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Florence Central Market: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Florence: Cooking Class & Lunch at Tuscan Farmhouse

1. From Florence: Cooking Class & Lunch at Tuscan Farmhouse

First discover Florence's historical food market where the locals do their daily shopping. Blend in with the locals, and meet the bakers, the butchers, and the farmers selling vegetables from their fields. Their stalls are full of items such as fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, cured meats, balsamic vinegar, sun dried tomatoes, olives and many other Italian food specialties. Shop for the ingredients to use for the cooking class and learn to choose the best seasonal products. Then it's time to start your cooking lesson at a farmhouse in Tuscany. This isn't just a demonstration, you will actually take part in creating a full traditional Tuscan meal with the chef's help. You will learn to make real Italian fresh pasta by hand with freshly laid eggs and learn to make a traditional meat sauce using ingredients from right outside the door! Learn to prepare a classic bruschetta with fresh bread, homegrown tomatoes and the farmhouse's own extra virgin olive oil and then take a break to enjoy it with a glass of Chianti wine. After the break it's back to the lesson where you will learn how to prepare traditional Tuscan roast pork, aristan and Tuscan roast potatoes using fresh herbs collected from around the farmhouse. To finish the class, you will learn the secrets of the wonderful Italian coffee and cream dessert, Tiramisù. At last sit down to enjoy a wonderful meal. Each course will be paired with a carefully selected wine from the region to compliment the flavors of the food you have prepared. At the end of your meal, your driver will be waiting for you for a short drive back to Florence, so it's time to say "arrivederci" after an unforgettable experience in Tuscany.

From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

2. From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

Depart from Rome and head out into the rolling Tuscan countryside on your full-day sightseeing adventure. During the journey, learn about this stunning region and its impressive history, which was of great importance to the creation of the Italian language. Arrive in Pisa and visit the UNESCO-listed Piazza Dei Miracoli, where the Pisan Romanesque-style cathedral is located. In the same square, find the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and stop to take some photos for your vacation album. Spend some free time exploring the city, then hop back on board the bus and continue the tour to Florence. Florence is a stunning city that burst with Renaissance architecture, history, art, philosophy, and science in every corner. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and visit all the most important landmarks, including the Piazza del Duomo, Mercato Nuovo, Vecchio Bridge, and more.  Enjoy free time to explore on your own. Don’t forget to stop at a local café to sample some delicious Tuscan delicacies and desserts before hopping back on the bus, where you can soak up stunning countryside views on the return to Rome.

From Rome: Pisa and Florence Day Tour with Accademia Museum

3. From Rome: Pisa and Florence Day Tour with Accademia Museum

Departure from your hotel or apartment in Rome for the northern province of Tuscany. The full day tour that includes the city of Pisa, where you will see "Piazza dei Miracoli" with its famous Leaning Tower, the Duomo and, if accessible, also the Baptistery. At around 12 am, departure for Florence , the glorious city of the renaissance era. At approximately 3.00 pm, meet your professional guide for a guided tour of the Accademia Museum to see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli, including Michelangelo's David, and a walking tour in the city center. The tour ends with a panoramic view from "Piazzale Michelangelo". Departure for Rome

From Rome: Guided Tour to Florence by High-Speed Train

4. From Rome: Guided Tour to Florence by High-Speed Train

Escape Rome on a high-speed train and travel to Florence to enter the beautiful Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery with a guide. Board the train and enjoy a relaxing trip on the way to Florence. Walk towards the Duomo Square and get lost between the beautiful facade of the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, and the unique Giotto Bell Tower, between the Baptistery and the majestic Brunelleschi Dome. Meet the guide for a visit to the Accademia Gallery, a must-see destination in Florence, and the home of Michelangelo's statue of David. Wander through the gallery and see the beautiful pieces, while gaining significant insights into art and painting techniques. Take a walk to the Central market and prepare to enjoy a tasting of typical local products followed by another walk, this time towards Ponte Vecchio, an eternal symbol of Florence, and reach the Piazzale Degli Uffizi, home to the Uffizi Gallery. Move on to Piazza Della Signoria where to meet with the guide while you admire the majestic Palazzo Vecchio. Enter this unique gallery and be immersed in its artistic spirit, admire wonderful artworks such as "The Birth of Venus" and "The Spring" by Botticelli. See many other famous works by artists such as Giotto, Piero Della Francesca, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Titian, Caravaggio, and many others. After an amazing day, start the walk back to the Santa Maria Novella train station and depart back to Rome.

