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Food Lovers Tour of Florence (part 1)

Food Lovers Tour of Florence (part 1)

This episode is for all the foodies out there! Especially those who ALSO love Italy! Today, we’re going on a gastronomic adventure inside the Central Market in Florence with the Divina Cucina herself, Judy Witts Francini, successful cooking instructor, cookbook author, and local Florentine! This is not going to be just an olive oil and truffle tour, oh no….we’re indulging in local delicacies you WON’T find on your average tourist menu. We’re going hard core local, Florence style!!



We met Judy at Hotel Baglioni not far from the St Maria Novella train station, an excellent starting point for our tour, which takes us through some of Florence’s off the tourist path neighborhoods for a glimpse at the local life.

Judy starts the tour by introducing us to some unique historic characteristics of the city she’s passionate about and has been her home for more than 25 years.  We meet some colorful locals and experts who offer us a glimpse into the “real Florence” and the locals who make it so fabulous!


Florence Food Tour with Judy Witts Francini

Florence Food Tour with Judy Witts Francini

San Lorenzo Central Market

Florence is famous not only for it’s incredible  art and style, but for it’s legendary Tuscan food as well.  And at the city’s largest market you’ll find the best products from the Tuscan countryside. Part of the culinary courses offered by Divina Cucina, is a food lovers’ walking tour of Judy’s second home: the San Lorenzo Central Market with plenty of tastings, exploring the interesting and unusual, shopping, cooking tips and ideas, and finally lunch at a local trattoria where we’ll feast on Florentine Steak, what else??

Watch the Video to get a glimpse of Florence’s off the beaten path streets, shops, and culinary delights only a local would know!

Be sure to check out Parts 2 and 3 of this fabulous Food Tour of Florence!


Recommendations in Florence

Food tour of Florence with Judy Witts Francini

Restaurants and Cafes in Florence:

In the show:

Via Rosina, 4/6 r, 50125 Florence
055 283259

Coccole Cioccolato

Via Ginori, 55/57r

~ Snackbar Anna

Via dei Genori 26R


Restaurant Near Santa Maria Novella Church
La Dantesca - Il paradiso della pizza
Via Panzani, 57 r
Piazza S Maria Novella
(Excellent wood oven pizzas at great prices)
Restaurant in Piazza della Repubblica
Piazza della Repubblica, 35
(great lunch plates inexpensively priced, elegant interior)
Not cheap, but an elegant to enjoy a drink or snack table side and take in the scenery of the square.
Restaurant Near Santa Croce Church
(Traditional local food)
Via Giovanni Da Verrazzano 3/5 r
Angolo Piazza Santa Croce
055-22 60 064
Restaurant near the Duomo
Via Ricasoli 5-7 r
055 292 124
(Great pizza and meats. Friendly staff. Ate there many times!)

Best Gelato in Florence:

~ Gelateria la Carraia
(located at the end of Carraia Bridge across the Arno on the Oltrarno side)
Vicolo Calimaruzza, 18 e
P.zza del Mercato Nuovo
  Tel. 055 288505
~ Vestri
Borgo degli Albizi, 11, 50122 Florence
055 234 0374

Hotels in Florence:

Via Dè Guicciardini, 13, 50125 Florence
Conveniently located near Ponte Vecchio, pleasant and lovely. Friendly staff.
Via della Scala, 7, 50123 Florence
Conveniently located near Santa Maria Novella Church and train station. Elegant decor, comfortable rooms.

Fun Segway Tours of Florence

Glide your way through Florence, I found it to be a great way to get around without pounding your feet to the cobble stones!
Group tours or private tours.

Relaxing Day Tours to and from Florence:

Day tours to Florence from Rome or from Livorno Cruise Port in private vehicle and personal tour driver.
Stefano Rome Tours www.stefanorometours.com
Day tours from Livorno and Florence into Tuscany and Chianti regions in private vehicle and personal tour driver:
Chianti Tours www.chiantitours.com
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One Response to “Food Lovers Tour of Florence (part 1)”

  1. sabina says:

    wonderfull tips! Mercato centrale…… we love it!

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