Italian and English
Wondering how to burn off the calories from your foodie indulgences traveling through Italy? Why not join us for a beautiful bike ride through the hills of Florence’s Oltrarno area to discover the Tuscan countryside immediately surrounding Florence before rewarding yourself with a hands-on cooking class at spectacular MaMa Florence Cooking School.
Make your way through the sleepy streets of Florence to meet your English-speaking bike guide at his bike shop to get properly geared up and fitted for your bike. With your helmet and a few tips you are ready for your fun and panoramic ride on the hills surrounding Florence. On your loop you will see beautiful overviews of the city of Florence below as well as the stunning countryside filled with olive orchards, vineyards and Renaissance villas. As you cruise back down through the Porta Romana your guide will take you to MaMa Florence Cooking School. After a few minutes to relax with a cool drink on our patio, your Tuscan chef will invite you back inside to start your hands-on cooking class. First up is a wonderful Tuscan appetizer, then you will move on to learning how to make homemade pasta such as ravioli, tagliatelle or gnocchi and a delicious sauce to accompany it. From there, on to a main dish – perhaps a delightful roast with sage or a hearty stew depending on the season. The last dish you will prepare is a mouth-watering Tuscan dessert such as cantucci cookies dipped in Vin Santo. Not only will you get to enjoy a break mid-morning for some Italian bubbly but also a full sit down meal of all the delicious dishes you have created with your chef, paired with fantastic Italian fine wines.
Our kitchen and tools are shared by participants. Cross-contamination is possible. Classes are NOT suitable for individuals with SEVERE or life-threatening allergies. Please prioritize safety before enrolling.
Vegetarian options can be accommodated easily. For other common dietary requirements (vegan, gluten free, diary free) please make sure to ask prior booking.
- Joinable cooking classes have a minimum enrollment of 3 people for course activation (except for Sundays which has a minimum enrollment of 5 people). Should the minimum not be reached for the day you have booked, we will contact you with a choice to: pay an additional fee to make the class private, change to another available date, or be fully refunded.
- If you don’t see a specific class you are interested in listed on our calendar, let us know and we will try to activate it for you on the date you want.
- Because we only use fresh, seasonal ingredients from trusted local suppliers and farms, the cooking class menu will vary depending on what is available that day.
- It is essential that you email us ahead of time with any food allergies or preferences you may have so we can accommodate them
We recommend arriving approximately 10-15 minutes prior to class
No, you do not need to bring any tools or resources; all the materials, tools, and ingredients needed for the courses will be provided by the school and are included in the fee.
Class duration, including meal, is approximately 3.5 hours
Yes, you will be eating the dishes you prepared after about 2 hours of preparation. For the menu structure please check the class description.
It is essential that you email us ahead of time with any food allergies or preferences you may have so we can let you know if we can accommodate them. We will not be able to accommodate special dietary needs without notice on-spot because ingredients and setting are prepared in advance.
Yes, all joinable classes are suitable for kids 6 and above as long as they are under parent supervision. Pasta and Pizza classes are the most suitable.
If you are taking a private class we can accommodate also younger children but we will need to know in advance.
Recipes of all the dishes you’ve prepared emailed to you
A tasting of Prosecco and two fine Italian wines during your meal
Pictures are allowed and encouraged! Our instructors love it when you feel that a dish is camera worthy, so please click away!
Comfortable clothing and shoes (you’ll stand up while cooking). Rings and bracelets need to be removed during preparation. If you have long hair please tie it.
No previous experience is required! We encourage you to ask questions if there is something you don’t understand.