My name is Elisabetta Marchi and I am a professional tour guide born and raised in Tuscany, Italy. I have been working in various capacities in the tourism industry for decades and have been a guide since 2002. During this time I have developed an exceptional knowledge of my wonderful region of Toscana. My background is in foreign languages, history and art history, but I am also passionate about wine, food, culture, and above all sharing my region with visitors from around the world.
My tours are offered in English and Italian and are innovative and dynamic and will be personalized for you based on what you would like to experience and explore. Not only can I take you to discover Florence, the Renaissance capital and largest city in Tuscany, but we can also explore smaller towns such as Siena, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, Cortona, Carrara, Pistoia among others.
If you want to book a tour in English or Italian my preference is always to personally provide the tour for you, but if you need a different language or I am not available then I can arrange for a fantastic alternative guide for you. I have spent years creating a network of guides that are as passionate and knowledgeable as I am. These experienced guides are fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin, Serbian, Croatian, Polish, Russian, as well as other languages upon request. If you will be heading to other areas of Italy, just let me know and I can arrange for a wonderful guide in other locations such as Rome, Venice, and Naples.
As a professional guide with nearly twenty years of experience, my wealth of knowledge about Tuscany allows me to personalize each tour to fit your needs. I can adapt the tour to create the right experience for you, whether you are traveling as a couple looking for an in-depth private tour, a family traveling with children that would like to go at a slower pace with plenty of gelato stops, or a large school or tour group that would like an overview of the highlights. On a tour with me don’t expect tons of dates and boring facts, instead I offer a true insider’s view of Italy with fascinating details about Italian life, history, and culture that will capture your attention and your heart.
If you are hoping to experience Tuscany in a more original and personalized way, get inspired by looking through my tour ideas and then get in touch with me! Tell me about yourself, who you are traveling with, where you want to go, and what you like. This will allow me to create a custom half-day, full day or multi-day tour that is perfect for you. I can incorporate not only history and art but also local culture, traditions, crafts, food and wine.
If you are planning a trip to Tuscany, you already know it is full of amazing sites to see. There are dozens of chances to visit UNESCO world heritage sites, as well as endless monuments, museums, basilicas, squares, galleries, towns and breathtaking countryside scenery straight out of a movie. Let’s go discover these places together! I can take you to some of my favorite places you won’t find in a guidebook while still making sure you get to experience the destinations on your bucket list in stress-free and meaningful ways.
Some of my most popular itineraries include: Florence artisans and their creations, Michelangelo’s life and works, and the market walk through San Lorenzo market with truffle sandwich and home made gelato. Check out the TOURS page for the complete list and descriptions.