Florence Local Food Tour in Santo Spirito

Dine on the most delicious Florentine food and wine in a lively neighborhood

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 48 Reviews · 3.00h 14 max · Florence, Italy

You know Florence is known for having outstanding wine, steak, and cookies, right? You won't want to miss any of the stops on our Florence food tour since your foodie guide knows which restaurants serve up the best food in the city. Follow their footsteps on this walking tour across Ponte Vecchio bridge to Santo Spirito to taste exquisite cuisine you won't soon forget. You'll even stop at one of the oldest wine shops in Italy before enjoying an authentic Florentine dinner.

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

Meet your guide in Piazza Della Signoria where you'll learn how important this piazza is to Florence. Then you and your small group of no more than 14 people will be led into the heart of Florence's food district for a memorable evening of food, wine, and more. Santo Spirito is the well-known neighborhood in Florence with a great food scene from street food to fine dining. Delight your taste buds with wine, meat, cheese, olive oil, and truffles, before indulging on traditional Florentine steak—and cookies for dessert! Your 3-hour food tour in Florence includes: 

  • Three tasting stops with Tuscan wine included

  • A traditional dinner with Florentine steak and pasta

  • Wine and Florentine cookies for dessert

  • An English-speaking foodie guide

Piazza Della Signoria

Your Florence Local Food Tour starts in Piazza della Signoria, known as Florence's outdoor art gallery. Meet your guide who'll share the expected itinerary and intrigue you with Florence's history of food. Not to mention they'll explain why the piazza you're standing in has been the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century.

Traditional Florentine Food and Wine

On your first 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 a glass of wine.

Ponte Vecchio Bridge

Ponte Vecchio means “old bridge” in Italian, and it's appropriately named. Merchant shops have lined this famed bridge since the 13th century. Originally, the shops included fishmongers, butchers, and tanners, however these particular goods caused such a stench in the area that Ferdinand I proclaimed in 1593 that only jewelers were allowed to sell on the bridge. It's the perfect bridge to cross from central Florence to the neighborhood of Santo Spirito.

An Enoteca Older Than the Renaissance

Wine lovers will truly appreciate the next stop on this Florence food tour. Your guide will lead you to a historic wine shop that is said to date back to the 13th century! Sample unforgettable wines paired with olive oil and truffles that are all produced by the family. It is an absolute gem that has thrived for centuries in Florence and will make your food tour a night to remember.

Pasta and Florentine Steak Dinner

Next, you'll be ready for dinner, so follow your guide to a tavern and enjoy your evening meal with traditional Tuscan pasta: spaghetti alla carrettiera. But don't fill up too fast. The real star of the night is 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 in the world. Florentine steaks are cooked to perfection—tender and red in the middle. The quality of the cut of meat is unmatched and will melt in your mouth. 

*If three or fewer people are booked on the tour, your group will be provided an alternative traditional Tuscan entrée providing the same authenticity for the evening meal.

Wine for Dessert? Yes please!

You can't end a food tour without dessert, but what might surprise you is that it won't be a gelato. Instead, you'll enjoy cantucci and vin santo from our favorite place in the city. Cantucci is a more specific word than biscotti, which is the Italian word for cookies. You'll be surprised at how much their flavor is elevated when dipped in vin santo or “holy wine.” These cookies are made by a wonderful nonna who has been baking them for 60 years. It's the ultimate way to end your evening food tour in Florence. 

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We went on food tour in Florence with Nicole. Food was great and Nicole was a wonderful guide. She gave us great recommendations for things to see in Florence, and lots of interesting information. Would definitely take a tour with her again!

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James Harris

Our guide, Cosetta, had a vast amount of knowledge about Florence to share. Food, art history, history were all covered. Plus, language and current culture were covered as well. The most memorable Thanksgiving we have ever had. Food and Florence are a great mix- Cosetta made them even better.

23 November 2021
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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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