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Florence Food Tour

Key Details

  • City: Florence
  • Duration: 3hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: 5PM

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 steak 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).

  • Be sure to come hungry! 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 Florence’s famous steak; enjoy dessert and a digestif; then finish with gelato and a much-needed 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.

In Florence, dinner doesn’t just mean sitting in one restaurant all night – it’s a much more active experience, seeking out the best aperitivo at a local bar, moving on to an enoteca for starters and good wine, settling down at your favorite restaurant for steak, then finishing it off with gelato and a stroll home. Florentines are notoriously picky eaters so they insist on the best of everything.

That’s exactly what you’ll get on our local Florence food tour, but with a few more stops for wine and nibbles along the way. And since your gastronomic adventure takes place across the city’s quieter, more residential area, your experience will be extra authentic.

You might want to skip breakfast and wear your stretchy pants.

Your tour starts with beautiful views of the Ponte Vecchio as you cross into the foodie & artisan mecca that is the Oltrarno neighborhood. Here you’ll start with cheese, cold cuts and Florence’s answer to focaccia, with tastings of olive oil 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 lively Piazza Santo Spirito to every Italian’s favorite time of day – aperitivo hour. Visit a local enoteca (wine bar) for a wine tasting experience, including one of the region’s famous Super Tuscans, and three types of local crostini (bruschetta).

Passing artisan shops along Via Santo Spirito, you’ll stop by our favorite bakery for a snack before a sit-down dinner at an authentic Florentine restaurant. Here you’ll try two typical Tuscan starters plus the steak that has made Florence famous throughout Europe; bistecca all fiorentina. Remember to save some space during the evening because it’s every bit as good as they say it is.

End your meal as the Florentines do, with sweet wine and cantuccio before grabbing a gelato (invented here in Florence) for the 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 163 Customer Reviews

