Samantha McKayUnited Kingdom
This is fantastic tour as you see parts of the Doges Palace not seen on the standard ticket and on a timed entry you have the rooms to yourself! Francesca is a brilliant guide. As a qualified historian she brings everything to life. Her English is perfect and she talks around the subject and answer all your questions. I've been with other guides who can only keep to a prescribed script - not Francesca. She told us so much about Casanova that my daughter is now inspired to find out even more!
Samantha McKayUnited Kingdom
A fantastic tour with Francesca. From start to finish Francesca provided an amazing service. I planned this trip 10 months in advance for myself and 7 friends. Francesca adapted one of her tours to accommodate the number and arranged for us to have a private boat all day. When the day came the tour was brilliant despite the rain. It was well planned and Francesca was incredibly knowledgeable, speaks perfect English and knows the best coffee shops and restaurants. A very professional, personable guide.
Alastair LowUnited Kingdom
A fascinating insight into the history and politics of Venice through the ages as well as highlighting the wonderful interior of the, now restored, cathedral.
Jason ZimmermanUnited States
Francesca was amazing and is a local for sure. If you are only in Venice for a half day I highly recommend this tour and Francesca. We ended up staying over night the night before which is really the only way to do it as 4 to 5 hours for a visit to Venice isn't enough. She knows her history, interesting stories about the city and local knowledge of restaurants helped complete our visit. Also, she has a great sense of humor and made us all (6 of us) feel comfortable. Thank you again, Francesca.
Stephen GreenUnited States
A lovely guide on an ugly winter day. Thank you Francesca from our family. My teens liked you and that is something!! Always get Francesca. Happy you will be
Leslie MichaelsCarmichael, CA, United States
Francesca was knowledgable and organized with a pleasant personality. She taught us a lot about 16th & 17th century Venetian art. Would recommend her highly for anyone interested in history and culture.
Brian TomanUnited States
Francesca is an amazing tour guide. We hired her for a full day tour of Venice. She is very knowledgeable about the history, politics, and the city, which made for a very enjoyable and fascinating tour. At the end of our tour we asked for a restaurant recommendation, and she took us to the best pizza restuarant. We highly recommend this tour and Francesca - she is a gem.
Stephanie F.United States
Lovely tour! Francesca is knowledgeable and friendly, and her enthusiasm for Venice and its history is infectious. We enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommended!
Robert StephensUnited States
Great trip to Murano with Francesca. The tour of the glass factory was fun and we followed that up with a walk around the island. Highly recommend this tour.
Mary-Lou G.United States
Francesca was outstanding: an expert art historian with a delightful personality & charming sense of humor! The 5 of us (most had visited Venice before) were enthralled with her top-drawer half-day private shore excursion: vaporetto from Piazzele Roma to Rialto Bridge, fascinating secret passages few tourists see, fabulous tour of the Doge's Palace, & brilliant tour (enhanced by her specialty in Byzantine art) through St. Mark's Basilica. We all adored the restaurant she recommended. Grazie, Francesca!!
Keith FurmanUnited States
This was our first ToursByLocal. We can't recommend Francesca enough. She was great! We were only in Venice for a few days and frankly weren't big fans initially compared to other cities. Francesca's tour and city tips were game changers. We appreciated the time we spent with her and the help she provided to make sure we enjoyed the rest of our stay. Outstanding experience.
Anita HibbardUnited States
Great tour if you want to see Venice by boat. Francesca did an excellent job of pointing out the interesting sites and explaining why they were interesting. A good thing to do on your first day in Venice. One of my favorites was the old home that is still in the hands of the family who originally built it.
Kyra ButzelUnited States
Our family all liked Francesca very much! She was friendly and tried often to engage our two daughters with stories and questions. She was easy to talk to (very personable!) and flexible - allowing us to change the route and stop in for a quick gelato or cafe. We found her very knowledgeable about Venice, including more obscure details (best candy shop! Cat ghosts!). She had amusing stories and fun advice we could follow. A thoroughly enjoyable tour!
