7. Dine around Florence: An Evening Food and Wine Experience
Start your tour on the iconic Ponte Vecchio as you cross into the artisanal mecca of the Oltrarno neighborhood. Stopping at some favorite local haunts, sample Tuscan charcuterie, cheeses, and fresh-baked bread along with regional olive oils and balsamic vinegars. As you eat, your guide will explain why Florence has become recognized as one of the world capitals of good eating, even within Italy and how the region of Tuscany is able to produce such quality foods.
Next you’ll cross the bustling plaza of Santo Spirito and head into an enoteca, or wine bar, where you’ll be able to sample three local wines, including one of the famous Super Tuscans, along with three types of crostini. In between the the artisans’ workshops that line Via Santo Spirito, pop into one of the famous bakeries in Florence for a snack, before sitting down at a local trattoria for the main event.
Next you'll have the highlight of the evening. After two authentic starters tuck into the steak that is the culinary pride of every Florentine, the bistecca Fiorentina, a thick hunk of red meat that is every carnivore's dream. But the night isn’t quite over. First enjoy a glass of dessert wine with cookies (cantuccio), then pop over to a traditional gelateria in Florence to grab a cup of your favorite gelato, invented right here in Florence. Finally, all that’s left is a stroll back to the other side of the city to help all the food settle.