This is the city where I was born and raised, where I studied Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University, where I got married and where I became a father. I lived and worked in Paris and in London then I started teaching in schools for foreign students.
In 1993, I won the Tourist Guide License in a public competition (14th out of more than a thousand of candidates) and in that moment, my passion became my job. Since then, I have spent a big portion of my life studying the Art and History of Florence, sharing the love of my city with my family and friends.
I do my best to convey in my tours the passionate vision of my city, its Art, History, Economy, Tradition and of the life of those Florentines who played such an important role in the creation of the modern world.
There was a time when Florence was "the school of the world" and is that time I would like for you to learn more about, making it alive, lending my words to the silent testimonials of that glorious era, in the museums, in the squares and in the streets of the city.
In my 25 years long-standing experience as a Local Guide in Florence I have been used to work with any kind of visitors: those who want to see as much as possible in the shortest time, those who prefer to have slower paced tours, those who do not like hearing "a lot of knowledge" and even Scholars and Professors appreciating more detailed explanations. In other words, I am quite confident of being able to satisfy your expectations.
A Recent Review of this guide
We were in Florence for 2 days and did tours with Francesco both days. His knowledge and personality were outstanding. Easy to be with and was also thoughtful in our needs and desires. His passion for the city showed with every word he spoke about the history, culture and artists of the renaissance. I was able to email directly to him, he also made reservations for dinner both nights and his choices were perfect. I feel I choose the perfect guide from Tours by Locals. Grazie Mille Francesco, Joanne
- Licensed Guide of Florence since 1993 (14th out of more than a thousand of candidates judged by a panel of distinguished Professors, on a public competition, when, until some twenty years ago, the very few Guide Licenses were released by a Regional Authority after a challenging open competition).
- Jubilee Guide Certification issued by CSL Toscana, the year 2000.
- Certification of Sommelier (II level), issued by Associazione il Santuccio, the year 2017.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.