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Tours and guides in Tuscany and Umbria

It’s difficult trying to pack in everything you want to see and do on a short trip to Tuscany and Umbria – where to start? How about a guided tour? With so much to experience here, from world-class food and wine to art, history and culture, there’s no better way to get under the skin of a place than to ask a local. Tapping into the knowledge of an enthusiastic guide, keen to share their passion for the area, can’t be beaten for a rich, memory-making experience, whether you want to visit a vineyard, look around a famous museum, or even get on your bike for a front-row view of the glorious countryside.

Check out the ideas below, some of our favourite guided tours.

Tours and guides in Tuscany

Florence Museums

During the summer months getting into the museums of Florence can be a nightmare with long queues. To visit the more famous museums it's best to book your tickets in advance.  
Note that there are many websites and private agencies that sell Florence Museum tickets. We suggest you buy them directly from the official Museum websites. Please visit
http://www.uffizi.firenze.it/en/index.php
http://www.b-ticket.com/b-ticket/uffizi/default.aspx

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Siena Guides

Siena’s association of official guides to the city and surrounding provinces of Tuscany have solid credentials, being a member of both the Italian Association for Tourist Guides (ANGT) and the Italian Association of Environmental and Hiking Guides (AIGEA). There are more than 90 professional guides on their books, all of whom are enthusiastic champions of Tuscany’s towns and countryside.

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Tuscany at Heart

Tuscany at Heart, run by Martina Manfredi, specialises in tours that explore the rich cultural heritage of the region. An art historian and official tour leader, Martina is particularly knowledgeable about the art, architecture, archaeology and ancient monuments of Pisa and its surroundings. She also provides city walks, food-themed itineraries and nature trails.


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Passion4Tuscany

For a truly authentic experience of the local area, employ the services of Tuscany-born Michela Ricciarelli. An official tour guide for Tuscany – and a personal shopper, too – Michela specialises in leading walking tours tailored to foodies, fashionistas and art buffs in Florence, Pistoia, Lucca and the surrounding countryside. She can also arrange trips to events, such as outdoor classical concerts, and activities, including perfume workshops, to add a little magic to your villa holiday in Tuscany.

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Artisan food and craft tours

Sapori & Saperi runs unique and inspiring culinary tours offering the rare chance to meet local heroes of Italian food and crafts.

Depending on the season, you can get involved in traditional local activities from baking bread with a village baker to helping a cheesemaker make pecorino and ricotta. Feeding silkworms and learning how silk is made or visiting a handloom weaver in his attic workshop are other unusual activities.

Sapori & Saperi will send you a menu of activities for the month you’ll be visiting the area. You choose what you want to do and an itinerary will be designed especially for you. Many activities are suitable for children aged six years and older. City sightseeing, architecture, art, gardens and musical events can also be included.

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Umbria in Tour

Umbria in Tour is a specialist agency organising activities for individuals and groups that aim to offer an authentic experience of the region. Choose from a broad range of themed itineraries, which focus on subjects as diverse as the area’s history, culture and natural beauty and also include cooking lessons, workshops on wine appreciation, and Italian-language classes.

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Chianti Live Tours

Chianti born and bred, the team at Chianti Live Tours know all this region’s secrets. Their goal is to help holidaymakers get to know the true Chianti, too, through a choice of interesting and invigorating activities, from guided hikes and scooter tours to wine tastings and helping bring in the grape harvest.

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Cooltours

COOLTOURS is a one woman business with more than 10 years experience providing professional driving services in Tuscany.
Sightseeing tours are unique full days in the Tuscan countryside combining hot spots and off the beaten path destinations.
Tuscan wine tours are educational but enjoyable day trips to sample high quality Chianti Classico, Brunello, Supertuscans.
Hire Anna your private driver, guide, wine expert all in one to get your authentic Tuscany experience.

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