Roy VillaniUnited States
Valentina offered a complete review of the history of Pisa which was delivered with elegance-there is so much history in this region that it is easily to become overwhelmed. I can't wait to visit Pisa again and redo the tour with Valentina. Furthermore, her level of education is astonishing in history especially in this region of Italy. The entire length of the tour was perfect! Pisa was my favorite stop in Italy; small, charming city with rich history that you you fall in love with immediately.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed our walk through the town! Thanx for the beautiful review :) Valentina
John NashUnited States
We so enjoyed our walking tour of Florence with Valentina. She is very knowledgeable and knew how to get us into the busy sites quickly. We asked her to orient us to the streets and give us the highlights so we could go back again another day. That's what she did. We had a wonderful lunch together at an out of the way place locals frequent. Just what we like. We left friends. Look forward to using Tours By Locals again as we have done on past trips. Valentina rates 5 out of 5 stars in our book. Jan
Sanjay NambiarUnited States
Valentina was absolutely fantastic! There was a heat wave and she arranged for a van for us (at an extra fee), which made all the difference. She was incredibly friendly, courteous, knowledgeable, and accommodating. A wonderful tour all around!
Colin CampbellUnited States
Valentina was fantastic. It was soooooo hot that day but she kept it rolling and did an awesome job of getting to all the great spots without everyone melting.
Jack SpeirsUnited Kingdom
I couldn't recommend Valentina highly enough. She met us promptly and provided us with a thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour. She was a natural, very approachable +put us at ease immediately and makes every effort to include our entire group, answering our questions and trying to keep us shaded from the hot sun. It really was like touring with a friend. She is clearly very passionate about her city, and ended our tour with a lovely wine tasting. A great way to spend a few hours in a beautiful place!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the beautiful review! Please tell everyone I said hiiiiiii
Wendy HeywoodUnited States
Valentina was great! She was extremely knowledgeable about the museums and beautiful town of Florence. She took us down side streets and showed us her "favorite streets". We loved the local market she took us to and the recommendation for a great panini restaurant at the end. She was great communicating with us about a local strike and then changing things up a bit to deal with the ensuing crowds. Loved Loved Loved her. Would gladly hire her again if we return.
Eileen MaalaUnited States
Valentina was amazing! great pace and she was able to engage our group of 13 tanging from 4yo to 50yo! great information. so knowledgeable and passionate. So lucky to have found her! Thank you
Valentina is the perfect tour guide for Florence. She is so passionate of what she's doing. When you listen to her, it seemed like you were going back to the renaissance period and Leonardo and Michelangelo are just around the corner. The statues are like coming to life. During the whole tour, I was smiling probably with sparkling eyes (because of excitement) like a little boy listening to storyteller. She's a lover of arts which is the truest essence of Florence. She took very good pictures too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for having me as your guide! See you soon :)
Francine DiamondUnited States
We really enjoyed our tour this morning with Valentina. She is very knowledgeable and friendly. We got to see Florence in a very enjoyable tour. She had great suggestions for restaurants, got us same day tickets for the Uffizi and gave us a wonderful sense of Florence. I highly recommend Valentina as a tour guide in Florence. Fran Diamond.
Ann FarkasUnited States
We have been on 5 different tours during our visit in Italy. EVERYONE in our group of 12 was so impressed and very happy with our guide Valentina. She even adjusted our schedule because we were rained on all day so we moved to the next day. She gave us just the right amount of information and history in a casual and entertaining way. She was very easy to understand too. We highly recommend Valentina. You won't be disappointed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you :) un abbraccio a tutti!
Andrew CompainUnited States
If you are lucky enough to get Valentina as your guide then you will have hit the jackpot. We had many tour guides on our recent trip to Italy and France and most were really good, but Valentina was in a class all her own. We not only learned a ton, but we had such a good time with her but we also got great food recommendations (and tastings), shopping recommendations, etc. We will, without doubt try to connect with her again when we are in the area as she was simply the best for us. We LOVED her!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille!!! A big hug to all of you :) Valentina
Holley LutzUnited States
Valentina was an amazing, fabulous, knowledgable, friendly, enthusiastic tour guide. Valentina's reviews were wonderful abut they do not do her justice. We had a four-hour tour beginning at the Accademia. Her knowledge of the sculpture, the David, but so much more, was awe inspiring. She took us to local, out-of-the-way areas of town and shops on the way to the Uffizi, another amazing tour. V connects dots of the art work, artists, period politics all as you walk from place to place. Truly Wonderful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow!! Thank youuuu :) A+ for you and your good memory :) im happy you enjoyed ! xxx
Pamela O'BrienUnited States
Valentina is very knowledgeable and a truly pleasant person to be around. Her suggestions about where to eat, what to see, where to buy specific things and her willingness to take extra time make her an excellent guide to the city. I'm so glad we found her and did this tour on our first day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, big hug to both :)
Herbert GlattUnited States
Valentina is a fantastic guide. She is passionate and knowledgeable about art. We did the four hour walking tour with the Accademia and the Uffizi. She is fun and enthusiastic. I would absolutely recommend her and will definitely use her again when I return to the area.
