Penny C.United States
Francesca has a wealth of knowledge about the Doge's Palace and was able to share the most important facts without overloading us with details. She told us some very interesting stories about the palace, the prison, the Bridge of Sighs and the nobility of Venice. We highly recommend Francesca when you are touring Venice!
Roni RihnUnited States
My friends and I want to thank Francesca for a wonderful tour . I made a mistake about the time but she was waiting for us even though we were late .(in the rain!) Francesca is very knowledgeable , friendly, and passionate about her work. She took us on a walk through streets that most tourist don't get a chance to see. She brought some visual materials to help us understand the information. We enjoyed our time with her and highly recommend her as a guide.
Sarah WhiteNew York, NEW YORK, United States
Francesca was not only superbly knowledgeable but refreshingly enthusiastic about the history and character of Venice. She was also very considerate in allowing two travelers with health and mobility issues to move at our own pace. She provided the ideal introduction to the city. Thanks from Sarah and Reuven
Lucas StaleyUnited States
Wow, Francesca is top notch. We ended up being a day late and Francesca did everything she could to fit us in. Francesca Spoke great English, her information was relivent and spot on with regards to the tour and Italy. She was very personal and very easy to have a conversation with and we absolutely enjoyed our time with her and would do it again.
William Dennis DeYoungKirkland, WASHINGTON, United States
Alastair LowUnited Kingdom
A fascinating insight into the history and politics of Venice through the ages as well as highlighting the wonderful interior of the, now restored, cathedral.
Stephen GreenUnited States
A lovely guide on an ugly winter day. Thank you Francesca from our family. My teens liked you and that is something!! Always get Francesca. Happy you will be
Mary-Lou G.United States
Francesca was outstanding: an expert art historian with a delightful personality & charming sense of humor! The 5 of us (most had visited Venice before) were enthralled with her top-drawer half-day private shore excursion: vaporetto from Piazzele Roma to Rialto Bridge, fascinating secret passages few tourists see, fabulous tour of the Doge's Palace, & brilliant tour (enhanced by her specialty in Byzantine art) through St. Mark's Basilica. We all adored the restaurant she recommended. Grazie, Francesca!!
Keith FurmanUnited States
This was our first ToursByLocal. We can't recommend Francesca enough. She was great! We were only in Venice for a few days and frankly weren't big fans initially compared to other cities. Francesca's tour and city tips were game changers. We appreciated the time we spent with her and the help she provided to make sure we enjoyed the rest of our stay. Outstanding experience.
Anita HibbardUnited States
Francesca is very accomodating. The tour company I was traveling with had a miscommunication with me and time I thought I had available for my tours with her were not available. Francesca worked with me so I was able to take both tours I had scheduled with her. I really appreciate her worki g with me. She is also an excellent guide. The Doge's Palace would have been interesting on my own but was amazing with her there to explain things about the paintings, decorations and history. Money well spent!
Barry StrubeUnited States
Irene EffUnited States
We had Francesca, as a guide in September 2017. She is a very knowledgeable guide and you will receive all information you are looking for from your tour. But she is not personable and is not willing to offer any additional information such as food places, or other sites to visit unless you ask. We felt that she was at work, and could not wait until the work was done. She lacks passion and enthusiasm that many local guides have.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Sorry if you have this impression, but reading other reviews every body has written exactly the opposite about me. I think is logical I was working because I'm a professional guide, who has tried before the tour had tried to answer promptly at every problem and request you had had (the number of your mails is really big). Best regards Francesca
A very nice tour of Venice with Francesca - she was knowledgeable and covered the all the basics of the history and details of the city, with humour and interesting stories. A great introduction to our first visit to Venice - would recommend!
Pam FerrisUnited States
Francesca was very agreeable to our slower pace and the difficult heat. We appreciated the fact that she could get our tickets and bypass the lines to see the sites. She gave us a lot of good history of Venice.
Ken BargteilUnited States
Dry knowledgeable, friendly and courteous. Fluent in English and Italian, extremely accommodating, with an abundance of energy.
