Art and food in Florence: the Academy followed by our Food tour

Highlights:

  • Academy (David)
  • Tastings
  • San Lorenzo food market

A good Italian combination: art and food. If your desire of exploring Florence includes those experiences that let you “taste” the city, this is the tour you should choose.

We start with the visit of the Academy, a “must” in Florence, where your experienced guide will show you some of Michelangelo’s key works. We will admire the Prisoners, the sculptures made for the monument to Pope Julius II, and the touching Pietà (his second) and discuss his unfinished works, the so-called “non-finito”. Finally our attention will turn to Michelangelo’s David, masterpiece and symbol of the Florentine Renaissance. (No standing in line, we make the reservations for you!).

Our walk will take us now to the busy Food Market of San Lorenzo  (open until 2.00 pm only) . It is an integral part of local life, a great place to find bargains or just browse around the wide variety of stalls: it’s where the real Florentines do their food shopping!

We will visit local shops known for their historic reputation among local people and connoisseurs, we will get to taste cheeses, salamis, sauces and sweets; you will learn how to recognize a good aged balsamic vinegar or extra virgin olive oil.

We will explain how we cook the world-known Florentine T-bone steak , so appreciated for its juicy taste and tenderness and …….thickness!

During our walk through the market you will taste different kinds of cold cuts such as “prosciutto” and “salame toscano”, a mix of Italian “pecorino” cheese and the most famous Parmigiano Reggiano.

Walking through the colourful stalls of fruits and vegetables we will discuss local and seasonal products, how they are used in our recipes and how they differ in other regions of Italy.

Two of the best Italian products , Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar will be enjoyed during our exploration in the market.

Olive trees cover the hills of Tuscany ,and the olive oil produced in our region is one of the best Italian oils, due to the low level of acidity. We will let you taste two different kinds of Extra Virgin olive oil, one from Tuscany and one from the area of lake Garda. The best way to exalt their characteristics is to taste them with Tuscan bread.

Balsamic vinegar, is a product from the north of Italy, but because of its increasing fame, we cannot leave it out of our tastings of typical Italian products.

Traditional Balsamic vinegar is the result of a long process of aging ( from 12 to 24 years!) and care by the vinegar maker. Once the grapes are harvested and crushed, the must is filtered and placed in barrels of different quality of wood, each wood will add a particular note to the vinegar. The set of barrels, called acetaia, is formed by 12 or even 24 barrels, in a decreasing progression. At the end of this long period, the precious Balsamic is ready for our tables! We will make you taste the splendid combination of Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar.

At the end of our visit in the market we will show you the traditional Italian dish: the home-made pasta.

Just a few steps away, we visit a bakery specialized in the production of Biscotti di Prato where , if we are lucky to be there at the right time, we will see the moment when the biscuits are made or cut by hand. We will taste a couple of types of this exquisite Florentine production.





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