Penny MarkeyUnited States
We truly enjoyed and appreciated our tour with Virginia. She was interesting and engaging and certainly helped us to appreciate the history and culture of Florence! She answered all of our questions and customized the tour based on our desires. We took our tour on the first morning of our visit. Her guidance and suggestions helped us to enjoy our wonderful visit even more!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Penny for your review, I’m very happy that you enjoyed your morning with me , despite the cold and rainy day !
Louzana D KakuUnited States
Virginia is wonderful! We had 3 tours with her over 3 days, so I feel like I'm repeating myself when I say that she is so incredibly knowledgable and yet shares that information in a way that is casual and easy to absorb. She was so patient and easy going with our family, which ranged in age from 12 to 73. I felt like we'd lost a member of the family when we moved to the next city. Thank you, Virginia!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hope to see you again !
Louzana D KakuUnited States
Can't say enough good things about Virginia. She has loads of information to share and does it in an easy, casual manner. She fit in beautifully with our family, which ranged in age from 23 to 73. We had 3 tours with her over 3 days, and I actually felt like we'd lost a family member when we moved on to the next city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Youre a great person Louzana !! ( and all your family of course !)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Glen, thank you very much for your review.
Louzana D KakuUnited States
Virginia was a delight! We had 3 tours with her in Florence over 3 days, and I can say that she made each tour interesting and enjoyable. She had to deal with our family which ranged in age from 12 to 73, and she make it look easy. She shares a lot of information in a way that is fun and easy to absorb. She's got a great sense of humor and is extremely patient. When I said I'd love a hands on experience for the grandkids, she recommended a wonderful local artist. I was sorry to say good-bye to her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aaaah , that’s moving . I felt inspired by your spirit . It brought out the best in me !
Angela HymelUnited States
Our family of four, which includes two college-age children, had a great tour with Virginia. Her art background and experience in navigating the city made for an informative tour. Virginia was adept at customizing our experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My pleasure. Thank you for your much appreciated kind words . Warm regards Virginia
Joseph HillUnited States
Virginia was a delight! She was so well-informed and allowed us to ask many questions and customize our tour to our interests. We learned so much from her in the time we spent with her. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much !
John WeymouthUnited States
Virginia's knowledge as an art historian is extensive, amazing...she presents in-depth, interesting side stories associated with each piece of art, including the incredible David.
John WeymouthUnited States
Virginia is an outstanding, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, easy to understand and charming tour guide for Florence. We highly recommend.
Sheilagh GerberUnited States
Gregory LauUnited States
A guide fits the tour to the desires and as importantly, the speed of the clients. So besides being a wealth of information, which was so valuable to the understanding of how, when and why, Virgina established a pace that we were comfortable with. Great tour with Virginia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gregory and Debbie , it was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with you in Florence
Ellen DuerksenUnited States
If you're going to have a tour that involves art, pick Virginia! She knows her stuff! What would have been an aimless wander through the Pitti Palace turned into a goldmine of knowledge and hidden gems--Lots of Raphaels, for example. A rain storm didn't stop her from taking us through the gardens, either (and we were up for it, I should add; rain makes an adventure!) and showing us places we never would have found on our own. We'll be getting another tour from her when we return!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ellen and Erika, what a glowing review, thank you so much �� I really do hope to see you again in Florence ( hopefully better weather next time !!!) warmest regards Virginia
Tammy BernsteinUnited States
Virginia was a fabulous tour guide and we really enjoyed the time we spent with her at the UffiZi. She tailored some of the schedule to meet the needs of our children (10 & 13) and our interests. She was easy to work with and the fact that English is her primary language made it easier for us as well. Since we ended early, she spent some time showing us around a bit more a d taking us to the market, etc. we all highly recommend Virginia!
Mark FeinbergUnited States
Virginia was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We had a 1/2 day in Florence and she was able to give us a good overview of the city in a short time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mark and Victoria and lovely daughters ! It was a real pleasure for me to spend the morning with you in Florence !
Virginia was very knowledgeable and informative. We enjoyed the trip very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much to all of you !!
