Discovering Florence, guided by an art historian born and bred in the heart of the city, who will accompany you along one of the three available itineraries:
Pontormo and Palazzo Pitti
The Cenacoli (Last Suppers)
Brunellleschi and the Duomo
Duration: 5 hours, from 10:00 to 15:00
Includes guided visit for the chosen itinerary, ending in a typical Florentine building of the city center, where guests may relax while trying some typical dishes of the great Italian culinary tradition, prepared by the host, a real wine and cooking connoisseur.
Available in English or Italian
welcome aperitif made from white wine or sparkling white wine with something to whet the appetite
A first course
A second course of meat or fish (Pies and omelettes for vegetarians)
One or two side dishes
Red table wine Chianti classico in a labelled bottle, 0,25 litre per person
A soft dessert
Cancellation policy: 100% refund for cancellations at least 15 days before the tour; 50% refund from 14 to 2 days before the tour; no refund for further cancellations and no shows.
Art & the Art of Cooking - Guided Tour & Lunch | Weekend in Italy
10:00 am – 12:30 noon
Walks and visits to some of the great cultural sites of the city. Discover how the Renaissance Florentine artistic culture was closely connected with the gastronomic culture, the taste for conviviality and good food.
12:30 noon – 3:00 pm
Lunch in a traditional Florentine building in the city center, the home of your guide and now also chef. Here, you'll get a chance to relax while trying some typical dishes of the great Italian culinary tradition, prepared by your host, a true wine and cooking connoisseur.
Itinerary 1: Pontormo and Palazzo Pitti:
The painter Jacopo Carucci was born in Pontormo near Empoli in 1494. As an orphaned boy, he was shuttled around the ateliers of the great - among them Andrea del Sarto and Leonardo da Vinci - as apprentice. Later he painted under the auspices of the Medici patronage, which is why many of his haunting works are still in Florence. Discover the connection between stinginess and luxury at the Florentine court as you take this journey into the paradoxical worlds of art and food in 16th century Florence.
Itinerary 2: The Last Suppers (Cenacoli):
From refectories to museums, Florence is rich with Last Supper representations. This central scene of the life of Jesus offers a fascinating point of departure for exploring the connections between art, food, and religion in the great Renaissance frescoes. Lead by your knowledgeable guide you’ll discover symbols and daily life in the tables laid for the Last Supper.
Itinerary 3: Brunelleschi and the Duomo:
Filippo Brunelleschi was one of the foremost architects and engineers of the Italian Renaissance. He is perhaps most famous for the engineering feat he accomplished in building the cupola of the Duomo in Florence. But beside being an architect and engineer, he was also an artist, a sculptor - and he may even have been a chef...
- Welcome aperitif made from white or sparkling white wine, with something to whet the appetite - pecorino cheese and broad beans, or pecorino and fruit pickles, or Tuscan cold sliced meats, or Tuscan toasts with liver sauce topping
- A first course – generally with seasonal vegetables.
- A second course of meat or roast fish (pies and omelets for vegetarians)
- One or two side dishes (salad, baked vegetables, cannellini beans)
- A delectable dessert – tart, or panna cotta, or mousse with a syrup
- Red table wine (Chianti Classico) in a labelled bottle, 0.25 liter per person are included
- Sweet dessert wine – passito (sweet wine made from raisins), or muscatel
- Moka coffee
- 100% refund for cancellations at least 15 days before the tour
- 50% refund from 14 to 2 days before the tour
- No refund for further cancellations and no-shows