- Statue of David
- Piazza della Repubblica
- 3.5 hours with a PhD or MA-level guide
Our Introduction to Florence with Accademia is intended as an orientation walk with the addition of a short visit to the Galleria dell' Accademia. If you'd like to delve deeper on the specific sites in Florence, we suggest our Duomo tour, Uffizi Gallery tour, or our Accademia Gallery tour.
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Molly holds an MA in Italian literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she completed her PhD coursework and exams with a specialization in Renaissance and Early Modern periods. She spent a year in Venice as an undergraduate while at the University of California-Santa Cruz and afterwards worked in Siena for two years for the University of California Education Abroad Program. She later went to graduate school and, after finishing her studies in Madison, found herself back in Venice once again for another year, this time conducting archival research for her doctoral dissertation. She has remained in Italy ever since, has taught courses in Renaissance history in Florence, and is a licensed tour guide of Florence and its province.
After a well-traveled childhood, Martino completed a Ph.D in philosophy at Cornell University. He then taught philosophy for a few years in the States before returning to Italy. Here, he teaches college courses in ethics, Italian culture, and history at various study-abroad programs. He has lectured at the British Institute in Florence on contemporary moral topics. Teaching rekindled his interest in Dante and "The Divine Comedy," as well as the controversy between Galileo's astronomy and the Church. Martino lives in the countryside with his wife and their too many dogs.
Amal first came to Florence in 1982 on a scholarship for a one-year ‘Restoration of Architectural Monuments’ course. She has been living in Florence ever since. She was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, where she began her university studies in Architecture. She obtained her MA in architecture from Virginia Tech in 1980. She is a professional licensed tour guide for Florence and enjoys sharing her passions for history, art, and architecture with all visitors to Florence. Amal is fluent in Arabic, English, and Italian.
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