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Food Lovers Tour of Florence (part 2)

Food Lovers Tour of Florence (part 2)

What do locals eat in Florence?

In the last food lovers’ walking tour with the Divina Cucina herself, Judy Witts Francini, we visited some of the local cafes, food and wine establishments through one of Florence’s local neighborhoods, on our way to the San Lorenzo  Central Market, the food lovers paradise!

Today our culinary adventure continues as Judy introduces us to the delectable and the bizzare that makes Tuscan Food among the most sought after in the world!  Afterwards, we’re off to a local trattoria for a Florentine Steak lunch, and of course, desert!

In the video: get your taste buds ready for THIS culinary adventure Florence style!!

Unusual Florentine Food

Truth be told, had I ventured into the Central Market on my own, I would’ve missed out on everything!! To really get the full experience of local food, culture and traditions, you need someone knowledgeable and experienced to guide you through labyrinth of shops and educate you on the plethora of products and food that’s inside this huge market. As much as I’m a do-it-yourself kind of traveler, I would NOT attempt to go through this amazing market without Judy, no way….and by not getting the most out of the San Lorenzo Market you’d miss out on the secret ingredients of Florence.

 What is Chianina steak?

Sampling our way through Market left me hungry for more….more like a Florentine Steak, something you will not find in the US because the Florentine Steak comes from the special breed of the ancient Chianina cows, and no such cows exist in the US.

In the food tour video you will see what makes the Chianina steaks so special and see for yourself how ENORMOUS they are!
Chianina (florentine) steak

FOOD TOUR: Chianina (florentine) steak


Our Florence Food Tour continues….be sure to watch Part 3 for  more culinary adventure!


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 elegant!

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
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.

Great Segway Tours of Florence

 Italy Segway Tours - www.italysegwaytours.com
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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