Florence for the Food Lover

Florence hardly needs an introduction. It is one of the most famous destinations in Italy, and indeed in the world, and is one of our most popular destinations for an Italy food tour or Tuscany cooking vacation! Florence is the capital of Tuscany, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and home to wondrous architecture and masterpieces of art: Brunelleschi’s dome, Giotto’s bell tower, Botticelli’s “Venus,” Raphael’s “Madonna della Seggiola,” and Michelangelo’s “David,” just to name a few. It’s museums, including the Galleria degli Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia, are among the most beloved by art lovers. The River Arno flows through the center, traversed by the famed Ponte Vecchio, which has housed shops for many centuries, and on both sides the avid traveler can find shops, art galleries, restaurants, and more.

But Florence is also a town of locals for whom its famed streets, markets, and churches are a part of every day life. Florentines embrace their town’s cultural and artistic heritage, but are also proud of it as a modern-day destination for Florence wine tours and culinary vacations, with famed restaurants, bustling markets, food artisans, wine shops, and more. From your Florence cooking classes to the best wine tours in Florence Italy, our culinary travelers can discover what has made this town a top spot for Tuscany cooking vacations for decades.

Your Florence food tour will include hands-on Tuscan cooking classes, during which you will learn about and prepare delicious local recipes. It will also take you beyond its borders and into the beautiful countryside of Tuscany for Tuscany wine tours and foodie visits. You will see some of the most interesting and historic hillside towns during your Tuscany food tours, sample wine from the gorgeous vineyards of the Chianti region on our Tuscany wine tours, taste local cheeses and meats with artisanal producers, and experience the magical draw of Tuscany.

While we have designed what we think is the best food tour in Florence, we can also customize the tour to your interests, including more Florence wine tours, more hands-on Tuscan cooking classes, more art and architectural visits, and more!


Trip Details

2 cooking classes at a local cooking school including:

  • a pizza and gelato class
  • a hands-on class to prepare a four-course menu

You will also have the chance to explore the wonderful gastronomy of Florence during walking tours and a market visit.


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Itinerary

Day One

Order of activities subject to change based on specific dates booked.

  • Arrival on your own and check in to your centrally-located hotel in Florence, home for your Florence food tour.
  • Time to settle in and relax.
  • Your welcome dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant within walking distance of your hotel, which boasts a superb view of the Ponte Vecchio and one of the best wine selections in town.
  • Overnight.

David statue in Florence


Day Two

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • This morning, meet your licensed Florence guide for a 3-hour guided tour combining the art highlights of this amazing city with visits of local food specialty shops and markets where Florentines purchase their fresh seasonal ingredients. You will find out why Florence is a top spot for Tuscany food tours as you taste local cured meats and cheeses and learn about the Italian way of life.
  • Lunch will be on your own at the San Lorenzo market or a local trattoria nearby (your guide can make suggestions).
  • Afternoon at leisure for individual exploration (or we can schedule additional cultural visits or Florence wine tours upon request).
  • Dinner on your own, and overnight.

Wine and prosciutto


Day Three

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • At 9:30 am, meet your driver-guide for a full-day excursion including a Tuscany wine tour. Start in the Chianti region, strolling around the charming village of Greve in Chianti and stop for a Tuscany food tour  at the famous Falorni butcher shop, where you will taste local products. Stop at a local family-run winery for a Tuscan wine tasting tour of Chianti Classico and a delicious merlot blend, accompanied by a light lunch of local products.
  • Travel on to Siena. Walk around the Piazza del Campo, where the raucous Palio horse race is held twice a year, and view the Gothic Duomo. (If you would like to arrange a walking tour with a licensed guide at an additional cost, it must be arranged ahead of time.)
  • Return to Florence in the late afternoon. Dinner on your own and overnight.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence


Day Four

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Free morning for leisure activities. Perhaps a museum visit or some shopping.
  • This afternoon, enjoy a pizza and gelato class at a local cooking atelier. Your class will lost approximately 3 1/2 hours and will include homemade pizza, your favorite ice cream flavor, and a Tuscan dish using the best seasonal products. Dine on what you have prepared with fine local wines.  (The cooking school is about a 15-20 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride from your hotel.)
  • Overnight.

