Are you looking for a guide in Florence or at least a guide in Florence to do a quality guided tour of Florence? In this article I give you my precious contacts to put you in direct contact with the Florentine guides during your visit to Florence.
Florence (capital of Tuscany) is a city with fascinating charms; it is surrounded by hills and located on both sides of the river Arno. Visitors from all over the world are unanimous: Florence must be explored, it is a true open-air museum full of history!
You are right to consider exploring this city. If you are looking for a guide in Florence, someone passionate about teaching you to live to the rhythm of "la bella", keep reading this article, because soon you will know the best tourist guides of Florence.
1) Guided tour of the historic center
Romantic, cultural, artistic ... Florence has some of the best Italian museums, magnificent cathedrals and churches, but also authentic streets and squares adorned with elegant buildings. They call her the Sorceress of Italy.
In fact, the amount of things to see is impressive! If this is your first visit to Florence, you might be confused by the tourist activity (so many people there).
That is why I encourage you to meet one or more local French-speaking Florentine guides, who will allow you to avoid scams, save a few cents and many steps (round trip and / or detours of the lost traveler), but also and above all, benefit of their experiences.
Ghislaine and Stefania, two professors of art history in Florence (and French-speaking) invite you to discover the historic center of Florence, through a very specific itinerary that allows you to admire the most beautiful squares in the center, including the square from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Signoria square, the Uffizi courtyard, the Republic square, the Loggia del Porcellino or the Ponte Vecchio.
They will also take care of showing you some lesser-known, but equally exceptional, tourist spots. I found it a very interesting visit, as a starting point on my first visit to Florence.
Allow 2 hours for the classic visit and 3 hours for a more complete visit, it is up to you when you make your reservation, depending on your availability. For more information, click here. And feel free to take it with you!
They know Florence like the back of their hand and can even offer you a bespoke guided tour of Florence if you want to, for example, follow in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci.
2) guide in Florence - In the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence
An incredible and fascinating visit was that of the mystery found in the Hall of the Five Hundred found in the Palazzo Veccio (the old Palace built in 1494)
The famous Salle des Cinq-Cents is a must see place that would house a great secret. It is one of the largest and most valuable rooms in Italy.
It was in 1503 when the manor summoned the two greatest artists of the time, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to decorate and adorn this famous room (Sala del Consiglio) with frescoes. The theme: The victories of the republic.
Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to illustrate the victory of Anghiari over the Milanese (1440) and Michelangelo's that of Cascina against the Pisans (1364). These two paintings were left unfinished and would be lost.
But according to some historians, the artist Vasari would have covered the battle of Anghiari with his fresco to protect it. But researchers made a discovery that had gone unnoticed until 2002, and that's where the mystery begins!
In the fresco of Vasari (The Battle of Marciano) we find these words: “Cerca trova” (search and find). Endoscopic analysis found pigments similar to those of the Mona Lisa.
If this story interests you, you know that Stefania offers this guided tour of the Palazzo Vecchio and the famous secret of the Hall of 500, Stefania is an art teacher in Florence and speaks very bi, contact there for a guided tour!
If you are interested in a pleasant walk between the Pitti Palace and the Bodoli Gardens ,.
3) Guided bike tour of Florence ()
Ghislaine offers another circuit to visit Florence, but this time by bike! Also, you should know that most Florentines travel like this.
To the program; the emblematic places of the city (such as the Cathedral Square and the Signoria Square) the Arno river and its bridges, the Oltrarno neighborhood ... But Ghislaine also adapts to your wishes, if you want to spend more time in a place, or even buy something or take a break, it is quite possible. Ghislaine's flexibility and availability are qualities that I appreciated a lot before the visit.
If you prefer to travel in Seway, it is possible, you just have to tell Ghislaine. To book your visit or for more information, click here.
4) Guided tour of the Pitti Palace in Forence
This huge Renaissance-style palace is located in the Oltrarno district. The heart of the palace dates from 1458 and was originally the residence of Luca Pitti, an ambitious Florentine banker.
The palace was taken in 1549 by the Medici family. Generations follow one another, accumulating paintings, goldsmiths, jewelery and other luxury items. The palace is a true cultural mountain, which we are lucky to be able to explore today!
I sincerely recommend that you choose Stefania to discover this monument. Professor of Art History and passionate about her profession, it is an enriching and entertaining visit that I can only recommend.
Then Stefania takes you to the Boboli Gardens, behind the Pitti Palace, to end this tour. It is a spectacular "Italian" garden.
Here you can admire a collection of Roman and Florentine sculptures from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries. But that's not all: there are fountains, small temples and even a cave!
If you love history and nature, this tour will please you, I'm sure. For more information, click here.
5) Food tour in Florence
If you are a fan of Italian cuisine or just greedy and curious like me, look no further!
As in many countries, each region has its culinary specialties, do you know those of Tuscany?
This is the opportunity or never to taste the products of local producers, in the company of Ghislaine. Explanations, tastings and delicacies are the keywords of the visit! To book your visit,.
For my part, here are my best culinary discoveries:
- The pappa al pomodoro; It is a soup, made from tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil. The whole is accompanied by stale bread. It is simple, but very good!
- The Lampredotto; Watch out, these are stumbling blocks! Fortunately, they are thinly sliced and cooked in cutting broth. They are sometimes served as a sandwich. Lampredotto is a classic of Florence street food. The Lampredotto is served with a red (spicy) or green sauce (with herbs), or bagnato (with bread soaked with a little cooking juice).
- The pappardelles; long flat and wide pasta. They are prepared with hare or rabbit sauce: rustic, but delicious.
6) Guided tour of the artisans of Florence
Another way to visit a city is to meet the artisans who make it successful. Ghislaine, offers you a circuit around the Florentine artisans. I found this initiative original and united.
During these two hours, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the traditions of the city, discuss with the artisans, taste or try certain practices. It is a great way to discover or rediscover a place. It is an unusual proposal that I recommend 1000%.
For more information, click here.
7) Activities from Florence
In this part I present some ideas of visit to do in Florence. First of all, here is the list of excursions that I could find to facilitate the trip… You may be interested!
Trains run every half hour from Santa Maria Novella station to the most famous tourist destinations in Tuscany.
Keep in mind that between regions (Venice, Cinque Terre and Tuscany), the train is perfect, but to travel around Tuscany, the car wins the game!
If you are staying in a hotel or apartment near the station, it will be easy, even at the last minute, to decide to take a day trip to:
- Lucca (Lucca)
- Visit the Cinque Terre
- Siena (find out about the famous Palio festival). / li>
- Arezzo: in an hour at most you will have reached your goal.
- Pisa can be visited very quickly, because everything is concentrated in one place. You can visit Pisa starting from Florence with a guide who takes care of everything too!
- Cinque Terre excursion from Florence:
Otherwise, you have agencies that offer guided day trips to visit the Cinque Terre. I recommend this excursion, or and compare (be careful, some activities do not include train and boat trips, read the reviews):
Well, here we are at the end of the article. I hope I have given you all the information you need to make a guided tour in Florence.
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