About Apicius

Against the backdrop of Florence, a vibrant city layered in Renaissance art and history, you can experience hands-on cooking classes taught by professional chefs, wine appreciation classes with experts, gastronomic walking tours, and visits to fresh food markets, farms, restaurants and wineries. In addition, the study of the Italian language and excursions to art exhibits and museums allow you to immerse yourself fully in ITALIA and its connections to food, art and culture.

Located in the historic center of the city, Apicius the Culinary Institute of Florence, offers the finest academic and short term food and wine studies in all of Italy. Programs are shaped either for those approaching "the art of Italian cooking" for the first time, or are already experts in the field and wish to refresh and deepen their cultural and practical experience of Italian cooking. We consider cooking to be an art, a complete experience involving the whole body in its appreciation.

Apicius has state-of-the-art kitchen classrooms and is located just moments away from such treasures as the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, the San Lorenzo Church, the Uffizi, etc. Florence's main central, indoor food market is simply a stone's throw away and allows participants to learn about and use the freshest, most enticing ingredients available in the city.

Your courses at Apicius may be taken for one day, a week, two weeks, three weeks or a month (and so on). We invite those interested in designing personalized group courses to do so. Feel free to customize your own course, and menu.

Apicius manages and runs GANZO restaurant, where those in our professional culinary and wine programs have the experience of cooking and working in a fine restaurant. Apicius Baking and Pastry students also run the pasticceria (bakery shop) called FEDORA, providing all the pastries and baked goods sold in the shop daily. Both the restaurant and bakery are located in the center of Florence.

Apicius at Florence University of the Arts is the first academic entity in Italy to receive the WACS Recognition of Quality Culinary Education. WACS, the World Association of Chef Societies, has determined that Apicius “meets and in some cases exceeds the association’s educational standards.