The cured meats, breads and cheeses produced in and around Florence are every bit as good as you think they are. Find out for yourself on this private market tour that’s full of the good stuff, namely: vino, pecorino, parmiggiano reggiano and other items of cheesy and meaty goodness. Experience the best travel stories for yourself. Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this city adventure hand-picked by the world's leading travel publisher.
Local English-speaking guide, all tastings
Tips and gratuities for the guide
Piazza Sant’Ambrogio at The Church of Saint Ambrose (Chiesa di Sant’Ambrogio) on the left side of the facede
Piazza Sant’Ambrogio at The Church of Saint Ambrose (Chiesa di Sant’Ambrogio)
This private tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
Travelers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted a maximum of 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months, or proof of vaccination. For further information, please review COVID-19 Health & Safety at https://intrepid-ua.ventrata.com/en/about-us/covid-19-customer-info.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity.
Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:
Prepare your taste buds for an epic private foodie adventure around the local’s favourite market in Florence! This private food tour offers an array of Italian treats (that’s breakfast sorted!) and an insight into local food and culture from an expert local guide. Together we’ll check out typical delicatessens where Florentines do their daily shop for fresh ingredients. Most of these establishments are owned by local businessmen and women and they usually specialise in the specific products that they sell, making them the city’s ultimate food experts. For instance, on our first stop, we’ll introduce you to you to an award-winning third-generation butcher, who is training his two sons to take over the family business. In keeping with the family theme, our next foodie stop will be an artisanal cheese store owned by a brother/sister duo. This is one of the few places left in Florence where you can still buy the ancient grain bread of montespertoli (your guide will explain) and enjoy a taste of their cheese accompanied by this delicious, traditional bread. We will also check out C BIO, an organic farm-to-table store, created by a famous Florentine Chef Fabio Picchi whose famous Cibreo cafe, restaurant, and theatre are all situated in this district. Fresh pasta is next and we’ll take you to a market stall that offers 15 different types daily, all made fresh on the premises. Here you’ll learn about our regional pastas including ravioli, pici & tortelli and you’ll see the wonderful homemade sauces that pair perfectly with each type of pasta. After the pasta maker, we’ll head off to meet the baker to try some of the best-fried polenta and coccole in town. A coccole is a savorury donut typically served with stracchino creamy cheese and prosciutto perfect with a glass of chianti. Platters of Tuscan and Emilian specialites follow, from another of our favourite market sellers, including Pecorino Toscano, Parmiggiano Reggiano (aged for 36 months), Prosciutto di Parma, wild boar salami and finocchiona. Your private tour will end with an Italian-style coffee at a lively indoor bar, close to the market. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your expert local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and (most importantly) eat during the rest of your stay in Florence.
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