Francesco was a fantastic guide. His English was excellent, and his knowledge of the places we visited was outstanding. He was a very careful driver, and was always willing to answer our questions. We learnt a lot of the history in both Jerez and Cadiz.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cathryn, it's been a real pleasure to feel your sincere interest in knowing as much as possible about this land and its history and present. Every question was an invitation to introduce this country to you. Please continue to enjoy the world with Tours by Locals. Francesco!
My tour with Francesco will be a highlight of my trip to Spain. His knowledge of the Alcazar and Catedral was excellent but I also appreciated that he was sensitive to my preferences and I loved his "go with the flow attitude " . It's why tours by locals is a good choice. They can be more flexible with their clients. Francesco ' s choice of tapas bars was outstanding as well. He took me to 2 that most tourists wouldn't find and the food left an indelible impression. Two the B'S up for Francesco.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anette thank you for taking the time to review our walk in Seville. You are right: 99% of tapas tours do not cover the most authentic venues of the town. This is why I keep their names TOP SECRET. The day you read its names on line, they will turn into something else ;-) I wish you a beautiful continuation of your trip, especially in the cheese kingdom in the north of Spain . Yours, Francesco
Extremely knowledgable and helpful beyond our expectations. Francesco made Sevilla come alive!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Brigitta. I hope that my suggestions have been useful. Please keep enjoying your trips around Spain.
Suresh IyerUnited States
Francesco is an amazing guide and helped our visit of Seville be very special. He went out of his way to help us with the evening show of flamenco when we realized at the last minute that we had booked for the wrong date. He stayed with us past his scheduled hours to make sure we were taken care of. His knowledge of the history of the place was thorough. Highly recommend his services and will be sure to introduce him to our friends. Thanks Franceso...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your words Mr.Iyer, and thank your party for the visit to Seville. I use to wish I could return the visit to my client's land. However, in this case, I have returned it already. Last May 2017 I have been in your beautiful country. I have loved every meal, every temple, every experience I had in southern India. On our Seville tour: you deserved every effort I might have made for seeing you enjoying your trip. I promise I will give your friends the best possible service, when they come
Lauren MeyersUnited States
Very knowledgable and engaging for all ages!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lauren and family. Children need to run and have fun even during a tour: I have loved the time spent together. Wish you a great continuation of your trip. Hasta la proxima vez. Francesco
Lauren EphratUnited States
Thank you Francesco for not only a fantastic tour but for helping us in planning the rest of our trip. Recommend 1000%!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lauren and Moses. I hope you've enjoyed both restaurants La Moneda and Zoko in Seville. Please count on me and tours by locals for any tips and suggestion you may need. Have a great continuation! Yours: Francesco
Hazem AkkilaUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Hazem and all the team.
Susan H.South Africa
Great morning and due to his expertise and knowledge we missed the crowds, lines and I got to really enjoy the sense of place everywhere ! Great value great knowledge!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Susan for the time you have taken to review our tour.. and for your rating. Yours, Francesco S.
Edward NylandUnited States
We thought it was a bit expensive for the value of the tour but we really enjoyed the 4 hours with Francesco.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your visit to Seville and for having taken the time to review our tour. I wish you a great time in your next tour in Portugal. As for the price, I will try to raise the quality of my tours in order to make them meet the standard expexted by travelers thay pay my fee. Thank you for your suggestion. Yours, Francesco.
Donna HeckerUnited States
We had a lot of fun on the Game of Thrones tour. It was amazing to see the locations and realize how little they had to do to turn them into the kingdom of Westeros. Francesco was energetic and enthusiastic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Donna. Your visit made me realize how beautiful and dramatic Seville's sites looked to the location scouts of GOT. I also have to say that Seville and its surroundings were used to shoot more movies: - 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992 with Gerard Depardieu and Sigourney Weaver - Lawrence of Arabia (1967) - The Dictator (2012) - Star Wars (2003) - Game of Thrones - Knight & day (Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) - Kingdom of Heaven (Ridley Scott) - Grupo 7 - Nadie conoce a nadie - La Isla Mínima
Charlette SeidelUnited States
Francesco was very knowledgeable and very informative. He has a great sense of humor, and we saw many things in a very organized and not crowded fashion.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Charlette, our morning together has been so nice and even amusing to me. Thank you for your questions, they helped me to adapt the tour to your interests and needs. Please count on us at ToursByLocals for future tours, worldwide. The private tours is definitely the way to go. Hasta siempre, Francesco
David GoldsteinUnited States
My wife and I loved our tour with Francesco! He is a kind and thoughtful person and he customized our tour around our interests as we talked along the way. Francesco has an encyclopedic knowledge of Seville and was able to tell us a story about nearly every street we walked down. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in getting acquainted with the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David for your speedy review. I hope you liked your lunch after the tour and found your basketball shirt in Seville. Please keep enjoying your trip and count on Francesco and Toursbylocals for whatever directions and help you may need in Spain and beyond.
