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Eat + Drink Florence

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,050

Discover local traditions and regional foods on this exploration of Florence’s culinary highlights. This trip to Florence includes a visit to the Academy Gallery, where you’ll see Michelangelo’s “David,” a trip to one of the largest open-air markets in Italy, a cooking class, and a private truffle tasting experience.


This 4-day Italy vacation takes you around Florence to experience its culinary delights.

Your trip to Italy showcases Florence, the Tuscan capital and birthplace of the Renaissance. During your time in the city, you’ll explore the gorgeous medieval architecture and artistic masterworks of the city while sampling its incredible food and drink. You’ll stay at a premium hotel in the heart of the city, which gives you easy access to many of its most popular sights.

Spend a day experiencing the world-class food and art of Florence. Begin at the Academy Gallery, where you’ll admire the masterworks of Michelangelo, including his “David,” perhaps the most famous statue in the world. Then stroll to the food market of San Lorenzo to see where Florentine chefs do their shopping. Sample local cheeses and meats, learn to savour the taste of aged balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, and learn to cook a Florentine T-bone steak. That afternoon, join a small group cooking class to learn to make a four-course Tuscan dinner. Cap off the class by feasting on your creation, paired with a good Tuscan wine, of course. The next day, enjoy a private truffle tasting, where you’ll learn about the truffle hunt and get to taste white and black truffles and truffle-infused oils. By the end of the tasting, you’ll be an expert on this treasured Italian delicacy. At the end of your time in Florence, head to the train station to continue your onward journey.

This culinary trip to Florence makes for a great addition to a longer Italy vacation.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,050

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Day 1

Florence Train Station to Florence Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Hotel Centrale

Situated in the heart of Florence, Florence Centrale Hotel is just a few steps away from the Duomo and the principal monuments of the City, a short distance from the central Train Station S. Maria Novella, from the Fortezza Da Basso (home of the most important trade shows) and the Palazzo Dei Congressi. Its location, inside the prestigious Malaspina Palace, now the Conti Palace, is setting for a carefully and finely furnished building where one can breathe in the authentic atmosphere of the past, bringing back the beauty and taste of the ancient "historic residences".

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Centrale

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    Hotel Centrale



    Situated in the heart of Florence, Florence Centrale Hotel is just a few steps away from the Duomo and the principal monuments of the City, a short distance from the central Train Station S. Maria Novella, from the Fortezza Da Basso (home of the most ...

    Situated in the heart of Florence, Florence Centrale Hotel is just a few steps away from the Duomo and the principal monuments of the City, a short distance from the central Train Station S. Maria Novella, from the Fortezza Da Basso (home of the most important trade shows) and the Palazzo Dei Congressi. Its location, inside the prestigious Malaspina Palace, now the Conti Palace, is setting for a carefully and finely furnished building where one can breathe in the authentic atmosphere of the past, bringing back the beauty and taste of the ancient "historic residences".

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Concierge

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Day 2

Small Group Cooking Course Dinner

Enjoy a small group (maximum 16 pax) cooking course and dinner in the heart of Florence. Learn about the Tuscan and Florentine culture by being taught some of its celebrated food and wine traditions. On this course you can learn to cook a classic Tuscan meal in a top class cookery school. You will create a four-course meal (starter, first course, second course and dessert) under the expert guidance of a multilingual chef. The course will be followed by dinner with the dishes you have prepared, accompanied by a good Tuscan wine and a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Duration0 Minutes
Day 3

Walking Tour: Art and Food

Enjoy a small group tour for food lovers! Florence wine and food culture is as important and fascinating as its history and artistic background are. Discover how the eno-gastronomic aspect of the cradle of Renaissance is intrinsic to Florentines' everyday life and heritage through the eyes of a passionate local guide.

This enlightening walking tour starts from the very heart of Florence: Santa Maria Novella Square. Admire the astonishing Romanesque façade of the imposing church and learn how vineyards dominated the area centuries ago. Proceed towards the core of Florence wine and food culture: the colorful and lively San Lorenzo Market. Breath in the atmosphere of this unique food market where you can get any kind of fresh ingredients directly from the producers: taste the typical "cantuccini" the most famous dessert biscuits of our region and do not forget to dip them into "vinsanto" sweet wine!

Discover all the secrets behind the construction of San Lorenzo Church and Duomo Cathedral, and learn why so many historical buildings have small windows on their walls... the so-called wine portals (buchette del vino) unique to Florentine architecture. Your guide will reveal you how they were used in the past before joining a second food and wine tasting in a picturesque "Vinaino" shop... taste the best cold-cuts of our region (salame, finocchiona and prosciutto together with Pecorino cheese) along with the world-known Chianti red wine.

Heading to our last tasty stop, the local guide will tell you some interesting facts about the most famous families of Florentine wine producers, that is to say Antinori and Frescobaldi, while strolling through the historic centre of the city, admiring such masterpieces as Orsanmichele Church and Signoria Square. This gourmet quest ends with a taste of 2 mouth watering "poor" dishes belonging to Florentine culinary tradition such as "Pappa al pomodoro" and "Ribollita", both made with Tuscan bread and with peasant origins. An incredible mix of art and culinary tradition for all tastes!

Duration3 Hours

Truffle Tasting - Private

In Tuscany, the most common edible species and most sought after, is the White Truffle and the highly prized Black Truffle. Truffles grow in calcareous soils, in conjunction with certain other plants, according to the type of truffle. Traditionally, the main participant in truffle hunting is the dog, who after proper training, can locate truffles by their smell only and dig them up carefully. Truffles are used exclusively grated, and raw. This tour introduces visitors to the secrets of the truffle hunt, including the storage and tasting of truffles. The truffle tastings and truffle-flavoured oils are accompanied with local bread, and an appropriate wine.

Duration2 Hours
Day 4

Florence Hotel to Florence Train Station

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Mondays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip transfers between Florence train station and Florence hotel
  • 3 nights' first class accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • Art and Food in Florence private tour
  • Cooking Course Dinner small-group experience
  • Private Truffle Tasting experience

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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21 Oct 2019
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