Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Siena-Italy by Tour Guide Stella S. (Guide #2530)


Sue Collier

United States
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 21/19

Stella did a great job showing us her Siena. In addition to the major Siena sites, she was able to show us some areas that we might not have seen by touring Siena on our own. We appreciated Stella's breadth of knowledge. She was personable and easy to spend our tour time with:-)

Avril Foster

Australia
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 10/19

Enjoyable and informative tour which introduced us to Siena. Many Thanks for a great day.

Wayne Crowder

West Palm Beach, FLORIDA, United States
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Tour: #13831, Classic Siena tour 2 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 22/19

Stella was prompt in meeting us and immediately established a comfortable rapport. She gave us a "standard" exposure to Siena but so much more. We felt like we had insights we would never have understood but for her comments. STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you use the opportunity of your visit to actually learn about the city and its people from Stella.

Malene Kjørup

Denmark
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Tour: #14061, Gourmet Food and Wine tour Siena, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 31/19

Thank you for a great tour Stella. It was a very nice introduction to another side of Siena, a bit behind the scenes. Also very flexible approach and great to engage the children in the stories as well. We had a very good time.

Eran Maman

Israel
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 24/19

One of the best tours attended!! We were six in different ages 13-53 and all were fascinated Although 3hrs for kids may be a bit long

Kim Davidman

Canada
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Tour: #13833, Kids Treasure Hunt in Siena, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 19/19

It was a wonderful tour: different from other tours we had because Stella was so flexible with our needs and it was a very relaxed tour. We learned about and saw things that we would not have on our own: hoe gelato is made, an Etruscan tomb in a wine shop etc. Thank you Stella! Kim Davidman

Frank Allen

United States
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Tour: #152667, Siena and San Gimignano Full day, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 7/19

Stella was great in showing us exactly what we wanted to see without excess discussion. The pace she set for our group of ten was perfect, no too fast, not too slow. She kept the interest of the group while allowing for breaks, a little shopping and picture taking. Highly recommend her.

Neil Garfield

United States
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Tour: #568414, Classic San Gimignano tour 2 hours, San Gimignano, Italy    view tour
Date: May 5/19

Stella is great. She communicates what she knows in a fun and enjoyable way. Her bubbly personality is infectious.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Neil!!! you are really very very nice! Hope to meet you again to talk about all the details we did not have the time to discuss together during your first visit of Siena! a presto! Stella

Maryna Tully

United States
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 25/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Maryna! what a wonderful family you have, I was impressed by the smartness of your daughters and loved your wish to learn everything about Siena and its history. big hugs to you all and looking forward to meeting you again!

Kjerstin Gruys

United States
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Tour: #14061, Gourmet Food and Wine tour Siena, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 23/19

Stella was fantastic! Friendly, knowledgeable, and high energy. :) She really did everything she could to ensure that we had a wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

Amanda S.

United States
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Feb 13/19

I was traveling as a student and Stella tailored my tour to suit my research needs and personal interests. It was evident that she was very well prepared and had taken the time to carefully plan my tour so I would get the most out of our time together. Stella is intelligent and friendly. Exploring Siena with Stella is like visiting the city with an old friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Amanda, it was a great pleasure to have the possibility to explore my town with you, so learned and able to share with me a different point of view, with all your background and your reseaches my medieval and neo gothic Siena really appears like a special little artistic and cultural maze! to start the tour in the state archive is always a magic beginning, the Cathedral an awesome passage, with a great finish in the contemporary artists workshops and an aperitif in campo City Hall. Ciao

Ellen Linhart

Purchase, NEW YORK, United States
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Tour: #13831, Classic Siena tour 2 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 13/18

She was great!!!

Ellen Linhart

Purchase, NEW YORK, United States
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Tour: #13831, Classic Siena tour 2 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 13/18

She was great!!!!

Ilka K.

Germany
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Tour: #13831, Classic Siena tour 2 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 27/18

Tausend Dank an Stella, dass Sie die Tour innerhalb so kurzer Zeit für unsere Familie möglich gemacht hat! Super vorbereitet, klasse Informationen, absolut empfehlenswert!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Ilka! I really enjoyed guiding you and your family in Siena, such a lovely time together! maybe next time is going to be for the Palio horse race, hopefully the time when my contrada della torre is going to win! thank you very much for your feedback, a presto! Stella

Jim C.

United States
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Tour: #13831, Classic Siena tour 2 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 10/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie! It was a great pleasure to visit my city with you! hope to see you again in Siena! Stella

Tom Phillips

United States
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 22/18

Stella was outstanding! She was very informative and showed us things we would never have seen if we were on our own.

Dennis Zaffuto

United States
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Tour: #13831, Classic Siena tour 2 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 19/18

Do you want to know the Sienese? You could do no better. Passion for the Hidden Jewel of Toscana is the least you will receive from this gracious, lovely, educated lady Stella.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dennis, thank you so much, I was very delighted to visit my hometown Sienawith you and your wife, I am sure that soon you will love to discover other cities and places in Tuscany! Grazie! Stella

Sue Rankin

United Kingdom
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 20/18

Excellent tour of Siena, a wonderful city. Stella was interesting, informative and good company. She is extremely knowledgeable about Siena and its history. Stella also gave us some time excellent restaurant recommendations.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Sue and Ian, it was a pleasure to walk with you in my town and I am happy that we could enjoy many different districts and finally the State archive. great company and I hope the dentist aldo helped you! enjoy the restaurant, grazie!