Steven SayreUnited States
Francesco is a wonderful guide! He is knowledgeable, informative, flexible, and personable. Highly recommended! And you are right, Francesco, Bola's is the best helado in Sevilla!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great to hear that you liked the sweet end of our tour together! We hope that my orientation tour will serve to get the most out of your stay. Thank you!
Dennis MonasebianUnited States
My wife and I enjoyed our half day tour with Francesco. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. He will provide a very full tour, covering a lot of ground in the time you have with him: he will keep you going at a steady pace. If you are looking for someone to provide you with a full description of the history and sites you are visiting in historic Seville, Francesco is a good choice.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you !
Albert WeissbergYonkers, NY, United States
Thank you Francesco for our excellent Jewish tour of Sevilla. Francesco was very knowledgeable and took us on this "treasure hunt" of Jewish history in Sevilla. He also included in the tour the highlights of Sevilla. The carriage ride through Sevilla was special. Francesco was mindful of the pace of the tour because of the hot weather. Again, thank you Francesco
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Weissberg for your visit. Seville's Sefardi heritage is still there for those who want to discover it. All the best!
Nancy MutscherUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ms. Mutscher for your rating! Yours, Francesco Please keep enjoying the world with Tours by Locals.
Deborah B.United States
Francesco was amazing. Full of interesting stories, energy, kindness and humor. He kept us all engaged for the 4 hours, and was very flexible on timing when certain venues were not open because the tour was on a Sunday. He was extremely knowledgeable on EVERYTHING about Seville and its history, and he made the tour customized for my family of 5. He even climbed the bell tower with us, while most other tour guides stay in the cathedral and wait! I would highly recommend Francesco!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the chance to visit again the Jewish quarter with your family. Thank you for the opportunity to personally know the future king of Spain, his brother and sister and especially his parents. I have enjoyed every minute spent together! All the best for you.
Nancy RoweUnited States
This tour is well-named: total relaxation after so much historical information and walking for a week. Francesco's sensitivity to our fatigue made for a most enjoyable tour, including a carriage ride, fun stroll to the Mushroom, and a private boat ride. He gave great suggestions for restaurants and for our up-coming days in Spain. This was one of our favorite tours of our two weeks' visit. was a pleasure. Francesco is perfect at the job he does.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again!
Neal GottfriedUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Neal, thank you for your rating and visit! I wish you thousands more happy miles and hundreds beautiful tours around the world. Yours, Francesco
Nancy RoweUnited States
From the minute that we met him until the end of the tour, Francesco was enlightening us with information about the religious, political, and social development of Spain, The Royal Palace and the Seville Cathedral stand out as the most interesting places we've seen thanks in a large part to Francesco's renditions of them. His earnest desire to acquaint us with all things Spanish made it a delightful few hours and we look forward to sharing another day with him later on our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nancy for the two tours you have booked with me. It has been beautiful to visit the city and observing its people with you. We were lucky that Rocio parade and pilgrims crossed our way on your second day in Seville so we had the chance to dig deeper in the history of this land. Best wishes!
Justine MoldenhauerUnited Kingdom
Wonderful guide and a very memorable tour! Francesco is so knowledgable about Seville's culture and history, he really brought the city life while putting everything in historical context. Well worth it and would seek him out again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to all your family for having hired me. And thank you for your questions and remarks. I feel so fortunate to have been touring Seville with you on a great day with a perfect weather , and in the mood. Best wishes to the five of you, Francesco
Michael UrbanekUnited States
Francesco was on time, and was an immense help. My wife has mobility issues, and he went above expectations to see that her needs were met and more. His historical knowledge was excellent and helped us enjoy Seville and the local culture. We returned to our meeting place on time and are grateful for his personal guidance and attention for the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michael. Vacations are for relax and enjoying, so your wife and your needs where the only priority. Sevilla is a very visitors-friendly place, easy to walk and welcoming. It is great that you wrote this review for all the readers that will come to Seville and Andalusia. Wish you all the best. Francesco
Corey StoneUnited States
We be fitted hugely fro Francisco's introductory tour of Seville. He tailored the tour to our intersts, enabled us to obtain tickets to the cathedral and alcazar and gave us great tips on activities, food, and entertainment for the remainder of our time in Seville and Andalusia. We highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr.Stone! Please keep enjoying the city and call me if you need. Yours, Francesco.
Richard LeeUnited States
Excellent walking guide for Seville. Good knowledge of historical and especially cinema related facts relevant to Seville. We enjoyed the tour around old neighborhoods not frequented by other tourists. Pleasant, fun and easy to talk to. Would recommend without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you!
