Gaia Ancilotti Private tour guide in Florence - Italy

Gaia Ancilotti

Guide profile:

Hello, I am Gaia, I am 100% Tuscan. My dad looks like an ancient Etruscan and my mum can’t order a Coca Cola outside Tuscany because, as all locals, she can’t pronounce the letter “C” (the famous Tuscan gorgia)!

My ancestral roots can be traced back for generations in my area. The house where I grew up, and my family has lived for longer than a century, is itself a piece of the history of my hometown, a village of the Florentine province enclosed by gentle hills speckled with medieval towers and cypresses, olive trees and vineyards.

As for me, I am a fully licensed Tour Guide for the town of Florence inspired by the idea of working for responsible, ethical and social tourism. I am a warm, friendly and approachable person and a reliable, enthusiastic professional.

I can guide you to discover the most important tourist attractions and museums of Florence including The Uffizi, The Accademia with its David, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti and its garden, The Cathedral and the Baptistery. Whether you want a must-see sightseeing walking tour or some more thematic and specific tours, I can tailor the itinerary with and for you.

And don’t forget to consider the spectacular countryside! The Chiantishire, with its wine-route, is just a short drive from Florence and so are many picturesque villages, including my favourite medieval hamlets of Certaldo and Vinci (yes, that Vinci...where the great Leonardo was born!), as well as stunning Villas once owned by the powerful Medici family.

Tuscany is my love and its beauty makes me proud of my origin whenever I am abroad or I meet visitors. Enjoying this wonder is a privilege that I want to share with you!

Please send me an email before booking!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars JOHN P. S.

We had a fabulous time. Gaia was just the right person to give us our tour. She was very friendly spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable and interesting. Gaia was also very flexible with arrangements as far as possible and changed her schedule to accommodate things we wanted to do.Hiring Gaia as a guide was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Florence and we will try to hire her again next time we go

Thankyou Gaia

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

All tours are private (you won’t share me with another group!) and can be tailored to your needs and interests. These are just some examples of what we can arrange together!

The Best of Florence: must-see orientation tours (Full and Half day) - out and about with your local!

Gallery and Museums visits (incl. Uffizi Art Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens)

Combos: Orientation tour + Museum (Academia or Uffizi)

Thematic Tours: The powerful Medici family, The Churches and the religious orders, The Florentine “Palazzo”, Fashion in Renaissance Florence, Death and Revenge in Medieval Florence and many others.

Art and Nature: urban hiking itineraries: spectacular views!

The Chiantishire: visit to an old butchery and to the wine Museum. Amazing tasting experience and great opportunity to buy delicious souvenirs!

Picturesque countryside hamlets: Vinci, home of Leonardo; Certaldo, a perfectly intact small medieval town

Transportation by tour guide:

I can help with transport options, please drop me an email for more details

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Day (or Night!) at the museum Price Per Group 110.00 Euro
Florence art treasures in one day Price Per Group 270.00 Euro
Florence: Out & about with your local Price Per Group 160.00 Euro
Shore excursion- Best of Tuscany Price Per Person 110.00 Euro
The Chianti: A tour inside a postcard! Price Per Person 70.00 Euro
Truffle Experience and Typical Tuscan Lunch Price Per Group 140.00 Euro
Vinci: Leonardo's hometown Price Per Group 270.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

I love travelling and immersing myself in different cultures.

As a proper Tuscan countrygirl, good food and good wine are the fuel of my life.

