Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Bari Italy by Tour Guide Alessandro (Guide #8127)


Erin May

United States
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Tour: #130066, Lecce, Otranto and its coast, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 13/18

We highly recommend Alessandro as a tour guide. He is highly knowledgeable about the history and culture of the region and is a fun guy to hang out with for a day. He tailored the tour to my family's interests. The 8 hour tour of Otranto and Lecce was a great way to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time and get the flavor of Apulia. The highlight of the tour for my family was the olive oil and cheese tasting at a local farm (was also a nice lunch). See Apulia with a local!

Erica Cervantes

United States
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Tour: #122487, Bari and its art, history and flavors, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 30/18

The tour was perfect!!! we were all super happy with our experience in Bari. We saw the important things in the city then went wine tasting which was perfect we were able to experience the city and then went for some shopping. He was excellent. 10 starts

Jennifer Erdmanis

Australia
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Tour: #122298, Gallipoli, Galatina, Nardò, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 25/18

Alessandro was a wonderful guide, punctual, friendly, and informative. We had planned our day from Lecce long before the tour, but Alessandro made sure that we were on the same page before we started. The area around Lecce is scenically very beautiful, and historically and architecturally very interesting, and Alessandro realising our interest in the area shared his good local knowledge and stories with us greatly increasing our pleasure of the day. Thank you very much for a wonderful day.

Tom Cantwell

United States
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Tour: #103764, Alberobello, Locorotondo and Ostuni, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 30/18

Our tour and guide were FABULOUS. Alberobello, Locorotondo and Ostuni are great places to visit from the cruise port if Brindisi. We really enjoyed a wine tasting and lunch at Sirose winery in Locorotondo. Our guide/driver for the day was wonderful and very knowledgeable about all three cities.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tom, we have spent such a nice day all together. You have to come more often to visit Puglia :-)

Betty Staniulis

United States
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Tour: #189679, Stunning beauty in Otranto and its coast, Otranto, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 29/18

Fantastic is the description of our tour guide. His knowledge is unbelievable. I had a question specific to a very small number of people and he knew that, too. He was prompt, curtious and talked about what we asked about. We will recommend him to our friends and use him every time we are in the area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Betty, thanks a lot for your nice feedback. It's been a pleasure to speak with you and your travel companion. I hope to meet you again in the next future.

Jackie Wright

Australia
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Tour: #172947, Valle d'Itria for foodies, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 24/18

We had a wonderful day yesterday touring the countryside and discovering some of the great produce of the region. A special thank you needs to go to the boys making the cheese at Noci and Mark Shannon for his time during the wine tasting session( we look forward to seeking out his wines on our return to Australia). Thank you Alessandro for spending so much time with us and answering our millions of questions about the region. A great way to see the region! thank you Jackie And Egidio.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jackie and Egidio, i'm very happy to reply all questions and it's been a pleasure to spend a cultural and tasty day with you. A big hug from Puglia

Anne-marie Spagnolo

Australia
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Tour: #143591, Matera: Unesco site, stunning Crypt in the countryside and wine tasting, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: May 6/18

Exceptional service from a very knowledgeable and simpatico guide. Do not hesitate to book Alessandro for your tour. You will not regret it.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are so nice. I really enjoied the day spent with you in Matera and surroundings.

Carl Gerson

United States
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Tour: #103769, Martina Franca, Noci, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 18/18

Alessandro is very knowledgeable and passionate about Puglia. The full day tour was a fantastic way to gain an introduction to this wonderful area of Italy. Highly recommended!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Carl, it has been a pleasure to spend a day with you and your wonderful family. I wish you the best and I hope to meet you again in the next future: there is still lots of beautiful places to visit and food to taste.

Lori Moore

Canada
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Tour: #129708, Matera and Alberobello shore excursion, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 3/18

Great all-day tour! Alessandro was very prompt and knowledgeable. Enjoyed by all!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lori, also for me it's has been a pleasure to spend a day togeteher. Please give me greetings to your cruise companions. I hope to meet you in the next future to show you some other destination of this wonderful, authentic, tasty region.

Ruby Tan

Australia
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Tour: #103769, Martina Franca, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 9/18

What a wonderful day we had with Alessandro. His knowledge of the region, and it's food is impeccable. We especially enjoyed the tour of the cheese factory with cheese taking, and the tour and tasting of the olive oil factory. Alessandro increased our understanding and appreciation immensely. He was very considerate to deliver us to our next accommodation and attentive that we were safely there before he left us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ruby, thanks for you feedback and nice rating. I'm glad you enjoied the tour and my services. I hope to meet you again in Puglia or ... in Australia.

Michael O.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #74675, Wonderful baroque Lecce, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 31/17

A very enjoyable and informative tour around the historic centre of Lecce. Alessandro has a great knowledge of local history and culture that really helped us appreciate the city, plus his wry take on modern Italian life was a wonderful way for visitors to understand more about what it's like to live there today. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Micheal, thanks a lot for you feedback and rating. I'm happy you enjoied the tour of the Lecce. It's a been a pleasure for me to be your guide.

Elise Dorame-Martinez

United States
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Tour: #172947, Valle d'Itria for foodies, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 22/17

It was a customized, wonderful experience! He takes you to the BEST sandwhich shop in the world. Every spot he took us to were small and where only locals would know aboutz. Alessandro is full of knowledge of the area since he is a local. If you want the best food experience in Puglia, look no further!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elise, it's been a pleasure to spend a day with you and your mother: you're such an interesting, nice and well travelled peoples. I'm glad you enjoied this foodie tour. Good luck with your life.

Ronald Olsen

Danbury, CONNECTICUT, United States
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Tour: #122298, Gallipoli, Galatina, Ugento, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 20/17

Our 5th & last day with Alessandro was extremely cold and windy, curtailing extended walks along the coast in Gallipoli, but we toured inside the town and met a charming French shopkeeper as well as friendly fish mongers. Through a prior connection, we were able to have a private tour of the fabulous Castello di Ugento, which opens to the public in May 2018. We fit in another charming village and monastery before retracing our steps toward Lecce. Alessandro was the perfect guide for us on all 5 days.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron and Wilma, It's been a pleasure to spend some days with you. You are such a nice couple of well travelled, easy going, interesting persons. I'm happy you enjoied the tour despite of the weather. I hope to meet you again in the next future.

