Terry CappielloUnited States
Our second trip with Gianluca this week in Ouglia was as good as the first. We saw many places of interest and learnt a lot. Gianluca is cheerful, patient and takes pride in his profession. He is very knowledgeable and we enjoyed his company immensely. We would wholeheartedly recommend Gianluca as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andrew, and thank you again for appreciating my efforts to make your "Puglia experience" more memorable. It's been a pleasure to be your tour guide, and I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and time spent together. I've enjoyed your company immensely too. You're nice people and great travelers. Another big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
Leah LaimanUnited States
This is the second full day tour we took with Gianluca. We thought he was fantastic before, and we like him even more now. Our only regret is we didn't have him every day of our trip. He made it all SO easy -- driving us all over Puglia, bringing us to wonderful local restaurants, showing us sights we didn't even know we needed to see but would have hated to miss! He spent 10 hrs with us on a 7 hr tour. I can't praise him highly enough. You'll be sorry if you book any other guide. He's the BEST!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Leah! It's been a great pleasure to be your tour guide, visiting and "experiencing" Puglia and Basilicata at best: sights, people, culture, traditions, food, etc. And I'm so glad you enjoyed the cooking class I've arranged for you...a nice experience to me too. I'll keep very nice memories of the time spent together, it's been as if we knew each other all along. You're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you, Ralph, Anna and Doc. Greetings from Puglia!
Our trip on the 28th - to Lecce, Otranto and the Salento coastal sites - was also excellent, another 12 hours of Gianluca's time when we saw and learnt a lot about sites that have long interested us. When we think of that region we shall think of him, and all the knowledge of a very good and experienced local guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again Marian! I'm more than glad you enjoyed even our second day spent together. On both days, it's been a pleasure being your tour guide and driver...I'll remember you and your husband anytime I'll be around Gargano Peninsula or Salento. You're nice people and great travelers. Greetings from Puglia!
Jason BhargavaUnited States
This was my second tour with Gianluca during my trip through Puglia. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time exploring the Salento Coast (Otranto, Leuca, Gallipoli, and the places in between). Gianluca also took us on a scenic drive along the coast for some unbelievable photo opps. Book a tour - you won't regret it!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jason! I’m so glad you enyoed the tour of the Salento Coast. You’re very nice people and great travelers. A big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
We did 2 day tours with Gianluca. He was very responsive throughout the process and extremely punctual which we appreciated. He made us feel at ease from the start, and was very accommodating. Once he noticed that I wanted to take more photos, he went out of his way to stop and point out scenic spots along our journey. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Charmaine! I'm glad you enjoyed our tours, we had such a nice time. You're nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you and your mom. Greetings from Puglia!
Joann FreemanUnited States
Fantastic tour guide! Gianluca customized our tour so that I could visit a family ancestral home in this area. He was so helpful and genuinely wanted our tour to be successful for us. And it was. Thank you, Gianluca, for such a great experience on this tour! We highly recommend this tour and most especially Gianluca!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Joann! Very kind of you, I'm so glad we've been able to find your family ancestral home and find out more about your distant relatives. It has been very interesting and somehow emotional to me too. I've really enjoyed the teo days spent together, you're very nice people and great travelers, looking for real and genuine Puglia. Enjoy the rest of your trip. A big hug to you and your husband. Ciao!
Selina NicolosiUnited States
Amazing tour around lecce! Learned a little bit of everything from history in otranto to the beaches on the coast. Also kept it fun by Laying out on the beautiful beach in Gallipoli for a few hours. Gianluca even walked me around to see a few restaurant options for my dinner this evening! I would highly recommend and hope to be back for another tour with Gianluca!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Selina for your prompt feedback, very nice of you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the sightseeings and the time spent at "Punta della Suina", definitely one of the most beautiful beaches of Puglia. You're a nice person and a great traveler, hope to meet you again to show you more of my beautiful region. Greetings from Puglia!
Francine VersalieUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Francine! I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour, we spent such a lovely time together. You're very nice people and great travelers. Greetings from Bari!
Jenny NathanUnited Kingdom
Gianluca was an engaging and interesting guide and happy to talk about himself and life in Puglia/Italy. We enjoyed our tour very much. Thank you Gianluca.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jenny! I'm so glad you enjoyed very much our tour of Lecce. I had a nice time too, with you and your group. You're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you all and...greetings from Puglia!
Andrew SpanoUnited States
Gianluca was a great guide for me and my family. He was personable, knowledgable and flexible to the needs of my family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andrew! Such a nice experience with you and your family! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the tour and my guide...I really felt myself like a member of the family. You're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you all and...greetings from Puglia!
John WhitmanUnited States
Gianluca gave a wonderful tour of the coastal area between Lecce and Gallipoli. He is very informative of the history of Puglia and the relationship to the other cultures to the east over time. He gave us all options to fulfill whatever interested us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John and Carmel, very kind of you! What a lovely day we spent together, visiting Lecce and Salento's coast....you're very nice people and great travelers. Maybe one day we'll be able to meet again, here or somewhere else. A big hug from your friend Gianluca. Greetings from Puglia!
Katrinia YarboroughUnited States
Coast tour too long for 1 day. Too much driving and too little time to explore Puglian towns. Guide provided little information and only when prompted. Felt very rushed and much too expense for such a disappointing tour. Have experienced superior tours here for half the price with personable and knowledgeable guides.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Higher cost because of long driving,and tourists were well advised about it BEFORE booking (any map can give an idea) Also,they required pick up (and drop off) from/to an accommodation located far away from the itinerary. And,of course,this has a cost (a party of 4 people) I've EXTRA paid tickets to visit a castle and a museum. Was well specified in their customized tour that it was "Nature and Wildlife" and "Local experience" (NOT "museums/culture",this is usually the tour of Lecce, not required by them)
Gianluca took us on a long and beautiful drive from our accommodation in Alberobello to the very tip of the Salento peninsula. Honestly, we couldn't have found a better tour guide! He was very knowledgeable, friendly and receptive to our needs, even showed us some locations off the beaten track. Highly recommend him. Thanks for a memorable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Veronique, very nice of you. You're very nice people and great travelers, I've really enjoyed the time spent together. A big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
Excellent tour and guide. Gianluca is an ideal person for this kind of tour who knows and loves his job. WFull marks from me and all the family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mario, and thanks to your family! You're wonderful people and great travelers, I had such a lovely time. You really deserved the best and I'm so glad you've enjoyed the tours. Thank you very much, a big hug to you all and remember...you've a new good friend in Puglia. Ciao!
Helen ZagonaUnited States
My 3rd day w/ Gianluca: First let me say that Lecce is NOT Florence. Lecce and the Salento have their own distinct history, culture and scenery. Any comparison sells Lecce short. Gianluca is very knowledgeable of this area also and can show you the spectacular as well as the subtle beauties of far southern Puglia.He can point out the Greek and Spanish and Arabic influences as well as many areas of natural beauty. This tour of Southern Puglia is one of the best. Don't miss it! And you will love this guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Helen! It was my pleasure to spend 3 days with you visting my lovely region...you are a very nice person and a GOOD traveler! I'm glad you'll keep good memories of your tour and your tour guide. You've a new friend here! A big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
Dan GarnerUnited States
Gianluca is a good guide but we were underwhelmed by the Salento coast
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoyed my company and my guiding, though did not enjoy the location itself. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the coast...I always do my best to show the beauty of Lecce and Salento's coast: Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli and the scenic road along the two seas Adriatic and Jonian
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We understand the guiding was not in question and Gianluca is known for being a great guide and we've spoken to him to explain the situation and to our understanding they were unhappy with the coast and scenery itself.