Ciao, my name is Elia.


I am an official tour guide in Florence, the city in which I was born and raised. Florence Up Close is a collection of itinerary, custom tours, and Tuscan experiences that I have designed for visitors to Florence.

Let's explore and find new ways to appreciate Florence together and discover the beauty that awaits you.




Check out some of the tour itineraries I’ve planned out. Get inspired by some of these amazing places!


visit like a local

As a Florentine, I’ve had a lifetime to gather tips, shortcuts, and favorite hangouts. Here are some things to know.


Museum visits

Florence is a city filled with iconic artwork. Here is you can find information about which to visit, tickets, and group pricing.



Here you can find more information about me and my qualifications as a tour guide.


I had an amazing morning with Elia, the tour helps me better understand the city and build up my connection with it. The experience is also designed in a way that is relaxing and engaging. I like the small details that a normal tourist will not notice, these make the entire tour more attractice. Thank you Elia!

-Vien December, 2018

Elia è una guida molto competente e disponibile. Per niente noioso, ci ha mostrato una Firenze autentica e poco turistica fornendoci spunti preziosi per la nostra permanenza. Molto consigliato!

-Lucilla December, 2018

Elia is such a nice and patient person, we got some trouble and became late about 20 minutes, but he is still so kind and understand of our situation, also he is full of knowledge, took us to some secret place and told us some information and historical things that even some local people don't know! we had quite a nice time with him, highly recommended!

-Pei Yun December, 2018

Elia knows so much about Firenze history. He gave a fascinating, personable tour.

-Eileen July, 2018