Ishmael was fantastic.
The night was great didn't have anything bad to say about it
Very fun tour with lots of good info and great food!
The tour was wonderful - would gladly take another Walks of Italy tour.
excellent experience and guide!
Ismael was a wonderful guide. The food was plentiful and delicious. I would recommend this tour to friends and family visiting Florence
Amazing food and nice chit chat. The perfect way to eat out :)
Loved Anna--very knowledgeable and seemed very passionate about her tour and showing us the best of Florence! Anna is very personable and I can't say enough about what a wonderful evening we had. Grazie mille!
Our half-day adventure with Laura was incredible! Wine and food tasting on market day in Florence - one would expect a good experience, but ours was FABULOUS thanks to Laura's knowledge, experience, and pleasant personality.
Wonderful tour and good wine. Laura made the tour most enjoyable even though we were 30 minutes late due to the public bus driver mid routing us. Laura is very knowledgeable and has a comfortable, friendly way of relating to her tour group. We would recommend this tour.
Excellent. Informative. And fun
The tour was very well organized and the tastings were delicious and generously served!
Our guide was fantastic! Very knowledgeable, very fun and overall, this was a great experience for us. Thank you!
This was one of the best tours we did while in Italy. Our guide was fantastic and took us to some great places. I would do this again in a heartbeat and would recommend it to anyone!
Ishmael was great.
Annamaria was very passionate about food, wine, and the history of Florence. You can tell that she was very much into educating others about life as a local there. Very informative & fun! Not to mention great food & wine!
Ismal was awesome! This tour was a highlight of our trip!
Happened to have Laura again, very good job all around.
Anna was really helpful and fun. No complaints
We loved the tour and would recommend it to everyone!! Pure pleasure.
We thoroughly enjoyed this event. We are not 'tour' types but this is not your typical tour... it is more an education and immersion into Florence food and wine lifestyle. Claudia, our tour leader, was first class and a joy to spend 3 hours. Salute!
Great experience. Ismael was great as well, knowledgable and thoughtful. We really enjoyed the tour itself and the people we met.
This was a fantastic tour give by Julia. She lived in the neiborhoods we visited and knew all the people at the food and wine stops. This was so enjoyable and gave us that local feel and history of the Florentine food and wine. I would give Julie 6 stars if I could. I highly recommend this tour!
Laura was very knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun on the tour. Loved the wine tasting, market experience plus the amazing gelato at end. Would highly recommend. Small group was an added bonus
Laura was so knowledgeable especially about wine ! Her passion was evident throughout. Smiling with each note and bit of information. We also were impressed with the extent of the tour and have since shopped at the spots we learned about!
Excellent day - the markets & food samples were excellent. Wine tastong & information good. Lunch very enjoyable. Our guide was very friendly & well informed & gave us an excellent recommendation for dinner.
Our guide Julia was absolutely fantastic not to mention gorgeous. She was very friendly, informative and lots of fun. I always book Walks of Italy tours whenever I am in Italy and have NEVER been disappointed. Thanks once again for a fantastic morning!
We loved Julia and everything about the tour. There was so much food to taste!! Perhaps a little too much for us. The vendors could reduce some of the portions at the market. This is a fabulous tour for someone to learn about Florence. Thanks!
our guide was absolutely delightful and very knowledgable. i would highly recommend this tour.
Julia was wonderful. Knowledgeable, personable, and friendly. Had a great time with her. Thank you.
Elvira was knowledgeable, personable and energetic, and we learned a lot about local history and fare and had a blast!
Claudia did a great job and my family enjoyed the tour. My only suggestion would be not to start with the wine tasting -- wine at 10 am is not something we're used to and we would have preferred going to the market first.
Our guide was wonderful! We had a great time learning about the city through food. Due to timing, we did this on our last day of our trip. I wish we would have been able to do it on our first because it really helps set you up for your time in Florence.
try to have more space between the meat eating and the pasta eating. a lot of food so close together.
Excellent tour. We loved Claudia. She was personable and very knowledgeable about food and Florence history. We would definitely recommend this tour to our friends. Thanks for making this so memorable for us.
Claudia was simply wonderful; warm, knowledgable and engaging. She was the key to a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Fun!!! Fun!!!Fun!!!
Our guide Julia (correct spelling ?) was excellent; relaxed, informative, lovely sense of humour, knowledgable and happily prepared to share her love of Florence. The tour was well paced, well designed. I will recommend to my friends.
By far the highlight of my time in Florence. It was a perfect day.
Another knowledgeable tour guide and had a great time.
The tour was very good. The guide was very good. I would recommend it to a friend.
Teresa was a grat guide and the tour itself was really good - we really enjoyed it - thanks.
Very amazing!! Guide was great- friendly and accommodating.
A must! The information was interesting, the guide was patient to all out questions, and the food was remarkably delicious! The wine tasting, whit the open options was great; the market at the food was delicious and fascinating; and the gelato was a divine experience. Completely recommendable.
Amazing Tour with an amazing guide. Reccomended it to many people already!!
This tour was a blasr. We had a great group and our tour guide was wonderful. Definitely one of my favorite tours that I have done. It was authentic and informational.
great tour
PERFECT! This was so much fun! I am so glad this was a small group. We had a fabulous time!
Laura was an outstanding tour guide. Answered all our questions. Thoroughly enjoyed all the places we visited.
This was an excellent trip. Ismael was the nicest man! We really enjoyed chatting with him, and felt like he was a friend. The stops were perfect, the amount of food sampled was good, and the wine was divine :) We really enjoyed this tour a lot.
Anna was very knowledgeable. She knew what she was doing. She's patient and helpful, especially when we tried to buy meats and cheese at a crowded market. I enjoyed the tour very much and appreciated that there's no pressure to buy from the vendors. And it's definitely is not too touristy.
Ishmael was a fabulous guid - as were all the guides on our trips.We will absolutely book more tours with your company when we return. The tastings were wonderful and I can't thank you and your company enough.Best regards, Beryl Bardsley.
