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“Still wonderful! ”
Review of Accidental Tourist

Accidental Tourist
Ranked #18 of 339 Tours in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Accidental Tourist was born in the spring of 1998 offering the first single-day hands-on cooking class in Tuscany. We welcome the curious and open-minded traveler in the heart of our Tuscan homes, for an authentic yet magical experience. We take a maximum of 8 people, but will go with as few as one: we never leave the solo traveler behind. We welcome families with children as we know how challenging it can be to travel with the young ones in the Old Country. AND, we charge for our tours only if our guests are happy to pay for their day with us.
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Louisville, Kentucky
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Still wonderful! ”
Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

I cooked and drank wine with accidental tourist in 2006 and had a lovely time! I decided to go back this trip with my folks... it happened to be my mother's birthday. We just did the cooking class this time and it was amazing again! First, the setting - Maijla's house is just incredible with great views of the surrounding vineyards and olive groves. Second, the cooking - making pasta is so fun and the finished product was delicious and shared with wonderful people and great conversation. Last but not least, the host - from the moment she picked us up to the moment she drove BACK to Florence to bring us my mother's lost cell phone... she could not have been more gracious, despite the fact that I must've called her 15 times thinking my calls weren't going through (ugh, I think they were... embarrassing!). Be sure to ask her family's story! To conclude, I hope to get the opportunity to visit again and if I do, Accidental Tourist, here I come! Thanks guys!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Trip to Tuscany isn't complete without Accidental Tourist!”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

I've had the privilege of visiting Tuscany twice with Accidental Tourist in those plans. The first time we did the cooking class and the second trip we did the Sunset Stroll. Both experiences were absolutely magical! Any time I visit a new place, I try to find where the locals eat and experience the city or country like a local. With Accidental Tourist, all this work is done for you! You get to experience the beauty of Tuscany with knowledgeable locals as your guide. We all know the food & wine in Italy is nothing short of incredible and this takes it to a whole new level with locals cooking for you. Both experiences with Accidental Tourist were the highlight of the entire Italy trip and the best meal we ever ate. Cannot recommend this highly enough!

Visited September 2013
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Somers, CT
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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Cooking class at its best”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

2 couples booked a cooking class in Florence, Italy called the the accidental tourist. We were on a 2 week guided trip with a few days to ourselves. This was probably the best decision I ever made. We had an a lesson in a old 1500's castle where the people actually lived. The view breathtaking. The teachers extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We were picked up in town and brought by car to begin our ravioli lesson. There were 8 people all together. We each made our own pasta, rolled it, pressed it, cut it. Even the husbands loved it. While we were washing up our ravioli was then boiled by the owner after which we sat at a beautifully set table ate our food and drank wine to our hearts content. The husband and wife who own it are just amazing and the teacher who taught us was just as amazing. Would recommend this to young and old. It was truly the best.

Visited September 2013
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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27 reviews
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“A fantastic way to end our trip”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

The Accidental Tourist is not just a day trip or tour; it's an experience. We toured olive and grape vineyards, learned how both were produced in the modern Tuscan countryside, made pasta from flour and eggs, danced and drank wine in our tour guide's home, met her family, enjoyed our meal prepared by her husband, made new friends and had a glorious time. It was too great to put into words, but if you have an opportunity, please book with this group. It's small, detailed, informative, warm, genuine, fun and authentic. Our group was only five people, but one was a return guest. It's that good! Go into the countryside, see how the locals live and have your own moment "Under the Tuscan Sun." So corny, but so worth it!

Visited March 2014
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Sapulpa, Oklahoma
1 review
“One of our favorite parts of the trip!”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful stay September 2013. We stayed in the downstairs apartment for two nights. We thoroughly enjoyed our wine tour it was beautiful and amazing to experience something so rich in history and still so hands on as well. We also did the cooking class, my wife excelled but me not so much, it was really cool getting to make pasta from scratch with the gorgeous Tuscan countryside just out the window. We also got to know several people during our stay a couple from Israel, two fellas from Michigan, and a couple from New England (very interesting). We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the small town and loved the view right outside of the hills and Florence. There were several hikes to do in the town and around the town but we didn't feel very adventuresome we were there more for relaxation. The bus was easy to get on and ride to the train depot. There is a bit of a language barrier with the lady who sells the tickets but with a little help from google translator and some words we picked up we were able to get them easy enough and the little old lady running the store was so wonderful and fun even though neither of us could understand each other we still enjoyed getting to set there and kind of chat with an authentic Tuscan woman. My only advice is that you bring some forms of food with you to cook if you aren't doing the class, learn a little Italian, spend as much time with the hosts as you can(they are awesome), and Relax and enjoy Tuscany and all the hospitalities it has to offer.

Visited September 2013
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