Ronald Olsen

Danbury, CONNECTICUT, United States
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Tour: #130066, Lecce, Otranto and its coast, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 19/17

Our 4th day with Alessandro began in Lecce and wrapped around the Adriatic coastal region. It included a lot of driving, seeing ancient churches of importance, coastal walks and lunch near Castro, where we discovered delicious Gallipoli shrimp from the Ionian coast. Most valuable this day was having Alessandro share his immense knowledge of the history and culture of Puglia, including the impact of WWII on the region. We returned to Lecce for an informative tour of the old city and meeting local artisans.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron and Wilda, this tour is another wonderful one with the baroque architecture of Lecce, the mosaics of Otranto, the breathtaking views of the Adriatic coast. I'm glad you enjoed it.

Ronald Olsen

Danbury, CONNECTICUT, United States
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Tour: #143591, Matera: Unesco site, stunning frescoes and astonishing views, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 18/17

Wow! Alessandro's tour of Matera is compelling. We were facing unseasonably cold winds and he kindly offered to take us to a clothing store to buy extra layers and gloves to allow us to be outdoors longer. His in depth explanations of the history of the cave dwellings, coupled with touring a cave museum and nearby cave church were eye opening. This is a do not miss part of the Puglia experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron and Wilda, that's right: Matera is a must to see as it's unique and magic ... even with that cold wind (by the way in these days there are about 10-17 degrees C thus 50-62 F) .

Ronald Olsen

Danbury, CONNECTICUT, United States
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Tour: #74761, Brindisi, Polignano, Monopoli, Ostuni and millennium old olive grove, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 17/17

Our first foray out of Brindisi was to a millennial olive tree grove where we thought of those farmers of 1,000 years ago. Soon we were in Ostuni where we discovered Babbo Natale, an annual Father Christmas bicycle ride just forming in the town square, with a hundred costumed Santas, all smiling and waving. Today's adventures included touring an olive oil mill and tasting. Alessandro provided insight into art and church history via the ancient frescos in each town. His knowledge base is quite impressive.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron and Wilda, i'm glad you enjoied the tour ... and the parare of bikers dressed like Santa Calus was so funny :-)

Ronald Olsen

Danbury, CONNECTICUT, United States
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Tour: #103769, Martina Franca, Noci, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 16/17

Our first day with Alessandro was delightful. After touring a museum in Martina Franca, we witnessing cheese-making and enjoyed a tasting, then on to Noci where we were treated to a wine tasting with Elvie from Amano Vineyards. Next on to visit the jovial & creative panini chef Mr. Marino. Dusk found us in the amazing Alberobello, all lighted for Christmas. This day was quite an introduction to Puglia. We were very happy to have Alessandro's expertise to help us discover people and places and history.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron and Wilda, I agree with you: this tour is really delightful: the right mix of art, history, culture and culinary experiences.

Maria Attard

Malta
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Tour: #122487, Bari and its art, history and flavors, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 10/17

Alessandro took us to visit St Nicholas sanctuary and explained its history and religious significance. Then we passed by the Norman-Swabian Castle and Alessandro explained both architecture and history. Near the castle we took a mouth-watering ice-cream before commuting to the narrow streets of old Bari where women work pasta by hand. We had a chance to purchase some orecchiette. We really liked Bari and Alessando.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I really liked you and you and Manuel: you're such a nice persons. I hope to meet you again in the next future together with your wonderful family.

Maria Attard

Malta
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Tour: #103769, Martina Franca, Noci, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 9/17

This tour was the second we had with Alessandro. He had left such a good impression on the first tour (a day before). He took us to the best views always explaining history and local custom. We saw the trulli at Alberobello and at Noci he took to the best paninoteca in Italy where Marino stuffs layers of tasty ingredients inside his panini and though the taste is heavenly the ingredients are balanced with healthy veggies. We highly recommend Alessandro.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Me too, I really like this tour: it's a nice mix of culture, history and unique food experiences. I've spent such a nice days with you.

Maria Attard

Malta
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Tour: #143591, Matera: Unesco site, stunning Crypt in the countryside and wine tasting, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 8/17

We loved being with Alessandro. He is sweet, polite and very knowledgeable. He took us to the best spots to see things. Alone we would not have found such spots. He took us to the most historically important sites and also showed us local characteristics and the best places to eat according to one's choice of spending. He is also an expert in the Puglia cuisine. I would certainly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maria, thanks a lot for your nice feedback and rating. Thanks to underline the benefits of a tour guide: to optimize the tour with the best spots, to personalize it and to give information about history, culture, food, etc. On the other hand, when the traveller are so nice like you it's easy to pleasant to work with.

Eitan Plasse

United States
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Tour: #98760, Wine tour around Bari, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Nov 28/17

Alessandro was extremely knowledgeable of everything in Bari and was a pleasure to have as our guide. I would certainly recommend him to others.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eitan, it's been a pleasure to spend a few hours with you. There is still lots of place to visit in Puglia ... thus I'll be waiting for you for another wine and cultural tour.

Charles Cregeur

United States
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Tour: #102166, Matera: the magic town of stone, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 29/17

This was our second time with Alessandro. He was extremely attentive to our children, their safety a priority to him. He was flexible in his presentation and met us st the agreed time and place. His knowledge of the area was quite impressive and he discussed topics important to us. After this tour completed, he gave suggestions for further area sights to see after our tour with him. He also gave good restaurant recommendations. Our group of 8 travelers highly recommends Alessandro.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your nice ratings. Mee to I really enjoy the days spent with you. I big hug to you and your beautiful children.

