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!).
Since medieval times this has been a city of "bottegas", small artisan workshops, and the tradition continues still today. In one of these workshops, skilled craftsmen continue the tradition of Florentine Mosaic, a kind of semi-precious stones inlay, an art that reached its peak under the Medici grand dukes.
This unique type of art is still carried on today and it's the fruit of hard working and precise technicians, who amaze and seduce the observer with their "painting of stones".
The dukes would send these artistic creations as gifts to the crowned heads of Europe that they wanted to impress. In the workshop we get to see all kinds of exquisite marbles in their raw, unpolished form.
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 connosseurs, we will get to taste different kinds of cold cuts such as "prosciutto" and "salame toscano", a mix of italian "pecorino cheese" and the most famous Parmigiano Reggiano; you will learn how to recognize a good aged balsamic vinegar or extra virgin olive oil.
We will explain how to cook the world-known Florentine T-bone steak, so appreciated for its juicy taste and tenderness and...thickness!
All tastings are included
€ 100 per person
€ 40 students (6 to 18)
Included in the tour price
All tastings are included!