Any suggestions on day tours or tour guides in Florence?
Hi there, stonus. There have been a number of forum discussions about this topic with lots of great information shared by folks who have been on day tours from Florence that they've loved. You've come to the right place! Here's where you might want to start: In the Forum home page, enter "Florence day tours" in the search bar at the top of the page. Then, sort for "forum" entries, and then sort for "less than 2 years" or "less than 1 year". You'll find some wonderful info in delightful threads that will hopefully be just what you're looking for. Hope you enjoy Tuscany!
The RS guidebook also has suggestions for local guides in Florence/Tuscany.
Anna Piperato. American living in Florence. Great gal.
we loved WalkAboutFlorence - we did 2 of their tours, THE BEST OF TUSCANY and CHIANTI WINE & FOOD SAFARI.
check out their webpage - they were fantastic.
They also have reviews and pictures on TripAdvisor, but if you book, do so directly on their website, not on TripAdvisor which uses 3rd party Viator. Always best to book directly with the company and they even tell you that.
Above person recommended Anna - she was our RS guide when we did the RS Venice, Florence, Rome Tour - she is great too.
A friend and I had an awesome tour with Laura Berti of Florence for You a few years ago -- Medici sites in the morning, Mercato Centrale at noon, and Florence artisans in the afternoon.
Laura is a native of Florence and provided a very rich experience.
I will respectfully submit that it seems a little odd to me to go to Europe and then hang out with an American guide. Few things are cooler to me than spending a day with a native guide who is proudly showing off what is special about the place where he/she grew up and now lives.
We did the Walkabout Tours for an all day Tuscany tour and also for a Pizza and Gelato making class. I highly recommend both tours. The Pizza and Gelato making class was one of our family highlights to Italy (so much fun) and we still talk about it! You can't go wrong with either of these 2 tours. We also did a Walkabout tour for the Highlights of Florence - as they have pre-reserved tickets for the art museums for you so no waiting in lines!! I think if I had to pick one of these - it would be the Pizza and Gelato class!! Have a great trip.
Another vote for Walkabout We did the Best of Tuscany and it really delivered. It is a FULL day 12 hours but you get to travel in air conditioned comfort, lunch at an organic winery and a nice taste of each town. I would highly recommend them.