Sue RankinUnited Kingdom
Excellent tour of Siena, a wonderful city. Stella was interesting, informative and good company. She is extremely knowledgeable about Siena and its history. Stella also gave us some time excellent restaurant recommendations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Sue and Ian, it was a pleasure to walk with you in my town and I am happy that we could enjoy many different districts and finally the State archive. great company and I hope the dentist aldo helped you! enjoy the restaurant, grazie!
Russell DegenzaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Russel! I hope you and your friends have a great memory of Siena and enjoyed the sienese food and wine you can find in our groceries in Siena. have a great 2018! stella
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
John NoerenbergUnited States
Our tour with Stella was excellent! She showed us parts of Siena that only someone who knows the city well could share. We returned to Piazza di Duomo the next day and toured the catherdral and the Santa Maria della Scala. Descending to the lower levels to see the Roman, Etruscan (and older!) artifacts was fascinating. It was all so much more meaningful thanks to information she shared with us.
In two hours it is very difficult to see as much of Siena as one would like but we really enjoyed the tour which was a good introduction has prompted us to plan a return in the not too distant future allowing more time to explore this beautiful city. Thanks to Stella!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Wallace! I am looking forward to meeting you here in siena to visit other areas of my beautiful city! stella
Norman BrooksUnited States
Our family loved our tour of Siena with Stella. She was warm, entertaining and very knowledgeable and obviously had a great love for her city. The day flew by so quickly and Stella brought this fabulous city to life. She was also very caring, kind and flexible. We loved how she went out of her way to arrange a private tour of the synagogue in Siena for us. The experience was very moving. By the end of the day we felt Stella was part of the family. Definitely a five star guide!!!!
Stella was a fountain of knowledge and paces things very well for my parents. A good time was had by all. We would look for Stella again in the future
5/5. Stella was terrific. She was terrific with the kids- we all learned and enjoyed the history and her insights about Sienna. Excellent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you!!!!!! what a splendid family you were! grazie!!!
Mark MarriottUnited Kingdom
Lots of information from a charming and highly knowledgeable guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Mark, It was really a pleasure to spend 2 hours with you, your wife and your cousins, I will try to be less detailed in the future but I always think that "nel più ci sta il meno" as we say in italian that means if you receive more you be able to find the essential...I hope to see you soon in Tuscany again! grazie!
Barbara HornbachUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Stella was very personable and highly knowledgeable about Siena Overall and the sites we visited. Two of the 6 of us had been to Siena previously and we learned things that we had never known. The highlight of the tour was our visit to the State Archives - the wooden book covers dating from the 14C through the 16C were stunningly beautiful and the volumes of books going back to the 13C were fascinating. I would highly recommend the Classic Siena tour & Stella.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Barbara and all my new friends! It was really amazing to share with you my town and its artistic and historic beauty but for sure also a great sense of humor!!!! How was lunch with the dolphins? I am sure you thoroughly loved it! baci next time I will show you other magic places here in Siena and its land. Baci! Stella
Jeff ShoreUnited States
Stella was wonderful. Very friendly, extremely smart, and ready to customize our experience. We felt like locals for a few hours, and we learned far more than we had hoped for.
Catherine Zurncapistrano beach, CA, United States
Stella shared many nuggets of information with us and made it easy for the 10 and 12 year olds to understand the interesting interactions among the Sienese districts. Fun facts! All of us enjoyed her tour. Thank you Stella!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you! it was a pleasure to be with such a spèlendid family, and what a trip to meet me and enjoy Siena!!!! baci hope to see you soon back in Tuscany...
Michael SchiessPawleys Island, SC, United States
Stella did a wonderful job showing us around Siena. We visited many of the towns churches and shrines. She was well prepared and even brought a binder of pictures, so she could explain the importance of a particular painting prior to seeing it in person. Our tour focused on the artwork and architecture of Siena. It was very informative and her passion and enthusiasm for these subjects are contagious. We would enthusiastically recommend Stella.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Michael! It was a great pleasure for me to meet your lovely family and to walk in the city where I was born, I am sure you are now great chefs too! hope to meet you again soon! hugs stella
Jeane FendelUnited States
I would like to first say that Stella was a wonderful guide, fun, easy to interact with and filled with information about Siena. It was enjoyable. However, the tour didn't match up to what I read when signing up for the tour. In reality we had a taste of ONE Brunello and then a couple of tastes of cookies. We stopped at a Salumeria, had a small variety of cold meats and cheese and chianti, while standing in the street, only to find out later it cost me an additional 60 euro.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am a little bit surprised about your review as I think that we had the opportunity to enjoy not only the art beauty of siena, the best highlights of my town but also tastings of wines cheese salumi and cookies that my gourmet tour is focusing on.you were 4 people and paying nothing for 4brunello glass tasting and cookies,later 15 euro per person a glass of chianti wine and three different types of pecorino cheese, capocollo and fennel salami and wildboar ham was a very good price
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals.com has gone over the tour description for this tour and we have advised the guide to update the 'whats included' and 'whats extra' portion of her tour to set proper expectations. If a customer would like more items than included in the tour cost, there will be an additional charge.
