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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.

Please note that To Tuscany is a villa rental company. We do not provide the services discussed on this page, nor do we have any additional information about them. However, if you require more details or assistance, please feel free to use our list of recommended services and contact the companies directly. Thank you.

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.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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Early Access: Guided Uffizi Gallery Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery plus free time inside the museum to continue your visit when the guide has finished. Since the tour starts very early in the morning when the museum is less crowded, you will not be annoyed by the throngs of tourists. The itinerary has been rigorously selected with the help of certified guides in order to show you more than just the great masterpieces everyone knows. You are guaranteed a professional and, of course, an enjoyable experience. Your guide will be monolingual so you will not have to listen to everything being repeated in other languages.

from 76,68 US Dollar

Small-Group San Gimignano and Volterra Day Trip from Siena

Embrace the medieval charms of Tuscany's towns on a full-day trip to San Gimignano and Volterra from Siena. With an attentive local guide, walk round the Fortress of Monteriggioni, explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of San Gimignano, and visit an alabaster workshop in Volterra. Enjoy a delicious lunch on a small Tuscan farm and spend time at your leisure exploring these rustic hill towns that are steeped in rich Italian history.

Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.

from 167,75 US Dollar

Small-Group Florence Duomo Baptistery and Grande Museo del Duomo Tour

Small group tour for an exhaustive visit to the most important religious center of Tuscany, Florence's Duomo Complex with Baptistery, Cathedral and Cathedral's Museum including reservation for climbing Brunelleschi's dome approx one hour after tour ends (access time to Brunelleschi's dome cannot be changed).

from 58,71 US Dollar

Italian Opera Concert in Santa Monaca Church

Embark on a wonderful evening of the most famous Italian opera arias. The program features arias from 'La Traviata,' 'La Bohème,' 'Tosca,' 'Madame Butterfly,' 'The Marriage of Figaro,' and 'The Barber of Seville,' all performed by professional singers. The evening is set in the heart of Florence in the beautiful 15h-century Church of St. Monaca.

from 29,96 US Dollar
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