A vegan and vegetarian food tour in Florence? YES, IT’S POSSIBLE! Actually, it’s a must if you want combine your passion for history and food. Feel the beat of the local streets, taste charming off-the-radar eats. Furthermore, stroll through the historical heart of San Lorenzo, one of the most genuine and “Florentine” neighborhoods of the city.
We start with a traditional Italian style breakfast at a local cafe. Forget about American coffee. In fact, 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 San Lorenzo Central Market, where we will taste balsamic vinegar, truffle, bread and pasta. We will also drink a good glass of wine, ready to leave the market and beat some of the most traditional eaters. Here we will have some of the fresh food they prepare daily. It might be caponata di verdure (stewed vegetables), pasta e fagioli (pasta with beans, so good!), ribollita (bread soup) or pappa al pomodoro (bread and tomato soup). Are you looking for a Veg Food Tour but still want to see Florence highlights? Not a problem! Fantastic Florence tours are all private and completely customizable, so don’t hesitate to contact us in order to create your own tour with us!
The Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Central Market) is on two levels and it’s entirely dedicated to food. It’s inside a beautiful building of glass and cast made by Giuseppe Mengoni, the same architect of the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. This market was built between 1870 and 1874 when Florence was the capital city of Italy. It’s an imposing example of ancient and modern style mixed together, clearly inspired from Parisian architecture. The structure is made out of pietra serena, the local stone extracted from the quarries in Fiesole, used to make the most beautiful Florentine churches (Medici chapels, San Lorenzo, just to mention the ones in this neighborhood).
This market is open from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s closed on Sunday and during public holidays.
However, our vegan and vegetarian food tour in Florence is not over yet. We also have a wine tasting, to toast with some biodynamic wine of Italy (with a vegan certification) and try a delicious sandwich.
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….!!