You will see Florence from a total unusual point of view, going around with our local buddy you will immerse yourself in the genuine old traditions of this amazing town.
Day 1: Florence, Street food trekking with our local “buddy”
Arrival in Florence, accommodation in hotel 3* centrally located. In the afternoon you will meet our local “buddy” guide for a pleasant urban trekking among the best street food shops and kiosks.
You can’t say you’ve been to Florence if you don't stop by one of its famous "chioschi" or street food stands where you can buy and taste Florence's street food. Commonly referred to as trippai or lampredottai (literally, the makers of trippa and lampredotto), where you can taste the best of the city's street culinary tradition, a sandwich filled with trippa or lampredotto.
And what a better way to discover it than going around with a local? Our “buddy” Mirka will guide you along a pleasant urban trekking among the best street food shops and kiosks.
During this walk you will discover some of the most mouth-watering specialities as Lampredotto and Trippa, she will show you her preferred secret little corners of the town. The itinerary will start from the colourful Market of San Lorenzo – here you will find stalls offering the best Florentine and Italian food specialities. Butchers, fishmongers, fruit and vegetable vendors and small specialty shops selling local olive oils, meats, cheeses and much, much more. It’s a great fun to walk around and take in all the new things you have probably never seen or eaten before, including cow stomach, brains and tongue. Here you will have your first tasting. Then our local buddy will take you along the historical centre through small and picturesque streets to the Loggia del Porcellino (Piggy’s Lodge) – that brings luck to those who stands under it. Here you will have time for a second tasting. You will proceed then to the last stage of our itinerary, passing through Piazza Beccaria and Via del Corso, you will reach the most local and authentic Florentine market – the Market of Sant’Ambrogio. Here you will find the best product of the area and of course there will be the time for sampling a panino with lampredotto accompanied by a glass of red wine or for some shopping.
Before saying goodbye, our buddy will give you useful information about the town, must “see and do” and advises about the best places where to eat and drink as a local.
Day 2: Florence, Artisans & Handcrafts Laboratories
Meet our local buddy for an interesting tour of the ancient shops and artisan laboratories of the town. You will discover the excellence of the “made in Italy” getting to know the traditions and the techniques of the artisan work that will reveal an authentic and “off the beaten track” side of Florence.
Oldest pharmacies, hatters, gilders, confectioneries, carpenters, stationeries, tailoring, instrument makers, jewelers are just some of the “botteghe” you can find among Medieval little streets and places from the Renaissance. Our buddy will agree with you the best itinerary accordingly to your interests and wishes, so for a real tailor-made tour that will suit you perfectly.
Day 3: Florence countryside, Easy trekking to the Monastery Certosa di Firenze
H 09.30/10.00 (depending on season) Meet our local environmental guide for a pleasant trekking tour on the hills just outside Florence. You will start with a brief stop on the panoramic terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo for admiring the all city, and then you will discover a small gem of the XI century: The Abbey of San Miniato al Monte.
Proceed with a pleasant walk among the countryside surrounding Florence. On the way you will have the chance to stop for a fast lunch (panini, sandwiches with local cuts and cheeses) in a very typical bar where usually the locals meet for playing cards, discuss about football, and drink a glass of wine.
Finally you will arrive to the XIV C Monastery Certosa di Firenze on the top of the Mount Acuto, also known as Monte Santo (Holy Mountain)- a real enchanted place, where calm and silence reigns, just outside the town.
H 15.00 In the company of a lay brother you will discover the complex of the monastery (palace, church, cloister). Here the Cistercian order has lived since 1950s, restoring many areas.
You will learn about the daily life of the Carthusian order that lived here for centuries, will visit the main cloister (pictured in the photograph above), the church (a closeup view of the altar in the photograph below), a hermitage where the monks lived in silence and solitude for most of their lives. The monastery, built upon the will of the wealthy Florentine banker Niccolò Acciaioli, has transformed what is called the Acciaioli Palace into an art gallery where the surviving sections of Pontormo‘s frescoes reside.
Return to Florence on foot or by bus.
The entrance to the Certosa is free but a donation (min 5 euro) is required to access the Monastery.
Day 4: Departure or Tour Extension
Breakfast. Check out and departure.
We suggest a tour extension of 2 more days as follow:
Day 4 - Chianti Wine Tour and Dinner
Day 5 - Siena and San Gimignano
PRICE from 495 euro per person in double room (based on 2 pax)
The tour includes:
- 3 overnights in hotel 3* centrally located , Dbl room (Hotel Vasari Palace or similar)
Private excursions with our local buddy guide: Street food Trekking, Handcrafts & Artisans laboratories, Trekking to Certosa di Firenze