10 Must-Try Food Tours of Florence To Explore the Local Cuisine

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Surrounded by Tuscan rolling hills, Florence, the birthplace of Italian Renaissance, has a rich culinary heritage.

While in Florence we took several food tours to help us better understand the regional delicacies and characteristic wines.

To ensure your Tuscan culinary adventures are nothing short of extraordinary, we selected the best food tours of Florence to consider.

Covering authentic Tuscan cuisine, street foods, market visits, and wine tastings you are in for a spectacular treat.

Eat like a local on any of these best food tours in Florence.

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Other Florence Food Tours We Recommend

Florence Food ToursPrice ($USD)Group SizeStart TimeDuration (hours)Location
Oltrarno Food and Wine Tour At Sunset$111.87Max 124:45 pm or 5:15 pm3.5hOltrarno neighborhood
Secret Food Tours Florence $95.63Max 1010:00 am3hSant’Ambrogio and Santa Croce neighborhoods
Florentine Steak Experience $183.92Max 86:30 pm1.5hFlorence Center
Florence Food Walking Tour$92.50Max 149:30 am and 4:30 pm3hFlorence Center
Florence Food And Wine Tour $98.42Max 1211:30 am and 6:30 pm3.5hHistoric city center
Florence Food Walking Tour with A Local $67.07Max 123:00 pm2.5hFlorence Center
Florence Off The Beaten Path Food And Wine Tour$107.66Max 1511:00 am and 5:30 pm3.5hHistoric center, Oltrarno and Saint Ambrogio
The price of these food tours in Florence are shown in Euros. We provide USD conversion at the time of writing. Please note that prices might vary slightly when you book your tour. Availability of some Florence food tours may differ based on season and time of year.

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Top 10 Food Tours in Florence

1. Tastes and Traditions Florence Food Tour With Sant Ambrogio Market Visit

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Dive into Florentine flavors with a local guide

Markets and local neighborhoods are some of the best places to explore the culinary culture of a place.

This Taste and Traditions tour of Florence with Sant Ambrogio market visit takes you to a local neighborhood to explore how Florentines shop and eat.

You’ll spend 3.5 hours exploring an off-the-beaten-path lively and authentic neighborhood with your local guide.

In total you’ll make 8 stops and will try 9 different regional specialties including 3 glasses of Tuscan wine.

We took this tour and loved diving into the local Florentine food culture. One of our favorite stops was the local market visit for an exploration of seasonal and Tuscan regional delicacies.

This small group tour starts out with a traditional Florentine breakfast before heading to the local market.

You’ll walk around the neighborhood stopping at traditional eateries for Tuscan specialties like bread soup, crostini, regional wines, and more.

The city’s rich history will come to life through the stories from your guide as you stop at important monuments. 

The tour ends with delicious bites of regional treats and most importantly an understanding of local Florentine daily life.

Cost: $89.27 per person

Time and Length of Tour: Approximately 3.5 hours. Tour starts at 10:00 am

Group Style: Group tour of a maximum of 12 people

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2. 10 Tastings of Florence with Locals – Private Tour

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Get to know Florence’s food culture and enjoy artisanal treats

Peel back the layers of history and food culture in Florence on a private food tour with a local guide.

This 3-hour food tour with 10 tastings takes you to famous and iconic parts of the city to explore the regional gastronomy,

This customized culinary adventure designed just for you and your group takes you at your own pace starting at Santo Spirito, one of the most iconic squares.

As you stroll around the area, you’ll meet local artisans and sample a wide variety of sweet and savory traditional dishes.

More local iconic foods await when you visit Ponte Vecchio, the most famous bridge in Florence.

You’ll sample specialties like Tuscan cheeses, cantucci, or biscotti, coccolo ripieno, or stuffed pizza balls including local wines.

This 10 tastings of Florence private food tour is one of the best food tours to get you introduced to the local food scene in the city. 

