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“Learn and be entertained all at once”

Tuscan Tour Guide - Tours
Ranked #17 of 331 Tours in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Over 10 years ago owner Paul Costa of Tuscan Tour Guide began his small private tour guide company. Since then he has led tours for Gordon Getty, Radio KISS 108 & NECN TV host Billy Costa and thousands of travelers of Royal Caribbean, Disney, Oceania, Seven Seas, Carnival, Seabourn & Norwegian Cruise Lines. Designing every tour to suit the expectations of each couple, family or group has made lifetime memories for thousands of tourists.
Austin, Texas
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Learn and be entertained all at once”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

Let's be honest. Most tours can be interesting, but a little dry. Not with Paul. From the minute we started, I was mesmerized by his vast knowledge and gift for storytelling. This man knows, and loves, Florence. The tour was worth every penny. His email address is paul@tuscantourguide.com.

Visited February 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Exceptional Educational Entertaining Tour Guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

Our family of 4, including two teens, ages 16 and19 are still talking about our day with Paul. Paul commenced his tour by providing background information to enrich our appreciation of the tour to come. His engaging,interactive and fun personality,along with his depth of knowledge made his tour our family favorite in Italy. All of his took home knowledge that we have reflected on and one of our kids was so inspired that she wants to further her art history knowledge at University. Paul also made some great recommendations for other things to do in Florence, including some wonderful shopping venues. We highly recommend Paul's tours. Should we return to Florence he will be our first call.

Visited July 2013
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

Paul was our guide for only one day in Florence, and like others, I wish we had toured with him for more days. Paul is engaging, entertaining, very knowledgeable, and an excellent guide. His tour was interesting and never boring - it truly was a highlight of our week in Tuscany. I cannot wait to go back and this time I will bring my children - I know they will enjoy his tours as much as our group did.

Visited November 2013
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SW Virginia
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“My only regret about using Paul as a guide...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

is that we only used him for two days. On our next trip to Florence we will tour with him for as many days we are there. These tours are no dry recitations of facts but are dynamic exercises in the Socratic method presented in an engaging way. I know that the price has been mentioned in other reviews but if you are going all the way to Florence, why not do what it takes to get the most out of the experience?

Visited November 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best Guide EVER!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

Paul Costas takes any visit to Florence to the "next level" and our family has never recommended any tour or guide so highly! The truth is "you get what you pay for ", and although the price seems somewhat steep, we believe that any trip to Florence is not complete without the valuable, interesting and extremely relatable spin and knowledge added by a visit through town with Paul. The information he provides via a very socratic interactive method keeps everyone thinking, challenged and on their toes, eager to learn and digest just what life, art, politics, and scandal were like during this rich time in history....the Renaissance! More than just
art history, a lesson in life.

Visited December 2013
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