Hi, I’m Valerie. Florence and Siena are my favorite towns. I love the many stories they can tell as soon you just step on their ground. They are thickly packed with history, art, culture, museums but also hidden gardens, delicious food, unexpected stores, wonderful anecdotes and a sense of magic. My mission is to offer you a great time, where you become protagonists in discovering and experiencing beauty. Since you only see what you know, my aim is to give you the tools to see and understand what surrounds you. You will feel informed having had fun and a great time together.
Born in Rome Italy in a multi-cultural family (my father was a senior officer at an UNO-organization), I fell in love with Florence and Tuscany at the age of 15 during a funny family affair. Therefore, I’ve chosen to study history of art after graduating in a famous international school in Germany (Schule Schloss Salem). During my studies I have been selected and trained to become a Museum Educator at the Education Department of the Florentine State Museums.
Teaching to children with an inquiry-based method plus having had children by myself, completely changed my approach to people. After working in a multinational company, I’ve decided to follow my passion and became a full professional tour guide. I specialized in family tours as I understand the needs of a traveling family by heart…and the questions children give with their open-eyed interest and curiosity filled with wonder and surprise reassures my vocation. It is never too early nor too late to start being aware and to appreciate art through life and life through art becoming a long-life-learner!