Patricia Rucidlo is a licensed tour guide in Florence; she has a master’s degree in Italian Renaissance history and another in Italian Renaissance art history. She has also led wine tours in Chianti, cooked professionally in Florence, and loves to mix up her tours to reflect these great loves.
mail to: PRucidlo@gmail.com
"I am a native Florentine with a British mother which luckily makes me perfectly bilingual. I grew up abroad thanks to my father’s work at the United Nations and came back to Florence when I was 18 to study at the University of Florence. I obtained my degree in English literature, and wrote a thesis on the figure of the woman artist in novels by British women writers of the 17th and 18th century.
My academic curriculum includes exams in history and art history. I have lived in Florence for some twenty years and have been successfully working in tourism for more than ten, collaborating both with chosen and exclusive licensed travel agents and private parties. I am a licensed tour guide of the city of Florence."
mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eugene Martinez, authorized fine arts guide of Florence and its Environs
"With a degree in art history from New York University and thirty years of experience in Tuscany, I share my passion and knowledge of Florence, and its culture and cuisine with visitors from all over the world. Looking through my itineraries, please remember that my tours are always private and personal - I work with you to develop a special itinerary just for you that'll focus on the things you most want to see and learn!"
mail to: martinez@ars-opulenta
Context is a network of scholars and specialists - in disciplines including archaeology, art history, cuisine, urban planning, history, environmental science, and classics - who, in addition to their normal work as professors and researchers, design and lead in-depth walking seminars for small groups of intellectually curious travelers.
Guided tours of Tuscan art centers (Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, San Gimignano, Arezzo), visits of privately owned palaces, villas, gardens, art collections, special museum openings to get the pleasure of visiting Italy behind closed doors.
Entertaining and informative guided tours with specially trained guides, including skip-the-lines museums tours (Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor, Accademia) and interesting small-group guided walking tour of Florence.
An in-depth alternative to the usual city tours: an entertaining art class on the move. Their guides will help you beat the crowds for personalized, stress-free visits to the must-sees and will also take you off the beaten track to show you some of the lesser-known corners and hidden gems of this magnificent city.
Walking & Hiking tours
Walk About Tuscany
Gianni - a certified guide for nature walks and hikes since 1999 - will bring you to the authentic off the beaten path places: exclusive tailored walks and hikes for small groups
(individuals, couples, families, groups of friends).
Food lovers walking tours
Custom tailored walking tours of Florence for food lovers. Stroll through the city, visit markets, shops, sample pastry, snacks, wine and special products with a knowledgeable guide, concluding with a trattoria lunch.
I Bike Tuscany!
A Florence-based company specializing in one day private or semi-private, fully guided bike rides for small groups around Florence, Siena, the Chianti and beyond. For nearly effortless tours, IBT provides electric bikes. You can use the silent motor all of the time or just for that last little push up the hardest hill...
Cicloposse is based in Pienza and provides unique cycling day tours. They also offer self guided bike tours with detailed itineraries, sightseeing & restaurant recommendations and marked maps.
A special wine and olive oil tasting and countryside tour with Guido Bandinelli, an English speaking reliable driver and passionate, expert sommelier.
Tuscan Wine Tours
Local wine experts and licensed tour guides will organize your day with winery appointments and a logical itinerary to follow with great lunch suggestions, places for good shopping, where to ship your wine, etc. Any itinerary can be customized to your wishes.
Bernie and Cristina - shopping enthusiasts friends - know where all the hidden away discount designer outlets are. They can bring you to boutiques, designers, showrooms and workshops that are off the tourist track. For a personalized, special shopping day.
Cristina Biagini +39 339 5748922 - Bernie Nolan +39 339 5748922
Personal Shopper Florence
Angela Carpio has been in the fashion industry for years. She will take you for a trend-seeking shopping tour of the city and its surroundings, through the best kept secrets and most exclusive addresses.
Ballooning in Tuscany
A unique experience to see an almost untouched Tuscany from above. The launch site is in an enchanted valley, hidden below Montisi (16 miles from the Calcione estate).
All in one: private art tours, shopping tours, hot air balloon, helicopter or private aircraft tours. Guided bike tours, trekking with environmental guide, tennis with professional teacher, short football classes for children. Rafting, kayak in the Umbrian waterfalls.