Elaine SmallUnited States
This was the highlight of our trip. My traveling companion wanted to see the area where her grandparents were born and raised and our guide Gianlucca was fabulous. He took us all around the area, found a small town near Bari where her Grandmother was likely born, showed us the local produce shops and restaurants so we could get a non-touristy feel of the town, and just made our day so special. I highly recommend him for future tours!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elaine! I'm so glad you enjoyed the day spent together, visiting Bari and the places where your traveling companion's grandparents were born...your happiness is mine. A big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
Richard GitelsonUnited States
Luca did a great job showing us his city and made this a particularly nice stop for us. We got a nice feel for the old Bari and the new and had a lovely day discovering this city. Luca is a friendly, thoughtful host who made this a memorable day for us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard! I had a wonderful time with you all, and I'm so glad you got a nice feel of Bari and you'll keep nice memories of the day spent together. You, your wife and your friends are very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you all and...greetings from Puglia!
Jon JacobsonUnited States
Excellent tour guide! He tailored the tour and exceeded our expectations!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jon! It was a pleasure meeting you and your friends. I'm glad you enjoyed Bari: the downtown, the seafront, the alleys of its old town, our culture, our delicious street food and our typical food and wines. You're great travelers and great foodies. A big hug to you and your friends and...greetings from Puglia!
Maria MontaruliUnited States
I can't tell you how happy we are to have met Gianluca and have him guide us through such a lovely area as Bisceglie and Ruvo di Puglia. It was the most wonderful excursion and meant so much to my husband to be able to walk the same streets as his parents did so many years ago. We have benefited so much from Gianluca's expertise and his casual style, which made it seem more like hanging out with a good, and knowledgeable, friend, than being lectured tour by a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Maria and Joe! Very kind of you...same for me, I can't tell you how happy I am to have met you, and being able to take you to the same streets as Joe's parents did so many years ago. I'm glad it seemed more like hanging out with a friend than being lectured to by a guide...that's what I always try to offer to travelers besides the guided tour. You're very nice people and great travelers. A big hug to you and Joe. Greetings from your beloved Puglia!
Carolyn SimonUnited Kingdom
Gianluca was the perfect guide: easy-going, friendly, helpful. We could not have been in better hands.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carolyn! It has been a pleasure to spend a day with you, visiting and "experiencing" the real Bari, with its touristic sights and its places off the beatn paths...you're very nice people and great travelers. Your interest in my town and in local culture and traditions made me proud! A big hug to you and your family from your friend Gianluca. Greetings from Puglia!
Joe CreehanUnited States
We planned a custom tour with Gianluca to visit Conversano, the ancestral home of 1 of 4 in our party. Pick up was right outside the Port entrance in a comfortable stationwagon. He not only exceeded our expectation for a tour, he went out of his way to question people and actually locate distant relatives. He became part of the 'family' as we got to know each other through his help in translating. We visited other locations and got great information from Gianluca. This was by far the best tour we had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joe! As I told you, I'll remember the day spent together forever. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the tour and we've been able to meet Jan's relatives in such a short time...you made me feel like a member of the family :-) Yes questioning people is actually the funniest and the most useful thing to do, to find distant relatives in small towns. You're great travelers and great people. A big hug to you all from your friend Gianluca :-) Let's keep in touch and...greetings from Puglia!
Helen ZagonaUnited States
I am an older woman traveling alone and have never used TbyL before. I wanted to get a real flavor of Puglia so I booked 3 tours with this guide based only on the ratings he received. Not sure this was a good idea, but... after this first day, my doubts were gone! What a great guide and a really nice person! Very knowledgeable, professional and pleasant to be with. He loves his region and conveys this with so many details that make the place interesting. His English is perfect.See my other trip comments
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Helen! It was my pleasure to spend 3 days with you visting my lovely region...you are a very nice person and a GOOD traveler! I'm glad you'll keep good memories of your tour and your tour guide. You've a new friend here! A big hug and...greetings from Puglia!
Judy DeVitaUnited States
My tour with Gianluca was fantastic! He met me at the airport, on time, as I requested. He asked what I preferred to do and see. We had a wonderful tour of a nearby seaside town and the best sights of Bari. Gianluca was extremely kind and personable. He even accompanied me to the train station and made sure I know how to get to my next destination. I highly recommend a tour with Gianluca!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Judy! You're a very nice person and a very good traveler. I've really enjoyed the time spent together, and I'm sure you've enjoyed the rest of your trip in my lovely region. You've a new good friend here! A big hug and greetings from Apulia!
I had an excellent experience with Gianluca!