John OkitaLas Vegas, NV, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John, I hope you enjoyed your lunch after our tour !
Eugene DonnellyUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gene for your review.
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Steve MoisoffUnited States
Virginia had the right background and flexibility. Four of us spent parts of two days with her. Virginia was prompt, knowledgeable, engaging, patient and selective going thru the Uffizi, Accademia, and throughout the Duomo and Baptistry. We became completely immersed in Virginia's art/history knowledge. Virginia brought the paintings, sculptures and architecture to life for us and took us thru an leisurely, unforgettable jouney of the epicenter of the Renaissance art world: Florence.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: deep thanks for such a lovely review !
Timothy VierlingUnited States
Virginia was great, punctual and professional she led us through a wonderful walking tour and was extremely knowledgeable about the sites. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the review !
Bonnie L.United States
Virginia was a delight! She was patient with all our questions, and very knowledgeable. She was also accommodating when we asked to change the things we wanted to see at the last minute. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting an in depth tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much ! I had great fun with you guys !
Linda MillerParadise Valley, AZ, United States
Can't imagine going to the Uffizi without Virginia. Our group of 4 thoroughly enjoyed her insightful in-depth knowledge of art history. We went in the evening which was magical. Fewer crowds and Virginia guided us to several locations- windows to watch the sunset and the beautiful patio overlooking the square which was beautifully lit. We would never have know to do either one. We would take any tour with Virginia! Outstanding! A true 5 star experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Im so pleased that you enjoyed your tour with me. I’m over the moon with all your wonderful praise ! thank you so much
Ramneek Bakhshibangalore, India
Virginia was efficient and knowledgeable. she was also accommodating, changing the itinerary where required by our group. All in all a very good arrangement. We could not have asked for more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ramneek for your positive feed back, I truly loved spending time with you and your lovely family and hope to see you all again sometime, Best regards, Virginia
Lukas J.Czech Republic
I was very happy with Virgina, she demonstrated deep knowledge of history and historical context of events which influenced art and architecture in Florence. I found her explanation detailed yet understandable even for youngsters (we are family with 3 teenagers). The Uffizi walk was especially interesting because Virginia was able to compare style of the most prominent artists and give us interesting in sight into their lives and works. I truly recommend Virginia as your guide!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lucas ! Hope to be your guide again the next time you are in Tuscany !
Darin NarayanaUnited States
Virginia was fantastic, very knowledgeable and helpful with a large group that we had. My grand children loved her and said she is "very nice and explains things well". Tour of Florence would not have been as effective and fun without the help of Virginia. Thank you very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Darin, Thanks so much for your lovely review , it was lovely to meet you all and if you are ever back in Tuscany please do get in touch, Kind regards, Virginia
Susan PasquarelliUnited States
Virginia was our guide to supplement a faculty-led study abroad Roman mythology course. Two USA professors and thirteen 20-year old college students toured with Virginia for a delightful 3 hours. She spent time with me (one of the professors) planning the schedule and discussion topics before we arrived and time on the ground listening to and adapting to our specific needs. Virginia is the ultimate professional with a eye for detail and the wisdom to know when to summarize and when to elaborate.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Susan for your much appreciated review. I’m very happy that both you and your students enjoyed the tour and hope to see you again in Florence
Betty EllisUnited States
Virginia Lacey is incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and kind. She shared many fascinating details about the city of Florence and sites we visited. Very impressive. Thank you Virginia!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Betty and Peter, I really enjoyed the tour too ! I felt like I’d spent the day with old friends ! I’m so glad you had fun. I hope to be shown around Kansas city by you some day soon !
Nicola EmrichUnited Kingdom
We chose Virginia from a list of obviously qualified guides and are so happy we did. She is a marvellous guide - informative and knowledgable but also very funny and entertaining. Definitely choose Virginia for your guide - she will not disappoint! Although we could not cover the whole of Florence in 3 hours, she was able to give us suggestions for other places to see and the best times to go (for the shortest queues!). We cannot recommend her highly enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nicola and Malcom for being so enthusiatic and friendly, I really enjoyed our morning together and hope to be your guide again in the future !