Michele Colloca Private tour guide in Florence - Italy

Michele Colloca

Guide profile:

I was just six years old when my parents brought me to Florence... and it was love at first sight!

This has continued to be the case whilst studying, working and travelling around the world. Wherever I have been, the attraction of Florence has drawn me back, time after time.

Each visit unfolded more of its treasures to explore and discover, from the obvious beauty and architecture of the city, its many wonderful diversity of churches, museums and to learn more of its rich and fascinating history, not to mention the delicious food and wine and specialities of Tuscany!

Finally I surrendered and came to live here some 15 years ago.

Now that I am an "adopted Florentine", my life and work has become sharing its riches and guiding the curious and discerning visitor to discover and share the secrets and wonders it continually reveals.

My enthusiasm is boundless and I feel truly privileged to call this magnificent city MY HOME.

So, if you are looking for a deep and meaningful experience I would be delighted to guide you and share it with you.

Whatever your particular interest may be, I promise to uncover it for you here in magical Florence. I invite you to join me and allow you to judge for yourself!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Shannon S.

Michele was an amazing guide and driver. Had a really enjoyable experience. He toured us around the city edge of Florence and up to vineyards in San Gimignano. Toured through San Gimignano center as well. I would highly recommend him. We wanted a private tour, and we are so glad we chose Michele on our day out in the vineyards in Tuscany. Excellent experience and excellent day!!!

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Florence sightseeing tours

Customized Florence city tours

Medievals Itineraries

Renaissance Itineraries

Itineraries about the growth of the city

Three itineraries about Florentine Gardens and Villas

Itineraries about Handicraft Workshop

Hiking around Florence hills

Bike and Segway tours

Shore excursions from cruise ships

Wine and food tours

Wineries tours in Chianti Classico farms

Please enquire to know more about the subjects matter of proposed touristic itineraries

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Privat Walking Tour of Historical Center Price Per Group 20.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

Art, history, architecture, travels, food, nature, mountain climbing, vintage cars.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Shannon S. 06 May 2019

Michele was an amazing guide and driver. Had a really enjoyable experience. He toured us around the city edge of Florence and up to vineyards in San Gimignano. Toured through San Gimignano center as well. I would highly recommend him. We wanted a private tour, and we are so glad we chose Michele on our day out in the vineyards in Tuscany. Excellent experience and excellent day!!!

5 stars Patrick S. 07 Apr 2019

Our trip with 16 friends, guided by Michele through Florence was a real discovery. Going off the beaten track, showing the hidden gems a city has but that you normally never see was for us all a real joy. The stories behind every new corner that Michele was able to tell made the hours pass-by in the blink of an eye.

We enjoyed the city but at the end it was the guide Michele that ensured that these memories will last.

5 stars Sheila S. 29 May 2018

Michele was a fantastic tour guide. We hired him for two days of tours and he did a wonderful and knowledgeable job! We were a family of 4, traveling with 2 boys, 18 and 21. We did a bike tour of Florence one day and a car of Chianti to a winery and San Gimignano the other. He was friendly and accommodating. My family was happy to have him join us for lunch and enjoyed conversing with him for the many hours we were together! He is a safe driver and will ensure you are comfortable on the bik

5 stars Harry K. 02 May 2018

We teally enjoyed our tour. Michele was intelligent, informative, knowledgable, and flexible. He added great depth to our experience in Florence, and gave us a well-organized experience and took us into spots only a native would know. He has a gentle and calm personality but packed in a lwide breadth of sites in a short time. We enjoyed our time with him and recommend him to others!

5 stars Linda C. 26 Dec 2017

5 stars Katie J. 08 Nov 2017

We had a wonderful day with Michele! He organized a private half day tour of an organic farm and winery in Tuscany for us. You can easily see his passion for the Florence area, as he stopped at several sites for us to explain the history and take some photos before heading to the countryside. We will forever remember our day wine and olive oil tasting with Michele, as he made a wonderful mark on our honeymoon. This was one of our favorite days on the trip. Thank you, Michele!

5 stars valerie M. 23 Jul 2017

Our day with Michele was fantastic. We wanted to spend our time in the Uffizi Gallery--he purchased tickets and we walked right in. He knew everything about the artists and the paintings. The kids were so thrilled to learn so much and he captured all of us. As we walked he pointed out historic sights. Climbed a couple of towers. Time for a gellato. We hated to part ways; could have spent the day with him. Would highly recommend Michele. We learned so much; so personable & smart.

5 stars Gwen R. 20 Jul 2017

Our day with Michele was excellent. He more than met the challenge of engaging all members of our group of 7 individuals, ranging in ages 12 to 83. He understood how to set a reasonable pace, so all could enjoy. We all appreciated his vast knowledge and ability to communicate and share it. Many thanks, Michele

5 stars houwen L. 11 Jul 2017

Our family of 4 had a great time in Florence with Michele. He was very informative and helped us to appreciate the art and history of Florence so much more than if we did it ourselves or with a group tour. He was engaging and had a great sense of humor. I would wholeheartedly recommend Michele.

5 stars Isobel L. 24 Oct 2016

I contacted Michele to find out whether he could do a tour concentrating on the history of the Medici family, a subject which fascinates my 17 year old son. Michele put together a very interesting tour, introducing us to the history of Florence and taking us to all the key sites associated with the Medici. He even took the trouble to bring a photocopy of the Medici family tree to give to my son. He was charming and friendly and his English was very good. An excellent tour. Thank you.

