We are on the October 1 tour and flying into Florence a couple of days early. Does anyone have a recommendation for some private or small group tours of Florence. Thanks
We were on the Classic Italy tour two years ago and enjoyed our Tauck tour guides in Florence. We just returned from five days in Florence on our own after a Tauck river cruise.
We employed a licensed local guide for three or four hours a day while there. She was recommended by our local travel agent, but you can usually arrange a guide through your Florence hotel as well. They appear to run about 70 to 80 euros an hour.
Due to time constraints the Tauck guides were only able to hit a few popular spots and did an excellent job. This leaves MANY other sites and exhibits with interesting histories. Our guide was licensed and had a degree in art history. She was able to provide historical context on the art or sites we visited and was also able to facilitate our entry. Needless to say, with her local knowledge, the guide was able to maximize the number and variety of sights we were able to visit.
To us there was no question that using a local guide enhanced our visit to Florence. We left with a better understanding of the events and history Florence and the world as they related to the sites we visited.