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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 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 363 Customer Reviews

Greta was amazing!!!! Had the best time
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.

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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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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Our guide was very well versed in the food and wine of the area and it was a delight to be with here.
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All around great night! Great food and great tour!
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This was one of the most fun things that we did on our entire vacation. Laura was awesome and each place she took us around the city was amazing. We had great food, fantastic wine and made several new friends in the group thanks to the engaging conversation and truly enjoyable atmosphere. We would rate this higher than a 5 if we could.
Our first night in Florence and this was perfect to introduce us to the city and all the great food. Thank you for a wonderful experience
loved the tour, the choices and Anna maria's guidance. the wine choices and food were excellent, highly recommend it
Laura was very knowledgeable. She gave us tons of good info and had an amazing personality. Loved her!!
Everything was wonderful and Laura was terrific! I would very much have liked to see a map of where we went, even if it was after the tour, and also a list of the places we visited, or else a business card from each establishment. We would have enjoyed returning to one or two of them to enjoy them even more! Even a small map indicating the route we took together, handed out at the end. Hmm...maybe you cannot do that because we might share it with others and they would not purchase your tour??? No, no! Laura made all the difference...you cannot duplicate this tour with only a map! The character, personality, and knowledge from Laura is what made us want to go back.... It was a wonderful experience and we'd love to go back to the neighborhood. We happened to pass the gelateria as we took a taxi to the other side of Florence, and we would have enjoyed taking other family member to the places they missed because they had not yet arrived in Florence.
Eriza is amazing! Her love of Florence was apparent with every word she spoke! Those are the best tour guides as their enthusiasm is contagious. She was very informative as well as fun!,
Anna was delightful. We had a group of 15 and she managed to keep all of our attention throughout the tour. Great insight into the Oltrano neighborhood and the food and wine was fantastic. I plan on booking a walks tour on my next vacation! Thank You Anna for a wonderful evening💕
Excellent tour! Loved the spots we went to. Laura was so kind, informative, and fun! Wouldn’t change a thing!
Anna was WONDERFUL! She took on a much larger party to keep our group together and the tour was spectacular! Thank you so much...
We booked this tour at the last minute and we're so glad we did! Federica gave us so much helpful information. We ended up trying out all of her recommendations later in the trip and they were all great! We enjoyed all the food, wine, and places she took us.
Our tour guide, I'm so sorry I don't remember her name : ( was charming, interesting, funny and very knowledgeable. It was a hot evening but it didn't seem to matter as we made our way from one establishment to the next. She kept us moving and entertained! We thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish!
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Cool places. Good wine and food. Love that it was not crowded
Eriza was AWESOME! Great information as we moved from place to place. She was exceptionally willing to let the members of the group mingle. We had a blast and enjoyed the opportunity! Highly recommend Eriza!