It is customized just for you and your group allowing you to enjoy the city’s food and sights at your own pace.

Cost: $150.47 per person

Time and Length of Tour: Approximately 3 hours. Tours start every half hour from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Group Style: Private tour, maximum 8 people

3. Oltrarno Food and Wine Tour At Sunset

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A great way to spend your evening sampling Florentine food and wine

Florence at sunset is stunning. As the sun sets, the city awakens, bathed in a captivating glow.

This Oltrano food and wine tour takes you across the Arno River for food and wine tastings at family-owned eateries.

For about 3.5 hours you enjoy more than 8 food and wine tastings at local gems in the local Oltrarno neighborhood.

Along your Florence walking food tour, you will stop at 2 Enotecas for tastings of Tuscan cuisine and Chianti wine. Your tour guide will take you to the famous wine windows for some more wine tasting.

A local restaurant will host your dinner, where you will indulge in Florence’s most famous dish, the Florentine steak or Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

The tour ends with some of the best gelato in the town where gelato was invented.

We took this food tour and loved the stops for iconic dishes and delicious Tuscan specialties.

This Oltrano food and wine tour is a wonderful way to experience a local neighborhood and sample a wide variety of regional delicacies and wines.

Cost: $111.87 per person

Time and Length of Tour: Approximately 3.5 hours. Tours start at 4:45 pm and 5:15 pm

Group Style: Group tour of a maximum of 12 people

4. Florence Street Food Tour 

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Explore the vibrant street food scene in Florence

Florence has a surprising street food scene. While the street food scene may not be as famous like in Palermo, Sicily, the street finds are just as tasty.

This Florence street food tour takes you on an unfiltered culinary adventure to the backstreets of the city.

You’ll spend 3-hours with a local guide on a walking tour to the best local delicacies at two Florentine markets.

You’ll sample regional delicacies like crostino nero, local meats, Tuscan cheeses, Florentine recipes, and different wines. 

During your Florence street food tour, you will also visit some of the city’s famous attractions. 

You will glance at the impressive Sant’Ambrogio Church, admire Piazza de Cimatori, and visit the famous Casa di Dante Museum.

Throughout your street food adventure, you’ll learn about the history and arts from your local guide and how they have influenced the food culture.

This street food tour is for those who want to experience local Italian foods and the unforgettable flavors of the street.

Cost: $81.62 per person

Time and Length of Tour: Approximately 3 hours. Tour starts at 10:30 am

Group Style: Small group tour of a maximum of 10 people

5. Secret Food Tours Florence 

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Discover Florence’s medieval architecture and taste local delicacies

Explore Tuscan cuisine with various food stops and wine tastings, all while admiring the medieval city center.

This Secret Food Tours Florence offers a complete Florentine experience, with various tastings from olive oil to street food and traditional recipes.

You’ll spend about 3-hours learning about the history and food culture while stopping at hidden gems.

Your knowledgeable guide will take you to the city’s famous wine bars for some Italian wines and olive oil tastings.

At the historic fish market and Sant’Ambrogio market you’ll visit, you try Tuscan cheese, fresh local meats, fresh produce, and Chianti wine.

Traditional delicious cuisine like Florence-style flatbread, stewed meats, and vegetable dishes will delight your taste buds.

A secret signature dish will end your food tour, along with some tasty gelato and tastings of pure cacao seeds.

If you prefer a more intimate and personalized tour for you and your group, there is an option for a private food tour in Florence. 

This food tour of Florence offers a comprehensive journey through the local delicacies and history, ideal for Italian food lovers.

Cost: $95.63 per person

Time and Length of Tour: Approximately 3 hours. Tour starts at 10:00 am

Group Style: Small group tour of a maximum of 10 people

6. Florentine Steak Experience 

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Savor juicy Florentine steak, a local culinary gem

Florentine steak, or “Bistecca alla Fiorentina” is one of the most famous foods in Florence. 

