Our first real day as a full group began with a fine breakfast at the hotel and then we set off for a walking tour of Florence. It was an excellent tour with much of the history of Florence explained. There are so many beautiful sights in Florence!
The afternoon was free time to return to a museum or gallery of personal choice, or to shop the markets that are everywhere. The scent of leather is like a magnet to most—to feel it, there is little to no resistance when it comes to buying purse, a belt or a pair of shoes! The deals on fine leather are incredible. Remember to look around and compare the prices and quality.
The beauty of Florence lies in its narrow cobble stone streets, incredible architecture and also the setting. The first time you look back at the Arno River and see the Ponte Vecchio, you will understand why people return here. The fist time you look up at the Duomo and marvel at the design and beauty of the building and dome, you feel the need to go over and touch it just to know that it is real. The beauty of Florence just never stops! We all love to return to Florence.
Later that evening, we had a cooking class at a local school in Florence. It was so much fun! The teaching chefs were very friendly and full of great tips and information on Italian cooking. Armed with copious amounts of vino, we got started on the cooking. There were three people of each group involved in the cooking; one reader and two cooks.
We tied on our aprons and away we went! First was the dessert of tiramisu, in order for it to set, then the appetizer of bruschetta which was served right away (how delicious!) and finally the fresh pasta with wonderfully fresh tomato sauce. Remember that while we were cooking the vino was aplenty!
It was a wonderful way to get to know everyone on the tour, enjoy traditional Italian foods and try fine wines.
Later that evening, we continued the party on the terrace of our lovely hotel. We enjoyed more wine, more time to get to know our fellow travelers and ended the evening with a toast of great things to come with a chilled glass on limoncello.
Have you ever tried a local cooking class? What did you make?