Janet TornowUnited States
We enjoyed Paola's company so much! She has such a wide-ranging knowledge of the city and the sights to see. We were very pleased to travel around the city on foot instead of driving! ! We liked listening to her voice and learning some city history all in one afternoon. She did a remarkable job of distilling Florentine history for first time visitors! Having her guidance at the Galleria dell'Accademia was so appreciated--thanks for being part of that experience with us. Paola is a 5 star exceptional guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janet thank you very much for you amazing review. I hope to meet you all very soon, but next time, please, come by train!!! ���� Un caro saluto Paola
Marylynn RitterUnited States
Paola was our guide for a family vacation in Florence and we had a fabulous time! She was incredibly knowledgeable and informative! She was able to manage our larger group (9 people) with ease, including several children, and we had a wonderful time learning about art, history, and even how to make gelato! She was able to save us hours of time by obtaining "skip the line" entrance to sites, and navigated us through Florence with expertise. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your fantastic review! I’m glad you enjoyed our tour. A special “arrivederci” to your lovely kids!! Grazie Paola
We went to Florence the divine city to smell and enjoy culture. We made it thanks to our super guide: PAOLA B. Paola gave us a lesson, an unforgettable one of how to understand the history, politics and many other issues of Florence. She is so full with academic information on one hand but she is so charming & charismatic that you feel after the tour that you were almost born here!... We cannot wait to our next visit and guess who will be our ultimate guide... Thank you Paola!! Arie Maoz
My husband and I took a walking tour of Florence with Paola. Paola's knowledge of Florence and its history is deep, and she shared it with enthusiasm. Unfortunately is was a Monday (we were on a cruise and did not have a choice of day) and the Academia and Ufizzi Gallery were closed. But we were treated to the very interesting history of the Medici family, the development of the city, as well as its Jewish history, which was of interest to us. We are glad to recommend Paola.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm so happy to know that you enjoyed our time together in spite of being in the city on a day when the major museums were closed. It was my pleasure to share Florence with you. Thank you for your lovely review.
Laurie InselUnited States
What a fantastic and educational tour we experienced with Paola Barbetti! She is a proud and passionate citizen of Firenze! We were able to not only see the amazing historical places on the easy paced tour but she made us understand the history as we asked our many questions. I would highly recommend her for any tour. Thank you for an amazing experience Paola!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your amazing review!! Arrivederci a presto! Paola
Elena Rondi SophieaUnited States
Paola was amazing! Not only did she pick us up at our Airbnb, but she tailored our tour for the things we wanted to see. Her knowledge about city history was remarkable. It was a delight to be able to see the nooks and crannies of the city that weren't listed on the typical tour materials. We did a private tour; which was so worth the cost (which I thought was very reasonable) - All four of us were able to learn about the things important to us. Ask her about her secret spots.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. It was my pleasure showing you Florence and I'm so glad you enjoyed our time together!
Katie GarnerUnited States
Paola was fantastic. Tour was well-paced, and she easily kept my 12-yo daughter engaged. Paola is certainly very knowledgeable, knows Florence inside and out, and her love of her city shines through. She was great at getting in touch beforehand to figure out what would work best for us and was a great resource throughout our stay in Florence. We loved the restaurant she recommended and was generally just a wonderful person to get to know a bit. We loved her so much we signed up for a 2nd tour.
Julie RaffkindUnited States
Paola customized her Medici tour towards my interests. She is such a delightful person that it was like I was not only touring with a good friend, but one that was able to bring to light all of the wonderment and beauty of Florence. I have been to Palazzo Vecchio many times, but Paola brought to light many new things and was able to tie my experiences together through her knowledge of art, architecture, history and the character of the city. Plus, I had the best "Peposa" in my life with Paola! Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your lovely review. It was a great pleasure to do such an in-depth, one-on-one tour...and in Italian, as well! Sei bravissima!!!
Shan CyrUnited States
Paola was a perfect guide for our family. She took terrific care of us . Her knowledge of art , history and love of Florence enhanced our tours. Our grandson was delighted with her attention to his interests. She encouraged his interest in the gods and connected the art and history so he remained engaged and enthusiastic. Paola also escorted us to several treasures in Florence we would never have visited such as the Davanzati Palace. Do not think twice hire Paola as your guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! It was a great pleasure for me to work with your family and to link the Florence of your grandson’s imagination to the real city.
