Through me, you'll have the opportunity to see and experience Florence the way a true local does. Accompanied by my solid academic background, I can lead you as you uncover the otherwise unnoticed, charming details and gorgeous landmarks that Florence has to offer. Having said that, I'm aware that your vacation is not an art history course, and that you are also excited to have fun while plunging into the city's atmosphere!
My tours are always tailor-made, with a difference between general group tours and private ones. In either case, my empathetic nature allows me to immediately "feel" what you expect of me.
With so much more to offer than just a single aspect (unless you require it), you'll find Florence full of art, history, old traditions, food&wine, and fashion.
The majority of my tours revolve around the very city centre, where the most famous attractions (the "must-do's") dwell: the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi… these monuments are really mind-blowing, which is why they're "touristy. " Everyone wants to see them and have them explained. However, alongside me, you will also find yourself off the beaten path, touring the city streets that are home to hidden gems few are aware of. There's always a small ancient church to behold, an artisanal shop to discover, or a tasty local gelato or coffee to savor on your way from Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Signoria or Santa Croce.
I can give tours wherever you desire, whether in Florence's city centre or its surroundings. As a happy mother to a baby boy who's already experienced my tours, I also love working with children. I particularly like scavenger hunts in museums and in the city.
Have you heard the saying, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life?" Well, as a social animal for whom only research was no good, I've done just that! Through my many years of experience, I have learned how to give interesting, cultural, enthralling, and entertaining tours.
Contact me to arrange a tour totally customized to your needs!
A Recent Review of this guide
Isabella was our guide for two separate tours on consecutive days and was fabulous! we came to Florence as my daughter is studying Art History for A Level and Isabella really brought this alive for us both. She was extremely knowledgeable and enabled us to visit and see the most important pieces ... and we managed to fit in a lot during this time. She was a delight to be with and I only wish we had had her with us for longer. Thank you Isabella!
I have been a qualified tour guide for 7 years, since completing a nine-month training course with final examination.
My work has included leading tours all over Italy and Europe for several years.
After graduating in Medieval Art History at the University of Florence with first-class honors, I went on to receive a post-degree scholarship, and to have the majority of my research on articles and books published.
I learned English in my youth, thanks to excellent, private, mother-tongue teachers and traveling all over English-speaking countries, such as Great Britain, Ireland, the U.S., and Antigua.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.