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Duration: 9 hours

You will depart the Firenze Santa Novella Train Station at 7:25 am and arrive in Bologna at 8:00 am.

Your car service/driver will meet you at the Bologna Train station to start your full day Gastronomic Tour. Your first stop on the tour will be at a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer, where you will experience the production of this “King of Cheeses” first hand. You will learn about the traditional phases of production that have remained unvaried for centuries and have been passed down through generations of cheese makers. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be able to taste the parmesan along with other products from the dairy.  The gastronomic tour will continue with a stop to see one of the most treasured gastronomic pleasures that have rendered Parma's famous: Prosciutto di Parma. After a tour of the factory, there will be a sumptuous lunch right at the “Prosciuttificio”.  Your last stop will be the outskirts of Modena, home to one of Italy's greatest treasures. Anyone will tell you that the Balsamic Vinegar produced in the traditional way by vinegar producing families, is completely different to what is sold in most stores. Aging the perfect vinegar in the wood flavored barrels is a process that can only be learned over time. You are in for a special treat as you visit a traditional acetaia (vinegar) maker and discover the secrets of making the perfect balsamic vinegar. 

 Things to Know:

  • L&B will arrange your round-trip train tickets on the high-speed train.
  • Train departs Florence Train Station for Bologna at 7:25 am and arrives at 8:00 am
  • Train departs Bologna Train Station for Florence at 1728(5:28 pm) and arrives at(1805)6:05 pm
  • Private car service/driver will pick you up from the train station upon your arrival in Bologna
  • Opportunity to interact with local cheese and balsamic vinegar producers
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Private Tour - Minimum 6 people - Maximum 8 (from smaller group sizes please inquire)
  • Lunch not included in tour cost at Prosciutto Factory – 35 euros per person
  • Tour offered 7 days @ week during Spring and Summer
  • During winter months tour is offered Monday - Friday

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Bologna
  • Duration 9 Hours
  • Highlights

    A full day Gastronomic Tour will take you to see all of the treasures of the Emilia Romagna Region to include parmigiano reggiano cheese, prosciutto di parma and balsamic vinegar.

     

  • Pricing & Booking

    Rates vary according to group size - 2 people = $428 per person /  3 people = $304 per person / 6 people = $244 per person, etc. Please inquire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for special discount rates and group sizes.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price prices vary according to group size
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Duration: Three hours 30 minutes

Type of Service: Cooking Class in Bologna - Stuffed Handmade Pasta: Ravioli/Tortelloni + Tagliatelle, 

Our "hands-on" class is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to make fresh pasta from scratch.  Cooking classes are really small so you get individual attention.  You will work with authentic recipes that have been handed down for centuries and learn cooking techniques that will quickly transform you into you into a great Italian cook! The Culinary Institute of Bologna professional pasta chefs will guide you to master the timeless technique of incorporating the egg into the flour and working the dough to the proper consistency to produce the best fresh pasta product possible!  After the dough rests, you will be guided, step by step to create your Ravioli/ Tortelloni /Tagliatelle pasta.  You will also learn to prepare three classic Bolognese sauces. After the cooking is done, you will savor your fresh pasta paired with your homemade sauces.  The techniques learned and the skills acquired, will enable you to make other pasta's and sauces when your return home.  The Culinary Institute of Bologna(CIBO) cooking classes are fun, informative and you will enjoy learning from professional chefs in a relaxed environment.  A great “foodie” adventure with food and wine...a day to remember. 

Things to Know:

  • A cooking school for foodies, students beginning and advance cooks who love authentic Italian food and taste
  • Participants, learn by doing -- guided by a professionally trained restaurant chef or professional pasta maker, each participant will work at their own individual workstation and cooking burner
  • The techniques learned and the skills acquired, will enable you to make many other kinds of pasta and sauces when your return home
  • Receive a personal cooking apron
  • After making the different kinds of pasta - you will eat what you have created
  • Cooking School will provide complimentary, unlimited wine, espresso, and dessert 
  • The Culinary Institute of Bologna for Foodies offers unique, hands-on cooking classes, that are taught by English-speaking, professional, restaurant chefs
  • Additional Classed offered; 3.5-hour Baked Homemade Lasagne/Cannelloni/Tagliatelle, Ragu Bolognese, and 4-hour meat class - prepare a complete multi-course Bolognese meal that includes a trip to the market
  • For those guests staying in Florence, we will purchase train tickets to and from Bologna (25-minute train ride from Florence)
  • Classes offered daily based on availability
  • Cooking class times are 9:30am - 1pm or 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Bologna
  • Duration 3 Hours 30 minutes
  • Highlights

    The Culinary Institute of Bologna for Foodies offers unique, hands-on cooking classes. Taught by English speaking, professional restaurant chefs, CIBO offers short half day pasta courses, for amateur cooks to professional chefs. Our classes are NOT demonstrations, but rather, participants actively take part in all phases of the food preparation.

