Charles - Atlanta High Museum

Jean - Stanford Alumni

Tom - LA Times


It was such a privilege to be with a tour guide of Elaine's academic caliber and vibrant personality. She engaged everyone in our group including our two daughters. I couldn't think of a better way to teach them about the history and art history of Florence. We will always remember her tours as a great highlight of our trip to Italy. 


I have been on many art tours world wide and consider Elaine to be in the top 1%. She educated us in a way that was accessible, understandable and informative. She has an easy going manner that makes her approachable and clearly knowledgeable about art history.


I want to add my voice to all the others, you are truly a fabulous guide. As an artist I look at art a bit differently than most museum-goers, looking at the way the compositions are composed, how the materials are used, etc. The manner in which you organized yesterday’s tour in the Uffizi - of the evolution of picture-making, of ideas and influences- was so insightful. I have been there many times but walked out of the place yesterday with a new understanding of the connection of these masters and the context within which they each painted. The pearl I walked away with from the Accademia was how Michelangelo worked on the prisoners all at the same time, a wonderful insight into his mind-set.


Elaine, this was such a fabulous trip to Venice. Thank you for everything. You have made my life in Florence so rich!


Thank you again Elaine! It was an unforgettable trip [to Venice]! I loved every minute of it. It would have never been possible without you. 


Elaine is a very talented art historian. She undertakes her tours with great professionalism and enthusiasm.


My highest praise and compliments go to Elaine Ruffolo. Her art knowledge and expertise added substantially to my enrichment and enjoyment. Excellent, excellent in every regard.


We particularly valued her enthusiasm and dedication to making the tour as meaningful and memorable as possible. We also valued her depth of knowledge and love of Florence.

Previous Smithsonians Journeys Traveler

Thank you very much for casting your beautiful pearls before us last Thursday in Florence. You gave us a masterful, fascinating, lyrical tour, made even more special by your kind attention to your audience (we were eager to learn but had little art or architecture background). It was truly a high point of almost two weeks in Italy. Grazie, grazie!


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