Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Venice-Italy by Tour Guide Fernando (Guide #1179)


Barbara Newman

United States
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Tour: #72514, Venice highlights & Murano, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 6/18

We had a wonderful tour, especially through the lesser travelled back roads of Venice. We also appreciated the early entry and creative routing through the Basilica. We recommend Fernando highly!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Barbara, I'm glad you enjoyed yourself through the tour and thank you for the 'creative scouting', that very stimulating! Hugs to all Fernando

Thais Moldovan

United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 1/18

Fernando has an amazing historical knowledge of Venice. He is personable and able to cater to different ages within the group. It was a memorable experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Thais, It was easy for me to connect with all of you, a very responsive family group. Let me know when you're coming back again, there is much more to see in Venice, All the best Fernando

Stephen P.

Washington, DC, United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 24/18

Fernando is a friendly, fun, professional and accommodating, guide. His outstanding knowledge is further enhanced by the historical context he provides. Our group was extremely impressed. He went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of. I highly recommend Fernando. You won't go wrong choosing him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Stephen, I was impressed by the long endurance of your parents through a 3 hrs tour and yours after a long haul flight and that you've been already 3 times in Venice, the major should give you a price .... If there will be a 4th time let me know, it will be hard but I'll try to think of something you haven't done in Venice yet. Allthebest Fernando

John Lyle

United States
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Tour: #72514, Venice highlights & Murano, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 24/18

This was our first trip to Venice and after reviewing several guides I selected Fernando based on ratings by his past clients. Fernando did an outstanding job and we had a great time touring the Murano glass works as well as St. Marks and several other parts of Venice. His knowledge of the city's past, the architecture and even present day challenges enhanced our trip beyond measure. Fernando connected with me by email over a month before our trip and made it easy to meet once we were in the city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao John, Murano is always an incredible experience for any visitor, hard to believe how masters can produce an infinite selection of shapes and colors. And for the rest, your company and enduring interest was decisive for a most agreeable tour. Hugs for all Fernando

Mary Beth Edwards

United States
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Tour: #72514, Venice highlights & Murano, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 8/18

Absolutely amazing !! The breath of Ferando's knowledge of the history of Venice was incredibly impressive!!! Loved our ability to tailor the tour.

David Finley

United States
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Tour: #72514, Venice highlights & Murano, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 7/18

Knowledgeable kind experienced. A delight

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao David, despite the rain we made the day, thank you to you and Debbie for your company and good mood. Up to next time, regards Fernando

Mike Lange

United States
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Tour: #3937, Dorsoduro and San Polo Tour half-day tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 6/18

Mike Lange

United States
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Tour: St. Mark's church and the Ducal Palace Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Jul 5/18

Mike Lange

United States
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Tour: #36212, Murano and Burano private tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 5/18

Eran Hammer

United States
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Tour: #161413, Full-day Private tour in Venice with Murano and the Ghetto, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 29/18

Gerald Kistler

United States
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Tour: #3935, Venice, the Power of the Past - Private tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 27/18

Excellent tour. Fernando was a great guide giving many details we would have not known except for his expert commentary.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Gerald, tksalot and seeuinvenice again Fernando

Linda E.

United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 27/18

Fernando was just lovely! He crafted a tour to our family's specifications--we wanted an overview of Venice, but also wanted to know about the Jews of Venice and the Jewish Ghetto. He was knowledgable, funny, laid back, and easy to be with. We recommend him with no reservations!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Linda and Stewart, I'm ready to craft more tours for you so let me know when you're coming back. All the best Fernando

Melissa Aiken

United States
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Tour: #36203, Private Tour for the Alken party, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 18/18

Vastly better than a huge tour group lead by non-local with a sign. Fernando clearly knows and loves Venice. We had a wonderful afternoon with Fernando. He was friendly, very informative, and engaging. We are traveled with three generations and he connected well with everyone. He also adapted his schedule as we walked to accommodate our needs and abilities. Very highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Melissa, it was a good decision to tour in the afternoon with less people around and do the water ride in the early evening, I truly enjoyed your company, three generations but all well build! Hugs for all Fernando

Vivienne Olian

Queens Park Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Tour: #139030, Jewish Venice Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 31/18

Fernando was a delight to spend 3 hours with and was knowledgeable and able to answer any of our questions. He was a passionate guide and loved to share his knowledge with us. He was well presented and spoke clearly. We enjoyed his company and will happily recommend him and your company.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Vivienne, I'm truly glad I was able to answer all your questions! But it was more like a conversational tour so your opinions and thoughts were very stimulating. The ghetto is one of my favourite areas in Venice and there is always a lot more to learn.... Hugs to all ya and best regards Fernando

