After meeting bright and early last Friday by the fountain, students of HSIT 350: History and Culture of Food in Italy boarded the train from Perugia to Florence for a day trip. Their professor, Olivier de Maret, greeted them at the station and proceeded to take them to one of Florence’s oldest indoor markets, Il Mercato Centrale (the Central Market). Students had the opportunity to hear from local producers while they sampled a variety of products, including different cheeses and cured meats with traditional Florentine bread.
Next on the itinerary was a cooking class at the Scuola di Cucina Lorenzo de’ Medici, located inside Il Mercato Centrale. Students learned how to make a traditional Roman-Empire-era meal, consisting of a lentil soup, bread made from scratch, and a dessert pancake filled with ricotta cheese.
Lastly, students visited one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, Farmacia Santa Maria Novella, where they had a brief tour discussing the pharmacy’s colorful history, before being able to buy various goodies themselves!
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