David FingererUnited States
Paola was not only very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating but also great with our two twin 8 year old girls. Paola met us at the train station and immediately clicked with my shy kids. We all gained so much from the experience. I highly recommend Paola.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to share my beautiful city with your beautiful family!
Julie RaffkindUnited States
This was my second tour with Paola - that should say it all. Paola is an absolute delight and I highly recommend her!!
Julie RaffkindUnited States
Paola customized her Medici tour towards my interests. She is such a delightful person that it was like I was not only touring with a good friend, but one that was able to bring to light all of the wonderment and beauty of Florence. I have been to Palazzo Vecchio many times, but Paola brought to light many new things and was able to tie my experiences together through her knowledge of art, architecture, history and the character of the city. Plus, I had the best "Peposa" in my life with Paola! Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your lovely review. It was a great pleasure to do such an in-depth, one-on-one tour...and in Italian, as well! Sei bravissima!!!
Steve GustafsonUnited States
We had an an absolutely fantastic tour with Paloa, she has an amazing amount of knowledge and put it across in a way that was easy to understand. We had a terrific day with her. I can't recommend highly enough. 5 stars!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for having selected me as your guide and for your wonderful review, Steve! It was a pleasure sharing my city with you and your lovely family!
Jonathan SeidelAtlanta, GA, United States
We enjoyed our tour with Paola! She is very knowledgeable, warm, and helped our family forge a connection with Florence! We would highly recommend her for a custom tour of Firenze!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jonathan. A big hug for all!! A presto Paola
Shan CyrUnited States
Paola was a perfect guide for our family. She took terrific care of us . Her knowledge of art , history and love of Florence enhanced our tours. Our grandson was delighted with her attention to his interests. She encouraged his interest in the gods and connected the art and history so he remained engaged and enthusiastic. Paola also escorted us to several treasures in Florence we would never have visited such as the Davanzati Palace. Do not think twice hire Paola as your guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! It was a great pleasure for me to work with your family and to link the Florence of your grandson’s imagination to the real city.
Shan CyrUnited States
My husband, grandson and I toured with Paola for 2 days in Nov. 2017. Paola was a wonderful tour guide. Her comprehensive knowledge of beautiful Florence made our visit perfect. Our 12 year old grandson was delighted with her art history tour of the Academia and the Uffizi gallery as well as our walking tour . He was engaged and is still talking about our visit. Paola also arranged a gelato making class which was delightful and delicious! Do not think twice -we felt privileged to have Paola as a guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! It was a pleasure to be your guide and a privilege to be entrusted with such a substantial amount of your time in the city.
Paola was wonderful! Lots of deep expertise on not only the local history, but of the larger historical context related to the rest of Italy. She was outstanding and provided excellent recommendations to come back to later. Five stars!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow!!! Thank you Barbara and Vernon. I enjoyed very much our time together!! Grazie e a presto!! Paola
We had a thoroughly educational & enjoyable morning walking tour of Florence city centre! Paola's knowledge of Florence's history & culture was like stepping back in time with the Medici family & Michaelangelo. We definetly will book Paola for our entire trip next time. Grazie mille Paola!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie a te e a Paul!! I really hope to meet again you very soon!! Arrivederci!! Paola
Alex FeldmanUnited States
Paola is an interesting and knowledgeable person in history of Florence, and she is a great tour guide! In these short 3-4 hours of our walking tour, Paola kept me and my wife with full and undivided attention. You can feel her passion towards Jewish Heritage of this great city, and it radiates into you during the tour. Paola walked us inside this Great Synagogue, its museum, we learned b about Jewish community of Florence. We enjoyed the tour and learned a lot, great thanks, Paola!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I enjoyed very much spending some time with you and your lovely wife. Arrivederci a presto Paola
Lee PattersonUnited States
Paola was extremely personable and above all knowledgeable of the history of Florence. She answered all our questions and instilled in us the desire to learn more. I recommend her without hesitation. She's very, very qualified with a warm and engaging personality.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for you great review!! Thank you also for the suggestion about "Caravaggio's Pitiful relics". I've just ordered it on Amazon and I can't wait to read it!! A presto Paola
John MooreUnited Kingdom
Our afternoon with Paola passed in a flash because we found her walking tour of Florence so absorbing. Although she must have given similar tours on numerous occasions, she expressed an enthusiasm and a passion for the City that was infectious. We were particularly impressed by the way in which she seemed to tailor the tour in accordance with our interests, sharing places with us that we might otherwise have missed. We really couldn't recommend her more highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I thank you so much for your amazing review!! Arrivederci a presto. Paola
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Erik!! Have a safe trip home to Sweden A presto!! Paola
Sarah CunninghamUnited States
I really enjoyed my private tour with Paola. She was very informative and a delight to tour the city with. She had great shopping and restaurant recommendations for me. Thanks Paola.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sarah, thank you so much for your lovely review. I enjoyed very much our strolls together in Florence and I really hope to meet you again. Un caro saluto Paola
Annette DePauliUnited States
Our experience with Paola was wonderful and all we could have asked for. She was so well informed and communicated with us well and fluently. Paola was pleasant and created an exciting and interesting tour through Florence through her love of the city and her wonderful personality. Our time with Paola elevated our appreciation and understanding of the City of Florence and made the city come to life. I highly recommend Paola and her tour of Florence. Thank you again Paola.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Annette your words moved me so much!! The time spent with you and your lovely family was amazing and made me feel as if my job was one of the most beautiful in the world.. Un caro abbraccio Paola
Paola was absolutely incredible! She was incredibly knowledgeable, very responsive and just a lovely person to spend the day with. She tailored our trip specially knowing we had four children and very hot temps - suggesting a gelato tour and the Palazzo Vecchio Medici Mansion tour as a way to break up the walk. They day was perfect - lots of information about the city, the architecture and the incredible history of Firenze! Thank you Paola - would very highly recommend. You would be lucky to get her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your fantastic review, Amanda. I appreciate even more because you took the trouble to send it so immediately after our tour while you're still on vacation. It was a pleasure sharing Florence...and gelato...with Kate, Ellie, William, Emilia and their lovely parents! I'm so happy you enjoyed our time together. Grazie mille!