Jacob RisplerUnited States
Personable, knowledgeable, professional. Definitely added to our experience and I highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Rispler, thank you for your generous review. Please take note of these Flamenco places in Madrid in case you wish to see a live show - Café de Chinitas calle Torija 7 Madrid shows at 8:15pm and 10:30pm - Casa Patas calle Cañizares 10 Monday to Thursday 10:30PM or fri and sat 8:30pm and 10:30pm - Cardamomo calle Echegaray 15 at 6pm, 8pm and 10pm - Famous Corral de la Morería calle Moreria 17 everyday 8:30PM and 10:30pm - Las Carboneras c/ Conde de Miranda 1 everyday 8:30pm Enjoy your trip!
Candice CarlisleUnited States
Very informative tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Madam.
Susan W.United States
Francesco was fabulous!!! It was our first time to Seville and we cannot think of a better introduction than to tour with Francesco. He was witty, engaging, wildly knowledgeable about Seville's history & role in Spanish history, Seville's culture, architecture, restaurants...he knew everything! We were traveling with two teenage daughters who found him fascinating as well. It was a true pleasure to spend 4 hours touring Seville with Francesco. Cannot recommend him high enough!! Thank you, Francesco!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, it's the first time that a traveller describes me as WILDLY knowledgeable. This is great to hear! The reason why I loved our Seville walk is that your family and especially you were so interesetd and contagiously enthusiastic! Well, I would love to be helpful again, either as a guide (there are so many places to visit in Andalucía) or as your advisor in Spain, if you like it. Warm regards: Francesco
Timothy LinHong Kong
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Lin for the amusing morning we had together in Seville!
Eric ElowitzUnited States
Francesco is a wonderful guide! Not only is he very knowledgeable, he has a great sense of humor. Francesco was able to keep all the members of our group engaged. In addition Francesco offered to assist us in any other matters during our stay in seville and I did ask him questions the next day. I really appreciate that level of commitment. I would highly recommend Francesco.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eric and friends, your visit has been an authentic enjoyment to me. I truly appreciate your cooperation and questions. It's always nice to feel your trust. I am also sure that wonderful pictures will appear as soon as you transfer your camera memory to your computer. Thank you again, hasta la próxima!
Thank you very much for well organized and on time program. I will definetely recommend for my family and other friends. On top of all The toursbylocal website is also very trustable, thank to them also!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh what a beautiful thought: from ladies so charming and intelligent! I hope that me and Tours by Locals may be of help again in the future. Hasta siempre: Francesco
Bob RomanUnited States
We were so fortunate that you assigned us the very best guide we've ever had for a walking tour in any city or site. I would give him 10 stars or more. He was absolutely knowledgeable, patient, courteous and thorough. When we missed connections initially when our bus arrived, he immediately went to the backup plan, located us and we lost no time during our all-to-brief stay in Seville. Francesco's command of English language is superb. I hope you can compensate him well. Thanks again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Roman, your little party impressed me for what you taught me and for the energy and enthusiasm you put in what you do. The tour with you has been more than a tour, this has been a lesson of life to me. You compensated me above any expectation. Thank godness you came to Seville! I truly loved every minute spent with you. Francesco your guide in Seville
Ken ArleinUnited States
Francesco is a fabulous guide. Five of us went to Seville and all of us marveled at his knowledge of the area. He has a wonderful personality and an excellent command of English. Most of all, Francesco is a great storyteller which makes the history of what you are seeing come alive. He is one of the best guides that we have ever had. We recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I have spent with you a truly educational tour, ii mean that I have learned a lot from you too. Thank you for helping me visit all the sites within the available time. Your cooperation has been the key to the success of our tour. Hasta siempre!
Chris AgostinelliUnited States
Francesco was an excellent tour guide who is intelligent and knowledgable. He was on time, and created a wonderful tour for us. Additionally, he gave great advice for after the tour (local foods, transportation, nightlife). If you have a chance to take a tour with Francesco, TAKE IT, as he is superb!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Agostinelli for the time you took to review our tour. It is extremely important to me and toursbylocals that your experience was the best possible. You traveled a long ride to come here, and we understand that ALL your time in Seville is precious: your enjoyment is also mine! Hasta siempre, Francesco
Meena PenningtonPasadena, CA, United States
Francesco was by far the best tour guide we have ever had in Spain. His local knowledge intertwined with the complex history of Spain, opened the door to its history and allowed us to truly understand what we were looking at. We would recommend him highly to anyone who wants a really meaningful view of Spain; you will be enthralled.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Meena, I am absolutely satisfied with the time we spent together. The facet of my profession that I love most is the chances it gives me to tour the city with travellers that enjoy so much their vacation time and, on top of it, teach me things! like you did. One more time: thank you for your visit.
