Loredana A.

 

Available Areas

Toscana (Living), Livorno, Chianti, Florence, Pisa

 

Languages

English (Native), Italian (Native)

 

Response Time

Less than an hour

 

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About

Hi, I am an American living in Florence. I moved to Italy as a student for a Master's Degree in Art History, ...and I've been here now for over 20 years. What's kept me here is my passion for art and the beauty of the city's incredible sights. I love showing visitors all the wondrous places around town and telling fascinating tales about Florence's history, culture, and art.

I bring into my tours my years of experience as a guide as well as my experience as an instructor of Art History. A tour must be engaging, entertaining, and informative at the same time to really spark interest. Most times it is the stories behind the works and the anecdotes that make the tour memorable. I like to think of those who follow my guided tours as inquisitive travelers, and not simply tourists.

So join me for an unforgettable Florence experience and leave the heavy guide books at home. Let me lead the way to all the great sights!

Check out my tours and blog for some tour ideas. I can customize tours and itineraries to best suit your interests. Feel free to contact me so I can design a tour or organize a shore excursion from Livorno to Florence just for you.

Tours

Masterpieces of the Uffizi 3-hr Tour

Florence
3 hours

Not your average tour with boring facts and dates, but a dive into the world of Renaissance Florence. See treasures by Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Botticelli, and more with an Art Historian. Hear all the intriguing stories and discover the meanings behind the works. Join me for a truly memorable visual experience through one of the world’s oldest museums. Leave the guide book at home and let me lead the way with skip-the-line entrance.

FROM$320/ per group

The Medici Tour: Medici Palace and Palazzo Vecchio

Florence
3 hours

Step inside the world of the Medici family and hear fascinating stories of murderous plots and political intrigue. Dominating the city's politics, society, and cultural life for over 300 years, the Medici helped to transform Florence into the Cradle of the Renaissance. Learn how this family of merchants from the countryside became wealthy and powerful bankers and then went on to take over not just Florence, but all of Tuscany, becoming grand dukes. Learn how their patronage rocked the art world.

FROM$320/ per group

Michelangelo's David 3-H Walking Tour and Accademia

Florence
3 hours

So what's the big deal over the David? Walk through amazing sites and beautiful piazzas as I tell the fascinating tales of Michelangelo’s life and prolific career. Then see the David at the Accademia along with unfinished works still bearing the marks of Michelangelo's chisel. Hear the story of how an abandoned block of marble was transformed into a wonder of artistic genius and how the statue transformed its creator into one of the greatest artists of all time.

FROM$320/ per group

Livorno Shore Excursion to Florence

Livorno
8 hours

Dock in Livorno and have a driver take you to beautiful Florence to visit the landmark Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, and the Duomo on a walking tour. Step inside the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia. Admire works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and others. Learn about Renaissance art; discover how Michelangelo created the David and how Leonardo surpassed the masters.

FROM$620/ per group

The Bargello and Renaissance Sculpture

Florence
3 hours

Discover how Renaissance sculpture broke all the molds. Learn about great masters like Donatello, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo and others. The itinerary begins with a walking tour, stopping at landmark sites where public competition and commissions triggered artistic genius. Then visit the Bargello and admire original works housed in an impressive medieval structure. Discover the Davids which were the forerunners of Michelangelo’s colossal. Learn about different sculpture techniques.

FROM$320/ per group

Renaissance Architecture at San Lorenzo

Florence
2 hours

Lofty arches, harmonious spaces, and imposing domes. Experience architectural wonders of Brunelleschi and Michelangelo with an Art Historian. At San Lorenzo Basilica discover how an ancient Roman architect inspired Brunelleschi to design the first Renaissance church. Then at the Medici Chapels see how Michelangelo broke the rules where architecture and sculpture are fused together for a dramatic effect. Learn how the Medici made it possible and how they ultimately caused Michelangelo to flee.

FROM$220/ per group