Cooking in Florence

Posted in Day Tours, Foodie Escapes, Inspirations, Italy, Italy, Trips, Women's Destinations

Year round

Trip Length 4-6 hours
Where Florence
Walk Rating Moderate
Included Cooking class, wine, prosecco, full course meal
Minimum of 2 people required for this tour.
Price upon request


We also offer a 5-day trip to Florence focusing on culture and cooking. Click here for more information on our 5-day trip. Continuing reading for our half day cooking experience.

Our cooking day begins at 3 p.m. at the Heritage Protected property of our 16th century Villa Il Paradisino. As the name suggests, the surroundings are pure paradise. The food adventure begins with a tour of the organic gardens and an introduction selecting the perfect herbs for each meal.  As part of our garden tour we will point out the trees, olive groves, our vineyard and vegetable gardens, and introduce you to our agricultural methods.

Next it’s time to enter the main Villa – a Renaissance interior filled with original family paintings and antiques. The property has been the home of Chef Costanza’s family since the XVIII century. The exquisite and large kitchen has been modified and modernized so that everyone can participate in cooking the 5-course meal (about 3 hours) using only Florentine family recipes complimented with fresh organic ingredients from the garden or from local markets.

Once you have finished cooking your first true Tuscan meal, using modernized family recipes handed down for generations, you will be sent out to the garden to clear your mind and senses of all kitchen smells. Of course this is done in a most civilized manner, with a glass of processco.

According to chef Costanzna, our palate for tasting is heightened when we start by clearing our senses of all the kitchen smells, no matter how tantalizing they are. While you are relaxing an elegant table is being set for you inside the villa. You will dine like royalty on original furniture from the XIX century.

You will be invited to sit down at this elegant setting and dinner will be served to you, accompanied with wine of course.

Dinner is based on seasonal produce. Please let us know if you have allergies or foods that you do not eat. Each cooking class includes 1 appetizer, 1 first course, a second course with 2 side dishes (called contorni) and 1 dessert. Included beverages are 1 glass of prosecco, ½ bottle of wine per person, coffee.

At Il Paradisino, we are very passionate in our teaching and it is our mission to make sure that you return home with the knowledge of how to prepare meals with Tuscan flavor and culture. Dream it and we will make it happen.