I was born and raised in Italy, 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 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, 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 help you to spend a lovely day. The guided tour will add much to your experience here, and on request I can also organize customized tours that can include funny and interesting activities such as: Gelato ice cream workshop, Fresco Painting Workshop, Making paper and Marbling paper workshop, Florentine mosaic making demostration etc. Some of these activities can be suitable especially for children.
I'm looking forward meeting you!
A Recent Review of this guide
Ivana was fabulous! Friendly, knowledgeable, flexible and happy! 5 stars!
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.