Susan WennrichUnited States
Galileo, Dante, Michelangelo, daVinci, the Medici family -- Francesco brought them all to life during this tour. An expert guide, he is a born storyteller - warm, with an incredibly extensive knowledge of Florence. Having experienced other walks in different cities, I can honestly say this is one of the best. The time just flew by, and I will return with family and book again. Thank you so very much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Susan! I don't know if your walk was one of the best, for sure you are one of the nicest and most amiable Florence visitors I've ever had. It has been a real pleasure for me to meet you and share my passion and your enthousiasm. I look forward to meeting your family and you again
Bonnie Ross WolffUnited States
Francesco was amazing! Showed up early, gave us a fantastic tour of the Accademia, Uffuzi, and highlights of Florence which was engaging for both my husband and myself as well as our two teenage sons. He has a deep knowledge of art and a great way of imparting it in a fun and interesting way. Thanks Francesco!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bonnie, it was such a pleasure for me to meet your beautiful family and you. Have a great 2020!!!
Annie PeacockUnited Kingdom
This was a tour chosen for a large group of 17 ladies from the United States, all of whom were delighted with their experience. Francesco was exceptionally knowledgeable on the history and culture of Firenze. Charming, professional and easy to communicate with, the group enjoyed a very interesting morning with him. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Annie, thank you so much for your review, it has been such a pleasure and honor for me to walk through Florence with 17 brilliant ladies!
Annie PeacockUnited Kingdom
Kim BurroughsUnited States
Francesco is top notch! Arrived early, leading us on a very interesting and informative tour. Francesco has a great depth of knowledge, guiding tours since 1993. I will definitely request him for future visits to Florence!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kim, it was an immense pleasure for me to meet your family and you. I hope you left Florence with the desire of coming back soon! All the best, Francesco
Michael HoffmanUnited States
Great tour for me and my wife. Exactly what we were looking for on our first visit to Florence. Saw and learned things that we definitely would have passed right by without knowing the significance.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael and Wife, what a pleasant afternoon I spent with you!
Steve ClarkUnited States
Francesco is the perfect guide for Florence - sophisticated, friendly, intelligent, in-depth knowledge of Florence's history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Steve, thank you so much to Mary and to you for the three days you spent in Florence. It has been a real pleasure for me to be your guide. Enjoy your stay in the Dolomiti! Francesco
Ellen KnerrUnited States
We had a great day in Florence with Francesco. We met up easily and learned so much of the history of Florence in 3 hours. It was definitely worth it to have a private guide so we didn't have to stand in long lines with the huge crowds.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, me too I had a great day with your beautiful family, Ellen. I really hope to meet you in Florence once again
Bin OchottaUnited States
A great guide. Very experienced and knowledgeable. There was excellent flow to the tour and it was well paced. He gave context and description that helped us learn why a piece was important as well as understand the aesthetic beauty.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A big thank to you, Bin, and to your beautiful family. It has been really a pleasure for me to spend that time with you. All the best, Francesco
Andrew FistnerUnited States
Francesco provided a tour of the Uffizi that surpassed my expectations. He not only explains in detail the art but can keep art lovers and regular tourist engaged at the same time. Excellent guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: That's me who must thank you, Andrew; your passion and knowledge about the history and the art of my city was astonishing and really "challenging" for me. I really hope to meet you, your wife and your friends one more time in Florence. All the best to all of you
Steve SomachUnited States
Francesco gave us a phenomenal introduction to Florence on an outdoor walking tour as we had requested. He has tremendous depth of knowledge regarding history, art, and architecture of the city, and presented it in an articulate and organized manner. I would enthusiastically recommend him to my family and friends!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steve, thank you so much for everything: your beautiful review and the very pleasant morning I spent with you and your family. It has been a real pleasure for me to meet you and it will be a greater pleasure to meet you in Florence again
Steve EddsUnited States
We can not imagine a more knowledgeable guide than Francesco. We described to him what we want to see as we had been to Florence three times before and he designed the perfect tour for us. He did a wonderful job of telling the story of Florence through its art, architecture and history. It came alive to us as never before and made us want to return for another two or more days with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steve, thank you so much for your review and your message. The days I spent with you, Leslie and Paul made me live in the times of the Grand Tour, when educated and refined visitors came to Florence spending in my city many days in order to understand what really was the Renaissance and the role played by Florence in forging it. I am not able to thank you enough for that. You don't know what immense pleasure it would be to meet you one more time to experience that pleasant feeling again.
