As an officially-authorized Tour Guide of Florence since 2010, I offer private museum and monuments tours, walking tours to explore off-the-beaten-track neighbourhoods, specially-arranged culinary experiences or visits to artisans' workshops within this magnificent city.
As I also hold a local license to accompany groups, I have designed special shore excursions to Florence, with a distinct focus on the art and architecture. I have also crafted a customized day excursion from Florence out to the surrounding Tuscan countryside, with a focus on small hilltop towns, plus - given my love of Italian food and wine - great wine and delicious local gastronomic delicacies.
Breathtaking art and architecture, quality artisans, pristine views, quaint alleys, prestigious wine cellars, local farms, great food and memorable company - all this to render your visit to Tuscany a truly special, exceptional experience. Living in Italy has taught me to embrace the simple pleasures and search out the authentic. Hence, a day with me is brimming with learning, seeing, tasting and savouring as I share all these with you. As a mother with a young child, I can also easily adapt itineraries to make them more "kid" friendly.
Originally from the US, I have been living in Florence for more than 20 years. My academic studies in Art History originally led me to Italy and my love for the country kept me here! I hold a BA and MA in Art History and Italian Literature from prestigious American institutions and also earned a Diploma in painting restoration from an Italian institute.
I love to share with guests the marvels of magical Tuscany and of majestic Florence - from the classic to the curious - and look forward to sharing them with you!
A Recent Review of this guide
This tour provided by Elizabeth was exceptional. She shared her knowledge of Art History as we visited numerous sites within Florence. We now have a better appreciation of the works by various artists and the history of Florence. Tickets were obtained in advance in order for us to visit museums and churches with ease. She selected a typical local restaurant for lunch which was delicious. Having us picked up at the cruise port and return was seamless. We have great pictures from our outstanding day.
Certified Tour Guide for the City of Florence and Province
Instituto Duomo, Florence, License No. 026/2010
Comune di Firenze, completion of 800 hour class
Italian permit to accompany groups (Accompagnatore Turistico), Comune di Firenze, License No. 1022/2005
Seminar on Florence and the Invention of the Renaissance
Specialized offering for Tour Guides, Instituto Duomo, Florence, Completion of 30 hour class March 2017
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA and Florence, Italy
Master of Arts Degree in Art History, Italian Renaissance
Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro, Palazzo Spinelli, Florence, Italy
Diploma in Painting Conservation, Specialization in canvas and wood panels
Accredited by the Region of Tuscany
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major in Art History and Minor in Italian
I am not a driver, however I can arrange professional transportation when necessary.