Enjoy Taste Bud Bliss! Top 10 Best Food Tours In Florence, Italy - Updated 2022

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Let’s be honest, one of the main reasons tourists come to Florence, Italy, is for the food. A food tour is a great way for visitors to lose themselves in a sea of pasta and Prosecco. To help make this aim even easier, here’s a list of the top 10 best food tours in Florence, Italy, where you can eat with unbridled enthusiasm.

1. Small-group Florence food walking tour: Every step is closer to foodie nirvana! (from USD 81.0)

Food at Mercato Centrale
Source: Photo by user Brian & Jacly... used under CC BY 2.0

This small-group Florence food walking tour includes a stop at a coffee bar, where you’ll receive a morning jolt from a couple of Italian roast samplings. Then, onto a delicatessen, built in 1885! Guests can enjoy a “panino tartufato”, the classic Florentine truffle pâté sandwich. Next, it’s the historic San Lorenzo Market, where participants learn some long-held secrets behind fresh Florentine ingredients and recipes that make the food so mind-alteringly good.

The tour takes around three hours, is personalized and takes you to some of the most splendid food spots in the city. Some of the spots are in view of or quite close to the city’s iconic attractions so you’re in for a cultural and visual treat to complement the culinary experience. This is a great way to start your stay in what many consider the most beautiful Italian city.

The tour concludes at a local wine shop and one of the city’s best gelaterias. Participants’ stomachs should tip the tank toward full after all this.

Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

255 reviews

2. Local-guided street food & sightseeing tour: Get the inside scoop (from USD 43.0)

Get a mouthful, literally, of food samplings from markets, shops, and cafes, with this local-guided street food & sightseeing tour. A local food enthusiast leads the way on foot, as guests get the chance to taste many local specialties, like pizza, pastries, gelato, and truffles. A trip to a local market kicks things off, as participants taste freshly rolled pasta and crunchy almond cookies, a favorite in Tuscany.

Among all the food tastings, you’ll have the added bonus of exploring many historic spots in Florence, like the Santa Croce Basilica and the Palazzo Vecchio. Take in the food and the sights on this yummy and satisfying food tour.

The tour lasts between 2 to 3 hours and during that period you will get to indulge your palate with some of the tastiest Italian street treats – freshly made pasta, tender and succulent prosciutto, the creamiest cheeses, pizza, gelato and other iconic Italian food you may or may not know about. And all these while you take in the sights and sounds of Florence’s street scene.

Florence Food Tour: Home-Made Pasta, Truffle, Cantucci, Olive Oil, Gelato

Duration: 2 to 3 hours

38 reviews

3. Taste of Chianti: Cheese, wine & lunch: Packing a Tuscan punch! (from USD 186.0)

Get an intimate view of the celebrated Chianti region of Italy, with the taste of Chianti: cheese, wine & lunch tour. Fasten your seatbelts, as a 4x4 minibus whisks you through the Tuscan hills and delivers you to the doorstep of a wine estate and historic villa. Sip Chianti and enjoy a delicious three-course lunch.

After lunch, explore the charming town of Greve-in-Chianti, then pick-up some delectable items at a famous butcher shop to enjoy at the tour’s final stop: an award-winning winery that specializes in Chianti Classico.

The tour is a great opportunity to discover and explore the Tuscan countryside, sample its delightful cuisine and get to know its own unique spin on Italian culture. Of course there is no better place or time to enjoy the renowned wines named after this amazing region of Italy. The bus takes you back to Florence at the end of the tour, of course.

Tuscany Cheese and Wine-Tasting Tour with Lunch from Florence

Duration: 9 hours

1643 reviews

4. "Pasta la vista" to lousy lasagna: Cooking class & Tuscan farmhouse lunch. (from USD 122.0)

For aspiring cooks or for those just curious about Italian cuisine, the cooking class & Tuscan farmhouse lunch tour gives participants the added treat of seeing some of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Head to a historic market to buy preparations for the cooking class. A trip to a rustic farmhouse follows, where the class is conducted.

Prepare a traditional meal that includes, pizza, pasta, tiramisu, and much more. This being Italy, no meal is complete without a nice glass of Chianti to compliment your hard work.

Tuscany Cooking Class, Market Tour, and Lunch from Florence

Duration: 7 hours

2630 reviews

5. No pasta fear here: Gluten-free traditional Florentine dinner! (from USD 98.0)

Risotto saffron and pistachio nuts (32645475042)
Source: Photo by user Luca Nebuloni used under CC BY 2.0

For those digestively-challenged, certain you could never enjoy an Italian food tour comfortably, this Gluten-free traditional Florentine dinner is one reservation you’ll want to make. The setting is a local closed-door restaurant, and guests eat in a traditional Italian family-style manner, at a communal table.