Charles Cregeur

United States
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Tour: #74751, Alberobello (Unesco trulli) and Locorotondo (the round town), Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 28/17

Alessandro is very knowledgeable about the area and gave a very insightful and thoughtful tour. He met us at the agreed time and place. We were traveling with a 3 year old and a 1 year old. He was extremely helpful and good with the children. Their safety was clearly a priority to him and we very much appreciate that. Our group of 8 adults on this tour highly recommend Alessandro.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Charles and Rebecca, I'm happy you manage to enjoy the tour and to shot some picture. Me too I'm a traveller and a father and I know what means travelling with 2 small children :-) By the way, they are so cute. A big hug to you and your wonderful family.

Rosalie Boscaro

Australia
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Tour: #74751, Alberobello (Unesco trulli) and Locorotondo (the round town), Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 20/17

Alessandro was a great tour guide He was able to do the tour for us at short notice. He picked us up and drop us off at our hotel. His knowledge gave us a great insight to the people, town and it's history. We were able to interact with the shop and home owners which also good to learn more about the town. I would recommend Alessandro to anyone wanting to do a tour of the Bari region

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm happy you enjoied the tour and to interact with local people: you such a friendly and easy going persons. A big hug from Puglia.

James Lang

United States
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Tour: #74675, Wonderful baroque Lecce, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 19/17

Allesandro is a wonderful guide. The tour was four hours and he showed us much of the key sites of Lecce. We liked him very much, his english is very good with a charming accent. We recommend him highly. The Faggiano House tour was a surprize bonus and showed the layers of history of Lecce. Allesandro was very accomodating, we wished we had asked him for a mid tour sit down cafe.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoied the tour and the unique Faggiano Museum. I hope to meet you in the future to show some other stunning city and to ejnoy a coffee or a glass of wine at a bar with calm.

Susan Washington

United States
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Tour: #102166, Matera: the magic town of stone, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 6/17

We booked the tour on very short notice--less than two hours--and Alessandro reorganized his schedule to accommodate us. He was knowledgeable about all aspects of the city, from the history of the town to the cave churches to the sassi homes to the requirements for how to make Matera-designated bread. We spent more than four hours walking around the magnificent city with him, and we felt like we got a thorough overview of Matera. Highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, it's has been a pleasure to spend an half day with you to show the stunning beauty of Matera. I'm happy you enjoied the tour.

Mary S Stone

United States
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Tour: #143591, Matera: Unesco site, stunning Crypt in the countryside and wine tasting, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 27/17

Alessandro was very engaging and passionate about the culture and history of Matera. He went out of his way to show us the best, most complete culture of the area. This included a bakery making local Matera style bread. The Crypt of Original Sin was very religiously uplifting. It was awe inspiring. The caves and houses built into the rocks were interesting and unique. We hope that government helps to restore remaining caves so collapsing does not continue

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mayr, I'm glad you appreciate this private tour to discover the authentic Matera with its art and flavors. I agree with you: the crypt and Matera are really awe inspiring.

Anthony Pepe

United States
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Tour: #74675, Wonderful baroque Lecce, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 23/17

Took a 4-hr walking tour with Alessandro on 9/23. Alessandro was very personable, had extensive knowledge of Lecce & seemed like he really enjoyed talking about "The Florence of The south". He actually provided use with a somewhat extended 4-hr tour. He was a pleasure to be with and would easily recommend him to others.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anthony, thanks a lot for your rating. You're right: I really like my job and to guide travellers to discover Lecce and Puglia region. I'm very lucky to live here.

Elizabeth Anderson

United States
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Tour: #130066, Lecce, Otranto and its coast, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 22/17

Excellent

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your feedback and rating. A big hug to you and all the party.

Elizabeth Anderson

United States
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Tour: #143591, Matera: Unesco site, stunning Crypt in the countryside and bakery, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 21/17

Excellent over all-scholarship, organization, sensitive to interest of our small group and helpful with wine selections, missing luggage, and Restraunts

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you appreciate my way of being and working. It's been easy with such a well traveller people like you.

Elizabeth Anderson

United States
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Tour: #122447, Taranto, Taranto, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 19/17

Alessandro guides his group with scholarship, humor, and sensitivity to the interest of each person in the group. A delightful person and tour leader. In addition to his tour duties, he help us find superb food, missing luggage, and wine. Delightful experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elisabeth, thanks a lot for you nice feedback. I really enjoied the days spent with you. I hope to meet you again in the next future to show some more places in Puglia.

Deanna Salse

United States
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Tour: #123379, Bari, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Locorotondo or Noci, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 18/17

We were a group of 4 people. 2 adult couples. Alessandro was a wonderful guide, and was able to give us all the history and information of the area. It was so great to have a private car and guide. We saw all the places we wanted to and more. If we saw something of interest he would stop for us. He took us to a place for lunch that we really enjoyed. We were picked up and dropped off at our AirBnB. Worked out perfectly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you appreciate my way to customize the tours and the informal lunch. I hope to see again in the future. Thanks a lot.

Kate G.

United States
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Tour: #165421, Salento for foodies, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 15/17

Wonderful excursion, Alessandro was an interactive, engaging guide. Cheese, olive-oil and wine tastings & more. 4 stars because we were very disappointed to learn during the tasting that the winery chosen for us, Apollonio (http://www.apolloniovini.it/e) wasn't licensed to ship wines to the US. Everything else about the tour was top-notch. However, great wines are everywhere in Italy & we'd have preferred visiting a winery w/ export permits to the US. Having had wine shipped before, we know they exist.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kate, I'm glad you appreciate my way of working, the tour and the food experiences. Honestly i din't know you were interested in buying some wines from the winery. Consider also that: - I know the city where you live only when I meet you; - for me it's difficult to know the distribution of each winery as it's quite complex and changes during the year; - usually, it's possible to ship direclty the wine purchased in Italy as a private consumer. If you like we can do whenever your like.

Karen Carey

United States
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Tour: #129708, Matera and Alberobello, Taranto, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 13/17

Alessandro is an excellent, well informed, fantastic guide. We had a wonderful day. We most loved the caves of Matera, the Pannini lunch with Marino and Anna, the Tulli houses of Alberodello and the wine tour and Tasting at Amastuola. What a great day! Thank you Alessandro!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Karen and Tom, thanks for your feedback. Me too I enjoied the tour: the right mix of foodie experiences, art and history.

