Italy is the ideal place to indulge your inner gourmet, and few cities reward that agenda better than Florence. Florence offers multiple options for day trips into wine country, cooking classes in Tuscan villas, historic markets, food festivals, and more. Here are some of the things to do if you’d like to add a foodie flavor to your Florence trip.
Eating is a popular pastime in Florence, whether you’re a traveler or a resident. There’s some variety to be sampled, including Italian imports from other regions, but if you really want to taste the best of the city’s cuisine then you’ve got to eat these famous Florence foods.
Not every city with a river running through it embraces that waterway – but the Arno River is at the heart of Florence and has been for centuries. The river cuts right through the historic center of the city, so it stands to reason that there would also be a number of historic bridges crossing from one side to the other, right? Well, yes and no.
I’ve always associated Florence with elaborate frescos, classic art and Renaissance architecture. Food, I thought, was best sampled in Rome or Milan, were fine, traditional cuisine is a given. I could not have been more wrong! As I discovered whilst experiencing the Florence Gourmet Food Tour , Florentine gourmet products share the same striking history and artisan quality as their famous counterparts.
A quick glance at a map will tell you that Florence can’t really be a cruise port. It’s on a river, sure, but it’s too far inland for the big Mediterranean cruise ships to reach. It’s a stop listed on many cruise itineraries, though, so how do they do it? The Florence cruise port is in the Tuscan coastal city of Livorno, a little over an hour from Florence by train. If you’ve been to Florence and are interested in exploring a less visited Italian city, here’s what to know about visiting Livorno.
There are enough statues and other pieces of artwork in Florence that you might overlook the bronze pig at the Mercato Nuovo – but if you’re superstitious and want to return to Florence, you’d be smart to seek out the Fontana del Porcellino (the Piglet Fountain) to make an offering.
Your vacation in Florence, the Renaissance capital, will feel utterly special to you – and yet it’ll most likely be a duplicate of countless other vacations in Florence this year. It’s hard to get away from the usual to-do list in a city as historically and artistically important as Florence, but you don’t have to give in to telling the same old vacation stories. With any of these unique and memorable tours in Florence you can make your trip stand out in your own travel memories, not to mention the stories you’ll tell everyone else.
Florence is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy, so you may want to try to plan your visit to avoid the worst of the high season crowds. Spring can be a good option, if you can handle unpredictable weather. Here’s what you need to know about traveling to Florence in spring.
Most travelers in Florence are familiar with Botticelli’s enormous paintings of “The Birth of Venus” and “Spring,” both of which hang in the Uffizi Gallery, but fewer know the story that connects this gifted artist with the fanatical 15th century monk, Savonarola, who was later burned at the stake in the Piazza della Signoria. By some accounts, Savonarola is responsible for the destruction of Botticelli.
Enjoy the best of Florence with the Ultimate Florence Experience for 2! Perfect for first-time visitors and locals alike, these tours offer a unique way to see the city and its surrounds.