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.
Ronald OlsenDanbury, CONNECTICUT, United States
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.
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.
Ibeth NavarroUnited States
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.
Matt MaggioUnited States
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.
Lawrence HolbrookUnited States
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.
Mark WhittierUnited States
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 SteinUnited States
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.
Linda PlazonjaUnited States
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.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ... in the meantime I've enjoied several time the gourmet panino (sandwich) and it's amazing how it's always so tasty and unique.
Luann SpanoUnited States
Our tours with Alessandro were absolutely amazing My husband and I really got a feel for the wonderful culture and rich history of the Puglia region We experienced non tourist attractions and our days were filled with an increased appreciation for the beautiful areas. Alessandro planned our time together with enthusiasm and imparted a wealth of knowledge. FANTASTIC time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Luann and Frank, also for me it's been a pleasure to meet you and to spend some days with you. I rellay enjoied those days. Valle d'Itria is always a unique experience and when there is also the authentic and tasty Noci it's almost perfect.
Allison Z.Onkaparinga Hills, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia
Alessandro arrived on time to collect us for our day tour to Alberobello and surrounding areas. We had a wonderful very full day. He is very knowledgeable and has much information and passion about Puglia. Such a good way to both visit and learn the history of this enchanting area. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Allison and Joseph, Alberobello is unique and Valle d'itria, as you told, is enchanting: I'm glad you enjoy it and I've transmitted my passion for this terrific area.
Alessandro was an enthusiastic and engaging tour guide who had a considerable local knowledge of the area. He was always punctual and provided us with a lot more information than we would have had just by using a guide book. When my husband sprained his ankle, Alessandro immediately took us to an orthopaedic centre where we were able to obtain what was needed. Subsequently, Alessandro adjusted the remaining of the tour accordingly. Thank you, Alessandro.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joyce and Bryan, I'm glad you enjoied the tour. It's a shame Bryan sprained his ankle at the hotel. I hope he's recovering. Me too I spent such a nice days with you.
Paul BeberUnited Kingdom
Great tour by a great guide. Very informative and knowledgeable throughout.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul and Karinna, I've spent such a nice days with you. Hope to se you again in the next future, London is only a few hours by flight
Alessandro is a friendly tour guide with a lot of knowledge of puglia. The your was pleasant with a good pace, and the locations picked by Alessandro to visit were very beautiful and picturesque. Alessandro also gave us short history or stories of every locations main points. We felt very comfortable with Alessandro's easy going nature. Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maria Clara, I'm happy you enjoied the tour. Me too I have spent a very nice day with you and your family. Enjoy your stay in Italy.