Helen Zlotnik

United States
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Tour: #130066, Lecce and Ostuni and/or Brindisi, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 8/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's been a pleasure to meet your group. You're so nice and I really enjoied the days spent together.

Helen Zlotnik

United States
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Tour: Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Noci, Alberobello, Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Bari, Apulia, Italy
Date: Sep 7/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot. I hope to meet you again in the next future to show you some other interesting places in this region.

Helen Zlotnik

United States
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Tour: #143591, Matera: Unesco site, wonderfull Crypt in the countryside and winery, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 6/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for you feedback. A big hug to all the party.

Helen Zlotnik

United States
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Tour: #122585, Molfetta, Trani and Castel del Monte., Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 5/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Helen, I'm glad you enjoied this tour as well as the other ones.

Helen Zlotnik

United States
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Tour: #122487, Bari and/or Conversano, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 4/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks a lot for your nice feedback. It's been a pleasure. Me too I wish you and yoru family the best. I hope to see you again in Puglia.

Ibeth Navarro

United States
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Tour: #103769, Tasty and artistic Martina Franca, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 2/17

Alessandro provided an informative, yet leisurely tour that catered to a varied audience (children, teenagers, adults, and seniors). He showed us the beautiful baroque palaces and churches of Martina Franca, guided us through the charming city center and shared tidbits of history and anecdotes that gave us a deeper understanding of the area. We also visited a delicatessen where we were able to watch the cheesemaking process taste several local specialties—everything was delicious! A very worthwhile tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you ejnoied the tour and the food. I wait for you for another tasty and artistic itinerary.

Greg Brown

United States
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Tour: #124081, Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Grotte di Castellana, Monopoli, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 28/17

Alessandro was an excellent guide, we could not have been happier. We did a modified Alberobello-Monopoli-Polignano a Mare half day excursion, which was great. He was very flexible on setting up the itinerary and timing, incredibly knowledgeable, and is very good at sharing what is so special about this unique corner of Italy. We could not recommend Alessandro more highly!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Greg for your nice feedback. I hope to share again with you some more stunning places in Puglia.

Rhonda Byer

United States
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Tour: #103764, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Cisternino and Ostuni, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 27/17

We had a great day!! I would hire Alessandro again!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot. I do a virtual toasting with you: me with wine you with wiskey ! :-)

Janine Payne

Australia
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Tour: #122298, Gallipoli, Galatina, Nardò, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 20/17

Thank you Alessandro for an informative and entertaining day. We enjoyed all the activities you had for us and your patience and friendly manner was much appreciated. You remained professional and considerate for the whole long, hot day. We saw more and learned more in one day with you than we would have in a week on our own! Best wishes for the future, Janine and Stuart

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janine and Stuart, it's been a pleasure to share with you some of the most interesting places along the Ionian coast of Puglia. I hope you enjoied also the extra virgin olive tasting.

David DeKok

United States
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Tour: #143591, Matera: Unesco site, stunning Crypt in the countryside and wine tasting, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 9/17

Alessandro was a wonderful guide, always telling little anecdotes about Matera and even pointing out wild thyme, sage, arugula, and capers! His knowledge of the ancient city is boundless, and extends even to the various Hollywood movies filmed there. His English is excellent, and he'll walk you to death!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David and Lisa, it's been a pleasure to spend a day with you in Matera and I'm glad you enjoied Matera (even if was quite hot) with its history, architecture, movies and aromas.

Elaine Litman

United Kingdom
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Tour: #165421, Salento for foodies, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 8/17

Our guide Alessandro was fantastic. He is most knowledgeable and gave us an amazing tour. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he took us to all the right places that we asked him and we would highly recommend him to anyone wishing an exciting day out. He also took us for a most unusual lunch which was enjoyed by us all. The wine tastings were different and excellent but my highlight of the day was tasting olive oil and cheese accompanied by a delicious glass of wine which complimented the cheese.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elaine, mee too I enjoed a lot the day spent together. I think you taste some of the most interesting wine, evo and cheeses of this region. The fish cold cuts are really unique and I'm glad you liked. A big hug to all of you. London is not so far thus I wait for you for some other tasty culinary experiences.

Mary Stosic

United States
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Tour: #165421, Wine and nature, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 2/17

We took a wonderful half day tour with Alessandro in August. He worked with us to create a tour itinerary that fit us. We were able to enjoy the breathtaking views along the coast, visit a local cheese maker, and end with a private winery tour and tasting. It was a fantastic day, and Alessandro was a personable, knowledgeable, considerate tour guide. We highly recommend him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoied the tour. It's been easy to work with you as you know what you like thus I managed to customize the tour on your needs. I wait for you for another tour focused on nature and culinary experiences.

Rouella Mannino

Italy
Rating

Tour: #124081, Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Grotte di Castellana, Monopoli, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 21/17

Our family really enjoyed our tour of Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello and Grotto de Castellano with Alessandro. I think he showed us sights that we would not have normally seen on our own and he shared some interesting information and insights about the area. The place he suggested for lunch (Pescaria in Polignano a Mare) was fantastic as well as his other recommendations in Monopoli. Thank you, Alessandro!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rouella, thanks to your for your kind rating and feeback. I'm glad you enjoed the tour and the culinary experience: their gourmet fish sandwich are so tasty and unique. I hope to meet you again in the next future to show some other place in this wonderfull region.

Terry Paterson

United Kingdom
Rating

Tour: #74675, Wonderful baroque Lecce, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 19/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks a lot for your nice feedback. I'm glad you enjoied the tour. Please say hallo by me to your travel companions.

Yuh Sutherland

Australia
Rating

Tour: #102166, Matera: the magic town of stone, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 16/17

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.

Gustavo Figueroa Matheu

United States
Rating

Tour: #189679, Stunning beauty and amazing flavors around Otranto, Otranto, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 12/17

Great tour!! beautiful Salento!! Alessandro is a great guide, very attentive and with good knowledge, the only problem was some bad timing visiting the churches, since they were having some special event or they were about to close. (churches are closed in Italy from 12:00M to 3:00PM).

