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Many of the most popular food experiences near Florence for a vast majority of tourists include classic Italian meals such as pizza, pasta or the local Florentine steak. Although as an alternative and with the help of, you don't always have to stay with traditions.

After all, another great thing about Florence is its close proximity to other places of interest. As such, many of our alternative food experiences start by meeting you at a convenient location within the city (or even picking you up from your hotel), ready to begin your culinary adventure.

5 Alternative Food Experiences Near Florence

Take a look at our highly recommended alternative food experiences in Florence and the surrounding region - from truffle hunting to a night at the opera.

Florence: Dinner with Concert

Prepare for a wonderful evening in Florence, true Italian style! Enjoy a meal at a gorgeous local Florentine Restaurant, situated in the stunning Piazza Signoria. The traditional Tuscan cuisine is served surrounded by glorious Italian décor with an intimate atmosphere.

After your meal, it's just a few steps to the Santo Stefano al Ponte Church. Here singers will perform amazing arias from famous operas as well as traditional Neapolitan songs. If you're a fan of the "Three Tenors" then here's a food experience that will end your night in style.

Dining experience at a local's home in Florence

Enjoy this amazing dining experience provided by a home cook, as you watch your host prepare dishes in the comfort of their own personal kitchen.

The authentic 4-course menu includes Italian recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next through the family cookbooks. Enjoy the friendly Italian hospitality of a local host and leave with happy memories, as well as a deeper understanding of Tuscan cuisine and the culture of Italy.

From Florence: Truffle Hunting in Chianti

A great alternative food experience near Florence for foodies who especially love nature and have a soft spot for taking the dogs out for a walk. Here your group will visit Tuscany’s thick woodlands with some canine companions who are specifically trained to seek out fresh truffles.

What's more, you don't need to worry about how to get to your starting point. As everyone will be picked up from their hotel in an air-conditioned Mercedes minibus. Then, after hunting for truffles, there's a delicious three-course lunch to enjoy in a local Chianti Winery.

Please note: availability for this tour is seasonal, running September to November and March through to May.

From Florence: Highlights of Tuscany with Lunch in a Wine Farm

This really is a superb food experience from Florence taking you to Siena, via the scenic route of gorgeous Chianti countryside, arriving early enough to explore the town with a local guide.

Before lunch, you can take some time to explore the old streets and squares. Including many historical sites such as the oldest bank in the world and the imposing, yet beautiful Cathedral.

Then it's just a short trip to a family-run vineyard, upon a farm in the heart of the surrounding countryside. Here, you shall enjoy a superb Tuscan lunch served with typical wines from the region. After which there's some free time in San Gimignano, famous for those award-winning gelato ice-creams Then it is on to visit Pisa and see the famous Leaning Tower before heading back to your Florence hotel.

Eat Like a Local Private Food Tour - 100% Personalised

Discover some of the city's best cuisine in the historic Sant’Abrogio Market, or enjoy a glass of wine in a local bar. As a great way to experience an alternative side to Florence, you make the most of a personalised tour with the help of an expert guide.

With your food-loving host and culinary guide, you can sample Schiacciata (a flatbread covered in salt and oil) along with plenty more dishes that aren't necessarily always associated with Italian cuisine.

As for dessert there's "torta della nonna" (a flaky custard tart) and of course, you can't visit Florence without tasting some more of that famous gelato.

Our Alternative Food Experiences near Florence

If you are an avid foodie visiting the renaissance city of Florence, make your trip even more memorable and unique with We have a wide range of food and drink experiences in and around Florence, available to book in advance online.

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