Delicious Florence Food Tour with Local Wine & Florentine Steak
Local food, with the city's signature dish
Why scramble around trying to find a place to eat when you can try some of Florence's best cuisine with a local Florentine? Cross over the Ponte Vecchio and try out some of Florence's best local spots.
- Piazza della Signoria
- Traditional Tuscan Food
- Cross Ponte Vecchio
- Italian Enoteca
- Wine & Truffles Pairings
- Renaissance Building
- Spaghetti alla Carrettiera
- Florentine Steak Tasting
- Tuscan Dessert
Do you want the best type of steak on Earth? Are you interested in bottles of wine that are centuries old? Do you want to hang out with our super friendly expert guide as they bring you to some of Florence’s best shops and restaurants? If you answered yes, this is the perfect way to spend an evening in Florence. This 3 hour Florence food tour includes:
- Four tasting stops and plenty of Tuscan wine
- - A sit-down traditional dinner with Florentine steak and pasta
- - A friendly and local English-speaking foodie guide
- - A maximum group size of 14 people
Piazza Della Signoria
Your food tour in Florence starts in Piazza della Signoria, Florence's outdoor art gallery. Meet your food-loving tour guide and get a brief introduction to this important piazza that has been the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century.
Traditional Florentine Food and Wine
On your first foodie stop of the night, try out some aperitivo favorites. From the piazza, you'll walk to a street lined by panino shops, specializing in delicious local meats and cheeses. At an authentic local spot, try out some Tuscan cuisine such as bruschetta al pomodoro, ribollita, prosciutto, salame and more. Wash it all down with some delicious wine and continue on your foodie journey.
Ponte Vecchio Bridge
Ponte Vecchio means “old bridge” in Italian. Shops have lined the famed Ponte Vecchio since the 13th century. Originally, there were many types of shops, including fishmongers, butchers and tanners. These shops caused such a great stench in the area, that in 1593 Ferdinand I proclaimed that only jewelers were allowed to set up shop on the bridge. Don’t worry, great food is still to be found in the areas around the bridge.
An Enoteca older than the Renaissance
Run by the same family for decades, we will visit a wine shop with so much history that is said to date back to the 13th century. As you walk down into the cantina you will see what look to be windows. In fact these are windows from when the city sat many feet lower than the streets today. You will taste amazing wines paired with incredible olive oil and truffles all produced by the family. It is an absolute gem that has thrived for centuries in Florence.
Pasta and Florentine Steak Dinner
Sit down in a historical tavern and enjoy an outstanding evening meal starting with the traditional Tuscan pasta, Spaghetti alla carrettiera. For the star of dinner, next you’ll taste the local delicacy bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine Steak). Florence is famous around the world for this delightfully savory and rare meat that many will swear is the best steak period. While it might seem undercooked, Florentine steak is cooked to perfection. The quality of the cut of meat is unmatched, delicious, and will melt in your mouth.
Wine for Dessert? Yes please!
As much as we love gelato, on this tour we will bring you to the dessert that Florentines eat. You will get to try cantucci and vin santo from our favorite place in the city. Cantucci are what in America they’d call biscotti. In Italian, the word biscotti simply means “cookies”. These cantucci are so good on their own, but rise to an immaculate level when dipped in vin santo or “holy wine”. These cookies made by a wonderful nonna who has been baking them for 60 years are the ultimate way to end our evening together in Florence.
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Worth every penny, wonderful experience and terrific guide would do it everyday if I could
While it wasn’t exactly the trip we signed up for (foods changed, no gelato or tripe), it was still an enjoyable evening. We liked meeting other travelers from around the world and exchanging stories of our travels. Our guide was polite and fun too!
Fabulous start to our Florence vacation
On our first evening in Florence we took this Tour with guide Rubina. Our group of 2 couples were the only ones on the tour and she did a wonderful job of showing us around.....giving great background and history as we walked. The tastings were all yummy, our friends made a Chanti purchase and had it shipped back to the States. The dinner of Florentine steak and pasta was to die for! Probably one of the best pasta dishes we had on our Italy trip. And as a bonus....she gave us great ideas for a day in the Chianti region! We would recommend this tour to friends and family! Loved the small group and relaxed pace!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Piazza della Signoria - in the center of the square, near the Equestrian statue of Cosimo I (a man on a horse). A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.
What to bring?
This is a leisurely walking tour, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Come hungry!
Q: Is Florentine steak always served?
A: If only three (or less) people end up on your tour, we might end up serving tagliata instead of Florentina steak. Tagliata is a juice & thick cut of beef that is grilled, then carved. Simple and delicious.
Q: First things first, how much wine do we actually get?
A: We promise at least 3 glasses, but in many places, it is served by the carafe which is the typical family style way in Rome. In this case, you can probably drink more, but don't overdo it!
Q: What if I have food allergies, intolerances or other requirements?
A: Please contact us in advance so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.
Q: Can I bring my kids and do I have to pay for them?
A: If your child is under 6 years of age and will not be eating during the tour, you do not need to pay for them. If they will be eating please pay the youth seat.
Q: Do the tasting stops on this tour ever change?
A: Stops and tastings on this tour are subject to change due to seasonal/holiday venue closures. As the places we frequent on this Rome Food Tour are local institutions and family-run businesses, they can close at any time with very little to no notice. In this situation, your guide will take you to another nearby eatery. If you have any doubts about your mobility, we recommend you take a Wine Day in the Chianti Hills from Florence or aPrivate Florence Walking Tour.