Thanks to the guided tours with me you will be able to enjoy the masterpieces that Florence offers, art paradise and cradle of the Renaissance. In these 10 tours we will understand what Florentine vibe means and we will discover the soul of such an old and full of history city.
We will get to know an alternative and unusual side of Florence, we will walk through its little narrow streets, we will take guided tours in the palaces where Medici family lived and worked and in the most important religious places of Florence. We will find out who Michelangelo Buonarroti was, genius of the Renaissance, and see his incredible art works.
We will discover the fashionable Florence visiting the most exclusive and luxurious shops, we will learn about Tuscan craftsmanship attending artisan workshops and we will live unique shopping experiences into the world of artisan perfumes or handcrafted jewelry.
Florence itineraries are suitable for families with children, small groups and couples and can be totally customized according to your interests.
Visiting Florence with a tour guide means living unforgettable experiences and fully getting in touch with the city. I have selected for you the best exclusive experiences to do with your partner or with your family as a hot air balloon ride in Tuscany or a cooking lesson in a Renaissance villa in Florence. If you are looking for alternative experiences to do in Tuscany, you can book a carriage ride or come with me to discover the unusual Florence.
You will enjoy exclusive wine tastings in the Chianti area, discover what it means to go truffle hunting in San Miniato and you will be able to taste artisanal gelato that you have made with your children. Without forgetting that there are many other artistic and cultural experiences that the city offers to its visitors: you can choose between guided tours to Florence museums, to the famous gardens and to the most important basilicas and churches, such as the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
I am Martina Guadagno, official tour guide of Florence in Italian, English and Chinese languages and graduated in International Relations and Asian Studies.
Why choose to visit Florence with a local tour guide like me?
Thanks to my many travels and experiences abroad, I have developed a strong empathy towards others and a great ability to relate to foreign cultures. I have always loved to surround myself with people and share stories and ideas and these are some of the reasons why I have decided to become a tour guide.
Furthermore, being accompanied by a local guide is a way to establish a more authentic contact with the city and see it through the eyes of those who live there and know it thoroughly.
For your trip to Florence, I have personally created tours and experiences that are perfect for families with children, but also suitable for couples and small groups, considering both the most common and particular requests of the visitors. Many exclusive itineraries and full of history, art and tradition experiences to discover together the beauties and secrets of Florence and make you live an unforgettable trip.
Besides being a tour guide in Florence, I also work as a Personal Shopper. As an image consultant I have created exclusive shopping experiences in Florence dedicated to those who want to refine or change their look.
I will accompany you to the most beautiful luxury shops in Florence, in search of unique items and made in Italy products.
Together we will visit interesting fashion museums and discover small artisan shops that still preserve the authentic tradition of Florence craftsmanship.
In Florence What Else Shop you will find the best typical products of Tuscan craftsmanship and Florentine gastronomy, carefully selected by me and shipped to you directly by the craftsman producer. You will be able to buy Florentine leather goods, artisanal jewelry, bookbinding items, handmade ceramics and crystals and tasty food products to bring the traditions and flavors of Tuscany to every part of the world.
In this short travel guide I have tried to include everything you need to know to get a first introduction on Florence, its unmissable stops and also some “hidden” and less touristy locations, as well as all the useful information to organize your travel and my travel guide tips.
Before organizing your trip to Florence, discover here the curiosities of such a full of history and charm city, cradle of the Renaissance and home of good food.
On this blog you will find many tips I have collected over many years as a Florence tourist guide; articles that will make you discover Florence hidden gems and make your mouth water even before visiting my beautiful city!
Easter is approaching and in this article you will find interesting ideas and tips on how to organize your Easter holidays in Florence. Guided artistic tours, food and wine tours, naturalistic itineraries but also exhibitions and typical Florentine customs.
Let's discover together a historic Florentine artisan shop specialized in bookbinding and handmade paper decoration and let’s visit their laboratory in the heart of Florence. A Florence artisans tour, known all over the world for their unique and high quality products. Florence artisans tour, known all over the world for their unique and high quality products.
Let's discover together the magical world of Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy, the oldest pharmacy in Europe. Perfumes, creams, oils, liqueurs and many other products still made following the ancient techniques of the Dominican friars in a unique and suggestive location.
Let's discover the Val d’Orcia: a guided tour in Tuscany dedicated to breathtaking landscapes, delicious food and wines and enchanting small town. Among the the many places you can visit in this region you cannot miss a day trip to Pienza, famous for being considered the perfect city of the Renaissance but also, and not least, for its delicious pecorino.
Did you know that Halloween was first born in Europe and then exported to the United States? That the custom of carving pumpkins actually has Florentine origins? And that Florence is still haunted by ghosts? Discover here curious anecdotes and scary Florentine legends related to Halloween in Florence or participate in a fun guided tour of unusual Florence.
When it comes to Italy and especially Tuscany, you immediately think about a delicious charcuterie with prosciutto, salami and delicious cheeses accompanied by honey and mustards and a glass of local wine. Among the most popular Italian cheeses there is certainly Tuscan Pecorino, a delicious sheep's cheese that can be enjoyed fresh or aged. Find out in this article all the secrets on how Pecorino cheese is born and made.
Among Tuscany craft traditions there is certainly the art of creating and decorating ceramics. Discover with me the story of an important Tuscan family specialized in this ancient craft and admire their entirely hand-decorated porcelain with original motifs but at the same time linked to the territory and local tradition.
There are so many things to do in Tuscany and among all you can’t miss a visit to the medieval town of Anghiari. It was the scene of an important battle between Florence and Milan, also represented in a fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, and today it shows itself as a precious medieval jewel, perfect for a day trip from Florence and for those looking for Tuscany off the beaten paths.
If you want to spend your holidays in Tuscany or if you are looking for a day trip from Florence in the name of nature and good food, I will take you with me to visit a splendid organic farm in Chianti. You can participate in a guided tour of the farm, discover the techniques of Chianti wine production, taste typical local products and / or enjoy a few days of relaxation in a comfortable apartment surrounded by the green Tuscan hills and with a panoramic swimming pool.
Did you know that in Tuscany there is a small medieval town famous for crystal production? Come and visit with me local craftsmen workshops and discover the ancient techniques of crystal engraving and decoration.
On this day trip close to Florence, we will discover together one of Tuscany hidden gems: Colle Val d’Elsa. It is considered one of the best medieval towns in Tuscany, famous for its house-towers, medieval atmosphere and crystal-producing craftsmen, who have helped it earn the name of Bohemia of Italy.
A guided tour through the streets of a charming Tuscany medieval town, Certaldo, perfect choice for a day trip close to Florence, where time seems to have stopped to the Middle Ages and where you can breathe a magical and full of tradition atmosphere. Discover with me its history, customs and typical foods, including the famous Certaldo onion gelato!
Did you know that in Florence there are hidden tiny doors that have more than 400 years of history and that some of these have recently been reused to avoid contagion from Covid? They are called Wine Windows, small openings present on many noble palaces, once used for selling wine flasks and today reopened by some business owners. Come and discover them with me!
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Nature and history coexist in the Tuscan countryside: a peek into the Chianti area, a few kilometers from Florence.
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An original and off the beaten path itinerary, perfect for nature, history and esoteric symbols lovers. This tour will lead you through a private and exclusive garden in the historic center of Florence belonging to an ancient Tuscan family that still owns it. You will be guided by one of the family members, the Marquis Torrigiani, who will tell you curious and unknown anecdotes about his ancestors and the garden mysteries.
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