Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Florence-Italy by Tour Guide Paola B. (Guide #21453)


Nancy Loosbrock

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 22/18

Paola was an excellent guide. We made a last minute change from a group of two to four adults and this was no problem for her. Very knowledgeable and proud of her Florentine heritage. We would definitely engage with her again and have filed her card away to recommend to other family and friends visiting Florence in the future.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Nancy!!! Thank you so much for your super review!!! I hope to see you again one day Baci Paola

Betsy G.

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 18/18

Paola Barbetti was our tour guide. We recommend you request her for any of the Florence tours she gives. Our group of four wanted to spend time in Uffizi Gallary and give up some of the Florence walking tour which was accomodated. Paula has an academic degree in art history which made for an incredibly informed tour. As a Florence local we were able to further tap her knowledge. Paola is incredibly personaable and positive in spirit. We will miss her but always remember the day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Betsy, thank you so much for your lovely words. I will miss you all too!! A presto Paola

Joel Katz

United States
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Tour: #374200, Florence Classic Private Tour Including the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's Original David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 13/18

Paola is passionate , professional and and knowledgable. More importantly, she is interested in her clients thoughts and opinions. Allison and I could easily had a glass of ChiantI with Paola after the tour. Paola understood our desire to get a feel for the people and the city as well as the sites.We look forward to spending time with Paola on our next visit to Florence

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Allison and Joel, many thanks for your lovely words!! I look forward to drinking that glass of Chianti with you very soon!! Grazie e a presto Paola

David C.

Canada
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Tour: #477926, Florence Essentials: private tour of the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 12/18

Paula is without a doubt one of the best tour guides I have ever used - she is professional, incredibly knowledgeable, and most importantly, warm and engaging. Paola led my husband and I on two separate walking tours in Florence, and we learned so much and had a great time doing it. You will not regret booking Paola...she is simply wonderful!

Bruce Moyer

United States
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Tour: #477926, Full-Day Florence: A private tour of Florence for Bruce Moyer on 9 October 2018, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 9/18

Overall, I think the tour was very good. I do think that we spent too much time in the Uffizi. Paola was very knowledgeable and engaging.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice review! I’m sorry to learn you weren’t happy with the length of the Uffizi visit. I was trying to be responsive to your group’s many questions about the few paintings that we viewed. We went through the Uffizi in just over an hour and the content, layout and crowds make it virtually impossible to go through more quickly. In any case, I would gladly have left at any moment if you had requested it!

Allyson Schumacher

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 8/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Allyson!! A presto!!!

Ila Vaghela

United Kingdom
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Tour: #310443, The Uffizi Gallery - Florence Renaissance Masterpieces, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 2/18

Paola was brilliant. Uffizi Gallery cannot be visited without someone who has the knowledge of what to look at. Paola was passionate, could explain the different types of paintings and different time periods so vividly that we thoroughly enjoyed the time with her. She made it all so real and live. We will choose to visit Florence with her as we know that she knows the art, has a deep knowledge of the subject and is full of life. Fun to be with too. Thank you Paola from all 10 of us for a super time

Ila Vaghela

United Kingdom
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Tour: #374200, Florence Classic Private Tour Including the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's Original David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 30/18

Paola is a wonderful person first and an excellent guide. Time with her flew by. She brought Florence to life and we felt as if we were living the moments. Her recommendations of the restaurants, shopping were excellent. I would recommend Paola as a guide to anyone who wants to see Florence with someone who is so passionate and someone who loves Florence. One cannot visit Florence and appreciate it without an excellent guide

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ila for your wonderful review!! I enjoyed my time with all of you, curious, fun and lovely ladies!! I really hope to see you again A presto Paola

Theodora Oldknow

United States
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Tour: #298690, Florence By Moonlight Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 27/18

We met our wonderful guide Paola and she took us around the beautiful city center and showed us many sights we would have missed on our own. Paola was very informative and knowledgeable and made our evening tour most enjoyable . Many thanks to a great guide, and for showing us all the interesting buildings and statues. In addition to the basics of Florence, we also learned about churches and frescos, scents, renaissance medicine, details about the statues and the old wheat market.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Theodora, thank you so much for your amazing review!! I’m so happy to know that you enjoyed your experience in Florence with me!! Sharing with my customers my love of Florence is my priority Arrivederci a presto Paola

Fran Newton

United States
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Tour: #374200, Florence Classic Private Tour Including the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's Original David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 25/18

