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If you love food and want to experience some of Italy’s best regional cuisine, you should consider including a Florence food tour as part of your itinerary.
After all, a visit to Italy isn’t complete without sampling Tuscan cheese, sipping Chianti, munching on cantucci (also known as biscotti) and exploring delicious regional dishes.
Top must-try dishes to sample in Florence include bistecca alla Fiorentina, panzanella (the renowned summer salad with sun-ripened vegetables and chunks of bread) and lampredotto (cow stomach).
Is a food tour worth the money? Sipping rare wines, browsing markets and chatting with producers and shop owners during a food tour offers a tasty immersion into Florence’s culture, history and local life.
It’s an experience you can’t create on your own.
Eating Europe’s guide’s also know Florence’s major sights and landmarks. Florence is well known for its incredible museums, churches and galleries such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia and other top things to see and do in Florence.
So that means you’ll soak up some history while exploring the city’s culinary scene. It’s the best of both worlds!
Even if you’re only in Florence for one day, it’s possible to hop on a food tour (swap it for a sit-down lunch) and still have loads of time to explore the city’s main attractions.
When it comes to finding the best Florentine regional specialities and street food, your best bet is to count on a local guide.
I’m a huge fan of Eating Europe’s (formerly known as Eating Italy) foodie walking tours in Rome and their food tours in Florence are just as good.
Adding a food walking tour to your Florence itinerary is the ideal way to soak up some local Tuscan flavour in a short period of time.
Here’s are my picks of the best food tours in Florence to add to your itinerary.
1. The Other Side of Florence
During the Other Side of Florence Food Tour, you’ll begin your food walking tour near the Carraia Bridge over the Arno River, exploring Oltrarno a bohemian neighbourhood with a rich artisanal heritage and contemporary, hip vibe that’s away from the tour bus crowds.
This Florence food tour features food and wine tastings at eight different stops. You’ll get to sample Tuscan cheeses such as pecorino made with milk from local farms, using centuries-old techniques and processes handed down over the centuries.
Other treats include finocchiona, a fennel-spiced salami and Italian cantucci (cookies). You’ll also enjoy a tutoured tasting Chianti, produced in the Chianti region of central Tuscany.
All of the Eating Europe tour guides are locals who know and love food. They also know many of the families who have been producing the ingredients for and preparing these regional dishes for generations so you get to hear the stories behind the food you’ll be tasting.
Unlike other walking tours where wine might not be included, Eating Europe’s food tours are all-inclusive which means you don’t pay extra for wine and spirits featured in their tours.
2. Florence Sunset Food Tour
Florence is absolutely magical when the sun begins to set and the crowds disappear. Sunset is the best time to see famous attractions such as the Ponte Vecchio, the medieval stone bridge over the river Arno.
So, if you’re looking for things to do at night in Florence, you might be interested in Eating Europe’s Florence Sunset Food Tour.
This 3.5 hour food tour begins at sunset and features the best restaurants and wine bars in Florence. You’ll learn how to make a Negroni, Florence’s most famous cocktail and nibble on artisanal truffle cheese and cured local meats.
An especially memorable experience is watching a demonstration of how to cook the famous Florentine steak, the Bistecca alla Fiorentina.
Another classic food experience in Florence is sipping vin santo along with biscotti. This is also included in the Florence Sunset Tour at no extra cost.
If you’re a solo traveller, a culinary walking tour is one of the best ways to experience Florence if you want to explore the city and don’t want to eat or hang out in bars alone.
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3. Authentic Florence Home-Cooking Class
This 4.5 hour Florence Home Cooking Class begins with shopping for ingredients in the tiny shops and markets of the bohemian neighbourhood of Oltrarno.
Then, you’ll have a hands-on cooking class in a local chef’s Tuscan home.
During the class you’ll learn how to make various types of pasta, you’ll sample appetizers, sip wine and then craft your own panna cotta dessert.
Your foodie experience will wrap up with a leisurely Tuscan lunch with your group.
Like all other Eating Italy tours, this Florence cooking class is all-inclusive which means you don’t pay extra for the wines enjoyed with lunch.
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Dividing her time between Canada, Guatemala and Mexico (or the nearest tropical beach), Michele Peterson is the founder of A Taste for Travel. Her award-winning travel and food writing has appeared in Lonely Planet’s cookbook Mexico: From the Source, National Geographic Traveler, Fodor’s and 100+ other publications.
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