Duomo in Florence


Day Five

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • This morning, head back (on foot or by taxi) to the cooking atelier for your next Tuscan cooking class. First you will have a walking visit of local “botteghe,” or shops, to select ingredients, always a highlight of our Florence food tours. You might visit the local butcher, vegetable vendor, and cheese shop. Your Tuscany cooking class will focus on signature Tuscan recipes and will include a four-course menu.
  • Lunch to follow paired with local wines.
  • Afternoon free for shopping and individual explorations.
  • Farewell dinner tonight at a local restaurant within walking distance of your hotel.
  • Overnight.

Day Six

  • Breakfast and depart on your own.

Trip Details

Included in the 5-Night Trip

Accommodations

5 nights accommodation in 3* hotel (upgrades to 4* and 5* hotels also available)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals (1/4 bottle per person)

Classes & Instructors

2 cooking classes at a local cooking school including:

  • a pizza and gelato class
  • a hands-on class to prepare a four-course menu

You will also have the chance to explore the wonderful gastronomy of Florence during walking tours and a market visit.

Excursions

  • 3-hour private walking tour of Florence with local products tastings
  • Full-day excursion to Chianti and Siena (including winery visit)
  • “Botteghe” walk with the chef

Transfer Details

  • Transfers are not included but can be arranged for an additional cost. (But a taxi from the Florence airport to the center runs only around 20 Euros, plus baggage)._

Not Included

  • Transportation to cooking class on day 5 (a long walk or short taxi ride from most central hotels)

Accommodation Information

About the accommodations: Your home in Florence will be a beautiful and centrally-located hotel just steps from the major sites. We can offer everything from 3* to 5* accommodations to suit your budget. (Please note if the hotels proposed below are not available we will propose a suitable alternative.)

For a 3* experience we recommend the lovely and intimate Hotel Silla (or similar), in one of our favorite neighborhoods (San Niccolò). The rooms feature classic Florentine decor and come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, air conditioning and minibars. There is also a large terrace facing the Arno River to further enhance your stay.

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If you want to upgrade to a 4* hotel we can recommend the Hotel Calzaiuoli (or similar). Ideally located about halfway between the Duomo (Cathedral) and the Ponte Vecchio, the elegant rooms feature marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and coffeemakers.

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For a 5* experience, you can upgrade to the beautiful Hotel Bernini. The elegant hotel features antique furnishings, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, and scenic views. 

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Year-Round Pricing:

5-night Program
US$2350 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$350 per person to upgrade to 4* hotel
  • Add US$650 per person to upgrade to 5* hotel

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Please inquire for single occupancy rate.


Tour Dates

Available the following dates for a minimum of 1 person. Other start dates also possible, please inquire.

2019
July 28-August 2
August 4-9
August 11-16
August 18-23
August 25-30
September 1-6
September 8-13
September 15-20
September 22-27
September 29-October 4
October 6-11
October 13-18
October 20-25
October 27-November 1
November 3-8
November 10-15
November 17-22
November 24-29
December 1-6
December 8-13
December 15-20
December 22-27
December 29-January 3

2020
January 5-10
January 12-15
January 19-24
January 26-31
February 2-7
February 9-14
February 16-21
February 23-28
March 1-6
March 8-13
March 15-20
March 22-27
March 29-April 3
April 5-10
April 12-17
April 19-24
April 26-31
May 3-8
May 10-15
May 17-22
May 24-29
May 31-June 5
June 7-12
June 14-19
June 21-26
June 28-July 3
July 5-10
July 12-17
July 19-24
July 26-31
August 2-7
August 9-14
August 16-21
August 23-28
August 30-September 4
September 6-11
September 13-18
September 20-25
September 27-October 2
October 4-9
October 11-16
October 18-23
October 25-30
November 1-6
November 8-13
November 15-20
November 22-27
November 29-December 4
December 6-11
December 13-18
December 20-25

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