Paola is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and personable guide. Even before we ever met, she gave us many suggestions and tips for our trip to Florence, which were very helpful - we'd highly recommend her! Grazie mille, Paola - baci e abbracci!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille Francesca!! I really enjoyed my time with you and I hope to meet you again someday!! Un caro saluto. A presto Paola

Christophe Scherman

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 23/18

Paola was the best guide we could have wished for. Her knowledge of the city was simply incredible and the stories she told us were so interesting. I've never learned so much so quickly while having fun. Her gelato recommendation was 5 stars! She was great with keeping our 1 year old entertained and we didn't feel exhausted at the end of the tour like with many other guides. She didn't just focus on the very tourist things. It was simply amazing and I highly recommend you take her tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazieeeee Chris!! A special hug to your gorgeous little one! Hope to meet you again. Paola

Ila Vaghela

United Kingdom
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Tour: #310443, The Uffizi Gallery - Florence Renaissance Masterpieces, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 18/18

Paola was a great guide also very accommodating to our needs considering that we have some not so able people in our party. Her enthusiasm and energy would certainly convert a stone.. we cannot thank her enough for imparting some of her knowledge whilst guiding us through the Uffizi Gallery. Its a shame that we did not have more time in Florence to spend with her. Thanks you once again Paola.

Denise Selati

United States
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Tour: #498303, Florence Delicacies Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 7/18

We had a most wonderful tour with Paulo this morning..., She was lovely, knowledgeable and a lot of fun... We give her 5 stars...

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many, many thanks and a big hug to all of you!! A presto!!

Diane Morgan

United States
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Tour: #310443, Private Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour for Diane Morgan on 24 August 2018, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 24/18

Five Big Stars to Paola. She was extremely knowledgable in Italian art and my daughters are still talking about all they learned from her about the Botticellis and Michelangelo's David. She also paced it well for all of us and our interest level. Paola was also kind. My dad was sick and needed medicine and that caused some disruption and my teenage daughter wasn't feeling well either. Rather than get upset or frustrated with us, Paola was helpful, gentle and understanding. Excellent communication.

Marcel Klugman

Germany
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Tour: #477926, Florence Essentials: private tour of the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 21/18

Paola is an amazing guide, with perfect knowledge of Florence and English as if it is hers' mother tongue. She was exceptionally great in guiding even our grand daughters through the different art works - a real achievement! We can highly recommend her and would love to book her next time we're in Florence with the rest of our family!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Marcel, for your glowing review and compliments about my English. It means so much to me to know that you were all happy with the day and that I may be seeing you again in the near future with the rest of your family!

Tim Bradbury

Canada
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Tour: #374200, Florence Classic Private Tour Including the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's Original David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 7/18

Paola was a wonderful guide; her insights on David and Michelangelo were worth the tour alone. She is lively and entertaining and was born and lives with her family in Florence, so her insights are both instructive and helpful. We passed a great three hours with her and it enriched the rest of our time in Florence enormously.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tim, many, many thanks. Please say hello to everybody!! Paola

Trudy Sher

United States
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Tour: #374200, Florence Classic Private Tour Including the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's Original David and Santa Croce, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 5/18

Paolo B was fantastic. Her art/history knowledge was phenomenal. The tour was exactly what we had specified. In fact, after our tour, I wanted to stay 2 months in Florence because of all of the history Paola shared with us. Also, Paola made wonderful recommendations for restaurants. Thus, we had one of the most delicious meals ever in Florence. Osteria Giovanni was superb! Thank you, Paola, for making this the perfect tour and giving us such an indepth view of Florence and her history.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Trudy and John, Thank you very much for your wonderful review!! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve loved Giovanni!’ A presto!! Paola

Janet Tornow

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 28/18

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

Julia R.

Frisco, COLORADO, United States
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Tour: #301033, Jewish Heritage Tour with highlights of Florence and Gelato Demo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 19/18

Paola was out of the world wonderful. We were late for the tour because we took a wrong turn getting to Florence and she was calm and collected helping us get into town. We of course then got lost again and low and behold she saw a van and saw 6 females looking lost - knocked on our van door at a stop light and we connected. CRAZY but wonderful. Tour was great and we added a tour at the end to make gelato which we loved. I would suggest Paola for any tour at any time. Loved her!!!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julia, actually it was such an adventure!!! But I had a lot of fun with you and the other gorgeous ladies!!! Many thanks for the wonderful review!!! Baci Paola

David Fink

United States
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Tour: #310443, Walking tour with Private Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 10/18