Gigi MichaelsUnited States
Our time with Francesca was amazing! She is wonderful, funny and warm in addition to the amazing detailed history of Venice ~ we went started at St Marks Square and then we proceeded on to Doge's Palace and inside the cathedral. The tour by boat though, if you can do it is not to missed! It was absolutely magical! I can not imagine having come to Venice and not meeting Francesca! I had my son and my 89 year old father with me and she was able to relate and connect with all us. She is the best!!! xo
Laura CohenUnited States
We loved our tour with Francesca! She is a true Venice local and it was great to see the highlight tour with her, but we really loved the way she navigated the small streets to not just get us around the crowds but show us secret little spots in town. She was fantastic with our 9 and 13 year old daughters, keeping them engaged with conversation and "fun facts". Highly recommended!
Burton ProppUnited States
The tour was superb, this was my 5th time in Venice; however, my companion had never been. Access to Doges Palace & San Marco cathedral was as easy as it gets and the motor boat ride through the canals was super! Francesca's knowledge was excellent and not overbearing. Great job, thanks, Burton Ptopp
Valerie M.United States
Francesca was great. She adapted the tour to the sites that were open and close to closing along with the remaining sites we wanted to see. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Venice and it's amazing sites.
Deborah H.United States
This was a wonderful tour! My husband and I has some difficulty getting to Venice due to weather but Francesca made all the hassle worth it. She is extremely knowledgeable about the city, the sights and the local food and beverage scene. We loved it and would HIGHLY recommend Francesca!!
Charles T.United States
Francesca is an excellent tour guide. We booked a total of four Tours with her over the course of two days. My wife uses a wheelchair when we travel. Francesca was able to get us into all of the major attractions, bypassing lines and locating and getting elevator passage for us. She was invaluable and arranging for the transfer of our luggage from our hotel to our water transport at the end of our two days of touring with her. I highly recommend her as a Venice tour guide .
Deborah AlexanderLake Charles, LA, United States
We were on a cruise and had only one afternoon tour to see the important sites of Venice. Francesca was wonderful taking us to the palace giving a very detailed history which was fascinating. We toured St Mark's church and the Rialto bridge. But what was unique about her tour was she took us off the beaten path to see more of the native Venice. You must book her well in advance since she is such a great guide. and in demand. I would highly recommend her for a tour of Venice she is very knowledgable.
Lisa BlairUnited States
Francesca was a GREAT guide!! She organized our tour so that we were able to bypass the lines. I highly recommend her!!!
Could not have had a better guide. Francesca is very educated and knowedgeable about Venice, it's history and today. Francesca and her family live and work in Venice which is very helpful. She is very personable and was extremely interested in meeting our requests. She also was able to insert her local knowledge and suggestions when she thought it would be helpful,
Roger ApplegateFairfax Station, VA, United States
Francesca was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, considerate of our needs and she had a great itinerary set up for the time we had available. We would highly recommend her and her services.
Randee BlochUnited States
Francesca escorted our family of 5 children and 5 adults through the Doges Palace on August 19. She was an excellent, 5 star guide in every way. Her knowledge of the 500 year anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto exhibition was wonderful, engaging the kids (7-13) and adults as well with fascinating information. I would highly recommend Francesca and wish we had more time to spend wth her!
Terry FryUnited States
Francesca was excellent. She provided just the right amount of information, not an overload. She has a good sense of humor and was easy to talk with.
Lisa PortnoyUnited States
Our recent experience with tours by locals with francesca was wonderful. A 5 for certain. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and delightful. I would highly recommend francesca to all of my traveling friends. Lisa Portnoy
Robert ArmijoUnited States
Francesca is a wonderful guide and really knows the incredible history of the area. We enjoyed the tour immensely and greatly enjoyed our visit with her.
Phyllis GardnerUnited States
Francesco was a marvelous tour guide. She has a great depth of knowledge which made the tour interesting and responsive to our questions. She ushered us through the various stops along the way with enthusiasm, keeping us focused on the tour. All 5 of us on this tour would recommend her highly.