FOOD TOUR IN SANT’AMBROGIO MARKET
Feel the beat of the local streets, taste charming off-the-radar eats, and stroll through the historical heart of Sant’Ambrogio, one of the most genuine and “Florentine” neighbourhoods of the city.
We start with a traditional Italian style breakfast at a vegan cafe: forget about American coffee, because here you will taste a pure Italian espresso with a delicious pastry with no dairy products. The best way to perk up and start the day caffeinated! Then our visit heads to Sant’Ambrogio market, an historical market built in 1873 after the destruction of the main city market in Piazza della Repubblica.
A GREAT MIX OF ART AND FOOD
The Loggia dei Ciompi, a beautiful Renaissance loggia used to house the fish market, that was dismantled in the XIX century and later rebuilt in Piazza dei Ciompi, is the real heart of this district. We join art and food in Florence: we visit the ancient Church of Sant’Ambrogio, dating back to the Xth century and famous for the Eucharist’s Miracle of Florence (a priest in 1230 left some wine in the chalice he used for Mass and the day after he found the wine transformed into real blood). We also see the marvelous Synagogue of Florence from the outside, another fundamental institution of the district.
In the market we try the most traditional food of Florence: schiacciata (our focaccia), pizza, cecina (a kind of fresh focaccia made with chickpeas’ flour), caponata di verdure (stewed vegetables), and pasta e fagioli (pasta with beans, so good!).
CHERRY ON TOP: WINE AND GELATO!
Our Florence food tour is not over yet. We also have a wine tasting, to toast with some biodynamic wine of Italy (with a vegan certification) and try some good bruschetta or a plate of ribollita (vegetables soup). Outside the market we find a vegan take away cafeteria, where you can taste the best food of your life….
The last stop is at a local chocolate producer, where we have a chocolate and gelato tasting. We also discover all the secrets of gelato and good chocolate. Did you know that Gelato was invented in Florence by the architect Bernardo Buontalenti?
During the tour I also give you tips on where to eat in the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants of Florence.
Most people who take this tour won’t be hungry afterwards….!!