most traditional market: Sant’Ambrogio. Here the Florentines prefer to buy their own locally produced food, but it’s also a very popular place for restaurant chefs to purchase their ingredients (if you go very early you will be able to spot them).  

During our market visit, you will learn how to choose the best tomatoes, what the difference is between Tuscan bread and Italian bread, and how to buy the real EVO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). In essence, when you leave the market, you’ll be a little bit more Italian than when you went in!

On the way to your exclusive Florentine apartment, you will stop to admire the real Florence, off the beaten path, for example, the area where Michelangelo lived. We will stop in front of Santa Croce church and Viola will tell you all about a crazy traditional football game. We will then be crossing to the other side of the Arno river by means of the infamous Ponte Vecchio, into the hip Oltrarno area.

The apartment is located in a Renaissance palace and is full of amazing history and art, which she will be happy to explain to you during your lesson. But first things first, a real Italian ‘moka’ caffè.

Then the real work will start, the cooking class, with the ingredients purchased at the market you will create a delicious menu. An example includes:

  • How to create a true Italian ‘aperitivo platter’ consisting of the best cold cuts & cheese. Learn what goes with what (and what not to include on an Italian platter!)
  • Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil on Tuscan bread. 
  • Tortelli alla Mugellana (Tortelli Mugellani is a traditional Italian dish from Tuscany. The tortelli are bigger than the classic ravioli. Originally, the tortelli were filled with chestnuts, a heavy meal for the workers, because they are filled with “just”: butter, Parmigiano Reggiano, parsley, nutmeg, salt, and pepper, while the dough is made from flour and eggs. 
  • Great food needs to be paired with great wine so while preparing the fresh pasta and its fillings you will get to enjoy a nice glass of Tuscan red wine.
  • As dessert, you will make cantuccini which are hard almond biscuits. A traditional Tuscan biscotti that were even served at the Medici court. You will then eat these accompanied by the traditional ‘vin santo’ dessert wine.

Florence Market & Cooking Class Itinerary Details

This market tour and cooking class is a 5-hour experience, in which you will visit the market with your private guide and make your way to a private Florentine apartment in a Renaissance palazzo with your purchased ingredients.

Then you will have the chance to learn how to cook some amazing typical dishes with Viola.  The menu as described above is included in the price.

If you have special (dietary) wishes or you want to customize the menu, please reach out to us so we can quote accordingly.

Why Book The Florence Market & Cooking Class With Luxe?

  • You will have a local, private, licensed guide who can teach you all there is to know about Tuscan food and wine.  
  • You will be cooking in a private, Renaissance apartment a stone’s throw from Ponte Vecchio.
  • This is a completely private tour for you and your party/family! This allows us to customize each tour to your own tastes and desires. 
  • No rush during the day, which gives you the opportunity to learn in as much detail as you like. Your guide will have all the time to explain and answer any questions you have. 


This tour doesn’t run on Sundays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Where Does This Private Florence Market Tour & Cooking Class Start?

Our Private Florence Market & Cooking Class meeting point is in front of Caffe Cibreo, Via Andrea del Verrocchio, 5R. Once you confirm your tour, your guide will be in touch to provide any further directions as well as offer additional transport and transfers if required.

Florence Market Tour & Cooking Class Starting Point

In front of Caffe Cibreo


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