I was born and raised in Italy and I truly love to show the beauties of my country to visitors. I lived in Beijing for a year as a student (I speak Chinese too), I studied languages and art history and I'm passionate about photography, different cultures, music.
I feel very lucky to live in Florence, it's definitely a cozy city where you can have great food, great wine and where you can have a great time all year round. There are things worth exploring in every corner of the city, and the surroundings (Tuscany countryside and all the small medieval towns around Florence) are spectacular.
This is why I chose to become a tour guide: after my degree I took a course about the art, history, architecture, traditions of Florence, I had the official license and started this wonderful job. In my free time I read, spend time with the people I love, enjoy life, travel, and I really like to look for new places to eat!
I'll be your local friend in Italy, my tours are not only about the history, dates, and works of art; my aim is to help you to get the most of your time here, show you authentic sides of the city and do the best to make you feel at home and enjoy your stay. A guided tour will add so much to your experience that you could never get from a book or internet research.
Every day of work for me it's a chance to meet new people, laugh with them and share beautiful moments with them!
Please feel free to ask for personalized tours, I 'm looking forward to meeting you and I promise that you won't regret it.
A Recent Review of this guide
Ivana was delightful and most helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute and learned so much. She definitely went beyond the call of duty.
Licensed Guide for Florence and Tuscany area
Official Certification in English and Chinese Language
Licensed Tour Leader
University Degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures
I have a driving license but I'm not a professional driver, so I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.