This was one of our favorite parts of the entire trip. Such a great time!
the medeival fortress really stood out for me, loved it!
Wonderful tour, Cinque Terre is beautiful that you don't want to come back.
This was a great cooking class. Met some amazing people and really enjoyed the Italian chef!
We really enjoyed the day away from the city and the beautiful countryside. We visited a lovely vineyard and had great wine tasting experiences.
Florence wine tours and foodie expeditions are some of the most popular activities in the city. The allure is the famed Italian food and wine. However, instead of your favorite pizza, Italy will welcome you with an ice-cold bucket of reality: there is no such thing as Italian food! Don’t worry though, this twist of perception is a well-disguised gateway to more delicious food. In Italy, there is only regional food and each kind is different from the next. Every single region offers unique dishes deeply rooted in its history, location, and climate. Tuscany’s world-famous cuisine is no exception! Florence food specialties stem from the simplicity of using seasonal local produce. The cookery doesn’t focus on complicated seasonings or elaborate process of preparation because it just isn’t necessary.
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.