Hicham AhmedUnited States
Excellent guide & knowledge of Sevilla & history of Andalucia... Great Tapas tour & Flamengo Show... We were able to Skip the lines because of his tourguide credentials & had great front row seats to the best Flamengo show!!! Flexible with our itinerary & requests. We highly recommend Francesco���� Brian & Amy USA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brian and Amy, I'm receiving your word with such joy! I know that people like you work hard the whole year; this is why when it's time to enjoy some well deserved vacations, guides like me must give you the best possible tours and experience. I wish you a beautiful trip continuation in Madrid and wherever else you decided to go. Hasta siempre, Francesco.
Paul KalmsUnited States
Spent half a day being guided by Francesco on our first trip to Sevilla. Got a great overview of history, food, culture and more. We enjoyed our tour and Francesco was professional, knowledgeable, and a great guide. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Kalms for the time you spent with me in Seville. Thank you for your generous approach to the tour and your interest in discovering Seville with open mind. I truly enjoyed the tour with you. Hasta siempre! Frncesco
Peter RogersUnited Kingdom
Francesco arrived at our location on time and with a smile. He advised on the content of our tour and was very good at providing the historical background to Seville and the buildings of interest. He also kindly sat down with us to discuss places of interest for us to see and suggested one or two tapas restaurants for us to visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rogers. It's so good to hear from you and read you rewiew. thank you for your visit!
Teri GevinsonUnited States
Francesco was pleasant knowledgable friendly and a spectacular guide! There is no better choice! Our family spent 8 wonderful hours with him and highly recommend him to all!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Please enjoy the rest of your stay! You will see how amazing in the Alcazar of Seville. Thank you also Ms Gevinson for the time you took to review our trip.
Brian LeSageUnited States
Francesco was a very good guide. This is the perfect tour to get you acclimated to the city. He had terrific recommendations and helped us with getting tickets into the sites we wanted to see. He spent extra time with us and was very accommodating to our requests. Highly recommend this tour on your first day in Seville.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brian, I am happy to read that I have been of help. I am sure that you had a great time in Seville, also thanks to your wonderful attitude toward the city. Best wishes: Francesco
Sheikha Al ThaniQatar
Fransesco was an amazing tour guide , I'll definitely book him again when I come back to Sevilla He is very well knowledge of everything in the city , gave us extra time was very flexible when I needed to change thevtime of the tour , showed us many hidden places , words can't describe how much we enjoyed our tour with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Madam, thank you so much for the time you decided to spend with me in Seville. Walking the city with you all has been fun and enriching. Beautiful afternoon, indeed!
Marshall PostmanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating and especially for the interest you have shown in understanding Seville and its people. All the best, Francesco
Victor F DiazUnited States
Polite, very profecional and well prepared tour guide. Sevilla would not be Sevila without Franchesco
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks dear Victor. Usted y su familia fueron la delicia de mi mañana en Sevilla.e hubiera encantado poderles acompañar por toda Andalucía! Hasta siempre. Francesco su amigo en Sevilla.
very knowledgeable and friendly, we covered much in the time together
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank your dear Mr Goldstein for the time taken to review our tour. I am happy to have met you and done this interesting walk together.
Bao Le dinhCanada
Francesco is very knowledgeable, gave us lots of details and history very enjoyable tour and guide . Highly recommend for first time visitor to Seville
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sir, thank you for your visit and for taking the time to review our tour. I enjoyed so much the time together. Sincerely, Francesco
Ilya BergerUnited States
Excellent tour full of local flavor, small cool details and great sites.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your visit, your sympathy and have a great new year. Franceco
R. Lika Behar BehmoarasUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Madam for your rating. All the best, Francesco
Maria LucianUnited States
We had an excellent tour with Francesco. He went out of his way to show us the true Sevilla and his culture. He was very knowledgeable about all the facets of the tour. He had a great personality and was very energetic and a true professional. We would highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Maria. It has been beautiful to tour with your family.
My family had a great time visiting Seville with our guide, Francesco. He is very knowleadgeable, informative, patient and humourous. He took us to the Cathedral, Jewish Quarter,walk around Seville showing us the best place for Helados and ending the day with a breathtaking/ intense flamenco show. The two restaurants that he recommended for seafood and Japanese food are superb! Thanks Francesco for making our trip so memorable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are so welcome! I have enjoyed every hour of our tour. Happy new year!
christine Spiro Stephen SpiroUnited States
Francesco was a wonderful guide. Extremely knowledgeable about Seville and Spanish history and culture and a pleasure to spend the day with!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So delighted to have spent such a perfect day with you. Francesco
Kay RiceUnited States
Most knowledgeable and pleasant!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your interest in this city and this land, for your kind review too.
