This tour is a must!! We were going to take a cooking class... but being Italian we knew how to make pasta. So,we opted for this tour because we wanted to experience what a Florentine does everyday. Our tour guide was Tina and she met us in front of "La Norcineria" which is a deli/butcher shop. Here we learned the difference between parma ham and Tuscan ham and also had a discussion about different cheeses in the shop... including a taste. Next stop was Forno (a bakery) to sample coccoli (dough that's fried then stuffed with tomato/mozzarella) deeelish, then a focaccio type bread stuffed with cheese and sausage!
Made our way to San Lorenzo market while Tina explained some history behind some of the foods we had tasted. Stopped at Nerbone (kind of deli fast food shop) for some bollito di manzo
(boiled beef sandwich... doesn't sound too appealing but was awesome) topped it off with salsa verde and salsa picante! Next stop fish and chips Italian style....fried calamari and baccala (cod)this fish is fresh and you can really taste the difference. Because, we had already consumed all this food we needed a little stroll... Tina took up through some of the back allies for Florence to see daily life. Next, wine, olive oil, and balsamic tasting at Alessi Enoteca... again Tina did a fabulous job of explaining what to look for went purchasing these products to ensure they are authentically Italian. Our tastings were accompanied by fabulous appetizers. We thought this was the end... but oh no you have to have chocolate and gelato. Off to Vestri... to sample both. We really enjoyed our 5 hours together with Tina and can honestly say this was one of the best experiences we had on our trip.... this tour is a must... if you want to feel like a local!
Bravo... Taste Florence and Grazie!
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