Highlights of this tour
- Insights into local food products
- Learn about its history and traditions
- Including food and wine tastings
Food is one of the best ways to taste the local culture. Florence is no exception to this rule. The city is not only known for its rich history, but also for its delicious food and exceptional wines. And which location is better than the local food market to learn about regional food traditions?
If you are looking for a break from Florence’s many museums and sights, join us on this private food and wine tour. The private local licensed guide will tell you all the things you need to know.
Florence’s primary food market is the San Lorenzo Market, which actually consists of two separate markets: an indoor and an outdoor market.
The Mercato Centrale is the indoor market, home to all food-related things. This is where you find the local ingredients to make your Florentine dish or an authentic Tuscan meal. The surrounding streets of the Mercato are the outdoor section where you find non-food-related products — great for finding some unique gems to take home.
Coffee lovers, eat your heart out. You will enjoy a stop dedicated to this black gold. In general, Italians order milk-based coffee in the morning and espresso or ‘Caffe normale’ later in the day. Be like an Italian and drink your coffee as they do. Your guide shares the basics of coffee drinking and teaches you some fundamental lessons. Besides coffee, you also enjoy some delicious chocolate.
Inside the market, there are samplings of small “bruschettas.” These are small toasted pieces of Tuscan bread topped with various high-quality agricultural products. Your guide will explain all about the products, history, and traditions.
Some vital ingredients that make this tour a tremendous success are, of course, wine and olive oil. What would Italy be without it? Enjoy some of the most delicious wine and olive oil at an authentic enoteca. Learn about the characteristics that the wine gets from its location and climate, and discover what makes the Tuscan ‘extra virgin’ olive oil so unique.
Last but not least is the sweets. You will try the typical ‘cantuccini,’ the Tuscan hard candies with almonds. Best accompanied by ‘vinsanto’, the sweet dessert wine.
After the tour, you have the option to explore the market and the various surrounding streets by yourselves. This is to enjoy the hundreds of stalls with vendors selling products such as pottery, bags, belts, clothing, notebooks, souvenirs, and much more!
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