Family Tale & Reviews


Hello! Nice to meet you!

I'm Gloria.

I was born on 16 August 1982 in Fiesole (Florence).

I grew up in a family with extravagant culinary influences!

My mother's family from Sicily but having spent many years in Africa.

My father's family both from north of Italy and from Rome.

A grandma pastry, a grandpa inventor in the kitchen.

Mom and Dad both excellent at cooking fires ...

And then me, passionate about cooking since I remember!

I love cooking for my family and for my friends, I love when we are all together around the table with dishes full of goodies, glasses overflowing with wine, and lips full of smiles!

So, some years ago, we decided to share our knowledge and family traditions with people from all over the world.

In our home you can find a warm and friendly atmosphere, a place to learn some family secrets and to share your story.

And you can also meet our mascot Olimpia, the vietnamese pig, and feed her with some apples ... she loves them!

I love animals and I cook even for them an home made diet.

In addition to Olimpia in our home live even Moliere (a Lagotto Romagnolo Dog, the one perfect for truffle hunting), Gibran (the big and good one Corso Dog) and Jung (out sweet red cat)!

Welcome to our family!


Taylor from Nashville, Tennessee *****

"This experience was the absolute highlight of our trip in Florence. It was the catalyst for us—opening our eyes to the everything the true people of Firenze value. Not only did we actually learn to cook (delicious) food from scratch, but also we were enthralled learning about the history of ancient Tuscany and its inhabitants. I cannot stress enough how wonderful and gracious Gloria and her husband were as hosts. We even got the privilege of meeting her mother, her two adorable dogs, and Olympia the pig! The conversation was genuine, the wine was to die for, and the company was more than we could’ve dreamt of. Gloria’s house will forever hold a very special place in my heart. I would urge you to participate in this experience— it will change you for the better! Don’t miss out on watching the sunset over all of Florence from the top of the most beautiful hill in Fiesole. It is truly unforgettable!! Thank you Gloria for such an incredible time. We will cherish your friendship for many years to come!"

Jason from  Claremont, California *****

"If you are coming to Firenze and have time to take only one excursion, I HIGHLY recommend 'Cook like an Ancient Tuscan'. The food and wine were scrumptious and completely local. The location is amazing. Gloria and her Family are outstanding hosts and warmly welcome you into their charming mountainside home. Learning from Gloria about a unique period in the history of Tuscany while enjoying savory ancient recipes and tasty local vino is definitely the way to spend an afternoon/evening in Florence!"

Megan from Florida *****

"Gloria was so warm and welcomed my boyfriend and I into her home for a lovely evening of amazing views and excellent food. We learned about ancient Etruscan cooking while enjoying panoramic views of Florence beneath us. It was an unforgettable experience and a great way to get away from the crowds. Highly recommend!!"

Red Hot Chili Pepper
Pici: work in progress
Pici: ready to taste
Sunset Cooking Class


FLORENCE COOKING CLASSES