Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Florence-Italy by Tour Guide Simonida M. (Guide #9151)


Patricia Papernow

United States
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Tour: #428591, San Gimigano and its towers, San Gimignano, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 12/18

Simonida was wonderful. Friendly, warm, and incredibly knowledgeable. Every question we asked, her depth of knowledge was way beyond what I expected. Totally delightful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Patricia, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the tour and that I satisfied your expectations. I had really pleasure to meet you. My best wishes to you and your family,Simonida

Timothy Delorm

Fishkill, NEW YORK, United States
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Tour: #146444, Chianti-wine tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 24/18

We took a whirl-wind tour of Tuscany. Picked up at our flat, we headed for the countryside. Simonida provided non-stop information about Florence & the countryside. Our 1st stop was San Gimignano, the medieval hill town of 14 towers. We enjoyed learning how the servants & nobility lived daily life as well as the description of the church's frescos! Later at Poggio amorelli winery, our host regaled us with stories while we enjoy lovely wines! Grazie mille Simonida - Tim, Betsie, Will & Emma

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for you nice review Mr Delorm. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the tour. My best regards to all your family,Simonida

Mary-Jane Chiccarelli

United States
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Tour: #146444, The best of Tuscany Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 12/18

As we drove the Tuscany countryside from Florence we were taken back in time of the area by Simonida's excitement and expertise of its history.My husband, who is a WWII history buff, was excited and saddened to see and hear about the sites that were "real".Driving the winding roads of cypress trees and vineyards was picture perfect.We visited a winery and the historic city of San Gimignano enjoying a lovely lunch and strolling the quaint streets.We had a memorable day thanks to the friendship of Simonida!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Mary - Jane, I 'm so greatful to you and your husbant for this nice review. I'm so happy that I made this tour so lovely and that you have nice memories of Tuscany. Any time you want,please write me and if some day your granddaughter ever decide to study in Florence I will do my best to help her. Strong hug and all the best,Simonida

Sarah Usher McKay

Canada
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Tour: #92771, Puccini's Itinerary (for two persons), Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 1/18

It was a pleasure to see both the Puccini apartment in Lucca and to tour Puccini's lake house. It is a substantial distance to travel from Florence and definitely a full day. G & S.

Rick Timmons

United States
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Tour: #249497, Discover Siena Street by Street, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 28/18

Simondia was very personable. We were 1/2 hour late due to the difficult parking situation in Siena, she was still waiting for us and gracious! She is well informed and full of information about Siena and it's familia history, fascinating! Skip the museum and tour the church! The walking tour of Siena's streets was the highlight and well worth the time.

Christopher Berry

United States
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Tour: #430812, Florence historical center and Medici walk, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 20/18

Simonida guided us expertly on an introductory walking tour of the central city in Florence, which matched our request perfectly. She provided an excellent continuous commentary, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the history, art, architecture, government and culture of Florence. Open and personable, Simonida answered our many questions without hesitation. She also offered helpful suggestions about places to visit that would be of interest to us, both in Florence as well as in Tuscany and Chianti

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr Christofer, I'm so pleased with your nice reaview. It was realy a great pleasure to meet you both in Florence . If you ever come back again the next time I will show you museo Bardini with a beautiful garden,museo Bargello or maybe some Medici's villa like Pratolino or Artimino. Wish you all the best,thanks again,Simonida

Woei Teoh

United Kingdom
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Tour: #92761, Florence by foot and from on high !, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 17/17

Simoneda was the perfect guide. She is very knowledgeable and super enthusiastic about sharing her knowledgable. She is very friendly too. We had a great time with her in Florence, and learned a lot. I would strongly recommend her guided tour to first time visitors. Within a couple of hours you get the feeling of being almost familiar with the wonderful city which can otherwise be a bit daunting. Grazzie mille Simoneda.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Theo,thank you so much for the wonderful review! It was my pleasure totmeet meet you and introduce you in the hitory, art and secrets of Florence! Wish you nice time on your holiday in Tuscany! All the best,Simonida

David Simonaire

United States
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Tour: #223924, Florence city center and the mysteries of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 25/17

Simonida was awesome! She was very knowledgeable and willing to entertain questions. Her english was very good and easily understood. It was a nice walking pace. Thanks!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr. Simionaire,thank you so much for the nice rating. It was a pleasure to pass one enjoyable morning with you and your wife in Florence. Wish you lovely holiday . My best regards,Simonida

Michael Wohl

United States
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Tour: #146444, The best of Tuscany, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 19/17

Simonida was an excellent guide, flexible and accommodating, and seemingly knowing what we wanted before we did. We had various choices to make during the day and every decision was spot on from the right route to take, to the perfect winery to visit, to the type of restaurant we wanted. I would highly recommend Simonida for your tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for such a nice rating. It was pleasure to do this tour with your family. All the best and wish you to come back soon to visit our Tuscany and Florence again. Best regards,Simonida

Colleen Wildner

United States
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Tour: #202024, Florence, Uffizi and Accademia, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 17/17

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.

