Dive deep into Italian life and culture on this immersive 21-day highlights itinerary. Sample the chocolate focaccia and go wine tasting in Florence, tour ornate palaces and glass-making workshops in Venice, and relax on the sunny beaches of the Amalfi Coast. End your trip in Rome, where the world-famous Sistine Chapel, bohemian neighborhoods, and Ancient Roman ruins await.
- Pegna Drogheria: Located in the heart of Florence, this incredibly busy market offers over 7,000 different products. There is delicious handmade pasta, fragrant white truffles, cheeses from all parts of the country, an enchanting cellar, a rigorous selection of olive oils, chocolates, and every type of Tuscan meat you can imagine.
- Mercato Centrale: Located in the heart of the San Lorenzo neighborhood, this 19th-century indoor market hall is constructed from iron and glass and sells fresh, local ingredients. On the second level of this market is the newly added food court, where you can have your own personal Tuscan tasting of the region’s best local ingredients and wines.
- Mercato Sant’Ambrosio: Like Mercato Centrale, this indoor and outdoor covered market features local ingredients and an authentic Italian market experience.
- Caffe Giacosa: Open for almost 200 years, Caffè Giacosa is a Florence institution. Today it remains a destination for the fashion and coffee conscious, and many believe that this is the birthplace of the famous Negroni cocktail.
- Caffe Gilli: This is a classic and elegant cafe in Piazza Repubblica, the city’s central hub. The cocktails here are top-notch, always created in perfect proportions, and served with style.
- Il Caffe Manaresi: Il Caffè Manaresi is one of the original authors of Italian espresso as we know it today.
- Rivoire: One of the city’s classiest grand cafés, it’s well worth stopping into Rivoire for an expertly crafted pre-dinner Aperitivo.
- Procacci: The historical “Procacci Shop” is located in the heart of Florence, on Via de’ Tornabuoni. It's popular with locals and visitors alike for selling truffle-infused delicacies.
- Florentine Chocolate: Chocolate in Florence is synonymous with Andrea Bianchini. His chocolate workshop makes some of the finest chocolate seductions in town. Try his pralines, which feature interesting combinations like dark chocolate and saffron and olive oil and vanilla.
- Bistecca alla Fiorentina: Florentine steak is a large T-bone cut weighing anywhere from 2-8 pounds (1-4 km), fire-grilled on the outside, and rare inside. It's traditionally seasoned simply with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon.
- Ribollita & Pappa al Pomodoro: Enjoy Ribollita, a traditional Tuscan soup made with bread, tomatoes, beans (usually cannellini), and seasonal vegetables. Pappa al Pomodoro is another dish using the same ingredients but served blended and cold.
- Crostini di Fegato: Crostini are bite-sized versions of bruschetta and topped with chicken liver pate. This is a traditional Tuscan starter that you’ll find in most restaurants or served as part of a Cicchetti (snacks) selection with an Aperitivo.
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Itineraries with Florence for Foodies Tour
Explore Italy's top cities and winemaking regions with this whirlwind 8-day itinerary. Dive into history as you discover extravagant Venetian palaces, medieval Tuscan towns, and Rome's Vatican City. Ride a gondola on Venice's Grand Canal and taste world-famous wine in the Chianti Classico region. See masterpieces by Michelangelo and da Vinci in Florence, then end in Rome, where bohemian neighborhoods, a vibrant food scene, and the magnificent Colosseum await.
If you only have ten days to explore the best of Italy and Greece but don't want to miss anything, this highlights itinerary is for you, with plenty of big-city exploration and beachside relaxation. Spend a few days admiring architecture in Rome and art in Florence, then take a train to Venice to experience a traditional gondola excursion. From here, catch a flight to Athens for old-world history and a modern cultural scene. Spend your last few days kicking back in Mykonos and Santorini, where the views are plentiful and the wine flows all day.