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Local Foodie Experience in Florence

For a moment, let’s forget the classic travel to Florence, the one you breathe pure art and culture. Now I invite you to come with me to see its local gastronomic side. To live a real local experience, I asked my expert friend in Florence, Layli Reyes (@pasosverdes), to join in and show me a gastronomic day like a Florentine.

In our visit to Florence. We prepared an itinerary, in which we included one of its local markets, a restaurant with local gastronomy, and for dessert, of course, one of the best Gelateria in the city.




To start this gastronomic tour, we decided to visit the Sant’Ambrogio Market, an authentic Florentine market. I think that if you want to know the essence, the people, and the real food of a destination, the perfect places are the markets. Sant’Ambrogio shows you many things about it since it’s one of the most visited by the locals.

Sant’Ambrogio market has been offering freshness in the Florentine table since 1873 (as its motto says). This is one of the oldest in the city.

The market has two areas: an open, where you can find delicious fruits, fresh vegetables, colorful flowers, clothing, and antiques for the house; and the closed, where there are butchers, delicatessens, Trattoria with local food, shops of typical products, etc. 

Taking advantage of my visit to the market, I bought some fruits and zucchini flowers with which I have prepared an easy and delicious recipe to share with you, Fiori di Zucca Fritte

This market is open every day in the mornings (except Sundays) until 14:00 and on Wednesdays and Fridays until 19:00.

Adress: Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 50122 Firenze FI.



Right in the Sant’Ambrogio market is Da Rocco Trattoria, a typical representation of a local restaurant where Florentine takes their breaks for lunch or while doing shopping and personal errands in the city.

Here you can find the authentic homemade food of the locals without much pretense. Among their menu offerings are;

  • Orecchiette al Carciofi.
  • Lasagna.
  • Patate al Pomodoro.
  • Matriciana.
  • Trippa Alla Florentina (one of Florence’s star dishes).
  • Melanzane Alla parmigiana.
  • And many other dishes.

The Desserts are as delicious as those that grandmothers prepare at home. As for drinks, they put a large bottle of house wine on the table where you pay a single price and drink as much as you want. Best of all, with little money, you can get a complete gastronomic experience as a local.

Beyond eating very well and spending little, which gives more value to a visit at Da Rocco Trattoria, is its service. Rocco is an excellent person who will make you have the best of lunches.


Adress: Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 50122 Firenze FI.



A gastronomy experience in Italy is not complete without a delicious gelato. In Florence, there are many good gelaterias, but on this occasion, we chose Vivoli, as I had heard a lot about it as one of the best in the renaissance city.

It is a historic Florentine gelateria, opened in 1930, which has always belonged to the same family passing from generation to generation, characterized by using quality ingredients for its artisan gelatos. When entering the place, you feel that it is a historical and traditional place. It is as if you were in the years of its beginnings.

As I’m a lover of fruit flavors, I chose Passion Fruits and Mango to remember a littler Dominican Republic flavors. They say their best is cream. 

In your visit to Florence, let yourself try it and make the judgment to see how delicious it is and compare it with others, as mentioned like this.

Adress: Via Isola delle Stinche, 7r, 50122 Firenze FI.


When you visit such tourist destinations as Florence, get away from the center and the most touristy places, there you will begin to discover the gastronomic secrets of the city. Florence has so many that you can’t even imagine it.


Hi! I'm Yareli, Dominican travel and food writer living in the beautiful and welcoming Tuscany region of Italy. I am passionate about tourism and travel, so I always look for new places to learn about its stories, culture and, above all, its gastronomy.