Meet your guide in Florence: Antonio

Florence is, all considered, a little city. But… it takes time and if you’re not sure about what to see you can find yourself wasting your time. That’s why we’re here for you!  We’ve tailored a tour that combine historical interest, beautiful landscapes and a lot of fun: the last part is provided by our tour leaders, especially when they are young and fun and truly “fiorentino”.

So put your helmet on… but, before jumping on your Segway, meet this month’s guide Antonio, our only male (he’s proud to say) Segway tour leader in Florence!

Hello! What’s your name?

Antonio Bencistà!

Where are you from and where do you live?  

I was born in Florence, and I’m happy to live here still!

Name of tour you lead and where: 

SEGWAY TOUR, BIKE TOUR, EASY ENTRANCE BRUNELLESCHI’S DOME TOUR, FLORENCE  FOOD WALKING TOUR.

What are your favorite parts of the tours you lead?

I love everything about them – the view from the Dome, the refreshing relax on top of Piazzale Michelangelo, but most of all I love segwaying around the streets in the rare moments they are not too crowded!

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Favorite Local Restaurant in your city: 

My favorite lunch place is a restaurant called “Cucina del Ghianda”, which is located in Via dell’Agnolo. For dinner I like to treat myself in the charming Oltrarno, where the main nightlife area for locals is: there you can find “Passaguai”. Try it!

What is your travel mantra?

It’s a motto so important to me that I have it tatooed on my back: “life is a journey, not a destination”.

What’s next on your travel bucket list? 

It will probably be Cuba. I always wanted to go there, and now I want it more than ever: I have to see it before it changes too much.

What’s your best travel tip for those coming to visit Italy? 

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Unless you’re lucky, you will probably have too little time to see everything. So be smart and plan your trip: make up your mind about what you would absolutely like to see in each city, make reservations if you can, but, most of all… follow your taste! You don’t have to see necessarily all the “must see” spots.

What is your favorite Italian city to travel to? 

Aside from Florence, which is the absolute favorite of mine, my choice goes on Rome and Naples. Those places took my heart.

What’s the food that someone must try in your city before leaving?

Here in Florence, it is not possible to leave without tasting at least a bite of “Panino al lampredotto”! It’s a tripe-style sandwich sold at every kiosk in the city center – and you won’t find it anywhere else!

Then of course a must eat is the “bistecca alla fiorentina”, the Florentine T-Bone steak, to be well watered down (ahem) with good red Chianti!

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had on one of your tours? 

We normally don’t climb up to the Piazzale Michelangelo on a Segway, but I was lucky enough to be the tour leader for that one time. It was inusual, funny and I totally enjoyed it.

What do you like most about leading tours?

I love it when, at the end of a tour, happy customers say: “well, you know? without you we would just have wandered around, not having a clue at what we were looking at!” It’s lovely to feel that you made it worthy.

What makes your tour unique? 

First of all, the fact that I’m the only male tour leader of Italy Segway Tours in Florence: that definitely makes my tour unique!

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Second… well, my sense of humor!