This was a surprise for us as we enjoyed this tour more than we expected. A delightful experience and Allesandro was again full of the historical information that helped us to appreciate the area. We had delicious and much appreciated dinner in a small restaurant which was recommended by Allesandro which was a lovely way to end our holiday.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoied also this tour and the research and artesanal cuisine of my friend's restaurant. It's been a pleasure to spend some days with you. A big hug from sunny Puglia. p.s. me too now I'm enjoying a couple of weeks off together with my family ... always busy with kayaking, treasure hunt and other funny activities with my children and friends.
Michael O.United Kingdom
A very enjoyable and informative tour around the historic centre of Lecce. Alessandro has a great knowledge of local history and culture that really helped us appreciate the city, plus his wry take on modern Italian life was a wonderful way for visitors to understand more about what it's like to live there today. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Micheal, thanks a lot for you feedback and rating. I'm happy you enjoied the tour of the Lecce. It's a been a pleasure for me to be your guide.
James LangUnited States
Allesandro is a wonderful guide. The tour was four hours and he showed us much of the key sites of Lecce. We liked him very much, his english is very good with a charming accent. We recommend him highly. The Faggiano House tour was a surprize bonus and showed the layers of history of Lecce. Allesandro was very accomodating, we wished we had asked him for a mid tour sit down cafe.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoied the tour and the unique Faggiano Museum. I hope to meet you in the future to show some other stunning city and to ejnoy a coffee or a glass of wine at a bar with calm.
Anthony PepeUnited States
Took a 4-hr walking tour with Alessandro on 9/23. Alessandro was very personable, had extensive knowledge of Lecce & seemed like he really enjoyed talking about "The Florence of The south". He actually provided use with a somewhat extended 4-hr tour. He was a pleasure to be with and would easily recommend him to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anthony, thanks a lot for your rating. You're right: I really like my job and to guide travellers to discover Lecce and Puglia region. I'm very lucky to live here.
Terry PatersonUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks a lot for your nice feedback. I'm glad you enjoied the tour. Please say hallo by me to your travel companions.
John SadlerUnited States
This is to highly recommend Alessandro who gave us a wonderful tour in Lecce last April, 2017. He is very knowledgeable, communicates well and is very engaging. He listened and responded appropriately to our questions and added additional information with a very lovely sense of being a warm Italian gentleman at heart. He had accommodated our request to conduct the tour in Italian. The tour was absolutely delightful and informative, John E Sadler
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your nice words. It's been a pleasure. My best compliments for your Italian !!
Chumley CopeUnited States
What I like the most about Alessandro P. as our guide in Lecce, was that he was very much a person who is native to the area, and knowledgeable about the community at large -- past, present, and future. He could talk about real estate, real estate prices, development, building codes. He could also recommend scenic, less-visited places for our group to visit on our own. Alessandro was very personable, punctual, and fun to be with. I would happily hire him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chumley, me too I would be more than happy to be your tour guide again in Puglia ... thus I'm eager to meet you again to show some other stunning places in Puglia and Matera. Next time we can add also some food and wine experience if you like.
Lecce is amazing. Beautiful baroque churches. Alessandro was very passionate in explaining the history of Lecce . We enjoyed every moment of our time in Lecce.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm so happy you like Lecce and my way of explaining the history of Lecce. I hope to meet you again in the next future to show some other wonderful places.
Inspired by Alessandro's flexibility, dynamics and charm, our group of family and friends discovered in August 2016 beautiful coastlines, varied landscapes, cultural heritage, as rich as original, meridional art of living, traditions, gastronomy and wines of Puglia, the heel of the Italian boot, a genuinely unknown part of Italy, no less interesting than the other Italy that everyone visits and in no way inferior in the beauty of its landscapes or the grandeur of its historiacl monuments. Just DO IT!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I agree with you ... this regions is still quite off the beaten path of tourism but is so rich, varied and unique.
David SharrockUnited Kingdom
Alessandro worked late into the night to ensure we got to see the illuminations in Scorrano which were spectacular!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I agree with you: the luminarie (illuminations) of Scorrano are really unique and spectacular. It's worth to work till late to enjoy this terrific show.
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: Thanks a lot for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoied the tour of the wonderull Lecce with it's lively and vibrant life.
Jonathan KipnisUnited States
Alessandro gave me a fantastic tour of Lecce, including some wine and olive oil tasting and local food. He also took me to some very special local stores for shopping and the highlight was a coffee store with amazing selection of coffees. I highly recommend Alessandro for your tours of Lecce and surroundings.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jonathan, thank a lot for your feedback. It's easy to work with you as you know what you like. Mee too, I enjoied a lot the tour. I hope to meet you again in the next future for another artistic and tasty tour. I make a virtual toasting with you.
Susan TurnbullUnited States
Guide responded quickly to our inquiry and provided comprehensive tour options that enabled us to finalize our tour easily. Guide was very professional, personable, and spoke English well. He was extremely knowledgeable of all aspects of Lecce, including history, architecture, culture, current events, and artisans. We enjoyed the tour very much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan and Bill, its been a pleasure to meet you. I'm glad you enjoied the tour and I hope to see you again in the next future to show some other place in this terrific region.
Ethel ScullyUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ethel thanks for your feedback. It's very important for me. An half day with a group with different needs probablyu it's not enough for a city like Lecce, so rich in art, history, tradition, shopping, wine and food.
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.
