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
A great morning with Paola! She showed us exactly what we wanted to see in the Uffizi, and really brought the treasures to life with her wonderful knowledge and endless anecdotes about the painters and their paintings. I loved that she built up a lovely rapport with my shy, art and history loving, 17 year old granddaughter. All three of us were enthralled by her stories, and we're so happy that we chose her as our guide. To enjoy the Uffizi you could not do better than to see it through Paola's eyes.
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
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.