Virginia Prato Private tour guide in Florence, Lucca, Pisa - Italy

Virginia Prato

Guide profile:

A little bit about me and my tuscan life...

After a few years experiences abroad in Ireland and Australia, I finally decided that Tuscany, my native land was the place where to settle my own business and life. Willing to become a tour guide and start touring Tuscany with my customers, years ago I got my certifications and licenses to be a professional tour guide of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra and Tuscan Countryside.

Tuscany is the place to be if you want to appreciate a delightful mix of scenic beauty, art, history and a taste of the rustic italian life while walking the streets where Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo once lived.

I love travelling the world, and I work in tourism since 1998, I am in my 30s now, and my job is taking good care of my customers.

I can offer a variety of tours for english, spanish, french and italian speakers, and as I am a local guide, just born beside the leaning tower of Pisa, I will be pleased to share with my customers my passion and knowledge about art, wine, food and traditions and show them the italian wonderful heritage.

I am organizing, tailoring and leading tours of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, 5 Terre, Tuscany and Italy for newcomers or experienced travelers, for large groups or for families.

Best period I suggest and I prefere to visit Tuscany is the off-pick season. Spring (march to may) and fall season (september to november). It can be good to avoid the heat and crowd, and enjoy the amazing and relaxing tuscan countryside and its historical city centres.

During the busy summer season the best way to celebrate the end of a faboulous day at work is enjoying the sunset on the beach after a long swim.

In the winter time, when I am not researching for new ideas for my job or leading guided tours, you can find me travelling the world or maybe in the tuscan countryside picking grapes and olives and of course enjoying “La Dolce Vita”.

Just do not hesitate to contact me if you wish an unforgettable and perfect day in Tuscany...

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Jackie T.

Virginia was fantastic. She did an amazing job tailoring our tour to our wishes and needs. We saw exactly the things we would have wanted to see and it was so wonderful learning about the rich in interesting history of Florence. If you are visiting Florence, do yourself a favor and spend the day with Virginia. It is well worth it.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

The leaning tower of Pisa

Volterra walking tour

Medieval Lucca

Best of Florence walking tour

Best of Florence and wine taste

Best of Florence + original David of Michelangelo

Best of Florence + Uffizi Gallery

Tailored Private tours of Tuscany

Florence for experts

Lucca and the Villas

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Best of Florence + Wine Taste Price Per Group 160.00 Euro
Best of Florence walking tour Price Per Group 150.00 Euro
Florence and Pisa Shore Excursion from Livorno Price Per Group 240.00 Euro
Leaning Tower of Pisa Walking Tour Price Per Group 120.00 Euro
Medieval Lucca Walking Tour Price Per Group 140.00 Euro
Volterra Walking Tour Price Per Group 150.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

Art and history

Food, wine and local ttraditions


Tennis and swimming

Music and theatre

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Jackie T. 09 Jun 2019

Virginia was fantastic. She did an amazing job tailoring our tour to our wishes and needs. We saw exactly the things we would have wanted to see and it was so wonderful learning about the rich in interesting history of Florence. If you are visiting Florence, do yourself a favor and spend the day with Virginia. It is well worth it.

5 stars Patrick S. 06 Apr 2019

Having been in Pisa so many times but without time to discover, asked for a guide, when we decided to visit with 16 friends. Virginia guided us during a 4 hours walk, bringing us back in time to discover the history of the town, stories behind every building as well as what lives now in Pisa… festivals… places to go… and the best gelato. We were overwhelmed by the info we were giving. All enjoyed it and surely our tour will be kept in our memory thanks to Virginia.

5 stars Helen M. 26 Feb 2019

My 3 sisters and I had a wonderful 2 days with Virginia...we visited 3 villages in Cinque Terre and Pisa the first day.. and Florence the following day...She was fabulous!,,shared with us the history and local folklore of the region and she left us wanting more !...more time,more history and more Virginia !! Thank You Virginia ! We enjoyed the craic !!

5 stars verna C. 19 Aug 2018

We had a great time visiting Florence and Pisa with Virginia Prato. She was very engaging and knowledgeable about the history there. And I would highly recommend her for future tours.

5 stars Markus K. 02 Aug 2018

Eloise took over when Virginia was occupied because of tourist season (August). She was very resourceful with a great knowledge of Pisa, its people and history. She showed us details we would otherwise not have found. We had a good time in Pisa!