Mary Giancoli

United States
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Tour: #3935, Venice, the Power of the Past - Private tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 29/18

Fernando was exceptional! He communicated well, giving us precise directions from our hotel to the meeting point. He was very knowledgeable, answering all our questions and providing really interesting anecdotes/stories. He navigated us through the crowds at St. Marc's with ease, modifying the tour on the fly when we needed to stop for the restroom. We loved the tour and all the insights he provided—so pleased to have met him and toured with him. Thanks Fernando!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Mary, it was a crowded day with lots of people between San Marco and the Ducal Palace. Smart improvisation is needed to get around and of course even more important is to have companions with a true good spirit has you all where. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour and I hope to see you again so I can show you more 'stuff' in Venice, all the best Fernando

Vincent Webb

United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 22/18

A wonderful charming individual with an incredible knowledge of history - you won't be disappointed ��

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao, I enjoyed myself in your company, it was like being with a couple of long time friends. Hope we can meet again. Best to both Fernando

Lois Kuhlke

United States
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Tour: #3935, Full day tour for Lois Kuhlke, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 28/18

My day with Fernando was excellent. He knows so much about Venice and its history and art. He knows the city well and can easily navigate around the crowds. I hope to return and enjoy another tour with him. I highly recommend his tours.

Johnny Atkin

United Kingdom
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Tour: #72514, Venice highlights & Murano, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 18/18

A really fascinating tour of some of the quieter areas of Venice plus a very well informed trip around San Marco. Fernando has a wealth of knowledge about Venice, its buildings, its history and its role as a major European power of old. Well worth doing.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Jhonny, thanks for 'a wealth of knowledege', next time manage to stay longer there is 'a wealth of nice places' we can visit together. Best, Fernando

Thomas Wagen Sr

United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 18/18

Not my best tour with Tours by Locals - the guide left me stranded at the train station; when we finally connected at an additional expense to me - he ignored some mobility issues that had arisen for me during my flight to Venice - and he persisted in ignoring my main reason for contracting for this service - i.e., to get a "lay of the land" in Venice so that I could get around on my own - on the bright side, however, ToursbyLocals did give me a credit due to the poor quality of this tour

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I apologize for misunderstanding the meeting place, it wasn't the best way to initiate the tour. I'm sorry to hear that I ignored your mobility problems but it wasn't that clear to me. My goal is always to provide a pleasant tour and to fulfill visitor's wishes to enjoy our beautiful town in total comfort, and so I would certainly have changed the itinerary or the pace of the walk if I had known. I hope you'll come back again to Venice Thomas hopefully in mid Spring or Summer when our city is at its best.

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals appreciates all feedback and we apologize for the complications at the beginning of the tour. ToursByLocals has full confidence in our guide Fernando's ability to continue to deliver 5-Star tour experiences in the future and should note that our guide was unfortunately not made aware of any mobility issues prior to the tour in this case. We would always ask our customers to inform us of any specific requirements which would help us perfectly customize their tour experience.

Robert Dodson

United States
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Tour: #161413, Full day tour in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 8/17

Fernando was a terrific guide. Our tour was on a rainy day, but he made Venice shine despite the weather!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Robert, I tried agagin to make Venice shine in rain but it only happened when you were here, so you also did something on out tour ........ Tks and regards

Jeffrey Lloyd

United States
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Tour: Private tour from Venice cruise terminal, Venezia, Veneto, Italy
Date: Nov 7/17

Fernando is extremely knowledgeable and very accomodating. Despite a heavy downpour he made the tour worthwhile.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Jeffrey, I worked out to have sun that day but ..... I'll try harder when you'll get back.... Best Fernando

Lillian Reyes Joyce

United States
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Tour: #161413, Full day tour in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Nov 5/17

Fernando was fantastic with our crazy group of 7. We had a wheel chair for our special needs daughter and a rainy windy day. However he handled it all and made sure we had a wonderful tour. His English is perfect, he is very informed very kind and wonderful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Lillian, YOU were an amazing group of people . . . in such a day I wouldn't have made it without your great spirit. And don't you think you were that crazy ... I can tell you some stories ........... All the best Fernando

Norma Amaya-Chavez

United States
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Tour: #155146, The Frari church and the Scuola of San Rocco, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 28/17