Celiac guests can relax and enjoy delicious dishes of risotto, ravioli, Florentine crepes, and tiramisu, all prepared with their dietary limitations in mind. Even those without restrictions will rave about the freshly-made Italian foods presented on this tour.

Gluten Free Traditional Florentine Dinner

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

3 reviews

6. For tourists on the go, take the Bike & Bites: Art & street food tour! (from USD 170.0)

Take a novel and exciting approach to seeing and eating your way through Florence, with the Bike & Bites: Art & street food tour. Cycle past all the hot spots of Florence: the Duomo, Palazzo Pitti, the Ponte Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria and so much more. Along the way, you’ll taste the best of Florentine cuisine.

No worries if you’re not in peak physical shape, the route is flat, easily manageable for all ages, and the pace is leisurely - this is Italy, of course!

Private Florence bike tour with Gelato tasting

Duration: 3 hours

7 reviews

7. Gourmet food tour: Truffles, chocolate & wine, so fine! (from USD 74.0)

Travelers wanting to experience the sophisticated side of Italian cuisine should reserve a spot on this gourmet food tour, complete with truffles, chocolate, gelato, olive oil and wine. An expert guide will give guests the low-down on Tuscan cuisine and what makes it so unique. Learn about the culinary history of Tuscan delicacies, while nibbling on a pate sandwich, with truffle shavings and sipping a glass of sparkling Prosecco.

Other features of the tour are a trip to a chocolatier, an olive oil shop and a gelateria. Your taste buds will be blown away by the awesome flavors on this tour.

Truffles, Chocolate, Gelato, Olive Oil and Wine in Florence

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

217 reviews

8. Markets & delis tour with food tasting: Bring on the meat! (from USD 103.0)

Antipasto Toscano
Source: Photo by user Catia Giaccherini used under CC BY-SA 3.0

For a nice overview of the Florence food scene, delve into the famous markets with this markets and delis food tasting tour. Meet local vendors and sample traditional Italian cheeses, like salty Parmigiano-Reggiano and creamy Mozzarella. Taste meats, like savory prosciutto and porchetta, as well as olives from the farms of the Amalfi Coast.

Learn about the preparation of these Italian delights from the experts. A trip to a wine cellar for a bit of vino and a stop at a boutique chocolate shop are also offered.

Private Florence Morning Food Tour Of Sant’Ambrogio Market

Duration: 2 hours

50 reviews

9. Tuscan dinner in a Florentine home: Where 'la famiglia' is king. (from USD 63.0)

Panna cotta with chocolate mousse
Source: Photo by user Insatiable Munchies used under CC BY 2.0

What could be better than sitting down to a true Italian meal in an authentic Italian setting? This tour offers just that. The atmosphere is intimate, with a maximum of 12 people, and the local host is gracious and welcoming. Relax in the cozy dining room, with a delicious aperitif. Then, enjoy an amazing four-course meal, that varies depending on the season.

Learn culinary secrets from your host, a true expert. This one-of-a-kind experience should be at the top of the list for any tourist looking for an unforgettable Tuscan dining adventure.

Allow your senses to feast on some of the freshest, tastiest ingredients and find out why Tuscan cooking is famous and sought after the world over. Feel the passion as your host takes you on a virtual tour and unlocks the soul of Italy through the magic of its legendary cuisine.

Experience Florence: Tuscan Dinner in a Florentine Home

10. Ultimate Italian escape: Florence countryside experience with BBQ (from USD 230.0)

Get immersed in a dazzling escapade, with a tour that takes you through Florence’s countryside. View vineyards, orchards and other scenic delights, as a private car weaves its way through the Tuscan hillside. Stop for breakfast at a local haunt that serves the best cappuccino in the area. Learn about the local cheesemaking process, from start to finish, at a farmhouse. Explore a cattle farm, where you’ll enjoy a scrumptious barbecue.

Complete the tour at the village of San Gimignano: a place to explore a medieval neighborhood, visit artisan potters and indulge at a beloved gelateria.

Florence Full-Day Tuscan Countryside Experience with BBQ Lunch

Duration: 1 day

3 reviews

Food, glorious food!

If you’re able to take only one food tour while in Italy, it should be in Florence. Nowhere is there a more ideal place. With sumptuous dishes, amazing architecture and pastoral views, the best of both worlds is on-hand here. Guaranteed, a food tour of Florence will leave travelers sightseeing. eating, and believing in a little slice of heaven on earth.

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