Rafael Gonzalez

United States
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Tour: #92768, Santa Maria Novella and Academy of Fine arts, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 10/17

Simonida was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, spoke perfect English and she made our tour very enjoyable. I would highly recommend her !!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was so nice to meet you and do this tour together. Thank you for lovely message. Wish you all the best. With friendship,Simonida

Kathleen McCabe

United States
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Tour: #146444, The best of Tuscany, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 11/16

We so enjoyed our tour of Siena's highlights, as well as favorite parts of San Gimignano given by Simonida!! She shared so many interesting stories and information about these beautiful areas. My husband & I walked away feeling this tour was worth every penny. She is very professional and personable! We got to go to a wine bar, have some wine and cheese, and meet some local people. It was such a nice touch! She was kind enough to drive us to our villa in Cortona afterwards too. We highly recommend her!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Kathleen and Mark. It was a lovely day and I truly enjoyed your company. So glad that you liked the tour. Lot of greetings from Tuscany and all the best to you and your friends from Cortona's forest house :-) Simonida

Amanda Bosley

United States
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Tour: #93047, Chianti Tour for Amanda Jamie Donna, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 14/16

Simonida was the BEST guide we had the whole trip. Not only was she easy to contact and quick to respond but she also was extremely intelligent, witty, knowledgeable(about the area), and also very sweet. It was the perfect relaxing day in Tuscany and my friends and I agreed that she went above and beyond and we would book this trip again with Simonida in a heart beat. The pictures and experience will last a lifetime we could not have asked for a better guide. I highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Amanda,thank you so much for sucha lovely review. I'm really happy to reaf it. Wish you all the best! My greetings to your friends. Strong hug,Simonida

Laurie Schwartz

United States
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Tour: #249496, Florence celebrates the beauty of David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 11/16

Simonida was a wonderful guide who customized a tour to meet our very specifiic wishes. She did the research necessary to optimize her knowledge about topics that were of interest to us. Our visit to Florence was most enjoyable. We would recommend her to anyone.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mrs. Schwarz, I'm so proud to have been your guide in Florence. My best wishes for the nice trip around Tuscany. Many greetings to your family. Simonida

Kevin Sweeney

United States
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Tour: #249497, Siena Street by Street, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 25/16

Simoneda was fantastic. Informative, friendly and very courteous. Highly recommend her. You will not be disappointed

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mr. Sweeney. It was my plesure to meet you and your wife. Wish you all the best!

Michael Swank

United States
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Tour: #202024, Florence, Uffizi and Accademia, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 14/16

Our tour in Florence with Simonida was a 5 out of 5 and even higher. She helped us with things prior to our arrival and she was on time and quite prepared. She is personable, very knowledgeable and presents everything clearly and with vigor. She made great adjustments to accommodate some time issues. Having her join us for lunch was a pleasure. We highly recommend her without any reservation

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Swank, thank you very much for you such a nice review. It was my pleasure pass the day in Florence in your company. I'm grateful for your kind opinion about my work. All the best to you and your family. Greetings from Florence,Simonida

Megan Reynolds

United States
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Tour: #202024, Florence, Uffizi and Accademia, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 12/16

Simonida and her husband are a WEALTH of information. They are very educated on art history and how Florence artists were instrumental in the history of art overall. If you are interested in learning about art - THIS is your guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much ! Best wishes and greetings from Florence!

Megan Reynolds

United States
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Tour: #92761, Florence by foot and from on high !, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 11/16

Very interesting tour! Simonida is very knowledgeable about the history of Florence. We had a slight miscommunication about the requested customized tour however, she was extremely accommodating. Between her accommodation and her knowledge I can't help but highly recommend her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Mrs.Reynolds,it was nice meet you and your lovely family in Florence. Very pleasent time passed together. Wish you all the best! My kind regards from sunny Tuscany! Simonida

Philippa Baines

United Kingdom
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Tour: #92761, Florence by foot and from on high !, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 29/16

A fantastic evening of spectacular views, intriguing history and delicious food. Can highly recommend this tour with the very friendly Simonida.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Philippa! It was very nice evening also for me. I wish you all the best and hope to see you in Florence again. My best regards,Simonida

Dorothea Curcio

United States
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Tour: #92761, Florence by foot and from on high !, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 28/16

Simonida got stuck in traffic so her husband, Sinisa, stepped on until she could join us. How lucky for us; we had the pleasure of meetin two charismatic, informative, enthusiastic guides! They brought history, art, architecture, & politics together and brought the city to life for us. With several roof top views and a lovely finish at a neighborhood restaurant; this tour and these guides were terrific.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Curcio, thank you so much for your nice review. It was real pleasure meet you with your friends and discover : history,monuments and curiosities of Florence together. Wish you all the best and hope that your travel to Italy will last unforgettable. Best regards,Simonoida

Chris Singh

France
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Tour: #92768, Santa Maria Novella and Academy of Fine arts, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 31/15

Simonida was a perfect tour guide: very knowledgeable and accommodating. I'd recommend any of her tours to anyone!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Chris,it was a big pleasure to know you and to share with you the interests and passion for: history, music and art. I wish you all the best in your studying of singing. Strong hug,Simonida

