Exploring Tuscany With a Personal Tourist Guide

If you are are looking to visit Tuscany or any other area in Italy with an experienced local guide please keep reading below. This can truly enhance your vacations! 

This tour is guided by: Massimo

I started working as a tour guide in Tuscany in 1987, when I was 23. I’m now almost 51. I started with German guests. As a tour guide I travelled almost everywhere through Europe (France, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece) and also to Canada (Ontario and Québec) and to New York. In 2002 I specialized as a licensed tour guide for Lucca, a medieval town in Tuscany. I am also a graduated translator and interpreter and I’m about to get my second deegree in Mediator in Foreign Languages and Cultures’ at the University of Siena. I speak fluently following languages, beside Italian as a mother tongue: German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese. I speak also Swedish at a A2 level and I’m dealing also with Russian (A1 level) and Chinese at the moment!

Meeting the clients.

I will meet my guests either in Montecatini Terme, a very well-known spa resort in northern Tuscany, where I am at home, or in other towns like Florence, Siena, Pisa, Arezzo, etc. but also outside my region, all over Italy, and show them the beauties of my country.

In which area in Tuscany are you specialised?

I’m of course specialized for Tuscany (my ‘highlights’ are Lucca, Florence, Siena, Pisa, Pistoia and Arezzo), but I can also guide my guests through other regions like Lombardy (Milan, etc.), Emilia Romagna (Bologna, etc.), Umbria (Assisi, etc.). We will do a guided tour in town, where we can organize a lunch break in a typical restaurant, then also hire a car or minivan to travel through the countryside and see something else of our marvellous landscape.

What the clients can see? 

We can also visit some typical farms producing wine and olive oil, cheese, ham and other alimentary products, we can also taste and do shopping in town or in wholesale factories where they produce and sell typical handmade products such as leather shoes, bags, marble or alabaster souvenirs, etc. It will last up to about 8 hours with some breaks for a coffee or so.

The costs of my tours depend on how we will organize them, i.e. if I have to move to my guests hotel/house and live there with them for the whole period or just meet them each morning at their premises.

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Explore Tuscany with Private guide Massimo

 

Rome Tours With Traditional Osteria Lunch and Food Crawl

Interesting tour lead by native Roman Vincenzo who will combine Rome’s ancient history with a food crawl and gourmet osteria Lunch. Not not be missed.

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Visit Rome with local guide vincenzo source

 

Ancient Rome

Explore the wonders of Rome with an exciting 3 hour tour. The spectacular tour covers the Roman Coliseum, which features breathtaking exteriors, interiors, and ancient architecture. The Forum Romanum is also a must see and is home to the Senate, Arch Septimius Severus, basilica Julia, and Maxentius basilica. The world renowned city also showcases the Arch Titus, Arch Constantine, and Capitol Hill. The walking tour features picturesque backdrops and lavish scenery at every turn. You can also enjoy world class cuisine set in an elegant Roman restaurant for a slightly additional cost. We will arrange a meeting point for all clients that are ready to experience the allure, and essence of Rome.

Vatican City

As the epicenter for Roman Catholicism, Vatican City is a haven for countless tourists. Your 5 tour starts at St. Peter’s basilica, which includes interiors, exteriors, and Michelangelo’s famous masterpiece sculptures: Bernini Baldachin, Piet, and more. You will also get to see the square and the magic of the Vatican Museums – Borgia’s flat, Raphael’s rooms, Greek cross room, Round room, Muses room, and the world famous Sistine Chapel. The tour also includes the Tapestry, Candelabra, and Geographic Maps galleries that are a must for ancient art lovers, aficionados, and enthusiasts. After a day of exploring Roman architecture at its finest, wind down with a traditional Osteria lunch and fine wines served to perfection. Meeting point for all visitors will be at the entrance of the Museums.

Pope’s City

The 4 hour Pope’s City tour includes the major sights of the downtown area: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Colonna Square, Hadrian Temple, and the Pantheon. The latter features Raphael’s tomb, along with the Italian Royal Family of Savoy tombs. The tour also includes Campo dei Fiori, Navona Square, Marcellus’ Theater, and the ancient Jewish ghetto, which features Octavia Gate. Meeting point for the tour will be discussed with clients, and you will be able to sample traditional Italian dishes via food stands. I do have passes for all spots desired!

Tour Guide Profile – Vincenzo

I was born in Rome and a licensed tour guide since 2009. I am also an art historian, and my clients are mainly English speakers. As a native Roman, I want to help you explore this fascinating and beloved city!