This was a fantastic tour and our guide , Fernando was just fantastic , very knowledgeable , just great, highly recommend him and tour. Thanks Fernando for a very memorable tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Norma, it is always a pleasure to go around with art lovers as you. As we have so much fine art and architecture in Venice you MUST came back again for more. Hasta pronto Fernando

Sergio Rodriguez

United States
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Tour: #36203, Venice Land and Water, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 21/17

Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous; he was also able to conduct the tour in Spanish - which was a nice extra for us. The tour is a perfect combination of time spent walking (2 hrs and 10 min) and on boat (50 min.) in Venice. It is perfect for the day after the long fly from USA. While we had been in Venice a couple of times before, we learned a few new things and enjoyed seeing it from a different point of view. My only negative is that in walking we covered a very small area of Venice

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola Sergio, fuè un placer atenderos en Venecia y todavìa màs con quienes ya han repetido visita en ns ciudad. Ahora tendreìs que regresar nuevamente y asì podremos terminar de ver lo que falta. Un abrazo àra todos Fernando

Ian Saunders

United Kingdom
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Tour: Venice Classic Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Oct 18/17

Excellent tour and guide who has vast depth of knowledge. Highly recommended

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Ian, I should thank you for following me with undimished interest up to the end of the tour. Hopefully one day the Duke's abode will be re-open to the public and I'll be able to show you that also. Best regards Fernando

Adrian Gut

Switzerland
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Tour: Venice Classic Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Oct 15/17

We had a great time with Fernando! He made it very interesting both for our kids and the adults in the group. Highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Adrian, you couldn't have said it better ....tks for this great comment, seeyaall

Jerome Baker

Indianapolis, IN, United States
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Tour: #161413, Full day tour in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 12/17

Fernando's full day tour of Venice was first rate and very educational and quite enjoyable. His extensive knowledge and experience allowed him to customize the tour and also schedule lunch at an enchanting local restaurant. Our group of six included a few with walking difficulty, but Fernando was masterful in selecting our walking route and rest stops.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jerome, your good mood made everything going smooth. See ya, Fernando

Robyn Killin McAuliffe

Australia
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Tour: #36212, Private Venice Lagoon Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 11/17

Fernando gave us a wonderful private water taxi tour to some of the less visited islands. It was fascinating to see small farms being cultivated - their artichokes are famous - providing some tasty produce for Venice - 0 kilometre food sources! Fernando also provided us with knowledgable background on the beautiful island of Torcello, with the original Cipriani's, small plot faming, vegetation lined canals, remnants of Roman occupation, and the famous church with its glittering Byzantine mosaics: perfect!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Rob&Robyn, it was a special day indeed, the fog fading away on the green fields encompassed by the lagoon, we could'nt climb the bell tower so here you get a reason to get back again to Torcello. Has been great meeting you, all the best

Karen Thomas

United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 7/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Karen, the basilica is one of the world's greatest buildings, our aim is to provide our guests a thoroughful overview, something that will remain in their hearts and minds. Next time well see more, all the best Fernando

Cassie Luckoff

United States
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Tour: #139030, Jewish Venice Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 6/17

Fernando's command of historical information is amazing! He really is devoted to all things Venice and Italy! And this particular tour focused on Jewish sites and history, which was very interesting. Probably the only comment we would have is that it took some concentration on our part to understand (and hear) everything he was saying in such depth. He has a lot of information to impart! But an amazing tour and introduction to this important story!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Cassie, thank you for your comment. I really like Jewish Venetian history so when I start my speech at the Ghetto I go my way..... I'll consider to give my clients some time off just to wander around. Best wishes Fernando

Tim Santana

United States
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Tour: #161413, Full day tour in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 28/17

We spent a great day with Fernando touring Venice. We hit all of the must see sights but never felt rushed or hurried. Fernando had all of the head of the line tickets which saved a great deal of time. We saw Venice from both the water and from the land. I think we saw places even some Venetians haven't seen and had a wonderful lunch at a nice restaurant off the beaten path. I would certainly use Fernando again and would recommend him to anyone who wants an outstanding tour of Venice.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Tim, thanks for coming and let me walk around with you.... Hugs Fernando

Annie Hall

United States
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Tour: #139031, Cannaregio with the ghetto and glass beads artisan workshop, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 27/17

Annie Hall

United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 27/17

Roger Knapp

United States
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Tour: #36203, Venice for you, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 23/17

Fernando picked us up at our hotel via water taxi. The tour included a water taxi tour of Venice proper and the lagoon area. In Venice, the tour included St. Marks square. Fernando was very informed and provided details and insights that we would have otherwise missed. Highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Roger, it certainly was a great day, all the best Fernando

