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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.

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 a bite of meat, 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.

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

Your 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 lively 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 293 Customer Reviews

Anna lived inthe area of Santo Spirito where the tour was. She was cheerful, clearly was knowledgeable and loved telling us about the food, culture and history of Florence and her neighborhood. Her English was perfect.
Great food tour . Food was delicious and guide was awesome!
Eriza was great! Very informative and able to answer all of our varied questions quite thoroughly . It was a great tour!

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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Anna lived inthe area of Santo Spirito where the tour was. She was cheerful, clearly was knowledgeable and loved telling us about the food, culture and history of Florence and her neighborhood. Her English was perfect.
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Great food tour . Food was delicious and guide was awesome!
Our guide was very knowledgeable But she spoke too fast and was difficult to understand
Eriza was great! Very informative and able to answer all of our varied questions quite thoroughly . It was a great tour!
Ariza was excellent and gave us a lot of info about the food and wine we had. She was knowledgeable about the history of Italy. Highly recommend her
This was very enjoyable! Stress free, great guide and very knowledgeable! Food was great!
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This was an amazing tour!!! We ate and drank some of the best food and wine of our trip on this tour. Our guide was very helpful in explaining the culture of the area, the food we were eating, and the wine we were tasting. It was a fantastic time and I would highly recommend.
Our tour guide was the best! Absolutely a must do tour
Very knowledgeable guide Laura. Learned a lot about life in Florence as well as great food and wine. Enjoyed meeting the family owners of the wine store including the 90 year old grandfather.
Got off to a slow start as the guide was late but she made up for it and the other guide made sure to take care of us until she got there.
Claudia was an excellent guide. We enjoyed the food and her knowledge very much. She was very courteous and gave us a great understanding of wine, olive oil and of course the food. We were extremely satisfied with the food tour.
We had an absolutely wonderful time with Anna! What a great way to experience the wine and food of Florence. We had delicious food and tasted excellent wines including a visit to an amazing cellar. Anna was very fun, informative and entertaining. We highly recommend this tour!
Delightful, informative and delicious.
Ishmael was an excellent host. We feel grateful we had such an informative and fun host. The tour was excellent with lovely food and a great intro to wines of the region.
Tour was wonderful! The food was delicious and there was plenty to eat and drink. And Anna was delightful. Very personable and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Excellent all round, great walk and tour, fantastic guide. A great way to see a different side of Florence
Awesome evening! Group interaction led to a wonderful time!
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Anna was delightful. We really enjoyed the tour and all the places we visited. Will be recommending it to everyone! Thank you Anna for a lovely evening.
We had a lovely tour with Laura. She is a wonderful guide. She is very knowledgable about the wines and the food of the region, and she shared so much interesting information along the way. All the spots on our tour were lovely and memorable, despite a bit of rain. We will definitely be recommending this walk to friends. Kathryn and Keith Allen
This tour was a lovely introduction to Florence and it’s cuisine. I mistakenly thought we were only going to have a few small tastings but there was more than enough food for our evening meal. We retraced our steps later in the weekend to buy supplies and have more gelato. It would be helpful to have a map with the shops & restaurants visited marked. Although only a small area is covered we did have some difficulty finding some of the places again. This may have been due to the wine!
Everything okay!
Wonderful tour, excellent establishments. Highly recommended!
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Good fun and very informative, very good Guide. Thankyou.
The guide was exceptional! She was very entertaining and engaging. She encouraged dialogue amongst the group and we made some new friends!
Very entertaining night in Florence!
We very much enjoyed our tour. Laura was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. We had a small group which was nice, Laura was able to engage with everyone.
Eriza was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to tour with-just the right mix of education and leisure. The wine tastings at the two locations were really enjoyable and the mix of being outdoors for one and then inside for the other was perfect. It was more difficult to hear outside but still fun. We all enjoyed the dinner and left the tour full and better acquainted with the area to begin our vacation! Eriza was also mindful that my 85 year old mother had hurt her knee and needed to go at a little slower pace which I greatly appreciate!
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Anna was wonderful. Felt like we could have been at her dinner table. She was quite gracious and thoughtful. Loved all the stops and the food was fabulous as were the wine selections.
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Excellent event for us. Truly our favorite night in 8 days.
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Laura was a tremendous host and we truly enjoyed her hospitality and knowledge. I'd want to join her tour again if we were to every come back and visit Florence.
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Fun tour, nice to meet other people. I would recommend this tour.
Claudia was so great and personable and knowledgeable! The food & wine were so delicious!
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We loved the experience & would highly recommend. Our guide was wonderful!!!
Claudia was a delightful and knowledgeable guide. We totally enjoyed our Food Tour of Florence and would not hesitate to recommend to our friends and family.
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Excellent tour. Elena was wonderful! Highly recommend!!
Giulia was a fabulous guide