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Cooking Vacation in Italy at Alle Murate

This exclusive Italian one-to-one culinary course is recommended to those not looking for a classical cooking course but for a real full immersion experience. The culinary course in Florence at Alle Murate is very practical and provides the opportunity to get trained in the upper-class Italian cuisine by participating in the daily work of a professional kitchen team.


  • Daily dinners at the restaurant
  • Introduction to all the dishes of the menu
  • Cooking course from Tuesday through Saturday
  • Participate with the team of cooks in the daily preparation of the restaurant's menu
  • Supervision of the restaurant director, a well-known chef and sommelier
  • Ingredients for cooking, books, notebooks, and enrollment fee
  • Private course with one student at a time
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in Italian
The organizer also speaks: English
Group size: Maximum of 1 participants
Airport transfer available:
Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) (US$170 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (US$62 per person)
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The secretary's office of the institute can arrange the lodging for the students among the following:


High-quality hotels are located in the central and near the school with special rates for the students of Galilei Institute. Single and double rooms are available.

Local family house

Living with a Florentine family is the best way to practice your Italian and to find a friendly and sociable atmosphere. Mornings breakfast and dinner are with the family's members.


You can also opt for furnished and fully furnished apartments of different sizes with all facilities for a comfortable stay, supplied with linen and towels. Shared and private apartments are available.

Aside from the institute's own database where they search for the right accommodation for students, Galilei Institute also refers to external agencies so that students can choose from a wider variety of possibilities.

Please note that there is an option to add extra night prior to the start of cooking class. Just send your inquiry to Galilei Institute for further details.


The culinary courses in Florence at Alle Murate are very practical and open only to one student at a time. A rare opportunity is provided for getting to know the life of a professional kitchen by participating with the team of cooks in the daily preparation of the restaurant's menu, from preparing the ingredients to completing the presentation of the dishes.

This culinary program covers all the dishes of the menu: starters, first courses of homemade pasta and soups, second courses of meat and fish, and desserts. The cooking course is taught under the supervision of the restaurant director, a well-known chef and sommelier.

The course has been designed to satisfy both the simple curiosity which some people have for Italian food, as well as the high motivation of those who want to learn the secrets of Italy's best traditional plates.

The instruction can be taken for one or two weeks to allow for either an introduction to each dish (starters, first and second courses, and desserts) or to give a more in-depth knowledge and skills to those who wish to stay the whole two weeks. The culinary lessons take place from Tuesday through Saturday starting at 4.00 p.m. and continue with a dinner.

This Italian culinary course can be taken by anyone, amateur or professional. Enrollment in Italian language courses is not required to follow this course. This course is held in Italian only. It is very practical, but in order to make the most out of it, it would be good to have a basic knowledge of Italian.

Daily schedule

Tuesday to Saturday

  • 16:00 Cooking course
  • 19:00 Dinner

Menu at Alle Murate

Antipasti - starters

  • Gnocchetti di salmone in brodo di ceci
  • Baccalà mantecato e spinaci in foglia
  • Composta tiepida di calamari coi broccoli
  • Insalata di polpo, arance e finocchi
  • Prosciutto crudo di Cinta
  • Una nostra selezione di salumi
  • Tortino d'uovo col peperone Crusco

Prima piatti - first courses

  • Gnocchetti di salmone in brodo di ceci
  • Minestra col fagiolo tondino di Sarconi e gamberi
  • Zuppa di lenticchie di Castelluccio con le cozze
  • Passato di zucca gialla sul cavolo nero
  • Purè di fave e cicoriella selvatica
  • Borlotti e cotenna
  • Scialatielli e seppie, un po' piccanti
  • Tortelli a mano con melanzane al timo
  • Candele di Gragnano, ragù di agnello e Pecorino di Stigliano
  • Tagliatelle sull'anatra
  • Risotto al Ragusano e pomodori secchi di Pachino

Secondi piatti - main courses

  • Il pesce fresco secondo l'arrivo del giorno
  • Coda di rospo, lardo e cipolle di Tropea in agrodolce
  • Polpo sul purè di patata di montagna
  • Lesso di pancetta di vitella e bietola in brodo
  • L'agnello del Casentino
  • Piccione ripieno di patate e peperoni
  • Arrosto d'anatra e scorze d'arancia
  • Brasato al vin rosso con la polenta gialla
  • Filetto di manzo rosolato
  • Variazione sulla Bistecca alla Fiorentina

Dolci - desserts

  • Torta al cioccolato fondente
  • Tortino d'arancia con salsa al cioccolato
  • Torta di mele con crema di ricotta
  • Bavarese al caffè con la sua salsa
  • Torta al formaggio con salsa alle fragole
  • e tanti altri dolci


Galilei Institute

The Galilei Institute is one of the most prestigious among the Italian language and culture schools in Italy for foreigners. The school is located downtown Florence, in the area of the university and in the same block as the Gallery of the Academy where the Michelangelo's David is shown.

Alle Murate

Alle Murate is one of the top Florentine restaurants in all gourmet guides of Italy. The restaurant is located inside the historical “Palace of the Judges and Notaries Corporation", one of the most beautiful art discoveries in Florence of the last decades. The precious frescoes decorating the walls and the ceiling create a unique atmosphere.


Daily dinner will be provided in the restaurant. If you stay in a hotel, daily breakfast is included while if you stay with a local family house, daily breakfast and another dinner are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Guided tours and visits to the museums and churches

These guided tours and visits in Florence can be followed by anyone. All lessons can be taught in Italian or English. The visits and guided tours in Florence can either be followed in the morning or in the afternoon and are recommended for anyone who is seeking stimulating and less standard information on the greatness of the Renaissance period.

Wine tasting tours

Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and the Sangiovese wines are some of the most famous Italian wines. Take the opportunity to taste them directly in the area of their origin taking one of Italian wine tasting tours: a unique experience, which will make you appreciate even more the world-famous wines of the Chianti and Montalcino area and reveal you the secrets of the winemaking process. Knowledgeable guides will make the most complex wine issues interesting, easy to understand, and fun.

Private tours and excursions

Anyone can join these tours and excursions in Italy. All tours and excursions can be conducted in English or Italian. Each excursion takes place every day. This program of the private tours in Italy to the most notable and beautiful sites represents a natural continuation of the Art History course outside Florence. It can also be considered just as a program of excursions by itself, for those who don't want to participate in the Art History course or any other of courses.

The program of tours and excursions in Italy is recommended for everyone who wishes to enjoy the scenery while gaining a complete view of Italian historical beauties. Depending on the distance from Florence, some tours last half day (four hours) while others require a full day (seven hours).

For further information about each activity, please enquire to Galilei Insititute directly.

What's included

  • 5 cooking courses
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Apron and hat
  • Books and notebooks
  • Daily breakfast (if staying in a hotel)
  • Daily breakfast and dinner (if staying in a local family house)
  • Daily dinner at the restaurant
  • Enrollment fee
  • Ingredients for cooking

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Florence Airport (FLR). Transfer from and to this airport is available on request at 55 EUR. You can also fly to Pisa International Airport (PSA). The pickup service from this airport costs 150 EUR.

Arrival by train

The nearest train station is Florence train station. Transfer from and to this station is available on request at 30 EUR.

Airport: Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) Airport transfer available: Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) (US$170 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) Airport transfer available: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (US$62 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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