A small group tour for food lovers! Florence wine and food culture is as important and fascinating as its history and artistic background are. Discover how the eno-gastronomic aspect of the cradle of Renaissance is intrinsic to Florentines ’everyday life and heritage through the eyes of a passionate local guide.
This enlightening walking tour starts from the very heart of Florence: Santa Maria Novella Square. Admire the astonishing Romanesque façade of the imposing church and learn how vineyards dominated the area centuries ago. Proceed towards the core of Florence wine and food culture: the colorful and lively San Lorenzo Market. Breath in the atmosphere of this unique food market where you can get any kind of fresh ingredients directly from the producers: taste the typical “cantuccini” the most famous dessert biscuits of our region and do not forget to dip them into “vinsanto” sweet wine!
Discover all the secrets behind the construction of San Lorenzo Church and Duomo Cathedral, and learn why so many historical buildings have small windows on their walls…the so-called wine portals (buchette del vino) unique to Florentine architecture. An observant visitor on a walk through Florence can find dozens of these small, once useful, doors…your guide will reveal you how they were used in the past before joining a second food and wine tasting in a picturesque “Vinaino” shop…taste the best cold-cuts of our region (salame, finocchiona and prosciutto together with Pecorino cheese) along with the world-known Chianti red wine.
Heading to our last tasty stop, the local guide will tell you some interesting facts about the most famous families of Florentine wine producers, that is to say Antinori and Frescobaldi, while strolling through the historic centre of the city, admiring such masterpieces as Orsanmichele Church and Signoria Square. This gourmet quest ends with a taste of 2 mouth watering “poor” dishes belonging to Florentine culinary tradition such as “Pappa al pomodoro” and “Ribollita”, both made with Tuscan bread and with peasant origins.
An incredible mix of art and culinary tradition for all tastes !
Well, this half day tour from Florence gives you the opportunity to enjoy the city of one of the symbols of Italy. We start our excursion with a walk alongside the Medieval walls up to the old entrance gate: Porta Santa Maria.
From here an extraordinary view will take your breath away! You will be in front of a unique panorama: Piazza dei Miracoli with its marble architecture and neat grass lawns. Your guide will accompany you on your visit to the precious interiors of the Cathedral, an unchallenged masterpiece of Romanesque art.
Once outside you can admire the Baptistery, the Monumental Graveyard and, finally, the world famous LEANING TOWER, discovering all its secrets. Selecting the optional admission ticket to the Leaning Tower, you don’t just see the Tower but you also get to climb up it without waiting and queuing. Before heading back to Florence you will have free time for an ice-cream and for the inevitable photo -memories.
Departure from Destination Italia Sightseeing Office in Rome ,located in Viale dei Bastioni di Michelangelo 21 at 6.30 am. Reach the Railway Station of Rome by minivan and then proceed to Florence by high speed train. Star the morning Art and Food tour and discover some local specialties. In the afternoon proceed to Pisa wit your local guide and visit the symbol of the city -The famous Leaning Tower. in the evening catch the train back from Florence to Rome.
-Pick up from centrally located hotels in Rome;
– Assistance at the train station;
drop off to the hotel