Brian QuinnUnited States
Gianluca was punctual, well-informed, and personable. In addition to explaining what we were seeing, he also gave us time to walk-about. He also went out of his way to help answer questions unrelated to the tour. His temperament on Italian streets dealing with other drivers who apparently viewed traffic laws as mere suggestions was refreshing. My wife and I felt safe throughtout. And, most importantly, many thanks to him for introducing us to "Cafe Speciale" in Polignano-a-Mare!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Brian! I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and the time spent together...and the "Caffé speciale" in Polignano a Mare it's been the icing on the cake. Driving ability and dealing with other drivers here is almost a "matter of survival" :) You're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you all. Greetings from Puglia!
Ralph ChaumpUnited States
Gianluca is patient and friendly. He allowed me to customize my experience and take the photos that I was interested in. He never looked at his watch and made me feel very welcome. He is also very knowledgeable about the region. Best guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ralph! I’m glad you enjoyed the tour and time spent together. It’s been a pleasure to be your tour guide and driver, you’re a nice person and a great traveler. A big hug. Ciao!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Csilla. I'm glad you liked the tour and time spent together, visiting Alberobello and Polignano a Mare. You're nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you and your husband. Ciao!
Walter ManchesterUnited States
Gianluca put together a customized tour for our family, and showed us a fabulous day in the Bari area. He was very flexible and accommodating to our needs. He speaks excellent English, and served as a translator when we met some extended family members from the area. His car was safe and clean, driving was very good, and parallel parking skills are epic. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Walter! I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and the time spent together, especially when we met your extended family members in the area. It's been emotional for me, I've been very happy to help you as a translator. Thank you for appreciating my parallel parking skills. Like I said, I'm used to it because here is almost a matter of survival :) Hope to see you again some day, maybe visiting your Puglia's relatives. You're nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you all. Greetings from Puglia
To all the explanations, places where we go and where Gianluca showed me last Saturday: 5 stars! Thank you very much!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Claudia! I'm so glad you enjoyed our tour of Bari/Polignano a Mare/Alberobello. And I'm glad you found my advices useful, I'm sure you'll find what you're looking about your italian roots. You're a very nice person and a great traveler. A big hug. Greetings from Puglia!
Daniel WeissbergSanta Ana, CA, United States
Terrific guide. Was extremely accommodating and went out of his to help us with a problem with our rental car, which added many hours to his day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Daniel! I’m glad you enjoyed the tour and time spent together. It has been a pleasure to help you, you’re very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you all. Greetings from Puglia!
Eileen SchofieldUnited Kingdom
Gianluca is a terrific guide; great time keeping and excellent English. He took us into the old town at Alberobello to see the amazing trulli houses. Polignano a Mare was unexpectedly delightful and we had a fabulous lunch one of the restaurants. Gianluca was sensitive to the kind of food we might want and although we could have got by with a sandwich or salad we chose to have a full meal with delicious fish. Finally Bari with more interesting sights - especially the ladies making pasta in the street.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Eileen! I’m glad you liked our second day tour of the picturesque Alberobello, Polignano a Mare and Bari. Once again, I had a wonderful time with you, your husband and your son...you’re very nice people and great travelers. Hope to meet you again in my beloved region. Greetings from Puglia!
Gianluca is a great guide. He was on time, a very good driver , very friendly and knew a lot about the area. If you asked a question or showed an interest along the way, he would stop and allow you to view the area. At the end of our tour, we had to wait for our accomodation to collect us and Gianluca contacted the hotel, arranged the collection point but he stayed with us until the the hotel driver arrived. An exceptional guide, highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jan! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour and time spent together, you’re very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you all. Ciao!
Angela LoHong Kong
I had a pleasant one day trip to Alberobello and Polignano with my tour guide Gianluca. He has great hospitality. I will definitely recommend my friends to join his tour when they visit southern Italy. Thank you very much for a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Angela! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour of Alberobello and Polignano a Mare, with a pleasant walk in Locorotondo. You’re a very nice person and a great traveler. A big hug. Ciao!
