Florence Food and Wine Tours

Discover the Capital of Italy's Tuscan Heartland

The Tuscan capital of Florence is a riverside city that will take your breath away, steeped in artistic culture and widely regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance. But it’s by no means only the works of Da Vinci and Michelangelo that cause visitors to flock to Florence every year. The food and wine here are appreciated the world over, and anything bearing the name ‘Fiorentina’ has a widely regarded guarantee of excellence.

Florence is the beating heart of Tuscany which, as a region, has an awful lot to boast about on the culinary scene. From sweet treats such as the locally made almond biscuits, Cantuccini, to meaty favourites such as Pappardelle, an earthy pasta dish usually made with wild boar and mushrooms, and Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a large T-Bone steak normally served very rare, keen foodies looking to enjoy some of Italy’s finest ingredients will not leave here disappointed.

And it isn’t just what’s on the plates in this part of the world that is all set to excite your taste buds. Tuscan wines are some of the finest in the world. The likes of Vin Santo, a dessert wine normally enjoyed with the aforementioned Cantuccini, is a delicious way to end a meal, whilst the table staple of Chianti, an aromatic red wine that, with notes of oregano and red fruit, manages to bottle the very essence of Italy, is rightly famous around the world. For any wine fanatic, a drive on the Strade del Vino around the area’s many vineyards is not to be missed.

Florence is truly a city where food and culture sit happily side by side, and as all across Italy, the locals take to their food with pride and a passion which ensures that everything served is fitting of their family and friends. The market of San Lorenzo is one place where the history and culture of Florence combine with food in what is an Aladdin’s cave of culinary treasures. Since 1874 the market has been providing the freshest local produce to those who live in the city, and a wander round on a bustling morning is a sure way to bring about foodie inspiration.

Florence has more to offer a passionate foodie than you could ever fully appreciate in a single trip. Whether it’s the dishes that emanate from Tuscany to the fine wines and historic markets selling some of Italy’s finest produce, a trip here is likely to be delicious and unforgettable in equal measure.

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