Agata Chrzanowska, art historian and professional tour guide

My name is Agata Chrzanowska and I am an art historian and professional tour guide specialized in the study of the fifteenth-century Florentine art and culture. I moved to Florence in 2010 with the plan of continuing my studies here. As in life there is very little space for a true planning, I soon enrolled on a PhD at Durham University in the UK.

I have received my PhD in 2016 and I still continue my research, but apart from my academic job my aim is to share the knowledge about art, Florence and Italy with a wider public. This is why I became professional tour guide. The monuments are silent if we do not engage in a dialogue with them, and Florence, one of the most crowded tourist destinations, risks becoming another Disneyland rather than the cradle of European art and culture. Florence needs to be unveiled and explained and its monuments have to be appreciated and comprehended.

I have much experience in the field of cultural heritage and in the art education sector. I love to work with youths and children as well as with adults. Join me for one of my tours and allow me to show you how fascinating the history of this place is. We will talk about art, literature, architecture, engineering, politics, power and religion. We will discover many fascinating personal stories and we will discuss great cultural changes originated in Florence and Tuscany.

I offer tours in English, Italian and Polish.

Marina Liguori

My name is Marina Liguori, I am professor of painting and art conservator. In 2014 I moved to Florence for love and I fell in love with the city itself. This is why I decided to become professional guide.

As art teacher, I always wanted to stimulate curiosity and teach my students how to look at an artwork. It is important for me to understand the history of each piece, but I also love to look at the technical aspects of artistic production: colours, shading, conservation and restoration of the materials.

Florence is an open air museum. Living here increased my consciousness about the huge challenge of preservation and conservation of this unique heritage. As art conservator, I believe that in order to preserve the monuments for the future generations, we have to understand and respect them. This is why as tour guide I want to share this passion and my knowledge of art.

Together we can discover the history of this magnificent place, which has always been a pioneer in the field of art conservation.

I offer tours in Spanish and Italian.

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