Today has been another magnificent experience with Gianluca- Alberobello is completely different to what I was expecting and Gianluca made it even more special by taking me to areas that you would not normally see if in a big group. Visiting the olive trees and Polignano a mare were great. Thank you Gianluca for implanting some very special memories, they will be with me for a long time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again Sylvia! I'm so glad you enjoyed even the 2nd day spent together, visiting Alberobello and Polignano a Mare. And, above all, I'm more than happy you'll keep nice memories of the two days travelling around Puglia and Matera...you're a very nice person and a great traveler. A big hug. Ciao!
Gloria BolingerUnited States
GIANLUCA WAS PUNCTUAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND VERY PLEASANT AND ACCOMMODATING. WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO MAKE OUR EXPERIENCE UNFORGETTABLE.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gloria! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour and my services, it has been a pleasure to make your experience unforgettable. You’re very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you and your husband. Greetings from Puglia!
Colleen McDonaldUnited States
Paul GervasiUnited States
Our guide, Gianluca, showed up early to pick us up (that's good!). He was friendly and answered any and all questions we had for him. He wasn't in a hurry, and accommodated himself to our desires. Very nice tour in Alberobello etc..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Paul! We had a wonderful day, visiting Alberobello and Polignano a Mare. You're nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you and your wife. Ciao!
Andrew HouseUnited Kingdom
Gianluca was great and a real sport as we had torrential rain on our day with him but he provided us with umbrellas and humour and did his best to keep us as dry as possible whilst delivering a fascinating tour of Alberobello.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andrew! Very nice of you...I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour. The rain didn't stop us and we had such a lovely day visiting the fascinating Alberobello. You're very nice people and great travelers, I'll keep very nice memories of you. Greetings from Puglia!
Carlos HernandezUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carlos! I'm glad you and your family enjoyed the tour of Alberobello and Polignano a Mare, you're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
Gianluca was very informative and very helpful. My husband has mobility issues and Gianluca was patient and kind. It was like travelling with a friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elizabeth! I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour and for you was like travelling with a friend...I'm plased and proud of it! You're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you and your husband from your friend Gianluca. Greetings from Puglia!
Gina N.west vancouver, B.C., Canada
Very responsible and excellent driver guide. Taking care of everything from start to finish, handling all luggages.even when got sick, he took us to pharmacy and treat us with water and healthy snack. Very flexible and good recommendation to Alberobello and Matera, best sights remember for life. In good hands no need to worry. We got to travel to other areas from North to South Italy, picked up in Rome and dropped off at pier for cruise. Wonderful experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gina! I'm glad you liked our long tour and my services, it has been a pleasure to assist you. And I'm so glad you liked Alberobello and Matera, "my" places that you will remember for life. You're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you and your husband and...greetings from Puglia!
Gina N.west vancouver, B.C., Canada
Excellent driver guide and responsible. Handling everything and caring, even bought us snack and water and took us to pharmacy and got medication. Very flexible and great recommendation of other towns to visit, like Assisi, Siena. And Luca. From start to finish, leave it all to him. Picked up at Rome airport and dropped off at Pier, exceptional service.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gina! I'm glad you liked our long tour, our tour of Assisi, Siena and Lucca. It has been a pleasure to be your tour guide and assist you in your needs. You're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you and your husband and...greetings from Puglia!
One of the best tours we ever had. Gianluca made sure that the day would go by smoothly and he delivered what he promised. He was very well informed, cordial and charming! Would definitely recommend him!! :) Thank you Gianluca!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Diane, and thanks to your girlfriend. It has been a lovely day for me too. You've been very friendly and interested, great travelers and great people. I will remember the cooking class and the dinner we had together. A big hug from your friend Gianluca :-) Greetings from Puglia!
Mary CasasantaUnited States
He is friendly and courteous. He was punctual in picking us up. He waited with us while waiting to be let into the place we were staying. He is very knowledgeable about the towns he took us around.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mary and Joann, very nice of you! I've really enjoyed the time spent together, I'm glad you liked Bari, Alberobello and Poliignano a Mare...and our culture, our traditions...you're great people and great travelers. Enjoy your stay in my lovely region. A big hug! Ciao!