Diego Candolo

British Virgin Islands
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 20/17

Fernando is extremely well educated in Venice history. Knows a bunch of languages....we had a Spanish tour because of a participant's first time in Venice. Awesome 3 hours walking tour. Highly recommendable!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Diego è stato un piacere conoscervi alla prossima e grazie

Philip Gelber

United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 16/17

Fernando was helpful in setting up a customized itinerary in advance. He was punctual. Commentary on the various sites was informative and deep. His English was flawless and robust. We ran over a bit as he was quite enthusiastic about the sites. All in all a great guide. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Philip, you made the day with your boundless wish of knowledge about my city and also good pace .... a presto! Fernando

Lawrence Muir

Perth, Australia
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Tour: #161413, Full day tour in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 15/17

Fernando gave us a tour that fascinated us and held us captivated for the whole day which I would imagine is not easy. His knowledge of Venice is complete and his presentation and personality made for a memorable day in Venice.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Lawrence, I can tell my secret about fascinating and captivating you for a whole day, I did it before ...... :) Let's see more when you'll get back. Best, Fernando

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to quality customer experiences and takes all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences. We have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our normal high standards.

Jill Andree

United States
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Tour: #3935, Venice San Marco Private Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 14/17

Fernando was so informative with a great sense of humor! He maneuvered us thru massive crowds with ease and experience. His passion, love and respect for venice was so admirable. Thank you Fernando! Jill and Roger

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Jill&Roger, one has to keep a good sense of humor when the square gets so crowded ..... it helps to keep going on. And of course also great tour companions like you. Grazie Fernando

Ellen Carson

United States
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Tour: #3935, Venice San Marco Private Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 12/17

Fernando was an awesome guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about what he spoke about. We highly recommend Fernando's tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Ellen, passion sparks also when working with attentive and nice people like you. Give me a call when back to Venice, all the best Fernando

Bruce Evans

United States
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Tour: #72514, Venice all at once, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 8/17

Fernando was excellent guide ...very prepared ...easy to understand ...excellent

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Bruce, I'm glad you enjoyed the tour, it was awesome to spend a few hours with you. Best wishes Fernando

Bob Krasne

United States
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Tour: #161413, Full day tour in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 31/17

Fernando was easy to understand and very knowledgeable, prompt, and personable. I would highly recommend him. We have traveled the world and he was one of our top guides to date. Tkurs by locals has consistently given us outstanding guides all over.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Bob, I'm glad to be in your world's best. Hope to still be one of them when you'll get back to Venice. Hugs to all Fernando

Audrey Theis

United States
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Tour: #36203, Venice Land and Water, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 28/17

Very informative tour. Interesting to see some of "less traveled" neighborhoods. Fernando worked hard to accommodate the interests of my 11 year-old granddaughter. Would highly recommend this tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Audrey, it is a great feeling when we can reach the souls and minds of our 'smaller' clients. Sometimes we make it ... See you around, greetings Fernando

Chad Widensky

United States
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Tour: #3935, Venice San Marco Private Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 27/17

Lynn Delman

United States
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Tour: #139030, Jewish Venice Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 22/17

Dagmar Novey de Arango

Panama
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Tour: #3935, Venice San Marco Private Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 21/17

Fernando was GREAT. He was kind and very professional. We asked him to modify our tour and do something different and he was very happy to please us. We had a dinner tour right after our City tour with him. He went the extra mile and waited for us until the next person picked us up. Thanks a lot Fernando. Saludos from Panama.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hola gracias por vs comentario, fuè un placer atenderos y espero veros pronto nuevamente en Venecia. Ciao ciao Fernando

Anthony M.

United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 16/17

Fernando presented a perfect look at Venice through a first time visitors eyes. His exuberance for the city, his love of the life that is Venice shown through in all his talks. Visual aids were used when necessary to describe parts of the city especially when Venice was Marsh land We had a wonderful time and all in our party enjoyed his Venice

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Anthony, our mission is to show our city as it is the first time for us too, in Venice this is an easy task as we think is the most beautiful city in the world. It was great to spend time with you and the family. Hug you all Fernando

William Boyan

United States
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Tour: #34190, Venice Off the Tourist Track Walk and Traditional Boat Yard, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 15/17

Fernando led us on a fabulous tour to the furthest area of Venice including a terrific boatyard tour. He is extraordinarily knowledgeable and informative. And he is great fun to be with. Clearly one of the best tour guides we have had anywhere!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoyed the tour Bill, let me know when you're coming back to see more....Regards Fernando

Maggie P.

