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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 a wonderful and personable tour guide who created a memorable tour of the Cinque Terre area. She did an incredible job on showing us the sights and giving us recommendations on experiences and restaurants in Tuscany and Cinque Terre areas. We hiked in the Cinque Terre area that was so stunning and was not overrun with tourists. An amazing day with an amazing tour guide!
Melissa Hunter

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

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Tours by Anna

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Florence Classics

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

496 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,...

438 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

3 hours

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Best of Tuscany from Florence

Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti with Wine Tasting

1937 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

438 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Chianti Wine Tasting Hike

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with special opening of a private wine estate

740 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

745 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

788 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

8 hours

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Best of the Cinque Terre by boat or train

from Florence, Pisa, Lucca or directly from the Cinque Terre

753 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

13 hours

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Palazzo Vecchio by Night

Discover the old palace without the crowds

309 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 hours

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The David Grand Tour

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

539 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

3 hours

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The Medici Grand Tour

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

673 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

4 hours 30 min.

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Pitti Palace Grand Tour

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private tour with Boboli Gardens

730 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,,...

1047 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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The Duomo Grand Tour

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

581 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

730 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

2076 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

2105 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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