Mark WayneUnited Kingdom
Valentina was excellent, she organised the tour to our needs, including the booking of a fantastic location for lunch. Her knowledge of Florence was exemplary and she managed to combine a mixture of the galleries and walking the streets in such a way that brought the history of the city together and kept it very interesting for our three boys. She was approachable and we enjoyed asking many questions We had a fantastic day and would have no hesitation in recommending Valentina to anybody Mark and family
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazieeee! :) thank you for the beautiful review and the beautiful day!!!
Paul J.United States
We really enjoyed the tour. Valentina's knowledge of history, Florence and the arts was outstanding. The details she added brought the city, paintings and sculptures to life. On top of all that she was very helpful and nice.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to you and your beautiful family :)
Blaine MasonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanx to all of you :) Enjoy the rest of your stay, Valentina
Karen GwartzmanUnited States
Words can not express how AMAZING Valentina as a tour guide was. She is so charming and knowledgeable. We had a fantastic day in Florence. She made every stop memorable. We especially love the details and customization she provided for us. Gracie. Magnifico!!!! We will miss you. We hope to see you again on our next trip to Florence. Perhaps at our new home lol.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Karen! Thank you so much for the beautiful review, next time i’ll Come meet you at your new home and we’ll make dinner together so I can show you how to use the black ink of the squid !!! Biiiig hug to all of you
Christian HelblingUnited States
Humberto CalderaUnited States
Valentina was excellent. It is impossible to show Florence in 2-3 hours, but she does an amazing job giving you the essentials. Her tips for what to do in the rest of the time we had in Florence were excellent
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for you beautiful feedback :)
Robert CohenourUnited States
Valentina is knowledgable and engaging. She spoke with us throughout the walking and arranged "skip the line" tickets for the Accademia and Uffizi.She is an art historian and brought these galleries to life for a 14 year old boy and three older travelers.She arranged a great trattoria for lunch and took the time to include a special jeweler whom her family uses for my wife. She is quick and funny and not a clock watcher. She was our favorite of seven great guides in six cities.Highest recommendation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanx Robert! I’m happy to hear you brought back home good memories of our day in Florence :)
What a wonderful day with Valentina!! We learnt so much about the history of Florence and how it came to be. Valentina shared her knowledge of history, art, politics and life in general. We felt like we could ask any questions and customise our trip to how we wanted it. A truly memorable experience. Highly recommend having Valentina as a personal guide! Thanks from down under. Nic and Michael.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi :) thank you so much for the beautiful review! Hope you have enjoyed the rest of your holiday!
Carol MarkhamUnited Kingdom
Group of 10 from England who arranged to meet Valentina at Pisa Train Station at midday. She met earlier as she had anticipated the train we would arrive on and she helped direct us to the baggage deposit desk. Very warm friendly and enthusiastic she took us through the center of Pisa and gave us a short history lesson which tied up with the buildings we were passing. She was able to answer our questions with great knowledge and her English was very easy to understand. I would thoroughly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you! :)
Max FallsUnited States
5 Stars Plus for our private tour with Valentina. She guided my wife and I for 6 hours through Academia and Uffeze along with other points of interest in Florence. She was professional, enthusiastic, patient and knew her facts and history. We will recommend her to other Texans who make it to Florence. One of the most enjoyable days we've ever spent in Italy. Ciao , Max & Janet Falls
Mara LittmanUnited States
Valentina was a perfect tour guide for our group of nine family members ranging from a 10-year-old kid to a grandparent. She did not waste one minute from the moment we met her. We got tons of useful information on the history, culture, restaurants, sites, and city. She was upbeat, personable, and energetic. This tour was a great way to orient ourselves for the rest of our trip. All of her recommendations of places to go were very helpful. I highly recommend a tour with Valentina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mara! I hope you had a great time during the rest of your stay!
Donal SkinnerLaramie, WYOMING, United States
Valentina was superb. She was knowledgeable, full of energy, enthusiastic.. since we have been in Italy we have had some wonderful guides and she has continued the trend. Could recommend her highly!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello there! Thanx for the nice review! Please say hi to everyone from me :)
Andy SaundersUnited Kingdom
i loved my tour with Valentina in Florence. I really appreciated her attention to detail. She was very pleasant, good company and went out of her way to add in anecdotes that brought the past to life. She tailored it around aspects I had requested and it was the highlight of my stay in Florence.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Thank you very much for your beautiful review, it was nice spending some time with an art lover ! :) I hope you liked the other sights you were planning to visit in Florence, ciao! Vale
Rebecca GambleUnited States
Valentina was amazing. Of the four tours we had in Italy, hers was far and away the best. Informative, well structured and customized to our family. A great art lesson to art newbies. And the extra suggestions for thee rest of our trip were invaluable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!! Enjoy the rest of your holiday and pls tell everyone I said hi! Vale
Wendy StephensonUnited States
The trip to Pizza and Florence with Valentina and her driver, Frederico, was a most enjoyable experience. Valentina's excitement about the region, its art, and culture was infectious. She guided us through the busy streets of Florence all the while pointing out the most interesting nooks and crannies, left us to explore on our own with a good recommendation for lunch, and then she and Frederico showed up on the busiest street corner to pick us up. It was a fun day that started in Pizza with no crowds.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Heeey! Thank you so much for your beautiful review :) I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the tour, please tell everyone I said hi!!! Vale