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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

Paolo B was fantastic. Her art/history knowledge was phenomenal. The tour was exactly what we had specified. In fact, after our tour, I wanted to stay 2 months in Florence because of all of the history Paola shared with us. Also, Paola made wonderful recommendations for restaurants. Thus, we had one of the most delicious meals ever in Florence. Osteria Giovanni was superb! Thank you, Paola, for making this the perfect tour and giving us such an indepth view of Florence and her history.
Trudy Sher

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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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Florence Classic Private Tour

The perfect itinerary for first-time visitors to Florence

284 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

3 hours

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Introduction to Firenze

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2-Hour Orientation Walking Tour

237 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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Florence By Moonlight Classic Private,...

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

277 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Florence Essentials: private tour of,...

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

365 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

264 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,...

284 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,...

284 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,...

281 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,...

433 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

433 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

5 hours

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