Food Technology Trip to Florence

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.

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Visits

  • The Galleria Dell‘Academia - home of Michelangelo's sculpture David, other sculptures by Michelangelo and a huge collection of Renaissance paintings.
  • The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) - a medieval bridge spanning the river Arno and one of the few remaining bridges with houses built upon it.
  • The Grand Museum of the Cathedral of Florence - Monumental Complex of Santa Maria del Fiore which comprises, Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Crypt of Santa Reparata.
  • Museo Nazionale Del Bargello - a former barracks and prison, now an art museum, housing masterpieces by Michelangelo as well as a fine collection of ceramics, textile, tapestries, ivory, silver, armours and old coins.
  • The Uffizi - one of the most famous museums in the world with works of art by great Italian artists such as Botticelli, Giotto, Cimabue, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello.
  • The Pitti Palace - formerly the residence of the grand-dukes of Tuscany and later of the King of Italy, now houses several important collections of paintings and sculpture, works of art, porcelain and a costume gallery.
  • The Boboli Gardens - one of the greatest open-air museums in the city with centuries-old oak trees, sculptures and fountains.
  • Piazza del Carmine - one of the main squares of the Oltrarno area, dominated by the majestic Church of Santa Maria del Carmine.
  • Piazza Santa Croce - one of the largest and most famous squares of central Florence. The Basilica of Santa Croce, the largest Franciscan church in the world, overlooks the piazza.
  • Siena & San Gimigniano - the fairy tale hilltop towns offer fantastic scenery of the area surrounding Florence.

Where to stay

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.

Sample Itinerary

Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.

Day Four

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.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

Depart in the morning for your flight home.

Food Technology trip to Florence

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