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Florence Food Tour

Key Details

  • City: Florence
  • Duration: 3hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: 4:45 PM

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy an authentic meal in Florence just as the locals do, seeking out local specialties where they are best – be it a local bakery or a renowned restaurant.

  • Based in the more local neighborhoods of Oltrarno & Santo Spirito, this Florence food tour lifts the hood on a part of town most visitors never see (led by a local).

  • You’ll start with cold cuts, cheese & wine (including a Super Tuscan); move on for bruschetta and more wine; sit down for two traditional starters and a taste of Florence’s famously meaty cuisine; enjoy a digestif; then finish with gelato and a stroll.
Traditional Italian aperitivo Cheese - one of Florences great loves Artichokes and roast vegetables are prolific in Tuscany Mozarella & prosciutto panino Traditional bruschetta & wine Sample delicacies at our favourite local bakery Your tour includes plenty of wine, including a Super Tuscan! Enjoy a meal of Italian tomatoes Visit a traditional Italian market Learn what makes Tuscan food different Chatting with our favorite restaurant owner Pour your own wine - like a Florentine Wine like this is quintessentially Florence Learn about wine from your expert local guide Put your skills to the test with tastings Eat like a local on our Florence Food Tour Learn to pick the best wines Queuing for a strange local snack Sample lampredotto (tripe!) if you dare Enjoy a tasting at our favorite gelateria

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

Dine like a Florentine on this authentic dinner experience.

Our Florence food tour gives you an authentic evening of Tuscan cuisine with a local expert guide. It includes wine, small plates, classic dishes, and of course, gelato, sprinkled with tons of great information and a delightful city stroll.

From starters to gelato, you'll enjoy a full Tuscan meal.

Your Florence food tour starts in the lovely Oltrarno neighborhood of Florence, a step or two off the well-trod tourist path. Here you’ll stop in various places (the order changes according to the night) to taste cheese, cold cuts, truffles and Florence’s answer to focaccia, along with various olive oils and balsamic vinegar. Your expert guide will talk you through this, explaining how and why these key ingredients differ so much from one end of Italy to the other.

From there it’s a walk through the Piazza Santo Spirito to every Italian’s favorite time of day – aperitivo hour. Visit a local enoteca (wine bar) for a tour of the cellars and a wine tasting experience, including either one of the region’s famous Super Tuscans or a very special surprise wine, and local crostini (bruschetta).

Passing artisan shops and local bakeries along Via Santo Spirito, you’ll stop in one of our favorite restaurants for an authentic, sit-down dinner. Here you’ll try a classic Tuscan soup, a typical starter, plus a meaty second course that differs according to the season and what's available in the markets.

Finally, you end your meal as the Florentines do, with a gelato (invented here in Florence) and stroll back to the other side of the city.

Travel with a local guide and small group of just 14 people or fewer.

Throughout your Florence food tour, you’ll be accompanied by an expert (fun) local tour guide, who will teach you about local ingredients, seasonality and why there’s no such thing as “Italian” food. With a small group of just 14 people or fewer, your experience will be relaxed and casual – more like an evening with friends than a tour.

Sites visited

  • Oltrarno neighborhood
  • Santo Spirito Piazza
  • Local Gelateria
  • Traditional Restaurant
  • Cheese and Meat shop
  • Enoteca (Wine bar)

Included

  • All tastings, including food, wine & gelato
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups of 14 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 383 Customer Reviews

It was truly a great experience. The guide did a fantastic job. She made a bunch of strangers become friends and explained the wine, food, and local streets very well. Would definitely recommend her and the tour to others.
A great relaxed an informative evening with a great introduction to Florentine food with great company.
An excellent tour with a spectacular local guide. Highly recommend this experience!

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

For those with food allergies or other special requirements, please notify us prior to reserving your visit and then again, as soon as you meet your tour guide. We will do our very best to accommodate you and find suitable alternatives.

Also note that the order of the sites visited may vary.