Florence Food Tour with All’Antico Vinaio skip the line

5. Florence Food Tour with All’Antico Vinaio skip the line

Experience the tastes and aromas of Tuscany on this guided walking tour in Florence. Uncover curiosities and hidden corners that only Florentines know while trying a variety of food and drinks. Stroll through a local market and enjoy skip-the-line access to the All’Antico Vinaio sandwich shop. Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office and begin your tour from the heart of the city. Begin your gastronomic journey the Italian way, with a “caffè al bancone” (coffee at the counter) and a sweet local pastry.  Listen to historical anecdotes on the way to the Renaissance Loggia del Pesce fish market. Walk through the vibrant Sant’Ambrogio district and stop at an ancient market. Follow your guide through the market and watch as locals buy fresh meat, fish, cheese, fruits and vegetables. Try a variety of mouth-watering Tuscan food and Chianti wine. After leaving the Market, continue to a wine shop to try two Tuscan wines. Pass through narrow, charming streets on your way to where Michelangelo lived. Head to the Piazza Santa Croce square. Have the unique opportunity to taste the most renowned Schiacciata sandwich in the world, with skip-the-line entry to the famous sandwich shop All’Antico Vinaio. Make your way to Piazza Signoria with its magnificent statues with a stop for more Chianti before returning to your starting point. Finish your tour with a sweet surprise.

Florence: Private Central Market Tour

6. Florence: Private Central Market Tour

After gathering with your group and guide, you'll enter the market to experience something a little different whilst visiting Florence. Your guide will aim to create a culinary experience that will connect you to the community, celebrating the best local producers and the food that they provide through various tastings. Discover the origins of the products as you encounter each flavor. Your visit will consist of a small-group tour of up to 10 people with a guide who will do their best to satisfy the requests of each participant of the group. Throughout your exploration you can taste different fresh foods, listening to the history and provenance of each product offered by the producers as you go.   Whilst at the market you will of course be free to purchase any products which have satisfied and fascinated you the most. At the conclusion of your tour your guide will leave you at the exit of the market, but if you wish you can choose to continue roaming without limitation.

Livorno Port: Private Excursion to Florence

7. Livorno Port: Private Excursion to Florence

Be ready to explore Florence the moment you get off your cruise ship at the Port of Livorno on this excursion. Find your driver, sit back, and relax on the 90-minute ride to this jewel of the Renaissance. Start at one of the most charming spots in Florence; the Piazzale Michelangelo. Enjoy a great view from the panoramic terrace. Wander to the Piazza Duomo, or go check out Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistry's gilded bronze doors. Continue on to the beautiful Piazza della Signoria, the throbbing heart of the city. Admire the architecture of the Palazzo Vecchio and the famous statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, or walk up to the famous Ponte Vecchio. Return to your cruise ship on time for departure.

La Spezia: Private Excursion to Florence

8. La Spezia: Private Excursion to Florence

Discover Florence; one of the most famous cities of the Renaissance on a day tour from La Spezia. See the spectacular Piazza Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and more. Meet your driver at the port of La Spezia and head off to discover the cultural treasures of Florence. Start at the charming Piazzale Michelangelo and enjoy breathtaking views from the terrace. Wander the Piazza Duomo and pass beneath the spectacular Cathedral. See Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistry with its opulent gilded bronze doors. Admire the architecture of the Palazzo Vecchio and the famous statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi. Stroll along the Arno River to Ponte Vecchio and find yourself among the city's luxurious goldsmith shops.

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What people are saying about Florence Central Market

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 37 reviews

Best activity tour in Florence, hands down! Highly recommend this tour, it is worth the money & experience. It is more a group activity, but there are some aspects like the pasta making and tiramisu which is individual. Such a fun day with Luca and Carmella ( who should have their own reality show #justsaying) Luca is the highlight of the day, and constant entertainment. Overall, the best tour in Florence!

Awesome!! Luca and Carmella are so nice and funny! Everything from the market, to the bus rides, preparing the foods and eating were great. Definitely sign up for this. You won’t regret it. My teenage daughter and I loved it!

The experience was our favorite in Florence. Guide Lavi was incredible and the cooking and food were terrific. The view and location were superb. Nothing negative to say. Even the bus ride was air conditioned and enjoyable.

Try not to go in summer or peak holiday season and be prepared for a lot of walking but we enjoyed every minute of it and our guide was so informative. Wear good walking shoes

What a fantastic experience. Luca, our guide was amassing, his knowledge and bright personality made the class!