Florence Expert: Val
Valentina Bassi is one of Viator's Licensed Tour Guides in Florence, Italy. She has been a tour guide for 10 years and recently followed this passion to become certified! She enjoys sharing her love for Tuscany with travelers and can customize a tour to fit your personal interests or needs. Learn more about Valentina's Tours.
My Recommendation Tip
Authorized Florence tour guide Valentina has been showing people around Tuscany for more than ten years. We asked for her expert opinions on the highlights of Florence – what to see, what to eat, and how to make the most of your visit – and here’s what she had to say:
One of my favourite paintings has always been Botticelli’s Primavera, also known as “Allegory of Spring.” The picture celebrates the arrival of spring and is filled with mythological symbolism. It was created at a time when religion no longer needed to be the main subject of artist work. If the mythological works had been painted 100 years earlier, they would not have been accepted by the church because the paintings were so different than traditional artwork.
My favourite artist is Caravaggio (1573-1610). Probably the most revolutionary artist of his time, the Italian painter Caravaggio abandoned the rules that had guided a century of artists before him, which idealized the human and religious experience. Caravaggio’s style of painting is easily recognizable for its realism that was hardly appreciated back then; the artist shows everything, from dirty fingernails, to the dirty bottoms of feet, to the bruises and worm holes on apples and the holes in pierced ears. Have a look at his painting Bacchus.