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Anna

Florence, Italy

Benvenuti alla Dolce Vita! Brilliant licensed art and history guide, PhD, with a decade guide experience in Florence, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Sicily - all the regions connected in culture and history, a combination of sea and land - I enjoy sharing my love for them with others.

I'll plan your itinerary, arrange skip-the-line museum tickets, a minivan with private driver and a boat ride, show you the hidden beauties of Florence, take you to my favorite local restaurant and on the most panoramic hike, talk art, history, Italian life and politics, and can even cook for you a Sicilian meal. Pleasure in life must be holistic - and Italy is an ideal country for this. My tours of Florence are outstanding - my experiences of Tuscany and the Cinque Terre sublime - and my Sicily is breathtaking. I am driven by passion for local Italy, my home over the past 17 years. Here, I studied in Rome and Florence, worked in Parma, the Cinque Terre and Tuscany, and of course fell in love - in Sicily. It's this pleasure, careful research and local knowledge that I'm happy to share on tour.

What to expect from my tours? Expect more and better! A watermelon popping out from my backpack in the middle of a spectacular hike, a memorable love abduction story from a Medieval monastery, a delicious seafood meal, a marble quarry worthy of Michelangelo, and a wine tasting in the villa of Mona Lisa. Guiding is one of the most creative activities, where each guest is a chance to discover the place anew. I enjoy creating your custom itinerary, preparing each detail, adding local insight, taking you to places as varied as a trail above Portofino, a Medici villa, the Uffizi, Vasari corridor or a prehistoric village in Sicily.

And in winter I indulge in another creative and passionate pleasure: writing, now working on my second book.

For an even more unique and local experience, please ask about my vacation homes for rent: a real Medieval tower in the heart of Florence, a panoramic home with infinity swimming pool in Taormina and a beach home in Sicily.

Welcome to the Dolce Vita!

A Recent Review of this guide

Anna is an amazing wealth of knowledge and a it was a true pleasure to spend the day with her. We rented a car and Anna took us to some amazing locales off the beaten path away from crowds. We never would have been able to experience Tuscany like this on our own. There was no question on the history of the region that she didn't have a detailed answer. We did two fantastic hikes with amazing views of Tuscany along with some fantastic wine tasting and mid evil castle visits. Highly recommend!
Mark Fincher

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Credentials

Official art history guide license for Florence (800 hours compulsory coursework, state exam), PhD (European University Institute), 12 years guide experience (Sicily, Florence, Tuscany, Cinque Terre)

Restrictions

I am a licensed guide, not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car with driver. My Florence license is for English, Italian, Russian and French languages only.

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Tours by Anna

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Private tour guide Anna

Florence Classics

Half day walking tour with Accademia gallery (skip-the-line)

491 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

3 hours

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Great Renaissance Murals

Santa Maria Novella, Brancacci Chapel, Santo Spirito and Santa Trinita,...

422 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

3 hours

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Siena and San Gimignano

Tuscany from Florence with Wine Tasting in Chianti

1612 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

12 hours

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Uffizi Classics

Skip-the-line private tour of Italian Renaissance masterpieces

455 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Chianti Wine Tasting Hike

with special opening of a private wine estate

601 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

11 hours

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Cinque Terre Hike

Private Cinque Terre hiking tour with boat ride

774 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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Portofino boat tour

private tour with Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Camogli options

792 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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Palazzo Vecchio by Night

Discover the old palace without the crowds

321 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 hours

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The David Grand Tour

 unrated

Skip-the-line tour of the Accademia and Bargello museums, licensed,...

562 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

3 hours

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The Medici Grand Tour

 unrated

Medici Chapels, Medici Palace, San Lorenzo church, San Marco monastery,...

631 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

4 hours 30 min.

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Pitti Palace Grand Tour

 unrated

private tour with Boboli Gardens

759 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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Medici Villas - UNESCO world heritage,...

 unrated

private tour with Fiesole and exclusive opening of a private estate,,...

1089 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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The Duomo Grand Tour

 unrated

Cathedral, Baptistery, Bell Tower private tour with skip-the-line access,...

527 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

4 hours

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Pisa and Lucca from Florence

Private tour with skip-the-line visit of the Leaning Tower

759 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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Florence and Pisa Shore Excursion

private tour with the Accademia gallery and the Leaning Tower, skip-the-line

2160 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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Pisa and Lucca Shore Excursion

 unrated

Leaning Tower Skip-the-Line, licensed guide, a/c van

2191 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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Best of the Cinque Terre

 unrated

by train with boat ride and swimming

780 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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