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Go on a gourmet food tour

What better way to pamper yourself than with a food-fuelled tour of Italy’s gourmet capital, Florence. Tours like this offer the chance to not only see this stunning city in a whole new way but also the many facets of its rich culinary heritage. Typically lasting two and a half hours, you’ll meet your guide at a designated spot in the city centre where they’ll begin a walking tour of the area. Stopping at a variety of speciality shops in the area, you’ll learn about the history of Tuscan cuisine and how it came to be known as the larder of Italy.

Excursions generally begin with a delicatessen that specialises in truffles. This rare and luxurious ingredient is one of Tuscany’s most prized produces and foraging for them is a national pastime. While at this deli, you can sample specialities such as panino tartufato – a truffle-pâté-filled panini – and locally produced prosecco.

Next up on this tasty trail, you’re likely to head to an artisan chocolatier to give your sweet-tooth a treat with a tasting session. Here you’ll be able to savour the exquisite tastes of high-quality chocolate and maybe even take some home with you!

Thought that’s the best that Florence has to offer? Wrong – chocolate and truffles are just scratching the surface of the superb range of ingredients and dishes available in this region. Without a doubt, any food tour of the city will include a visit to an olive oil and vinegar specialist. Two of the country’s most renowned exports, you can expect to find the very highest quality of both in almost every gourmet shop around.

Popular with locals and visitors alike, the high-end shop specialises in the sale of quality Tuscan olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Sit down for a tasting with the shop's charming owner and learn about the different varieties of fruity and piquant oils on offer.

Take a wander along the pretty cobblestone alleyways that make up the backstreets of the city, and stop for a gelato from a locally loved gelateria before winding up inside a wine bar. Sip on a glass of Chianti – one of Tuscany’s typically robust and tannic reds – and nibble on chunks of warm focaccia bread to finish your foodie adventure.

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Remember to bring plenty of water, more than a way to stay hydrated, it also doubles as a perfect palate cleanser, which you’ll need to truly enjoy all these amazing tastes!

Venue Details

  • In/Out: Outdoors
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Traveller Type: Adults, Couples
  • Best for: Food & Wine, Cultural, Sightseeing, Unwind
  • Address: Piazza della Repubblica, Florence
  • Opening Times:
    Varies depending on tour operator

Map & Address

  • Most tour operators will start the tour at a central city location such as the Piazza della Repubblica but this may vary.

    Most tour operators will start the tour at a central city location such as the Piazza della Repubblica but this may vary.

  • Address: Piazza della Repubblica, Florence
  • Opening Times:
    Varies depending on tour operator