Hi! I'm Cristina.

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wilmaCesarina from 2019
My speciality: Pasta and beans
I speak: Italian, English

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I offer vegetarian alternatives

Cristina welcomes us to her home in a lemon house, surrounded by greenery, in the old village of Pian dei Giullari, near the ancient home of Galileo Galilei. 


Our Cesarina, with passion and dedication, takes care of the vegetable garden, respecting the biological cycles of nature and using to cook her dishes only seasonal fruit and vegetables. Since she was young she has always valued the mise en place, following her mother's advice: "you can eat with your eyes too!" Over time she has learned to know and respect the ingredients and raw materials, the real protagonists of her dishes, which she cooks with passion and imagination.

My specialities

- Chicken liver croutons

- Pasta and beans

- Free range farmhouse pork sausages

- Turnip greens and potatoes

- Castagnaccio

Clean and safe

Our hosts are updated on the latest hygiene and social distancing protocols

At your service

Our team of Culinary Guides are there every step of the way to provide assistance

Safe purchases & Cancellation policy

Guaranteed payments and free cancellation up to 24h before the start

Reviews from our guests

Find out what people thought of their experience with Cristina

Cristina is truly wonderful and the class was so much fun! And wow, what a view of the city. This was one of our two favorite things that we did while we were in Florence for the week!

Sarah B

October 2022

Cristina & Paolo (as well as their pup) were fantastic. This felt more like catching up with friends and enjoying a meal than taking a cooking demo. Their instruction was fantastic - the final product amazing - and the setting was just incredible. I have already recommended this experience to many others. It was a phenomenal experience. Thank you so much!!!

Jasmine & Ian Ward

August 2022

Our Cesarine experience with Cristina was amazing. It was so unique and an unforgettable part of our trip. My teenage boys said that it was the best part of our vacation! I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a taste of the real Italian lifestyle.

Jennifer D.

July 2022

Cristina was the best and made our cooking experience amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and learned so much. The food was amazing too! Highly recommend

Jake and Diana

June 2022

Cristina was a warm and gracious host, and a lovely cook. Though her English is not strong (and our Italian consists solely of salutations and appreciation), she managed to demonstrate and teach in a way that was fun and instructive…and resulted in a tasty meal. Her home (and the view) is beautiful, and inspires a way of food preparation and dining that celebrates joy in the experience. Grazie, Cristina Leone! K,E,&D

Karen Smith

May 2022

We had a wonderful time. During a really busy travel experience here in Florence, it was really nice to get up and out of town and just spend the evening in Christina and Paulo’s s garden. We loved learning about the nuances of Italian cooking, sipping wine and chatting together as we looked over the city. I would definitely recommend such an evening to anyone visiting Florence.

Caroline Perkins

May 2022