Day Tour

Florence for Foodies (2 Hours 30 Minutes)

Context Travel

Florence, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 02 Mar 2019

Florence for Foodies (2 Hours 30 Minutes)

Florence, Italy

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



Food and gastronomy have always played an integral part of Florentine culture and identity. And abroad, traditional Tuscan cuisine has grown to become synonymous with the use of fresh, local ingredients. The city's recent increase in visitors, however, has made genuine Tuscan-style locales and shops harder and harder to encounter. Unfortunately, industrial and processed foods are replacing home-grown and local products. During our two and a half hours together, we will uncover some of the remaining authentic and historical establishments that still celebrate Florence's gastronomic peculiarities.

We will begin the walk in the heart of the historical center, home to many traditional bakeries, shops and cafes. Our docent, an Italian cuisine expert, will lead us to some favorite places to sample the city's best snacks and sweets. The group will have the opportunity to sample several specialties; including truffle sandwiches, Tuscan salamis, foccacia, coffee, pastries and, if the season is right, gelato. All the while, we will discuss local agricultural products, their background and how they differ from foods in other parts of Italy. We'll also touch on the current restaurant scene in Florence, for those interested in a total culinary experience while in town.

Though the focus of this walk is on the food, the group will quickly learn how Florence's gastronomy is intrinsically intertwined with its social and political history. The walk will thus celebrate and delve into multiple facets of Florentine life.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six other people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our "docents" are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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