Chauffeured Tours of Verona, Palladian Villas, and Lake Garda

Guide and Chauffeur name: Laura

I am a professional private-taxi driver, English speaking. Most of the time I cooperate with my partner’s agency which offers any kind of rental car service with driver dedicated to transport of passengers, available 24/7 all year long.
We offers any kind of travel to agencies, to businessmen and tourists, personal travels for individuals or groups, to and from any destination as well as airport/stations transfers. Reliability, punctuality and courtesy, knowledge of English, German and French languages are our strengths. 

The Services Offered:

I offer trips on board of top quality cars (Minivan Ford, Mercedes Viano and Mercedes Class E), for visiting and discovering the area of Garda Lake, Palladio Villas and Vicenza, Mantova, Bergamo , Franciacorta, Soave (the area where I live) and Mezzane and Illasi Valley (is the extension of the Valpolicella area) wine tastings and tours at major historical local wineries , food tasting at Villa de Winkels in Tregnago, as well as Amarone wine tours in Valpolicella classica area. All these wineries are ready to introduce their products ( english speking) and to host the guests at any time.

I offer free consulting for visits throughout the province of Verona, Garda lake and the surrounding areas, also recommending restaurants, agriturismo where they can taste many Veronese and lake specialties, and partecipate at a cooking classes.

The Guide Experience.

The large amount of contacts gathered over the past years allows me to recommend routes, tracks, tours, as well as accommodations in cozy and comfortable apartments, B&B, hotels in the center of Verona and nearby.

The tour guides who I can introduce to, will be more than glad to accompany the guests to visit Verona and the province in order to let enjoy the wonders of art, history and culture of this beautiful city.

Tours from Verona.

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tours from Verona – source

 

 

Market Tour and Cooking Class in Milan

You will meet the guide early in the morning for a market visit in the center of Milan followed by hands-on cooking class at Atelier dei Sapori School. Here you will be welcome by Cristina, Paola e Patrizia chefs and food lovers who will lead you step by step in preparing recipes of the Milanese and Italian tradition.

What will you cook?

You will prepare a complete menu Appetizer, First dish, Main dish, Dessert.
THE BEST PART? At the end you get will sit down and eat all you made.
To remember your experience you will be given a cooking diploma.

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Food Market Tour in Milan.

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Food in Milan – source

Milan continues to be a haven for tourists and visitors that love world class cuisine and fine wines. From local eateries to posh and elegant cafes, the city is blanketed by a myriad of restaurants and food markets. The latter are perfect for those than want to sample local favorites, while shopping for fresh Italian produce and delicacies.

Mercato V Alpini

Mercato V Alpini is one of the tiniest yet top food markets in the city. Situated in a lavish and wealthy area, the market is known for its choice selection of fresh fruits and veggie stalles. Tourists can also stroll at a leisurely place, while shopping for genuine leather bags, wool, cashmere, and lovely floral arrangements. As a central hub for locals and visitors, the market features a classy outdoor café with steaming coffee, tasty snacks, and tantalizing beverages. Largo V Alpini is also adjacent to the market, and showcases a range of shops within a newly renovated area. With convenient underground parking and two residential towers that date back to 1955, you will simply love the immaculate weather and the history that surrounds this popular 19th century locale.

Mercato Garigliano

Located in the heart of Quartiere Isola, this lively street market features continental cuisine and the latest in Milan fashions. Tourists can also purchase house-ware tools at unbelievably low prices. With live music and street vendors at every turn, the market showcases the perfect blend of historic and contemporary architecture. No truer is this than when it comes to the recently revamped Porta Nuova skyline.

Mercato Papiniano

This is the largest food market in town, which is set in a trendy and upbeat neighborhood. Visitors will enjoy the wide selection of high quality wood products and clothes. With fresh fish, fruits, dairy products, meats, and veggies daily, the market is a simply a must for all tourists and locals. There is also an Italian delicatessen and a variety of Indian and South American stalls for your convenience.

Tour Of Florence’s Most Elegant Balcony, Fiesole.

A Walking tour around Florence to discover Italy like a local. 