Debra DevilleUnited States
Francesco was wonderful. Made sure we saw all we wanted to see and more! All the while making sure he kept to our schedule. Even gave us suggestions for our next port. A great guide and can highly recommend him. Another wonderful "Tours by Locals" experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ms Deville on behalf of all Tours by Locals team. All the best, Francesco
Esther GraiselUnited States
Francesco was very knowledgeable and extremely pleasant. We booked a total of 4 tours and each one was amazing. I highly recommend him. Thank you Francesco for spending so much time with us and showing us different areas of Andalusia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Esther. Lucky me to have a guest like you, so in love with Spain and Andalusia. You have been a delight together with your husband. Francesco
Gerald YosowitzUnited States
Happy to have Francisco again. Another great tour. Very informative. We highly recommend Francisco for his personality and his knowledge.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: And I thank you again for your visit and your willingness to follow me off the beaten path. All the best. Francesco.
Gerald YosowitzUnited States
Excellent guide. Knowledgeable about the history involving Cordoba and also very helpful with our other needs, getting our rental car, and instructions on driving to Grenada. We look forward to being our guide in Seville
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you: I will meet you again in a few days! After Cordoba and Granada, it will be time to enjoy beautiful Seville. Have a beautiful journey. Francesco
Kenneth BerginUnited States
Francesco is an experienced professional tour guide who knows his stuff! He is happy to answer any questions and provide a wide context to the sites he will show you. Yet at the same time he is enthusiastic and focused. Francesco is also relaxed, helpful and flexible, willing to accommodate you. And he knows how to maneuver through the crowds, keeping things efficient. Francesco gave me and my partner many tips for our short stay in Seville. We highly recommend a tour with Francesco.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kenneth, our tour was pleasant from the squid ball we had as tapa right at tour start. I am always happy to tour with kind people like you are, sincerely interested in local life and interchanging opinions. Great time spent together. Thank you.
We only had a day in Sevilla so we wanted someone to show us some good non-tourist tapas and wine tasting. Francesco was very accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable. We went to some vibrant tapas bars and taverns, the best icecream and were taken to a fascinating historic courtyard. He even spent an extra half hour taking us around the spectacular cathederal.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Anna: this tour has been the sum of many happy circumstances. We were both available and willing to enjoy Seville. We had 3 or 4 wines (including Seville's typical orange wine VINO DE NARANJA), calamares and anchovies boquerones tapas, special seaweed Spanish tortilla by the popular marketplace, crowfish cones, then real artesanal ice cream. Thank you for telling me that you love Opera and Theatre: this key information helped me to adapt the walking tour to your interests and preferences. Thank you!
Lawrence MasonUnited States
Francesco was a very knowledgeable guide who gave us a wonderful tour of the Alcazar and the cathedral in Seville. He has a very good grasp of the history of these places and made it come alive. We liked him very much and he even sent pictures of our small group.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you wonderful party! Your interest is what motivated me to make it all come to life. All the best! Francesco
Leonard AltmanUnited States
We had difficulty understanding the spoken English of the guide and the following day took a free tour which was better for much less cost
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Altman, I accept criticism when it is based on facts. I wonder how you were able to understand my spoken English over the video posted on my profile, but not the English that I spoke to you in person. The previous 152 reviews state that I am easy to understand. I stood close to you and far from noise when talking. We interacted a lot and I answered all your questions. I've run to your hotel for you wanted to start the tour earlier and offered you breaks when I noticed that you needed to rest.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: For a good handle on Franciscos English skills, please refer to the video on his profile where he is speaking clear English.
Kevin BaldwinUnited States
Francesco took our group of 6 friends from Seville to Ronda for a great day of sightseeing. Francesco was a fantastic guide. We all felt like we had made a new friend by the end of the day. All of Francesco's suggestions for sights to see and places to stop were perfect. He always had interesting stories to share and his explanation of the Ronda bull ring from both the bull's and matador's perspectives was fascinating. We would not hesitate to recommend Francesco as a guide or friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kevin, you're helping me to keep giving daytrips to one of the sites I like most in Andalusia: Ronda. Your company has been perfect, and you interest genuine. Thank you also for your conversation on the way back to Seville: this was an essential part of the beauty of our trip. Warm regards, Francesco
Bob ShulmanUnited States
Francesco was great! On a very hot afternoon, he made the Jewish quarter, Cathedral, and rout palace come alive for us. We had time to relax with a nice lunch, and he gave us extra time to make sure we appreciated the rich history of Seville. We will highly recommend Francesco to our friends when visiting Spain.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bob! You made the afternoon easy and enjoyable. It's been a pleasure to have you here. (together we defeated the heat) Francesco
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your positive rating.
