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Florence: Street Food Tour with Local Expert Guide

1. Florence: Street Food Tour with Local Expert Guide

On this walking tour with a local guide, learn about the history and culture of Florence while trying some of the many local food specialties. Some of the foods you'll have the chance to try include schiacciata with balsamic vinegar, cantuccini, fresh homemade pasta, traditional pappa al pomodoro, and more. This tour will give you an excellent overview of Florence's historic center and major attractions, and your guide will share interesting details about Florence history and food culture. You'll also visit a local market and discover all it has to offer.

Tuscan Cooking Course with Florence Central Market Visit

2. Tuscan Cooking Course with Florence Central Market Visit

Learn how to cook a delicious and authentic Tuscan meal with fresh seasonal ingredients, under the guidance of an experienced chef. Begin by visiting Florence's historic food market. With the help of your guide and chef, pick the freshest and most delicious local ingredients to use during the cooking lessons. You will have the chance to prepare a four-course meal (starter, first course, second course and dessert) in a top-class culinary school. The course will be followed by a lunch with the dishes you have prepared together, paired with an excellent Tuscan wine as well as a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Bologna: Taste Local Specialties on a Guided Walking Tour

3. Bologna: Taste Local Specialties on a Guided Walking Tour

Experience the vibrant historic center of Bologna on this walking tour. Admire sights like the Basilica of San Petronio and the Loggia of Merchants. Stop to try specialties at three establishments. Have a glass of delectable local wine. Start your tour in Piazza del Nettuno, where your guide will share insights into Bolognese culture with you. See an excellent example of Italian Gothic architecture at the Basilica of San Petronio. Admire the two towers that are the symbol of Bologna. View the Loggia of Merchants, where commercial and trading activities have been overseen in Bologna for hundreds of years. Walk to the vibrant Quadrilatero Market. Wander through the sights and smells in this market that has been around since the middle ages. Visit Bottega Ranocchi to try authentic Mortadella Bologna. Enter one of the oldest taverns in Europe at Osteria del Sole. Head to Gilberto, a shop which has been open for over a century. Savor crescentina (stuffed flatbread) and Bolognese tigella (flatbread sandwich) with a glass of local wine.

San Lorenzo Market: Tasting Tour & Cooking Class

4. San Lorenzo Market: Tasting Tour & Cooking Class

Get familiar with the local ingredients and flavors of Florence on a walking tour of San Lorenzo Market before joining an expert chef for a cooking lesson. Learn how to cook three Italian dishes and one traditional dessert before enjoying your dishes for lunch. If you are interested in learning not just how to cook, but also about the ingredients the dishes are prepared with, this is the perfect experience for you. Start with a stroll around the San Lorenzo Market, also known as the Central Market of Florence, and enjoy tastings of local products. After your walking tour, join an expert chef in a fully equipped, professional kitchen and start your cooking lesson. Afterward, enjoy the dishes you prepared along with a glass of Tuscan wine. Leave the experience with new cooking skills and recipes you can share with friends and family.

Lucca Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

5. Lucca Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Florence: Guided Flavors of Tuscany Tour

6. Florence: Guided Flavors of Tuscany Tour

Your experience begins with a wine tasting in one of the most famous wine shops of the Santa Croce neighborhood. There your food ambassador will tell you about the varieties of Tuscan wine, as well as the story behind the producer of the wine you will taste. Following that you'll move towards the Sant’Ambrogio neighborhood, which is an area loved by locals due to it being away from the big crowds yet at the same time central. It is in this location that you'll encounter, but not visit, the only restaurant in Florence that has been awarded three Michelin stars. Following that, visit a local bakery and taste some Tuscan bread, known as Pane sciocco. Little by little you will immerse yourself in the Sant’Ambrogio area and feel like a local, with the neighborhood still keeping a popular and genuine soul. You'll later visit the market of Sant’Ambrogio (which is closed at night), where local producers sell fruit, vegetables, meat, cold cuts, and cheese. One of the main stops you will make will be to a family-run restaurant, where you will feel Italian hospitality and taste two samples of home-made pasta with two different sauces and some great wine. During the tour you will also have the possibility to sample local cold cuts and cheeses, crostini, and the famous lampredotto that can be found only in Florence. Finally, you will conclude your food tour by enjoying an artisanal gelato in a simple-yet-renowned gelateria which has been around for almost 90 years.

