I was born in Connecticut, USA, but since 1998, I have been living in Florence, with my husband - a native florentine. I have a BA degree in Art History and Fine Arts and I studied Restoration in Florence at the Istituto di Arte e Restauro Palazzo Spinelli. Over the years I've acquired a vast knowledge of Florence and Lucca's history, art and folklore, as well as a real inside view of Italian life today! Along with the local history and art, there are so many wonderful and curious stories to tell that bring the past alive and explain the present, so you'll come away from your experience having learned a lot in a fun and memorable way. Along with my passion for art and history, I also love gardens and gardening. Both Florence and Lucca have extraordinary gardens that will amaze any garden or nature enthusiast.
And, I believe, no trip to Italy is complete without a food and wine experience. I've been a member of the Slow Food organization for years and I have taken many of their courses on foods, wine and olive oil. Not to be missed are their special dinners at Slow Food restaurants! Wine and olive oil tastings are quite the rage and there are no shortages of places where you can stop in and discover the flavors and aromas of Italy.
My tours are all private -not shared- so I can modify any of them especially for you or make a custom tour to suit your interests and needs. I look forward to hear from you soon. All the Best!
A Recent Review of this guide
Laura did a fine job. She was very well informed on Florentine history, architecture, art and culture, and was pleasant. She paced the tour well. When we wanted a coffee break she brought us to a lovely old pastry shop by the Duomo. When we asked about English language bookstores she gave us names and locations. Those types of personalized details made the tour all the more enjoyable and reflected her detailed knowledge of the city. We would use her again.
Licensed Tour Guide for Florence and Lucca and their provinces.
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and Art History. Certificate in Restoration Studies.