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Instead of booking a regular Italian wine tour, our alternative drink experiences in Florence are the chance to enjoy something slightly different. Let us introduce you to a world of Renaissance architecture and ancient history, with plenty of treasured ‘aperitivo’ time (a cultural ritual of pre-eating wine time).

Enjoying excellent food and superb wines in Florence is not a challenge at all! Whether you're supping a glass of vino as you drift over the Tuscan vineyards or treating yourself to a VIP dinner at a local winery.

Top 5 Alternative Drink Experiences in Florence

Why not try out a different way to indulge in an Italian drink experience with a selection of our top choices outlined below:

Hot Air Balloon Ride over Chianti in Tuscany (with Wine)

This is just an incredible chance of a lifetime and also a romantic one at that! Imagine being surrounded by nature as you glide across the Tuscan landscape.

In particular, you'll be overlooking the ancient vineyards, villages and stunning castles, all of which look mighty impressive from above! After you glide back to land - raise a toast to yourself and your fellow guests with a glass of sparkling wine.

Florence Aperitivo Time Experience

This is a lovely relaxing stroll around the city to learn about that aforementioned Italian ‘aperitivo’ time. It's become an important pre-dinner ritual in the local way of life and well, needless to say we recommend getting involved! The drink experience will stop at 3 locations within the historical city centre.

The first is a family-run eatery, where guests are welcomed with a selection of pecorino cheese and prosciutto ham - along with a glass of Nobile di Montepulciano. We then continue down the Via dei Tornabuoni to various bars, sampling the local white wines alongside rich Tuscan reds, all of which come paired with delicious snacks.

Wine-Making Experience and Gourmet Dinner at a Tuscan Winery

Wine and olive oil are the very essence of Tuscan food and drink culture. This amazing drink experience starts in Florence, taking your small group to a boutique winery located in the Chianti region.

Arriving at a famous winery following a short ride through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, a professional wine expert will be on hand to greet you. Then it's time to head off and visit an ancient cellar, where your guide is ready to explain the techniques of wine production. After the demonstrations, guests can sample a glass or two as well as create their own wine blends.

Tour of Florence by Night with Aperitivo and Dinner Included

Here we have a wonderful night tour In Florence taking you through the historic centre to discover the art, architecture and masterpieces produced during the infamous Renaissance period.

Learn about the background of the local Medici family, who are world-renowned figures within Italian history. Following the tour, it's time to head out into the old town with many hidden bars, often considered to be the best places to spend ‘aperitivo time among the locals! After which, dinner will be served, complete with pairings of different wines for specific and authentic Tuscan dishes.

Wine Tasting Tour - Private VIP Brunello, Rosso e Nobile and Val d'Orcia

Enjoy an alternative drink experience in Florence with your own private guide. Here we're offering a super deluxe VIP wine tour from Florence to the Brunello region, exploring the local history and flavours behind some of the most highly sought-after barrels from the Brunello di Montalcino vineyards.

Arriving at the pretty village of Montalcino, there's a visit to a traditional, family-run winery, where you can sample the likes of Brunello DOCG and Rosso di Montalcino DOC. Indulge in a seasonal fresh lunch of Tuscan specialities and finish the tour with even more tastings at another local winery before returning to Florence.

Top 5 Alternative Drink Experiences in Florence

Renaissance Florence has it all, although visitors with a special passion for Italian wine and authentic local cuisine should delve deeper into the alternative drink experiences in Florence with Where we have a wide selection of food and drink experiences in Florence, from exclusive wine-tasting dinners to luxury home cooking classes.

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