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Discover Fiesole – source

 

Total distance covered Km: 10
Escursion time : 5 hours
Meeting time: 9 am Fiesole main square

This is an itinerary that will show you all the beauty of Florence from its most elegant and
prestigious balcony: Fiesole.
Beginning from the heart of the Etruscan town, the walk winds through charming alleys, ancient churches, Etruscan tombs, olive groves and woods, villas, and stunning city views. Soon you leave the asphalt to enter the Park Monte Ceceri a path used for centuries by generations of stonemasons to reach the quarries of sandstone -

Michelangelo himself came here to learn his art – and with which most of palaces and castles in the surroundings are built with the stone mined here. Along the
walk memories of Renaissance artists like, Leonardo, Rossellino, Da Maiano, that lived and worked here. The way ends in the lovely hamlet of Settignano where the writer D’annunzio, Eleonora Duse,  Lord Acton, lived last century.

On request, I may organize a group lunch in a trattoria al fresco.
* Language: Italian / English
Tour lead by Angelica Turi

 

 

 

Sadali Water Tour in Sardinia With Food Experience

SADALI, a tour under SARDINIA where rivers, springs and waterfalls give rise to the “Water Paradise”.

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Water, a precious resource, which distributed through an old but useful irrigation system known by immemorial times, makes the vegetable gardens extremely fertile and productive, that yield excellent potatoes used for the realization of the typical bread and cheese along with fresh, of “culurgionis”, typical dish of Sadali. Generosity and hospitality still have a place in society where pastoralist remain alive certain traditions and certain values.

Discover the food of Sardinia.

The tour is divided into two days which provide, in the first, a visit to dairies and laboratories of bread and pasta typical of Barbagia (inner places of Sardinia), such as the famous ” culurgionis ” (a kind of ravioli with a heart of potatoes, mint, garlic and fresh pecorino cheese).
On the second day we will do a dip in neighboring “Sarcidano” to visit the typical house of Campidano with outbuildings experimental laboratories.
Waterfalls, springs, ancient watermills and enchanted forests will frame your stay.

Cost: please enquire.
The rate includes: Transfers to and from the Airport
Lunch the two days
Guided tours (English Language)
Dinner and overnight
Assistance guides for 2 Days

Why take this tour?

Because you can relive the ancient crafts and delight your palate with traditional Sardinian cuisine in a mountain environment rich in aromas and flavors untouched.

Wine Tasting in Vicenza and Palladian Tour

If you are a fine wine connoisseur, this unique experience is truly for you. The amazing tour features a visit to Gambellara, which is home to the popular Giovanni Menti winery. The winery specializes in Durella and Garganega wines–cultivated from the Lessini and Gambellara hills that blanket the area. From dry white to sparkling and sweet flavors, a myriad of wines are proudly produced here.

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Palladian architecture – Vicenza Italy – Source

 

Wine Production and Tour Highlights

From the finest selection of grapes to the bottling process, an exquisite team of experts handles the wine production from start to finish. The winery team truly captures the allure and essence of fine wine, while maintaining Italian traditions and respect for Mother Nature at every turn.

The tour also includes a trip to the City Center at Vicenza, along with the historic Olympic Theater. This is a must for that love sightseeing and shopping at local venues. Experience true tradition while taking a stroll on the main streets, which showcase the finest Palladian buildings and architecture. You will also marvel at the Palladian Basilica just adjacent to Piazza dei Signori’s Main Square. The tour ends at a local wine venue where you can sample the best regional wines, delicacies, and entrees. The wine bar is owned and operated by a sommelier who features the top wine-food combos, as well as interesting facts and tips about elegant wine flavors and lavish bouquets.

Tour meet up and end location: The train station at Vicenza – tour duration: 3 hours.

Wine Tours at Their Finest

If you love fine Italian wines, this tour simply cannot be missed. It features a visit to the regionally renowned Menti winery in Gambellara. The tour also entails a number of historic sites at Vicenza, including some of the most famous Palladian structures and buildings. If you are a wine enthusiast and aficionado, the tour combines the elements of traditional wine production in small wineries and mouthwatering local specialties. Sample the finest wines while enjoying the beauty of art monuments.

Sardinia: Stunning Sea and Mountain Holidays in Paradise

6 days all inclusive holidays in Sardinia

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Stunning beach holidays in Sardinia – source

 

Day 1: The historic town of Cagliari and the sparkling waters of Poetto Beach. Arrive in Cagliari, meet your chauffer/guide, and enjoy immediate sightseeing on your way to the elegant hotel for a scrumptious lunch. Visit the historic center in the afternoon followed by candlelight dinner and overnight stay in lavish hotel.

