Wanna Be Italiano - The original Cooking Class & Market Tour in Florence

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From $109.71

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Try your hand at Florentine cuisine on this cooking class. Journey first to the city’s Central Market alongside expert chefs to select local ingredients for your lunch. Then head to the cooking school to learn how to make Tuscan favorites such as bruschetta, homemade pasta, and dessert. Afterward, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, complemented by Chianti wine.
  • Trawl Florence’s bustling central market for ingredients with expert chefs
  • Learn how to prepare a classic Italian meal in a home-like, cooking school kitchen
  • Receive a recipe booklet and diploma after your class
  • Enjoy personalized attention from the chefs in a small-group class limited to 25 people

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This cooking class teaches you how to make Italian staples such as pasta and tiramisu without any fancy equipment, meaning you can easily recreate the dishes at home. Come on the hungry side; food samples are included in addition to the three courses you prepare.

Sample Menu




Fresh home-made pasta.

Tagliatelle and ravioli with 2 sauces. Please note: Your menu may slightly vary depending on fresh ingredients available and intollerances



What's Included

  • Central food market guided visit
  • Food tastings at school
  • Two glasses of Chianti wine with lunch
  • Recipe booklet
  • Graduation diploma
  • Suitable for vegetarians! (please inform us in advance)
  • Free subscription to our Food&Wine Club, to access special discounts online on wine&typical products
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Florence Cooking Classes by Florencetown
    Via Panicale, 43/r, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

    FLORENCETOWN cooking class is located in Via Panicale 43 red(close to Central Market) Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour starting time.

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Join your instructors and fellow classmates in central Florence and head to the Central Market nearby. Filled with stands of fresh produce, the market is a heavenly spot for foodies.

Step inside and meet the local vendors as you search for ingredients and other Florentine delicacies. After gathering everything you need for your meal, walk to the cooking school.

Tie on your apron and get to work under the guidance of your chefs, as you learn how to make a delicious Italian lunch. Prepare bruschetta, pastas such as ravioli from scratch, plus fresh sauces and a dessert. Your chefs offer tips along the way, as well as samples from the market to nibble on.

Take a seat in the dining room once your meal is ready and say, Buon appetito! Toast your newfound friends with Chianti wine and feast on your creations.

With appetites and taste buds sated, depart with a graduation diploma and a recipe booklet, so you can cook these dishes again for friends and family.

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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not suitable for Celiacs
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

