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Paola B.

Florence, Italy

Hi Gente!! I was born and raised in Florence and live in one of the most ancient quarters of the city center with my husband and four children, the last of whom is named Michelangelo after you-know-who, I couldn't resist!

Having had a full career with a major airline has given me the opportunity to travel the world, but my native city has remained my first love. I'm a university-trained expert in world history and Italian and European art history and have worked as a licensed guide since 2010.

Living in Florence my entire life gives me the advantage of being able to share my city from a unique perspective.

I can provide you with ideal, tailor-made walking tour or excursion itineraries whether your interests lie in exploring the most famous sites, museums and churches of Florence and Tuscany, or its fabulous wealth of lesser known treasures. As well as being able to provide simple or in-depth tours of those places most sought-out during first trips to the city, such as the galleries of the Uffizi, Accademia and Pitti Palace or the Cathedral Complex, my specialties include tandem family tours, Jewish Florence, The Florence of Dan Brown's Inferno, Florentine Arts & Crafts, The Medici Villas of the Countryside, and Contemporary Florence, to name just a few, as well as "fanciful" tours, like Timeless Love Stories of Florence, and tours that focus on a specific artist architect or theme. Additionally, I can organise excursions that will allow you to experience Tuscany outside of Florence, including its world famous wines, cheeses, olive oil and vinegar.

If you're not sure exactly what you would like to accomplish during your holiday, we can work together to come up the best possible, individualized itineraries for you.

Three good reasons for not visiting Florence without me:
It's easier: you can pull your nose out of Google Maps or Lonely Planet and devote your full attention to the beautiful things you're traveling to Florence to see.
It's smarter: You're coming face-to-face with over 2, 000 years of extraordinary events, unique works of art, famous people, and brilliant ideas-and I have it all in my head for you!
It's more practical: see the two points immediately above. Are you on vacation or not?!

A Recent Review of this guide

Paola is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and personable guide. Even before we ever met, she gave us many suggestions and tips for our trip to Florence, which were very helpful - we'd highly recommend her! Grazie mille, Paola - baci e abbracci!!!
Fran Newton

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Credentials

Diploma in Tourism
University level training in Art History
University level training in Ancient, Medieval and Modern History
Senior Cabin Manager at Alitalia, the national airline of Italy
Tourist Guide License of Florence and district
First Aid and CPR Certification, including use of Defibrillator

Restrictions

I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
I am licensed to give tours in Italian, French and English.

Guide Requirements for Italy

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Tours by Paola B.

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Private tour guide Paola

Introduction to Firenze

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2-Hour Orientation Walking Tour

242 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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Florence Classic Private Tour

The perfect itinerary for first-time visitors to Florence

295 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

3 hours

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Florence By Moonlight Classic Private,...

The perfect itinerary for first-time visitors to Florence who want,...

282 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Florence Essentials: private tour of,...

Retrospective of the Florentine Renaissance through Uffizi and Accademia,...

376 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

4 hours

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Jewish Heritage Tour with Kosher Food,...

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Walking Tour of Florence with Kosher Food Tasting

262 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

2 hours

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Florence Classic Private Tour Including,...

A perfect itinerary for first-time visitors to Florence who also want,...

295 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

3 hours

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The Uffizi Gallery - Florence Renaissance,...

Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello: the Greats of the Italian,...

295 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

3 hours

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Catwalk: Florence Fashion

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A fascinating exploration of the close connection between Florence,...

279 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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Medici: the Masters of Florence

A tour of Florence with a focus on the most important family in the,...

430 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

5 hours

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The Divine Michelangelo

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An exploration of Michelangelo's Life, Times and Work

430 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

5 hours

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Florence Delicacies Tour

Discover Florence and the Florentines through your palate

269 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

3 hours

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