It’s an authentic Tuscan dish made with steak from an ancient breed of Tuscan cattle.

This Florentine Steak Experience takes you behind the scenes revealing the secrets of this iconic dish from cut to fully prepared steak.

You’ll spend about 1.5-hours at a traditional Italian trattoria with a professional chef preparing a 3-course meal with Florentine steak.

Under the watchful eye of your expert chef, you’ll learn about the cut and how to season and grill the steak to perfection.

In the end, you will enjoy your preparation in a 3-course meal, along with wine tasting of Tuscany’s finest.

This Florentine steak cooking class is an exquisite experience, This is a great class to dive into one of the most famous regional specialties.

Cost: $183.92 per person

Time and Length of Tour: Approximately 1.5 hours. Tour starts at 6:30 pm

Group Style: Small group tour of a maximum of 8 people

7.  Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

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Visit the oldest market in Florence

Food tours in Florence offer memorable culinary experiences, with tastings of authentic Tuscan cuisine right in the heart of the Renaissance city.

Spend 3 hours devouring Florence’s most iconic foods at local eateries on this small group Florence food walking tour.

Starting with Italian coffee and local pastries, your walking food tour take you on multiple food stops in the city center.

As you marvel at the sights and architecture, you’ll also stop for tastings for traditional dishes.

At the oldest market in Florence, you’ll meet local artisans as you sample local meats, cheeses, olive oil and seasonal fresh fruits and produce.

Regional delicacies will be accompanied by a sampling of Tuscan and Chianti wines at a local wine shop or Enoteca.

At each stop for delicious bites, you’ll get historic and cultural information about the city and the local foods.

The tour ends at a delicious gelateria where you’ll choose artisanal gelato choose from a large variety of flavors. 

If you are looking for a full gastronomic experience with a market visit, make sure you book this food and wine tour in Florence.

Cost: $92.50 per person

Time and Length of Tour: Approximately 3 hours. Tours start at 9:30 am and 4:30 pm

Group Style: Group tour of a maximum of 14 people

8.  Florence Food And Wine Tour 

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A perfect pairing of cheese, cured meats, and Chianti wine

Discover Florence and Tuscany’s culinary traditions as you eat and drink your way through the city.

This 3.5 hours Florence food And wine tour focuses on traditional and rustic dishes paired with famous wines including Chianti wine.

This is a walking tour around the city with multiple stops for food and wine. You will also pass by many historic attractions and learn all about them from your friendly tour guide.

Some of the dishes you will enjoy include tastings of famous Tuscan soups like Pappa al Pomodoro or Ribollita.

You will also try a selection of cheese and cured meats, brought from the beautiful Tuscan countryside, with a glass of Chianti wine.

The tour also includes sampling a variety of fresh homemade pasta dishes with a focus on those from Tuscany.

In addition to tasty Trattorias, you will also stop for some sweet treats at a local bakery and an artisanal gelateria. 

Here you’ll sample holy wine and biscotti or Vin Santo e Cantucci and tasty artisanal gelato.

If your time in Florence is short, this Florence food and wine tour with a local guide is a wonderful introduction to the local foods.

Cost: $98.42 per person

Time and Length of Tour: Approximately 3.5 hours. Tour starts at 11:30 am or 6:30 pm

Group Style: Group tour of a maximum of 15 people

9. Florence Food Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Meeting local artisans and Italian delicacies like truffles, chocolate, local bread, olive oil, Chianti, and more are some of the highlights of this tour. 

This Florence food walking tour with a local guide takes you on a culinary adventure with 5 unique food and wine stops.

For about 2.5 hours, you’ll learn about the local and regional cuisines as you sample a wide variety of Tuscan DOP foods.

After kicking off the tour with sweet delights, you’ll then discover the local bread topped with seasonal savory ingredients.

Highlights on this tour include meeting the local artisans and tasting Tuscan local meats, cheeses, Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil, and more.