Paola was an outstanding guide! Her knowledge, passion, and sense of humor really made this a wonderful tour for our family. Her expertise in art and history was astounding. She also took us to an excellent gelato shop and even recommended some restaurants, shops, and sites for the rest of our visit. Highly recommend and will hire again on our next Florence visit!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear fantastic Family Fink, many thanks for your wonderful review!! I can't wait to meet again here in Florence! Un abbraccio e a presto!! Paola

Jennifer Knagg

United States
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Tour: #298690, Florence By Moonlight Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 8/18

Paola was an amazing guide! She was extremely knowledgeable and was the highlight of our time in Florence! She took us by and into places on our tour that we otherwise wouldn't have seen and might have missed. We had been traveling all day the night of our tour and she was so kind to recommend a great restaurant and then called to make the reservation so we could eat once the tour was over. Paola is amazing and we would use her again in a heartbeat!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jennifer, thank you very much for your wonderful review!! A presto!!

Samuel DeKinder

United States
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Tour: #421689, Florence: Kid's Eye View Walking Tour...with a Yummy Gelato Demonstration, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 7/18

Paola was a superb guide-- very informative and wonderful with our three grandchildren--ages 8, 6, and 2. A native Florentine who obviously loves her work. She made Florence come alive for our grandchildren. Would highly recommend the tour, especially if Paola was the guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your lovely review. I'm so pleased that everyone enjoyed the tour, especially your grandchildren!

Marylynn Ritter

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Private Tour Including the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia with original David, the Duomo Cupola and Gelato Demo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 6/18

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

Arie Maoz

Israel
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Tour: #298394, Florence Private Tour with a glimpse to Jewish Florence and Tuscany culinary tradition, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 3/18

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

Arnold Zucker

United States
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Tour: #374200, Florence Classic Private Tour Including the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's Original David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 1/18

We really enjoyed our time with Paola. She was very informative and very flexible. We had a group of 6, including 3 teenagers and she really tried to make it interesting for the kids too. It was so much better to walk around the city with someone who can explain the history and importance of the many things we would have missed on our own. I highly recommend Paola.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so very much for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure showing you and your kids my city and I'm so happy to know that you felt so comfortable with me. A presto!! Paola

Mary O'Sullivan

Ireland
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Tour: Florence, City of Stone Private Tour - Mary O'Sullivan on 31 May 2018, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date: May 31/18

What a fantastic guide! We have been to Florence many times , but as it was my parents first time, we decided to arrange a private tour. Paula is the most charming, knowledgeable and engaging lady that we have ever had the pleasure to meet. She designed a bespoke tour specifically to suit the interests of my 82 year old father and he was enthralled by her knowledge. Her passion for her city was infectious and I'm sorry that we did not find her before. Choose Paula and you will be thrilled - we loved her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your glowing review. It was my pleasure to have the opportunity show your family Florence as "city of stone" and a real delight to have the honor of addressing your father's interests!

Sylvie Epstein

Canada
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 21/18

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 Insel

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 7/18

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

Paula Stallard

United States
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Tour: #310443, Private Accademia and Uffizi Gallery Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 5/18

Paola was fantastic, she made our experience with tours by locals extraordinary. She is so personable and knowledgeable, our tour was fantastic. It felt like a close friend was guiding us. Her English was extremely easy to understand. I can not recommend her more highly. We feel we were very fortunate to have her as our guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so very much for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure showing you my city and I'm so happy to know that you felt so comfortable with me.

Elena Rondi Sophiea

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Private Tour Including the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 4/18

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!

Susan Mintz

United States
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Tour: #301033, Jewish Heritage Tour with highlights of Florence and David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 2/18

Paola is very knowledgeable and thorough. She is professional and personable. She adjusted her walking speed to my relatively slower pace. She enriched the discussion with her own experiences in Florence in an entertaining, engaging way. On our private tour, she was flexible and patient. She provided great value. If we return we will seek out another tour with her. An excellent tour in every respect!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour!

Katie Garner

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 1/18

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.

Katie Garner

United States
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Tour: #352138, Customized Tour: The Medici, Masters of Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 30/18

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.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie, Katie!! A big hug to the lovely Isabella! Paola

Alexander Mesbur

Canada
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Tour: #310443, The Uffizi Gallery - Florence Renaissance Masterpieces, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 16/18

We chose this tour because it promised a focused look at the key elements of the vast Uffizi collection, and we were not disappointed. Paola proved to be a charming and very knowledgeable guide, and she steered us through the throngs at the Uffizi in exactly the way we had hoped would be the case. We were disappointed when our tour ended, as Paola was a pleasure to spend time with. We would recommend her without hesitation, as one of the best guides we have had.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words and for entrusting me with your time in Florence! It was my absolute pleasure to be your guide!