Yasmin WadiaUnited Kingdom
Francesco is a superb guide with a great sense of humour. Not only was our tour fun but very interesting too. He took us where we wanted to go & explained all about the history & architecture of Seville. He also gave us lots of tips for the remainder of our stay. I wouldn't hesitate to book your tour with this nice, friendly guy! * * * * * BOOK HIM
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Yasmin. I should say: my pleasure.. but this time I'll say something more. I had a wonderful time, fun and intellectually stimulanting. Happy to have spent the tour with you. Francesco
Bob SchlossbergUnited States
Rhonda is a lovely place to spend the day. We enjoyed our walking tour, especially the famous bull ring. Francesco was excellent at explaining the history and ins-and-outs of a bull fight, and showing us the behind the scenes facilities. He showed us beautiful views of the famous gorge and bridge, and helped us to get a good feel for this interesting town.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Here we spent the last of our three days around the inner Andalucia. Beautiful landscape, easy ride, and one of the most beautiful towns of the whole Spain. I am sure that you enjoyed the rest of your vacation too and looking forward to see you again. All the best, Francesco
Bob SchlossbergUnited States
We walked with Francesco to see the main sites in Historic Seville, the Alcazar and the Cathedral, then we spent time hunting down the scarce remnants of the Jewish community. We appreciated Francesco's insight and knowledge about so many topics, and enjoyed his easy manor. He arranged for us to see a Flamenco performance, making sure we understood the history and culture behind it. His English was great, so we had no problems communicating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It is always really interesting to walk through the former Juderia of Seville. And this turns into a rewarding task every time guide and travelers we find something new. This tour renews itself everytime, especially when one connects it to the other sites, the music and history of the city. Thank you for the opportunity. Francesco
Bob SchlossbergUnited States
My husband and I enjoyed a lovely day in Cordoba with Francesco. We met at the train station and walked all over the historic section of the city. Francesco organized the timing of our stops so that we were not surrounded by other large groups. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the city and its famous sites, and his English was great.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your visit and for choosing a daytrip to the former capital of the Roman Southern Spain and later of the Andalusian Caliphate. We had a great day and, to our surprise, weather was great too. Francesco
Nancy TobiasUnited States
Francesco met us at our hotel in Seville and we had a most interesting morning. We walked parts of the old city and he gave us an in depth tour of the Alcazar and the old Jewish Quarter. My husband is a history buff and he explained Seville's presence during the Spanish Civil War. His recommendation for lunch was superb.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great to hear from you again and to know that you had a good tour with me. Thank you for the time you took to write this review and for your visit to Seville and Andalusia. All the best!
Susan MillerUnited States
Francesco definitely deserves a five star rating. Personable, knowledgeable and accommodating to our time and needs, we had a wonderful visit to Seville with him. Learned a lot. Had fun while we looked and learned about Seville. Highly recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan and friends, thank you for your visit to Seville: your time and needs are my time and needs. We spent a pleasant day and learned a lot from each other. Wish you happiness. Francesco, your guide in Seville.
Martin PearceUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you.
Judy CerenziaUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tour in Seville with Francesco - he was very friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about his city. It was a stormy day, and he was able to rearrange the order we saw the monuments so we could dodge the rain. He also chose a great tapas stop for us so we had energy to finish the tour. He made great restaurant recommendations for us as well, and was a true delight to spend time with. We highly recommend him as a guide to anyone planning to visit to Seville.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: ... and it was a true delight to spend the day with you. Thank you again.
Francesco helped to make my experience in Seville a delightful one. He customised my tour to suit my wants and needs. He was relaxed, enjoyable, and extremely knowledgable about the history of the sites. Francesco also had great information and suggestions for the rest of my stay in Seville and the surrounding area. He went above and beyond-can't say enough. Thank you thank you thank you Francesco!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Wendy, this is the way I like you to enjoy Seville! Sample the best wine and tapas, visit the most charming corners of the city, bring home beautiful memories. Your actitude is an important part of this great guiding experience that I had with you. Three times thank you!
George MacAllisterUnited States
We have had many private tours all over the world. Francesco was the very best.He was pleasant as you would expect, but his subject knowledge was extraordinary. I have never met anyone more prepared to give a truly professional tour than Francesco. He went beyond the call of duty to make this work for us the way we wanted it.Stop looking for guides. If he is available, just book him!!! If we had more time I would have booked Francisco for several days in a row.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mr. MacAllister, family and friends. I do feel honoured to receive such a beautiful review from travelers that have shown such a genuine interest in knowing Seville, its people and its most genuine art: flamenco. Thank you also for our conversation, that made this tour so interesting to me, for I have learnt something new. Yours sincerely, Francesco
Francesco was delightful, congenial, personable, knowledgeable and had an engaging manner in presenting the history of the area. He cares a lot about the present and past cultures. We would highly recommend him! Also, he gave good tips for general sightseeing, dining, and exploring Seville.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my guests! Our private tour has been a delight to me, too. I am sure that you will live a great experience in Seville and grasp its essence. Warm regards, Francesco.
