Guides like Marco are the reason one hires a local. Marco was more than just a local, he was entrenched in the local culture. He seemed to know everyone and everyone seemed to know him. From getting us a table at a fabulous and fully booked restaurant to showing us the fascinating back streets at each of our stops, this was one of the great tours we have ever taken. In addition, Marco was very understanding and adapted to my wifes mobility issue and adjusted the tour at each stop. Only positive!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Richard Greetings from the rainy Cinque Terre
Jon TarolliUnited States
Marco did a very thorough job showing us everything we wanted to see. He kept us moving but did not rush us and shared his extensive knowledge of local history, including architectural, geographical, and cultural facts that enhanced our experience. Plus, he is cheerful and considerate.
Lorraine ( Lori) GrahamUnited States
Marco was a terrific guide. He met us at our hotel, was on time and his English was excellent. We had time before boarding the ferry so he took us through the interesting local market which was a real treat. We learned of the fresh catch , local favorites and which fruits and vegetables were in season He seemed to speak honestly about the area and locals. We especially enjoyed hearing about the unexpected subjects/tidbits of information he included along with the traditional historic facts. Great day
Rima TerradistaUnited States
Marco was top notch. Very accommodating, pleasant and very knowledgeable. He tailored the trip to suit everyone with us. Some wanted to hike, others wanted to just hang out and swim. Both groups where happy with the arrangement. Not only did Marco know all about the history of the islands but also vegetation. He arranged for a small boat to take us back to the train which was lovely as we got the view of cinque Terre from the water. Without Marco we would not have experienced half of what we did.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rima
Judy SteinUnited States
We had a wonderful day with Marco touring four if the five towns. We absolutely loved our tour!
Gabrielle RobertsUnited States
Marco was the best! We were a group of 4 (2 couples around 30) and Marco did an excellent job making the day exactly what we wanted. Easy to communicate with and once we met up at the train station, he proposed a couple of great options for the day ahead. We were a physically fit group, interested in doing some real hiking. He led us along the blue path, away from the tourist hoards. We saw the villages from great vantage points and had the best seafood lunch! He's so kind and has great info to share! A++
Julie GalbatoUnited States
We enjoyed a beautiful day exploring the terraces and the villages of CT with Marco. We traveled by train, bus, foot and boat between the villages. Marco was very informative about the history and culture of the area as well as the natural habitat. He was very good at navigating the tour away from the crowds. We had a very memorable seafood lunch at a local restaurant that we never would have found with out him. Every where we went the locals greeted him and extended the welcome to us. GREAT DAY!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!! See you in Chicago. All the best nice family
Julie JonesUnited States
Marco is extremely knowledgeable and took us off the beaten path. We were able to truly experience Cinque Terre rather than just see the shops and usual tourist attractions. Marco is fun and personable and truly shared his love for the area. We loved our day with him, and look forward to returning to see our friend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many Thanks Julie!!!
Mary GrilliUnited States
Marco was fabulous! He was sure to point out everything of interest, all while making sure I was safe every step of the way! Marco is extremely knowledgeable in the history of the Cinque Terre and the entire Liguria area. He is a great ambassador for toursByLocals and for the cinque Terre area. My day with Marco was educational, fun, and definitely memorable. I look forward to returning in the near future with my family and will definitely be booking a tour with Marco as my guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!!
Gene R.United States
6 STARS! An awesome day hiking through Cinque Terre with Marco. History, local culture, landscape, pirate stories and name of every plant along the trail - Marco knew it all. Energetic, enthusiastic and with great sense of humor. Marco and the views made it an incredible experience. Grazie mille!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!!!:)
Tour by Marco on 16/08/16 exceeded expectation. Organizing a tour at the start of the hiking holiday was a good move as later walks on my own were informed by Marco's reading of the landscape, botany and people which added immeasurable interest and depth to the experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Stacey!!! You were very nice too and I had a funny day. Please come back to Italy and take care
Lauren AcquavivaUnited States
Marco was an amazing tour guide. Not only did he have an answer to every question we threw his way, but he also altered the tour to meet our needs. We were a Motley Crew travelling with 2 grandparents and a 1 year old, and he was able to do an amazingly thorough tour of the Cinque Terre. Marco was patient with our baby and even offered to carry her in the ergo carrier, she still talks about him and the things he taught her. I would highly recommend a tour with Marco to anyone who asks.
It's the second time I decided for a guided tour by a local. Even if I had positive experience with that last time, I was more than suprised how Marco could impress me and my wife the way he guided us through Cinque Terre and explained us such things you can not read in any books. He was very kind and was open to any of our requests, so that he adapted even the itinerary to our "requirements". It was an unforgettable tour and I can just recommend it to anyone who would like to see the real Cinque Terre.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille :)
Steven FriedUnited States
Exceptional was Marco leading us on a tour of Cinque Terre itself; not the vineyards. Although Marco enjoys leading hikes and trips through the vineyards, he is skilled in leading a tour of the Cinque Terre towns. Marco tailored a tour of Cinque Terre for two slow walking seniors. The tour to the towns was mostly by ferry, but also included use of the train. Marco's choice for lunch was terrific. Travelers would be remiss if they didn't book Marco for any tour in the area. He has great depth of knowledge
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie :)
Marco, gave us a tour with the history of the area and gave us all the local info, (restaurants, trains, wine tasting) we needed to enjoy our stay in the Cinque Terre. We were given many options to make adjustments to our trip with changing weather conditions. Sometimes it can be difficult finding the start of a trail and then when a trail comes to a village, Marco can take you through the best route, giving the history of the village and church's. Marco provided us with excellent service.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many Thanks It was nice to meet you. Take care and come back to Liguria
Randy BassettUnited States
Marco was fantastic. He was so much fun to be with. He shared his knowledge of the region, past to present. He knew all the plants we came across. Showed us many hidden treasures including a delightful restaurant that we would never have stumbled upon. The name of the restaurant is La Posada in Corniglia. The waiter looked just like Brad Pitt. Marco even made sure we got on the last ferry to Monterosso. Bring a camera for some breathtaking views.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!!I will tell Christian he looks like Brad Pitt :) Take care, Hope to meet you again Kind Regards Marco
Sharne WorrallUnited Kingdom
I cannot rate highly enough Marco's tour. He was attentive and full of information. He was able to show us places away from the crowds and was highly knowledgeable. We felt we had made a good friend and were sad to say goodbye. Value for money because of the personal attention. We wanted to take him home with us !!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ahahah. Thank You!!!!
