Enjoy the best of Tuscan cuisine on this authentic evening Dine Around. You'll visit some of the city's best bars, enotecas and restaurants, sampling the specialties (and wine!) of each, with a local foodie to guide you. Part Florence food tour, part meal with friends, this is the best way to experience the food and wine that has made this region so famous.
Take a fork! You'll try the best local foods on our authentic Dine Around.
If you're counting your time in Florence in meals rather than hours, this is the experience for you. More than anywhere else, Italians value their food. Dinner is a social event to be shared with friends and family, something to be savoured over multiple hours and even multiple locations, not wolfed down between activities. Dinner is the activity.
On this authentic Florence food tour, you'll eat as the locals do; visiting the most authentic neighborhood spots to try their specialties washed down with a glass of wine. Then on to the next spot, and the next. With all-inclusive pricing, all you need to bring is your appetite.
Your tour begins in the atmospheric, but little-visited Oltrarno neighborhood, where you'll meet your guide (a local foodie passionate about Tuscan produce) and small group of 14 people. Now it's time to get acquainted with the building blocks of Tuscan cuisine and if you ask us, the most important ingredients. Although the order of the sights you visit changes according to the night, you'll sample the best local meats, cheeses (particularly pecorino, Tuscany's famous sheep's cheese), olive oils, balsamic vinegar, focaccia, and even the famous tuscan truffles. As you eat, your guide will explain regional subtleties and what you should be looking for in your food - both here and at home.
After this little warm up, it's on to the Piazza Santo Spirito, central Florence's most authentic piazza, where locals come every evening to eat in the shade of their beautiful church. You'll stop at our favorite enoteca (wine bar) for a tour of the cellars and an aperitivo (small plates) of three local wines (including either a super tuscan or a special surprise) and crostini.
Now you're ready for dinner. Sit down at a Florentine restaurant to try one of Tuscany's famous soups, a traditional starter and second course that will showcase Florentines' famous love of meat.
It's not quite over though. Since you're in the birthplace of gelato it would be criminal not to try it. You'll take a quick stroll to one of the city's famous gelaterias for a cup or a cone of Italy's most beloved frozen treat.
As you explore Florence's delis, restaurants, and eateries, your local guide will tell you the story of Florentine food and how it evolved from humble beginnings as cucina povera, or 'poor food', into one of the world's most beloved cuisines. For people looking to eat well and learn about the culture behind the food, this is an experience that is sure to delight.
Was really glad not to be eating a 1kilo T-bone, but to get a nice manageable portion instead.
I told the guide (Claudia) that your motto should be "With Walks of Italy, you never go hungry!" The final restaurant, with the history of the building as well as the traditional foods, was particularly interesting, as was the sidewalk place with the wonderful chicken liver pate. Thanks for a great tour!
We take care to assign our guides to the perfect tour for their particular skill set; so you’ll always have the perfect companion for your experience. Here are a few of the guides that regularly lead this tour.
Giulia spent the first half of her life dancing in ballet companies around Europe. When she returned home to Florence she became a guide to show off the beauty and culture of her home to the world.
Laura came to Florence to study and work in Interior design and along the way she fell in love with the culinary culture of the reason. Today she specializes in leading food tours.