Italy has a broad cultural influence worldwide and is renowned for its great food - the perfect location for a school food technology trip. Based in central Florence, which has the rightful reputation of being one of the most stunning cities in the world, every moment of your trip is both enjoyable and educational. Birthplace of the Renaissance, your students will enjoy the city’s wealth of beautiful architecture and proud cultural traditions as well as learn to cook a traditional 2-3 course Tuscan meal, a traditional pizza and Italy’s famous gelato.
Your group will be based in a centrally located 3 star hotel. Only a short journey to the many attractions, you will relax in comfort with students in multi-bed rooms and adults in singles.
Travel to Florence by air. Begin your stay in Italy with a guided walking tour of the city to familiarise yourself with your surroundings. Evening meal in Mercato Centrale, an area of Florence’s old centre with traditional shops and stalls, giving food artisans centre stage.
Start the day truffle hunting in the beautiful woods of Tuscany. Afternoon cookery class with a local chef. They will talk you through each of the recipes that you will be preparing, explaining where the ingredients come from and many other important facts about the Italian agricultural business. After your evening meal (prepared during the cookery class), enjoy an evening walk to Piazzale Michelangelo for panoramic views across the city.
Another cookery class with a local chef, including lunch prepared by the students. Enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing, visiting sights such as Galleria Dell'Accademia and Florence Cathedral. Evening meal in a local restaurant, followed by a scavenger hunt, a great way to further explore the city.
Morning visit to a local cheese farm for a guided tour. The cheese from this farm is hand-produced with traditional methods, exclusively using the milk from the farm’s Sardinian sheep. After lunch on the farm, travel back to Florence for an afternoon guided tour of the Boboli Gardens, home to Renaissance and Roman antiquities and boasting fantastic views over the city. Another cookery class with a local chef, including an evening meal prepared by the students.
Visit an organic farm on the outskirts of Florence. Take a tour of the olive groves and learn about daily life on the farm. Enjoy lunch on the farm before travelling to Pisa. Visit the famous leaning tower and enjoying some free time for sightseeing before returning to Florence. Farewell meal in a local restaurant, followed by a visit to a traditional gelateria.
Depart in the morning for your flight home.
Chris House, Teacher of Chemistry, Dubai College, UAE
Dr Maripaz Aguilera, Head of Languages, GEMS World Academy, Switzerland