We received an enthusiastic recommendation for guide Angelo Alterio from our niece and her husband, who had hired him two years ago.
We were delighted with his services. Rather than rushing us through several hundred paintings and statues, he took the effort to hand-select meaningful pieces that told a story about the evolution of art in Florence, about the symbolism and metaphors contained in art pieces, often about the human struggle against tyranny and injustice.
His monologue on the statue of David alone taught us so much about Michelangelo as an artist, about the culture and politics of the time, and how a master artist works to create something so beautiful. My family was very moved by Angelo's description of the David, moving my wife to tears.
Angelo was also very open to trivia questions, and was flexible when we asked for a cappuccino break part way through the tour.
I enjoyed his services enough that I have added him as a Facebook friend so that we could stay in contact (which he has done since our trip).
I do hope you'll hire Angelo, without reservation or regret, for your upcoming tour.
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