Jim Borzatti

United States
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Tour: #93047, Chianti Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 25/15

Simonida is a wonderful guide! She transported us to so many places in one day and dropped us off at our (next) hotel at the end of the tour (saving us some transportation costs). I couldn't imagine seeing the Chianti region any other way. Simonida was also flexible and prepared to alter the trip a bit as we went along. We visited a winery that provided wonderful food & drink at a reasonable price. Make sure you book a tour with Simonida to see the many places you won't easily find on your own!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hello Jim and Irene, thank you very much for nice review. It was also for me one wunderful Chianti day.. We had good weather and no traffic on the road which is important for successful tour! Very happy to meet you . I wish you all the best! Hope to see you again in some other tour! Greetings from Certaldo,Simonida

Linda Groman

United States
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Tour: #202024, Florence, Uffizi and Accademia, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 20/15

We spent a wonderful and glorious day with Simonida, who is a very lovely, bright and passionate person. She was so knowledgeable while guiding us throughout the city of Florence including two important museums...The Academia and The Uffizi. We were given a remarkable perspective of Florence that was so memorable, I will always be grateful for the experience. I feel so fortunate that I found ToursByLocals and that they paired us with Simonida. She truly is a gem of Florence.

Alex Bulak

United States
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Tour: Once life time Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Oct 13/15

Had a wonderful time in Florence. Simonida not only took us places but made sure we got all the art, music and country side of this beautiful town. She has done a fabulous job in 2 days although it was raining we still saw everything.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mr. Bulak for your nice review. I worried for the weather but in such a beautiful town as Florence, and in nice company, the importance of the moment to be there, put the rainy weather in second plan. It was nice to spend this two days with you and Anna. Thank you again for your booking . Best wishes,Simonida

Sheelagh March

United Kingdom
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Tour: Florence not-to-miss, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Oct 3/15

This was the first time we had a person guide and Simonida was fantastic,she knew the city and made it come alive to us.We could have listened to her for hours. What we loved is that she made all the facts ( and their are lots about Florence)interesting . Held our attention all the time. We would love to return next year and would ask for her again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Mis.iss Murch, it was pleasure to spend that morning with you and your husband. Until next tour in Tuscany, I wish you all the best. Kind regards,Simonida

David Portman

Naples, FL, United States
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Tour: #146444, Mr.Portman's tour "My Tuscany", Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 30/15

Simonida was terrific and especially good with our 13 year old grandson.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your nice reviuw Mr. Portman. I wish all the best to Jack and your Family! Greetings,Simonida

Monica Violante

United States
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Tour: #92771, Puccini's Itinerary (for two persons), Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 26/15

Simonida was an incredible guide! Her knowledge was beyond outstanding and much more than expected. She made us incredibly comfortable as if we had been friends for years. If you are going to Tuscany you must book Simonida, we promise it will be the best tour of your trip!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Monica,thank you so much! It was the teal pleasure pass the day with you,talking about our job as teacher and about life in Amerika. I was also so happy to hear things and learn from you. You are both nice persons. All the best to your familly . With friedship,Simonida

Stanley M.

United States
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Tour: #92771, Puccini's Itinerary (for two persons), Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 12/14

Connie Jennings

United States
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Tour: Florence and Chianti in tree days, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Oct 8/14

We spent three days with Simonida in Florence and Chianti in Italy. She was a wonderful and informative guide. We really appreciated her knowledge of the arts, the culture and the history of this area. She was a pleasure to spend time with and she really made our trip enjoyable! We will definitely recommend her to others!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you very much for the wonderful review. I'm very glad I spent the time together and at the end of the tour I had impression that we have become like a family on vacation. it was very nice to meet you. I wish you the best in life . Kind regards,Simonida

Stan W.

Doha, Qatar
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Tour: #92771, Puccini's Itinerary (for two persons), Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 7/14

We had an amazing Puccini / Lucca tour with Simonida! As an opera singer herself she was extremely knowledgable and passionate about Puccini. We felt incredibly fortunate to have her as our guide as her knowledge was so extensive. In addiition she was equally inspiring with her love and knowledge of Lucca. Simonida ensured we saw and did all ( and more) we'd hoped for and we really appreciated her warm, engaging and relaxed manner. A magical day for us. Thank you so much Simonida!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. and Mrs. W Wypych , I think with nostalgically of our trip to Lucca and Torre del Lago . I was so happy to meet the people from the other side of the world who share with me the same passion for opera . I was truly impressed by the excellent knowledge of Miss.is Wypych, of the singers and the world of opera today. Thank you for the beautiful day spent together and I'm very happy that you enjoyed Lucca. All the best to you and your family. Thank you !!

Jack Greider Jr

United States
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Tour: #92761, Florence by foot and from on high !, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 3/14

Simonida was an absolute delight. Prompt to our appointment she provided an excellent tour of Florence. Weather (rain) was an issue but she skillfully adjusted our walk to keep us as dry as possible while still hitting all the highlights. Overall and excellent experience and I would be happy to engage her again on our next visit.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! Can't forget that rain :-) it was very nice pass that Rainy morning in Florence with you and Your family. Best wishes, Simonida