You could spend a month in Tuscany and probably still not get to experience everything you want to, but then again, that’s just a wonderful excuse to come back again. And again. The art, the history, the culture – there’s an almost overwhelming array of all three to keep you busy. But of course there’s another thing Italy is famous for, and that’s its mouth-watering cuisine. Again, there’s quite a lot to discover, but there are also some highly enjoyable ways in which to do it! |
Day Trips from Florence to Experience the Fabulous Cuisine
If you’re staying in Florence, as well as seeking out and trying as many local restaurants, cafes and vendors as possible, there are opportunities that give you the chance not only to enjoy the food, but also to gain some skills so you can replicate it once you get home. Or at least try!
Day trips from Florence that take you away from the city and out into the surrounding countryside show you a very different side to this beautiful Italian region, and provide the perfect environment to truly immerse in some very tasty culture.
Take a Cooking Class in an Authentic Tuscan Farmhouse
While you can, of course, follow a recipe and try to create some delicious Italian cuisine, there’s just something so wonderful about learning traditional culinary techniques in the setting in which they’ve been practiced for centuries. The very hands-on experience of learning how to cook classic recipes handed down by Italian grandmothers is one from which you’ll gain not only a host of new skills but also a lifetime of memories.
Using the very best fresh, seasonal ingredients grown on the farm itself, you’ll spend a few wonderful hours preparing a range of dishes like bruschetta, gelato, fresh pasta and tiramisu, under the guidance of a professional Italian chef. You’ll then settle down to sample your efforts overlooking the rolling hills in which the farmhouse is set. What a delicious day!
Learn the Secrets of Italian Gelato
Enjoying at least one serve of gelato a day is practically law in Italy, and if you find yourself unable to imagine a life without your daily cold treat, the answer is to learn how to make it yourself so you can produce your own at home!
One of the really popular day trips from Florence combines a gelato and pizza making experience – so you’ll be able to get two of the most iconic Italian delicacies down pat. On a fun- and food-filled day, you’ll be taken through the basics of gelato making and learn the techniques that make this creamy sweet so more-ish. Be warned, though: regular ice cream will never taste the same again.
You’ll also learn the art of making the perfect pizza dough and discover a huge range of traditional toppings, with many of the ingredients coming straight from the farmhouse garden. Of course, all that work won’t be for nothing and you’ll get to eat your creations and enjoy the ambiance of the Tuscan landscape laid out before you. Buonissima!
Take a Bit of Tuscany Home
Day trips from Florence that involve cooking classes in an authentic Tuscan farmhouse setting help you gain the knowledge and skills that will allow you to recreate the amazing tastes of Italy when you get back home. But of course there’s nothing like the real thing…
Mauro Bramante is the Director of WalkAbout Florence, an independent business offering unforgettable tours and excursions around Italy including the best day trips from Florence. Whether you want to ride a Vintage Vespa, try the famous Chianti wine or get cooking with fresh local ingredients, Mauro's company promises excitement, adventure and above all, fun. If you're keen to experience the magic of Italy with the help of some passionate and knowledgeable tour guides, look no further than WalkAbout Florence for your next getaway.
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