Francesco is one of the best guides I have ever had on any tour in the world. We wanted a private tour for 4 people with very specific visits to sites in Florence and within a very short timeframe. Francesco was able to accommodate all we asked to do AND more and all within the time period. He was VERY knowledgeable, very flexible, and relaxed so we never felt rushed. No question was left unanswered, even if it was about something we were walking past and not on the specific tour. He is highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Debra, thank you for your enthousiasm; I spent such a pleasant morning with you and your friends and I was so thrilled when I read your review. I really hope to meet Barbara, Therese, Linda and you once again in Florence. All the best, Francesco
Francesco was amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, the guide was very passionate and knowledgeable. He was flexible with the start time and we never felt rushed. Fantastic guide and would highly recommend. If we ever have the pleasure of visiting Florence again we would definitely try out another one of Francesco's tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your beautiful words, Lindsay; it has been such a beautiful pleasure to meet your mother and you and it will be a greater pleasure to see you again
Joanne DuffyUnited States
We were in Florence for 2 days and did tours with Francesco both days. His knowledge and personality were outstanding. Easy to be with and was also thoughtful in our needs and desires. His passion for the city showed with every word he spoke about the history, culture and artists of the renaissance. I was able to email directly to him, he also made reservations for dinner both nights and his choices were perfect. I feel I choose the perfect guide from Tours by Locals. Grazie Mille Francesco, Joanne
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joanne, it has been a real pleasure to spent the two days with you and your friends and thank you so much for your words.
Joanne DuffyUnited States
I looked thru all of the guide resumes and choose Francesco, because of how he described his knowledge and passion for the city of Florence. I feel he underestimated himself. We did two tours with him, his passion for the city was shown with every step we took. His knowledge was more than we could ever image. Another friend was an art student and could not believe the passion and knowledge Francesco has. He also made wonderful recommendations and reservations for dinner both nights. Grazie Mille
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It doesn't happen too often to have such a beautiful review, thank you for that. I am more acquainted with art and history than tslking or writing about feelings, so it is quite difficult for me to tell you how at ease I was with you and your friends in the past days; so what I say is that I sincerely hope to meet you in Florence again, you and your friends and not as visitors next time but as old friends (not too old, actually!)
Madeleine SchwarczRa'anana, Israel
Francesco gave us a fascinating insight into medieval to Renascence periods We saw famous and interesting works of Art with absorbing anecdotes enlightening us with stories of the Medici and other families AFTER booking he coordinated with our other guides making sure that we should not have an over lap
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Madeleine, grazie Eva, it has been an immense pleasure to spend the afternoon in the Uffizi with you. A presto! Francesco
Francesco was a wonderful guide - very knowledgeable, personable and flexible. We had a mix up with timing of the tour (our fault not his) and he went out of his way to make the tour fit our new schedule. We highly recommend Francesco and would certainly want to tour again with him when we return to Florence.
What a great tour for 1st timers in Florence. We only had a day to spend around the city and Francesco exceeded our expectations! We saw and learned so much. We would never have found all those sites in the limited time we had. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for a great day out Francesco. We look forward to booking another tour with you again for our next visit to Florence. Toula, Paul and Alexander.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Toula, Alexander and Paul. Two thank you and one hope :thank you for your beautiful words, thank you for the time I spent with your beautiful family and one hope to meet you in Florence again. All the best, Francesco
Laura BrownUnited States
Francesco is a knowledgeable and friendly guide. He is articulate with a large English vocabulary to tell the history of the art and sculpture. We went to two locations: the Galleria dell'Academia and the Santa Croce Church where illustrious Italians are buried. We learned many fascinating details about Michelangelo's life and the story of David while viewing the impressive 17-foot David. We also enjoyed a refreshing gelato courtesy of our guide. A memorable tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Laura and thank you Ted; it was such a pleasure to spend that time with passionate , educated art and history lovers like you
Mary GregoryUnited States
Francesco was personable and over qualified. I probably learned more from him than I would from a book. I would travel again just to take another tour from Francesco!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mary for your beautiful words. I really hope to have the opportunity to guide you again around the sights of Florence
John HerdUnited States
Francesco is very polite, friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and on time. He let us move at our pace, even though we went over our allotted time, and he seemed delighted to answer any questions that we had. He knows the history extremely well, and he shares it in a manner that you can understand. His English is excellent, and our experience in the Uffizi was so much more enhanced by him being there. Thank you Francesco!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Laura, thank you John for your words and your passion with my city. I sincerely enjoyed each minute I spent with you in the Uffizi and I am looking forward to seeing you again, for your eighth experience in Florence. Thanks again, my kindest regards, Francesco