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Food and Wine in Florence

By Viator, June 2014

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No matter where you go in Italy, you're sure to encounter fabulous meals about which you may literally write home. Florence, Tuscany’s historic capital, however, offers its own creative ways to please your taste buds that will have you talking for years to come.

The famous outdoor San Lorenzo Market (otherwise known as Mercato Centrale) may seem like an unlikely tourist attraction, but it is the perfect place to pick up either a few souvenirs or fixings for a picnic. The market is full of locals doing their own shopping, as well as vendors who are happy to help out a tourist looking for the perfect local cheese to pair with nice Chianti. This area is near the leather market and the Basilica of San Lorenzo, so it's easy an easy stop to make when you’re out exploring. If a DIY spin through a Florentine market doesn't sound appealing, then consider a guided walking tour through the market, where you’ll pick up shopping tips from a local expert.

Take your vacation to the next level with local food expertise and a cooking class, too. You can take a small-group Italian cooking class in Florence in a private home, where you'll make a four-course Tuscan meal from the ingredients you pick up – with your chef and teacher – at the San Lorenzo Market. For an even more exclusive experience, sign up for a VIP cooking class in a noble villa and a farmers’ market tour with one of the best chefs in Florence. If you only have a half-day to spare, you can still get some useful cooking tips with a cooking class to learn how to make gelato and pizza. There's nothing quite like savoring your own culinary creations in the country where they were born.

Perhaps you're more enthusiastic about the dining experience than the cooking? You can take a small-group Tuscany wine-tasting tour from Florence that includes visits to two Chianti wineries. You'll sample six wines, enjoy a three-course lunch and explore a quintessentially Tuscan town. You can also book a spot for a special dinner in the Chianti countryside, which includes stops in Siena and San Gimignano, where you'll sample some of the region's famous cuisine surrounded by its beautiful scenery.

No matter which food or wine tour you choose, you're sure to savor the meal, the wine and the entire experience.

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Small-Group Tuscany Wine-Tasting Tour from Florence

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 141 Reviews

Combine Tuscan wines with incredible scenery on a full-day Tuscany wine-tasting tour from Florence! Led by a sommelier guide, travel by luxury minivan to the ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.72

Taste of Chianti: Tuscan Cheese, Wine and Lunch from Florence

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Treat your taste buds on a full-day Chianti wine and food tour from Florence and sample some of Tuscany’s finest wine, cheese, meat, chocolate and more! With a ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $177.31

Small-Group Italian Cooking Class in Florence

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 357 Reviews

Meet Chef Giovanni and learn how to cook a four-course Tuscan banquet in a private home in the heart of Florence! Numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.93

Cooking Class and Lunch at a Tuscan Farmhouse with Local Market Tour from Florence

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Indulge your love of Italian food in Tuscany, and enjoy a full-day tour that combines a market visit with a cooking class and 4-course meal with wine! After ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.12

Tuscany Small-Group Day Trip with Chianti Dinner: Siena and San Gimignano

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Head to the Tuscan hills on a day trip from Florence to visit Siena, San Gimignano and, finally, a Chianti winery for dinner! Journey through stretches of ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $190.95

Florence Cooking Class: Learn How to Make Gelato and Pizza

4.5 star rating: Recommended 150 Reviews

Combine your love of pizza and gelato (an Italian version of ice cream) with a unique cooking class in beautiful Florence. Learn how to make gelato and ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.38

Wine and Dine in the Tuscan Countryside Including a Night Tour of Florence

Enjoy a true taste of Tuscany as you wine and dine on this delectable 4-hour tour from Florence. Head out of the city to an idyllic Tuscan country estate and ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.84

Florence Super Saver: Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Plus Gelato and Pizza Cooking Class

Lick your lips and roll up your sleeves for an evening of food tasting and cooking during an exciting Florence Super Saver. Combining two best-selling food ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.20
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Renaissance Court Banquet in Florence

Make like Renaissance nobility, and spend an evening in a Florentine ‘palazzo’ with a lavish 4-course banquet accompanied by Chianti wine, music and dancing.  ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $80.47

Chianti Semi-Private Cooking Class at a Tuscan Villa

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Create the flavors of Tuscany during a full-day cooking experience from Florence! After shopping for quality ingredients at a Florence farmers market, travel ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $190.95

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