Fal ModiUnited States
We were a group of 8. We had a private tour of the highlights of Milan. We enjoyed the roofs of the Duomo and were ecstatic the Barbara was able to get us tickets to The Last Supper. It was quite a long day bc we had flew in that morning on an overnight flight.
Suzanne R.United States
I contacted Barbara Q. requesting a walking tour of the major sights of Milan in the context of the political and economic influences of Milan's development over more than 2ooo years. Her knowledge of history is wonderful. She secured tickets for The Last Supper, and talked the guards into admitting us into the Duomo after it was closed! My next visit to Milan I will ask Barbara for a shopping tour of the historical Brera District - she is also a personal shopper! Highly recommend Barbara.
Scott HunterUnited States
Barbara is a true professional and extremely knowledgeable. She organized well planned day, not too rushed but kept the tour moving a nice pace. Barbara is courteous and truly made every effort to deliver an outstanding tour. We strongly recommend her and was 100% satisfied!
Donald C.United States
Barbara Q. is a wonderful guide. She is knowledgeable, articulate, and friendly. Barbara discussed the options with us and made sure we saw the sights in Milan that interested us most. With Barbara's help, we were able to see and learn much more than we could have done on our own.
Stephanie BassUnited States
My husband and I along with our 12 year old daughter spent the day with Barbara earlier this month. She created a custom tour for us by combining elements from two of her standard tours. Being from Milan, she shared not only much of the history but also current day. We started at the Last Supper which was perfect to avoid the crowds. Then we spent time at the Duomo - the roof tour is excellent! Her knowledge of the layers of history made our visit to Milan much more meaningful and memorable.
Rachel S.Columbia, SC, United States
We (especially my husband) felt the tour was "standard issue", and we'd hoped for a more interactive experience, more discussion. Barbara knew the Duomo backwards and forwards, but it was so hot up on that roof. Even after we suggested moving on to something else, say a cold drink and a chat (we had already spent an hour there), she kept us another hour in the Duomo. We would have appreciated more flexibility.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rachel and Rick, thank you for taking your time to write to me. Your comment is very critical but quite useful for me to improve and deepen the cultures of others and never take anything for granted. I thought to be quite flexible as well… The Duomo is a place of prayer where no water is sold, once inside there are no pass outs unless finished. I feel quite sorry if I didn’t live up to your expectations. It was nice to meet you both, and hope you enjoyed your time in Italy. Best regards, Barbara
John MonteverdiOakland, CA, United States
We were so happy to have Barbara has the guide for a second tour in Milan, this one to the Duomo and the Scala Opera House. Barbara struck a balance between allowing us to appreciate the sites and providing background information on the politics, art history, and architecture. If I come back to this area, I would be happy to contact Barbara for a tour again.
Seana SimpsonUnited States
Wonderful tour! Great English, very easy to understand. Shared many unique details of the areas we visited. Barbara even help us secure our taxi to the airport the next day. Would highly recommend!!
Jason TabaccoUnited States
Barbara was fantastic! She worked with us to customize a tour so we could explore the best of Milan. She engaged us and our two children with her knowledge of the sites we visited and brought the history alive. Barbara was very flexible and would shift her focus based on our families interests. We highly recommend her.
Barbara was an excellent guide. In fact the best we have experienced . She is very knowledgeable. Answered all questions and was clear and concise in her language. She paced the tour well and had a warm nature. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning with her. Many thanks
Deirdre C.United States
Barbara was extremely knowledgeable and eager to teach me the history of Milan .
Connie D.United States
Barbara Quarello was a pure joy: informative, outgoing, and a constant source of information and insight. We customized our tour in advance by email, and felt she did everything she could to optimize our time in Milan and to get us to everything we most wanted to see. Then she added to each location with warmth, history, and context. We have no reservations in recommending her.
We had a wonderful tour with Barbara. The depth of her historical knowledge is amazing. You will never get such information from a travel book. She guided us through a compact itinerary without long lines and the overall congestion of mass tourists. We could even make a stop at one her favorite places for gelato, a real treat. We will certainly book another tour with Barbara when we come back.
Our tour of the Duomo was superb! So many interesting facts and historical comments were interspersed throughout our tour. Barbara had arranged for us to skip the line to get in and to get into the elevator to go up to the roofs. It was a very busy Easter weekend and she knew the right times to meet to avoid the crowds. Our group was composed of young people and adults with differents interests (and attention spans!) but she tailored the timing and presentations to fit us all. We had a fantastic time!!
