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Enjoy Taste Bud Bliss! Top 10 Best Food Tours In Florence, Italy - Updated 2019

Catherine
Updated Jun 03, 2019

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 77.65 USD)

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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

Price: from 77.65 USD

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2. Tuscan dinner in a Florentine home: Where 'la famiglia' is king. (from 65.71 USD)

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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.

Tuscan dinner in a Florentine home

Price: from 65.71 USD

Duration: 3 hrs. (approx.)

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3. Local-guided street food & sightseeing tour: Get the inside scoop (from 34.64 USD)


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.

Local-guided street food & sightseeing tour

Price: from 34.64 USD

Duration: 3 hrs. (approx.)

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4. Taste of Chianti: Cheese, wine & lunch: Packing a Tuscan punch! (from 179.20 USD)

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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.

Taste of Chianti: Cheese, wine & lunch

Price: from 179.20 USD

Duration: 10 hrs. (approx.)

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5. Ultimate Italian escape: Florence countryside experience with BBQ (from 215.04 USD)


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 countryside experience with BBQ

Price: from 215.04 USD

Duration: all day

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6. "Pasta la vista" to lousy lasagna: Cooking class & Tuscan farmhouse lunch. (from 117.08 USD)

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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.

Cooking class & Tuscan farmhouse lunch

Price: from 117.08 USD

Duration: 7 hrs. (approx.)

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7. Gourmet food tour: Truffles, chocolate & wine, so fine! (from 80.04 USD)

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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.

Gourmet food tour: Truffles, chocolate & wine

Price: from 80.04 USD

Duration: 2 hrs. 30 min. (approx.)

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8. Markets & delis tour with food tasting: Bring on the meat! (from 69.29 USD)

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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.

Markets & delis tour with food tasting

Price: from 69.29 USD

Duration: 2 hrs. (approx.)

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9. No pasta fear here: Gluten-free traditional Florentine dinner! (from 59.73 USD)

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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

Price: from 59.73 USD

Duration: Flexible

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10. For tourists on the go, take the Bike & Bites: Art & street food tour!

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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!

Bike & Bites: Art & street food tour

Duration: 3 hrs.

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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.

This article was originally published on Oct 11, 2017

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As a child, Catherine's family took a trip to the World's Fair New Orleans and her mom asked what she wanted to see. She exclaimed, "Everything!" She's been working on that endeavor ever since.

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