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