Gene Mariano

United States
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Tour: #374200, Florence Classic Private Tour Including the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's Original David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 15/18

Despite of the rain, Paola was able to manage a nice relaxed tour of Florence. She delivered an educational and entertaining approach to the activity relating to each and everyone of the group in a very personable way calling us by our names. Her excellent command of the English language and her keen knowledge of art and history kept us focused on the tour. We all left Florence with a totally different perception of Michelangelo's DAVID.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Gene. It was a real pleasure working with you and your family!

David Fingerer

United States
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Tour: #374200, Florence Classic Private Tour Including the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's Original David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Feb 11/18

Paola was not only very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating but also great with our two twin 8 year old girls. Paola met us at the train station and immediately clicked with my shy kids. We all gained so much from the experience. I highly recommend Paola.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to share my beautiful city with your beautiful family!

Julie Raffkind

United States
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Tour: #301033, Jewish Heritage Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 14/18

This was my second tour with Paola - that should say it all. Paola is an absolute delight and I highly recommend her!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review! It was lovely to have the opportunity to do two tours with you and I appreciate you entrusting me with so much of your valuable time in Florence.

Julie Raffkind

United States
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Tour: #298394, Medici Tour including San Marco Museum and Uffizi Highlights, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 13/18

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!!!

Steve Gustafson

United States
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Tour: #310443, The Uffizi Gallery - Florence Renaissance Masterpieces, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 4/18

We had an an absolutely fantastic tour with Paloa, she has an amazing amount of knowledge and put it across in a way that was easy to understand. We had a terrific day with her. I can't recommend highly enough. 5 stars!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for having selected me as your guide and for your wonderful review, Steve! It was a pleasure sharing my city with you and your lovely family!

Jonathan Seidel

Atlanta, GA, United States
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Tour: #301033, Jewish Heritage Tour and the Highlights of Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 26/17

We enjoyed our tour with Paola! She is very knowledgeable, warm, and helped our family forge a connection with Florence! We would highly recommend her for a custom tour of Firenze!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Jonathan. A big hug for all!! A presto Paola

Shan Cyr

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Nov 27/17

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.

Shan Cyr

United States
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Tour: Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Vasari Corridor Crossing to the Uffizi Gallery and Accademia with Michelangelo's David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Nov 26/17

My husband, grandson and I toured with Paola for 2 days in Nov. 2017. Paola was a wonderful tour guide. Her comprehensive knowledge of beautiful Florence made our visit perfect. Our 12 year old grandson was delighted with her art history tour of the Academia and the Uffizi gallery as well as our walking tour . He was engaged and is still talking about our visit. Paola also arranged a gelato making class which was delightful and delicious! Do not think twice -we felt privileged to have Paola as a guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! It was a pleasure to be your guide and a privilege to be entrusted with such a substantial amount of your time in the city.

Barbara Kosloski

Italy
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Tour: Florence, classic tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Oct 13/17

Paola was wonderful! Lots of deep expertise on not only the local history, but of the larger historical context related to the rest of Italy. She was outstanding and provided excellent recommendations to come back to later. Five stars!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow!!! Thank you Barbara and Vernon. I enjoyed very much our time together!! Grazie e a presto!! Paola

Emily Bernhard

Canada
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Tour: #374200, Florence Classic Private Tour Including the Accademia Gallery with Michelangelo's Original David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 10/17

We had a thoroughly educational & enjoyable morning walking tour of Florence city centre! Paola's knowledge of Florence's history & culture was like stepping back in time with the Medici family & Michaelangelo. We definetly will book Paola for our entire trip next time. Grazie mille Paola!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie a te e a Paul!! I really hope to meet again you very soon!! Arrivederci!! Paola

Alex Feldman

United States
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Tour: #301033, Jewish Heritage Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 9/17

Paola is an interesting and knowledgeable person in history of Florence, and she is a great tour guide! In these short 3-4 hours of our walking tour, Paola kept me and my wife with full and undivided attention. You can feel her passion towards Jewish Heritage of this great city, and it radiates into you during the tour. Paola walked us inside this Great Synagogue, its museum, we learned b about Jewish community of Florence. We enjoyed the tour and learned a lot, great thanks, Paola!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I enjoyed very much spending some time with you and your lovely wife. Arrivederci a presto Paola