Very friendly good guide.
Laura was WONDERFUL!! She was every informative about the area as well as her tour content!! She was fun, made us laugh, laughed with us and the time passed much to quickly! I would highly recommend your tour company, this tour and Laura. Please thank her again for us.
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Laura is an absolute delight, warm, knowledgeable and fun. She is a real credit to your business. I felt the places we went and the food and wine tasted made for a unique insight into local life. I will be giving a rave review on Trip Advisor.
Ismael was wonderful! My mom and I enjoyed the tour immensely and Ismael was such a lovely and informative guide.
Ismail was very informative, and the tour presented a variety of interesting experiences.
A delightful tour and well worth taking the time. We did think having a radio communications system may add to the tour, hard at times to keep up close to hear what was being discussed between stops.
Loved this tour. It should not be missed by any foodie.
We loved the tour and thought Laura was fun, entertaining and knowledgable! I am recommending this tour to my family for their November visit!
Laura is a gem. She really knows her stuff and has a great relationship with the merchants we visited. This was our single best experience during our four day stay in Florence.
Your company arranged this while on another tour! I love Laura! Hope to do more tours before I leave November 1st
I have been in Europe for 3 weeks in 4 countries. Your tour with Ibrahim was my favorite thing yet! Thank you for the great food and great education about Italy!!
Loved this tour! Ismael was a fantastic guide.
Ishmael was a wonderful guide! He provided us with great local history and led us to lovely venues for sampling local wines, cheeses, pastas, and gelato. We highly recommend Ishmael and this tour!
Ishmael was warm, welcoming, and full of information. We really enjoyed this tour - and we are not "tour people."
Guide was exceptional (we also did a museum tour with him) and so was the tour and the food and wine. A real winner. We would recommend it highly
Excellent I enjoyed it throughly .
We really enjoyed the tour. It was a lot of fun and we learnt a lot from Ismael about Chianti and the market food. Just what we needed after visiting museums for the last few days....drinking Chianti at 0930 in the morning with a fun group of people.
Ishmel was so knowledgeable and smart, he clearly had a passion for Florence and the cuisine & history. We really enjoyed the walk! The choice of restaurants and locations was excellent and we had a blast!
We really couldn't have asked for more from Laura she was knowledgeable and engaging 5* guide
Great tour. Takes you behind the scenes to give you a taste of Italy. Suggest wine tasting be moved to a later time perhaps after meats and cheeses. Ishmael is charming
Lovely tour. Wish I could have eaten more of the food, though. We loved the route, even though a wine tasting first thing in the morning can be a challenge for some. Luisa was very knowledgeable and had a very nice personal touch.
Annamaria was wonderful..She did an excellent job and was very helpful too...I would advise my friends to specifically ask for her when they go on the tour.
Our guide Ana was knowledgeable, welcoming and fun. It was an absolute pleasure to walk around and hear her speak. There were so many things to try and she made the experience wonderful!
This was a wonderful, informative tour. Anna was so interesting and just a delightful person to be around. I would love to do another tour with her in the future. I really liked the fact that she was from this area and could give us a glimpse of how local people live.
Wonderful! I learned so much and felt like I got to see and taste the best parts of Florence.
This was an excellent tour. Very informative without being "over the top" with too much detail. The food was all great and a good variety and some nice history and sightseeing along the way. Thanks.
Great guide, great fun
She was terrific,engaged and personable. Very impressed.
The tour was so much fun. Ismeal was very knowledgeable. I love having a small group tour.
The Florence in a day tour was terrific and a great way to see the city and learn about its treasures.
Ismeal and the whole walk about were just what we were looking for. A perfect morning.
I enjoyed this tour which was excellent value for the cost. The guide was articulate & knowledgeable. He responded openly to all queries. Overall - well done.
All four tour guides were excellent, well grounded in history and the culture of the area. Really liked the Florence Food Tour...something different.
Both tours were excellent, and I would recommend them to anyone. The Food Tour was particularly enjoyable, because we learned so much and ended the trip stuffed! The guides were organized, knowledgeable, and fun. Both tours were well worth the money.
smail was FANTASTIC & so was the tour! The food was to die for and the group was just the right size for a tour!!! Keep up the good work!!! Ciao, Margo & Walter
Ismail was FANTASTIC & so was the tour! The food was to die for and the group was just the right size for a tour!!! Keep up the good work!!! C
Ismael was great! Knowledgeable, patient and engaging. We took my mother in a wheelchair so she wouldn't miss out and he could not have been more helpful.
Florence Food Tour was the best!!! Our guide Coral was very personable, very informative and a wonderful person to get to know. It was great getting to know the culture of the food. What a delight. Thank you.
Did the food/wine tasting tour in Florence with Ishmael and the food/wine/pizza-making tour in Rome with Marta. Both guides were awesome and the tours were the two best we had during our stay in Italy.
6/25 or 6/26 Floremce Food tour Tour was womderful..very informative and well planned...I think the whole group enjoyed...I would recommend it to friends...and a I am now interested in the Tuscan Farmhouse experience next year!!! Thanks...Travis
Great tour! Bernardo was full of wonderful stories which made the tour that much more fun. The food venue choices were great, and we were able to go back after the tour to see more for ourselves. Thanks very much!
Ismael was a wonderful tour guide. We learned alot about, and got to taste wine, cheese, prosciutto and olives. The coolest part was trying a salad made with stale bread. It was fabulous! Thanks Ismael!
The Food and Wine tour was a great way to start my stay in Florence. It not only helped me get oriented in the city, but I tried some great food, including things things I wouldn't have normally, and my guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.
We had a fabulous time with Coral. We loved her enthusiasm and attitude. She had a great rapport with the merchants she introduced us to. We loved being introduced to a less touristy neighbourhood. We would highly recommend this tour or any tour with Coral.
What a wonderful way to experience Rome. We so enjoyed the authentic markets and shops. Making the pizzas was so much fun. Joseph was wonderful and we so enjoyed his knowledge.

