Meet your guide: Federica on the Florence Food Tour

On this month’s “Meet Your Guide” we’ll introduce you to Federica, a nice and sweet florentine guide, who’ll teach you all about Florence and its’ fantastic culinary traditions. She leads the Florence Food Walking Tour so make sure to book a spot for yourself!

Federica and Mr Marconcini

Federica and Mr Marconcini

Name: Federica

Nationality and Hometown?
Italian, originally from Incisa a nearby town in the country-side of Tuscany.

Name of tour you lead and where:
Food Walking Tour in Florence!

If you are not from the city you are based in for tours, what originally brought you there?
I moved to Florence because I love it and decided to become Touristic Guide because I want to teach people about this wonderful city.

Roasted Coffee Beans

Roasted Coffee Beans

Your favorite part of the tour:
My favourite part of the Food tour is the Coffee Tasting, because most of the people don’t know what an Espresso really is; or what type of coffee you drink everyday: Arabica or Robusta? And I bet you don’t know what Kopi Luwak is..?!

Favorite Local Restaurant in your city:
In the historical center my favorite place is “Sasso di Dante” a restaurant that’s right next to the Duomo, worth even only for the view on the Cupola, but the pasta and meat  dishes are good too! If you want to stay away from the city center and want to go for a characteristic Florentine restaurant than you place is “Il Papero Rosso”, beware:  you’ll have a fantastic time!

One thing visitors to your city can’t miss:
In Florence? Nothing can be missed! If I have to choose, I’d say the Santa Croce Church! It’s a most fascinating place, full of history and representative of the people that made Florence know and important throughout the world. It’s also the place where Michelangelo is buried!

Favorite Travel Quote?
“People don’t take trips… trips take people” by John Steineck, who really nailed it with this quote. It’s the travel itself that elevates one’s soul and character, every time you travel you change, because you experience another country’s lifestyle, another culture and other traditions.

What’s next on your travel bucket list?
I have Australia as first on the bucket list destinations….and this year I’m going to go! I have already everything planned out, this is like a dream that comes true, I can’t wait!!

What is your favorite Italian city to travel to?  
More than a city, I love to travel to Sicily- Sicilia. The places and history are amazing, the people are wonderful, welcoming and fun. Food it’s ecstasy and if you pair it with the sea view, it’s heaven! Nothing’s best that a nice restaurant at sunset, with view on the seaside.

What’s your best travel tip for those coming to visit Italy?

That’s a hard one. One thing that I’d like to recommend is to enjoy every aspect of Italy, good and bad.

Handcrafted Gelato

Handcrafted Gelato

What’s the food that someone must try in your city before leaving?
Gelato! And mind, I’m not speaking of ice-cream. We are talking about GELATO hand made by artisans, with fresh milk, fruit, cocoa, cream! Stay away from the high mountains of ice-cream on display in the bars, choose instead the real “Gelateria” (gelato shop) the ones that have flat trays of gelato, or those with covered Gelato bulks. Those are the ones you want to eat!

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had on one of your tours?

Every tour has it’s memorable experiences so it’s hard to tell. Certainly the most curious time, was when one of my customer had her first taste of coffee ever in her life! She made a face, that probably was due to the bitterness, but all-in-all she liked it!

 

Typical Tuscan Cold Cuts and Cheese

Typical Tuscan Cold Cuts and Cheese

What do you like most about leading tours?
Ha, this is easy: meeting people from all over the world. It’s cliche, but’s the truth: people literally come from everywhere and food is indicative of one’s culture, and on this tour I present my traditions and tastes to people who compare it with theirs’ and it’s always a rich exchange of facts. Customers are not the only ones learning something new!

What makes your tour unique?
You’ll have to do it to know! J Well I tell very good stories and food facts that’ll make the tastings even more enjoyable.

 

If you’re planning a trip to Italy, book your food tour and we’ll take you to taste our country! See you in Florence!

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