     

  • Pricing & Booking

    Rates starting at $182.00 for a private cooking class.  Please inquire with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price Starting at $182.00 per person
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Duration: 9:00am – 5:00pm (8 hours)

Suggested time frame:  1 hour Pisa / 2 hours Lucca / 1 hour Viareggio Beach - private tour

This excursion to Pisa and Lucca will depart from your Florence hotel.  A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Pisa (about a 1.5-hour drive from Florence). You will be dropped off at the great square where all the main historical buildings are located.  The Leaning Tower, one of the most famous monuments in the world, the Baptistery, and the Cathedral.  After your visit and a few photo opportunities, you will travel about 45 minutes to the enchanting city of Lucca, where you will have some free time for lunch on arrival.  Your guide will suggest several restaurants for you to enjoy a casual lunch.

After lunch, stroll the old town center, stopping at historic sites such as the oval Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, center of entertainment in Roman times.  Other top attractions to see include the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro, the Basilica of San Frediano, as well as, the Clock Tower and Guinigi Tower, to name just a few.  Discover the numerous shops along the way and pick up souvenirs for family and friends.  After your time in Lucca, your final stop is Viareggio, which is a popular seaside town along the Tuscan Riviera (Versilia) and is a Riviera-style resort along the Italian coast with gorgeous buildings, luxurious hotels, shops, cafes, and restaurants.   You will stop for a gelato or a walk along the beach and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the white sandy beach.  Viareggio is a popular destination for Italians during the summer months. 

 Things to Know:

  • Visit the Tuscany towns of Pisa and Lucca on this day trip from Florence
  • Your first stop is Pisa, a city famous for its architectural beauty. Walk around Piazza dei Miracoli to see its celebrated monuments: Pisa Baptistery, Pisa Duomo and, of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 
  • Enjoy family photos or selfie photos at the marble façade of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • The Leaning Tower entrance is optional; admission cost is 18 Euros per person; usually, takes 30 minutes to climb the 251 steps; spectacular views once you reach the top.
  • The Baptistery admission tickets are 5 Euros per person. (optional)
  • Wander the walled city of Lucca to enjoy a casual lunch and shopping
  • Self­-guided tour of Pisa, Lucca, and Viareggio
  • Stop for gelato and walk along the boardwalk on Viareggio Beach
  • Private Tour - Minimum of 4 and Maximum of 6 (other group sizes inquire)
  • Florence Hotel pickup in Center City  or Florence Hotel at 8:45am
  • Tour offered daily from Mid-March - Mid November
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes

 

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Pisa & Lucca
  • Duration 8 hours
  • Highlights

    Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the City of Lucca.  After exploring these landmarks of Italy, enjoy a visit to Viareggio Beach.

  • Note

    We will provide a private chauffer to drive you throughout the day.

  • Pricing & Booking

    Rates Starting at $250.00 for a private tour for 2 people to include private transportation in a luxury Mercedes mini-van. Please inquire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for special discount rates and group sizes for 4 or more people. The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $250.00 Per Person
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Duration: 8:30am – 5:30pm (9 hours)

A very unique and different tour of Tuscany awaits you on our Private Florence day tours of Lucca & Carrara. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour of Lucca, and visit Pietrsanta in the heart of Carrara country. Following a drive up through the Appuan Alps to admire Carrara Marble quarries you'll visit a local sculptors studio for further insights into the most famous marble in the world. Traveling with one of our Local Expert Driver-Guides of whom all possess an in-depth knowledge of Tuscany, you'll enjoy an insider's view of the region.

After an interesting tour of the town, we'll visit a sculptor's studio to see the fine work of the local artisans. Following a break for lunch (optional) in Pietrasanta, we'll make our way to the beautiful city of Lucca.  Once the capital of the Longobards Italy, this city is famous for its sturdy walls that still encircle the town and its Romanesque architecture. After a walking tour of Lucca, you will have free time for shopping before returning to Florence.