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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Ishmael was fantastic.
The night was great didn't have anything bad to say about it
Ishmael was charming knowledgeable and friendly. The group had fun and conversation flowed freely. Ishmael introduced us to the Santo spirito neighbourhood which was a great place for us to go later in our visit. I only have one criticism. I found the restaurant we visited at the end did not have a fun atmosphere. It was quiet. We ate several courses but it was too much bread. Two bread soups which lacked flavour. We had already had crostini at an earlier stop. It would have been better to just have one course of beef steak and no more bread. Maybe u need to run the tour later in the day. The empty restaurant was not fun. Well done to Ishmael as he is a fantastic host and we loved meeting him
Very fun tour with lots of good info and great food!
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Our booking wasn't communicated to our tour guide - who had to call around the head office, and all the restaurants to squeeze us on an extra spot for us, despite booking well in advance. Completely an office/HQ issue, our tour guide Claudia (and her shadow, an American expat whose name I've forgotten) were both fantastic - full of energy, knowledgeable, genuine, and catered to the crowd! We had a great time, even if us and the tour guides were the only ones having a blast. The only improvement I could think of would be to give us a list of the places we went (afterwards), so we knew how to get back there! :)
Laura was a great guide. She made it fun and interesting even though it was raining!
Tour was great and Giulia was excellent in engaging the group and explaining about the various food and wine we tasted. However, there was just too many tastings with bread dishes, that it came to a point where we couldn't eat anymore bread. Maybe a little more variety with the types of food will be good. Overall a great experience.
Tour was lovely even though we strted out in pouring rain! There were only 7 of us and it was a very nice and friendly group. Our guide was most satisfying with lots of background on foods and wines and breads. Very enjoyable! All the places we stopped treated us very well and gave us their attention. I would go again when I ever come back.By the way, it stopped raining halfway through.
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We enjoyed the food tour in Florence and felt very full at the end.
The tour was wonderful - would gladly take another Walks of Italy tour.
excellent experience and guide!
Ismael was a wonderful guide. The food was plentiful and delicious. I would recommend this tour to friends and family visiting Florence
Wonderful tour. I told the guide (Claudia) that your motto should be "With Walks of Italy, you never go hungry!" The final restaurant, with the history of the building as well as the traditional foods, was particularly interesting, as was the sidewalk place with the wonderful chicken liver pate. Thanks for a great tour!
Amazing food and nice chit chat. The perfect way to eat out :)
Loved Anna--very knowledgeable and seemed very passionate about her tour and showing us the best of Florence! Anna is very personable and I can't say enough about what a wonderful evening we had. Grazie mille!
Laura was most informative and very personable. The problem we had, we were told if we purchased salami at the meat market and it was vacuum packed we could bring it back to the US thru customs. Not true. It was just a bummer to see Customs toss such a good product. Overall we had a small group so received extra attention from Laura. Would definitely recommend your tour to anyone, that enjoys food and wine.
Our half-day adventure with Laura was incredible! Wine and food tasting on market day in Florence - one would expect a good experience, but ours was FABULOUS thanks to Laura's knowledge, experience, and pleasant personality.
Well informed guide. All tastings were excellent. All places were chosen to represent the food of Florence. Our guide had an excellent knowledge of Italian wines. The Mercato San Ambrogo was the real way to see why the Florentines eat well. The gelato store was the high point, first rate, went back again.
Wonderful tour and good wine. Laura made the tour most enjoyable even though we were 30 minutes late due to the public bus driver mid routing us. Laura is very knowledgeable and has a comfortable, friendly way of relating to her tour group. We would recommend this tour.
This was a most wonderful tour. Annamaria was an excellent guide. She took us to local markets and locations that we would never have found so we could experience Tuscan life, food and culture. She was extremely knowledgeable and we loved sampling the wide variety of Italian delicacies. Being a small group of 9 was another bonus. We were a diverse group that thoroughly enjoyed each other's company making this walk a highlight of our visit to Florence. We weren't rushed and the tour included a fabulous lunch followed by the most marvellous ice cream so we were together until early afternoon. We would thoroughly recommend this experience.
