Scoring an average traveller rating of 5
out of 5
based on the last 24 recent reviews
What a fantastic day! Some key points:
- walking through the local market taught us about the different (and odd) foods the locals are buying.
- our cooking class was conducted at a beautiful villa on a hillside just outside of Florence that had gorgeous postcard views of the Tuscan countryside.
- our guides, Isaac (speaking English) and Carmela (speaking, singing, and shouting Italian) kept us both entertained as well as informed on some good, solid techniques for preparing homemade pasta and tiramisu. All the while the Chianti Classico flowed!
Overall, Isaac and Carmela were wonderful hosts with a perfect balance of humor, information, and hospitality. The quality of this tour was well worth the price.”
Peter B • Submitted 04 Dec 2019
This was such a great day trip from Florence. Our chefs Isak and Carmela were so fun! Carmela was so passionate about the food, teaching the class, and having us learn - she sang songs (in Italian of course!) and her energy brought the entire group together for a great time. The views were amazing, and the food was fantastic! Isak taught us how easy it can be to make pasta, gave us some tips and tricks for each part of the meal, and was a great translator for Carmela. We had such a great time and would highly recommend!”
Stephanie F • Submitted 14 Nov 2019
Best experience we had during a 2
week visit to Florence Italy in November 2019. Learned how to correctly make bruschetta, pasta with meat sauce, and tiramisu! Isaac was hysterical and Carmella was a hoot. This is must do trip if you are visiting the city.”
mdlcat4 • Submitted 13 Nov 2019
Isaac and Caramello were fantastic this is the 2nd tour we did with Walk About Tours. Both were top notch. We walked through the market and learned some history as well as sampled breads and cheeses. Then we took a short bus ride to the most amazing country side villa. We learned how to cook pasta and the most amazing pork roast and potatoes. Then finished it off with our very own tiramisu. One of our most favorite tours of all time.
ADVISORY... there is a bit of walking. Too and from the market, and then the bus drop off is near the river by the library. Also there is some walking too and from the bus at the villa.”
steven t • Submitted 11 Nov 2019
This was the first of our Viator bookings while visiting Italy, and it was phenomenal. Isak is an extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and HILARIOUS guide who took us through Mercato Centrale and taught us about the origins of the different foods we would use and cook, and let us taste some cheeses and breads. His humor is so dry and funny and sets a very good tone for the whole trip. Carmella is bubbly and delightful, and does not speak a word of English, so it was fun to practice our Italian with her. Her joy and funny stories helped make the cooking experience all the better. The other people on the trip with us were also very nice. And the food was out-of-this world incredible. It was so delicious and my wife and I continue to use the techniques we learned on this trip in our cooking at home. They provided us with a seemingly unlimited supply of wine, which was very nice to enjoy as we looked out over the gorgeous Tuscan countryside. We were here in early September, and the weather was perfetto. I would HIGHLY recommend this class. My suggestions would be to bring paper and pen if you wanted to take notes, and also to bring your own headphones if you are like me and want to avoid germs (we used headphones during the Mercato Centrale visit to plug into audio devices so that Isak could talk into a little microphone and we could hear him through the audio devices. This way, he did not have to yell). This was a fun and romantic trip, but I would recommend it for friends and even for family, if your children are not young.”
jake.c.hassell • Submitted 07 Nov 2019
We had the best time with Elisa and Carmella! We learned so much from them, met some really great people during the class, had so much fun and ate such delicious food. Every detail was thought of and well executed and planned. The things we learned in this class are better than any souvenir we could have brought home and will last much longer. I will take this class every time I visit Florence and it has inspired us to take cooking classes at home and on future trips. Thank you for an unforgettable experience!”
Samantha W • Submitted 05 Nov 2019
Isaac and Carmella were so much fun! They have fantastic energy! We enjoyed everything from the market to dessert! Thank you so much!”
Audra P • Submitted 04 Nov 2019
This tour/experience was amazing! From the start Isaac was a great tour guide. We learned so many interesting things at the market and while cooking! Loved his dry sense of humor! The farmhouse was beautiful! Amazing kitchen, fabulous views! Carmela was great! Food ... so good! So worth the time and would recommend to anyone who has a free day in Florence! Ciao... Brandi, Molly, and Bennette”
tandbstevens • Submitted 25 Oct 2019
Life changing experience! Guide and Chefs where very informational and entertaining. The food and wine did not disappoint.”
Ashley H • Submitted 24 Oct 2019
My wife and I went to this class and we loved it. Gloria and Carmela are a great team and are very entertaining. The class is large though (roughly 30)...so you will not get to make everything. But this was entertaining and fun.”