Anita HibbardUnited States
Francesca is very accomodating. The tour company I was traveling with had a miscommunication with me and time I thought I had available for my tours with her were not available. Francesca worked with me so I was able to take both tours I had scheduled with her. I really appreciate her worki g with me. She is also an excellent guide. The Doge's Palace would have been interesting on my own but was amazing with her there to explain things about the paintings, decorations and history. Money well spent!
Francesca was a fantastic guide and provided a great tour of Venice - including some very creepy stories. I would highly recommend the tour and Francesca.
Miles MossUnited States
Francesca was lovely and a very good guide. Because my husband has to walk slowly, it makes it difficult for a guide to do all they want, but she was accommodating and a pleasure to spend the few hours with seeing Venice.
Annie HallUnited States
Francesca was very knowledgeable about the Doges Palace. Highly recommend the tour especially if you are a history buff. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Francesca and also learned a lot about the secrets of the palace.
Ron GinsburgUnited States
Felt very lucky for our group to be in the hands of such an experienced guide as Franchesca! She was very attentive to our interests and we packed a lot of experiences into the day. We had a rather rainy fall day but thanks to her expert knowledge of the city we barely noticed the weather Unfortunately we just ran out of time to see everything so we will just have to come back! Thank you again
Gary CampbellUnited States
Barry StrubeUnited States
Irene EffUnited States
We had Francesca, as a guide in September 2017. She is a very knowledgeable guide and you will receive all information you are looking for from your tour. But she is not personable and is not willing to offer any additional information such as food places, or other sites to visit unless you ask. We felt that she was at work, and could not wait until the work was done. She lacks passion and enthusiasm that many local guides have.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Sorry if you have this impression, but reading other reviews every body has written exactly the opposite about me. I think is logical I was working because I'm a professional guide, who has tried before the tour had tried to answer promptly at every problem and request you had had (the number of your mails is really big). Best regards Francesca
Carol DevereauxUnited States
Mary HuntUnited States
Francesca is a historian and archeologist and a wealth of knowledge about Venice it's architecture and it's artwork. As a professional guide and long term resident she knows all the interesting nooks, crannies and historical details of the city. It was interesting to learn about canals turned into streets, statues destroyed, bridges and building built etc. by the rulers various. We particularly enjoyed the skip the line private tours of Doges Palace and St Marks Cathedral. we highly recommend Francesca
Meridee D.United States
Francesca was knowledgeable and also entertaining. She brought a perspective on Venice that only a local can give. Our entire group of four enjoyed being with her and hearing her lively comments on the Venice of old and Venice now. We all appreciated Francesca's tour and would definitely book another with her if we had the time.
A very nice tour of Venice with Francesca - she was knowledgeable and covered the all the basics of the history and details of the city, with humour and interesting stories. A great introduction to our first visit to Venice - would recommend!
Shaun LeoneUnited States
Francesca was one of the best guides ever. She was very knowledgeable and personable with a sense of humor that made for an informative and fun tour. Thanks so much for a great tour! Would use her for a tour again any time.
Mary SomervilleUnited States
Francesca was truly wonderful, taking me to all sites I requested, as well as to some delightful new places. I wiuld not hesitate to recommend her to others.
Pam FerrisUnited States
Francesca was very agreeable to our slower pace and the difficult heat. We appreciated the fact that she could get our tickets and bypass the lines to see the sites. She gave us a lot of good history of Venice.
Pam FerrisUnited States
Francesca was very knowledgeable about the city. We learned a lot and saw many interesting things. She met us at our hotel for the start of the tour which was very helpful.
Joe L.United States
Our second morning in Venice walking with Francesca was an amazing peek into the Venice of Venetian & visits to some of the important places. Once again, her knowledge and humor made a 3 hour walk on a hot July morning a pleasure!
Joe L.United States
We spent an afternoon with Francesca tour Murano and the glass factory. Her personal acquaintances within the factory resulted in them sending a water taxi to take us to the island. Her knowledge of the history of the people, place & architecture added much to our tour. We would highly recommend!
