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Florence Expert: Elisa

Florence Expert: Elisa


Elisa is a licensed English-speaking tour guide in Florence, knows the city by heart and studied art for 5 years. An experienced Viator private guide, Elisa also guides in French and Italian, and can help you organize all aspects of a trip. Learn more about Private Tours with Elisa.


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5-Star Insight into Florence


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For the past 10 years, Elisa Acciai has been working in the tourism industry, both as a Concierge at 4-5 star hotels and now as a private Florence guide – her dream job. As a native Florentine, Elisa knows the ins and outs of this Tuscan favorite, splicing in bits of a local's valuable insight in with the knowledge of the city's biggest and best attractions, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor. Elisa covers a wide range of tour options, with one in particular focusing on the secrets of Oltrarno, the region on the left bank of the Arno River.

When we inquired more about Elisa's Florence, here is what she had to say:


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My personal top 5 restaurants for Bistecca in Florence


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Dear Travellers,
hoping that winter is treating you well, like here in Florence where is cold but sunny.

I’m sure you’re preparing your trip for next spring and summer, and maybe you are searching the best restaurants where to try one of our famous traditional thing… the “Bistecca alla Fiorentina”!
The thick, high, blooding Chianina cow steak. The meat that you shouldn’t send back if it’s coming almost row, that’s the way it is! You can ask for a “cottura media”, medium cooked, but no more than that, it will be a bad idea.
In case you really can’t eat that, then you better choose the “Tagliata”, which is the same cut of meat, just already sliced.

So, now do you want to know my personal list of top 5 restaurants in Firenze for Bistecca? Here we are:

1 - Buca Lapi - the best – for the bistecca, tender, perfectly cooked on a real “brace” (grill), but not only. I consider Buca Lapi my favourite tuscan restaurant in town. Charming atmosphere, not super casual, even in prices, but the best money you’ll ever spend for food.

2 - Sostanza - completely different atmosphere, simple and “casalingo”, very short menu, good prices. Try also artichokes omelette, excellent!
Bring cash, they don’t accept credit cards.

3 - Osteria Caffè Italiano - definitely more romantic, here I had the Passatelli, a very old recipe that my grandmother always did on Christmas lunch

4 - Pandemonio - the owner “Mamma” will take the best care of you, in her funny and delicious restaurant in the Oltrarno side, the south side of the river

5 - Da Tullio - you need also a place out the city center chaos, this simple and typical trattoria is in the middle of the countryside, next to Fiesole hills, just 15 minutes out of Florence

Are you hungry now?!

Elisa Acciai from Florence

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Spring Art Exhibitions in Florence


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After a slow and cold winter, eventually some temporary exhibitions are starting!

First of all, at the Reali Poste of Uffizi Gallery you can admire the beautiful display of “Figure, Memorie, Spazio “ - 100 drawings of great artists of “Quattrocento Fiorentino” such as Filippo and Filippino Lippi, Verrocchio, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and the world-famous Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello and Michelangelo. Not to bad right? Exhibition will be on until June 12th, and will be open from Tuesdays to Sndays from 08:15 am to 06:50 pm

At the beautiful Palazzo Strozzi, an excellent example of a typical Renaissance Palace, on March 12th is starting a modern art show: “Picasso, Mirò, Dalì – young and angry”. Over 60 paintings of these great artists, all 3 coming from Catalugna Region in Spain, plus 100 sketches of Picasso. Basically, the birth of modernity. Exhibition is intended as a film full of flashbacks, intriguing and vibrant and will be on display until July 17th, open everyday from 09:00 am to 08:00 pm – Thursdays from 09:00 am to 11:00 pm.


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Ciao from Florence!


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It’s more than one year that we are waiting for this moment…now it seems that we are really close to that! I’m talking about a dream that is becoming true, a unique museum card that allows the visitor to admire more than 30 Florentine museums.

This card is valid for 72 hours, costs about 50 Euro and will give the possibility to visit more than 30 museums, including the world famous Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia, Pitti Palace, and less known but amazing places such as Stibbert Museum, Bardini Museum and so on….

Not only this good news, seems that for the first time part of the amount of the ticket cost will stay in the city of Florence instead of “flying” towards Rome cashiers, so this money can be used to finish the huge work of “Big Uffizi” with the Isozaki Loggia and the possibility to expand the museum to host exhibitions and never-seen paintings waiting in the storage, and to keep clean the areas just outside of the museums (the worst example is the parade of bubble gum sticked with no reason on the wall of the Accademia from bored tourists in line…..) and to keep open museums not very crowded that risk the closure like the Viessieux Club, Galileo Galilei Museum, National Library…..

So stay tuned, soon the Museum Card will be a real thing!

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