Joseph L • Submitted 24 Oct 2019
The tour of the markets was very well done - it was informative and witty and explained some of the history of Florence and that relationship to food. The cooking class was equally well done and I recommend it to cooks and non-cooks alike.”
Michael S • Submitted 18 Oct 2019
Carmen and Issac were excellent, energetic, funny and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this event.”
rickguido55 • Submitted 18 Oct 2019
The best day ever Was that shopping and cooking day in Florence. Our chef was not only amazing and knowledgeable but he was so funny. It was just one of the best days I’ve ever had. I would highly recommend this cooking class to everyone. You also get to eat the wonderful food you cooked with some great wine. Don’t leave Italy without doing this.”
Penny S • Submitted 17 Oct 2019
Isaac and Carmella were great! The food market tour was very interesting and on the way he gave us some info on Florence history and of the market itself. He gave some recommendations in the city totally unrelated to the tour which we acted on and were great ideas! (Michelangelo Plaza at sunset and the trick for finding a good, real gelato place).
The cooking class itself was so much fun, you can be involved or as not involved as you want. We all made egg noodles but don’t worry if you’re not a professional chef, it’s not that hard and they’ll help you if needed. Eating it was so much fun - it was so good and we had plenty of wine.
Oh, did I mention the views? The views of the Tuscan countryside were amazing. Very picturesque.
Back to the food - bruschetta earlier in the day, a noodle with meat sauce, potatoes, and then pork brisket.
Just note there is a little bit of walking and standing so wear comfortable shoes.”
jjohanning • Submitted 14 Oct 2019
We had so much fun shopping and cooking with Isaac and Carmela. They really made the day. The food was out of this world and we made some friends. Highly recommend this!”
Gary H • Submitted 14 Oct 2019
I am not a "tour" person but the other girls I was with are, so we signed up. So happy we did! Isak was a great tour guide with a good sense of humor. He took us through the Central Market where we purchased all the food for the class, what an experience, taste along the way. The short bus ride to the hills of Florence was very comfortable and the views were outstanding. Once we got to the property we met Carmela, a great addition to the day. Her energy was contagious, so fun! The food we learned to cook was absolutely delicious. We had lots of wine and made our own pasta. They sent all the recipes as a follow up and we can't wait to recreate the day with our loved ones. I highly recommend this class. Big hugs Isak and Carmela”
Kelly W • Submitted 14 Oct 2019
The staff, the facility, the shopping, and the cooking and of course the Wine was all I was hoping it would be”
James G S • Submitted 14 Oct 2019
A great way to spend a day. Good tour guides, interesting to see the market, beautiful classroom setting, good recipes, great food.”
Matt T • Submitted 07 Oct 2019
Great day experiencing the market, followed by a fun cooking class with Isaac and Carmela in the most beautiful setting . Got to make our own pasta and finished the day with lots of good food and wine.”
Robyn B • Submitted 07 Oct 2019
Isaac was our chef and guide on this tour. After walking through the local markets and learning about the local produce, tasting from some of the vendors and purchasing our ingredients we boarded the bus and headed to the farmhouse for our class. We were taught the authentic way to make bruschetta, beef ragu, fresh pasta and tiramisu all in a very entertaining and informative way. Carmela , whose english is very limited is very energetic and lots of fun whilst Isaac translated also added his own sense of humour. Combine this with several glasses of authentic Italian Chianti Classico and you have a tour to be remembered. Thank you Isaac and Carmela for a fantastic day, not to be forgotten.”
Andrew W • Submitted 30 Sep 2019
Great Fun, Learned a lot, cooking class and entertainment rolled into one. Walk though the market was enlightening and saw a lot of food varieties.”
William M • Submitted 30 Sep 2019
Isaak is a great host and has a wonderful, entertaining presence. Making homemade pasta was informative and fun. Lots of good food and wine!”
Barbara B • Submitted 30 Sep 2019
Gloria and Isaak were both fantastic! We had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves - highly recommended.”
William P • Submitted 30 Sep 2019
My fiancee and I LOVED this tour. We did lots of different attraction tours, boat rides, and activities on a three week engagement vacation. This was our favorite. Gloria is so kind and helpful. Going through the markets was a ton of fun. Issac was funny and incredibly informative. Learning not just how to make something, but how to make something using various items you'll have also back at your home when you get back is incredibly helpful. I almost didn't book this - thinking 'we know how to cook' - you will learn so much, have so much fun, and never forget the taste of your own food made in a BEAUTIFUL villa. I promise you, you need to do this tour with these folks and enjoy a wonderful day.”
ryan.patrick.higgins • Submitted 27 Sep 2019