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a VirtualTourist member asked on Mar 5, 2016


Good guide to Florence

Hi everybody! I'm searching somebody who knows Florence well and can show the city. English or russian languaged. If you know someone, I appreciate your help a lot. It can be paid if necessary. Unfortunately we'll have very few days for visiting. We're coming at 9th march.
Thanks in advance!

3 Answers

answered on 3/5/16 by
a VT member from North America

I agree that a good source for tour guides in Italy is an official tourist office. This could be a first step to finding accredited guides to Florence. You may know a guide personally or know of a guide through acquaintances. That doesn't guarantee that you'll get a qualified, accredited guide to the site you are interested in (in this case, Florence.)
If you have personal insight on guides for Florence, you might wish to go with that. If not, ask the tourist office for advice. They will suggest guides (English or Russian language included.)
I've gone with Italian friends' recommendations for a guide in some places & was satisfied. But that's not a guaranteed solution. In such cases, you usually need background knowledge of a place, to learn anything more from a guide's knowledge.
In any case, expect to pay for an accredited guide's services. It's not necessarily expensive & is often worth the expense. Which by the way, can be quite small, all things considered.

answered on 3/5/16 by
a VT member from Minneapolis

Hi ginn - A 'good' guide will always need to be paid (sometimes quite a lot) but what you're going to get out any service depends on what you're interested in. Florence is full of treasures but guides may specialize in topics: history; art; architecture; culture. You need to decide what it is that most interests you.

Florence is not a big city. The central historic district is fairly compact so with a good guidebook and some research beforehand, you don't really need a guide at all. We could probably steer you to the best places to visit if you'd let us know what you think you'd be most interested in?

answered on 3/17/16 by
a VT member from Pistoia

Weel, I don't know if she speaks Russian (English of course), but I strongly recommend Silvia

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