Chocoholics, this tour is for you! Indulge your senses on an evening tasting experience through Florence’s finest purveyors of all things chocolate. Trace the history of cacao in Italy and sample some of the best chocolatey treats the city, including creamy hot cocoa, chocolate gelato and flavored truffles. For a truly decadent delight, enjoy a gourmet chef’s dinner featuring four courses of savory and sweet Tuscan dishes, each featuring a creative culinary use of chocolate.
- Gourmet chocolate experience in Florence
- Learn about the history of chocolate in Italy
- Indulge in creamy chocolate gelato at one of the city's best ice cream parlors
- Taste fancy flavored truffles at a boutique chocolate factory
- Visit the first cafe to serve hot chocolate in the city
- Includes a gourmet 4-course dinner featuring chocolate in every dish
- Small group of no more than 8 ensures personal service
Since it was imported to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, chocolate has claimed a celebrated place among the Italian palate. Follow the history of chocolate in Florence, from an exotic delicacy enjoyed by aristocrats to a versatile ingredient that appears on modern menus throughout the city. Meet your gourmet guide in the afternoon at Piazza Santa Maria Novella, and kick off your tasting tour in liquid form at a historic cafe that served the first hot chocolate in Florence.
Stroll through the city's medical street and cross the River Arno, taking in a fantastic view of the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge along the way. Stop in at one of the finest local gelatarias for a cold and creamy chocolate treat, and bite into tasty truffles and flavored pralines at a fancy pastry shop and chocolate factory.
For the grand, gourmet finale, make your way to the home of a local chef, where a specially prepared 4-course dinner awaits. Each dish features authentic Tuscan recipes that incorporate a creative use of chocolate, such as savory duck breast with chocolate and chilli sauce and sweet pears drenched in red wine and homemade chocolate gelato. See Itinerary below for sample menus of this flavorful feast.
Bruschetta: Extra virgin olive oil, salt, chocolate and cheese
Ravioli with cocoa, spinach and ricotta
Guinea fowl chocolate sauce (“dolce forte”)
Traditional Pate and white chocolate
Gnocchi potatoes and chocolate with mushrooms
Pork tenderloin with cocoa
Pear in red wine and homemade chocolate gelato
Duck breast with chocolate and chilli sauce
Fresh pasta with butter and cheese cacaco
Chicken with chocolate and onions
Chocolate and bread with strawberries and balsamic vinegar