Florence "Locals" Food Tour in Santo Spirito

Local food with a Local Foodie Guide creates a Memorable Experience

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 45 Reviews · 3.00h 14 max · Florence, Italy

Why scramble around trying to find a place to eat when you can try some of Florence's best cuisine with a local Florentine Foodie? Many people never cross the river, but that is where the most local places are! Make your experience more memorable in a small group with our local foodie guide who will take you to some of Florence's best local spots. Learn about local customs and have an amazing meal. Dinner Included.

Tour Details
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Cross Ponte Vecchio
  • Italian Enoteca
  • Traditional Tuscan Food
  • Renaissance Building
  • Spaghetti alla Carrettiera
  • Wine & Truffle pairings
  • 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 foodie 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. ( Vegetarian and Vegan options are available) This 3 hour Florence food tour includes: 

  • A Super Memorable Experience

  • 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 10 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. 

If 3 or fewer people are booked on the tour, your group will be provided an alternative traditional Tuscan entree providing the same deliciousness, meatiness and authenticity for the meal portion of the evening.

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. 

Ciao!

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10/12/2021
Florence food tour

This tour went above and beyond my expectations! Thanks to Elisa for being such a knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic guide. I love that we walk from place to place to try authentic (and amazing) Florentine fare, while Elisa includes information about the history of the city- a nice touch. The restaurants we were taken to were what I was hoping for- they are NOT tourist traps and are therefore met the caliber of dishes and Italy experience I was looking for. Thank you Elisa!!

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Jacqueline Allison
9/24/2021
Florence Food Tours

We enjoyed our food tour and our guide. We were a little disappointed that one of the shops we were supposed to go to was closed with no warning and we also had a different dessert than what was on the explanation of the tour but we still had a good time and enjoyed the host very much.

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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!

Can I bring my kids and do I have to pay for them?

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.

What if I have food allergies, intolerances or other requirements?

Please contact us in advance so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.

First things first, how much wine do we actually get?

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!

Is Florentine steak always served?

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.

What to bring?

This is a leisurely walking tour, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Come hungry!

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.

Do the tasting stops on this tour ever change?

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.

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