Mark HessUnited States
Wonderful. Paula was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and delightful. She made the fun and one we will never forget.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely review, Mark. It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you and your family and I really appreciate you sharing the fact that you enjoyed it. I had forgotten to ask you if you would please leave me a review when we parted, so that makes your spontaneous review even more precious. Thank you for entrusting me with your time in Florence and for letting me know that you are happy that you did!
Katrina De ManItaly
Paola belongs in the Uffizi with all the other treasures of Florence. She was beyond competent in her grasp of art/ architecture/Florence history. We spent the day with her as she took half of our group (36 pre-college students from the US) through the Uffizi and then the entire group through the Accademia. She was an amazing resource for us in every aspect-including finding a good lunch-and we were sad to say goodbye at the end of our time together.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Katrina I have no words to thank you for your absolutely extraordinary review, and please accept my apologies for asking you twice: I had not realized you were still in Europe. Your students were polite, brilliant and curious. Had I more clients as you, my job would be much easier and pleasant. I really hope to see again. Thank you so much Paola
Benoit GadboisUnited States
Jonathan S.United States
We took two tours with Paola and we wish we could have taken more and even taken her to the other cities we were visiting on this trip in Italy! She's a fabulous guide. She knows her stuff deeply. But she also knows her clients and is really adept at "reading" their needs and wants. And her recommendations, when we were uncertain how to prioritize things, were superb. We saw some beautiful things and in a very practical way so that it wasn't just being overwhelmed with the other tourists. Terrific!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a delight working with you! Thank you for your beautiful reviews and for being just the kind of clients that keeps me loving my work.
Jonathan S.United States
Paola is one of the best guides we have had anywhere in the world and we've had quite a number of private guides. She has truly in-depth knowledge culturally, artistically, and historically, but she also knows when to go into depth and when to touch more lightly. She really can "read" what her clients want. It was very clear that she planned our tour thoroughly and took the time to address all of our questions. She was totally generous with herself. She is simply outstanding.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jonathan and Miki I've no words to thank you enough for your wonderful review. Thank you so much.... Paola
Michael MitchellUnited States
Paola was exceptional. She took my wife and I on an intellectual adventure helping us understand the forces that shaped the Florentine Renaissance through architecture, sculpture, paintings and the lives of the Medici's. We highly recommend her friendly, passionate and knowledgeable tour of Florence.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! You've added immensely to my enjoyment of our time together with your wonderful review. It's very gratifying for me as a professional to hear that I've achieved my goal so successfully! Thank you for entrusting me with your time in Florence.
Paola took me, my husband and our adult daughter on a two hour "moonlight " tour to introduce us to the main highlights of Florence. We loved this tour in which we heard about religion, politics, music and art while strolling the streets in a cooler part of the day. Paola was very knowledgeable and engaging. We had the bonus of a full moon rising over the Ponte Vecchio as we finished the tpue. Paola made us a dinner reservation at an excellent restaurant to follow our tour. Bravissima!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janet, The great pleasure of showing you and your family my city has just been increased by receiving your wonderful review. Thank you so much for your kind words. There is nothing more gratifying for a guide than to have clients who are truly interested and engaged, such as your family. Thank you for choosing me, for being such terrific clients and for the great review. Buon ritorno a casa! Best regards, Paola
Laura CohenUnited States
We were traveling to Florence with our 9 & 13 year old daughters & wanted to see a different part of this great city, beyond the never-ending museums. We LOVED walking the streets with Paola and can't say enough about the organized stop in the market that the locals use. We tasted some of the freshest produce, but also some meats that we haven't seen at home and the cheese was fantastic. She also brought us to fantastic gelato and had dining suggestions. Do something different! Try this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Laura for your amazing review!! A special kiss to your lovely girls. Paola
Peter MessinaUnited States
Paola was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide. As a resident Florencian she was able to give us great insight to the history of Florence.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to show you around! Thanks for your great review!
Ellen StillUnited States
Paola gave my friends a wonderful introduction to Florence. She also recommended good places to eat. Acommadating when our meal was not yet finished when she came to meet us, she adjusted the tour as my friends needed. Cannot recommend enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Ellen, it was a pleasure for me. A presto!! Paola
Alan BrennerUnited States
Michael BensalUnited States
Just had a wonderful tour of Florence with Paola . A real florentine that loved to show off her city. Having worked as an Italian flight attendant for many years she really understands people as well. Can't say enhough . Anyone wanting a top shelf VIP tour - this is it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm flattered by your fantastic review and glad that you enjoyed the visit me!! Many,many thanks and "a presto". Paola
William RevreUnited States
Paola was great. Very informative, gave the local flavor, took her time, engaging, personable, knowledgeable. Would highly recommend .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your five stars review!!! It was a pleasure meeting you and showing you my city. Enjoy your trip to Australia!!! Many thanks Paola