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  • Florence: Walking Tour

    1. Florence: Walking Tour

    Learn why Florence gave birth to the Italian Renaissance on an introductory walking tour through 2,000 years of the city's history. Get a better understanding and appreciation of the background and context of the Renaissance from your expert guide.  Hear about the city’s Roman origins and see landmark attractions, such as the covered bridge of the Ponte Vecchio and the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s stunning Dome at the cathedral, and see the Baptistery’s golden “Gates of Paradise.

  • From Florence: Cooking Class & Lunch at Tuscan Farmhouse

    2. 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 bre...

    So glad I did this cooking class! Lavi was an excellent guide and Carmela is such a great and lively cook ❤️ Can’t wait to try again my own pasta ☺️

  • From Rome: Florence and Pisa Full-Day Tour

    3. 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 Florence, a stunning city bursting with Renaissance architecture, history, art, philosophy, and science in every corner. Enjoy a guided tour of the city and visit all the most important landmarks, including the Piazza del Duomo, Mercato Nuovo, Vecchio Bridge, and more. After the tour, 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. Upgrade your experience and receive tickets to the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's David. Hop back onboard the bus and continue the tour to Pisa. Upon arrival, visit the UNESCO listed Piazza dei Mirac...

  • Florence for Beginners Walking Tour

    4. Florence for Beginners Walking Tour

    Join the group at the Basilica Di San Lorenzo and meet your informative and friendly local guide who will take you on a journey of discovery that few tourists ever get to experience. Start with the the Piazza della Signoria near the impressive Palazzo Vecchio where you will learn how the square got its name. A short stroll away you’ll find yourself among the pint-sized jewelry shops as you cross the River Arno via the Ponte Vecchio. Learn how the medieval bridge was intended to be an important city defense. Enjoy the fascinating tale about the bridge’s hidden passageway that was built for the wealthy Cosimo I de Medici. See the inscription by Dante marking the site of the Amidel murder and absorb 2,000 years of history as you visit the Roman Forum, now the Piazza della Repubblica. Learn about the Renaissance awakening of artistic and cultural appreciation in Florence during the 15th ce...

  • Florence: Semi-Private Central Market Tour

    5. Florence: Semi-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...

  • La Spezia: Private Excursion to Florence

    6. 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.

  • 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.

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What people are saying about Florence Central Market

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 26 reviews

This was definitely the highlight of our two week tour of Italy. Our guide Lavinia was very pleasant, welcoming and knowledgeable. And Carmela the chef was such a joy. We had so much fun with her, while learning how to cook our favorite meal of our vacation! I can’t wait to try to make this meal at home.The setting was absolutely beautiful! We ate our meal looking out over the stunning views of Tuscany and while we stayed dry on the covered porch, the thunderstorm added to the magical atmosphere. We highly recommend this experience!!

This cooking class with Martina and Carmela was so amazing!!! I have made fresh pasta before but never with a rolling pin. I loved the method so much they I think I will adopt it for my at home pasta making nights! Thank you both so much for an incredible time. Both of you girls have incredible energy and the whole day was simply a dream. I have already recommended this tour to a friend who is visiting Italy in august! It’s perfect for all ages and the lunch you get to eat is the best you will have in Italy!

Absolutely the favorite part of our trip. Elise and Thomas were wonderful and so knowledgeable. and our chef, Carmela was an absolute joy. She made it all look so easy and everything we made was terrific. The drive to the countryside was lovely and the views from the kitchen were gorgeous. We highly recommend this class.

The whole experience was really fun, from buying the food at the local market, preparing it with our wonderful host Carmello, to the best part.....eating our creations. Our guide (Olivia I think) was wonderful. Plus lots of wine!! 1st class experience and good value too, recommend!

So glad I did this cooking class! Lavi was an excellent guide and Carmela is such a great and lively cook ❤️ Can’t wait to try again my own pasta ☺️