Melissa MurkofskyUnited States
Marco is the best tour guide we have ever had, and we've had a lot of tours. He is exceptional! Would give 5 stars+ if we could! You truly are receiving a tour from a local with Marco, his family has lived in a village there for generations. We were able to see much more than the typical tourist and try amazing local cuisine. Marco really listens to what his clients are interested in and individualizes the tours base on interest. Highly recommend Marco! You would be lucky to have him as a guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: THANK YOU!!!!!
Jon ButcherSharon, ONTARIO, Canada
Marco is amazing! He was born and raised in the Cinque Terre and now lives in La Spezia. He has an excellent knowledge of local botany, geology, history and culture. He is quiet but so personable and genuine. This walk took us over the top of Palmaria Island with an absolutely spectacular lunch stop. You need to be decently fit and a good walker to take on the hills of Cinque Terre - but it is absolutely worth it. Marco's tours were the highlights of our trip to Italy. Highest possible recommendation.
Jon ButcherSharon, ONTARIO, Canada
Marco is amazing! He was born and raised in the Cinque Terre and now lives in La Spezia. He has an excellent knowledge of local botany, geology, history and culture. He is quiet but so personable and genuine. This walk took us along the "red path" which meant some serious vertical climbing - but the views were spectacular and his local knowledge was invaluable compared to the one day we did a walk on our own and realized how much we were missing doing it alone. Highest possible recommendation.
Jon ButcherSharon, ONTARIO, Canada
Marco is amazing! He arranged custom itineraries for us, was flexible in meeting times etc, met us in Vernazza and showed us how to best use the trains and trail systems, and is so personable, knowledgeable and very definitely local (he was born and raised in the Cinque Terre!). The highlight of our trip to Italy. This was our "introductory walk" where I think he was also gauging our fitness and interests etc - the trails go from moderate to hard so it was important for him to know what we could do!
David SteinbergUnited States
Wow!!! What a day. Picked up Marco in La Spezia and away we went. We hiked, took a shuttle, took a train and a ferry, swam, had pastry and espresso, had a GREAT Ligurian lunch and visted all 5 of the CINQUE TERRA villages. Amazing! Marco is nice, friendly and knows everything about this incredible collection of villages. While the natural beauty is over the top, the real story are the people who have created this manmade wonder of terraces and vineyards on sheer cliffs. Don't miss using Marco!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ahahah thank you David!!!!
Elliot RandUnited States
Great tour guide and we had the best time with him ...Don't miss out on him ....
Jeffrey P.Chicago, IL, United States
Marco was a great guide, friendly, informative, and very patient with an elderly group in a difficult landscape. I have no reservations to recommend him to anyone visiting Liguria.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!!!
Warren R.United States
Perfect all-around tour of Cinque Terra! The walk through the vineyards of Volastra with its stunning views was a priceless experience. I've had many tour guides throughout my many years of touring Europe and Marco is one of the best!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Warren!!! I hope to see you again in Liguria. Kind Regards. Marco
Ken GoldmanUnited States
Marco took an absolutely miserable, wet day and made it enjoyable by changing the original itinerary to one that we could do. The museums were very good and Marco's information and knowledge was amazing. He is a lovely person who was able to rearrange our tour on very short notice and we really appreciated that. Thank you Marco for a remarkable afternoon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ken, You are very kind. Come back to visit Liguria and you'll be my guests. Best Regards. Marco
Marjory BasileUnited States
Marco was a first class guide. He was warm, funny, knowledgeable and just a totally delightful person. He was patient with our group of 70 somethings even though it is clear he is a young, vibrant hiker who would probably rather be doing more vigorous activity. We just loved him and would recommend him to anyone. He made our visit to the Cinque Terre a five star event.
Margarita AbayevUnited States
Wow! What a great way to fully experience Cinquee Terre. Marco was super, very knowledgeable, accommodating. We did hiked in am, had great lunch, visited more villages by the train. It was absolutely perfect from beginning to end. Highly recommend to anyone who is active and want to explore the area from top of the hills and bottom of villages. Thank you Marco for unforgettable day
Megan BoitanoUnited States
Spent nearly a full day hiking and enjoying the sights in Cinque Terre. I had wondered if a tour was really necessary and I'm glad I booked it. Instead of just walking around awestruck by the beauty and wondering about various sights, we had a local expert. He knew history, plants, architecture and so much more. It was an amazing day and I know now why this tour is called "Amazing Cinque Terre." This was my first tour by locals experience but it certainly won't be the last.
Linda FucciOPELIKA, AL, United States
I could not say EXCELLENT strong enough. Just loved it! Marco took us out of the main stream, yet into the middle of everything. At lunch we felt like we were "just one of the locals." When we parted we felt we were leaving a friend. Love the Cinque Terre, but Marco made the experience one to be long remembered - and hopefully repeated.
Victoria ArcaraUnited States
The day in Cinque Terre was my favorite. Marco was the perfect guide. He was patient, informative and kind. The hike was strenuous but he paced it so that everyone in our group was able to finish.