Umberto Cattani Private tour guide in Florence, La Spezia - Italy

Umberto Cattani

Guide profile:

Ciao e benvenuti,

I am Umberto Cattani, born in Carrara (Tuscany) on 1965, I’ve been working in the tourist business since 2001, and this is what I do for living with commitment, love and passion.

I provide guided tours at:

1) ===>>> Florence: walking tours, shore excursions, Florence for foodies, Chianti wine region

2) ===>>> Cinque Terre: hike & boat tours, shore excursions

3) ===>>> Carrara marble quarries (Michelangelo's favorite marble)

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Douglas C.

Umberto was on time, personable, engaging and knowledgeable on all things Florence. I'd highly recommends his services.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

“How Florence has become Florence”.

Why Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dante, and many many others?

These genius were born or became famous in Florence, and how this enormous concentration of talent could happen?

Was just the air, the red wine, the pappa al pomodoro or there must be something else? Let's discover it together!

=====>>>>> Classic Florence - Half or full day itineraries

- Highlights of Florence: Piazza del Duomo-Piazza Signoria-Ponte vecchio

- Museums: Uffizi, Accademia, and something else like Bargello, galleria Palatina, Palazzo della Signoria, ecc. ecc.

- Churches: S. Croce, S. Maria Novella, S. Lorenzo, and many others

- The Florence of Michelangelo

- The medieval Florence

- The Medici's Florence

=====>>>>> Something different - Half or full day itineraries

- The hidden Florence: walk in relax off the beaten tracks, at the discover of stories, anedocts, tiny squares or churches, charming corners of this beautiful town.

- Wine & food tastings: stroll around following smells and flavors, eat and drink where true Florentines usually do!

- The great Florentine craftsmen: skills and knowledge still passing from father to son keeping alive great ancient traditions.

=====>>>>>In the surroundings - Half or full day itineraries

- Fiesole, at the root fo Florence

- The Medici's amazing villas

- Travelling along the wine routes

- The Tuscany of Leonardo da Vinci

2) =====>>>>> Cinque Terre

- Private tours: enjoy this beautiful region witgh your private guide

- Shore excursions: from Livorno, La Spezia, Portovenere, Portofino, Genoa

- Wine tours and photo tours

3) =====>>>>> Carrara marble quarries

- On Michelangelo's footsteps: know more about modern and ancients methods for the excavation and transportation of marble. Visit a workshop of art, looking at sculptures at work learn the techniques and tools used " the art of removing..."

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Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request with my minivan

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Carrara marble quarries and Pisa from La Spezia Price Per Group 630.00 Euro
Chianti wine and olive oil from Florence Price Per Group 480.00 Euro
Chianti wine tour shore exc. from Livorno Price Per Group 580.00 Euro
Cinque Terre and Pisa from Florence Price Per Group 800.00 Euro
Cinque Terre from La Spezia shore excursion Price Per Group 600.00 Euro
Cinque Terre shore excursion from Livorno Price Per Group 700.00 Euro
Cinque Terre walking tour (train, foot, ferry) Price Per Group 350.00 Euro
Florence and Chianti from Florence Price Per Group 550.00 Euro
Florence and Pisa Shore excursion from La Spezia Price Per Group 700.00 Euro
Florence and Pisa Shore excursion from Livorno Price Per Group 650.00 Euro
Florence shore excursion from Portovenere Price Per Group 700.00 Euro
Florence walking tour 3 hrs Price Per Group 200.00 Euro
Florence walking tour 7 hrs Price Per Group 350.00 Euro
Portofino and Riviera shore trip from La Spezia Price Per Group 600.00 Euro
San Gimignano & Volterra Shore exc. from Livorno Price Per Group 650.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

Playing soccer and tennis.

Watching sports like rugby, basketball, baseball.

Good wine and food. Going around Tuscany and the rest of Italy with my family, looking for restaurants according to the philosophy of Slow Food movement.

Historical novels, books about art and society.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Douglas C. 07 Jul 2018

Umberto was on time, personable, engaging and knowledgeable on all things Florence. I'd highly recommends his services.

5 stars Sandra S. 15 Jul 2016

This was the first private tour guide our family has ever used and what a difference! We were on a 12 day Mediterranean cruise with a family of 4 (two teen boys), plus my parents(80's). We all agreed this day with Cristian was one of, if not THE highlight of our entire trip. Seeing the marble quarry with just our family was amazing. My older son said that just having time to meet and speak with an Italian and learn more about life there was one of the best parts. Highly, highly recommend!

