Today we had booked a cooking class out of Florence. This was such a good idea and highly recommended if you are ever in Florence. It took us out away from the crowds in and around the city and into a much more tranquil setting. We were told to meet the group behind the Palazzo Vecchio by 9:50. This meant allowing us enough time to park the car, get the tram and walk to the meeting place in the city. We figured we needed to allow ourselves about an hour. So our plan was to leave by 8:30 in case of rush hour.
The backdrop here is hard to describe. When we got up this morning there were hot air balloons passing by in the back of the house. It's breathtaking and I wonder to myself if the people here take it for granted. Agostino made us breakfast out on the terrace. We are staying here with another young couple from Singapore who are on their honeymoon. They joined us for breakfast.
After breakfast we were heading down the narrow roads of Tuscany by 8:30 on schedule. We made it just in time to meet our group that was going on the tour with us. The tour starts by walking you through Florence with your guide who was just great, very friendly and sure to include everyone in the group with her conversations. Our first stop was to the produce stand to get the produce we would need for the class. Then through San Lorenzo market to get the meat & cheese. On our way to the market we had a short history lesson as our guide Lavina pointed out some points of interest. We passed Michaelangelo's home, some historic churches and other very old buildings. We stopped at a cafe and took a coffee break before boarding a bus for the short drive to a Tuscan home where we would all get to learn how to prepare an Italian meal. Our lesson included real Italian bruschetta, fresh pasta, ragu, pork and potatoes Italian style, homemade tiramisu and gelato. We made our own pizzas in a brick oven to snack on with wine and beer while we waited for the meal to cook. Everyone got to take a turn doing some of the cooking.
The food was delicious, the background scenic and we got to talk with people from all around the world. We can't wait to try some of these recipes at home. Today was a lot fun. We ended our evening joining Agostino, Theresa, Clara & Nicholas from Singapore around the kitchen table sampling Agostinos home made liqueur. Tomorrow is our last full day in Florence. We are off to meet/see David in the Accademia and a few more sites that might peak our interest. Until I awake from the sounds of the sheep bells and chickens, Ciao!