Miami, FL, United States
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Tour: #161413, Private transfer from the station and orientation city walk, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 3/17

Fernando was awesome ! He was there greeting us as soon as we arrived Venice by train. He patiently waited for us to check into our hotel before starting our Venice walking tour. He is very formative, knowledgeable, and has a big heart. We witnessed him assist an ailing French woman ( not in our tour group ) with 911 water ambulance . We wish that we could have him as our guide throughout our stay . We are very thankful that he had recommended us his wonderful Colleague Minu to take his place .

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Maggie, thanks God the lady felt sick very near from the hospital and that really helped. You were a good-humored group of friends and it was great fun guiding you around, see you all Fernando

Ed Snyder

United States
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Tour: #161413, Full day tour in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 30/17

Fernando is a superb guide and a walking encyclopedia of the sights and history of Venice. He had so much information about the Ghetto that I thought he was Jewish. His English is perfect. We highly recommend Fernando and will use him again when we return to Venice. Also, he had great restaurant recommendations.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Ed, I'm just a goy but Jewish history in Venice is so far reaching and important that it is an integral part of our common heritage. And knowing where to eat well as well.... I do expect to see you again when back.... Hugs Fernando

Andra Maldovan

United States
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Tour: #161413, Full day tour in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 25/17

Fernando was very informative, great to explain so many of the "unknowns" of Venice. Loved his openness to showing us a spur of the moment spot or add a place not on our itinerary. Great for Venice! Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Andra, fortunately Venice has plenty of unknowns so I'm ready to show you the ones you didn't see yet. And thanks for sharing my way of getting out of the way ..... Hugs Fernando

John Growney

United States
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Tour: Venice Classic Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: May 19/17

Moanica Caston

United States
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Tour: #161413, Full day tour in Venice for Moanica's party, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 7/17

Fernando is so engaging and thorough! We experienced the famous and the not-so-famous parts of the city, Witnessed a glass-blowing demonstration, ate lunch with the locals, hit all the great photo spots and just had a wonderful day with a fantastic guide! Cant recommend him highly enough!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Moanica, what a PERFECT commentary! Well the day wouldn't be that great without your company.... Give us a ring when you'll get here next time, all the best Fernando

Robert Gonderman

United States
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Tour: #36212, Private Venice Lagoon Tour for the Gondermans, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 6/17

Fernando planned a great day for us. He is very personable. We loved going to Murano and seeing the glass blowing. The church was also amazing.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Robert, this tour is indeed one of my favorite, nature, art, history and crafts all combined in a perfect blend. Next time we can see other interesting islands and we have many ..... Best to allya Fernando

Robert Gonderman

United States
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Tour: #161413, Full day tour in Venice for the Gondermans, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 3/17

Fernando was delightful. We saw the typical tourist sites but he also showed us the local side of the city. Very knowledgeable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Robert, your endurance and attention through the day certainly made my job easier and enjoyable. And you saw that there is much more to see than just the 'usual' landmarks. When are you coming next? Best to allya

Richard Goodman

United Kingdom
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Tour: #139030, Jewish Venice Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 16/17

Fernando was a wonderful guide. We all really enjoyed our tour of the Jewish Ghetto area and the history walk we had with Fernando from San Marco square to the Jewish area. Fernando was prompt, very knowledgeable, a good communicator and funny. He also gave us many tips for our visit to Venice. We would highly recommend Fernando. Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Richard, Venice had a pivot role in Jewish European history and there is so much to say. It was nice to spend time with you walking around in Venice, time went very fast. Best to all Fernando

Eileen Eads

Raleigh, NC, United States
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Tour: #3937, Dorsoduro and San Polo Tour half-day tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 4/17

Fernando did a great job, giving us wonderful insider information about the neighborhoods of Dorsoduro and San Polo! We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him, and even though 2 of the 4 of us had been to Venice before, we learned a lot from him. I have no hesitation in highly recommending him--I would use him again myself!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Eileen, your enthusiasm was the greatest asset that day. And you found out there is a lot to see in Venice, worth 2 trips at least. Lots of joy to all Fernando

Kate Pixley

United States
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Tour: #34190, Venice Off the Tourist Track Walk and Traditional Boat Yard, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 1/17

Fernando gave an incredible tour of Venice back streets; deep knowledge of Venetian and Italian history and marvelous Venice arcana. Highest recommendation!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Kate, I'll have more arcana ready for you next time!