William GarrisonRoyal Oaks, CALIFORNIA, United States
Loved this tour. You just cannot see all we saw in a day in Córdoba without a knowledgeable and experienced guide. We had a causal and relaxed walk as Francesco pointed out the rich historical mixture of Jewish, Christian and Islamic cultures. Very helpful and considerate with our logistics, as this was a day visit on our way from Madrid to Sevilla.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Beautiful time in Cordoba: beautiful weather and really passionate and intelligent travelers. I've loved the hours spent together. Thank you for your visit and for using me and Tours by Locals. Warm wishes: Francesco
Irene SheytmanUnited States
Thank you so much, Francesco. It was a wonderful tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are welcome and your friends too. Thank you for your visit to Cordoba and Seville. Best wishes, Francesco
Ellie FallahUnited States
I can't say enough about Francesco and Manuel, they were the absolute perfect tour guides and they gave my large group of US travelers a wonderful series of impeccable tours in and around Seville. I especially appreciate that these two professionals were highly pro-active in making sure all details were in readiness for the next-day programs. Doug Schroeder, travel agent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We felt privileged to guide your group to Ronda, Sevilla, Tapas and Flamenco, Jerez de la Frontera, Granada and Cordoba. Thank you Mr. Schroeder for your review and for choosing us at Tours by Locals. We look forward the opportunity to partner with you again soon and give another group an unforgettable experience in and around Seville. Your guide(s) in Seville.
Fracisco was extraordinary. He is brimming with knowledge of the city and its antecedents and environment. I c't recomend him highly enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you my guests! It is always a great pleasure to tour Santa Cruz, San Bartolomé, Santa María La Blanca and the Alcazar, especially together with those who take the time to dig into their history. To soon!
Marc GelorminoUnited States
Loved the way Francesco wove a rich tapestry of history, culture, and religion of Cordoba and Andalusia. He customized the tour to not repeat what we saw already or would see in the coming days.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lovely walking dialog on Cordoba and Andalusia among passionate travelers, enriched by your sincere interest and wonderful attitude. Thank you. Francesco
Francesco was a wealth of information, passionate about Seville and took us to an excellent paella place and booked a superb flamenco show for us and he even stayed with us to ensure that we got a taxi to get to the station after the show. The only suggestion is that the initial overview/introduction could be richer and more colourful as Seville offers so much in history and architecture as we found out at the end of the day. We enjoyed our visit to Seville, thanks to Francesco.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your visit and review Ms. Che and friends.
Francesco was punctual (we were not) and gave us a good tour of Cordoba, He took us to a nice lunch place and has plenty of interesting information and stories. He certainly looked after us well and we enjoyed our day. The only suggestion is that the initial overview could be more structured so that we got a better idea of what the day entails. However our late turn up may have disrupted his routine.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your visit and review Ms. Che and friends.
Gillian MorrisUnited Kingdom
We had a spectacular tour with Francesco, it was exactly what we wished for and I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend the service that he offered to us. We had a gentle walking tour, the highlight of which was the tour of the Royal Palace and the Santa Cruz district - also our visit to the Metropol Parasol which was a fantastic viewpoint for the whole of the city. Francesco was extremely knowledgable and gave us a fascinating insight to this wonderful city - thank you so much for a wonderful day
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A great party deserves a great tour. Me too, I have enjoyed our walk from the beginning to the end. Thank you for hiring me and for your sympathy. Francesco
Francesco is a very professional and friendly tour guide. Our group of six toured Seville from Cadiz and thoroughly enjoyed the full day. Francesco provided very descriptive history details and was also familiar with any shopping requirements we had. Our restaurant for lunch was also a good choice. Would recommend Francesco to others who would like to enjoy a full day in Seville. The beautiful Expo park we visited in the evening was a highlight. Thanks so much Francesco for our enjoyable tour.
Susie MuirUnited States
Wonderful personality and experineced tour guide! We really enjoyed our tour of Cordoba, enhanced by Francesco's intimate knowledge of the city and Spainish history. He met us at our hotel at the appointed time and walked with us throughout the historic areas of Cordoba. Would definitely recommend Francesco to anyone touring Cordoba.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ms. Muir. Our tour has been a beautiful walk through history of a guide with kind and cultured travelers. Best regards, Francesco.
Rosemary BurkiUnited States
Francesco was very professional and spoke excellent English. His knowledge of history and architecture as well as local foods and customs was impressive. He was very flexible with the itinerary, allowing for my age! I am delighted. Thank you, Francesco!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rosemary, many thanks for having visited Cordoba with me. It has been a gorgeous day for the guide, too!
Camelia AllenAurora, CO, United States
He was wonderful, highly recommend him as a guide for both Córdoba and Sevilla. We all enjoyed our tour of 8 hr's. We saw as much of Cordova as we could see in one day, good history lesson of Córdoba's importance in Spain's history. My second time to Córdoba, and I'm coming back to stay for longer next time. All of group of 6 highly recommend Francesco as a favorite tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Camelia. You'll be welcome everytime you wish to come back. Wish all of you well!