5 stars Shelley H. 12 Jul 2016

My husband and I visited Italy this past July with our fourteen year old grandson. During our time in Florence we had Michele Colloca guide us through the city. The time with him was a trip highlight for our grandson as well as my husband and I. He has a wonderful personality and is very knowledgeable on Florence. Our two days with him gave us a special feel of the city.

Shelley H.

5 stars Teresa S. 03 Jun 2016

My family visited Florence for one day and did a three hour walking tour with Michele. He was very considerate and interesting. We would do again and highly recommend him!

5 stars Kenneth G. 30 Apr 2016

Six stars if I could.

Outstanding tour guide. My wife and I toured with Michele for 3 days. His knowledge was extensive and his personalty made him feel like family.

5 stars Lee S. 15 Feb 2016

Michele provided us with a very interesting walking tour of Florence, which covered all our needs and had some great hidden surprises including seeing some local artisans at work, interesting anecdotes and history. He helped us with our bookings for some local galleries and adapted his tour to our interests. We had a great time thanks Michele!

5 stars Ivan T. 28 Oct 2015

We needed a guide to provide us with a light tour of Florence with our two girls. Michele was definitely an unbeatable choice. His judgement was impeccable and delivered an outstanding tour keeping our girls involved and entertained while informing and teaching my wife and I about the history and peculiarities of the city.

Most important was the kind, wise and humble spirit Michele has. By tour-end, our girls had found a great friend in Italy and we highly recommend our friend Michele. Thanks!

5 stars Vicki D. 06 Oct 2015

Michele was awesome !! We booked him for a walking tour of the city and a tour of the Duomo. He was insightful with the history without being overwhelming. He was great at balancing my husband's and my varying interests. During our walking tour he showed us tons of interesting things that most people wouldn't even notice. I would highly recommend him !!!! Two Thumbs Up !!!

5 stars Carson M. 24 Sep 2015

Michele arranged an amazing day for us starting with a hot air balloon trip over the Tuscan countryside, a trip to Sienna and a visit to a winery. We had a great driver and a wonderful vehicle to boot. Lovely day...highly recommend.

5 stars Lara C. 19 May 2015

Michele was a fantastic guide who helped me to plan the tour for 8 people from the moment he was booked. It was great to finally meet him at our hotel where he continued in his warm and friendly manner to show us the wonders of beautiful Florence via the very much requested gelato stop. Our only regret was that we didn't book him for the whole trip. We would all recommend Michele, who has a gift for perfectly matching the tour to the group. We all have his details for any return journeys.

5 stars liz Z. 08 Mar 2015

Michele was a fantastic tour guide who planned a wonderfly memorable day of site seeing, lunch and wine tasting in Tuscany. He was promt, organized and covered the tall order of specifics we had given him beforehand. Michele is a smart, warm, friendly, and easy person to be. He had the perfect balance of sharing his knowledge of the history and giving information without bombarding us with too many facts to where it got overwhelming. We had a wonderful day, you can not go wrong with Michele!

5 stars Tristian B. 01 Oct 2014

Warm and engaging, Michele helped us acclimate our first afternoon - without overwhelming us. He is insightful and sensitive to the artistic beauty and political history that is Florence. We so appreciated his suggestions, humor and the time he took to show us his favorite shops with the goods we asked about...I highly recommend and truly enjoyed our time together.

5 stars Paul T. 01 Aug 2014

Michele was all that we expected, knowledgeable, amiable and would speak to all levels of interest. One thing he did well was allowing us to discover things on our own. Of course it was his guidance but he allowed us to surprise our selves. A great tour director...

5 stars Linda F. 06 Jun 2014

We had 2 MIcheles for this experience. Our van driver (1st MIchele) picked us up from our cruise terminal and gave us wonderful information as we drove through Tuscany to Florence and back. In Florence we met the "other" Michele (Colloca) and also had a great experience with him. We were a group of 7 with 2 teens and he managed to keep us all interested with his vast knowledge of the area. You won't be disappointed if you choose him

5 stars Sue S. 30 May 2014

I am a travel agent in California and I found Michele on the Viator website and thought he would be perfect for my clients.

He was so professional and easy to work with prior to my clients arriving into Florence.

They had 2 days of touring the city seeing all the sights and they found Michele was full of wonderful information and also fun to be with.

We give Michele 5 stars, he is a terrific tour guide!

Sue S

5 stars Diane M. 16 Jan 2014

Excellent. Very knowledgeable. Would recommend for a informative tour

5 stars Matthew M. 26 Oct 2013

Excellent tour guide!! We really enjoyed our time in Florence with Michele. He knew exactly what we wanted out of our private tour with him. Highly recommend!!

-Matt and Darlene, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

5 stars Marge D. C. 22 Sep 2013

Michele was an excellent tour guide. He arranged transportation to and from the ship terminal with a knowledgable driver (also named Michele). He managed create a custom itinerary for our tight time restraints that included all the main sights in Florence that we wanted to see and weren't available through the cruise line. He took care of our museum tickets (not all tour guides offer this) so we had minimal to no wait times. We would definitely book him again.

5 stars Valeri M. 03 Sep 2013

Very professional and friendly tour guide. Very knowledgeable of all Florence sightseeings and places of interest. He has the ability to create a comfortable and lively atmosphere during our tour. I would without hesitation recommend him if someone is in search of an excellent tour guide.

5 stars Howard S. 03 Jun 2013

Michele was personable and very informative. He selected excellent sites for first time visitors to Florence. He was easy to understand, welcomed questions and answered them well. We especially enjoyed his practice of telling historical background as we proceeded from one site to another.

5 stars!

Howard and Ros Susman

5 stars giacomo L. 17 Feb 2010

michele is a really brilliant guide because he explaned me all the monuments that we saw

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