I'm an American who relocated to this beautiful city in the summer of 2015 after having spent a year living in the west of England. I lived most of my adult life in New York City, but have also lived in Boston and Dallas. And having been born in Buffalo, NY, I had the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time in Ontario, Canada when growing up.
Helping people navigate Florence's magnificence is a delight for me, most especially when I'm pointing out the fascinating details that it can be so easy to overlook amidst the gorgeous sensory overload of the city.
I've had an interest in creating and being around art that can be traced all the way back to my toddler days, even prior to the commission of my first (and only!) act of art theft at age 3. (A seriously guilty conscience got the better of me and I returned the loot--a picture of donkey--in less than an hour and without adult intervention!) Over the years, my continued interest and studies have led me to wonderful experiences that include handling a William Blake watercolor for research purposes, handling a Joseph Cornell box for conservation purposes, being the sole assistant to a master conservator in the process of giving a Mark Rothko painting a "bath" to remove a Coca Cola splatter, and doing research and editorial work for a renowned art historian. It's an absolute dream come true to be living in the heart of the Renaissance, literally steps away from countless masterpieces that at one time completely captivated me as mere photographs in books!
I've worked as a guide both for agencies and individuals since receiving my license in the spring of 2017 and also spend part of my time working with children. . . another passion.
My standard tours are a starting point: please don't hesitate to contact me about custom tailoring a tour to your specific interests!
A Recent Review of this guide
My granddaughter and three of her friends all of whom are studying in Rome spent last weekend in Florence. I wanted them to have some basic understanding of what they were seeing so I booked Cheryl to take them on a walking tour of the most important sites and to the Accademia. They loved Cheryl and learned so much. Cheryl brought the Renaissance to life for them and made them eager to learn more. Now my granddaughter loves Florence as much as I do. Mission accomplished!
Lois Van Deusen
Licensed guide for Florence
Bachelor of Arts from CUNY Hunter College/Smith Fellowship Program, NYC: Foundation Studies for Art Conservation
All of my tours are walking tours within the historic center of Florence.
I am not a driver. I can arrange a car with driver for you upon request.