Sandra SolomonUnited States
Very knowledgeable about the history of Lecce and its cultures. Friendly, humorous and professional.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for you feedback. It's been a pleasure to spend some hours with you. I'm happy you enjoied Lecce and I hope also Polignano.
Anthony AngeliUnited States
Another great tour. I highly recommend this tour and Alessandro.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again, Tony ... and I hope to meet you soon in the next future
Carolyn StarkUnited States
We were a group of 8 who had a tour of Lecce by Allesandro . We were promptly met at our hotel, asked if we had anything in particular we were wanting to see or do. He gave us a very in-depth and interesting tour of the city with lots of fun information. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to explore the city with a very knowledgeable guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Carolyn, I'm happy you enjoied the tour of Lecce: it's really a wonderful and lively city. I hope to meet you in the next future to show you some other amazing site in Puglia.
Hugh HarknessUnited Kingdom
Once again Alessandro imparted his deep knowledge, this time relating to the Baroque architecture of the beautiful city of Lecce. Not only that he introduced us to a craftsman's workshop we would never otherwise have seen. He was also kind enough to share restaurant and gelati recommendations. Thank you Alessandro for sharing your part of Italy with a couple of travellers.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hugh, I'm glad you enjoied also Lecce and its Baroque architecture. I hope also the personalized coffee. A big hug to you and your wife
Rob StephensonUnited States
Alessandro gave us an excellent tour of Lecce. It was very hot on the day that we toured and he kindly truncated the tour a little to accommodate my wife who was really struggling with the temperature.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: the baroque architecture is nice, Lecce is wonderful ... but in an hot day without wind it's better to miss something than to get exhausted
Carolyn CoplanUnited States
Alessandro was wonderful guide, very knowledgeable, informative, & pleasure 2 b with. He found the only store in Lecce 2 buy antique maps & obtained discount. Took 2 papier mache workshop 2 c artisans up close. He chose delicious restaurant 4 lunch & where could get best gelato & Lecce specialty, iced coffee & almond milk. Was extremely accommodating, taking us & all our luggage 2 airport, parking car & into terminal, a great help. We cannot say enough good things about our day with him. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Carolyn I'm happy you liked the tour, the caffè leccese (the ice coffee with almond milk) and the other food of the Salento area. I wait for you for the next travel to show some other area of Puglia region ... the antique maps need an apulian companion :-) Please say hallo to your hunsband
John ColemanUnited States
Alessandro took us on a superb and memorable tour of Lecce. He arrived on time and devoted all of his attention to our tour. He is well educated, skilled in English, and very knowledgeable not only about the immediate vicinity of the tour but also about the important larger historical and geographical context. We travel frequently with guides; Alessandro ranks at the very top.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, your tour was the first one of the season with Tours by Locals and I'm starting on the best way thanks to your comment. When I read a feedback like yours I have the confirmation I'm doing a good job and that's worth to work as tour guide. It has been a shame for the rain (Lecce is more lively and charming with the sun); at the end of the tour I was wet but happy to have spent a day with such as interesting persons like you and your wife.
Kathryn MillerUnited States
Allesandro provided a wonderful overview of Lecce. The special treat was visiting a paper mache craftsman, something we could never have done on our own. He was very knowledgable about the city, its multitude of churches and cuisine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathryn thanks a lot for your feedback. I'm happy you enjoied the tour of Lecce and the visit to the workshop of the papier-machè artensan is a step in the past in a bottega with the maestro and the pupils.
A lovely day with Alessandro. It was efficient, we got to see a great deal of the country area and favourite sites. Well done and nicely planned.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bruce thanks for your comment and rating and I'm very happy you liked the itinerary. Me too I've spend a nice day with you. I hope to meet you in the next future in Puglia or ... why not ... in your wonderfull Australia. Please say hallo to Jill
My group of 21 seniors from Dublin, had the pleasure of Alessandro's company and expertise in Oria and Lecce. He is very affable, charming, knowledgeable and responsive. He gave us great background on the places visited. He obviously has studied history, geography and archaeology. His fluency in English is good, more work on pronunciation/accent could be beneficial. He ensured that we did not have to walk too far with opportunities to rest. I would have no hesitation in recommending him as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jean, thanks for your feedback. I hope to meet you in the next future for another cultural and wine tour. By the way ... you should visit Tarant, it's archeologic museum and it's cathedral (dedicated to the patron Saint: S. Cataldo, the Irish bishop).
Gilbert HayatUnited States
personable . nice and knowledgeable
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gilbert, thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour even if we had to walk quite a lot: Lecce, Ostuni and Alberobello in 9 hours and back to Brindisi port just in time to embark on the cruise. ... so we will meet again at New York marathon for another challenge :-)
Marjorie StanfordUnited States
Alessandro provided a truly memorable experience. Lecce is a beautiful city and he pointed out unique details and facts in addition to the important historical information. He made the city come to life in a way so many tour guides cannot. After a wonderful time in Lecce we stopped by a local fish market, explored 100+ year old olive groves, went to the sea and explored an old watch tower which now houses an amazing ceramics collection, saw pink flamingoes and then went wine tasting. A PERFECT DAY!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Margie, thanks a lot for yuour feedback. I'm very happy you appreciated my guided visit and you enjoied the tour. It has been a pleasure to meet and spend a day with you and I really enjoied the time spent with you and your hunsband. I hope to meet you in the next future. I make a virtual toast of Primitivo di Manduria with you :-)