Misty JenningsUnited States
This is a wonderful tour with a great guide. Very informative. She was very interesting and was able to hold the attention of my 17 year old son the whole time. I would recommend this tour with this guide. Great last morning in Venice
Francesca was a fantastic guide, she was able to give us a real understanding of life in Venice. Francesca tailored our tour to meet our needs and we were shown some of venice's true treasures. I would highly recommend booking Francesca or one of the other guides because it is a very unique and special experience to be able to see Venice with a local. The tour wasn't rushed and yet we got to see more of Venice than we would have if we had just followed a map. I would highly recommend this company.
Ken BargteilUnited States
A wonderful tour with a fantastic guide.
Ken BargteilUnited States
Dry knowledgeable, friendly and courteous. Fluent in English and Italian, extremely accommodating, with an abundance of energy.
Eugene GreenUnited States
Wonderful three hour introduction to Venice. Well-paced, informative, route on streets we would have not used, managed to avoid too much interaction with very crowded tourist areas, great dining recommendations, Look forward to our second tour with Francesca today.
Francesca added a new dimension to Venice for us. I have been before but this time got a much greater insight to the foundation and history of Venice. Some new and very interesting facts that made the visit much more meaningful for me. Would highly recommend
Lena ProtasovUnited States
Scott MayhartUnited States
Cindy AndersonUnited States
Francesca did such an awesome job showing off Venice to us. We learned some history saw a lot of sights and had some laughs. Would highly recommend this tour with her!!!!!
Vicena PoulsonUnited States
Francesca is an amazing guide!!! She really brought the Doge's Palace to life. Her knowledge is incredible and we absolutely loved the secret parts of the palace.
Stephanie CanavanUnited Kingdom
Francesca made our walk through the Dorsodura into an exciting visit into medieval Venice and how it formed the base for the city of today. Her enthusiasm was infectious and the four of us were enthralled by her knowledge and descriptions of how history and invasions had changed the city. Once we were at the Accademia.she took us through the various changes in art through the centuries. We had the best time with her as she interspersed local stories with history. So many thanks for a great time.
Gigi MichaelsUnited States
Our time with Francesca was amazing! She is wonderful, funny and warm in addition to the amazing detailed history of Venice ~ we went started at St Marks Square and then we proceeded on to Doge's Palace and inside the cathedral. The tour by boat though, if you can do it is not to missed! It was absolutely magical! I can not imagine having come to Venice and not meeting Francesca! I had my son and my 89 year old father with me and she was able to relate and connect with all us. She is the best!!! xo
Chris MaysUnited States
Francesca was very knowledgeable and outgoing - we really enjoyed our tour of Venice with her! She took us not only via routes that are known to many tourists but also down a lot of 'back roads' to get a flavor of the city. We came away with a great feel for the town and are very comfortable navigating on our own! Highly recommend Francesca as a friendly, outgoing guide in Venice!
Laura CohenUnited States
This was our second tour on this visit to Venice with Francesca. We chose this tour to do something fun and see different parts of Venice. It was our second trip to the city and our first with our 9 and 13 year old daughters. Venice has existed for hundreds of years and the folklore is deep. Adults and kids alike enjoyed the creepy, gross and just odd stories that go along with a history this long. If you want to see off the beaten path and hear some fun stories, try this tour!
Laura CohenUnited States
We loved our tour with Francesca! She is a true Venice local and it was great to see the highlight tour with her, but we really loved the way she navigated the small streets to not just get us around the crowds but show us secret little spots in town. She was fantastic with our 9 and 13 year old daughters, keeping them engaged with conversation and "fun facts". Highly recommended!
Burton ProppUnited States
The tour was superb, this was my 5th time in Venice; however, my companion had never been. Access to Doges Palace & San Marco cathedral was as easy as it gets and the motor boat ride through the canals was super! Francesca's knowledge was excellent and not overbearing. Great job, thanks, Burton Ptopp
Anna Marie AmorUnited States
Wow! I booked this tour for my kids who I felt will enjoy the ghost stories. Francesca is a fun upbeat storyteller. We saw parts of Venice that we would not have seen if not for this tour. Most importantly, Francesca shared interesting insights that one can only learn from a Venetian. I highly recommend this tour to first time visitors of Venice, and visitors who wants a unique tour. My adult kids were so happy that I booked Francesca. She is a passionate guide and kept us intrigued.