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Informative, engaging, educational, stimulating, delicious, and fun! I was fortunate to be in a small group of 5 with 2 exceptional guides, Nebo and Florinda. The route through Oltrarno was well thought-out with aperitivo, several wines, multi-course meal, and gelato all enjoyed while discussing Florentine/Italian history, lore, customs, and art. Origins, production processes, and quality assurances/indicators of both wines and olive oil were detailed. While I had been to Florence several times, I was not familiar with Oltrarno and thought this may be a good introduction. I can say it was, absolutely. Most importantly, this experience did not feel like many organized tours I have taken; rather it felt like an enjoyable gathering of god friends. I highly recommend.
It was truly a great experience. The guide did a fantastic job. She made a bunch of strangers become friends and explained the wine, food, and local streets very well. Would definitely recommend her and the tour to others.
A great relaxed an informative evening with a great introduction to Florentine food with great company.
An excellent tour with a spectacular local guide. Highly recommend this experience!
Claudia was fun and informative. Still thinking about the wild boar and pasta :-) thank you, Wren from Boston
Claudia was fantastic! We enjoyed the tour very much!
Zia Anna was so perfect my wife loved her. I say Zia Anna because she has no children of her own and her nephew and nieces call her all the time and she feeds them and does things for them. Every place Anna took us was perfect!! The wine the food the people we met made us feel like we were part of this neighborhood too! My wife Gigi would like to send her an email if possible and connect with Anna. Anna was giving out here cards and we can't seem to find it. We went on five Walks of Italy tours and all were great but Anna's tour was FANTASTIC!!!
The only down side was sitting outside under an umbrella while it was raining. We did not really get wet, but it was a bit cold. The food and wine were great though!
This tour was spectacular! Absolutely not-to-be-missed!
This tour was spectacular! Absolutely not-to-be-missed!
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I took eight different Walks of Italy tours and each guide and tour was really terrific.
We loved our walking tour. She was very welcoming, explained and shared lots of information. You could tell she enjoyed what she did and really wanted us to have a good experience.
A great tour that is fun, informative and great value for money. We went back to several of the venues during our stay as they were so good.
Perfect hostess and charming
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Excellent tour!
Very enjoyable evening. Claudia was very informative
Our guide Nebo was so knowledgeable about history. It added a lot to the tour.
Greta was amazing!!!! Had the best time
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You can tell Anna loves her job. Her enthusiasm and love of food, Italy and Florence were evident. We would encourage anyone wanting a well run tour to uses Walks of Italy.
This was the best of many walks of Italy tours we have been on. A thoroughly pleasurable experience. Well worth it.
What a fantastic time we had with our guide Nebojsa. We enjoyed his knowledge and hospitality. The wine was great and the food was good. Loved the look at the antique wine cellar.
We really enjoyed starting our visit to Florence with this tour. Really appreciated our tour guide who grew up in the area and had a passion for Florence. It was a very enjoyable, worthwhile tour.
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We had the best time with Laura! We tasted amazing foods, experienced culture hands-on and had excellent company. Highly recommend this tour!
This wasn't my first food tour, so I sort of knew what to expect. I've used Walks of Italy several times, so knew that it would be a great tour. You will experience truly authentic Tuscan food while meeting great new people, and seeing a part of the city you may not have made time to see.
The tour did fulfill the advertised experience, and the guide was very helpful and informative. However, at some of the stops, my wife and I felt that we were spending too much time just sitting there talking to the other tourists. We had hoped that the walk from one place to the next would be a little slower, allowing time to observe some of the artisan shops in the Oltrarno district.
We had a wonderful tour. Laura gave us a keen insight into the foods and wines of Tuscany. She spent so much time with us that we all bonded as a group. She is a gem!
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Enjoyable evening
I loved this, our guide was passionate about her work and the food was amazing. It was more than worth it.
Elena was very personable and knowledgeable. She had a great mix of city facts and food
AnnaMaria was awesome! Very informative. The wine shop/cellar was wonderful! We were exposed to new and interesting food and had a great time.
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We ordered some great balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey and wine which we received today. The food was excellent and we ended our tour with Gelato. So enjoyed the tour.
Elena was great! Tour was a lot of fun, had some history, and great food/wine. Already gave positive trip advisor review.
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This was a great tour. The Gelato spot was a little off, but the rest of the experience was great and the company was enjoyable.
Laura was excellent & very good at explaining the neighborhood as we went along. Very knowledgeable on wine & the food was excellent!! Really enjoyed this experience.
Laura was wonderful! So knowledgeable, friendly and made for a very fun evening. Highly recommend this tour with her!
Loved the whole evening, so much so we went back the next day to some of the sites we visited. Knowledgeable and engaging guide with plenty of variety along the way.
What a fantastic evening we had . Bernardo was knowledgeable and funny . Would highly recommend
All round enjoyable evening despite the torrential down pour.
It was an amazing wine and dine tour. Anna Maria was an incredible guide. Her zest for life and passion for Italian food, were addictive. Towards the end of the evening when we were on our way to our last restaurant it rained cats and dogs. The unexpected thunderstorm however, did not ruin our good mood. We were all enjoying ourselves so much that it made us giddy with excitement. All of the participants were a joy to be with and together with Anna Maria we all felt a kindred spirit. It was one of the best wine and dine tours that I have ever been on.
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