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gustavo, thanks for your feedback. it's a shame for the church we didn't managed to visit in the morning as there was un unpredictable shooting of some journalist (I checked on the website of the church but there wasn't any alert about events going on for that day). We could have visited it in the afternoon but you preferred to come back at home. Anyway, I'm happy you enjoy the other part of the tour with Otranto, its cathedral with the stunning mosaic, the breathtaking view of the coast, etc.

Danielle Spano

United States
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Tour: #74761, Brindisi, Ostuni and Torre Guaceto natural park, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 10/17

My family and I had a WONDERFUL day with Alessandro! We felt like we were traveling with our long lost cousin. He customized the tour exactly how we wanted and we had a fantastic time. I definitely recommend doing some sort of food tasting--that was one of the best meals we had on our entire trip. If I could give more stars I would :)

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Danielle, me too I enjoied a lot the day. It's so easy to work with you: you are such a well traveller people and you know what you like. A big hug to all your wonderful family from your long lost cousin :-)

Simon Becker

United States
Rating

Tour: #132829, Lecce and Alberobello shore excursion, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 3/17

excellent tour, very knowledgeable guide

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks a lot. I really appreciate.

Valerie S.

Pompano Beach, 33062, United States
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Tour: #152100, Francavilla Fontana and Primitivo di manduria, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 1/17

This was the last of 3 wonderful days with Alessandro. He arranged my train ticket from Lecce to Brindisi and picked me up at the train station that morning for our tour. Later he dropped me off at Brindisi airport to catch my flight later that evening. Very professional, friendly, & knowledgeable guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks a lot for your nice rating and words. I hope to guide you again in the next future. A big hug from Puglia.

Valerie S.

Pompano Beach, 33062, United States
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Tour: #122298, Gallipoli, Galatina, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 30/17

Two beauties. Only had time to do a 1/2 day tour and wished we could have had the whole day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Valerie, I'm happy you enjoied the tour. It's quite common that during the travel there is something missing: it's impossible to visit everything. It means you have to come back to Puglia soon :-)

Valerie S.

Pompano Beach, 33062, United States
Rating

Tour: #189679, Stunning beauty of Otranto and its coasts, Otranto, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 29/17

I had the pleasure of spending 3 full days with Alessandro this past summer on my trip to Puglia. He was very friendly knowledgeable and professional during our day trips from Lecce. I wish I would have used him in Matera and when I went to Alberobello. I highly recommend him and you will not be disappointed if you book him to be your guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Valerie, also for me it's been a pleasure to spend some days with you. I' really enjoied that time. You're such an enthusiast, well travelled and interesting person.

Raymon Riordan

United States
Rating

Tour: #132829, Lecce and Alberobello shore excursion, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 21/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Raymond, honestly i'm a bit disappointed and surprised about your feedback as you were satisfied at the end of the tour (honestly you gave me also a good tip) but after exactly one year of the tour, you have rated me with such a bad rating without any comment. Are you sure that you're not confusing me with another guide / tour ?

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 why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our guides’ normal high standards.

Nicole Ragy

Switzerland
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Tour: #124081, Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Grotte di Castellana, Monopoli, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 19/17

We had a very enjoyable tour with Alessandro during our trip to Puglia in June. Alessandro was very pleasant and knowledgeable. A great source of cultural and historical information. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your nice rating and feedback. I hope to meet you and your family again in the next future: there are such a wonderfull places to visit in Puglia.

Samuel Ngan

Australia
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Tour: #206189, Matera and Altamura, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 18/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Samuel, I'm glad you enjoied this tasty and cultural tour discovering the bread, the history and the unique architecture of this area.

Allan Shanberg

Laguna Beach, CA., United States
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Tour: #130066, Lecce and Ostuni, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 16/17

Allessandro is a winner. His knowledge of the area is phenomenal and he communicates it very easily. We enjoyed the day immensely with him and I would suggest him highly to anyone who would want a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Allan, thanks a lot for your nice feedback. Me too I enjoied a lot the day spent with you and your friends. I hope to meet you in the next future.

Robert Flynn

United States
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Tour: #122298, Gallipoli, Galatina, Nardò, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 4/17

Alessandro did a great job covering a lot of ground in a short period. We enjoyed his explanations for the history and points of interests in the three cities we visited.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert, I'm glad you enjoied the tour even if in an half day we visited 3 different places.

Brad C.

United States
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Tour: #103764, Alberobello, Ostuni, Brindisi, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 1/17

Alessandro did a great job showing us around the Puglia region of Italy. He took us to some beautiful villages and gave us just the right amount of information but also gave us some time to ourselves. He even pre-purchased some local Primitivo wines for us (requested in advance) and took us to a local olive oil store. He picked us up and dropped us off right at our ship. He was a few minutes late arriving but he added extra time to the end. I would use him again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brad, it's been a pleasure to sepnd a few hours with you. Even if we haven't had the time to visit a winery, you have been able to enjoy one of the most representative wine in this region: the Primitivo di Manduria. I'm glad you enjoied the tour and I hope also the wine.

Janet Downey

United States
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Tour: #189679, Lecce, otranto and its coast, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 23/17

Alessandro paced my tours according to my interests . He is personable and very knowledgeable regarding all subject matter, history and special places too see! He is a good communicator and made me feel comfortable ! I was traveling Solo for 3 days . He is well respected by his peers and local merchants/friends . I would highly recommend him!!! Professional with a great sense of humor too!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janet, I really enjoy the days spent together: lots of fun. I hope to meet you in the next future.