Russell Degenza

United States
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 24/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Russel! I hope you and your friends have a great memory of Siena and enjoyed the sienese food and wine you can find in our groceries in Siena. have a great 2018! stella

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

John Noerenberg

United States
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 3/17

Our tour with Stella was excellent! She showed us parts of Siena that only someone who knows the city well could share. We returned to Piazza di Duomo the next day and toured the catherdral and the Santa Maria della Scala. Descending to the lower levels to see the Roman, Etruscan (and older!) artifacts was fascinating. It was all so much more meaningful thanks to information she shared with us.

Wallace Harland

Ireland
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Tour: #13831, Classic Siena tour 2 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 21/17

In two hours it is very difficult to see as much of Siena as one would like but we really enjoyed the tour which was a good introduction has prompted us to plan a return in the not too distant future allowing more time to explore this beautiful city. Thanks to Stella!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Wallace! I am looking forward to meeting you here in siena to visit other areas of my beautiful city! stella

Norman Brooks

United States
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 25/17

Our family loved our tour of Siena with Stella. She was warm, entertaining and very knowledgeable and obviously had a great love for her city. The day flew by so quickly and Stella brought this fabulous city to life. She was also very caring, kind and flexible. We loved how she went out of her way to arrange a private tour of the synagogue in Siena for us. The experience was very moving. By the end of the day we felt Stella was part of the family. Definitely a five star guide!!!!

Edward Parsons

Senegal
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 12/17

Stella was a fountain of knowledge and paces things very well for my parents. A good time was had by all. We would look for Stella again in the future

Danielle Holahan-Bici

Italy
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Tour: #13833, Kids Treasure Hunt in Siena, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 3/17

5/5. Stella was terrific. She was terrific with the kids- we all learned and enjoyed the history and her insights about Sienna. Excellent!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you!!!!!! what a splendid family you were! grazie!!!

Mark Marriott

United Kingdom
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Tour: #13831, Classic Siena tour 2 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 22/17

Lots of information from a charming and highly knowledgeable guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Mark, It was really a pleasure to spend 2 hours with you, your wife and your cousins, I will try to be less detailed in the future but I always think that "nel più ci sta il meno" as we say in italian that means if you receive more you be able to find the essential...I hope to see you soon in Tuscany again! grazie!

Barbara Hornbach

United States
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 13/16

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Stella was very personable and highly knowledgeable about Siena Overall and the sites we visited. Two of the 6 of us had been to Siena previously and we learned things that we had never known. The highlight of the tour was our visit to the State Archives - the wooden book covers dating from the 14C through the 16C were stunningly beautiful and the volumes of books going back to the 13C were fascinating. I would highly recommend the Classic Siena tour & Stella.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Barbara and all my new friends! It was really amazing to share with you my town and its artistic and historic beauty but for sure also a great sense of humor!!!! How was lunch with the dolphins? I am sure you thoroughly loved it! baci next time I will show you other magic places here in Siena and its land. Baci! Stella

Jeff Shore

United States
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 10/16

Stella was wonderful. Very friendly, extremely smart, and ready to customize our experience. We felt like locals for a few hours, and we learned far more than we had hoped for.

Catherine Zurn

capistrano beach, CA, United States
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Tour: #13833, Kids Treasure Hunt in Siena, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 13/16

Stella shared many nuggets of information with us and made it easy for the 10 and 12 year olds to understand the interesting interactions among the Sienese districts. Fun facts! All of us enjoyed her tour. Thank you Stella!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you! it was a pleasure to be with such a spèlendid family, and what a trip to meet me and enjoy Siena!!!! baci hope to see you soon back in Tuscany...

Michael Schiess

Pawleys Island, SC, United States
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Tour: #14060, Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Nov 22/15

Stella did a wonderful job showing us around Siena. We visited many of the towns churches and shrines. She was well prepared and even brought a binder of pictures, so she could explain the importance of a particular painting prior to seeing it in person. Our tour focused on the artwork and architecture of Siena. It was very informative and her passion and enthusiasm for these subjects are contagious. We would enthusiastically recommend Stella.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: grazie Michael! It was a great pleasure for me to meet your lovely family and to walk in the city where I was born, I am sure you are now great chefs too! hope to meet you again soon! hugs stella

Jeane Fendel

United States
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Tour: #14061, Gourmet Yummy Siena, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 21/15

I would like to first say that Stella was a wonderful guide, fun, easy to interact with and filled with information about Siena. It was enjoyable. However, the tour didn't match up to what I read when signing up for the tour. In reality we had a taste of ONE Brunello and then a couple of tastes of cookies. We stopped at a Salumeria, had a small variety of cold meats and cheese and chianti, while standing in the street, only to find out later it cost me an additional 60 euro.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am a little bit surprised about your review as I think that we had the opportunity to enjoy not only the art beauty of siena, the best highlights of my town but also tastings of wines cheese salumi and cookies that my gourmet tour is focusing on.you were 4 people and paying nothing for 4brunello glass tasting and cookies,later 15 euro per person a glass of chianti wine and three different types of pecorino cheese, capocollo and fennel salami and wildboar ham was a very good price

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals.com has gone over the tour description for this tour and we have advised the guide to update the 'whats included' and 'whats extra' portion of her tour to set proper expectations. If a customer would like more items than included in the tour cost, there will be an additional charge.


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