Gianluca was very professional and knowledgeable. He was courteous and prompt and always accommodating to our needs and requests, making our time spent touring with him very enjoyable! I would not hesitate to book with Gianluca in the future. Thank you Gianluca for a wonderful tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gianna! Very kind of you...I'm so glad that you and your daughter enjoyed the tour and the time spent together. You're very nice people and great travelers! Enjoy the rest of your trip. A big hug! Ciao
Gianluca is a very knowlegeable, patient and charming person. We immensely enjoyed our time with him. He is proud of showing this beautiful area of Italy and we were very impressed by all we saw. He made sure we made it safely to our accommodations and smoothed our way by looking after so many details. He is also a very good driver!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jane and Lydia! Very nice of you...we had such a lovely time together, visiting and experiencing Puglia and Matera. And we had such interesting and nice chats during the tour. You're very very nice people and great Travelers with "T". Enjoy the rest of your trip, we'll keep in touch for sure. A big hug and...warm greetings from Puglia by your friend Gianluca!
The excursion was informative and very interesting with accent on historical details. Gianluca was extremely inspired in the subject, open-minded and friendly. His tour was filled with a spirit and passion to Italian culture, history and heritage! We enjoyed very much such an excellent excursion to Albarobello and Polignano!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Eugenia, You and your husband are very nice people and great travelers, I've enjoyed so much the time spent together visiting Alberobello and Polignano a Mare. A big hug from your friend Gianluca and...greetings from Puglia!
Terry TsayUnited States
He is friendly and accommodating. He was flexible to our schedule and since we finished the scheduled places early, he took us to other places to show us around. He speaks good English and explains the history well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Terry! I'm glad you've enjoyed the tour, we had such a lovely day. You're nice people and good travelers. A big hug and...greetings from Puglia! Ciao
We were very impressed with Gianlucas service. He was punctual, very knowledgable and accommodating. He is highly recommended. He made our trip a memorable one. Thank you Gianluca.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Suzanne! I've really enjoyed the time spent together, you're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
We had very enjoyable and interesting two days tour with our guide Gianluca. Our guide speaks very good English and is very knowledgable. We recommend Gianluca to anybody who plans a tour to Puglia, it will make the tour something different.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Naeli! I've really enjoyed our two days tour. You're very nice people and very good travelers. Your interest in my lovely region made me more than happy to show it to you. A big hug to you all from your good friend Gianluca. Ciao!
Elaine BuscemiUnited States
A wonderful guide.Extremely accommodating, knowledgeable and professional.We recommend him highly and will recommend him to our friends
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elaine and thanks to your husband! You're wonderful people and good travelers. I'm glad you've enjoyed the tour along the main sightseeing of Puglia and Matera...and we had so nice and interesting conversations. A big hug and...greetings from Puglia! Ciao
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Malang! I've really enjoyed the time spent together visiting Alberobello, Polignano a Mare and Bari...and I'm glad that you've enjoyed typical sea-food by the sea in Polignano. Greetings from Puglia!
Sarah SheaforUnited States
Gianluca provided great advice before our trip as to how to configure a three day tour to see the highlights of beautiful Puglia. These included things we knew we wanted to see, AND those we didn't know about but now know were essential sites! He drove us all over Puglia and showed us beautiful countryside, seacoasts, cathedrals, sassi, trulli, and castles! Gianluca provided great advice on how to find typical Puglian foods as as well!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sarah! We spent such a nice time visiting Puglia...it has been a pleasure for me. You're real travelers and I'm glad you've enjoyed countryside, seacoasts, cathedrals, "Sassi", "Trulli", castles and Apulian culture. Greetings from Puglia!
