Jeff GetzUnited States
Fantastic tour ... the boat portion of the grand canal is a must do ... and the walking portion with Fernando was an education in Venetian history. Highly recommend as a way to not only see Venice but to also understand the history and back story ... an his suggested restaurant for lunch at the end of the tour was terrific - one of our best meals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Jeff, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. It was kind of windy and cold on the boat but you both seemed not be affected, I was! You were so dynamic that day, ready to follow your guide wherever he brought you! I'm confident you'll come again, let me show more of our city, hugs Fernando
Humberto CalderaUnited States
Fernando was excellent. This foot and water tour was amazing. You really get to know the city in this tour. Well worth it. My kids loved the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Humberto, it was great to spend a few hours with y'all. See you, regards Fernando
Melissa AikenUnited States
Vastly better than a huge tour group lead by non-local with a sign. Fernando clearly knows and loves Venice. We had a wonderful afternoon with Fernando. He was friendly, very informative, and engaging. We are traveled with three generations and he connected well with everyone. He also adapted his schedule as we walked to accommodate our needs and abilities. Very highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Melissa, it was a good decision to tour in the afternoon with less people around and do the water ride in the early evening, I truly enjoyed your company, three generations but all well build! Hugs for all Fernando
Sergio RodriguezUnited States
Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous; he was also able to conduct the tour in Spanish - which was a nice extra for us. The tour is a perfect combination of time spent walking (2 hrs and 10 min) and on boat (50 min.) in Venice. It is perfect for the day after the long fly from USA. While we had been in Venice a couple of times before, we learned a few new things and enjoyed seeing it from a different point of view. My only negative is that in walking we covered a very small area of Venice
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Sergio, fuè un placer atenderos en Venecia y todavìa màs con quienes ya han repetido visita en ns ciudad. Ahora tendreìs que regresar nuevamente y asì podremos terminar de ver lo que falta. Un abrazo àra todos Fernando
Roger KnappUnited States
Fernando picked us up at our hotel via water taxi. The tour included a water taxi tour of Venice proper and the lagoon area. In Venice, the tour included St. Marks square. Fernando was very informed and provided details and insights that we would have otherwise missed. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Roger, it certainly was a great day, all the best Fernando
Audrey TheisUnited States
Very informative tour. Interesting to see some of "less traveled" neighborhoods. Fernando worked hard to accommodate the interests of my 11 year-old granddaughter. Would highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Audrey, it is a great feeling when we can reach the souls and minds of our 'smaller' clients. Sometimes we make it ... See you around, greetings Fernando
An excellent experience. What a great combination offering 2 ways to see and hear about Venice. Fernando is incredibly knowledgeable. We learned so much about St. Mark's cathedral with super attention to details. We had a great private boat trip from the Grand Canal to little waterways in the city. And Fernando paid close attention to our 12-year old son keeping him in the loop. He is just wonderful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Richard, well I liked a lot that 'keeping a 12 years old in the loop'....I'm glad I succeed..... Your ardor was contagious and captivating making my job a lot easier and enjoyable. Best best best Fernando
Venice is a tricky place for the newcomer. Fernando' s walk and boat tour provided the best introduction. The water component is really important to orientate yourself on the layout of Venice and to admire the many key buildings on the Grand Canal. Fernando spoke clearly and knowledgeably. He also made the information interesting involving our family of six. Just take this tour on your first day in Venice!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Winnifred, great day, great city and a great family = great tour Hugs x 6 all the best Fernando
Kenneth GallUnited States
This was the highlight of our visit to Venice. If you are going to see Venice then you must do it from the water with Fernando as your guide. Fernando is an encyclopedia of Venice culture and architect. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed his company and his wisdom. I highly recommend a tour with Fernando
Fernando is wonderfull. both knowledgable and charming. he can make the trip fit to your needs and can take you to wonderfull places. great value for money. thank you Fernando!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Oren, there are so many wonderful places in Venice that one tour is not enough, looking forward for a next time Best Fernando
Nicki MasonUnited Kingdom
Fantastic tour - loved every minute and we learnt far more than we could ever have hoped to learn by reading a book or searching on the Internet. Fernando was so knowledgeable and his passion for Venice is infectious! Can't recommend highly enough.
