FLORENCE FOOD AND ART TOUR + COOKING CLASS
Feel the beat of the local streets, taste charming off-the-radar eats, and stroll through the historical heart of Sant’Ambrogio, one of the most genuine and “Florentine” neighborhoods of the city. Learn how to make true Italian pasta, a delicious tiramisu and the most typical plates of Tuscan culinary tradition! In this tour we join food and art, what a marvelous combination! After a tour of the artistic highlights of this less famous (but not less beautiful) area of Florence (Sant’Ambrogio Church, Loggia dei Ciompi, the Synagogue), we go looking for food at Sant’Ambrogio Market. This local market still preserves its authenticity. You’ll hear the vendors shouting to sell their products and old ladies with their shopping carts buying meat and vegetables. Here we buy the food we need for our cooking class: a full-immersion in the world of gourmet! Then you’ll cook under the supervision of an expert Italian chef and you’ll have lunch at the prestigious Florentine cooking school Cordon Bleu eating what you have prepared.
AN HISTORICAL WALK IN THE POPULAR HEART OF FLORENCE
We first start with a traditional Italian style breakfast: forget about American coffee and bacon, here you taste a pure Italian espresso with a delicious pastry. The best way to perk up and start the day caffeinated! Then we go to Piazza dei Ciompi, a beautiful Renaissance loggia used to house the fish market, that was dismantled in the XIX century and later rebuilt here. It’s the real heart of this district. We also visit the ancient Church of Sant’Ambrogio, dating back to the Xth century and famous for the Eucharist’s Miracle of Florence (a priest in 1230 left some wine in the chalice he used for Mass and the day after he found the wine transformed into real blood). Right around the corner we see the marvelous Synagogue of Florence from the outside (or inside if you wish, it’s really magnificent).
SANT’AMBROGIO MARKET: ALL SORTS OF DELICIOUS GOODNESS!
In the market we find the most traditional food of Florence and we grab something to eat: schiacciata (our focaccia), finocchiona (a kind of fresh salami with fennel) and prosciutto toscano, chicken liver pate crostini, and the gran finale is “panino con il lampredotto“. You just find this special meat here in Florence, it’s a special way to prepare the cow’s stomach. Sounds strange, tastes wonderful! In Tuscany we can’t forget our amazing pecorino cheese, to be tasted with a little honey. Another must in Florence is our cantuccini and vinsanto, a sweet dessert wine to be served with almond cookies. With our shopping list we buy all we need for the next stop: your private cooking class in Florence!