W. Robert SmithUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr smith, I'm really sorry because you're right, I had to send you an email to alert you about the switch, but I passed yesterday in hospital making exams and I couldn't use the phone. I apologize and thanks for your patience Francesca
Carey D.United States
Our tour with Francesca was fantastic!! She was sweet, funny, and extremely knowledgeable. The tour provided so much more than a typical "tourist" experience. Francesca really made Venice memorable for us - we highly recommend her!
Linda KaecheleUnited States
We had such a fun day with Francesca! She took us for a walking tour that covered many of the out of the way neighborhoods and also some of the main attractions. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and about history-and had a way of sharing the history that made it sound like a funny or interesting story rather than like something from a textbook. We only had one day in the area, but after our time with Francesca we felt we'd seen a good cross section of Venice and enjoyed every moment of it
John PurdamUnited Kingdom
There is nothing Francesca doesn't know about the city of Venice. She ensured we visited all the sights and gave us excellent commentary along the way. Her open and friendly approach made all the difference to our day. She also offered good advice on what we may have liked to do on the rest of the trip.
John EvansUnited Kingdom
Absolutely excellent. So knowledgeable and so friendly. Francesca made my afternoon in Venice come alive, I will definitely use her again when we return to Venice.
Joann BushUnited States
Outstanding tour with outstanding guide
Valerie M.United States
Francesca was great. She adapted the tour to the sites that were open and close to closing along with the remaining sites we wanted to see. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Venice and it's amazing sites.
Anthony LeonardUnited States
Francesca was very knowledgeable of the area and was able to share much of the history of Venice. It was an excellent introduction to the city, and she easily connected with all members of group, ages 15 to 75. Thank you for an enjoyable morning.
Allison ObicoUnited States
Francesca is super friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time with her. She's a great tour guide and I highly recommend her!
Caroline BrownUnited States
We did a trip to Murano with Francesca, and her enthusiasm for the history and beauty of Venice is infectious. All three generations (teenagers, parents, and grandparents) loved her. I highly recommend her to anyone visiting Venice.
Michael GoefronUnited States
Francesca was a fantastic guide. She was very knowledgeable and very considerate of the special needs that my husband had. She was a lot of fun too, telling us great stories about Venice and giving a real personal, local feel to the tour. We look forward to our next tour with her.
Jennifer ChanUnited States
This was a fabulous tour! Francesca has in depth knowledge of history and art and a deep passion for her work which she generously shared with us. Our family of 4 including two teenagers were enthralled with Francesca's commentary. We learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the secret Doge's palace. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Venice.
Tim PimentelUnited States
Francesa was awesome! She was very knowledgeable and my family absolutely enjoyed every minute of both our tours. Very accommodating.
Deborah H.United States
This was a wonderful tour! My husband and I has some difficulty getting to Venice due to weather but Francesca made all the hassle worth it. She is extremely knowledgeable about the city, the sights and the local food and beverage scene. We loved it and would HIGHLY recommend Francesca!!
Charles T.United States
Francesca was excellent. Not only was her English very good but she also is extremely well organized and knowledgeable. She was also very proactive. My wife uses a wheelchair and Francesca was able to get us into elevators while avoiding long lines throughout all of our tours. She was also of great assistance in arranging for a porter to get our baggage from the hotel to our water transfer. I highly recommend her as a tour guide.
Charles T.United States
Francesca is an excellent tour guide. She was able to take us through the major attractions while avoiding long lines and crowds. My wife uses a wheelchair when we travel. Francesca was able to get us to the elevators at all of the major attractions . She is very well-informed about Venice, it's art and history. She also was valuable in making transfer arrangements to get our baggage from the hotel to our water transfer.
Charles T.United States
Francesca is an excellent tour guide. She was able to avoid long lines for us and get us into the major attractions without delay. My wife uses a wheelchair when we travel. Francesca was able to quickly And easily get us to the elevators in all of the main tourist attractions. She was invaluable in arranging for our baggage transfer at the end of our two days of touring with her. She is extremely knowledgeable concerning Venice, it's art and history.I highly recommend her as a tour guide for Venice
Charles T.United States
Francesca is an excellent tour guide. We booked a total of four Tours with her over the course of two days. My wife uses a wheelchair when we travel. Francesca was able to get us into all of the major attractions, bypassing lines and locating and getting elevator passage for us. She was invaluable and arranging for the transfer of our luggage from our hotel to our water transport at the end of our two days of touring with her. I highly recommend her as a Venice tour guide .