Janet Downey

United States
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Tour: #103764, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Martina and Ostuni, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 22/17

Alessandro paced my tour according to my interests! He highlighted the historical features of our visiting locations, additionally gave me in depth knowledge about the food,wine and culture. ( He is a Sommelier) Our tours were magical ! Our weather perfect, paced perfectly and fun! I was a Solo traveler and felt very comfortable!! I would highly recommend Alessandro to others! Great recommendations for restaurants and shopping too! What every visitor wants!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your nice words and feedback. Also for me you're the traveller I would like to meet every day. I do a virtual toasting with you :-)

Janet Downey

United States
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Tour: #129708, Bari, Matera and Alberobello, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 21/17

I enlisted Alessandro for 3 days of touring/guide. I am a solo traveler. I can't tell you how relieved I was the first day. Alessandro was prompt to pick me up at the Palazzo in Bari. He made me feel comfortable immediately! We had an in depth tour of Matera and all locations! He has pride and love for his region and it reflected in his tours! I felt very fortunate to have Alessandro as a guide ! Thank you!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm so happy yu enjoied the place we visited, my way of working and being: you're such a well traveller woman that's so difficult to find something unique to show. I love my region and my job ... but sometimes (i.e. thanks to you) I enjoy more than usual: I've been so fortunate to meet you. A big hug from Puglia.

Matt Maggio

United States
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Tour: #103769, Alberobello, Locorotondo or Martina Franca, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 19/17

Allessandro was a great guide. His English skills we great, we had no trouble understanding of communicating. His knowledge of both the history and culture of this area were fantastic. He was able to explain many cultural things that we did not understand. He showed us a number of food traditions of the area. He took us to some out of the way places that we never would have found. He was a pleasant person to spend the day with. Money well spent.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Matt, it has been a pleasure to spend a couple of days with such a nice couple like yours. I hope to meet you in the next future.

Matt Maggio

United States
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Tour: #130066, Lecce and Ostuni, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 18/17

Allessandro was a great guide. His English skills we great, we had no trouble understanding of communicating. His knowledge of both the history and culture of this area were fantastic. He was able to explain many cultural things that we did not understand. He showed us a number of food traditions of the area. He took us to some out of the way places that we never would have found. He was a pleasant person to spend the day with. Money well spent.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Matt, it's been a pleasure to share with such a well travelled couple our culture, history, food, traditions, landscapes, off the beaten path places and anecdotes. Mee too I enjoied the time spent together. A big hug from sunny Puglia.

Laurel Black

Australia
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Tour: Bike tour along the Appian Way, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy
Date: May 15/17

This was a fabulous experience. Riding through the olive groves was truly wonderful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm happy your enjoied the bike tour in the natural park of the coastal dunes. the coast and the millennium old olive groves are really wonderfull.

Laurel Black

Australia
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Tour: #189679, Lecce and Otranto, Otranto, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 14/17

Our guide was competent. We had a comfortable car, a good driver and there were no problems.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoied the tour. I hope to meet you in the next future.

Laurel Black

Australia
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Tour: Oria, Mesagne and Brindisi, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Date: May 13/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks a lot for your rating.

Manuel Bauer

Germany
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Tour: #129949, Lecce and Brindisi and Gallipoli, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 7/17

It was a pleasure to have worked with Alessandro. He not only showed us around in Lecce and Otranto, but also brought us to the restaurant where he celebrated his wedding. What a nice and gorgeous place! And the food! Really outstanding. We can highly recommend him for tours.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Manuel, thanks a lot for your feedback. It's been a pleasure to spend the day with you to show you my preferred places in Puglia. I hope to meet you again in the next future.

Lawrence Holbrook

United States
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Tour: #130066, Lecce, Otranto and its coast, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 5/17

Alessandro is one of the best guides we have ever had. He is everything a guide should be and more. Not only does he do what he is supposed to do, but he goes the extra mile. He is friendly, knowledgeable, interesting, has great command of the English language, punctual, a great driver. His knowledge of Puglia is amazing. You will be very happy with him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks a lot for your nice words: it's so kind of you. I really enjoy the days spent with you: it's a shame the time flew away.

Lawrence Holbrook

United States
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Tour: #143591, Matera: Unesco site, wonderfull Crypt in the countryside and winery, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: May 4/17

Alessandro is the ultimate guide. Having grown up in Puglia, he knows the area like the back of his hand. He is very knowledgeable, articulate, easy to understand, a safe driver, and an overall good person, who is on time Aside from seeing the stunning sassi in Matera, we had an unforgettable moment of listening to a 70+ aged gentleman play the piano as we engaged in our wine tasting. You felt like you were getting a peek into life in Italy that tourists don't always see and experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Larry, me too I really enjoy that day and the visit of Ciccio's father to the wine shop was the perfect end for that day. He too was so happy and proud to play for you. I've meet him recently and he asked about you.

Lawrence Holbrook

United States
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Tour: #103769, Martina Franca, Noci, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 3/17

Alessandro is the perfect guide. He is on time, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, has great command of the English language. In addition to going to going to all the places as stated in the write-up, he taught us how to correctly taste olive oil, took us to a person who specializes in the craft of making unique paninis with local ingredients, who has been written up and won many awards. He also had us go into a house of a local who grew up in a trulli house. Perfect tour!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I was pretty sure you liked those people (Marino, Maria, Tommaso) who makes Puglia such a welcoming and authentic region: you're such a nice people. We have spent such a wonderfull days together. A big hug from Puglia.

John Sadler

United States
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Tour: #74675, Wonderful baroque Lecce, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 29/17

This is to highly recommend Alessandro who gave us a wonderful tour in Lecce last April, 2017. He is very knowledgeable, communicates well and is very engaging. He listened and responded appropriately to our questions and added additional information with a very lovely sense of being a warm Italian gentleman at heart. He had accommodated our request to conduct the tour in Italian. The tour was absolutely delightful and informative, John E Sadler

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your nice words. It's been a pleasure. My best compliments for your Italian !!

Chumley Cope

United States
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Tour: #74675, Wonderful baroque Lecce, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 21/17

What I like the most about Alessandro P. as our guide in Lecce, was that he was very much a person who is native to the area, and knowledgeable about the community at large -- past, present, and future. He could talk about real estate, real estate prices, development, building codes. He could also recommend scenic, less-visited places for our group to visit on our own. Alessandro was very personable, punctual, and fun to be with. I would happily hire him again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chumley, me too I would be more than happy to be your tour guide again in Puglia ... thus I'm eager to meet you again to show some other stunning places in Puglia and Matera. Next time we can add also some food and wine experience if you like.