Mona Rogers OlsenUnited States
Stella was an unbelievable guide. She was extremely informative about the history of Siena. My family had a lot of fun with Stella. We were also impressed with how well she spoke English. I would recommend Stella to anyone who is thinking about touring Siena. Mona from New York
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Mona!!!! so nice of you! hope to meet you and your beautiful family again soon! a presto!!!!
Lori FindlayUnited States
Our Siena guide was a very helpful & friendly woman. We personally would have preferred much LESS history and MORE information about the sights. She was also a bit repetitive. Overall, a 4 rating I would say.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lori, I was really very pleased to share with you and your mother the city of Siena with its history and tradition, maybe you found it a little bit hard as it is a hilltop town and we have to visit it slowly and following your and your mother rhythm, but I think that in a medieval town history and information are the same thing....
Alexander GrinbergUnited States
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Eric TeutschUnited States
Stella is a true professional. She is warm and supremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history and culture of the cities we visited. We saw the main attractions and also some little things that contributed to our understanding of the history and life of the area. She carries a folder or "picture book" which she used to illustrate and compliment the sites we visited ... Outstanding! As a businessman, I would tell you that she is an enormous asset to your company!
Robby TimberlakeUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Robby!!!!! that is 5 stars, I really appreciate and I hope I will meet you soon in my beautiful Siena and Tuscany! grazie!!!!
Harold MarsUnited States
Stella is such a lovely guide, my kids were kept captivated through the whole tour, we all learnt heaps about Siena that we didn't know and just loved the city. We would have never found out what we did if we'd ventured alone through the city so taking a guide and one that is a local is the way to go Elephants and Castles!! Thanks Stella.
Brian ReganUnited States
Stella was an awesome guide with energy and enthusiasm but also tremendous kindness and patience . As my wife had broken her foot only the day before we needed to proceed carefully and Stella was so considerate and attentive. She is a very special person and her contrada should be very proud.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Brien, you and your family were so interested and it was a pleasure for me to guide you in my home town! hugs stella
Sandra TuckerUnited States
Stella was absolutely fabulous. We enjoyed the tour very much. She was punctual, personable, and very knowledgeable. She is an asset to your agency.
Stella was extremely knowledgeable and was willing to take our wishes into account. She built the tour around what our kids interests were and helped them understand Siena. Highly reccomended.
Alan SilmanUnited Kingdom
We had a wonderful tour from Stella. She was bubbly, funny had excellent knowledge of English and of course her home city of Siena. We were particularly Keen on finding out about the Jewish culture in the city. There was a limited amount to see but she gave us a sufficient flavour. Sadly our party split up at the Domo and we did not have time to say thank you properly for a wonderful 2 hours.
Giancarlo BisoneUnited States
Stella gave us an amazing insight of the Palio tradition while pointing us great highlights of Siena. A MUST do tour.
Tim MeyersUnited States
Stella has a tremendous breadth and depth of Siena from both a historical perspective as well as a current day resident. We have had numerous tours in the past, Stella ranks at the top. She did the impossible with our group of 3 teenagers and 4 adults, she kept everyone's attention throughout the entire tour which she extended to answer all of our questions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie!!!! it was a great experience to meet you in Siena in december and I loved you family and the kids! I hope you keep a passionate memory of my little precious Siena and love to meet you again! Have a great 2014!!!! stella
Abraham BronnerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you very much Mr Bronner! I enjoyed very much to guide you and your family in Siena and hope to see you soon again in Tuscany!!!! a presto stella
Kenneth MillerUnited States
Stella was terrific. Very clear. Dealt with our wants. We were very pleased
Bobbie FreemanUnited Kingdom
Stella was an excellent guide with in depth local knowledge, our visit to Sienna was fantastic
Gaye MackieNew Zealand
Stella gave us a wonderful tour of Sienna. She was full of information and we could ask questions and talk freely with her. She was great fun. We came away with a good understanding of this lovely city.