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Cooking Course in Florence, Italy

Join this course and relish a great range of delicious dishes, from seafood to hand made pasta. In this cooking course you will experience the flexibility to cover from traditional meat dishes to pizza and bread making. You will also be part of the high professionalism of Galilei Institute and the chefs who teach this course, suitable both for beginners and professional cooks, who wish to specialize in Italian cuisine. Join this course an embrace Italian cuisine and its magic!


  • 3 days of cooking lessons
  • Apron and hat from Galilei Institute
  • Recipes and participation certificate
  • Beautiful heritage surroundings along Florence
  • Learn to more fully appreciate Italian wines
  • 5 nights accommodation


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Italian
Airport transfer available:
Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) (US$158 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) (US$58 per person)
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During the holiday, guests will be provided with daily accommodation. You can choose from the following options:


High quality hotels; central and near the school. Daily breakfast is included.

Local family

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 members.

Shared apartment

Furnished apartments of different sizes with all facilities for a comfortable stay, supplied with linen and towels. Breakfast is not included.

Private apartment

Fully furnished apartments, supplied with linen and towels, of different sizes. Breakfast is not included.


This course is held in the kitchen of one of the best restaurants in Florence. It is a very practical course: the participants prepare the dishes studied together with the chef. The chefs who teach the course are professional cooks with a special flair for teaching, and the course is suitable for beginners as well as chefs who want to specialize in Italian cuisine.

The course is scheduled from 15:30 to 18:30 with a dinner at the end of the lesson. The aim of this cooking course in Florence is to introduce you to the complex world of Italian food and wines, so that you can learn to fully know, appreciate and enjoy them. Very competent chefs will train you and share with you aspects of authentic Tuscan gastronomic culture. Together with the chef, you will prepare the recipes studied. At the end of the course, you will leave with an unforgettable culinary experience. The lessons involve the preparation of an entire menu: from the antipasti (appetizers) to the dolci (desserts). At the end of each session, after having prepared the recipes, you will sit down at the restaurant and dine on your own creations, accompanied by the most suitable wines.


Florence, Italy, will be your home during this holiday. Galilei Institute is located downtown, in the university area and in the same block as the academy where the Michelangelos David is shown.


  • Galleria dellAcademia, same block
  • Pietre Dure museum, same block
  • Conservatory, same block
  • Cattedrale (Duomo) - 3 minutes
  • Campanile di Giotto - 3 minutes
  • Battistero - 3 minutes
  • Palazzo Medici-Riccardi - 5 minutes
  • Chiesa di S. Lorenzo - 10 minutes
  • Museo Nazionale (Bargello) - 10 minutes
  • Mercato centrale - 10 minutes
  • Palazzo Vechio (Comune) - 15 minutes
  • Galleria degli Uffizi - 15 minutes
  • Chiesa di S. Maria Novella - 15 minutes
  • Stazione centrale - 15 minutes
  • Palazzo Strozzi - 15 minutes
  • Chiesa di S. Croce - 15 minutes
  • Ponte Vecchio - 20 minutes


During the course, you will have the opportunity to taste and prepare a wide range of Italian dishes:

Antipasti - starters

  • Coccole
  • Crostini toscani
  • Ficattole
  • Panzanella
  • Ragu ai funghi

All sea menu

  • Calamari fritti
  • Risotto allo scoglio
  • Totani in inzimino

Dolci - desserts

  • Crespelle dolci
  • Frutta glassata
  • Ganache di copertura
  • Mousse
  • Panna cotta con salsa di fragole
  • Pasta genoise al cioccolato
  • Pralineria
  • Ricette a base di cioccolato
  • Tiramis

Fornacino menu

  • Affettati al coltello e sott'oli
  • Penne strascicate
  • Peposo alla fornacina con fagioli

Pasta fatta in casa - home made pasta

  • Gnudi al sugo di piccione o al burro e salvia
  • Gnocchi rossi alle code di gamberi
  • Malfatti ai freschi sapori dell'orto con dadini di pomodoro fresco
  • Orecchiette zucchine pinoli e noci orecchiette
  • Risotto con verdure, funghi e taleggio
  • Spaghetti al pomodoro
  • Tagliatelle speck ed asparagi
  • Tortelli del "Mugello" al sugo di anatra

Romantic menu

  • Mezzelune con ricotta e spinaci
  • Roll di manzo
  • Verdure di stagione

Tuscan menu

  • Biancomangiare with sauce
  • Chicken with olive, spezie and white wine
  • Potato with pomodoro

Selvaggic menu

  • Pappardelle sulla lepre
  • Quaglie sul crostone
  • Verdure di stagione

Winter menu

  • Arista pillottata al forno
  • Cavolo con le fette
  • Verdure di stagione

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy Tuscany's thermal baths and hot springs
  • Visit la Fontana del Porcellino
  • Visit local markets
  • Visit museums

What's included

  • 3 days lunch or dinner included
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Apron and hat from Galilei Institute
  • Books, notebooks and the list of the recipes
  • Dinner or lunch included in the course
  • Enrollment fee
  • Ingredients for cooking
  • Recipes and participation certificate
  • Breakfasts, if booked in hotel or local family
  • Dinners, if booked in local family

What's not included

  • Breakfast and dinner, if booked in apartment

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) Airport transfer available: Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) (US$158 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$58 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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​One-to-one, two-to-one or personalizer groupe course may be talior-made upon request. 


Solo travellers

This retreat can accommodate solo travellers.

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