Based on the recommendation of friends who raved about their experience with Paul, we booked with him to see the David and to tour the Uffizi. Paul is an extraordinary guide. I've done tours with people who seem exhausted and bored by their work and who simply recite facts I could read in a guide book. Paul couldn't be more different. He is energized by teaching. Although he has obviously toured thousands of people around Florence, you would never know based on his enthusiasm. He brings art alive and takes you back in time to understand the significance of the artist's choices. He has a gift for eliciting information from his clients, adding historical facts, and completing a story about each piece that you will never forget. After the tour, we all agreed it was the best tour we'd ever had and that we'd never look at art the same way again. But it isn't just about the art. By placing it in historical context, I learned more about Italy's history, and Florence in particular, than in all the reading I did before the trip. Tip: He's a busy guy. Book in advance. You won't be sorry.
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