Florence Food Tour with All’Antico Vinaio skip the line

7. Florence Food Tour with All’Antico Vinaio skip the line

Experience the tastes and aromas of Tuscany on this guided walking tour in Florence. Uncover curiosities and hidden corners that only Florentines know while trying a variety of food and drinks. Stroll through a local market and enjoy skip-the-line access to the All’Antico Vinaio sandwich shop. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office and begin your tour from the heart of the city. Begin your gastronomic journey the Italian way, with a “caffè al bancone” (coffee at the counter) and a sweet local pastry.  Listen to historical anecdotes on the way to the Renaissance Loggia del Pesce fish market. Walk through the vibrant Sant’Ambrogio district and stop at an ancient market. Follow your guide through the market and watch as locals buy fresh meat, fish, cheese, fruits and vegetables. Try a variety of mouth-watering Tuscan food and Chianti wine. After leaving the Market, continue to a wine shop to try two Tuscan wines. Pass through narrow, charming streets on your way to where Michelangelo lived. Head to the Piazza Santa Croce square. Have the unique opportunity to taste the most renowned Schiacciata sandwich in the world, with skip-the-line entry to the famous sandwich shop All’Antico Vinaio. Make your way to Piazza Signoria with its magnificent statues with a stop for more Chianti before returning to your starting point. Finish your tour with a sweet surprise.

Florence: Market Visit and Cooking Class

8. Florence: Market Visit and Cooking Class

Florence is one of Italy's most beautiful cities, not simply for its architecture and renaissance history. Food is one of the city's biggest draws, and you can experience it up-close-and-personal with a market and Italian cooking experience in the heart of the city.  On this 4.5 hour culinary experience, you will be taken to buy all your ingredients at one of the city's most famous markets, with a chef and guide who will help you pick only the freshest quality goods. Then you will head into the kitchen where you will be guided through the creation of the 4-course Italian feast featuring an appetizer, hand-made pasts with fresh sauce, a meat (or vegetarian) dish and dessert. You will then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor with a complimentary glass of Italian wine.

Bologna: Private Foodie Tour with Tastings

9. Bologna: Private Foodie Tour with Tastings

Eat your way through Bologna as you discover its culinary scene on a private guided tour designed for foodies. Go on a delicious journey as you sample 5 of the most beloved local specialties. Wader down the narrow streets of Bologna's historical city center accompanied by your guide. Savor the tastes and smells of the city as you visit artisanal producers and taste their handmade products. Try mortadella and salami rosa, Parmigiano Reggiano, tortellini and more. Visit traditional food markets and marvel at the range of products that have made Bologna the food capital of Italy. And while you're there, learn to shop like a local using just a few words and phrases. 

Bologna: Market and Cooking Class

10. Bologna: Market and Cooking Class

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Really really nice experience while you are in Florence. The guide is amazing, also telling you some cool facts about Florence itself along the tour. The stops are well prepared and all contain nice tastings of the region! The food is plenty to consider as a good lunch so don't worry on leaving disappointed or hungry!

Stella was amazing she was not only knowledgeable about the food in Bologna but she also provided a lot of historical background on the city. We had amazing tastings from mortadella to pasta to fabulous balsamic, gelato and espresso. If you want a yummy and fun experience we highly recommend Stella!

Lots of lovely local history bits, yummy food, a nicely spaced walk even in summers heat. Our 2yo daughter was very generously accommodated and included.

Fun and tasty, I would definitely recommend this visit! Our guide Aurora was helpful and knowledgeable. Thanks :)

This tour was great! There was a variety of Tuscan food to taste and some history along the way.