A tour with Fernando is a wonderful way to experience Venice for the first time by water and walking. In addition to showing us the important landmarks, Fernando provided an entertaining history of Venice. Fernando was accommodating to and anticipating our pace and needs.
Vincent PeccoloUnited States
We had a five hours Venice tour with Fernando. It was December and very cold but Fernando arranged our tour to include various indoor locations which helped with the cold. We kept moving around Venice and saw all areas with great explanations by Fernando. We highly recommend.
Don UyenoUnited States
Fernando was great. He met us promptly as our hotel shuttle docked and got us immediately onto the water portion of our tour. He was very knowledgeable and interesting on both water and land and all 4 of us were extremely pleased with the time spent with him. We would highly recommend him!
Nick SorvilloUnited States
Amy B.United States
Fernando was an excellent guide with lots of information. He showed us the Venice that tourists don't see. His English is excellent.
Emily CopelandUnited States
Fredric WhearyRacine, WI, United States
Fernando's knowledge, experience, and friendly manner made Venice come alive and shine! We felt we came to know this unique and special city in ways we would never have experienced without his expertise. We highly recommend Fernando and Tours By Locals for a great experience in Venice!
Nina D.United States
We were a group of 6 people taking 'Venice Land and Water' tour with Fernando during unusually crowded time (Pope canonization). Fernando was amazing. He was knowledgeable and personable and navigated the crowds with ease. At the end, Fernando even went far and beyond his duty by helping us find a place to eat. Also, his communication was great: he made sure we know exactly where and when to meet him and how to contact him. In conclusion I have to say that Fernando is an exceptional guide.
Erle ShawUnited Kingdom
Fernando was extremely knowledgeable and his command of English was excellent and we had a very enjoyable afternoon with him.
Kathy BudgeUnited States
We spent 2 days with Fernando in Venice. He is a very knowledgeable tour guide, who is professional and speaks excellent English! He was fun to be with and very willing to accomodate whatever our wishes were. He was able to take us to areas that were not crowded with tourists, in addition to the main sites of Venice. I would highly recommend Fernando!
Fernando was wonderful!! He was very personable, helpful and so very knowledgeable! We wished we had more time to spend with him - we learned so much from him. He explained everything so well. Thank you, thank you Fernando!
Hedieh Arbabzadeh-Stefanacci, M.D.United States
Very comprehensive this tour is all you need in venice
Deena D.United States
Terence GoddardUnited Kingdom
Fernando was punctual and waiting at our appointed meeting place. We undertook the " Hidden Venice" tour and Fernando obviously has a wealth of knowledge which he imparted in appropriate quantities as we proceeded off the beaten track.He maintains a good sense of humour. I would have no hesitation in recommending this tour to anyone who wishes to experience the quieter & extremely interesting hidden backwaters of Venice with an excellent guide.
Mike SmithUnited States
Fernando was excellent ! very friendly & informative, the weather was not on our side but Fernando called us up before hand told us how to prepare and he adjusted our tour ,didn't cancel, and made it a very memorable experience, he is definitely a local ! , we saw things we never would have seen without him, we had a great time! if your going to spend a lot of money to travel this is the only way to get the most out of your trip, ToursByLocals was perfect from start to finish, and thanks again Fernando,
Miguel BolioUnited States
Fernando promptly arrived to greet us at our hotel at the start of our private walking tour. He kept the tour interesting and fun. Gave us historical facts about Venice, but addressed also current issues that it faces during these more difficult economic times. Fewer full time residents can afford to live there year round, but visitors and tourists pour in by the millions each year. Venice is one of the most enchanting places to stay. Two days was not enough. Thanks Fernando! Bolio Family
Frank GregorySouth Africa
He was punctual to meet us in an obscure hotel! We enjoyed his flamboyant articulation on subjects that he is clearly very knowledgeable about. The time flew by as he enchanted us with the history and sites of Venice. It was a wonderful experience and he should be highly commended.
Antonia G.Coral Gables, FL, United States
Fernando our tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable. He explained everything in detail. Gave us information that even some people in our group that have visited Venice before didn't know. Very pleased, will not hesitate to recommend Fernando to anyone going to Venice.