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Virginia L.

Florence, florence, Italy

Hi, my name's Virginia and I'm a fully licensed tour guide in Florence and Tuscany.

I was born in England but came to Florence as a young art student in 1986, fresh from a degree in Fine Art. I felt literally drawn to this magical city like a magnet, the mecca of so many artists, writers and culture-hungry travelers who have touched base here at some time or made it their permanent home like myself.
I chose to become a guide because Art is my life. I am a painter and make sculptural ceramics. All my inspiration comes from the stunning nature and breathtaking scenery that surrounds me in this beautiful region of Tuscany, not to mention the impact of all the masterpieces which literally jostle with each other to grab my attention! My own love of the beauty of Florence comes across because it is genuine and heartfelt. Being a guide is being myself, spontaneous and easy going, entertaining and knowledgeable.
I like to feel as if I'm showing friends around the city I love. Of course, after more than 30 years I can safely say I've become a local. My lifestyle has become "Florentine" my friends and family are Italian, but I must admit that every now and again I still have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming!

I'd Just like to say to all families traveling with small or not so small children that I have plenty of hands-on experience, firstly as a mum myself with two grown-up sons! and secondly in my parallel career as an English teacher, where I have over 30 years experience teaching English to children and adults from the ages of 1 to 70! Summer camps, Schools, businesses and private lessons. I have created a vast amount of didactic material to ensure my students have fun while they're learning. Much the same premise for all those who choose me as their guide! Talking of which here's part of a review I received recently from two lovely Canadian ladies:

" Virginia even includes funny historical anecdotes as a clever and fun way to learn as much as you can about Florence! We wish the other cities we visited could have offered such an amazing experience !"

Comments like this make my job so rewarding and I warmly thank all my previous guests for the wonderful moments we have spent together and look forward to meeting the next adventurers!
I'm totally flexible about whatever you'd like to see and do, I'm open to all suggestions to extra activities like cooking classes, learning to paint an affresco, hands-on experience in an artisan's studio etc. , and I can accommodate all ages and tastes. Please feel free to get in touch and we can tailor make your Tuscan Tour!

A Recent Review of this guide

Virginia was a fabulous tour guide and we really enjoyed the time we spent with her at the UffiZi. She tailored some of the schedule to meet the needs of our children (10 & 13) and our interests. She was easy to work with and the fact that English is her primary language made it easier for us as well. Since we ended early, she spent some time showing us around a bit more a d taking us to the market, etc. we all highly recommend Virginia!
Tammy Bernstein

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Credentials

- Fully licensed Tourist Guide IDI INFORMATICA FLORENCE / Tecnico Qualificato Guida Turistica Regione Toscana 2017
Fully licensed Tour leader in Tuscany 2008
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art Brighton University 1986
- Tefl Certification (Teaching English as a foreign language) Pilgrims Training Courses University of Kent at Canterbury 1986.

Restrictions

I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
I am licensed to guide in English and Italian

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Florence inside-out Walking & Talking,...

A leisurely and entertaining stroll through the streets and history,...

262 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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Florence and her masterpieces

Walking tour of the city including visits to the Uffizi, Accademia,...

378 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

4 hours 30 min.

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From the Accademia and beyond in the,...

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David, the king of Michelangelo's masterpieces

262 USD per tour

(for up to 9 people)

3 hours

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Accademia by night: June July August,...

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Intimate night encounter with Michelangelo's David

145 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

1 hour 30 min.

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Special guests- Uffizi Tour

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The geniuses of the Italian renaissance - Especially for you

262 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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Uffizi by night: June July August September

Intimate and atmospheric encounter with the masterpieces of the Uffizi

215 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Grand Tour of The Pitti Palace and Boboli,...

The Grandukes' extravagant lifestyle reflected in their house and grounds

349 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

4 hours

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The Medici Dynasty

Curious about how the Medici wove themselves into Florence's rich tapestry,...

262 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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Cruising into Florence- one day shore,...

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A walking tour of the highlights of Florence

1105 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

7 hours

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