Florence is best for...

Traditional Tuscan cuisine: Grilled meats, mellow cheeses and beans are at the heart of all good Florentine cookery

Gelato galore: Head downtown so that you can discover the gelato shops on every single block

Al fresco dining: Many restaurants have outdoor terraces so that you can take in Florence's skyline while enjoying your food

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Florence is Italian

Currency: The currency used in Florence is the Euro

Local time: Florence is 1 hour behind GMT/UK time

Fly to: Florence's main airport is Florence Airport

Every region in Italy has a very individual food culture, and Florence is no exception. The capital of Tuscany is right in the middle of wine country, surrounded by farmland producing the freshest ingredients in Italy. Tuscan food is simple, without many ingredients, because the quality lies in the freshness of the produce.

Florence’s traditional food centres on cucina paver (poor cooking). Locals have always created inexpensive meals in large quantities, without any complicated recipes. Don’t let this concept fool you though, as even the simplest dishes are some of the most delicious you’ll eat anywhere in Italy.