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 are sublime - my Venice is passionate like Casanova - my Rome is layered like a delicious cake - and my Sicily is breathtaking. I am driven by passion for local Italy, my home over the past 20 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 my advice on where to stay, eat, and how to travel within Italy, share the interests, ideas and details you wish to be included on tour. The more I know about your taste amd plans the better I can prep and serve Italy for you :)
Welcome to the Dolce Vita!
A Recent Review of this guide
Anna did a splendid job personalizing our tour of 2 cities in a day. She took us to her fav. restaurant in Lucca. We ate & drank natural wine to our hearts content. She kept us on time for everything & in a great mood although it was raining & showed beautiful photo spots in Pisa tht would have normally been crowded. Anna prioritized our schedule & without her we would hv been lost & missed our trains. She was careful with her information to ensure it was accurate. Anna is knowledgeable, timely & lovely
Official art history guide license for Florence (800 hours compulsory coursework, state exam), PhD (European University Institute), 14 years guide experience (Sicily, Florence, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Rome, Venice, Portofino)
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.