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Private Gelato Class in Florence

1 hr
Central Florence
Refundable booking

LivTours Private Gelato Class in Florence is perfect if you want to do something unique and hands-on during your stay in Florence. Meet Vetulio Bondi, master gelatiere, at the authentic family-run Gelateria Bondi in the center of this beautiful Renaissance city to learn the true art of gelato making from start to finish. Learn everything from the ingredients used, how to create the perfect balance of flavor, the processes, and even how to scoop like a pro. Most importantly, you will create your very own gelato flavor and enjoy it as soon as it’s ready. Immerse yourself in the world of gelato in this private fun-filled family-friendly class!

If you are contemplating 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!

A private class like this gives you the opportunity to have a more personalized experience. This is the perfect private experience for a family activity or with a group of foodie friends. A private class gives you more opportunity to engage with your LivTours guide and your gelato-making teacher at the Academy, giving you a great way to immerse yourself completely in an authentic Italian experience while visiting Florence!


  • Enjoy time in a family-run Gelateria Bondi in the center of Florence
  • Savor an exclusive experience with a private local guide and gelato makers
  • Understand the special art of Italian gelato-making from passionate local experts
  • Make a gelato flavor of your own from scratch and enjoy it at the end
  • Discover Italy in a unique way, as a professional Italian gelato-maker

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Your LivTours Private Gelato Class in Florence starts in the charming city center of Florence. This Renaissance city is one of Italy’s beloved gelato hot spots, so this is a perfect experience to be doing here!  The city is filled with gorgeous gelaterias and LivTours has selected one of the very best for you. You will meet Vetulio Bondi himself, right outside the centrally located Gelateria Bondi. This is family-run gelateria and known for its delicious gelato, but most importantly, Vetulio is world-reknown professor of Gelato Making, having taught across the globe, partecipated as master gelatiere at Expo 2015 and appeared on TV alongside many VIPs! This will be a truly memorable hour spent with him.

You will learn the European art of using simple, fresh, and local ingredients in your Private Gelato Class in Florence. Italians pride themselves on keeping their food clean and natural – learn how to tell the difference between a gelato which is made with fresh ingredients and one that is made with additives.

Being a gelato lover, you may already know that gelato and ice-cream are not the same things, but what exactly is the difference? Find out from the experts. Now that you know the basics, it will be time to make your very own gelato flavor. With local enthusiastic gelato-makers guiding you, you will create gelato of the highest quality, and will thoroughly enjoy it when ready. There are many flavors to choose from, so even if you are dairy or gluten-free, your teachers will have all the right ingredients for you to be able to participate. Just let us know of dietary restrictions ahead of time.

There is perhaps no better way to learn how to make anything than from the experts and making gelato is no exception!  Put that together with the beautiful city of Florence and you have a memorable experience. The key to a great Italian gelato is learning how to respect tradition while still understanding how to be innovative. These are the secrets you can learn only from professional gelato makers!


  • Gelato marking workshop
  • Gelato tasting
  • Family-friendly experience
  • Fully guided hands on experience

  • Offered in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Please specify under “Additional notes” if you wish to book the tour in a language other than English.
  • We can accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegetarian or gluten-free. Please specify your food needs under “Additional Notes” at 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’ is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, change, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to Covid-19 safety regulations, museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.

When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable.

*Our Tuscan motorcycle tour and some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.


Make your day even more unique and comfortable by upgrading your tour with a customizable LivTours optional add on!

Oneway Pick-up Transfer
Get picked up from your centrally located Florence hotel by one of our luxury vehicles and brought directly to the meeting point of the tour. Guaranteed stress-free. One way only.
starting from 50 €

Must show Vaccination or Negative test for Italy & France Tours

For all France and Italy tours that include an indoor activity, a museum or an archeological park visit, it is now National Law in both countries, to present a covid-19 vaccination card OR negative covid-19 test result from the past 48 hrs accompanied by your personal ID to the local authorities for all adults over the age of 12. Lack of ability to present such documentation may result in loss of tour and funds lifting LivTours from all responsibilities.

Strongly recommend

"Ice cream and Gelato are two different things. We learned this and much more on our private Gelato Class which we took while in Florence. Leave it to LivItaly to create a fun and different activity that lets you go home with so many fond memories! The kids had the greatest time! Strongly recommend."

Katie B. - USA


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