Truffles from Tuscany are sought after and you’ll learn all about them as you savor truffle specialties with wine and Prosecco.

On your stop at a local artisanal chocolatier, you’ll learn the art of chocolate making and enjoy guided tastings.

A wine tasting and gelato are delicious ends to this food tours in Florence. For a indulgent and exquisite Tuscan feast, this is one of the best tours of Florence.

Cost: $67.07 per person

Time and Length of Tour: Approximately 2.5 hours. Tour starts at 3:00 pm

Group Style: Group tour of a maximum of 12 people

10. Florence Off The Beaten Path Food And Wine Tour

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One of the best food tours of Florence for trying diverse local food

Rather than focus on just one area in the Renaissance City this tour takes you to different neighborhoods for authentic Tuscan cuisine.

This Florence off the beaten path walking tour and tasting, takes you to three iconic areas in the city.

For about 3.5 hours, avoiding tourist traps, you’ll savor the local flavors at 5 different food stops.

After exploring medieval center, you’ll visit two local neighborhoods on each side of the Arno River.  

In the Oltrarno neighborhood, you’ll sample gourmet fare, street foods and different wines.

At the Sant’Ambrogio market and surrounding neighborhood cold cuts, cheeses and fresh Tuscan countryside produce await.

Italian wine tastings continue with a sampling of different varieties of Tuscany’s finest wines.

Gelato is on the menu, as well, as you will make a final stop at a local favorite gelateria.

If you are looking to go beyond the city center and enjoy local Italian foods in different neighborhoods, this is the best food tour for variety.

Cost: $107.66 per person

Time and Length of Tour: Approximately 3.5 hours. Tours start at 11:00 am and 5:30 pm

Group Style: Group tour of a maximum of 15 people

What to Consider When Choosing a Food Tour in Florence Italy?

Even though the top Florence food and walking tours look similar, in reality, they are rather unique in the experiences they offer.

As you plan your culinary adventure, here are some considerations to think about.

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What Kind of Food Tour Experience Do You Want

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Having a great time at one of the Florence food tours

As you consider booking your food tours in Florence, make a note of your preferences and expectations.

Based on your schedule of activities do you prefer a morning, afternoon or evening tour

Is there a specific neighborhood of Florence you want to explore? Or is a general overview of the city enough?

Are you comfortable in a small group tour, or would you prefer a private tour for you and your group?

Would you like a cooking class experience or is food tastings on a walking tour enough?

With these considerations in mind, simply choose the best food tours of Florence, Italy that suits you.

What Is Your Budget for Your Florence Food Tour

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All the food tours of Florence have flexible pricing and free cancellation

Another aspect to think about is your budget and travel itinerary for a Florence culinary adventure.

The best food tours in Florence range in price from $67.07 to $183.92 per person.

Some providers may agree to negotiate discounted rates, depending on your group size.

On a positive note, all these Florence food tours have a free cancellation policy up to 24 to 72 hours before the experience.

FAQs – Food Tours of Florence

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What Food is Florence Known For

Florence is most known for its Bistecca alla Fiorentina, the traditional Chianina beef steak.

Food and Drink Prices in Florence

Prices for food and drinks in Florence vary based on restaurants and wine bars, Expect to pay about  €5  (approx. $5.35) for a glass of wine. Dinner for two at a traditional restaurant ranges from €28 (approx. $30) to €74.68 (approx. $80). The price per kilo for Bistecca alla Fiorentina is between €45 (approx. $48.22) to €55 (approx. $58.93).

Are Food Tours in Florence Italy Worth It

Yes, the top Florence food tours are worth it. They offer unique experiences with friendly and knowledgeable guides. A focus on traditional Tuscan specialties including wine tastings offer insights into Florence’s food culture. The city’s rich history also comes to life as you as you learn about important monuments in Italy’s Renaissance capital.

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