Day 2: Cagliari – Iglesias – Carbonia (1h 30m driving, 75km) – Explore the rich mining history of Sulcis-Iglesiente. Hearty breakfast before departing for Iglesias–a medieval town featuring the Church of San Francesco, the Santa Chiara Cathedral, and historic Museum of Mining Art. Enjoy breathtaking scenery at every turn before dining at a Sardinian style restaurant for lunch. After lunch, depart for Carbonia to visit the Sebariu Coal Mine Museum. Guests will also enjoy the Phoenician Museum at Sant’Antioco, along with the Museum of Bisso and Christian catacombs. Mouthwatering dinner and overnight stay in first class Carbonia hotel.

Day 3: Carbonia – Cabras – Tharros – Orgosolo (3h, 225km) – Continental breakfast hotel before departing for Tharros—an ancient Phoenician city. Lunch at exquisite restaurant, then departure for Orgosolo and walking tour. The scenic tour is a must for sightseeing enthusiasts and aficionados. Tantalizing dinner and overnight stay in Orgosolo hotel.

Day 4: Orgosolo – Cala Gonone – Orgosolo (1h, 45km) – Depart for Cala Gonone after breakfast. Enjoy the white sands and crystal waters on your beach tour. Boat trips (not included in package) are available for those that want to see the spectacular and unique coves on the Gulf of Orosei. Late afternoon return to the hotel in Orgosolo—dinner, entertainment, and overnight stay.

Day 5: Orgosolo – Alghero (1 h, 175km) – Hotel breakfast and departure for Alghero. Points of interest along route: Santissima Trinit di Saccargia, which features unique Romanesque style architecture. You will also enjoy an extensive tour of Alghero—a catal town blanketed by local shops and venues. This is the perfect time for souvenir shopping before heading dinner and overnight stay in either Sassari or Alghero.

Day 6: Alghero/Cagliari (2 ½ h, 230km) – Breakfast at hotel and departure for Cagliari airport.

End of Sardinia tour and services. Safe travels and visit the Emerald Coast again!

This tour is organised by Guglielmo who is the owner of a tour company based in Sardinia and official tour guide of Sardinia since 2003. This company is a  leader in Cagliari city tour and boat excursions to the Villasimius marine park of Capo Carbonara, archaeological excursions to Brumini UNESCO world heritage site.

Walking Tour of Cagliari With Food and Wine Tasting

Discover Cagliari with an experience local guide.

This tour is meant for those who want to have a walk through the most interesting and attractive areas of the town. The tour departs from the very city centre and it takes inside the most ancient part of the city.

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Walking in Cagliari Sardinia- source

 

What is the tour like?

In this tour we will have a walk inside the ancient district of “Castello” where we will see the cathedral, the Royal Palace, the medieval towers and the Spanish fortifications both with a stroll through “Marina” district, the new gentrified area, full of shops and cafes.

The tour above mentioned is fully suitable on foot and it is specifically provided to enable the tourists to enjoy the very highlights of the city.

The tour is available seven days a week

The tour lasts approx 2hr 30mins.

Meeting point: The tour departs from via Roma, in front of “La Rinascente” Store

Wine and food tasting experience: A wine tasting can be optioned in this tour.
A great change to discover the Sardinian food and wine is included in this tour.

Shopping assistance: In this tour it is possible to include shopping assistance but it has to be booked in advance in order to manage times.
The tour includes an English speaking guide full assistance.

Who is the guide?

Hello! My name is Daniela and I am a local licensed tour guide based in Cagliari, Sardinia. I am specifically skilled in providing cultural tours, combining interests for history, art and archaeology with the passion for handicraft, local food and local traditions. I am fluent in English and Spanish and I am experienced in escorting groups, as well as individual tourists, around the most impressive areas of Sardinia, providing my guests with a full assistance during their staying in Sardinia. If you are interested in having a private guided-tour I am available for arranging your tailor-made tour specifically designed on your interests and budgets. Just let me know what you are interested in and I’ll arrange it!

 

 

Tour of Padua: The Scrovegni Chapel and More Unique Places

Welcome to Padua. During this amazing half day walking tour you will see all the most popular sights and experience the best parts of the city with a local tour guide.

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Amazing Padua – source

 

This tour is led by an experience local guide: Ruben

This tour is for people who are visiting for the first time. We’ll see all of the things you would see on an ordinary tour – they’re certainly worthwhile. But I will also show you the special things that make Padua great.

As your private tour guide, I can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs.

Meeting up location and end location: Padua train station.
Duration of the tour: 3 hours.

The duration of the tour can be longer depending on the lunch in a traditional “osteria”.

Why take this tour:

If you love real, true, traditional and unique places far from crowded touristic cities like Venice or Verona but with better and unique masterpieces, primary historical monuments and authentic venetian people, Padua is your place.