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Context provides an in-depth alternative to traditional tours. We are a network of architects, historians, art historians, and other specialists who organize over 300 different walks in 15 cities around the world. Florence teaches that art does not...more
This was one of the best things we did in Italy! Alan was a fantastic guide to our group of 4. He started out taking us to a rooftop coffee place to look at the city skyline and give us an overview. Then we crisscrossed...More
We had a delightful tour, Uffizi Gallery: Crash Course, with Pat(ricia) who's husband joined us. He was about to take the test for becoming a legitimate tour guide. There was in total four plus Pat and husband. Context targets people who want to know more...More
We took 6 tours during our stay in Florence and this was the best by some distance! Siro was exceptional, he was enthusiastic and was able to translate complex ideas to a non-specialist audience in a clear and absolutely engaging manner. We left wishing we...More
When you take a Context tour, you just expect that it will be excellent so I never feel a need to review it for others. However, sometimes you come across such a great guide that you want fellow travelers to have the benefit of this...More
Helen took us to five or six artists' workshops/shops in the area of Piazza Santo Spirito. They all did very different work, so it was really interesting. She is so knowledgeable about the subject and knew all of the artisans personally or professionally. It was...More
We were very pleased to find Context Travel and to take two of their tours in Florence. We really liked our tour guide Siro Chini who is a very sincere, brilliant and most of all proud of his city of Florence. We learned so much...More
We had an outstanding tour of this massive museum with Cornelia. Very smart and highly educated. Did an excellent job by starting with pre-renaissance religious works And then working thru important paintings ending with da Vinci. Took extra time to finish. Long tour packed with...More
The tour was a perfect day in Tuscany to see the beautiful countryside and visit a winery. Our drive was very accomodating and the docent very knowledgeable and fun. The estate was beautiful, and the best part was the tasting afterward which was ample and...More
Got fascinated by Florence town because of Assasin's creed. To know the history of the Medici this tour was perfect. Palazza vacchio tour is all about Medici family history, their thinking , their ways and of course their power. Lazio (docent) was very well read...More
Context travel has a perfect list of tours for the intellectually curious ones. I ended up going to the Palazzo Vecchio tour. I must admit that I didn't have any much idea of what I was getting into. But my guide Siro, who belongs to...More
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The
area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.