When I think of Florence, my heart flutters. Florence became my favorite city within only a few hours of my first visit! Now, on my third visit to this magical city, I was inspired to do more interesting things in the city than previously! Before I arrived, I depended heavily on the bloggers Girl in Florence and The Curious Appetite to learn the best of Florence and how to experience it! I am so excited to share my experience with the Curious Appetite Florence Progressive Dinner Crawl offered by Curious Appetite Travel.
Honestly? I was shocked I hadn’t heard of this concept before! Four courses, four restaurants. A knowledgeable guide that can tell us more about this captivating city as we walk from restaurant to restaurant through the cobblestoned streets that feel like home to me. SIGN ME UP! It was even better that we got to meet new people on this experience in an intimate but fun group!
This time around, I knew we had to finally try one of the tours offered by Curious Appetite, and we opted to do the Florence Progressive Dinner Crawl on our last night in the city!
We showed up at the meeting point, and met our guide and the other 3 people attending the tour with us: a super cool couple from Kansas City, and a girl from South Africa that’s been traveling for the last 6 months solo!
Our tour guide, Bianca, was a transplant to Italy via Australia! She was so well-versed in food, and the history of food ( and the history of Florence!), and we enjoyed every moment!
We began with traditional Taglieri (basically charcuterie, or fancy meat and cheese boards with accoutrements)! We had some salami, mortadella, cheeses, olives, and bread! We also enjoyed a white and red wine at this first stop! I was too enamored with the food and conversation to remember to snap photos…sue me.
Next, we went for pasta! We tried FOUR fresh pastas, with more wine and bread (including my fave schiachatta, a traditional tuscan flatbread with a smattering of salt on top)!
From there, we headed for Bistecca Fiorentina with sides! Beautiful cannellini beans with olive oil and rosemary, panzanella (a bread salad with fresh cucumber, tomatoes, and herbs), and sautéed chicory. Oh, and MORE WINE!
Last, we headed to one of the original gelaterias in Florence for a gelato dessert!
It was an amazing evening of food, and thanks to the short, super informative walks in between courses, we always had room for the next part of the meal, and we were able to take in some amazing views!
- Tours are offered at 5:30 pm on Sunday-Thursday, and Friday/Saturday are available with a cost supplement.
- Tours are 105 euros (about $130 USD)
- Tours have 4 stops, beginning with wine and taglieri (think of it as Italian happy hour-but better) and ending with authentic gelato!
- Four courses, and four exclusive local Florentine restaurants!
- Learn about the Florentine/Tuscan food culture
- Be ready for the Florentine staple, Bistecca Fiorentina, a classic Florentine steak!
- Strolling through Florence between restaurants with a local guide
- Wine pairings with meals
- Fresh pasta tasting!
- Small groups-no worrying about looking like those tourists
To summarize? This was an unbeatable experience, and probably at the top of all of my culinary experiences list! From the accommodating, knowledgable guide, to the intimate and charming group of new friends and the phenomenal food and culture we were privy to experience, there was not one moment of disappointment!
If you find yourself in Florence, I highly recommend the Florentine Progressive Dinner Crawl to experience the most delicious evening you can imagine!
Have you ever done a progressive food crawl? Tell me all about it in the comments!