Gelato Making Class in Florence | Semi-Private Experience
If you are a gelato-lover, LivTours Semi-Private Gelato Making Class in Florence is for you! During this experience, you will visit a family-owned and run Gelato Academy, yes Italy has academies for gelato making! In the company of Vetulio Bondi (master gelaterie, world-reknown), you will learn all the ins and outs of gelato making from a true professional. Explore the differences between gelato and ice cream, learn about how it is made, the ingredients used, and the special process that makes it so creamy and delicious. You can even make your very own flavor from scratch! You will become an honorary Italian gelato maker after this class as you will be learning everything from the ingredients that can be used, all the way to scooping like a pro. This hands-on family-friendly experience is great fun and the perfect way to spend your time in Florence – which some say is the gelato capital of Italy!
LivTours semi-private group tours are a maximum of six people per group, which we believe gives travelers more opportunity to engage with your guide and local artisans, encouraging a more personal experience. This is especially important when it comes to workshops and classes so that you can get the full gist of the experience and truly learn technique and skills which you can take back home with you.
If you are wondering about the difference between ice cream and gelato, we will help you to set the record straight! Just like ice cream, gelato contains milk, sugar, and flavorings such as fruit or nuts, but, and here is a big difference, it has less cream than ice cream and usually no egg yolks. Amazing considering it tastes creamier than ice cream! You might think this is a ‘new’ Italian dessert, but ancient Roman emperors reportedly ate very similar desserts, and this dessert is said to be one of many culinary inventions that Catherine de’ Medici is said to have taken from Florence to Paris in 1533 when she married the King of France. There is no written proof of that, but we do know for certain that in 1686, Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli, a Sicilian fisherman and chef from Palermo, made the first gelato machine and took it to Paris!
- Visit an authentic Italian Gelateria right in the heart of Florence
- Learn the ins and outs of Italian gelato-making from local expert makers
- Make your very own unique and delicious gelato flavor from scratch
- Spend time with local artisans who are passionate about gelato making
- Enjoy a semi-private group of 6 or less people for a semi-private experience
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Your LivTours Semi-Private Gelato Making Class in Florence starts in the center of Florence, near Santa Maria Novella Train Station where you will meet Vetulio Bondi of Gelateria Bondi just outside of the his Gelato Academy where your one-hour class takes place. This original family-run Gelato Academy was started by Vetulio himself it is the real deal with the locals and is known for its amazing handcrafted gelato. Florence is known to have some of the best gelateria in Italy, and some will even tell you it is the birthplace of this silky sweet dessert, but Vetulio is now a world-reknown professor and seminarist, having taught across the globe, collaborated with Expo 2015 and often appeared in television along side VIPs. We encourage you to learn how it is made so that you will not only be a gelato maker for an hour but take it with you home and hopefully make your own to share with family and friends.
You will begin your class by learning about the ingredients, measurements, and how to create the perfect balance of flavor in gelato. Explore the secrets of this Italian treat from passionate Italian gelato-makers and learn how fresh, seasonal ingredients are the only way to make the perfect flavors. That is just one of the secrets to great gelato you will learn. After you have a good understanding of the basics, it will be time for you to make your own gelato.
Surrounded by experts, you will get to create your very own gelato flavor from scratch. No matter what your dietary requirements are, dairy-free or gluten-free, there will be something for you to make and eat! While your gelato churns in the machine, you will learn how to scoop and serve gelato like a pro from behind the counter. When your gelato is ready, it is time to taste the magic of your very own gelato creation!
At the end of your class, you will have immersed yourself in the art of gelato making, learning all the secrets (well, most of them!) and even made your very own gelato flavor. It is the ultimate end to your gelato experience, enjoying your very own handmade creation!
- Gelato marking workshop
- Gelato tasting
- Family-friendly experience
- Fully guided hands on experience
- We can accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegetarian or gluten-free. Please specify your food needs under “Additional Notes” after booking.
- Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
- LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of the innovation, changes, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to COVID-19 safety regulations, the museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on the site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
All LivTours Semi-Private Group Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour guide. Our commitment to maintaining our uniquely tiny group sizes can sometimes be a little tricky, mathematically speaking. For example, we want to ensure that traveling families and friends can tour together so on rare occasions we may add one or two guests in order to not split groups. On that same note, you may also find yourself on tour with less than six people! We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
A very unique experience for all
"If you are looking for fun activities for the whole family, this is a tour we can strongly recommend. Making gelato is actually fun and interesting to all of us but, as you can imagine, the kids (ours are ages 10 and 13) had a blast! AND, they learned a whole lot of fun facts about gelato that they can't wait to tell their friends. Their memories of Florence will be special, thanks to this company's unique tour!"
Carolyn - USA
Another great family experience
"The gelato making class was another one of the Family Experiences that we booked through LivItaly while in Florence with our kids (ages 7, 9 and 11). Of course, it was a smashing success with the kids and we all learned alot about what goes into gelato, what makes it different than ice cream and how many different (even wierd) tastes can be invented. We also booked the Family tour of the Uffizi gallery and it was a smashing success. Thank you, LivItaly! We will all remember Florence very fondly thanks to you."
Awa - Australia
"We brought our two grandchildren with us on our trip to Italy. We knew that it wouldn't be fair to expect them to go to museums and tours every single day so we researched possible "fun" things for them. The gelato making class in Florence was one of our best choices. The girls loved the class, loved being involved in making gelato and learned all sorts of interesting facts which they couldn't wait to share with their family and friends. We highly recommend this opportunity especially if you have kids with you."
Patricia - USA
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