Mangia! Mangia! Every die hard fan of Italian cuisine knows that a trip to Florence, Italy means a trip where you’ll have to loosen those belts because Tuscan cuisine awaits around every corner. Yet, how does one get it all in? Or how does one choose where to go and what to order? This is where a great tour can come in handy and make sure that your time and money are spent wisely and with the best returns possible. Come explore these great tour options as we cover everything from walking, biking or getting your hands into some pizza dough as you make your way through Florence experiencing all of the best food and wine the region has to offer.
1. Florentine Eat Parade
This is literally a parade of food as you meet with your guide who then takes you through markets and stores to taste small delectable bites of Tuscan cuisine and then you finally end up at a dinner table where you can taste authentic or contemporary cuisine paired with local wines. This is a great way to deliciously experience Florence!
Florence Eat Parade
Website: Florence Eat Parade
2. Chianti Wine Tour
Tour the countryside around Florence in pursuit of some of the region’s finest wines and delicacies. This tour is a fantastic way to experience the wine culture of the region and drink yourself happy in the beautiful surroundings of Tuscany.
Chianti Wine Tour
Price: from 230 EUR (273.85 USD)
Website: Chianti Wine Tour
Oltrarno, Florence which is on the other side of the tracks for many tourists, has seen a great revival over the past few years to attract more people to authentic Florentine culture. This guided tour will take you through Oltrarno as you get to view the amazing architecture and sample the fine cuisine that was once home and playground to some of Italy’s most famous artists.
Florence: Sunset Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting
Duration: 2 hour
This three hour guided tour will leave your senses fulfilled as you take in the tastes, sounds and sights of Florence’s Central Market. Enjoy the surrounding architecture as you sample the local cuisine and participate in the daily shopping rituals of the locals.
Florence Central Market Wine & Food Tour
Price: from 365.53 USD
This tour will allow you to take part in a local custom of enjoying the wines and aperitifs from the region while being enlightened on food pairings for your favorite one. This is one tour that will give you bragging rights on knowing all of the region’s finest drinks as well as the perfect accompaniment to each one.
Florence: 2-Hour Aperitivo Tastings and Wine Tour
Price: from 93.82 USD
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Imagine writing down on your list of accomplishments one day that you got to make authentic pizza and gelato taught to you by a chef in Florence, Italy! This class is an amazing way to add unmatchable feathers in your cap as you get to first sample flavors that you will then try to replicate under the guidance of a local chef.
Florence Cooking Class: Learn How to Make Gelato and Pizza
Duration: 3 hours
This tour will take you through the San Lorenzo Market in Florence where you will get to sample some of the local cuisine and also get to see what the people of Florence prize the most about their way of life - food! This two storied market has its food vendors on the first floor and then an eating section upstairs where there are stalls dedicated to a type of cuisine that is special to the region.
Art and Food of Florence: 3-Hour Gourmet Walking Tour
Price: from 42.65 USD
8. Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence (from USD 132)
This tour is like having a best friend in Florence who just happens to be a chef and has access to the most amazing ingredients and also feels like teaching how to cook in their kitchen for the day. How amazing! Enjoy shopping for your goods at a local market and then have a local chef teach you the ways of an Italian kitchen as you prepare a four course meal that will then be enjoyed while gazing at the surrounding countryside.
Tuscany Cooking Class, Market Tour, and Lunch from Florence
Duration: 7 hours
Meant as a tour for intimate groups, this is one way to hop on a bicycle and then pedal your way into the Tuscan countryside with Florence in the background. You will be stopping along the way to sample some local offerings such as olive oil and wine and then slowly and leisurely make your way back to Florence. What a great way to see the city and countryside at your own pace!
Tuscan Bike Tour from Florence with Wine, Olive Oil Tastings
Duration: 4 hours
There aren’t many places in the world that can boast wine street vendors but Florence is a special place. This tour begins with breakfast and then over a period of three hours you will be able to make your way through several vendors at the Sant’ Ambrogio market sampling cheeses, special dishes and wine all from the Tuscan region.
Florence Street Food Market Walking Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Florence is a foodie's dream
If you are looking for a way to fully experience Florence, Italy, then there is no denying that the local food and wines are an integral part of the journey. Add in the architecture from the “Cradle of Renaissance” as well as the Tuscan countryside and you are looking at creating some memories that will walk with you for the rest of your life. Explore and indulge in these tours and you will be sure to make the most of your time spent in Florence, Italy.
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