Things to Know:

  • Tour departs from your Florence Hotel
  • See where Italy's Carrera marble comes from and a scenic drive through the marble quarries 
  • Detailed explanations about ancient and modern excavation methods
  • Visit Pietrasanta in the heart of the Carrara marble country and famous stonemasons shops
  • Visit a local sculptors studio for further insights into the most famous marble in the world 
  • Walking tour of the beautiful City of Lucca 
  • Free time for shopping in Lucca before departing back to Florence
  • Private Tour - Minimum of 4 and Maximum of 6 (for larger group sizes please inquire within)
  • Lunch options in City of Pietrasanta or City of Lucca (client's preference of restaurant location - lunch is not included in tour price)
  • Tour is offered daily between Mid-March - Mid-November
  • Tour begins at 8:30am and concludes at 5:30pm
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.  However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.

 

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Lucca
  • Duration 9 hours
  • Highlights

    Private Tour Pietrasanta, home of the white Carrara Marble and walking tour of the City of Lucca.

  • Pricing & Booking

    The cost of this private nine tour with private transportation is $300.00 per person. Please inquire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for special discount rates and group sizes. The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price 300.00 Per Person
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Duration: 4 - 5 hours

Type Of Service: Florence to Cinque Terre Private Car Transfer Tour with a one-hour stop-over in Pisa

Our car service transfers provide our clients the opportunity to make the most of their time while in Italy enjoying tours of other popular tourist destinations as they travel from one Italian city to another. On our Florence to Cinque Terre car transfer, enjoy a one-hour stop-over in Pisa and spend time at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli, as part of your private car transfer from Florence.  Your driver will drop you off at Piazza dei Miracoli and await for your return at the car parking lot.

We can arrange for skip the line tickets for those guests who want to climb the two-hundred eighty-eight steps of the Leaning Tower while in Pisa.  The Leaning Tower tickets are 28 euros per person.

Things to Know

  • Luxury Mercedes vehicle or something similar with air-conditioned with an English-speaking driver
  • Pick-up from Hotel in Florence, with a one-hour stop-over in Pisa
  • All transfers are based on each passenger-carrying maximum 1 standard suitcase and 1 carry-on per person
  • Clients taking our Florence Cinque Terre Transfer can also pay an additional 28 Euro per person for reserved tickets to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa (please be aware children under 8 years are not allowed to climb the Tower) The climb takes 25 – 30 minutes each way.  There are no hand-railings when climbing the steps and tennis shoes are highly recommended.
  • Private Car Transfers offered 7 days a week between April and October based on availability
  • Two departure times to choose from are; 9:00am – 2:00pm or 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Please be aware that most of the Cinque Terre town centers are not accessible by car, the driver will drop you off at the nearest car parking lot closest to the designated town.

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City Florence
  • Duration 4 - 5 Hours
  • Highlights

    Private Florence to Cinque Terre Car Transfer includes a stop in Pisa and a chance to climb the Leaning Tower.

  • Pricing & Booking

    2 people - $384 per person / 3 people - $260 per person / 4 people - $210 per person/The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise pricing is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

     
  • Price rates vary according to group size
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Duration: 12.5 hours

Type Of Service: Cinque Terre and Portovenere in One Day from Florence

Set Sail Along the Italian Riviera -The cruise across the Gulf of Poets will bring you to the town of Portovenere, one of the most stunning places on the West Coast of Italy. You’ll notice fishermen’s boats docked daintily by the beach, colorful homes peppering the scenery, an old castle looming on the horizon, churches standing omnipresent. It’s quite breathtaking. Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful village on your own, seeing what you want, wherever your fancy carries you.

Cinque Terre National Park - You’ll once again catch the boat and continue our cruise up the Ligurian coast because there is no better way to admire the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site of Cinque Terre National Park than from the sea! See how the inhabitants overcame the challenge of nature’s steep and uneven hillsides, creating unique towns with unparalleled views, with homes that stretch back through the centuries.

Monterosso - After a pleasant 1.25-hour cruise, we’ll stop at Monterosso, the largest town among the Cinque Terre. Dine on a local dish of pesto as you please, selecting that which tempts your taste buds most. Stroll, shop, sit, swim (don’t forget to pack your swimsuit just in case you’d like to take a dip in the sea) or even hike!

Optional 45 Minute Light Hike -To make the most out of this Cinque Terre experience, we offer an optional 45 minutes light hike, for those who want to see the stunning mainland and coastline scenery from a different perspective. Let your tour leader guide you through the terraced vineyards, the ancient olive groves and the spectacular panoramic views that will stay in your memories forever. After the hike, you will still be able to enjoy free time and wander around the charming town of Monterosso. So, the choice is entirely yours!