I would highly recommend this class for anyone taking a trip to Florence.
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Great cooking experience in the heart of Florence!
dpvqxp2tkg, Mar 2023
The instructors Tommaso and Federico were so friendly and made the experience very fun. They explained every little tip and why to do it that way. We enjoyed this experience so much! I cannot wait to try making my own pasta at home. The company of the other guests was also very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this experience. Fair priced and you leave full!
Great Experience!
Preetha_R, Mar 2023
Chef David was fantastic. This class exceeded my expectations. The walk to the market the lesson on how to select ingredients and the pasta, making and not to forget the tiramisu was simply fantastic. We were small a group, We had fun learned a lot and I highly recommend this experience.
Highly recommend cooking class
Lyahn_H, Mar 2023
Excellent experience for all! Our tour guide David was friendly, informative and overall made a fun and positive experience for tourists to Florence and first timers in a guided cooking class. Highly recommend. Having a guide through the central market was great and we returned after the class to get additional treats for the flight back home. Would do this again. Worth the money and time.
Market visit and cooking class.
SHANNON_E, Mar 2023
The instructor, Catarina, was detailed and patient . She was insightful about fresh products in the market.
Amazing day of cooking!
Judith_T, Jan 2023
Great cooking class and market tour! The time flew by as we learned to make homemade pasta, pesto, and tiramisu. One of my favorite days in Florence.
One Of the Great Memories Of Out Trip
Gary_D, Jan 2023
We went to this cooking class the last day of our trip and it was so memorable. Our Chef Caterina was outstanding. She was so good at explaining the Italian culture related to dining and taught us how to make two different pastas and sauces. Other's attending the class were as interested as we were in learning how to make pasta, cook sauces and understand Italian cooking. The food we made was delicious and we had it for lunch with wine. No leftovers. Would highly recommend this experience visiting Florence.
A GREAT Food experience!!!
Stephen_C, Dec 2022
Both Katarina and Tomas were absolutely fantastic instructors. We started the day with a tour of the market and while we were there we were able to buy our Christmas Day dinner supplies!!! We we were guided and tasted great cheese, etc etc. And we purchased everything we tasted. Back at the school the demonstrations were fantastic and we were able to interact and make our own food which was then served for our lunch with PLENTY of great local wine!!! Be sure to buy the Balsamic if given the opportunity 🤔 And be sure to show your appreciation by tipping generously!!!
Annie_K, Dec 2022
Tomassi was a great host. Our family of 5 enjoyed the market tour, cooking and most of all enjoying the delicious food we all made together. It was a very fun and interactive experience. Highly recommend!
Can’t miss experience!
Chris_M, Dec 2022
This was one of the most memorable experiences we had in our 15 day Italy trip! The chefs were amazing! So much fun! Genuine experience! If there is availability… this is a can’t miss! The trip to the market took it to the next level! They gave us the recipes of what we made… and now we cannot find it. Can you please please please send us the sauce recipes! We would totally do it again!
Great chef and cooking class in Florence!!!
tgriga03, Dec 2022
This was one of the best experiences we have had during a 20 day trip to Italy!!! Our kids weee thrilled with the market- making them eating the food! Our chef was amazing, fun and a great teacher! I wish I could give her 100 stars!!! Would come back for her again!!!
I Can Cook Now!
Connor_V, Dec 2022
A wonderful experience. Thomaso was a wonderful personality and incredibly knowledgeable. He has 10-15 years experience working in local restaurants and seemed to know everyone in the local market. The food we made was incredible and we feel like we can now make pasta at home!
Nice filling experience.
Anina_G, Nov 2022
The market was very interesting and engaging. Unfortunately, the recipes were promised but never delivered via email.
Amazingly tasty experience!
Catherine_K, Nov 2022
This was one of our favorite memories from our time in Florence. Going to the Market and learning the authentic spots was great as we got to purchase some of the tastiest olive oil I've ever had. Then, being able to cook in a beautiful kitchen/classroom and have the recipes for authentic Italian dishes was great. We can't wait to make homemade pasta now armed with the expertise from Catarina and Niccolo. Would highly recommend this cooking class to anyone!
Fantastic Cooking class buying fresh produce from Markets
Juliette_H, Oct 2022
This was a great 5 hours. Touring & buying fresh produce from the markets & then cooking everything from scratch with a great chef, John, who was so helpful, non-judgemental & easy going! Prepared 3 courses & ate all at the end with a couple of glasses of Chianti! So much better than I expected!
Awesome cooking class!
Elizabeth_C, Oct 2022
This was one of our favorite activities in Florence! Tomaso was fantastic - very engaging, friendly and informative. The added bonus of the market tour really brought this experience to the next level. A must do while in Florence!!
Great Fun
Julie_M, Oct 2022
Our group loved the instructors, recipes and amazing taste of Italy Very professional, clean and organized
Must take this class! Highly recommend it!
Jayna_M, Oct 2022
Absolutely the highlight of our trip. John was excellent! Made our cooking class fun, educational and one to remember. Highly recommend taking this class. As an experienced cook myself I learned techniques I will use from now in on my home kitchen.
Fun and so worth it
Tiffany_N, Oct 2022
Incredible time. We loved our trainer and host he was so funny. Would do it again. Learned a lot and great for the price.
Great Fun Cooking
Michael_P, Oct 2022
This class was really fun and it was great to learn a little about the way the people of Florence cook. The teacher was knowledgeable and energetic, and made us all laugh as we were learning how to cook.
Amazing Experience - must do
Arun_B, Oct 2022
What an experience. Highly recommend to everyone visiting Italy and interested in learning how to cook Italian cuisine.