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Taste of Florence

By Florence Expert: Elena, Italy, March 2012

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I always have food as a fundamental part of my trips. I am not a food addict but I usually consider it as a part of the culture of a country, which tells us a lot about its territory, geography, economy, traditions and from there history and funny stories.

Besides museums, paintings, buildings and churches (and I am a guide of Florence so usually hungry for these) I like to dedicate part of my trips abroad to restaurants and food.

That's why while offering my tours in Florence, I usually like to recommend restaurants and nice places where to eat. And most of all I like to offer a tour based on food and let my clients appreciate Tuscan gastronomy and typical products.

I usually begin from the sweetest part...chocolate. We go to one of the most famous chocolate producers in Florence, see how this is produced and have a little tasting of it. Then I usually take my guests in one of the oldest market of Florence, Sant'Ambrogio or San Lorenzo and let them taste the typical Tuscan cheeses and cold cuts and some wine from the markets stalls. It's so funny walking around and watching at Florentines working in markets laughing, yelling and making jokes
to each other in real Florentine dialect, mixing with the locals a bit out of the usual touristy places and see how they really live, what's their typical daily shopping, their life, how do they organize their day.

When we have time at disposal we also arrange a car with driver and drive on the Florentine hills where Eleonora, a charming English speaking lady with her husband owns an outstanding 1500 villas with 6000 olive trees. Needless to say that they produce and sell their 100% biological olive oil. I love to spend my time there admiring the valleys and offer a oil tasting to the guests while she explains and show how oil is produced. She also arrange cooking classes at the villa and when weather permits lunch is served in her wonderful garden. Otherwise in the frescoed room of the villa.

In the heat of the afternoon we devote ourselves to ice cream visiting one of the historical shops of Florence where they produce it and taste the various flavors. When clients want to go a bit out of the city I love to take them in the countryside, Chianti landscape offer thousands of picture occasions and hilly landscape of wine, olive groves which help
eyes and soul to relax In this area I usually take appointment with a winery so that we will learn how wine is produced and have a wine tasting relieved from the heat outside in the fresh dark cellars. The cellar master will explain the differences of the wines we will taste and how they matches with certain food.

Let me introduce you to my personal taste of Florence!

Elena

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