5 stars Alice C. 24 Jun 2015

Thank you to Francesca who provided us with a wonderful tour of Cinque Terre. She quickly got us on the ferry's and the train back to La Spezia Port to board our Cruise Ship. She was so friendly and knowledgeable of the villages and she made our day so much fun!

I would highly recommend this tour. Cinque Terre is gorgeous. It will take your breath away!

Thank you Umberto and Francesca!

5 stars Rosemary M. 02 Nov 2014

Umberto provided my Cruise Critic group with a wonderful shore excursion tour. He is prompt, professional, and friendly. Umberto had made some suggestions during our tour planning process that we agreed to, and he really knows what people enjoy seeing! I would definitely book with him again, and I wholeheartedly recommend that other travelers consider booking with Umberto when in Northern Italy!

5 stars Kris T. 24 Oct 2014

Umberto Cattani was wonderful and obviously in love with Florence and the area. He was a wealth of information. We enjoyed our time with him!

5 stars Mary A. V. 07 Sep 2014

Cinque Terre was very busy and Umberto planned a wonderful day, especially maneuvering through the crowds. He was very knowledgeable and gave us good recommendations. Very helpful. We really enjoyed our tour.

5 stars Larry F. 16 Jul 2014

Umberto Cattani was a very personable and knowledgeable tour guide. He was a pleasure to tour with.

5 stars marie W. 01 Nov 2013

I cannot rate more highly my experiences with Umberto, from months of preparation and endless emails to finally meeting and experiencing his knowledge and person. Umberto used his expertise in marble to convey so much about the David and bring him to life. .He also taught me how to view ancient masterpeieces Umberto also happens to know where the best shopping is!.I am a disabled woman. Umberto was kind and most considerate and helpful. I plan to hire him again for an extended stay

5 stars Janet N. 03 Oct 2013

The experience was everything I would expect from a personal tour. Umberto was punctual, personable and very knowledgeable. Judging by the lack of people at the marble caves the tour is not well advertised which is a shame as it is definitely worth the visit. It was interesting to see the scale of the operation to extract the marble and to have the process explained by Umberto. I would definitely recommend this tour.

5 stars Kristen A. 25 Aug 2013

Umberto's knowledge and passion is unsurpassed. We spent a full day with him in Florence and Pisa with our three children (ages 5 to 11). He was able to bring alive the history and art of the region and to instill awe in us all. He was accommodating of our special requests and considerate often pointing out restrooms and other things helpful with young kids too. Among all our guides he was certainly at the top and it was one of our favorite days of eight tours. I would use him again!

5 stars Jean W. 16 Jul 2013

Traveled with family of 4 - they say best guide ever!

5 stars Anneliese F. 27 Jun 2013

Our day with Umberto was fantastic. We really enjoyed our visit to Florence and the Tower of Pisa. I would highly recommend Umberto as a guide. We had a wonderful and safe drive from our cruise port to Florence then on to Pisa and back to the port. We had a group of 8 with 3 young teenagers. Umberto made the day interesting for all. Thank you Umberto for a wonderful day!!!

Lisa, Marty and Austin from Tennessee, USA.

5 stars Karen S. 09 Jun 2013

Umberto is a great tour guide! He picked us up on time, and followed our itinerary just as planned. We had a very ambitious itinerary, Umberto knew excactly what we could fit into one day. He explained everything that we were seeing and you could understand his love for this beautiful country.

5 stars Nathan I. 03 Jul 2012

Umberto could not have been a better guide. This was our second time using a Viator guide in Florence. Umberto was definitely the better of the two. His knowledge of the city, great storytelling abilities and overall friendly demeanor made him fantastic. I would recommend him to anyone who wants a fun and informative tour of the city.

5 stars Tara S. 30 May 2012

WOW! What a great experience! We had so much fun with Umberto- he definately personalized our tour and it is a highlight of our time in Italy!

Thank, Umberto!

5 stars Joselito J. B. 16 Apr 2012

Umberto gave us the highest quality of personalized service in a 3-4 hr. tour of Florence at a very reasonable rate. Being from Southeast Asia on a short break in Italy, we were apprehensive and did not know what to expect from a Florence tour guide. Our family of 4 (with kids aged 14 and 10) were met promptly by Umberto at the train station, accompanied to lunch in a local restaurant, taken on a walking tour, and then shown the shopping places. Great and grand time. Glad we did the tour w/ him

4 stars Adele A. 04 Sep 2014

Our day tour gave us the taste of the Cinque Terra we had hoped for. Umberto was extremely knowledgeable, equipped with an excellent vehicle, and in every aspect a very professional guide. A slight glitch at the end of a busy day, for which he took full responsibility, would not keep us from recommending his services.

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