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Ars Opulenta Tours

99 reviews
About Ars Opulenta Tours
Ars Opulenta - Private Custom Tours of Florence and its Environs. I'm Eugene Martinez, private art and history guide, licensed and authorized by the Province of Florence and the Region of Tuscany. I have a degree in in art history and graphic arts from New York University, am a native English speaker, and have been in Tuscany since 1982. I'm passionate about sharing my love and knowledge of the art and culture of Florence. With me, you'll discover that in Florence there is no art without history, no history without art and neither without food and wine. After all, the artists and their patrons had to eat! With me, you'll see that the paintings on the wall and the statues on their pedestals tell us about the people who made them, the people they worked for, the world they lived in. Would you like to combine the culture of art with the culture of food? "Cooking in Chianti"! Join chef and author Antonio Alfani for a day of cooking and feasting in the scenic setting of a converted 10th century church in the florentine Ghianti hills! Let's explore Florence's museums, galleries, churches, artists' studios and more. Mix it up, if you like, with a private tasting of Local delicacies or even of one of Florence's most essential contributions to the world - gelato! I'll turn your vacation in Florence into a Florentine experience you'll never forget.
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Reviewed 6 December 2014

Antonino is the best guide ever. He loves food. His cook book and cooking class is fantastic. He is warm and sweet. You can take a typical food tour with a group of people with another tour guide but when you take it with Antonino...More

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank ada395
Reviewed 6 November 2014

Me and my family took a cooking class with Antonio and he is just the best!! He is funny, charming, entertaining and is an expert on food. We cooked the most amazing meal and has a blast! The wine, the food, the company!!!

Date of experience: October 2014
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Reviewed 19 October 2014

The highlight of our 10 day trip to Italy was the time we spent with Antonio Alfani. Antonio is clearly loved by all who know him and we are happy to be part of that group! He took us to the Interno Mercato Centrale di...More

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank Wendyzh
Reviewed 10 September 2014 via mobile

I am very sorry to hear Eugene has passed away, but my friends and I spent a day in Florence with Antonio Alfani. We highly suggest you do the same for an experience with Tuscan food and cooking! This charming man befriends you from the...More

Date of experience: September 2014
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

One of the most talented and exciting guides we've ever came across. First time I wrote to Eugene he sent us a huge response, full of detailed information. From that point it was clear that he loved his job. Our experience in Firenze (oct 2013)...More

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank thepinheiros
Reviewed 1 January 2014

We had the pleasure of meeting Eugene in Florence for a tour of the market, followed by a cooking class with his partner Antonio. The two were the most gracious hosts in their home, where the cooking class took place. The class was relaxed, informal,...More

Date of experience: October 2013
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

My daughter and I along with two other Canadian couples had a wonderful time with Eugene in Florence in September. Sadly, writing a review was on my to-do list, but somehow never got done. I've just heard the incredibly sad news that Eugene passed away...More

Date of experience: September 2013
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Reviewed 11 November 2013 via mobile

Eugene met us at the train station and from there he did the impossible, he showed us Florence in one day. We wanted to see it all in a short time. With his stories and knowledge he helped us to see and understand the city,...More

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank Skw1230
Reviewed 10 November 2013

We have now been back a few weeks, from our long awaited European holiday, and when we recall our trip and the memories we have, one of our fondest memories is that of our day trip to Florence from Rome. Our visit to Florence was...More

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank Doug S
Reviewed 7 November 2013

Eugene Martinez and Ars Opulenta is the best tour guide we have ever had!!! We had so much fun and learned so much. Eugene took us to several places for wine tasting and drove us to several nearby towns for two wonderful days. Very interesting...More

Date of experience: April 2013
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