We loved our tour with Francesca, who is an outstanding guide. She has a bubbly and fun personality and helps understand the history, culture, quirks and lifestyle of venice beautifully. Her tour planned for us was perfect and her explanation was in detail and with patience. There was no question Francesca could not answer and we laughed and were left in aw of all things we heard and saw in Venice with Francesca. I would highly recommend Francesca. Do not hesitate for a second to book your tour with her.
Fred BergerGloucester Point, VA, United States
This was the second tour we took with Francesca and will not be the last. She is a great tour guide who really loves Venice. She showed us sights we had been looking for over several past visits. We were well off the beaten path and were amazed by what Francesca showed us. I would recommend this tour and Francesca to every visitor to Venice.
Fred BergerGloucester Point, VA, United States
Francesca is a super tour guide. She is extremely personable and really knows Venice. We had a great time on the tour and learned a lot about the town at night. I would recommend this tour to first time visitors and people who have been to Venice more than once. We have visited Venice several times and didn't know the places Francesca showed us even existed. Highly recommend!!!!
Deborah AlexanderLake Charles, LA, United States
We were on a cruise and had only one afternoon tour to see the important sites of Venice. Francesca was wonderful taking us to the palace giving a very detailed history which was fascinating. We toured St Mark's church and the Rialto bridge. But what was unique about her tour was she took us off the beaten path to see more of the native Venice. You must book her well in advance since she is such a great guide. and in demand. I would highly recommend her for a tour of Venice she is very knowledgable.
Karen WalkowskiUnited States
A private tour of Venice is the absolute only way to truly appreciate the richness of Venice. Francesca customized our day to exactly the requests we made and she made the special effort to ensure we saw parts of the city that tourists would not see. We particularly enjoyed the tour of the Jewish Ghetto. I will definitely recommend Francesca to my travel agent who sends many clients to Venice!
Marylou BumgarnerUnited States
Francesca gave us a fabulous private tour around Venice. We explored local places and learned not only outstanding info re Venice's history but how the everyday people live today (ie 80% of the workers do not live IN Venice). She was so knowledgeable and could answer every question that we asked.
Lisa BlairUnited States
Francesca was a GREAT guide!! She organized our tour so that we were able to bypass the lines. I highly recommend her!!!
Nina M.United States
Francesca took us to the heart of Venice. It was nice to see through the bridges and the canals and buildings other than St. Mark's and the Doge's palace. She was quite knowledgeable of Venice. The skip the line to St. Mark's cathedral helped a lot. I would suggest she carry a flag or an umbrella to help us follow her in a big crowd. I highly recommend this tour. Thank you so much, Francesca.
Warren RauheUnited States
Enjoyable 2 hours and very informative. Really saw some of the non-tourist areas even though the city was full of them.
Could not have had a better guide. Francesca is very educated and knowedgeable about Venice, it's history and today. Francesca and her family live and work in Venice which is very helpful. She is very personable and was extremely interested in meeting our requests. She also was able to insert her local knowledge and suggestions when she thought it would be helpful,
Jim SilbersackUnited States
Our tour with Francesca was a highlight of our trip to Venice. It was fun and informative and Francesca's love and passion for Venice was abundantly evident throughout. We tried to engage her for additional tours, but her schedule was already booked. We will certainly try to book her again on any return visit to Venice.
Roger ApplegateFairfax Station, VA, United States
Francesca was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, considerate of our needs and she had a great itinerary set up for the time we had available. We would highly recommend her and her services.
Randee BlochUnited States
Francesca escorted our family of 5 children and 5 adults through the Doges Palace on August 19. She was an excellent, 5 star guide in every way. Her knowledge of the 500 year anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto exhibition was wonderful, engaging the kids (7-13) and adults as well with fascinating information. I would highly recommend Francesca and wish we had more time to spend wth her!
