There is no better way to explore Italy than through its culinary staples. Florence Food Tour takes you a sweet and savory adventure that explores the city’s history and flavors that shaped it. Under the leadership of a local guide, this small group tour walks you through the streets of Florence and shares with you the ins and outs of Tuscan cuisine, food and wine alike.
The tour kicks off with a traditional Italian breakfast in the oldest bakery in Florence. Besides tasting great coffee and fresh pastries, you will be able to see the setup of the original bakery with its ancient equipment. Though today the bakery uses more modern ways of preparing their products, the ancient oven and baking tools are on display to honor its roots. [readmore] The next stage of this Florence food walking tour will take you to the most important food market in town, the San Lorenzo Market(or, as locals call it, mercato centrale). Before you enter the two-story market, you will pass through the numerous stalls selling authentic handmade Italian leather. The first floor is filled with local merchants selling fresh produce and top quality ingredients. On the other hand, the second floor boasts specialized food stands each devoted to a different Italian staple.
Your tour guide will guide you through the market, unraveling its history and stopping in different locations to taste local food such as salami, cheese, panini, pizza, and sweets. Of course, a small wine tasting cannot miss on the itinerary either. In the span of two hours, you will stop for a bite in five different locations each of which is still frequented by locals and was carefully selected to give you the most authentic experience. Book your Florence food tour today!Read more
This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. In the unlikely event of such a cancellation, a refund will be provided or an alternative will be offered
This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 8
You will be given the exact location of the Meeting Point after booking
Joining a food tour in Florence gives you a unique opportunity to explore the culture and history of the city through the simple yet powerful element - gastronomy. After all, food has been at the center of Italian culture for centuries. It makes an important part of its identity to this day.
Under the leadership of an expert guide, you will experience Florence through taste buds of a local. During the two-hour walking food tour, you will taste the best of Tuscan staples at five different establishments. All that while learning about the history of Florence as well as the food you are tasting.
Furthermore, the food tour is child-friendly and offers something to enjoy for all. If you are a vegetarian or suffer from any food allergies simply inform us when making your reservation.
Food culture in Tuscany has deep and strong roots that go back centuries if not millennia. The Florentine cuisine was influenced by both simplicity of peasant cooking (the “Cucina Povera”) as well as the extravagance of the aristocratic tastes. At the core of Florentine cookery are fundamental ingredients like plain bread; cheese; beans, balsamic vinegar; extra-virgin olive oil; grilled, cured or braised meat and wine.
The San Lorenzo Market is a lovely 19th-century building constructed using iron, glass and local stone (pietra serena). It popped into existence in 1874 based on a design by architect Giuseppe Mengoni. It has always been home to a fresh produce market. Its revival in 2014 made Mercato Centrale a true heart of the city as well as one of its top tourist attractions. It boasts traditional shops and artisan food. Here, anything you wish for including fresh fish, meats and salamis, fried food and rissoles, fruit and vegetables, buffalo mozzarella, bread and confectionary, cheeses, chocolate and ice cream, fresh pasta, wines, lampredotto, and sandwiches, is at your feet.
Book your Florence food tour today and give your taste buds a real treat.