Essential Italy


"Walking Tours of Florence are wise and well informed. They have a fresh accessible style which makes it fun. The recipe seems to be the more you enjoy the more you learn. And it works."

Michael Palin

Actor/Presenter (Monty Python and a list of fabulous films too long to list here)

"The Greatest Tour Guide Ever!"

Lou Reed


"...This tour is wonderful, it is informative, complete and fun. And more importantly, you don't feel like a sheep in a flock, herded around town..."

Richard Kind

Actor (Mad about You, Spin City)

"Thank You for the Wonderful Experience!"

Alex Rodriguez

Baseball Star (In December of 2000 Rodriguez became the best-paid ballplayer of all time when he signed a $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers)

"Walking Tours of Florence are much more than tours, because you leave feeling almost as if you know Michelangelo and the other Masters personally."

Mike Munro

One of Australia's finest investigative journalists and well known media personalities.

"Thank you for a wonderful job… you made us feel like we were the most important people in Florence. We all left singing your praises. Thank you very much."

Bill Kurtis

Acclaimed documentary host and producer, network news anchor and multimedia production company.

"Entertaining and Informative!"

Nat Young

World Surfing Champion


Information about Italy
Maps, weather, restaurants, hotels, events, schools and study, what to do and see

Bargain Shopping in Italy!

Shopping Outlets near Florence, Rome and Milan
Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Gucci, Prada, Tod's, Sergio Rossi, Fratelli Rossetti, Salvatore Ferragamo, Loro Piana, Ermenegildo Zegna and many, many more!

See our Essential Florence! Page for useful information on Events, Shopping and Weather in the birthplace of the Renaissance.

  • Tours in Florence
  • Events in Florence
  • Shopping in Florence
  • Weather in Florence
  • Hotels in Florence
  • Restaurants in Florence
  • Maps of Florence
  • Essential Tuscany!
  • Tours in Tuscany
  • Essential Venice!

See our Essential Venice! Page for useful information on Events, Shopping and Weather in La Serenissima.

  • Events in Venice
  • Shopping in Venice
  • Weather in Venice
  • Hotels in Venice
  • Restaurants in Venice
  • Maps of Venice

See our Essential Rome! Page for useful information on Events, Shopping and Weather in the Eternal City.

  • Events in Rome
  • Shopping in Rome
  • Weather in Rome
  • Hotels in Rome
  • Restaurants in Rome
  • Maps of Rome

See our Essential Cinque Terre ! Page for useful information on Events and Activities, Food and Wine and Weather in this beautiful seaside location.

  • Weather in the Cinque Terre
  • Events and Activities in the Cinque Terre 
  • Food and Wine in the Cinque Terre 
  • The Five Towns of the Cinque Terre