Tuscany
Destination
30 minutes
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Ita-Eng
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2+
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Cantucci and Vin Santo: a Tuscan tradition

An unusual food and wine tour in the heart of Florence to discover the ancient Tuscan tradition of Cantucci with Vin Santo.


What you’ll do

  • Visit the Museum & Shop in the heart of Florence
  • Taste Vin santo and Cantuccini biscuits, also known as Prato Almond Biscuits

What to expect

In the small Museum & Shop, you will visit our Florentine home: an amazing space where you can retrace the 160 years of history of the biscuit factory, declined in five sections, and discover the different stages of processing, the working tools, the historical packaging.

We will discover together that Prato Almond Biscuits, known as Cantucci or Cantuccini, are part of the Tuscan confectionery tradition, which offers them at the end of a meal in perfect pairing with Vin Santo or coffee.

The traditional Cantuccini recipe still includes 5 simple ingredients: flour, sugar, fresh eggs, almonds and pine nuts.

These raw materials are meticulously selected and mixed with the utmost care. The dough is then shaped by hand on trays. After cooking in the oven, the still hot loaves are cut to shape the fragrant cantuccini biscuits, which have always been packaged in the classic blue bag, tied by hand with coloured string.

At the end of the biscuit factory tour, you will taste our Prato Almond Biscuits in the Museum – one traditional biscuit with almonds, one with chocolate, one with pistachio and almond, and one with Piedmont IGP hazelnut – paired with the traditional Vin Santo.


The Food Expert: in 1858 a talented baker and pastry chef opened his biscuit factory in Prato for the production and sale of the traditional Prato Almond Biscuits, better known as Cantucci or Cantuccini, and other Tuscan confectionery products. The founder was a craftsman of simple origins, but he played an important role in the birth of Italian gastronomy. His friend Pellegrino Artusi talked about him in his fundamental “The Science in Kitchen and the Art of Eating well”, referring to the Mantovana cake and the Stiacciata.

Where Florence, historic centre – 5 min from Ponte Vecchio bridge
When from Tuesday to Sunday, subject to availability check

Duration 30 minutes

Start time From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Language Italian and English
Important information
  • Access is allowed to a maximum of 4 people + guide (5 people) at a time in order to ensure compliance with the safety distances in the rooms.
  • Visitors are required to: body temperature not exceeding 37 ° C, always wear a face mask, avoid groupings, keep a distance of 1.5 metres, wash their hands at the entrance and exit with the disinfectants provided by the Museum.
  • Visits are suspended in August and December
What’s included
Visit to the Museum & Shop
Cantuccini and Vin Santo Tasting
What’s not included
Transport

Price per person: € 6,00 – minimum 2 people

Cancellation policy: all bookings for the Cantucci and Vin Santo be cancelled within 3 days from the start date of the experience. Read the Terms and Conditions.

What to remember: the Expert will respond within 24 hours for the Cantuccini and Vin Santo. No amount will be charged to the card.

esperto del gusto

In 1858 a talented baker and pastry chef opened his biscuit factory in Prato for the production and sale of the traditional Prato Almond Biscuits, better known as Cantucci or Cantuccini, and other Tuscan confectionery products.

The founder was a craftsman of simple origins, but he played an important role in the birth of Italian gastronomy. His friend Pellegrino Artusi talked about him in his fundamental “The Science in Kitchen and the Art of Eating well”, referring to the Mantovana cake and the Stiacciata.

The historic biscuit factory has kept the name of its founder, who first developed the original recipe for Prato Almond Biscuits. It still daily produces delicacies from the workshop situated in the historic centre of Prato and in the same premises from its foundation.

The fame of the biscuit factory and its products soon began to spread beyond the city, receiving in 1861 the medal of merit at the Italian Exposition in Florence and in 1867 the honourable mention at the Universal Exposition in Paris.

In 2018, our company has chosen to celebrate the 160th anniversary of its foundation opening the Museum & Shop in the historic centre of Florence, an amazing space where visitors can retrace the long history of the biscuit factory, as well as buy and taste all our products.

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