The Tuscan capital is most famous for its Renaissance art, architecture, museums, galleries, cathedrals and famous works like Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. But the cuisine is a highlight too, with specialties that include pappa al pomodoro, ribollita soup, coccoli street food, pici pasta and cantucci e vin santo (biscotti with sweet wine). In this guide, we recommend the best Florence food tours where you can taste these Florentine specialties on a walking tour of the historic city.
Florence Food Tours
The most popular food tours in Florence take place in the historic centre but if you want to explore a little further out, we recommend a tour of the Oltrarno area. More specifically, the Santo Spirito district of Oltrarno, a vibrant area with many cafes, bars, chic restaurants, markets, boutique stores, palaces and wonderful parks that include the famous Boboli Gardens.
Top PickFlorence Food Walking Tour
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Tastings: Multiple tastings at 4 stops.
Suitable for vegetarians: Yes, advise the host when booking.
Recommended for vegans: Possibly, ask the host before booking.
Allergy-friendly: Yes, advise the host when booking.
This popular Florence food tour explores the history of food in the city and where to find the best dishes today. The morning tour includes a trip to a local market. There are 4 stops on the tour with multiple tastings at each stop.
- 4 stops that include 2 different coffees and 2 wines or beer.
- Visit a historic delicatessen.
- A sampling platter at an Italian Enoteca.
- Gelato tasting at a famous Florence gelateria.
Pros: There is a great progression with this tour, starting with a coffee tasting, followed by various cheese, meat and other specialties, followed by gelato.
Cons: May be less enjoyable if you don’t drink coffee and alcohol, although substitutes are available.Check Availability
Florence Sunset Food Tour
Duration: 4 hours.
Finally, a food tour that takes place in one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Florence, the Santo Spirito district in Oltrarno. This newer tour is run by the well-respected Eating Europe guides and includes an aperitivo, Negroni making, Tuscan specialties, wine tasting and biscotti.
Florence: Evening Food Tour
Duration: 3 hours.
Another evening tour in the Oltrarno district, this one by Fat Tire Tours who also run our top pick mentioned above. Described as a ‘beer and bites’ tour, this is a great way to experience Florence away from the touristy areas.
This article is part of our series on what to eat in Tuscany.
Map of Santo Spirito in Florence
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