5 stars Lynn S. 01 Jun 2018

Virginia is the best of the many Viator tour guides we have used. She really made good choices of viewing the most important of the many sites that are available in Florence and then in Pisa. We ate in a restaurant with the local cliental, a delightful experience. She was very knowledgeable of the Cathedral, Baptistery and Tower in Pisa.

Virginia arranged for a good car and driver for the tour. She is highly recommended

5 stars Frank W. 18 May 2018

Virginia was a most amazing tour guide. She has great knowledge concerning history, architecture and art. She is fluent in English and is easy to understand. She enhanced our trip immeasurably and I cannot give a higher recommendation than the one I give to her.

Thank you so much for your insightful, informative and FUN guidance. Frank and Debbie Wilkinson

5 stars Michael F. 17 May 2018

My wife and I went on a tour of Florence, Pisa, and wine tasting in Tuscany during our Honeymoon and had so much fun. She made the trip informative, entertaining, and provided an amazing mix of historical input combined with delicious food, wine, and espresso! We highly recommend Virginia and feel so fortunate to have found her. She made our honeymoon that much more special.

5 stars Michelle P. 14 May 2018

Top guide... organize, available, interesting, with a full amount of knowledge

Easy and very pleasant to travel with Virginia .

Anytime again, I would request her for touring time in Italy. 5 stars guide..

Thanks Virginia.

5 stars Cecilia S. 02 Dec 2017

Virginia is very knowledge and gave us a fantastic day. Highly recommend

5 stars Peter L. 04 Apr 2017

We always work with private tour guides when we travel, and Virginia is one of the best we've worked with. My wife and I visited Florence for a day in April. Virginia helped us with a tailored itinerary so that we managed to see all major highlights and were still able to enjoy a nice lunch. She also shared a lot of knowledge in history and interesting facts of Florence with us.

5 stars John S. 29 Apr 2016

Virginia is brilliant. She showed me the best of both Florence and Pisa. The pacing was great - a perfect balance between seeing as much as possible and still enjoying the sights. Virginia is aware enough to sense what interests someone, and tailors the information (of which she has loads) and itinerary appropriately. Would recommend her without reservation!

5 stars Steve K. 03 Sep 2015

Virginia was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. I booked her for three days of sightseeing; we covered the major sights in Florence and on one day took the train to Lucca and Pisa.

5 stars Lysina S. 17 Jul 2015

Virginia was awesome! Very knowledgeable and we really enjoyed her company. She arranged for 2 cars to pick us up from the cruise ship and she was waiting for us ready to go.

5 stars Burt B. 04 Oct 2014

Virginia was outstanding. Great personality, very good English, and as informative as you could want. Took us to both known and non-tourist must see/experience places. Highly recommended.

5 stars mandy B. 07 Jun 2014

Virginia ensured we made the most of the limited time we had to see the sights of Florence and Pisa. She organised the itinerary to meet needs of disabled parent whilst not compromising on what we were able to see. She provided us with just the right amount of information so that we left more knowledgeable but not overwhelmed. Fantastic day.

5 stars Barbara B. 19 Apr 2014

Virginia was a delight to work with. She managed to show us many of the things we wanted to see in Florence, working around our priorities. She got us in and out of museums without significant waits, and pointed out highlights of the collections. Then she took us across the city to see other places we'd noted. Her English was excellent, and we would definitely recommend her. There is no way we could have done as well on our own, and she is lovely.

5 stars Andrew T. 26 Nov 2013

Virginia provided us with a very enjoyable tour of Lucca. Her knowledge of the town and its history were superb. We left with such a better understanding of Lucca's history and architecture than we would have if we toured Lucca on our own. Virginia was also a great listener and thoroughly answered all of our questions.

5 stars edward F. 28 May 2013

Virginia arranged an outstanding private tour of the Tuscany countryside, Pisa and Montecarlo with Marcella. Best tour on our entire 15 day Trip to Europe! Marcella was so much fun, informative and a joy to be with...really made our trip to Italy extra special. Wine tasting, delicious lunch at a country farmhouse, private tour of Pisa area and the icing on the cake was a walk through the town of Montecarlo - entire tour exceeded our expectations...Thank you so much Virginia and Marcella!!

4 stars Barbara L. 26 Jul 2016

A terrific morning exploring the streets of Florence and seeing the major sights with Virginia. Very knowledgeable and engaging. 3 hours flew by!

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