Food & Drink In Tuscany
One of the highlights of a holiday to Tuscany is the wonderful Tuscan food and drink. The locals favour simplicity, as they feel their ingredients and the strong flavours they use are enough to make their dishes stand out.
Don’t expect to find dishes covered in fancy sauces, the Tuscan food speaks for itself. The olive oil in this region is some of the best in the world. Tuscany is also known for the truffles it produces, which are usually sprinkled over pasta dishes. Then of course there’s the wine, which has a prestigious reputation around the world.
Stay in an authentic Tuscan villa and you can cook some of your own dishes using delicious, freshly grown local ingredients. Or if you fancy treating yourself, hire a private chef to come to your villa and rustle up a few classic Tuscan dishes.
Discover Tuscan food and drink
There are many ways in which you can enjoy Tuscan food and drink, from a Michelin star restaurant to cookery school.
Tuscany is one of the best places inthe world to go out for dinner. It’s blessed with an abundance of fantastic restaurants serving traditional Tuscan delicacies. Whether you fancy a romantic meal for two, a light bite at a bistro or a hearty meal at a local restaurant, your culinary needs will be met in Tuscany.
Restaurants in Tuscany serve food that isn’t overcomplicated with elaborate sauces, the locals rely on the quality of the fresh local ingredients and the cooking methods they use to make their dishes stand out. Try local dishes including fresh pasta served with truffles, panzanella (bread salad) and Bistecca Fiorentina (T-bone steak).
Most Tuscan restaurants are open between 12.30 - 14.30 and 19.30 - 22.30. At To Tuscany, we have created a list of restaurants our staff, guests and local people have recommended. Check out our top recommendations for local restaurants at all the destinations below.
Experience an official tuscany tour with
Pisa Food Tour
The Pisa food tour is a 4 hours and a half long walking tour. This walking tour will introduce you to the real city of Pisa – right up to and beyond the iconic Leaning Tower.This is a unique experience to enjoy this unpretentious university city where you will have the opportunity to eat and drink with the locals away from the tourist traps and understand the traditions and culture behind the food. In addition to eating and drinking your way through the streets of Pisa, you will see the City from a different angle – discover hidden lanes, photograph the city from unusual places, see the Leaning Tower and other famous monuments. You will learn about the history of the city and also about everyday life of the people living in Pisa.from 103,73 US Dollar
Truffle Hunting Experience with Gourmet Truffle Lunch from Florence
Pickup and drop off by vintage Ape Piaggio (Tuc Tuc) from your centrally located Florence Hotel, 1.5-hour truffle hunting with your English speaking truffle hunter and dog.
1-hour truffle lesson and gourmet truffle lunch with match wine.
Duomo Complex Guided Tour
Explore Florence Cathedral, aka the Duomo, with skip-the-line access on this guided tour. You’ll visit the Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (the Opera Museum), plus admire the exterior of Giotto’s Campanile (the bell tower), which you can climb on your own after the tour, if you wish (your ticket provides admittance but no skip the line).from 42,59 US Dollar
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
Brunello di Montalcino, a collector’s favorite, is internationally recognized as one of the best Italian red wines. On this full-day guided tour from Siena, discover the cellars where these incredible wines age, meet the local producers, and learn about the passion that goes into making this wine. Enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch at a winery and spend time relaxing at your leisure in the village of Montalcino before exploring the mystical abbey of Sant'Antimo. Visit a total of three wineries in the region, tasting unique creations at each one.
Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.