Lee Patterson

United States
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Tour: The Medieval tour of Florence: not only Renaissance, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Oct 7/17

Paola was extremely personable and above all knowledgeable of the history of Florence. She answered all our questions and instilled in us the desire to learn more. I recommend her without hesitation. She's very, very qualified with a warm and engaging personality.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for you great review!! Thank you also for the suggestion about "Caravaggio's Pitiful relics". I've just ordered it on Amazon and I can't wait to read it!! A presto Paola

John Moore

United Kingdom
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 2/17

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

Erik Lundström

Sweden
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Tour: Florence, 4 classic tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Sep 30/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Erik!! Have a safe trip home to Sweden A presto!! Paola

Sarah Cunningham

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 26/17

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 DePauli

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 23/17

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

Amanda Ram

Canada
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 9/17

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!

Mark Hess

United States
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Tour: Florence full day tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Jul 23/17

Wonderful. Paula was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and delightful. She made the fun and one we will never forget.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely review, Mark. It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you and your family and I really appreciate you sharing the fact that you enjoyed it. I had forgotten to ask you if you would please leave me a review when we parted, so that makes your spontaneous review even more precious. Thank you for entrusting me with your time in Florence and for letting me know that you are happy that you did!

Katrina De Man

Italy
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Tour: #310443, Private Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Tour for Group, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 30/17

Paola belongs in the Uffizi with all the other treasures of Florence. She was beyond competent in her grasp of art/ architecture/Florence history. We spent the day with her as she took half of our group (36 pre-college students from the US) through the Uffizi and then the entire group through the Accademia. She was an amazing resource for us in every aspect-including finding a good lunch-and we were sad to say goodbye at the end of our time together.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Katrina I have no words to thank you for your absolutely extraordinary review, and please accept my apologies for asking you twice: I had not realized you were still in Europe. Your students were polite, brilliant and curious. Had I more clients as you, my job would be much easier and pleasant. I really hope to see again. Thank you so much Paola

Benoit Gadbois

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Special Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 24/17

Jonathan S.

United States
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Tour: #298394, MIchelangelo's David at the Accademia museum, San Marco convent and Beato Angelico, the Medici's Chapels, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 23/17

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
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Tour: #298394, Florence Private Tour with Cathedral Complex and Santa Croce Basilica, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 22/17

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 Mitchell

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour plus Medici's Chapels and Uffizi gallery highlights, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 13/17

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.

Janet G.

Australia
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Tour: #298690, Twilight Florence 2-Hour Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 9/17

Paola took me, my husband and our adult daughter on a two hour "moonlight " tour to introduce us to the main highlights of Florence. We loved this tour in which we heard about religion, politics, music and art while strolling the streets in a cooler part of the day. Paola was very knowledgeable and engaging. We had the bonus of a full moon rising over the Ponte Vecchio as we finished the tpue. Paola made us a dinner reservation at an excellent restaurant to follow our tour. Bravissima!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janet, The great pleasure of showing you and your family my city has just been increased by receiving your wonderful review. Thank you so much for your kind words. There is nothing more gratifying for a guide than to have clients who are truly interested and engaged, such as your family. Thank you for choosing me, for being such terrific clients and for the great review. Buon ritorno a casa! Best regards, Paola

Laura Cohen

United States
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Tour: Taste of Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Jun 6/17

We were traveling to Florence with our 9 & 13 year old daughters & wanted to see a different part of this great city, beyond the never-ending museums. We LOVED walking the streets with Paola and can't say enough about the organized stop in the market that the locals use. We tasted some of the freshest produce, but also some meats that we haven't seen at home and the cheese was fantastic. She also brought us to fantastic gelato and had dining suggestions. Do something different! Try this tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Laura for your amazing review!! A special kiss to your lovely girls. Paola

Peter Messina

United States
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Tour: Florence, Uffizi and Accademia, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy
Date: May 31/17

Paola was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide. As a resident Florencian she was able to give us great insight to the history of Florence.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure to show you around! Thanks for your great review!

Ellen Still

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 30/17

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

Alan Brenner

United States
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Tour: #310443, Florence Renaissance Masterpieces, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 25/17

Michael Bensal

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour Including Restaurants and Markets, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 20/17

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 Revre

United States
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Tour: #298394, Florence Classic Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 2/17

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