FOOD TOUR IN FLORENCE

9 February 2016
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The tour...

    Wherelse could our stroll begin if not in the San Lorenzo quarter, home to the Mercato Centrale, Florence’s expansive, covered food market, constructed in the 19th century according to the wishes of the king of Italy, when Florence was destined to become the capital of the kingdom of Italy. The many shops that opened around the market made this a bustling area. Over time the increase of outdoor market stalls have obstructed the view of the little shops, many of which have been run by the same family for generations and are to be considered true historical establishments.
    We will begin with a sweet note, as our first stop will be at a cafe, where we can enjoy some delicious cream-filled flaky pastries that will simply melt in your mouth. We will then move on to a tiny bakery, famous in the whole quarter for its focaccias and “coccoli”, small balls of fried bread dough, which can be eaten on their own or with salamis and cheeses.
    The large indoor market houses a host of delis which offer samplings of a variety of strictly locally-sourced cold cuts, including lard, “finocchiona” (a Tuscan salami) “rigatina” (a salt-cured piece of pork deriving from the forward part of the animal). Never missing on these platters is the king of cheeses, the famous pecorino toscano, made from sheep milk, which we will be able to savour in all its degrees of aging, from the fresh kind to the more aged. Of course local extra-virgin olive oil will be among the products offered for samplings.
    Our thirst can be quenched at a little restaurant just around the corner, where we can enjoy appetizers such as the famous truffle-flavored sandwiches. And we will certainly want to wash these down with a glass of local Sangiovese. For those with a hearty appetite, I recommend a filet from the Chianina cattle, typical of the pasture lands south of Florence, served with porcini mushrooms.
    The inevitable sweet finishing touch will be an artisanal ice-cream. Not only will we be delighting our taste buds, but we will also be paying homage to the inventor of “gelato”, a cook at the service of Catherine de Medici in Florence.

 

Finding out more…

This tour can be tailored to your tastes and wishes. A gelato-making workshop can be organized at one of the most famous gelaterie in the city, which would certainly be lots of fun for any of the children in the tour group.

Useful notes…

  • The central food market is opened everyday morning.
  • Quotation including food and wine on request.

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