Lawrence Haislip

United States
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Tour: #155146, The Frari church, the Scuola of San Rocco and two Palladian churches, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 30/17

Lawrence Haislip

United States
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Tour: #3935, Venice San Marco Private Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 29/17

Marie O'Connell

Ireland
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Tour: #3937, Dorsoduro and San Polo Tour half-day tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 23/17

We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tours around Venice with Fernando. His local knowledge and perfect English was excellent. We found him very obliging and very good company. He recommended some excellent local restaurant. Marie O'Connell and friends

Marie O'Connell

Ireland
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Tour: #3935, Venice San Marco Private Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 22/17

We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tours around Venice with Fernando. His local knowledge and perfect English was excellent. We found him very obliging and very good company. He recommended some excellent local restaurant. Marie O'Connell and friends

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Marie, providing hints about great food places is a top priority for any guide. The good company was mutual. Hope to see you soon, best Fernando

Nancy Zimmerman

United States
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Tour: #3935, Venice San Marco Private Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 16/17

Fantastic tour. Very accommodating and knowledgeable.

Sandra Bradfield

Australia
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 31/16

We thoroughly enjoyed our First Time in Venice Tour with Fernando. He enthusiastically shared with us his knowledge of important sites and guided us on some less well trodden paths away from the crowds. We gained an insight into the history & geography as well as modern Venetian life. Fernando showed us a wonderful bakery, suggested the best places for photos and other places to visit during our stay in Venice. We would highly recommend this Tour to anyone visiting Venice.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Sandra, I'm glad you enjoyed 'A day in the life of a would-be Venetian' we only did part one so, when are you coming next for part two? Hugs to all Fernando

Richard Stern

Switzerland
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Tour: #36203, Venice Land and Water, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 27/16

An excellent experience. What a great combination offering 2 ways to see and hear about Venice. Fernando is incredibly knowledgeable. We learned so much about St. Mark's cathedral with super attention to details. We had a great private boat trip from the Grand Canal to little waterways in the city. And Fernando paid close attention to our 12-year old son keeping him in the loop. He is just wonderful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Richard, well I liked a lot that 'keeping a 12 years old in the loop'....I'm glad I succeed..... Your ardor was contagious and captivating making my job a lot easier and enjoyable. Best best best Fernando

Winnifred Lee

Australia
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Tour: #36203, Venice Land and Water, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 19/16

Venice is a tricky place for the newcomer. Fernando' s walk and boat tour provided the best introduction. The water component is really important to orientate yourself on the layout of Venice and to admire the many key buildings on the Grand Canal. Fernando spoke clearly and knowledgeably. He also made the information interesting involving our family of six. Just take this tour on your first day in Venice!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Winnifred, great day, great city and a great family = great tour Hugs x 6 all the best Fernando

Kenneth Gall

United States
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Tour: #36203, Venice Land and Water, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Nov 12/16

This was the highlight of our visit to Venice. If you are going to see Venice then you must do it from the water with Fernando as your guide. Fernando is an encyclopedia of Venice culture and architect. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed his company and his wisdom. I highly recommend a tour with Fernando

Kristin Collins

United States
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Tour: Another Venice; Dorsoduro, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Nov 5/16

Wonderful information. I particularly liked how when the weather turned rainy, he changed our tour to be indoors and still make it amazing!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Kristin, we all guides wish that we may get great sunny days ONLY. But plans B are made for opposite situations, and in Venice there are so many great building to visit in. Anyhow you were very accomodating that day to make thing easy for me. Allthevest Fernando

Kristin Collins

United States
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Tour: Venice from water private tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Nov 4/16

Amazing knowledge and fun personality

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: T H A N K Y O U

Barbara Levey

United States
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Tour: Full Day Tour in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Oct 21/16

Our tour with Fernando in Venice was excellent. His knowledge of Venice is unending. He explained and showed us everything that we expected. We enjoyed the tour immensely and would recommend him to our friends.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Barbara, first time to hear of 'unending knowlege' this sounds awesome. What about if I say you had undending simpathy? Ready for another great day with all you folks Hugs Fernando

Denis Cole

Miami Beach, FL, United States
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Tour: Full day private tour in Venice for Denis Cole & party, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Oct 7/16

Fernando is an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. He took us to parts of Venice we would never have discovered ourselves, provided an interesting narrative and largely avoided the crowds. He is flexible regarding the itinerary and incorporated a visit to Murano at our request. Definitely a five star guide.