Mark T.Carmichael, CA, United States
Francesca was delightful, knowledgeable, and delivered to our group exactly what we were looking for. We got to a few of the Venice highlights (all crawling with way too many tourists in August), but she paid attention to our desire to get away from the madding crowds and took us to portions of Venice where we saw no other tourists at all. The gondola ride with Luca was a real highlight, as was our tour of the Jewish Ghetto. We had a long wonderful day.
Bettie Ann FeeleyUnited States
Francesca did a wonderful tour with my family. I highly recommend the Venice ghost tour. It's a great way to spend the evening and we learned many things about Venice that we did not know.
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Jeanene PerryUnited States
Francesca was lovely! She is very knowledgeable about all the details of Venice.
Bill BellandoUnited States
Very good tour!! Would recommend to anyone. Very good for Americans.
Terry FryUnited States
Francesca was excellent. She provided just the right amount of information, not an overload. She has a good sense of humor and was easy to talk with.
Cheryl R.United States
Francesca took us all over Venice. We went through all of the non tourist areas and were exposed to lots of great history of Venice and the "colorful" people who've made up Venetian lore.
Kate GerardHahndorf, SA, Australia
What a wonderful introduction to Venice. It's such an amazing and unique place, and Francesca brought it to life for me and showed so much of it's beauty. Francesca is a lovely person with a very good grasp of English. I had a fabulous day, and absolutely adore Venice.
Andrew RiddleUnited Kingdom
If you want a tour guide with boundless amounts of energy, brining history to life and describing it so clearly you'll believe you are there, then this is the guide for you. When she finally left I felt I knew the Doges palace as if I had been born there. Five stars is not really enough.
Lisa PortnoyUnited States
Our recent experience with tours by locals with francesca was wonderful. A 5 for certain. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and delightful. I would highly recommend francesca to all of my traveling friends. Lisa Portnoy
Francesca was a great guide. She has a great personality and great knowledge of the sights of Venice. She also has a wealth of knowledge about Jewish Venice and ending the tour with a Sandolo ride was a nice way to end our tour.
Robert ArmijoUnited States
Francesca is a wonderful guide and really knows the incredible history of the area. We enjoyed the tour immensely and greatly enjoyed our visit with her.
Francesca was very helpful to us even before we arrived in Venice, through e-mail contact. The day of the tour she was on time and took us around talking to us about the city's most important features. She gave the tour in Greek even though we did not expect it! A nice surprise!
Scott FrenchUnited States
Francesca was extremely pleasant, knowledgeable, and flexible. She put together a spectacular tour. Would highly recommend her. We had 7 people in our group, and all agreed Francesca was fantastic. Helped with tips about where to go in Venice and where to eat as well. Given her archeological background, was able to provide fascinating insights into Venice, the Venetians, culture, history. Well versed in Catholic history and tradition in Venice as well
Stuart WilenskyUnited States
Francesca was a fantastic tour guide, my wife and I spent the day walking Venice with her and enjoyed every minute. She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, friendly, and accommodating. We had a fun day, learned a lot about Venice- she knows all of the best sites, both famous and not, and has endless stories and anecdotes which made the history of venice come alive. We strongly recommend her and will surely hire her again for our next visit to Venice.
Janis WhiteUnited States
Francesca was so knowledgable about Venice and the historic buildings! After St. Mark, she showed us the 'locals' view of Venice and catered it to our interests. She was very patient with our many questions. We were prepared to explore more on our own after this wonderful introductory tour!
Carolyn HopkinsonUnited Kingdom
Francesca definitely deserves a five star rating - she was fab! Witty and entertaining! Lots of interesting tales about characters in Venice's history, unexpected facts about some of the oldest buildings and monuments as well as a few ghosts. Our large family group ranged in age from 18 -80 and a great time was had by all!
Phyllis GardnerUnited States
Francesco was a marvelous tour guide. She has a great depth of knowledge which made the tour interesting and responsive to our questions. She ushered us through the various stops along the way with enthusiasm, keeping us focused on the tour. All 5 of us on this tour would recommend her highly.