Bistecca alla Fiorentina

The Famous Florentine Beefsteak

Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
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On 2018/03/23
Ernesto Quiroz said:
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Both of our tours were great! Our guide for Masterpieces of the Uffizi, Tatjana, was awesome! Her knowledge of the various masterpieces brought the history of each piece to life. Tatjana masterfully pointed out things in each masterpiece very adeptly, but her ability to outmaneuver the crowds was uncanny. We will definitely book more tours with Art Viva in the future! The name of our guide for the Statue of David escapes me, but she was equally spectacular! Her enthusiasm and genuine interest in sharing her knowledge is really an asset. In just 60 minutes, she brought the story of Michelangelo and the Statue of David to life and left us with a lasting appreciation of what we were experiencing. Both tours were well worth attending and we highly recommend them for our visitors of Florence.

On 2017/11/02
Thomas Wilson said:
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Art Viva's reputation is richly deserved. And Angelo is one of the best tour guides I've ever witnessed. Our evening walk of the Oltrarno district and The Original Florence Walk the next day were extraordinary in their depth, historical perspectives, contexts, interesting stories, and his warm delivery. He loves this city. Now we do too. Thanks Angelo. Sincerely, Thomas and Taffi Wilson

On 2017/10/20
Keith and Sue Ferguson said:
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We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 tours with Hilde and Tatianna.

We signed up for the day of three tours; Original Florence, Uffizi and David. It was a long day but our guides made it a special experience. We would heartily recommend the tours to others visiting Florence. Our guides knowledge, passion and stories will be remembered long after our return home.

On 2017/09/10
Kim said:
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Best Tours Ever

It was our very first trip to Italy, so my husband and I decided to book tours with ArtViva based on Rick Steves' recommendation. We took the Accademia tour with Ingrid, the Uffizi tour with Klaus, and the Original Florence tour with Tatiana. Each guide was a joy to be with. They were all both extremely knowledgeable about their subjects and were enthusiastic about presenting it. I learned so much about the amazing Florentine art and architecture. It was worth every penny. I would highly recommend ArtViva's tours to everyone!

On 2017/08/31
E said:
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Fantastic walking tour with Hilde. I would recommend it to everyone visiting Florence.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice--all excellent! We took this tour the next day from Florence, and it was the perfect half-day to get a glimpse of the Tuscan wine country without committing an entire day (we had Florence sightseeing in the morning, wine country in the afternoon). Vito was our tour guide and driver, and he was so much fun. With the group, we got a chance to chat with folks from all over the world, and the collegiality was equally as enjoyable as the estate, wine, and olive oils we tasted when we arrived at the estate. We tried the fares, learned about the history of the estate and wine in Tuscany in general, and then took a tour of the property. Both the wine-making facilities and the private home of the Lord and Lady were open for us to tour. It was incredible! And there was even a rare piece of World War I history too (you'll have to visit to find out)! Truly, a terrific experience.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice. They were each outstanding. Your Own Cinque Terre (private tour): on our last day in Florence, we took a one day private trip to three of the five villages in Cinque Terre. Elenora was our tour guide all day, and our driver was Massimo. Both were fantastic! Elenora especially made our tour truly an experience we will never forget. She's brilliant, easy going, and full of interesting information about the cities and their histories. She even gave us an overview of the towns we traveled through on the drive to the coast. She escorted us through the train system, around the cute and winding cobblestone streets, and even to a fantastic family-owned restaurant for some seafood pasta and wine from the region. It was like having an old friend show you around her hometown. I cannot recommend this tour enough. The sights (!!), the food, the tour guide (seriously, ask for Elenora!)... all were lovely.

On 2017/08/03
Stephanie said:
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Fantastic Experience!

We took four tours through Artviva, three from Florence and one from Venice. They were each outstanding. Smart, friendly, adept tour guides led us around. And, friendly, helpful office staff helped us navigate the booking process (even before we arrived, they helped me process the booking and coordinate with meet-up locations all via email in advance). Original Florence Walk & David Tour (private tour): Corrina was our tour guide, and she was a real joy. She met us in our hotel lobby (super convenient!) and gave us a terrific tour of Florence, emphasizing its architecture, culture, history, and the daily lives of Florentines throughout the centuries. It was capped off by a visit to the David, and arriving with a tour meant that we were able to skip that incredibly LONG LINE. It was the perfect way to become acquainted with the city, and I highly recommend making this your first tour in Florence. Be

On 2017/07/18
Kathy said:
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We were touring with our 17-year-old grandson. The "Off the Beaten Path" tour with Shannon was the best we had I Italy and his favorite too. To see things that are not crowded with other tourists and so unique was a nice change from the "usual." Other tours with Artiva were excellent as well with very knowledgeable guides who seemed to be able to answer every question, even from a teenager who was anxious to know "everything." Thank you, Shannon and Artiva

On 2017/07/14
Joe Fisher said:
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Thank You, Elisabetta!

We enjoyed our wonderful day with you in Firenze. Thank you for your knowledge, humor, guidance, and keeping us in the shade! Your love of Firenze is obvious. The five Elizabeths, and the rest of us thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience and would recommend it to anyone!

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One must-try dish for any meat-eating foodie visiting Florence is the famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

Enjoyed since the Etruscan and Roman times, this top cut is made from one of the oldest cattle breeds in the world, the white Chianina, that are kept in large, open fields in the Tuscan countryside. And whilst there have been attempts in the past to expert this special Tuscan cattle breed, the results have never been as good as when the breed is allowed to roam the terrain it has wandered for thousands of years.

As with most traditional Tuscan recipes, there are some simple secrets to cooking the perfect Florentine steak.

Firstly, the steak must be taken from the T-bone loin in one sharp cut. Each steak is around 800-1200 grams and about as thick as two fingers.

It should be cooked over a wood-fired flame, fanned to just the right temperature before the Florentine Steak is placed on the grill. Under no circumstances should live flames touch the meat. The Bistecca should be cooked on each side, being turned only once. The exact number of minutes will depend on the weight of the steak.

One cooked, the Florence steak is allowed to rest so the juices balance out throughout the meat. It is then served whole, usually on a wooden chopping board, as a main to be divided up between two or three people. It may be lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and a dash of cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil drizzled atop. Some like to squeeze a little lemon juice on there too.

The Bistecca alla Fiorentina is served pretty rare. There is no such thing as asking for it to be well done, with most chefs suggesting that if you don’t like rare stake, have the salad instead.

Common sides served with the Florentine steak are garden salads or grilled vegetables. Florence is also great at spinach dishes so a side of Spinaci is well advised too.

And of course, don’t forget a good, strong wine. Best would be the Brunello di Montalcino or another strong Tuscan wine like a Chianti Classico Riserva, keeping in mind that wines and recipes have evolved together within each region of Italy.

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