Vernazza - Then it is “all aboard!” as you are taken by train to the charming town of Vernazza, characterized by its narrow streets and small square looking out over the sea. It is so picturesque it will seem like you’ve stepped into a Renaissance painting. But it is entirely authentic, we can assure you.

Riomaggiore - At this point, you think you’ve seen the prettiest small harbor in the world. But you haven’t. Not quite yet. Not until you reach our final destination of Riomaggiore. Here in this tiny village perched high atop a cliff dropping straight into the sea, you’ll be dazzled with sweeping views of the tiny harbor, full of colorful boats and vibrant natural formations. Once again, take your time to amble around the area on your own and discover everything fate has in store for you.

Sample Liguria's Highly Prized Pesto - Be sure to savor your final sampling of the Liguria region’s famous flavors, including its highly prized pesto, because soon you’ll be back on board the train for a quick ride to your private air-conditioned coach to Florence. Use this return trip to rest while relishing in the wonderful memories just collected on this one-of-a-kind tour. You deserve it.

*In case of bad weather conditions, the boat might not be able to sail. On such occasions, the itinerary will be different, as we will not visit Portovenere (since it is only reachable by boat) but will include instead Manarola.

Things to Know:

  • Leave behind the Renaissance treasures of Florence for the day to discover the rugged beauty of the Ligurian coastline
  • Tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 25 people
  • Dine on a local dish as you stroll, shop, people watch or swim (don't forget to pack your swimsuit and towel) or even take a 30 minute light hike
  • Free time in Portovenere, Monterosso, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore
  • Train tickets for short transfers between the towns visited/ticket for 1.5 boat cruise 
  • Round-trip transport from Florence in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tour is offered April - October 
  • Tour is conducted on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
  • Tour departs at 7:15am
  • Meeting Point: Florence Center City - the tour starts directly from Piazza dell’Unità Italiana - more details are given upon booking
  • Casual Attire, Wear comfortable walking shoes and swimsuit/towel - optional
  • 45 minute optional hike with tour leader available during tour

 

 

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City ManarolaVernazzaCornigliaRiomaggiorePortovenere
  • Duration 12.5 Hours
  • Highlights

    See the best of the Cinque Terre's amazing sea-side towns, as well as visit Portovenere, all in a single day trip from Florence.  Admire the Gulf of Poets and Cinque Terre on a short cruise up the coast, then explore them on foot on your way back down.  Follow your guide on an optional light hike allowing you to truly appreciate the natural beauty of Cinque Terre, or spend your free time tasting pesto or shopping.

  • Pricing & Booking

    $180.00 per person to include round-trip transportation.  The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $180 per person
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Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:55

From Florence - Cinque Terre - small group tour

Duration: (8:00am - 6:00pm)

Type Of Service: Unique day tours of Cinque Terre from Florence to Manarola, Vernazza, and Corniglia

Departing from: Center City of Florence

A small group tour with no more than 8 passengers.  You will be greeted by your English-Speaking driver/tour guide at a designated location in the center city of Florence.  After driving through Tuscany into the Liguria region, your first stop will be the Cinque Terre village of Manarola.  Enjoy panoramic views and take spectacular pictures of the land and coast.  Manarola is one of the oldest villages of Cinque Terre.  You will explore the narrow alleys and pretty pastel squares that epitomize the area, and perhaps sample some renowned local wine at a cozy wine bar and tavern, as you are exploring.

After you visit Manarola, you will meet your tour escort at a prearranged time for your shared boat ride to Vernazza.  While on the boat, admiring the dramatic coastline from the water, framed against the hills will arrive at your second stop at the village of Vernazza, arguably the most beautiful of the five villages with a large open harbor, castle, and church.  You will enjoy some free time to walk around and have a relaxing lunch(lunch cost is clients responsibility) at one of the open-air restaurants that line the waterfront, or pick up some snacks/picnic lunch and enjoy a picnic lunch down by the water or stroll through the back streets for impressive views along the coast.  

After your visit to Vernazza, you will meet your tour escort who will drive you to Corniglia, where you will enjoy panoramic views and take some of the most spectacular pictures.