Fantastic tour! Cannot recommend highly enough, not only was I able to capture local knowledge and insight on the area but not having a car, was easily able to see the best of the area in just one day. Also had the best Gelato of my Italian trip- very important detail for a proper Italy experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Fiona! We spent a nice day, visiting Alberobello, Polignano and Bari. I'm so glad you got the right knowledge, culture and "atmospheres" of my lovely Puglia. And of course I'm glad you liked local gelato...not to mention the typical "focaccia" and "panzerotto" from Bari :-) Thank you again and greetings from Puglia! Ciao!
Rosemary B.Las Vegas, NV, United States
Gianluca was a terrific guide. We had a very comprehensive tour of Polignaro al Mare, Alberobello and Bari. Clearly, Gianluca loves his hometown and was eager to share it with us. We had a great time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr and Mrs Buck! You're good travelers, we had a great time along the main sightseeings of my area. Yes, I definitely love my hometown and locals...and I'm so happy anytime I can share it with travelers like you. A big hug and greetings from Puglia!
Joseph AucelloUnited States
Gianluca was a pleasure to tour with.He responded to our emails promptly, and was accomodating with our itinerary. He met us at port on time, and was easy to spot because he had a sign with our name, as agreed. He speaks great english, and has a lot of patience. Our tour included going to Matera, Alberobello, Polignano Al Mare and to our Brindisi hotel.The only negative was that being Easter Sunday many of the stores and restaurants were closed. Would gladly recommend Gianluca for another tour.Ciao.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Aucello! It has been a pleasure to be your tour guide. I'm glad you liked the tour. We've visited the best of the area in one day and, after a rainy week, the weather definitely helped us...lovely day, thank you!
Gianluca was a great guide! He answered all of my questions and tailored the tour to my interests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Crystal! You're a good traveler, I've really enjoyed the time spent together. I'm sure you've enjoyed your staying in Bari and dinner at that restaurant I've recommended you :-) A big hug and greetings from Bari!
holiday in Puglia was fantastic, Gianluca was a perfect guide, very friendly and very knowledgeable....Such a great holiday thanks to our magnificent tourguide. thanks from all of us
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Antonella and thanks to your family! I had such a great time too, during our two days around Puglia, I'm so glad you've enjoyed the tour and experienced my region at its best. A big hug to you all and thanks again, should you'll be back to Puglia you can count on a new friend here. Ciao!
Susan FosheeUnited States
Gianluca introduced us to Puglia and Basilicata in an A+ way. We sent him names of cities and places that we wanted to see. He suggested a logistical and leisurely pace to experience all of them and more. He was always accommodating. He is an excellent and careful driver. He helped us in so many ways including purchasing train tickets, places to eat and the language. His English is perfect. He even gave us Pugliese translations at the fish market. Grazie! Bravo! This is the only way to travel.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Susan and Judith,you're two great A+ travelers! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the tour,especially places and experiences out of the ordinary! We've enjoyed Puglia (and more) at its best:along the sea and down the hills,freeways and country roads,big towns and small villages,typical restaurants,good food and good wine. And met genuine fishermen,craftsmen,kind and helpful employees...what a lovely time we've spent together! Thanks again from your friend Gianluca and...greetings from Apulia!
Gilbert HayatUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Hayat, and thanks a lot to your friends! They're good travelers and good people, we,ve really enjoyed the time spent together in Alberobello and along the countryside. Greetings from Apulia!
Charles WolfsonUnited States
Was a pleasure spending 3 hours with him. He provided exactly what I expected. I was particularly pleased that after the tour we had a beer and sandwich with pleasant conversation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Wolfson! I've really appreciated time spent together, and your interest for my area. And our conversation was very pleasant for me too...is always a pleasure to talk about travels all around the world with a great traveler and a great person like you! Greetings from Apulia!
