The Top 5 Must-Try Foods in Florence

Florence dazzles with Renaissance art, historic architecture, and culinary delights. Must-tries include the Schiacciata sandwich, wine from ancient windows, Gnudi (naked ravioli), the iconic Florentine steak, and Affogato, a gelato-espresso dessert.

By Cookist

Florence is a city that epitomizes beauty and culture, earning its place as one of the most enchanting destinations in the world. Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, it offers a mesmerizing blend of Renaissance art, historic architecture, and scenic landscapes. Visitors to Florence are often swept off their feet by its charm, from the breathtaking Duomo to the historic Ponte Vecchio. Beyond its visual allure, Florence boasts a rich culinary heritage, adding another layer to its irresistible appeal. The city’s gastronomy reflects centuries of tradition and innovation, making it a must-visit for food enthusiasts. In essence, Florence is not just a city to visit, but a world to fall in love with, offering endless discoveries for those who seek beauty, history, and culinary delights. If you're planning a trip to Florence anytime soon, here's the 5 must-try things, just for you!

1. Eat "Schiacciata"


If you're spending your day in Florence, you must eat "Schiacciata": it's the most famous type of sandwich in Florence, made with flatbread and filled with the most delicious cold cuts and cured meats. You can either buy a fresh "Schiacciata" in a typical bakery and fill it yourself, or you can have them fill it for you, with your favorite fillings. Endless combinations are possible, and you just have to try them all – if you're able to!

2. Drink Wine From a Wine Window


To digest your "schiacciata", the next thing you must try is the traditional act of drinking wine from a window: there are more of 150 of these windows, scattered throughout the historical city centre, and you might find them on the sides of historical buildings and narrow streets. Once you've found one, you can open the little door that keeps it closed, ring the bell inside and order your favorite type of wine. It's a fun experience, and an absolute must-try!

3. Try "Gnudi"


Perfect for both dinner and lunch, the third must-try in Florence is definitely "gnudi". A naked ravioli filling, the traditional, classic one is made with spinach and ricotta, cooked in boiling water like ravioli would be, and then flavored with a butter and sage sauce, to enhance their flavor and let you savor it at the best. Bite-sized, they're a must-try main course, to be enjoyed with a glass of wine as you admire the streets of Florence.

4. Eat the "Florentine Steak"


If you're a big fan of grills and barbecue, and you're big on meat, then the fourth must-try is made just for you: eat a Florentine steak! A fantastic Italian T-bone beef steak, this steak is rigorously served rare to allow you to appreciate all the flavors of the meat itself. The meat is already so juicy, it doesn't need dipping sauces or any other type of marinade. It's also really big, so make sure to have a very empty stomach to best enjoy it and finish it all!

5. Try "Affogato"


We couldn't leave you without your dessert, so the fifth must-try is, obviously, the "Affogato"! Florence's gelato is already really famous, but what happens if you mix it with coffee? If you want to know the answer, then you must try "Affogato!" A shot of Italian espresso is poured into a cup filled with vanilla Italian ice cream. The bitterness of the coffee is balanced with the creamy, sweet and velvety gelato, as the two start melting together, producing a decadent and delicious treat to finish off your day!

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