I am an Opera fan and, it goes without saying, I am obviously deeply in love with Renaissance art.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars JOHN P. S. 31 May 2019

We had a fabulous time. Gaia was just the right person to give us our tour. She was very friendly spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable and interesting. Gaia was also very flexible with arrangements as far as possible and changed her schedule to accommodate things we wanted to do.Hiring Gaia as a guide was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Florence and we will try to hire her again next time we go

Thankyou Gaia

5 stars Michael D. 24 Sep 2018

We did a 3 hour private guided tour of Florence with Gaia. The tour was fantastic and Gaia was very knowledgeable and insightful about the history of her city. She had print outs and books to show us to make it easier for us to understand and learn. She even recommended us a fantastic restaurant call Trattitoria I'raddi in Santo Spirito where we had the most amazing Florentine T-bone steak. It was a fantastic tour and I would highly recommend. Thanks Gaia!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Michael! I am so glad you enjoyed I' Raddi! Their steak is out of this world! Come back soon!

5 stars Laura L. 27 Jul 2018

On our first evening in Florence, my family had a wonderful walking tour with Gaia that included seeing the Statue of David. Gaia did a wonderful job introducing us to the city and giving us tips for our stay. She is energetic and entertaining. We highly recommend using Gaia as a tour guide.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Laura for your lovely review! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Florence! See you again in my beautiful town!

5 stars Guy B. 02 Jan 2018

Gaia was a wonderful guide, and greatly enhanced our visit to Florence.

5 stars mary C. 29 Dec 2017

We just finished up our tour with Gaia and she was incredible!! She was so warm and personable and was a great tour guide that made our day in Florence perfect. We would definitely recommend her to anyone coming to this area. For an excellent guide at a great price look no further. Can’t say enough about our day on Florence. Thanks again Gaia

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Mary and Dan! I seriously had a blast with you guys! What a fantastic family you are. All so interested, cultured and all-around nice people! I really hope you will come back soon to Florence and Italy! All the best, Gaia!

5 stars John S. 04 Aug 2017

Gaia was outstanding. We had a number of great guides during our recent Italy vacation, but Gaia was the best.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you John! Hope to see you again in Florence!

5 stars Karen E. 30 Jul 2017

We can't say enough about Gaia. She really has a wealth of knowledge about the art, history, and food of Florence! She accommodated the interests of our group of 5, ranging from 18 to 70+ years. She was truly a standout! We hope to see Gaia again!

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Karen! We spent an awesome time together! Thank you for your lovely review! Come back soon!

5 stars Mark P. 15 Nov 2016

Gaia is fantastic, awesome and enthusiastic

If you're in Florence and want a tour guide that can bring the art, architecture and history alive look no further. Contact Gaia. We miss you already Gaia. Mark and Dana

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Mark and Dana! It was great to have you on tour. What a great team we were! I miss you too! I hope you enjoyed the rest of you holiday!

5 stars Lexie C. 03 Nov 2016

My wife and I toured with Gaia in Florence last week. She is outstanding! Very professional, yet very personal. She met us right on time, was very engaging and entertaining. Her knowledge of Florence history and its art is amazing. Our hours with Gaia were truly the highlight of our 3 days in Florence. We recommend her completely! Steve & Lexie

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Steve & Lexie! If reviews on customers were allowed by the system you would definitely get five star from me! Always engaged, interested and so friendly! Hope to see you soon again in Florence!

5 stars Paul D. 28 Mar 2016

Wonderful, articulate, funny.

5 stars Ivan T. 30 Oct 2015

Gaia provided my wife with an outstanding tour of the museums in Florence. She is very knowledgable, experienced and friendly. Gaia also helped us set-up a day tour to Siena and Chiantishire which turned out to be perfect. I would highly recommend reaching out to Gaia for any support you need during your visit to paradise.

Thanks Gaia and best wishes!!!

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks for your kind words! I had a lovely time with your wife and I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the beauties of Tuscany! Hope to see you in Florence again!

5 stars Aimar T. 06 Oct 2015

I can only confirm all previous comments – outstanding, charming person. She also knows how to listen, so finally our tour was like most interesting conversation.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you! I had a great time chatting with you. You are very knowledgeable and you wife is so lovely, attentive and interested! Thanks again for your fantastic gift... chocolate was sublime! My best to both of you!