Andrea Guerreri

United States
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Tour: #72514, Venice all at once, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 6/16

What a great day! We especially loved the water taxi tour of the Grand Canal and the trip to a Murano glass factory. Fernando is extremely knowledgeable and worked hard to make sure we were totally satisfied. We would HIGHLY recommend this tour and guide!

Oren Malberger

Israel
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Tour: #36203, Venice Land and Water, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 6/16

Fernando is wonderfull. both knowledgable and charming. he can make the trip fit to your needs and can take you to wonderfull places. great value for money. thank you Fernando!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Oren, there are so many wonderful places in Venice that one tour is not enough, looking forward for a next time Best Fernando

Seth Kaplan

United States
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Tour: Private full day tour in Venice for Seth's party, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Oct 1/16

Fernando is fabulous. We spent the day with him as our tour started at 09:30 and we parted at 17:00. The weather impacted our original itinerary and Fernando was able to rearrange and make it work. His knowledge of Venice and its history is outstanding. so enjoyable. We were a group of 5 ranging from 20-75, and everyone had a wonderful time. This was our first trip to Venice, although our two friends had been numerous time, and they saw new and learned new things. We highly recommend him!!!

Frank Pernat

United States
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Tour: private walking tour for mr frank pernat, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Sep 23/16

Fernando was a great reliable and knowledgeable tour guide.

Nicki Mason

United Kingdom
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Tour: #3935, Venice San Marco Private Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 17/16

Highly recommended. No queues and having a private guide meant we could ask questions as we went around the buildings. Fernando was an amazing guide - can't recommend highly enough. It's definitely worth booking a private guide as you learn so much more.

Nicki Mason

United Kingdom
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Tour: #36203, Venice Land and Water, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 16/16

Fantastic tour - loved every minute and we learnt far more than we could ever have hoped to learn by reading a book or searching on the Internet. Fernando was so knowledgeable and his passion for Venice is infectious! Can't recommend highly enough.

Carney Walter

DENVER, United States
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Tour: #4511, St. Mark's church and the Frari Franciscan church, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 2/16

Paul Walk

United States
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Tour: #139030, Jewish Venice Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 8/16

Fernando was awesome. Knows Venice like the palm of his hand !!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Paul, next time will try the palm of the other hand..:)

Jeffrey Hansen

United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 18/16

Fernando took our family on a great tour of Venice. Not only did he show us the big attractions, but he also showed us the everyday parts of the city like the farmers markets and fish markets. It really gave you a good rounded look into what Venice is, a city with rich history.

Sarah Cleveland

Seminole, FL, United States
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Tour: One day private tour for Sarah's party, Venezia, Veneto, Italy
Date: Jun 14/16

Fernando was a wealth of information. He was able to provide a lot of great information on the architecture, engineering and history of Venice. Additionally, he knew exactly the right times to be in the right places to get the best experience -- which is an amazing thing that only a local would know (i.e.: when the lights are on in St. Marks so that you can see the mosaics the the best as they only do this for a short time) Additionally, eat lunch with him - he'll ensure you get all the good stuff!

Kate Gerard

Hahndorf, SA, Australia
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Tour: #155146, The Frari church and the Scuola of San Rocco, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 8/16

Fernando was a perfect choice for this tour. With a good understanding and knowledge of art and the works of the artists we saw today, it made it really special. There is so much art to see in Venice, and we really did see a lot of the special masterpieces in the magical city of Venice. I learnt so much and had a fabulous time doing so. Thank you Fernando.

Anthony Casablanca

United States
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Tour: #139031, Cannaregio and the Ghetto, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 5/16

Wonderful tour! Fernando took us to places we would have never explored on our own. Not only did he take us there but he provided us with the story behind what we were seeing. He also was very helpful in making sure we could catch the water taxi back to our hotel which was quite comforting. This is our 6th experience with Tour by Locals and we will keep coming back.

Dan Reardon

United States
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Tour: Private Venice shore excursions from Venice main cruise terminal, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Jun 2/16

Carney Walter

DENVER, United States
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Tour: #139031, Cannaregio and the Ghetto, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 31/16

Michael Landsburg

United States
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Tour: #34190, Venice Off the Beaten Track, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 24/16

What a nice day spent with Fernando. We met him in San Marco, and shortly after we left the chaos of the area around the square, we walking thru the beautiful and quite local neighborhoods of the REAL Venice. We took the best photos of the whole trip while Fernando told us all kinds of interesting facts about stories about the different areas. What a treat. Fernando's knowledge of the area is unparalleled. By far the best way to see Venice!