Michael FogliaUnited States
Our trip to Puglia was certainly a great experience made better with our guide Gianluca. We spent 3 days with him being given a tour of his country from a natives knowledge and perspective. Gianluca was so helpful in finding our lodgings,rental car and directions and also our air connections. We could not have asked for a better guide. He offered us suggestions as to where to stay other then Bari and was willing to take us places that were not on the regular tour path. Thanks you Gianluca. Ciao.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr and Mrs Foglia! I've really enjoyed our tour all along Apulia. I'm glad my tips have been useful for you, and I'm proud you've been able to experience Apulia at its best (even the big feast in Bari for St Nicola) And I loved our chats about italian origins: places, cultures, people, traditions... Let's keep in touch and keep in mind you can count on a new friend here. You're great travelers and great people! Ciao!
Stephen MeoliUnited States
Gianluca was excellent at communicating with us on the email, and recommending how to spend our 3 days in the area of Bari / Lecce. He was on time picking us up at the airport / arriving at the hotel / picking us up to go back to the airport..... His English was excellent and he easily conversed with us. Gianlucca checked on things like the Castellana Grottos English Tour and made sure that we got there for the tour in English. He knew where to park to get us as close as possible to the sites.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stephen and Kevin! I've really enjoyed our tour and I've really appreciated your company and your interest in all wonderful places of my region, even the ones off the most beaten paths. Very interesting our chats about italian origins: places, cultures, people, traditions... It made me happy and proud, it was a pleasure to have spent few days all along my lovely Apulia with you. Great travelers and great people! Ciao!
Both tours were EXCELLENT! Gianluca is certainly an outstanding tour guide, he knows the Puglia places so well, in addition he has a very easy going personality, which makes the tours an unforgettable experience. Gianluca also has the merit of not falling in certain mistakes typical of many tour guides, for example overwhelming the ear of the tourist with dates and useless historical information. Gianluca makes possible that one falls in love with Bari and Puglia!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It has been a pleasure to work as tour guide for Martin. Not only a matter of origins, his interest and curiosity about Apulia (history, culture, lifestyle, statistics, etc.) really amazed me, and made me very glad. Great person and great traveler!
Katy MontroneUnited States
My group had an amazing experience with Gianluca as their tour guide. He was not only very accommodating but extremely informative. He demonstrated passion for his country, was very friendly, and proficient in the English language. I have taken many groups on tours and I know the effort it takes to create a comfortable, enjoyable atmosphere for a group and Gianluca went above and beyond expectations. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him! I will definitely book another tour with Gianluca!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Once more...thank you very much Mrs. Montrone for choosing me as tour guide for your friends! I've really enjoyed my time with them, their kindness, curiosity and interest in everything my region offers: art, history, traditions, culture, food...and the "contact" with locals, which is always the most enjoyable experience and what I look for, whenever I deal with tourists. Greetings from Apulia!
We were hosted by Mr. Gianluca. The tour was accomplished as described by the proposition of the company, which couldn't be better once Puglia's area is absolutely outstanding!But what impressed most was the general knowledge and the superb attention from Mr. Gianluca, who between others things, even help me find a house to buy in Polignano Al Mare.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Leo! Since we met at the seaport, I've really appreciated your fellowship and your interest in everything concerns my area (art, history, culture, traditions, local people, etc.)…and the icing on the cake was your interest in buying a house in Polignano. We'll keep in touch for sure and will be my pleasure to try to help you. I feel happy and proud to have been your tour guide, you're very nice people and great travelers. Greetings from Apulia!
Sue HardingUnited Kingdom
I was very pleased to find this tour. Normally guides do either 1 or other of the destinations that we wanted to visit but not both. There was plenty of time to explore both places and we got back to the ship in good time for boarding. We had a great time on the tour. Luca was very knowledgable about the area and also flexible so that we could spend our time as we wanted. He was also friendly and got on with everybody. One improvement would be to use a microphone in the van so that everyone could hear
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sue and thanks to all the rest of the group...great people and tourists "5 stars"! We got along since the beginning, you've been friendly, curious and interested in everything concerns my area (history, traditions, culture, economics, etc.) and that made me happy and more than proud to have been your tour guide. Thank you again and greetings from Apulia! p.s.: Thanks for the suggestion...maybe I've overestimated my tone of voice :-) I'll get a microphone for sure next time I'll rent a van