5 stars David C. 13 Sep 2015

Gaia was the best tour guide!!! Besides hitting all the art, architecture, history highlights in our Firenze walking tour, she made it fun and entertaining even in a thunderstorm. Great stories, warm personality. Thank you, Gaia.

Tour Guide Comment: Awww! What a fantastic review! Thanks a lot! You were the kind of clients a tour guide wishes to meet when they wake up in the morning to go to work! All my best to you and your wife!

5 stars Tom W. 03 Sep 2015

Gaia was OUTSTANDING ! We were a party of 6 ...including 2 young children ages 7 and 9. Gaia is extremely knowledgeable, knows the history of every aspect of FLORENCE. She has a wonderful personality and style. AND, she was respected by every person in FLORENCE. I highly recommend her to all.

Tom Welch , Kristina, Gina, Tom and Brooke and Brett. Gaia made every thing "come to life " for all of us. She gets 10 plus stars from all of us.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely time we had together! Being around Florence with you was like taking some relatives from the US to visit my town! And the kids are just the most well-behaved children I have ever met! Hope to see again in Tuscany... or perhaps in California :-)

5 stars David S. 26 Jul 2015

We had the most interesting and informative tour of Florence with Gaia. She is a charming and knowledgeable guide. An it was learning and fun. She really cares about her clients and I will defenitely recommend her to anyone going to Florence

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for your kind words! Guiding another guide might sound like a challenge but I felt like I was with old friends! I will definitely recommend you to anyone going to the Holy Land! Your knowledge is amazing!

5 stars christophe D. 29 Oct 2014

just great, Gaia was fantastic, knowledgeable, fun, always happy, a total pleasure.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely review! As I said before, you are a tour guide's dream: incredibly interested and good fun!

5 stars Roy J. 17 Oct 2014

I just had one day to spend in Florence and Gaia showed me her beautiful city. I had the best time with her. We did the walking tour, and i didn't feel tired nor bored because she captivated me into the true essence of her beautiful city. We saw the beautiful cathedral, the Uffizi and the Accademia along with the Fountain of Neptune and the Perseus statue. She was patient while i clicked my snaps and she even showed me the market where all the local food and stuffs were sold. It was so worth it.

Tour Guide Comment: Roy thank you so much for your review! I had a lovely time with you in Florence and I am very glad you found it enjoyable too! Hope to see you again in Italy!

5 stars ANTONIA D. 05 Oct 2014

Gaia was perfect for what we were looking for. Showed us all the highlights of Florence, and hidden little gems that only local s would know about! She made us truly fall in love with FLorence!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much Antonia for your lovely review. Showing you guys around on a perfect sunny Sunday morning was just fantastic! I really hope you managed to end the day with a good glass of wine in front of the sunset and...first and foremost you tasted some of our delicious TRIPPA :-) Love to all your family

5 stars Y L. 10 Aug 2014

We had a wonderful experience, and I would recommend Gaia and the Chianti tour to others. Gaia is a delightful guide, and she makes the trip worry-free and let us to enjoy at our pace. The wine tour itself was a good balance between tourist interests and good wine sampling. The butchery shop visit was a pleasant surprise, complementing the wine tasting well and adds flavor to the whole rustic Tuscany experience. Highly recommended to all!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your kind words! You have a lovely family and working with you was truly relaxing! Hope to see you in Tuscany again at some point!

5 stars Ronnie M. 03 Jun 2014

Gaia is terrific. She made Florence alive , current and exciting. Her knowledge of the city , it's history and culture was truly exceptional. She was organized and managed our group beautifully. By the time the day was over , Gaia was our best friend. We were sorry to say goodbye. We heartily recommend Gaia to anyone who wishes to understand Florence and it's culture.

Ronnie M. Washington DC.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your fantastic review Ronnie! I still remember as great fun the day we spent together! What a cheerful and playful group you were! Hope to see you in Tuscany again one day!

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