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Italian Vista Travel
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US$86.92*
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Skip-The-Line Florence Highlights and David Walking Tour
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US$106.78*
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Private Day-Trip to Siena and San Gimignano
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US$86.92*
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Florence for Foodies
Ranked #53 of 149 Food & Drink in Florence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Italian Vista Travel is a licensed Tour operator arranging high quality tours, activities and excursions for the discerning travelers who want to explore the Italian cities through the eyes of a local guide. Thanks to her experience on site and to her 100% Italian team, Elena provides trouble-free tours which spread out from the classical sites to the most hidden local gem, having in mind just one goal: bringing authentic Italy to life. You can choose amongst joining a small group tour, having a private guide or customize all your Italy tours. All our efforts aim to offer enjoyable, memorable and unique experiences during your once in a lifetime Italy's vacation.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Sorry Elena it has taken me so long to write this review! I scheduled a private tour for our family of 4 (kids age 10 and 12) end of May 2014 because I didn't want to spend time trying to plan and determine what to see in Florence and didn't want to spend more than 6 hours in Florence. Our goal was to see key sights - mainly the Statue of David and get back to our lovely castle in Siena where we were staying and relaxing. Elena greeted us at the bus station and spoke excellent English. We got much more than a "quickie" tour through Florence. She told several interesting stories as we passed various sites that I have shared with friends as we share our Italy photos. Having Elena coordinate our tickets and what line to get in at the Statue of David was a bonus and saved us time and frustration! By the way, the Statue of David was my favorite site in all the historical monuments in Italy. She kept the kids engaged, she found me a great chocolate shop (I'd been looking for one in Rome and Venice and couldn't find one!!), and dropped us off at an excellent restaurant at the end of the tour. Both myself and my husband wish we could have had Elena with us for a tour of Siena. We stayed 3 nights in Siena to relax, but didn't really feel like we left Siena with an understanding or unique history of the city. We spent 3 hours touring Florence and because of Elena's knowledge have several nuggets of excellent history! If I was planning another trip to Florence, I would still call Elena to make our trip more efficient and learn more about the history. Private tours are the way to go, especially with someone as knowledgeable as Elena (and when you have kids tired of statues)! Oh and we loved having someone with us who spoke Italian and could tell us what the Italians were arguing about in two different situations. Kids loved that! Thanks Elena! You were great!!

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Elena was simply wonderful. SO knowledgeable about everything in Florence -- from the history of the city to the best place to get gelato -- she really made our short trip special. Personable, punctual, and happy to tailor your tour to your specific interests. Would highly recommend her -- especially to first-time visitors of Florence!

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Reviewed 10 May 2014

We had the great good fortune of having Elena as our guide for the first 1 1/2 days we were in Florence. We don't think you can do better than Elena! She is punctual, friendly, charming, and extremely well educated about the history of Florence and Italy. She got us into all the important places without waiting in lines, which in itself is worth the price of her guide services. But she is so much more than that. She takes the time to learn your interests and makes sure that you don't miss a thing. We unhesitatingly recommend her services!

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed having Elena as our tour guide. She has a very strong knowledge of Florence and kept the tour extremely interesting and fun for all. We really appreciated her focusing on stories the children would enjoy hearing and succeeded at keeping everyone engaged. If you are looking for a wonderful tour guide in Florence, we would highly recommend Elena.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Elena was a wonderful addition to our short trip to Florence. She acquainted three generations of our family with Florence and managed to keep us all interested and entertained. Elena offered a range of information and shared some of her shopping locations with us as well.

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