Things to Know:

  • Leave behind the Renaissance treasures of Florence for the day to discover the rugged beauty of the Ligurian coastline
  • Visit three of the five villages that make up Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic destinations
  • Tour operates with a minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 8 (semi-private tour)
  • Dine on a local dish as you stroll, shop, people watch or swim (don't forget to pack your swimsuit and towel) or even take a 30 minute light hike
  • Complimentary appetizer on the tour
  • Round-trip transport from Florence in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Public boats operate subject to weather conditions.  When boats are not operative transfer between towns, the tour will be by train or mini-van.
  • Tour is conducted 7 days a week during the peak season Late March - Mid October
  • During winter months (November - Mid March) tour days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday, based on a minimum of 4 people
  • Meeting Point: Florence Center City - the tour starts directly outside the Cafe Paskowski in Piazza Repubblica
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes

Additional Info

  • Region Liguria
  • City ManarolaVernazzaCorniglia
  • Duration 9 - 9.5 Hours
  • Highlights

    A unique tour from Florence visiting three Cinque Terre villages; Manarola, Vernazza and Corniglia.

  • Pricing & Booking

    $198.00 per person and the prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $198
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Duration: 8 Hours

Type of Service:  Cooking Class at a Farmhouse in Tuscany

A full day hands-on Cooking Class in a stunning setting in the Tuscan countryside including a food tour through the historic center of Florence. Led by a local food-lover guide, you will taste your way through the Florentine's favorite bakery and grocery stores to experience Tuscan food like a real local. You will buy ingredients on the way and in Florence's most vibrant food market.

On arrival in our beautiful farmhouse, you will start creating a complete menu, from appetizer to dessert, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, the majority of which come from the vegetable garden of the farmhouse!

Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and learn to cook as Tuscan grandmas and mums do every day in their kitchens for their families. Master the secrets of traditional dishes that you will easily re-create at home for your friends and family. The cooking lesson is suitable for beginners and for those who can already cook.

Then finally we will all sit together outside (weather permitting) and just like a big Italian family, we will take time to enjoy the food we have prepared together. Buon Appetito!

What you can expect

First, discover Florence's historical food market where the locals do their daily shopping. Blend in with the locals. Meet the bakers, the butchers, and the farmers selling vegetables from their fields. Their stalls are full of items such as fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, cured meats, balsamic vinegar, sun dried tomatoes, olives and many other Italian food specialties. Shop for the ingredients to use for the cooking class and learn to choose the best seasonal products.

Then, it's time to start your cooking lesson at a farmhouse in Tuscany. This isn't just a demonstration, you will actually take part in creating a full traditional Tuscan meal with your chef's help. You will learn to make real Italian fresh pasta by hand with freshly laid eggs and learn to make a traditional meat sauce using ingredients from right outside the door!

Learn to prepare homemade pizza and classic bruschetta with fresh bread, homegrown tomatoes and the farmhouse's own extra virgin olive oil and then take a break to enjoy the pizza and bruschetta with a glass of Chianti wine.

After the break, it's back to the lesson where you will learn how to prepare traditional Tuscan roast pork, arista and Tuscan roast potatoes using fresh herbs collected from around the farmhouse. To finish the class, you will learn the secrets of the wonderful Italian coffee and cream dessert, Tiramisù.

At last, sit down to enjoy a wonderful meal. Each course will be paired with a carefully selected wine from the region to compliment the flavors of the food you have prepared. At the end of your meal, your driver will be waiting for you for a short drive back to Florence, so it's time to say arrivederci after an unforgettable experience in Tuscany.

Things to Know:

  • Small-group Italian cooking class (25 people or less) at a breathtaking farmhouse set in the rolling hills of Tuscany!
  • The tour/cooking class is offered Monday - Saturday based on availability and begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 5:00 pm
  • Florence morning food tour with tastings at San Lorenzo's colorful Mercato Centrale
  • Hands on experience: learn to make Bruschetta and Pizza, home-made Pasta, Tuscan roast pork with potatoes and Tiramisù
  • Enjoy your freshly cooked meal accompanied by wine after the class
  • Transportation roundtrip to and from Florence to the farmhouse
  • Recipes and an Italian cooking diploma for your hard work
  • Due to uneven and steep surfaces, we are unable to accept anyone with walking difficulties or wheelchair users/A minibus or van transports you to the Tuscany farmhouse.  There are about 24 steps leading down towards the outdoor kitchen.
  • We regret that vegetarian or other alternative dietary requirements cannot be catered for in this class
  • L&B Italian Tours offers a variety of cooking classes from private classes, to semi-private classes(10 -12 people) or small group classes(25 people or less)

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Florence
  • Duration 8 hours
  • Highlights

    A full day hands-on Cooking Class in a stunning setting in the Tuscan countryside including a food tour through the historic center of Florence. Led by a local food-lover guide, you will taste your way through the Florentine's favorite bakery and grocery stores to experience Tuscan food like a real local.