Laura was terrific. Great personality, great information about foods, wines, mixed with some interesting tidbits on history. A great tour and we enjoyed it (and her) thoroughly. We also appreciated her recommendations for shopping and restaurants. In fact, recommended this specific tour to people we met later on another tour.
Excellent. Informative. And fun
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The tour was very well organized and the tastings were delicious and generously served!
Our guide was fantastic! Very knowledgeable, very fun and overall, this was a great experience for us. Thank you!
This was one of the best tours we did while in Italy. Our guide was fantastic and took us to some great places. I would do this again in a heartbeat and would recommend it to anyone!
Constanza was very friendly, knowledgeable and engaging towards all in our group. She offered history as well as her personable experiences. The places she highlighted were very appropriate and none of our visits seemed rushed. She answered questions, included background, and seemed to enjoy the tour as much as we did. Would highly recommend.
Ishmael was great.
Annamaria was very passionate about food, wine, and the history of Florence. You can tell that she was very much into educating others about life as a local there. Very informative & fun! Not to mention great food & wine!
Ismal was awesome! This tour was a highlight of our trip!
Maria was charming as well as very informative. Both my husband and I enjoyed this tour very much
Happened to have Laura again, very good job all around.
Anna was really helpful and fun. No complaints
We loved the tour and would recommend it to everyone!! Pure pleasure.
Costanza was fantastic. She was calm, informative and went with the flow. I have been on other tours where the guide felt bossy, but not Constanza. She felt like a friend. She was extremely easy to talk to and she simplified the history of the foods and drinks into understandable, relatable stories. We had a good small sized group with a few families that were also really nice. I loved the area that we walked though. I had been in Florence for a few days before and hadn't seen any of it. It was definitely a difference experience. Thank you for the wonderful tour. Highly, highly recommended!
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We thoroughly enjoyed this event. We are not 'tour' types but this is not your typical tour... it is more an education and immersion into Florence food and wine lifestyle. Claudia, our tour leader, was first class and a joy to spend 3 hours. Salute!
Great experience. Ismael was great as well, knowledgable and thoughtful. We really enjoyed the tour itself and the people we met.
This was a fantastic tour give by Julia. She lived in the neiborhoods we visited and knew all the people at the food and wine stops. This was so enjoyable and gave us that local feel and history of the Florentine food and wine. I would give Julie 6 stars if I could. I highly recommend this tour!
Laura was very knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun on the tour. Loved the wine tasting, market experience plus the amazing gelato at end. Would highly recommend. Small group was an added bonus
Laura was so knowledgeable especially about wine ! Her passion was evident throughout. Smiling with each note and bit of information. We also were impressed with the extent of the tour and have since shopped at the spots we learned about!
This tour was so incredible! It was a unique experience to do something more immersive in the culture than just an Art tour. We visited the local markets, tasted SO much local food from vendors and even enjoyed wine and gelato! Our tour group was small (5of us) so it was very intimate and fun! It was a TON of food! I really love this tour and fully recommend it to anyone looking for something unique and different to do in Florence!
We had a wonderful time on the food tour. Guilia was very friendly and informative. She made an effort to get to know the members of the group and was successful at encouraging group interaction. The choice of stops along the way was varied and all were delicious. We would definitely recommend the tour to others...a great way to spend a morning in Florence.
Excellent day - the markets & food samples were excellent. Wine tastong & information good. Lunch very enjoyable. Our guide was very friendly & well informed & gave us an excellent recommendation for dinner.
Our guide Julia was absolutely fantastic not to mention gorgeous. She was very friendly, informative and lots of fun. I always book Walks of Italy tours whenever I am in Italy and have NEVER been disappointed. Thanks once again for a fantastic morning!