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.
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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!
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)
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.