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Florence Walking Tours: City Tours

Cooking Experience with Laura Franceschetti


Mastering Italian Cuisine with Laura Franceschetti

Embark on an exclusive culinary journey with “Cooking Experience with Laura Franceschetti,” presented by Your Own Italy. This unique opportunity invites you into the world of an acclaimed Italian chef, Laura Franceschetti, for an immersive cooking class that celebrates the rich traditions of Italian cuisine. Set in a cozy, professional kitchen or the intimate setting of a traditional Italian home, this experience is tailored to food enthusiasts eager to dive deep into the art of Italian cooking.

Mastering Italian Cuisine with Laura Franceschetti

Personalized Cooking Session: Under Laura’s expert guidance, participate in a hands-on cooking class designed to suit your culinary interests and skill level. Whether you’re passionate about perfecting pasta, mastering meat dishes, or exploring vegetarian Italian cuisine, Laura customizes the experience to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable learning environment.

Fresh and Seasonal Ingredients: Laura emphasizes the importance of using fresh, high-quality ingredients, a cornerstone of Italian cooking. Learn how to select the best produce and ingredients, understanding their role in creating dishes that sing with flavor and authenticity.

Interactive and Engaging: Laura’s cooking class is not just about following recipes; it’s an interactive journey through the culture and traditions of Italian cuisine. Engage in lively discussions, share stories, and gain insights into the regional diversity of Italian food, all while preparing a menu of exquisite dishes.

A Feast of Your Creation: The highlight of your cooking experience is the moment you sit down to enjoy the dishes you’ve prepared. This communal meal, accompanied by carefully selected Italian wines, embodies the Italian philosophy of celebrating food, friendship, and life’s simple pleasures.

Enhancing Your Cooking Experience

Tailored to All Levels: Whether you’re a beginner cook or a seasoned foodie, Laura’s class is adapted to meet your needs, ensuring a fulfilling and challenging experience for all participants.
Take-Home Recipes: At the end of your session, receive a collection of Laura’s recipes and cooking tips, allowing you to recreate the flavors of Italy in your own kitchen and share your new skills with family and friends.
Culinary Souvenirs: Laura provides suggestions for culinary souvenirs and ingredients you can take home, from artisanal olive oils to regional spices, helping you bring a taste of Italy back with you.
Optional Market Visit: Enhance your cooking experience with an optional visit to a local market with Laura (subject to availability). Discover the vibrant Italian food market culture and learn how to shop for the best ingredients like a local.

Your Own Italy: A Taste of Authentic Italian Cooking

“Cooking Experience with Laura Franceschetti” offers more than a cooking class; it’s a gateway into the heart of Italian culinary traditions, guided by a passionate and knowledgeable chef. This experience promises not only to enrich your cooking repertoire but also to deepen your appreciation for the art of Italian cuisine.

Ready to Cook with an Italian Master Chef?

Are you prepared to embark on a culinary adventure that combines hands-on cooking with cultural immersion? Contact Your Own Italy to book your cooking experience with Laura Franceschetti, and get ready to unlock the secrets of Italian cuisine in an unforgettable setting.

What's Included

Embark on a gastronomic journey in the heart of Florence with Chef Laura, a renowned local culinary expert known for her unique approach to Italian cooking. Meeting at her cozy apartment nestled in the historic center, you’ll dive into a world where traditional flavors meet contemporary flair.

Your Exclusive Cooking Experience Includes:

Meet and Greet with Chef Laura: Begin your culinary adventure by meeting Chef Laura, whose passion and expertise have made her a beloved figure in Florentine cuisine.
Seasonal and Fresh Ingredients: Embrace the essence of Italian cooking with ingredients that are as fresh as they are flavorful, handpicked by Laura to ensure your dishes sing with authentic Italian gusto.
Personal Cooking Techniques: Laura shares her personal cooking techniques, honed over years of experience. Learn the secrets that make her dishes stand out, and how to bring the spirit of Italian cuisine into your own kitchen.
Tips and Tricks of Italian Cuisine: Beyond just recipes, Laura imparts invaluable tips and tricks that elevate your cooking, from selecting the right ingredients to mastering the perfect simmer.
Hands-On Cooking Class: Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on experience where you’ll prepare classic Italian and Florentine dishes under Laura’s guidance, ensuring you get the practical skills to match your newfound knowledge.
Dine on Your Creations: The session culminates in a sumptuous meal where you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor, paired with the perfect Tuscan wines, enhancing the flavors and making your dining experience truly unforgettable.

This private, personalized cooking course is more than just a class; it’s an invitation to experience the soul of Italian cuisine, guided by one of its most passionate practitioners. From the warmth of Laura’s kitchen, you’ll take home not just recipes, but memories that will inspire your culinary journey for years to come.


Tips for Your Tour

Respectful Exploration: Many sites hold significant historical and emotional weight; a respectful demeanor is appreciated.
Comfortable Footwear: Be prepared for walking, including on uneven surfaces in historic areas.
Inquisitive Mindset: Bring your questions and curiosity. 


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.