Charles CregeurUnited States
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.
Susan WashingtonUnited States
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.
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.
Keith LevinUnited Kingdom
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.
Jamal OsmanUnited States
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
Evelyn Leverhant SimeonUnited States
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.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thnaks a lot for you rating. I'm glad you enjoied the tour. A big hug to you and all your travel companions
Alessandro worked hard to ensure that he would be able to give us our tour, even cutting his holiday short! He met us promptly at 9:00 and we drove to observe Matera, and walked down to different areas to see different parts of the town. We then drove into the town, parked and he gave us a wonderful tour. We could have done this on our own, but would have missed seeing many things, and more importantly, we would have missed knowing the history. He did an excellent job and I highly recommend this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Vicky. It's been a pleasure to spend an half day with you. I hope to meet you again in the next future to show some more terrific places in this region.
We spent a wonderful 4 hours being enlightened by the wonders of Matera by Alessandro, who had spent much of his childhood in and around the Sassi. His knowledge and ability to deliver information in an interesting and engaging fashion is impressive, so much so, it's hard to believe that English is not his first language. His warm personality and humour made us wish we'd booked him as a food and wine tour guide, but we will save that excursion for our next trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot my kiwi friends :-) Despite the rain and the short availlable time we managed to visit the must to see in Matera. I'm looking forward to be your guide in some culinary tours in Puglia in the next future.
Alessandro goes way above and beyond what you would expect from a tour guide. We highly recommend him as he is so knowledgeable and tailors the tour to the interests of the guests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jennifer, thanks a lot for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoied the tour. I hope also the vegan lunch I hope to meet you in the next future to show you some other place in this interesting region.
Alessandro was a kind and knowledgable guide. He was very tolerant of our family. We were lost and arrived 15 minutes late, without exchanging any $ for Euros. He was so patient and nice to us about it. He helped us find a place to exchange and went out of his way to accommodate us. He was way nicer than he had to be. He made sure we had a thorough and interesting tour of Matera. He had so much interesting information to share.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lani, thanks for your feedback. I really enjoied the time spent with you: you're such a beautiful family. You children are so clever, cue and well educated. I wish you the best and I hope to meet you in the next future.
Frank AlleyUnited States
Allesandro made the most of what could have been a bad day...cold temps and rain didn't slow down our visit to Matera. With two 70 yr olds in tow, he wnet through the entire Matera story in four hours. His tour was informative and tailored to our interest. As we were begining a drive to Sicily as soon as the tour was over, Allesandro quided us out of the city and made sure we were on the right road to begin our drive. I would highly recommend Tours By Locals and Allesandro in Particular
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your feedback. You're fit to visit Matera in a rainy day in 4 hours and I'm hally you enjoied it. I hope you're enjoying Sicily too.
This was a great tour and Alessandro worked very hard. His English could have been a bit better but he made up for that with effort.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert and Alison, thanks a lot for your feedback. It's been a pleasure to meet you and I'm glad you enjoied the tour.
Kathryn LentoUnited States
Alessandro made our time in Matera enjoyable and informative. We had a limited amount of time and we were meeting friends from Italy, Alessandro was able to adapt the tour on the spot and still give us a great experience. He was easy to be with and knowledgeable. We were heading to Altamura to a famous bakery which closed at 2:30. Alessandro called ahead to make sure the owner knew we would be a bit late. I highly recommend a tour with him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathryn, it's has been a pleasure to spend a few hours with you, your wonderful family and friends. I hope to meet you again in the next future to show some other beautiful place in Puglia.
Our tour was to Matera, completely fascinating, and well-managed by Alessandro, who in the heat shared the essence of this unique environment while keeping us hydrated and interested. His choice of restaurant for refuelling at the end of the day was also wonderful, local specialties adding to the wealth of content!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Railea and Harold, I remember that day: it was really sunny and the walking tour of Matera in such a hot weather it's not so easy. Fortunately you're fit and well traveller and we managed to enjoy the charme of Matera. It has been a pleasure to be your guide and next time your Italian will be perfect and the explanation will be in Italian.
Bryce HollandUnited States
Alessandro did an excellent job for us. Very knowledgeable. Went above the call of duty by taking us on the opposite site of the site to see the view and recommended a fantastic restaurant where we were spending the night.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bryce, I always do my best to give travelers the best experience and memories of the tour and I'm glad you apprecciated it. I hope to meet you again in the next future to show some other beautiful sites in Puglia.
William MuracoUnited States
My wife and I had the pleasure of spending a full day touring Matera with Alessandro. He is a young man that showed great enthusiasm for the history of the Matera area. His English speaking ability combined with a keen interest in sharing a local person's perspectives of the region gave us major insights into the culture of the people and how they managed to survive under very difficult and challenging conditions. I was most impressed with his willingness to customize the tour to meet our unique needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bill, thanks for your feedback and for the "young" (probably I look yonger than I'm ... and it's nice) Honestly it's very easy to wrok with such a well travelled people like you. Next time I hope you'll guide me in the rain forest ... it would be stunning
Jim ShortleyUnited States
Alessandro was fantastic!! We drove to Matera and had trouble locating our hotel and thus were late for our tour. Alessandro was not only patient and understanding, he helped us with check-in, our luggage and where to park. The tour was super. The pace was perfect. His knowledge and ability to explain life in Matera as it had been and it's history brought it to life for us. He english is very good and we had no problem understanding each other. Wish I had more space. He was GREAT!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jim, thanks for your wonderfull feedback. I have spent a very nice day with you and your friends. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour : Matera is magic. I hope to see you soon to show some other places in Puglia. Please say hallo to all friends.
Donald CraysUnited States
Alessandro has a wealth of knowledge about Matera and Sassi. He explains in easily understood detail how the area was formed, settled, and cleared out for renovation and preservation. We felt as though the tour was definitely worth the time and cost. We would hire Alessandro again if we come back to Matera. Job well done.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Don and Marilynn, thanks a lot for your feedback. Next time I'll wait for you in Puglia region to show some other wonderfull places. You're such a nice couple and it's a pleasure to spend some time with you.
Kathryn MillerUnited States
Allesandro provided an excellent tour with lots of interesting information about the town's history,churches and culture. He showed us several sites that I am sure we would not have found on our own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathryn it's very kind of you to write this comment and rating. I'm glad you appreciated the itinerary planned to show the evolution in the centuries of Matera and a sample of the different buildings (rupestrian church, dwellings built in the stone, etc.) and architectural styles. I hope you will come back soon to Puglia as there are still lots of places to visit. A big hug
Dennis CrawfordUnited States
Our guide Alessandro was excellent; passionate about the history and the unique beauty of Matera. Our visit was greatly enhanced by his personal charm and knowledge of the city. His English is very good. I would recommend Alessandro!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dennis Thank you for your feedback Matera is magic but also the Navajo houses built in the caves you mentioned looks very interesting. A big hug to you and your daughter.
Alessandro picked us up from our hotel near Bari airport and dropped us at the masseria we were staying in for the next 3 days in Alberobello. This was very convenient as we did not need to catch any taxis. Both Bari and Matera were beautiful locations to visit. Alessandro is well read about the history of the Puglia and he gave us a lot of information. During our lunch he introduced us to the wonderful puglian cuisine and encouraged us to try the local dishes. Excellent tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Josella thanks for you feedback and I'm happy you enjoied Alberobello and Matera (honestly they are both wonderfull ... that's why are Unesco sites) and Apulian cuisine and the mediterranean diet.