Italy Family Travel Must: A Cooking Class with Kids

During a family vacation in Tuscany, Italy, we took a kid-friendly cooking class at our beloved agriturismo recommendation, Al Gelso Bianco. Amazingly, the class included kids from ages 2 to 13, as well as a set of adults seeking new skills. Everyone had fun! The secret? Hands-on engagement, good conversation and a talented teacher. We had all three …

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Any good cooking class starts with the freshest possible ingredients. In our case that was easy as we were able to head straight to Al Gelso Bianco’s garden to pick our own vegetables.

Family Cooking Class in Tuscany, Italy

Many kids’ cooking classes in Italy focus on pizza. I think it’s more interesting to make pasta from scratch. It takes real skill to keep the eggs in the flour doughnut and I’m always surprised about how basic the ingredients are for something that tastes so amazing. Kids love watching the initial steps and working hard to knead the dough.

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Italy Cooking Class Making Pasta

Every person in the class had the opportunity to use the pasta-cutting machine. It’s hard work but extremely fun and rewarding. Yes, you can make pasta in your home country too, but the experience of learning family traditions from a real Italian in Italy is what makes these classes so special.

Kids Cooking Class Italy Pasta Making

If you have boys, don’t let that stop you from taking a class with them … ours were engaged and happy. It’s messy, which pleases them greatly.

Photos of Kids in Tuscany Cooking Class

After all the heavy lifting, the instructor prepared our creations for the final step: cooking.

Italy Cooking Class Photos

The best part, of course, is eating all that you prepared. Fantastico!

Al Gelso Bianco Cooking Class Lunch

Although there are a few kids’ cooking classes offered in Tuscany, this one is only available at Al Gelso Bianco. The good news, however, is that Al Gelso Bianco is in the BEST location for sightseeing in Tuscany, as you can easily hit Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, and even Lucca and the Tuscan coast from here in a day trip.

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Editor’s Note: Al Gelso Bianco provided a complimentary cooking lesson for my family so we could review this experience. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy.

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17 Comments

  1. Great find … do you need to be a guest of this hotel to enroll in the kids cooking classes?

  2. Do you know of a cooking class in Florence that is kid friendly? This sounds amazing but a little far for us since we won’t have a car.
    Thank you.

  3. We are in empoli till 10 Sept..I have Kodak 11.9 and 5 wanting to do a cooking course

  4. Hi,
    I will be in Siena with the family ( 2 kids under the age of 5). Could you please send us a recommendation for a cooking class in Siena ( without access to a car), now in October (24-25).
    Thanks!

  5. Hi There
    We are staying 20km from Florence in September 2016 and would love to do this cooking class with our 5 year old. Please could you send me the details for it. Not sure if its too early to book?
    Regards Catherine

  6. Hello,
    We will be in Florence in July for 3 days with 2 9 year olds. We would love to do a cooking class with them. In Florence may be easier as we don’t have a car. Can you please recommend anywhere?
    Thanks
    Shae

  7. Hello,
    I will be in Florence with my 2 year old twins without car, do you have recommendations for us? Thank you!

  8. Ciao! We are here in Florence. For two days I know very last minute but wondering your cooking class suggestions in Florence also for kids or any suggestions of half day wine or vineyard tours with lunch near Florence?? Sorry understand if too short notice. Thank you!!

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