Interview with Florence Tour Guide

  • Posted: 24.06.2021
  • Florence Tour Guide

    1) Tell us about yourself and how did you become a Florence tour guide?

    Hello everyone! Pleased to meet you, my name is Giulia Bozzi. I'm an Art Historian and I work as a full time professional tour guide of Florence, since 2013. It's thanks to my parents that I was able to travel and visit many amazing places all over Europe, that's why it was always my dream to be a tour guide.

    Florence is the city where I was born and raised, where I graduated in Art History and where I live with my family. Working as a tour guide in Florence is the best opportunity for expressing my love for this wonderful city to those who want to get to know my home town through the eyes of a local.

    2) You have been working as a guide for more than 8 years, you also have experience in museums, what advice would you give to beginners?

    I would advise them to be personal. No matter how much we love buildings, it's a fact that people connect with people. So it's good to have a few personal anecdotes to share with your customers. You'll build a more personal connection to your group and create a memorable tour.

    Stay curious, visit exhibitions, museums, new destinations and be friendly as much as possible!

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    3) What is important to you when you talk to people about history of Florence?

    I'm a real Florentine girl with passion for my hometown and the desire to share it with my travellers, I would help you to live an unforgettable experience in Tuscany, so you will go back home knowing that you will always have a friend in Florence.

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    Photo: © Giulia Bozzi

    4) What kind of tours do you lead in Florence?, please share most popular tours

    I am qualified to guide in all of the major sites including the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Boboli gardens and it will be my great joy showing you everything that Florence has to offer; from large groups to individuals I can organize any combination of tours.

    My favorite tour is: Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti and Boboli gardens private tour. This is a 4 hours tour designed for those who love the history of Florence and the Medici dinasty. It includes two of the most popular museums of Florence: Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti where the Medici family lived for long time and the astonishing Boboli gardens.

    The first museum that we'll visit together is Palazzo Vecchio: it has been the center of Florence's civic power for more than seven centuries and today houses the town hall. The striking building was built in the early 1300s, it dominates Piazza della Signoria and was decorated by the ruling Medici family in the 16th century when they lived there. You'll see decorated ceilings, frescoes by Vasari and statues by Donatello and Michelangelo. We'll see the mysterious symbols and artworks that inspired Dan Brown's novel "Inferno"(and the film of the same name). After Palazzo Vecchio, we'll walk in direction of Palazzo Pitti, we'll admire Ponte Vecchio and the Vasari Corridor, the walkway designed to offer secrecy and protection to the Florentine rulers.

    Next, we'll reach the Oltrarno district, the place where many locals live and where we'll finally see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, last residence of the Medici family and one of the most insightful visits you can enjoy in Florence. This amazing museum has something for everyone: it was the Medici family Residence combined with gardens and a spectacularly beautiful art gallery, lavish rooms and views. Pitti Palace now houses several museums and a fine collection of paintings. During the tour you'll visit Boboli gardens, the prototype of the Italian Formal Garden, no wonder it was recently added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Boboli is decorated with fountains, statues creating a real open-air museum with stunning view of Florence.

    5) Being a guide means meeting people from different countries, how do you communicate among foreign tourists? what are the nuances?

    There are many benefits of making friends from around the world and this is the reason why I love my job. You learn about another culture first-hand, you have a greater sense of empathy for the world, It's definitely a cultural exchange.

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    Photo: © Giulia Bozzi

    6) Please share any funny stories during tours with tourists.

    Years ago, at the beginning of a bike tour, when I usually present myself... "Hi everyone, I'm Giulia, I'm your tour guide, welcome to Florence and bla bla bla..." At the same time a boy was walking very close to us smoking something .. I don't know what

    I was completely embarrassed but one traveller make a joke saying: "Hi everyone, I'm Giulia, tour guide of Amsterdam!" .. Everyone laughed! :)

    7) Tell us 5 things to do in Florence until leave

    • 1) Watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo: It's one of my favourite places to just come and sit and watch the city turn from day to night. If the conditions are right you'll see one of the world's best sunsets.

    • 2) Admire the David at the Accademia Gallery: The museum exhibits the largest number of Michelangelo's sculptures in the world, including the famous David. Michelangelo sculpted David from a block of marble abandoned by other artists describing it as unusable. Michelangelo not only was able to work with it but sculpted what is arguably his masterpiece.