  • Pricing & Booking

     $124.00 per person (adults) and $114.00 per person (ages 12 - 21 Yrs old) for a homemade Tuscan lunch cooked by a personal chef in her home, cooking demonstration and tiramisu cooking class included in overall tour price.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price 124.00 Per Person
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 03:47

Florence Sunset Food Tour - small group tour

Duration: 3.5 Hours

Type of Service: Florence Sunset Food Tour – small group tour

An unforgettable evening eating and drinking around Florence’s hippest neighborhood
Set off as the sun dips over the horizon and be introduced to the very best restaurants and wine bars Florence has to offer. See the perfect cocktail being constructed then sip it down at aperitivo o’clock as you watch the world go by on the cobblestoned Santo Spirito streets. Savor artisanal truffle cheese and cured local meats paired with the perfect local vino. Watch a live demonstration of how to cook the ultimate Florentine steak, the Bistecca alla Fiorentina (then taste it, which is even better!). Need we say more? Our local expert guide will also regale you with stories, fascinating history, and a unique glimpse into the best part of Florentine life...the food of course!

Things to Know:

  • Tour is offered Monday – Saturday at 5:00 pm / small group tours of 12 people or less
  • Experience aperitvo o’clock in the hippest neighborhood in Florence
  • Meet our favorite neighborhood deli owners and taste why it’s where locals go for artisan cured meats and cheeses
  • Enjoy an interactive negroni making demo and then sip on Florence's most famous cocktail
  • Savor iconic Tuscan starters paired with Chianti's finest drops
  • Witness a live cooking demonstration of the famous bistecca alla Fiorentina (and enjoy every bite of it afterward
  • Discover the local way to finish every meal – it involves vinsanto and biscotti
  • Wander down cobblestoned streets as your expert guide makes the city’s history come to life
  • Learn the ins and outs of local food culture and how it differs from the rest of Italy (and why life in Tuscany is like no other!)
  • The food tour takes place in the neighborhood of Oltrarno which is well connected by public transport.
  • Exact meeting address and detailed directions are provided with your booking confirmation. The food tour starts in Piazza Santo Spirito, which is around a 10-minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio on the other side of the river.
  • Please bring a bottle of water or you can purchase one at the meeting point.
  • While the area is quite flat, we recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and if rain is forecast, bring an umbrella as we will be outside for most of the tour.
  • Gratuities are not included in your ticket price and they are always greatly appreciated. The industry standard for walking tours and cooking classes/activities in Italy is 15%.

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Florence
  • Duration 3.5 Hours
  • Highlights

    Discover and learn about Florence as you visit multiple food establishments and experience true local life, just like a Florentine.  Enjoy a traditional aperitivo in Santo Spirito, watch a cooking demonstration, and taste an array of regional delicacies including Florentine steak, truffle cheese, and fine Tuscan wines.

  • Pricing & Booking

     $124 per person for a three-hour guided tour with food and wine tasting fees included in tour price.

    The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

    Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price $124 Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Type of Service:  Florence Sunset Walking Tour - Private Tour

See Florence at sunset on a 2-hour evening walking tour led by an expert guide, learn about the rich history about some of Florence most beloved sites and some of the smaller hidden gems in the historical center; such as the bustling Piazza della Signoria,  the area around the Duomo, and  the exterior of the Uffizi Gallery, home to masterpieces from Botticelli, Michelangelo and more. As the sun goes down, stroll to the Arno River and admire a scenic view of the Ponte Vecchio.  The fun part of being in Italy is to eat gelato every day and after the tour, you will stop at a popular gelato shop for a scoop or two.

Things to know:

  • Your private tour with an English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel to begin the tour.
  • Admire the city at sunset
  • Stroll by famous landmarks and see their illumination
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your private guide
  • You will be guided through the center city and arrive at the Arno River
  • Tour offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from March - December
  • Tour begins at 6:00pm /  2 hour tour
  • Meeting location -  center city of Florence; more details are given upon booking 
  • Complimentary gelato at the end of the tour

Additional Info

  • Region Tuscany
  • City Florence
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Highlights

    Travel the historic streets and squares, on this early evening stroll as you learn about Florence's rich history.

  • Pricing & Booking

    Starting at $150.00 for two people. The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking. For groups 12 or more, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

  • Price 150.00 for two people
Published in Florence
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