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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 was such a delight. She tailored our tour especially for us. We went to L'Accademia, the Uffizi, and the Pitti Palace. She was extremely knowledgeable and gave us such great stories to aid our understanding and appreciation for all we were seeing. Thank you Anna for the most beautiful tour!
Natalie Ochoa

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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)

462 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,...

400 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

3 hours

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Uffizi Classics

Skip-the-line private tour of Italian Renaissance masterpieces

400 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Jewish Florence

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Private walking tour with Synagogue and Accademia, skip-the-line

467 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

4 hours

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Masters of Beauty

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Private tour of Florentine workshops

338 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

3 hours

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Chianti Wine Tasting Hike

with special opening of a private wine estate

646 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

11 hours

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The Duomo Grand Tour

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

587 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

4 hours

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Siena and San Gimignano

Tuscany from Florence with Wine Tasting in Chianti

801 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

12 hours

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Cinque Terre Hike

Private Cinque Terre hiking tour with boat ride

771 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

857 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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Pisa and Lucca from Florence

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

801 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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Medici Florence

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

616 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

771 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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Medici Villas - UNESCO world heritage,...

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

771 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

2274 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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Pisa and Lucca Shore Excursion

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

2443 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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Best of the Cinque Terre

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by train with boat ride and swimming

756 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

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