Jerome Denz

United States
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Tour: Private Venice shore excursions from Venice main cruise terminal, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: May 22/16

Fernando is truly a professional guide, having been in the travel and convention business for many years. He is extremely knowledgeable about Venice's history, landmarks and present and future conditions. We toured with him on a Sunday and were not able to enter St. Mark's until after 2:00PM. Although our tour was officially over, he had lunch with us, and escorted us into the cathedral, above and beyond. Heartily recommend his tour.

Anne-Louise Charette

Canada
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Tour: #36203, Venice Land and Water, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 17/16

A tour with Fernando is a wonderful way to experience Venice for the first time by water and walking. In addition to showing us the important landmarks, Fernando provided an entertaining history of Venice. Fernando was accommodating to and anticipating our pace and needs.

Kathy Bottemiller

United States
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Tour: #139030, Jewish Heritage Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 15/16

Our group found Fernando to be very accessible, helpful and welcoming, even long before our tour was to take place! From home we emailed back and forth as he answered questions, explained transportation, arranged timing etc, then he even connected to WhatsApp to be able to communicate with us once we arrived in Venice. Fernando is exciting to learn from because he has obviously put his mind and heart into what he is telling us; the old and young among us are so enriched for having toured with Fernando!

Lis Giardino

United States
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Tour: #155146, The Frari church and the Scuola of San Rocco, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: May 11/16

Fernando was an outstanding guide, very knowledgeable on art and architecture. The tour was extremely interesting how the designs and art of the buildings were directly tied to the history of the day in Venice. Fernando's tour brought us to places that are slightly off the usual tourist spots, allowing us to experience another side of Venice. Highly recommend.

James Beck

United States
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Tour: #72514, Venice all at once, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 28/16

Fernando, Was a great experiencing guide,very accommodating, good English. J&K BECK 4-20-2016

Patsy Pennington

United States
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Tour: Private Tour in Venice for Sheryl's party, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Apr 17/16

Fernando was personable, knowledgeable and willing to accept changes to the itinerary.

Alan Arnowitz

United States
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Tour: Private Full DayTour in Venice for the Arnowitz party, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Apr 14/16

Fernando went out of his way to accommodate our wishes & needs. He is knowledgeable, friendly & tailored our tour to what was important to us. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a guide.

Mark Barocas

United States
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Tour: #139030, Jewish Venice Tour, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 1/16

Fernando is extremely knowledgable about the history of Venice and Venitian Jewry. His tour was jam packed with information in addition to giving us a great overview of Venice in general. Fernando was also extremely accommodating, especially finding the perfect cafe for a cappuccino break. Bravo Fernando e molto grazie!

Sam Atassi

United States
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Tour: #3935, Venice Private Tour: The Piazza, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 26/16

Fernando was very accommodating, even as we were almost 30 minutes late to meet him! (lunch takes longer in Venice! No rushing!) He was an excellent guide, knew how to work the lines to get in, and was very knowledgeable about the history of St. Mark's and the Doges Palace. He was patient and very responsive to our children ages 11 and 13. We really enjoyed his tour and learned so much rich Venice history! Thank you, Fernando!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm glad you enjoyed both your lunch and the tour. Ciao

Tyrell S.

United States
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Tour: Private Full day Tour for Tyrell's party, Venice, Veneto, Italy
Date: Feb 25/16

Roberta Vendetti

United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 6/16

Fernando is a great guide who tailored the tour to our requests. I would highly recommend this tour with Fernando!!

Vincent Peccolo

United States
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Tour: #36203, Venice Land and Water, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 2/16

We had a five hours Venice tour with Fernando. It was December and very cold but Fernando arranged our tour to include various indoor locations which helped with the cold. We kept moving around Venice and saw all areas with great explanations by Fernando. We highly recommend.

Prashanth Busannagari

United States
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Tour: #4511, First Time in Venice, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Nov 25/15

Very impressed by the Tour guida and the kids were able to follow the guide and were very impressed. Thank you

Don Uyeno

United States
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Tour: #36203, Venice Land and Water, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 30/15

Fernando was great. He met us promptly as our hotel shuttle docked and got us immediately onto the water portion of our tour. He was very knowledgeable and interesting on both water and land and all 4 of us were extremely pleased with the time spent with him. We would highly recommend him!

David Brown

United States
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Tour: #3935, Venice Private Tour: The Piazza, Venice, Veneto, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 22/15