Leslie EdelmanUnited States
Barbara is a delightful guide to spend a few hours with.. giving just enough 'history' and information about the main sights of Milan. We especially enjoyed the roof of the Duomo. Excellent tour... excellent guide.
David HampshireUnited Kingdom
Barbara is very knowledgeable about Milan, its history and culture, and is able to communicate her enthusiasm. We had an excellent half day tour and are happy to recommend her.
Heather BlondUnited States
She was very thorough and knowledgable, we had a good time on our tour of Central Milan with Barbara.
We had a very thorough and informative tour by Barbara Q. Arriving in Milan for only 2 nights we wanted to do a "snapshot" tour. Came across this tour "Milan at a glance". It was great !!! Barbara was a delightful tour guide with a professional attitude. I would highly recommend this tour and especially Barbara! She made our memories of Milan so special.
Stacey HoweUnited States
Barbara was a wonderful tour guide. She met us right on time to take us on a tour she customized just for our group of 4. We were in Milan for an afternoon and she showed us the highlights including the Last Supper. Her English was very clear and easy to understand. She was extremely knowledgeable and had an iPad with images to help her explain some with more detail. She was friendly and engaging and didn't even complain when it rained on us for most of our tour. I would highly recommend her.
Robert PuertasUnited States
Barbara was a wonderful guide and host to the city of Milan. She obviously loves her city and she knows it's history so well that she can bring the old stones back to life. A few hours with Barbara was the perfect introduction to Milan.
Cheryl BakerUnited States
Cynthy MoffattUnited States
Best dressed guide ever! Beautifully represented Milan with her very fashionable attire - I was worried about doing a 5 hour tour with her as she had scrappy patent leather shoes with low heels but she navigated the cobblestones,slippery marble on the roof of the Duomo,and all other surfaces with ease and energy. She also was great at talking with the guards and ticket handlers to get us in and out of the lines swiftly. Was very flexible in tailoring the itinerary to what I wanted to do. Highly recommend
George AlbinoUnited States
Justin KolnickUnited States
Barbara was an excellent guide. She was very knowledgable and a pleasure to Be with. I highly recommend her.
Barry SetzerUnited States
Barbara was so pleasant and informative. My wife and I had a wonderful time. 5 Stars!
Diane KaplanUnited States
Nice, interesting, knowledgeable, flexible.
Mica DiamondUnited States
Fantastic introduction to Milan. Barbara was friendly, full of great information and and all around pleasure! I highly recommend taking a tour with her!
Leonid VolfinzonUnited States
Very pleasant,knowledgeable, flexible, we were able to change original plan depend on weather, overall experience is very good.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear guests, the pleasure to lead you in the city where I was born and raised it was above all mine.
Ekaterina AronovUnited States
David CapocciaUnited States
(Translation of original comment in German): Our family (3 persons), found the tour with Barbara absolutely excellent. She speaks perfect German, knows all the sites perfectly, and other very good information on Milan and its inhabitants. We will definitely book our next visit with Barbara.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your words. It was great fun to work with you . I am delighted that you enjoyed Milan so much and that you had a great holiday. With the best Grüβen and arrivederci a presto ! Barbara/Vielen Dank für Ihre Wörter. Es hat viel Spaß gemacht, mit Ihnen zusammenzuarbeiten. Ich freue mich, dass Sie so sehr Mailand genossen und dass Sie einen schönen Urlaub gehabt haben. Mit dem besten Grüβen und arrivederci a presto! Barbara
Had a fantastic private walking tour with Barbara to visit the Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuel and the Castle. Barbara was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the history of the buildings and the materials used in their construction. She pointed out many details that we would likely have missed had we visited on our own, and was very responsive to our many questions. We had a great time with her and she may our one day in Milan very special. Grazie mille Barbara!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your feedback, it was such a pleasure for me to talk and spend the afternnon with you. Grazie a voi! Barbara
Barbara gave us an incredibly informative tour which gave us a great afternoon of seeing Milan and learning its history. It was very well organised and well paced, covering everything we wanted to see. Thanks Barbara. you have us sold on using Tours by Locals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. and Mrs. Stokes, I am glad you enjoyed my tour. Thank you so much for your comment. Best regards, Barbara