I flew into Milan to meet friends there and then took a road trip to Florence. Since neither myself nor my Milanese friends had ever visited Florence, I followed Trip Advisors recommendation and booked a half day tour with Adriana of Florence Custom Tours. I thought it would be helpful to have a guided tour show us some of the more famous spots and that we could then explore on our own from there. This turned out to be a great idea. Adrianna met us at our Hotel, ( Hotel J and J). She is fluent in both English and Italian (to my Italian friend’s total pleasure). Adrianna put the entire group at ease and and proceeded to talk us on a walking tour first to the Academia to see Michelangelo and then on to the Piazza della Signoria. It was obvious that Adrianna really enjoys what she does and is very knowledgeable about Florence. We walked down to the old bridge (Ponte Vecchio). On our way back to the Piazza Della Signoria Adrianna took us to an incredible sandwich place which featured artisan baked breads, meats and cheeses. Trust me, this was nothing like the tourist sandwich shops which are all over Florence. Before Adrianna left, she directed us toward a great gelato place and booked reservations for us for the Ufizzi Gallery for the following day and then gave us an amazing restaurant recommendation for dinner. My folks in my group are experienced travelers and are not the type of people who would typically enjoy a guided tour. However, we all totally enjoyed having Adrianna show us are around and this tour totally made the entire trip much more enjoyable. I would highly recommend this guide and this service.
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