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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 259 Customer Reviews

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.
Excellent event for us. Truly our favorite night in 8 days.
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.

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 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
My husband and I had a lovely time. We got lost and was a bit late, Giulia was there looking for us...we are so grateful the group waited, it was well worth it. This was great start to our holiday. Thank you
Had a lot of fun having a taste of typical Italian cuisine and wine. Loved meeting new people and the tour guide was delightful.
This was a great tour! Our guide, Nebojsa was incredibly knowledgeable about Italy and gave a great history lesson while we were eating at the various places. He gave lots of recommendations and it was interesting to hear his stories. The fact that our tour was only 5 people was a plus! It allowed for good conversation, we knew each name and everyone was incredibly nice and interested to learn about Italy. The restaurants/shops we went to were fantastic!
Too much to eat before having lunch. Still very enjoyable.
This food tour was one of the highlights of our trip. We liked the size of our group and how amiable everyone was. Our guide, Giulia, was delightful, informative, and friendly. We were captivated by the Oltrarno and the charming places we visited. The food and wine were outstanding. I would definitely choose a Walks tour again.
Our guide(s) showed up about 5 minutes late. Many of us were wondering if we were in the correct location. Guides need to be in place PRIOR to the meeting time. Other than that, it was wonderful.
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Laura was the best. We had a fabulous time. I loved the quaintness of the businesses we visited. Definitely a must!
This tour was spectacular as well. The first stop at the cheese/meat store was not prepared for us, but Laura and the owner worked it out. We were in Laura's group that night since we had met her the day prior. The restaurant was top notch and the INCREDIBLE wine store was a highlight. The family owned wine store ......the owner was so gracious in sharing his wine collection with us.
Our guide was great and so was the food and drink...thanks! So glad I went!
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A very good tour . The guide provided good information and everything went well. Great guide.
Claudia is an awesome guide who made our night great fun. We were lucky enough to have Claudia the next day for our Sienna and San Gimignano tour as well and we were greeted like old friends. Claudia is considerate, inclusive and knowledgeable. We love Walks of Italy tours and continue to use your company both here in Italy and last year in New York. We also really enjoyed Marco and his food and wine tour in the Jewish area and Trastevere. Thanks Gaia Steve
Enjoyed the tour. May have enjoyed less bread appetizers and some additional variety. Could have had less quantity but more variety
The food tour was wonderful! Our guide was amazing, very knowledgeable and really provided us with a local, authentic taste of Florentine cooking. Till the next event!
your guide was delightful and gave an excellent incite into Florence. I would thoroughly recommend her to friends
We all thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend it. Our guide was very knowledgable, friendly and the places we visited were very authentic and typically Italian which we loved. One of the highlights of our trip to Florence
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Wonderful!!!
Very enjoyable evening. Learnt lots and food was excellent.
The food was wonderful, the information we received from Elena was fantastic. This was a very enjoyable experience and I highly recommend it.
The first stop wasn't set up or ready for us and didn't seem to have the staff to service our group. Maybe they are not concerned with your business arrangement? You may want to bring this up with them or find another place to work with. We still had a great evening, and Anna was great!
Iris was wonderful - I would recommend the walk and Iris- 10 •••••••••
This was an amazing experience! The food and wine was excellent and our guide absolutely could not have been better. The whole time we felt like we were being shown around town by an old friend. We would do this tour again if we're ever back in Florence. This is our third tour through Walks of Italy and they have all been great.
Loved our tour gide! She made the entire experience amazing! What a great ambasiter for your wonderful city. By the end of the evening it felt like a dinner out with great friends instead of a tour. Highly recommend!
Loved the small group, the local knowledge and fun of Claudia and loved the places we went . we really feel we gained a lot more food knowledge and more insight into gorgeous Florence
This was the most amazing and fun tour ever! Our tour guide Laura was so knowledgeable as well as fun! She made our night absolutely perfect!
Laura was amazing! She was knowledgeable, informative and light hearted! Our tour was over as it began to rain and Laura graciously stayed with our group to insure we well taken care of.
Laura was great! We had such a great time and learned so much about wine and Florence in general.
Guilia is an amazing person. We thoroughly enjoyed both tours we had with her!
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