Tastes of Florence: A Walking Food Tour

Want to taste the true Florence? Love buzzing markets and fresh local food? Stroll through the city with us to eat and drink like the Italians!

Tastes of Florence: A Walking Food Tour

Eat your way through Tuscany’s gastronomic masterpieces, while spending the morning in the company of our passionate local guides – and connoisseurs! We will guide you from wine-bars to farmers markets, to traditional family-run bakeries, dating back hundreds of years…

Florence’s bustling market halls, best trattorias and finest local butchers await you – our most popular food experience in Florence!

Savor Florence with all your senses

Our food tour will take you through Florence’s historic streets. This includes finding the unique Florentine “buchette del vino”! These little wine windows date back to the 17th century, and no food tour is complete without them. Have your first sample in a century-old cafe, and enjoy a classic Florentine breakfast. Choose your preferred Italian coffee and pair it with a classic ‘cornetto’ or other pastry. After this, sample your way through the San Lorenzo central food market. Enjoy over a dozen Florentine specialties, including local jams, cheeses and regional wines.

Learn from our passionate foodies

Why do Italians take their food so seriously? Olive oil has to be ‘Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Balsamic Vinger – ‘Aceto Balsamico’ must be from a protected designation of origin (D.O.P). The mark of quality pistachios, the emerald green gem of Sicily, is the ‘Pistacchio di Bronte’. We won’t just tell you what separates quality products – by the end of our tour, you’ll see, smell and taste it for yourself! If there’s one thing we’ve heard clients say again and again, it’s that it’s like they’ve never eaten before.

Local lunch, local recipes

We’ve timed our food tour perfectly so that we end just in time for a delicious tasting menu in a local trattoria. While there, we’ll walk you through the Italian meal, from antipasto, to primo, to secondo and contorni. And, of course, we’ve saved the best for last: gelato!

The Flavors of Florence Food Tour – Looking for a Private Tour?

You can choose to do the Flavors of Florence Food Tour as a private or small shared group experience.

Tour Details

Tastes of Florence: A Walking Food Tour

Want to taste the true Florence? Love buzzing markets and fresh local food? Stroll through the city with us to eat and drink like the Italians!

Explore traditional Tuscan food and Italian culinary culture with our food tour as you taste your way through Florence’s historic center.

We’ll visit age-old eateries, market halls, wine bars, and more. This lively tour will introduce you to local flavors and traditions.

What’s more, with our passionate guides you’ll get a personal peek into family-run establishments dating back over hundreds of years…

Meat counters run by expert butchers, bakeries, tripe vendors (a Florentine specialty), delicatessens, and gelaterias await you!

From prosecco and wine to cheeses, olive oil and gelato, our Food & Wine tour of Florence is unrivaled in its quality – and quantity – of delights.

Take home ideas from the farmers’ market, rich with seasonal ingredients and traditions.

The tour concludes with a lunch menu tasting and glass of wine. Followed – of course – by gelato!

Highlights of the Flavors of Florence: A Food & Wine Tour include:

  • Explore the foods of Florence in a small group, visiting Florence’s best sanctuaries of delectable tastes
  • See Florence’s central food market with an avid foodie, an expert in fresh local ingredients who is highly skilled at creating typical Tuscan recipes
  • Visit local butchers, bakers and grocers, for an authentic Italian food and wine experience
  • Sample over 15 of Italy’s greatest delicacies including scrumptious cheeses, top-quality balsamic vinegar and fresh bread baked with traditional methods
  • Learn why Italians are so passionate about extra virgin olive oil
  • Enjoy a taste of dishes from a complete, traditional meal of appetizers, starter and main course
  • Sample some of Italy’s most popular ‘vino’ (wine)
  • Conclude your tasting experience, savor in the most loved dessert of all – gelato!


  • A great English-speaking guide
  • More tastings than any other food tour with samplings of great traditional foods and wines
  • Small, intimate groups, so you can ask as many questions as you like!
  • A complete lunchtime tasting menu of local specialties
Not included:

Extra courses

Extra drinks/ more wine


Florence historic center
Important information

Please let us know any dietary restrictions

Meeting Point

In our Office on Via Sassetti 1, Florence.


Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the churches! Travelling in hot weather? Don’t worry, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders.

If you enjoyed your tour and would like to give your guide a token of appreciation, tips are happily accepted. When asked, the office staff recommends whatever amount you feel comfortable with giving.

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Save time by browsing our website for ideas on romantic getaways, historic residences, palace and castle stays, beautiful views, good value vacations, classic Tuscan country holidays and top attractions. Stop by to chat with us about the best shopping and restaurants in Florence and Tuscany!

Yes. ArtViva, The Original and Best Walking Tours is an ASTA registered company based in Florence, Italy, respecting national and international laws and regulations regarding tourism. (Chamber of Commerce Number 516411)

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1 review for Tastes of Florence: A Walking Food Tour

  1. Anthony Hall

    Firstly, learn from our mistake and skip breakfast. With this tour you’ll only need to find your own dinner. Breakfast and lunch are covered. Lara introduced us to the flavors of Florence. She was an excellent guide explaining the nuances of ordering and eating breakfast while standing…a traditional Italian thing. She also taught us the Italian way to eat and drink. At lunch time we had pasta which was prepared al dente (slightly undercooked). Had Lara not explained this was intentional, we would have naively asked them to finish cooking the pasta. All in all a worth while experience introducing you to the culture of Italian cuisine.

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