John MooreUnited Kingdom
Our afternoon with Paola passed in a flash because we found her walking tour of Florence so absorbing. Although she must have given similar tours on numerous occasions, she expressed an enthusiasm and a passion for the City that was infectious. We were particularly impressed by the way in which she seemed to tailor the tour in accordance with our interests, sharing places with us that we might otherwise have missed. We really couldn't recommend her more highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I thank you so much for your amazing review!! Arrivederci a presto. Paola
Sarah CunninghamUnited States
I really enjoyed my private tour with Paola. She was very informative and a delight to tour the city with. She had great shopping and restaurant recommendations for me. Thanks Paola.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sarah, thank you so much for your lovely review. I enjoyed very much our strolls together in Florence and I really hope to meet you again. Un caro saluto Paola
Annette DePauliUnited States
Our experience with Paola was wonderful and all we could have asked for. She was so well informed and communicated with us well and fluently. Paola was pleasant and created an exciting and interesting tour through Florence through her love of the city and her wonderful personality. Our time with Paola elevated our appreciation and understanding of the City of Florence and made the city come to life. I highly recommend Paola and her tour of Florence. Thank you again Paola.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Annette your words moved me so much!! The time spent with you and your lovely family was amazing and made me feel as if my job was one of the most beautiful in the world.. Un caro abbraccio Paola
Paola was absolutely incredible! She was incredibly knowledgeable, very responsive and just a lovely person to spend the day with. She tailored our trip specially knowing we had four children and very hot temps - suggesting a gelato tour and the Palazzo Vecchio Medici Mansion tour as a way to break up the walk. They day was perfect - lots of information about the city, the architecture and the incredible history of Firenze! Thank you Paola - would very highly recommend. You would be lucky to get her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your fantastic review, Amanda. I appreciate even more because you took the trouble to send it so immediately after our tour while you're still on vacation. It was a pleasure sharing Florence...and gelato...with Kate, Ellie, William, Emilia and their lovely parents! I'm so happy you enjoyed our time together. Grazie mille!
Benoit GadboisUnited States
Jonathan S.United States
We took two tours with Paola and we wish we could have taken more and even taken her to the other cities we were visiting on this trip in Italy! She's a fabulous guide. She knows her stuff deeply. But she also knows her clients and is really adept at "reading" their needs and wants. And her recommendations, when we were uncertain how to prioritize things, were superb. We saw some beautiful things and in a very practical way so that it wasn't just being overwhelmed with the other tourists. Terrific!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a delight working with you! Thank you for your beautiful reviews and for being just the kind of clients that keeps me loving my work.
Jonathan S.United States
Paola is one of the best guides we have had anywhere in the world and we've had quite a number of private guides. She has truly in-depth knowledge culturally, artistically, and historically, but she also knows when to go into depth and when to touch more lightly. She really can "read" what her clients want. It was very clear that she planned our tour thoroughly and took the time to address all of our questions. She was totally generous with herself. She is simply outstanding.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jonathan and Miki I've no words to thank you enough for your wonderful review. Thank you so much.... Paola
Michael MitchellUnited States
Paola was exceptional. She took my wife and I on an intellectual adventure helping us understand the forces that shaped the Florentine Renaissance through architecture, sculpture, paintings and the lives of the Medici's. We highly recommend her friendly, passionate and knowledgeable tour of Florence.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! You've added immensely to my enjoyment of our time together with your wonderful review. It's very gratifying for me as a professional to hear that I've achieved my goal so successfully! Thank you for entrusting me with your time in Florence.
Ellen StillUnited States
Paola gave my friends a wonderful introduction to Florence. She also recommended good places to eat. Acommadating when our meal was not yet finished when she came to meet us, she adjusted the tour as my friends needed. Cannot recommend enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Ellen, it was a pleasure for me. A presto!! Paola
Michael BensalUnited States
Just had a wonderful tour of Florence with Paola . A real florentine that loved to show off her city. Having worked as an Italian flight attendant for many years she really understands people as well. Can't say enhough . Anyone wanting a top shelf VIP tour - this is it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm flattered by your fantastic review and glad that you enjoyed the visit me!! Many,many thanks and "a presto". Paola
William RevreUnited States
Paola was great. Very informative, gave the local flavor, took her time, engaging, personable, knowledgeable. Would highly recommend .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your five stars review!!! It was a pleasure meeting you and showing you my city. Enjoy your trip to Australia!!! Many thanks Paola