Keith Levin

United Kingdom
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Tour: #102166, Matera: the magic town of stone, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 19/17

Alessandro is a good guide who provided a well informed tour of Matera. He was very knowledgeable with a good command of English. We would have no hesitation in recommending him

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoied the tour. Liverpool is close thus I'll wait for you to show some other amazing destination in Puglia.

Carlos Weller

Guatemala
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Tour: #123379, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Bari, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 16/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks a lot for your feedback and rating. It's been so kind of you. I hope to meet you again here in Puglia or, may be, in Guatemala.

Regina Ransom

United States
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Tour: #165421, Nardò for foodies, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 11/17

Dear Alessandro, Thank you so much for a wonderful day. I enjoyed everything about the tour. Italy is such a beautiful country. I appreciate the passion you showed us during our tour. There were so many highlights, the seascapes, lovely wineries, olive oil farm, cheese farm and most of all the warm loving people of your country. Ciao and grazie! Regina Regina

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Regina, I'm glad you enjoied the places we visited together as well as the people and the passion for my region and it's culinary treasures. Just today I was talking with another traveller regarding how are important the emotions, the feelings and the passion in a travel. Also for me it's been a pleasure to spend a day with you. A big hug to all your wonderfull family and a virtual toasting ... with Puglian wine :-)

Joan Zaffarano

United States
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Tour: Taranto and Grottaglie, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy
Date: Apr 7/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joan, thanks a lot for your feedback. Me too I enjoied the day with you and the vegetarian lunch.

Jamal Osman

United States
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Tour: #102166, Matera: the magic town of stone, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 5/17

This was our first private tour and Alessandro was an outstanding guide. He met us at our hotel and upon seeing our children, he immediately broke the ice and told us stories about his two young sons. Even when our 2 year old was fussy, Alessandro never missed a beat and even engaged and calmed him. Our four hour tour flew by, Alessandro was engaging and knew the history of every vista and landmark...we learned a lot about Matera and to top it off, he took us to his favorite wine shop afterwards.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jamal, it wasn't only my merit: your children are so nice and cue. I hope they enjoied the tour. It's been a pleasure. A big hug to all your wonderful family

Pamela Rootenberg

United States
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Tour: #119143, From Otranto to Santa Maria di Leuca, Otranto, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 24/17

Alessandro is wonderful! Not only is he extremely knowledgable but he is a lovely person who is accommodating, easy going and tailors the tour to one's interests. We had a great day with him visiting a multitude of sights and learned a lot about the history and culture of the region.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pamela and David, thanks a lot for your rating and feedback. I'm glad you enjoied Otranto and its terrific coast. Also for me it's been a very nice day: you're such a nice couple.

Charles Blaschak

United States
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Tour: #98760, Salento Wine Tour, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 8/17

We went on a wonderful wine tasting tour, farmhouse lunch, and had a personal tour of one of the ceramic production facilities, and other ceramic shops in Grottaglie. Alessandro is a wonderful Sommelier, and so knowledgeable. He really goes above and beyond with other recommendations for restaurants and shopping and touring on our own time. He really made our vacation great!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you appreciated my efforts to make your vacation a great one. Negroamaro and Primitivo di Manduria wine area are so interesting. The visit of the ceramic city of Grottaglie is complete with the production facilities ... I hope we will manage to wake up the passion for ceramics of Mary thus I'm waiting to recieve a photo with the her new ceramic creation :-)

Charles Blaschak

United States
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Tour: #143591, Matera: Unesco site, wonderfull Crypt in the countryside and winery, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 4/17

Just amazing. The cript of the original sin, the Sassi of Matera, wine tasting. Everything was fantastic. Once in a lifetime experience at these areas. But, without Alessandro, we would have missed out on so much. His knowledge of history, wine, EVO tasting, was amazing. I would recommend this tour to all.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot fro your feedback. I'm happy you enjoied the tour: Matera deserve a full day to apprecciate not only the Unesco area but also the skyline from the belvedere, the Crypt of the Original Sin in the countryside, as well as a tasty focaccia and a wine tasting of Aglianico del Vulture and Primitivo di Matera wines.

Charles Blaschak

United States
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Tour: Martina Franca, Noci, Alberobello, Polignano a mare, Bari, Apulia, Italy
Date: Mar 2/17

Alessandro provided a lot of insight, took us to the best places, and made our visit a fantastic experience. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone visiting Puglia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your feedback. Actually me too I like this tour as it's the right mix of wine and culinary experiences, art, history, countryside, quaint hamlets.

Dale Davis

United States
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Tour: #143591, Matera: Unesco site, wonderfull Crypt in the countryside and winery, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Feb 2/17

We very much enjoyed our two days with Alessandro. He is extremely knowledgeable, full of energy, and very helpful. We would be happy to recommend him without hesitation. .

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dale and Carol, thanks for your rating. It's been a pleasure for me. I hope you managed to find the right conditions for your time-lapse photo in Matera. Enjoy your stay in Sicily.

Dale Davis

United States
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Tour: #189679, Stunning beauty and amazing flavors around Otranto, Otranto, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 30/17

It was a pleasure spending today with Alessandro He is extremely knowledgeable, and complete in his historical descriptions of the areas we visited today. We toured Otranto,both south and north coasts. He is very patient explains everything, and is very complete. We would recommend him highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dale and Carol, thanks a lot for you nice feedback. Also for me it's been a pleasure to spend the day with you. Otranto and its coast is amazing and I'm looking forward to see your photos.

Mark Whittier

United States
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Tour: #103769, Alberobello, Locorotondo and Martina Franca, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 12/17

Alessandro's tour was great. Everything from his promptness to his flexibility to his comprehensive knowledge to his pleasant demeanor made this a jam-packed interesting and fun day touring Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Alberobello. He even organized visits to both a wine tasting and a olive oil tasting which were a great highlight to our day. After it was over, he followed up with references and suggestions for the rest of our stay in Puglia. Good job!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark, I'm glad you like the tour and my way of working and being. It's been a pleasure to spend a day with you and your friends. Enjoy your stay in Puglia.