    • 3) Enjoy a Florentine steak with a glass of Chianti wine! No first-time visit to Florence can be completed without devouring a steak Florentine. It's easily one of the biggest and best things to do in Florence if you're not a vegetarian. Before ordering this steak you should know it is commonly served rare. Like most italian recipes, there is no fancy marinade to bring flavor to the dish. The flavor comes from the high-quality cut of meat and salt brings that flavor-forward.

    • 4) Climb Brunelleschi's Dome! 463 steps, a stairway to heaven! Climbing the Duomo, with the huge cupola by Filippo Brunelleschi, is one of the most breathtaking experiences you can have in the center of Florence. From there you can dominate the whole city and have a unique view. But, beware! The steps to get on top are 463, pretty challenging even for the trained ones!

    • 5) Walk Across The Ponte Vecchio: Ponte Vecchio is an excellent example of medieval bridge. It is one of the symbols of the city of Florence and one of the most famous bridges in the world. The shops built on either side of the bridge and the famous Vasari Corridor can be seen above them make the bridge unique and attracts visitors from all over.

    8) Your favourite places in Tuscany!?

    Along with my passion for art and history, I also love gardens that's why my favorite place in Tuscany are the Medici's Villas. Trust in me.. the surroundings of Florence are spectacular too!

    The Medici Family left some beautiful traces of their passage, like the constellation of the Medici Villas: a network of rural buildings, farms and hunting lodges, used as country palaces by the Medici family members, who used to move from one place to another, according to the seasons and their personal interests. On June 2013, twelve of them were granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.

    9) And gourmet question :) What is your favourite local foods and local wine brands?!

    Are you brave enough?

    My favorite food, like all the florentines is Panino al Lampredotto, a sandwich with a sort of tripe that you have to eat together with a local red wine(Chianti).In Florence, the lampredotto is an institution, loved as much as Dante and Brunelleschi's Dome! What is Lampredotto precisely? Lampredotto, a uniquely local Florentine speciality, is made from the cow's fourth stomach, called the abomasum.

    The tradition of eating tripe and entrails in Florence is very old and probably arises from the need to combine the simple bread with something inexpensive but nourishing. In keeping with tradition, the best places to head to for the best trippa or lampredotto are at these food stands or trippai which are located in many of the squares and corners of the city.

    10) And again about foods :) TOP 5 best restaurants for local dishes in Florence?!, by your opinion!

    • 1) Trattoria Mario - Via Rosina, 2r): next to San Lorenzo Market. It's a traditional, no-frills trattoria which achieves the perfect combination of being welcoming to tourists and clearly loved by locals. Perfect place for lunch.

    • 2) Osteria dei Pazzi - Via Dei Lavatoi, 3/R: They are very funny and entertaining, I think it is hard to stay for a meal without starting to laugh at least once.

    • 3) Ciro and Sons - Via del Giglio, 28/r: A lovely restaurant with some outdoor seating. I love this place for the great selection of pizza.

    • 4) Forno Pugi - Piazza San Marco, 9: It isn't a restaurant but a wonderful bakery. Perfect for a light lunch after the tour at the Accademia Gallery, you can stop here to enjoy a good "schiacciata" (traditional flat bread).

    • 5) Gelateria "Perchè no" - Via dei Tavolini, 19r: my favorite place for gelato and granita in Florence.

    11) Places you loved while traveling outside of Italy?!

    My favorite place outside Italy it's Ireland, for the friendly atmosphere, music, people and beer! ;)

    My hidden gem it's a small small island in Thailand: Koh Kradan, a paradise if you love sea and relax!

    12) How has the pandemic affected tourism in Italy and specifically in Tuscany? how do you see the near future in the travel world?

    The tourism was badly affected by Covid everywhere in the world and Tuscany was not an exception either. Only 25.5 million foreign visitors spent at least one night in Italy last year, in comparison to 65 million in 2019 - a fall of more than 60 percent. It has been a terrible year for all of us working in the tourism, the pandemic left us without earnings for long time.

    I think the tourism will be fully recovered in 2022, thanks to the green pass and vaccines. We all stay with the fingers crossed!

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    It was absolutely great, it’s a honor to have an opportunity interview with Giulia from Florence, thanks!!