The fresh, high-quality ingredients bring out all the natural flavors you need. So, the map to the best food in Florence is simple: follow the locals.
If you don’t feel confident enough to explore local cuisine on your own, you can catch one of the many Florence food tours. These kinds of tours are perfect for making a tasty introduction. Traditionally, Tuscan cuisine is incredibly hearty and faithful to its countryside origins. Simple bread, beans, roasted meats, and cheeses make up the base of most typical meals. Though one of the biggest shockers is perhaps the salt-less bread or as the Florentines call it “sciapppo” (pronounced shap-o). The lack of salt is entirely intentional. The bread is supposed to soak up the flavor of whatever sauce you dip it in when wiping your plate clean. Whatever you do, don’t leave Florence without tasting the Bistecca alla Fiorentina. It's the city's staple, a gratifying two inches thick steak on a bone!
The local gastronomic experience wouldn’t be complete without wine which made the Tuscan region famous all over the world. Florentine restaurants and bars make wine-focused travel activities very accessible. In fact, most offer wine tour and tasting in one form or another. What's even better, Florence wine tours not only treat you to a tasting but often teach you about Tuscan winemaking and its history.
After you have wined and dined like the Duke of Tuscany and still have energy left for more, plunge into Florence nightlife. The scene offers everything from wine and cocktail bars with exclusive drinks crafted by mixologists, to heaving nightclubs where international DJs spin records til late.