Alan Stein

United States
Rating

Tour: #122298, Nardò, Gallipoli, Galatina, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 6/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thnaks for you rating. It's been a pleasure to spend some days with you (even if the weather was so cold for us and comparing with the other years). I hope to meet you again in the next future to show some more places in this region ... and with a warmer climate.

Alan Stein

United States
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Tour: #189679, Stunning beauty and amazing flavors around Otranto, Otranto, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 5/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was so unusual to see Otranto with snow also for me. It's a shame we didn't enjoy such a lot of stroll in the city center or to admire some breathtaking view of the seaside but we enjoy the landscapes with snow

Alan Stein

United States
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Tour: #103769, Valle d'Itria and Lecce, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 4/17

Lecce is the highlight city of the area as there are so many antiquities to see- beautiful city- loved the Faggiano museum as that was the highlight for us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lecce is a wonderful city and, I agree with you, Faggiano musuem is amazing even if it's a bit off the beaten path.

Alan Stein

United States
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Tour: #143591, Matera: Unesco site, wonderfull Crypt in the countryside and winery, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 3/17

Matera is a must see stop as it is a highlight of the area. Alessandro gave us so much information and showed us everything there was to see.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your nice feedback. Matera and its Unesco cave dwellings deserve a full day visit.

Alan Stein

United States
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Tour: #122585, Castel del Monte and Trani, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 2/17

This tour is interesting and enjoyed the Castle but liked seeing the reconsecrated synagogue in Trans as the highlight of the day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoied the tour: the Unesco castle of Castel del Monte is unique with its octagonal shape and in Trani it's possible to discover the heritage of one of the most important Jewish community in Puglia.

Evelyn Leverhant Simeon

United States
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Tour: #102166, Matera: the magic town of stone, Matera, Basilicata, Italy    view tour
Date: Nov 11/16

Alessandro went beyond any expectation. History, geography,frescoes dark g back to 800ad. Took great care of us. Wo Sergio man.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks a lot for your feedback. You are such a nice couple and I really enjoied the time spent with you. A warm hug from the sunny South of Italy.

Robert Hammond

United States
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Tour: #119143, From Otranto to Santa Maria di Leuca, Otranto, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 28/16

We have hired dozens of guides in our travels and Alessandro was absolutely one of the best. While remaining the consummate professional at all times, he was also able to quickly make us feel like old friends with whom he passionately wanted to share his experience and love of Puglia. His enthusiasm is surpassed only by his knowledge of this beautiful part of Italy.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bob, the weather wasn't so nice that morning and you follow my suggestion and we change the tour ... and it was even better that one we planned. I really feel you like old friends: you're such a easy going man and you know how to enjoy life.

Sonia Johan

Malaysia
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Tour: #74675, Wonderful Lecce, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 20/16

Lecce is amazing. Beautiful baroque churches. Alessandro was very passionate in explaining the history of Lecce . We enjoyed every moment of our time in Lecce.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm so happy you like Lecce and my way of explaining the history of Lecce. I hope to meet you again in the next future to show some other wonderful places.

Sonia Johan

Malaysia
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Tour: #172947, A gourmet tour in Valle d'Itria, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 18/16

Alessandro was brilliant. We had a wonderful time with him. Highly recommend going on this tour. Would do it all over again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sonia, I'm happy you enjoyed the tour. If you like we can doo it again ... or there are such a lot of other foodie tour to do in this region.

Margaret Riley

United Kingdom
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Tour: #103764, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Cisternino and Ostuni, Brindisi, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 16/16

16/10/2016. An excellent tour of the Puglian countryside with Alessandro. We were met at our hotel in Brindisi then transported to Ostuni, Martina Branco, Locorotonto and Alberobello. Alessandro was a delightful host, making our tour interesting and informative and he was considerate of our needs at all times. We returned to our hotel late in the afternoon enriched by the experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Margaret, I'm glad you found the tour interesting and informative. Meet and exceed the needs of travelers is my first main purpose and I'm really happy when people feel enriched of a new experience at the end of a tour.

Linda Plazonja

United States
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Tour: #103769, Alberobello, Locorotondo and Martina Franca, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 13/16

Alessandro took the time to learn what I was interested in and to tailor my tour accordingly. He is a wealth of knowledge in the area, full of lots of great anecdotes to add local color and commentary. We had an unexpected "Slow Food" lunch and an Olive Oil tasting, which made my day. Thanks, Alessandro!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm happy you enjoied the tour and the culinary activities: the slow food sandwich is really a unique authentic food and cultural experience.

Janine Bek

New Zealand
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Tour: #74677, A tailor made tour, Lecce, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 5/16

very easy to deal with, prompt responses, incredibly knowledgeable about all subjects and a pleasure to spend the day with. His recommendations and passion for both Italy and food and wine were fantastic. Alessandro met us in Lecce, took us on a tour of Matera then transferred us to the Amalfi Coast - a huge driving day and nothing was too much trouble. We really appreciated his time and knowledge and felt he went above and beyond in service. Highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janine, I really enjoied the time spend with you and you felt I went above and beyond in service because you're so nice and well travelled. A big hug from Puglia and I hope everything is ok in New Zealand

Gudrun Lambert

Bangladesh
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Tour: #124081, Alberobello 4 hours shore excursion, Bari, Apulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 3/16

It was a perfect tour for our group. Alessandro showed us all the beautiful places of Alberobelo and gave us interesting information. Thank you for the great experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gudrun, thanks to you for choosing me for you cruise excursion (by the way, in a while I'll be in the same cruise ship ... me and my family deserve a holiday sometime :-) A big hug to you and your friends and I hope to see you again in the next future (in 2017 there will be Brindisi as port but with MSC cruises; from there it's possible to visit Lecce and some other interesting places)