Christine MaberNew Zealand
We had a fabulous tour to Matera with Gianluca. He collected us from our accommodation on time & it was no problem when asked if he could drop us off near the old town in Bari. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Matera & suggested a couple of local places to eat for dinner while in Bari. We would highly recommend Gianluca as a guide. Thanks for a fantastic tour.
Another wonderful tour with Gianluca. This time to Matera which is a most amazing place to visit. Gianluca knew all the best spots and was very patient with us as we wanted lots of photos. And he would not leave without showing us the view of the city at sundown, even though we had to travel along a very dubious road to get there. Thank you again Gianluca for a fabulous tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again Bruce! I knew you would have loved Matera. Visiting it is a unique experience and I was more than happy to show it to you in all of its wonder and all of its beauty, even from the most hidden and (almost) inaccessible points. Once again, you're very nice people and great travelers...it's been a great pleasure to spend two days with you. A big hug to you all. Ciao!
Jason BhargavaUnited States
We had a wonderful time with Gianluca. My family of 5 (parents, sister, girlfriend and I) had a fantastic trip through Bari, Altamura, Matera, and Polignano a Mare with Gianluca. He showed us around the cities and shared some really interesting facts about the sights (as well as traditions and cuisines). He's also probably the best driver I've ever seen! Moreover, he's such a charming guy - so friendly, amiable, and accommodating! My family and I will cherish the memories - HIGHLY recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jason! I’m so glad you enyoed the tour, as well as our traditions and cuisine. I had such a wonderful time and I’ll cherish memories of the two days spent together. You’re very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you all. Greetings from Puglia!
Great trip to Matera in a nice vehicle with English speaking guide. Highly recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joanne! I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour of Matera and the quality of my services. You're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you all. Ciao!
Today was our second day with Gianluca & again we had an exceptional if long day. His ability to relate to locals added to a number of the experiences today. He was very personable & flexible throughout our tour & he inspired us with his knowledge of the sites visited. We have no hesitation in recommending his services to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lindsay! Another wonderful day, discovering the amazing Matera and Basilicata region. And the lunch in Polignano a Mare (with great view) on the last day has been the icing on the cake...thank you! You’ll keep very nice memories of Puglia and Basilicata and it makes me happy and very proud. You’re very nice people and great travelers. A big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
Gianluca spared no effort to show us as much as possible, providing a walking tour around Matera and then a car tour to the Dolomiti Lucane and Castelmezzano. We are a fit older couple, but Gianluca made sure that we didn't have to exceed our limitation. One example is the tuk-tuk he organised for us on the spot for one of the longer uphill journeys in Matera. He was very generous with his time and made our short stay very satisfying.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elizabeth! I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour of Matera and Dolomiti Lucane, and the lovely village of Castelmezzano. Above all, I'm glad you appreciated my efforts to show you everything in the most comfortable way for you and Joe. I'll keep nice memories of the two days spent together and your company, you're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
Anthony PepeUnited States
Had a great day with Gianluca. We spent most of the day touring Matera, then prior to returning us to La Cattedrale B&B in Monopoli he was willing to make a stop at Polignano a Mare. Gianluca was very personable, had extensive knowledge of sights seen, and was more than willing to accommodate all of our wishes. As a side note, he spoke English very well. Would have no problem using him again, when I return to Puglia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anthony! Very nice of you...I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour and time spent together visiting Matera, and I'm glad you appreciated the stop at amazing Polignano a Mare. You're very nice people and great travelers, hope to meet again in the future. A big hug to you, your wife and your sister. Greetings from Puglia!
It was a fantastic tour, tour leader gianluca was very good and helpful, gave us alot of information . We had good time to enjoy matera. We recomend it to our family and friends. Big thanks to gianluca
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Antonia, very kind of you! I'm glad you had a good time and you've enjoyed the amazing Matera. I had a good time too, you're very nice people and great travelers...I hope to meet you again one day, maybe in Malta. A big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andras! I'm glad you've enjoyed our walking tour of amazing Matera and its "Sassi" A big hug to you and your family. Greetings from Puglia!
Gianluca arrived in a timely manner, took time out his way to fix a problem I had regarding my cellular provider, was knowledgeable and congenial. His local knowledge was good. He was very helpful and I would recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Karen! You're very nice people and good travelers. A big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
Barbara TiedemannUnited States
Simon SieglUnited States
Superb tour! Giancarlo is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We were immediately very comfortable with him and he led a very thorough and informative tour through the Sassi. We highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Simon! I know my name is not easy, the first part is ok...but my complete name is Gianluca :-) I'm so glad you've enjoyed the tour and experienced Matera at its best. You're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you all. Ciao!
Raejean Bridges-AvalosUnited States
Gianluca went out of his way to make sure that our tour was informative and fun. He paced the tour to accommodate 3 "mature" friends pausing for questions and information so we could catch our breath(:. We would recommend Gianluca highly. Thank you Gianluca!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Raejean! Very kind of you...you're good people and great travelers...and nice friends! I've really appreciated your genuine and great passion for Italy. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the amazing Matera and I'm pretty sure you loved Alberobello and Polignano a Mare. Let's keep in touch...you've a new good friend here. A big hug to you all...ciao!
Brandon RichmanUnited States
Gianluca was professional, knowledgeable, and very informative the whole time. IT was a pleasure hanging out with him and enjoying Italy as well. I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Brandon....very kind of you! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the tour. We've visited the main sightseeings of the area...and we also had time for good shopping and a jump into the green sea of Torre Guaceto. A big hug to you and your wife. Greetings from Puglia!
John ColemanUnited States
Gianluca is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who gave us a first-rate tour of Matera and the Sassi. His English is excellent and he is well versed in the history and culture of Basilicata and Apulia. He was thoughtful and considerate in agreeing to reschedule the tour to avoid heavy rain. We recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr Coleman....very nice of you! I'm so glad you've been able to enjoy Matera. A so short stay and heavy rain...that's why I've rescheduled the tour with pleasure, we had a lovely walk up and down Matera and its "Sassi" You deserved to enjoy in full the unique feelings that this town transmits...I'm happy you'll keep a nice memory of it, you're nice people and good travelers. A big hug to you and your wife. Greetings from Puglia!
Robert MallanoUnited States
I would rate Gialuca with five stars out of five. He was knowledgable, courteous, and patient with the elderly and a young child. His enthusiasm for the uniqueness of the sassi of Matera rubbed off on us, and made the day memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr Mallano....very kind of you! I'm so glad you've enjoyed Matera and "tasted" the special feeling that this town unique in the world can transmit. It happens to me too, I always feel a special feeling when I'm in Matera...I know it very well but it amazes me every time. A big hug to you all…you've a new friend here! Greetings from Puglia!