Vicki LandonUnited States
Francesco shared the rich history and lore of Seville with us in a way that brought to full light the city, its unique history, and its impact on the U.S. and Europe. He clearly loves the city, and his tour helped us share his appreciation of this lovely place. He took the effort to find our interests and base our exploration of the city on them, and gave us suggestions for our next few days in Sevile. We highly recommend Franceso to help you fall in love with this beautiful city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Vicky and David for having chosen this city for your holidays. I am glad that you hired me, among all the good tour guides that Tours by Locals offers in Seville. There's a comment that I'd like to add to our tour of Seville: local guides also learn a lot from travelers, for no city can be understood off its world context and historical links. The tour wouldn't have been as good without you. Best wishes, Francesco.
Naomi CohenUnited States
Thank you Francesco for a wonderful tour of Seville. Your enthusiasm for your home city is apparent and comes through in this sensational tour. Thanks for all the driving.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ms. Cohen for your visit and for hiring me. I have enjoyed the day spent together and all the conversations we had during the transfers to anf from Cadiz. I would be glad to see you again in Seville and Andalusia in the future, and of course paying you a visit one day. Best wishes, Francesco.
Lisa ThomasUnited States
Francesco was fabulous! He went far out of his way to show us around Ronda and the white villages. We would give him more stars if possible. A great guide and a marvelous day! Tom and Lisa Thomas
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. We saw beautiful sites indeed and had really nice conversations along the way. Best wishes and let's meet again in your city next year. Francesco.
Linda HirstUnited States
Francesco was fabulous! He gave a very informative and interesting tour that we all enjoyed very much. Afterwards, he even followed up to give us recommendations on other sites to see and places to eat.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ms Hird for having hired me and for visiting Seville. I like visitors to enhance their experience of the city and... find reasons to come again. All the best. Francesco
Janis van MeerveldUnited States
Francesco planned an amazing day trip for us from Sevilla to Granada. Although he did not accompany us, he lined up a nice van with a driver, an escort, and two specialists in Granada. The morning was spent in Albaycin and Sacromonte, and the afternoon at the Alhambra. The town of Granada was difficult to reach that due as they had many road closures. Francesco cleared the changes to the itinerary with us in advance. This left our morning tour a little short on activities but the day was still great.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ms. VanMeeveld, thank you for your truthful review. Francesco
Janis van MeerveldUnited States
Before arriving in Spain, Francesco went above and beyond in helping us design several excursions. Then we were lucky to spend the better part of a day with him touring Seville. He was very informative, responsive, and accommodating. Seeing the Real Alcazar with him was a highlight because he knew so much about it, and the same was true of the Cathedral. That evening he steered us to a flamenco show and even stopped by to check on us. He is a real professional and we recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Please receive my gratitude for your words, dear Ms. VanMeerveld. I celebrate everytime independent travelers like you enjoy and appreciate Seville and Andalusia. All the best, Francesco.
Laurie F.United States
My family and I had Francesco as a guide for three days, the last of which was in Granada and the Alhambra. He was sensitive to the needs of the young children and parents (not to mention the grandparent), and made sure that everything went well for us. His English is very impressive, as is his knowledge of the places we visited, including some off-the-beaten-path. I will recommend him to others and will use him again when I return.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A truly special day: three generations in the same party and touring such a beautiful and inspiring sites like Alhambra and the heights of Granada. You are a family that many guides would like to be guiding on a tour: and we had three! All the best and hope to see you again. Francesco.
Laurie F.United States
This was our second day with Francesco as guide, and we were even more impressed with his knowledge, preparation and yet be flexible to meet our desires. He is fluent in American language and culture, and extremely capable of helping each of us experience the beauty, history and culture of Cordoba.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Once again, I had a great day in Cordoba with you. That was a special day due to the celebration and for we had the whole city for us.
Laurie F.United States
Francesco is a fabulous guide -- knowledgeable, fluent in English, and he was sensitive to and accomodated our needs. He went above and beyond guide duties in helping some of our group make train travel reservations. I would use him again and will recommend him to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ms Fulton, our day in Ronda has been beautiful. I am grateful for having been hired by you and your party.
Patrick Arsenault ArsenaultCanada
Francesco was simply fantastic. He really showcased the beautiful sections of our trip while taking the time to explain some of the history behind what we saw. He always answered our multiple questions with a smile. He has a deep understanding of the area and culture so he was able to show us some sights off the beaten path. He was even able to customize our trip by including a visit to one of the 6 olive oil farms remaining in Spain producing olive oil by hand! Simply awesome! Thank you Francesco!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: When a guide meets good people, he's got always a sunny day! Thanks and wish I could see you again, peut être à Montréal. Francesco
Marina gasperini GuilleSwitzerland
Francesco è una guida molto professionale. Il tour è stato istruttivo e piacevole. Francesco sa adattarse alle persone che accompagna. Inoltre è una piacevole compagnia. Francis is a very professional guide. The tour was informative and enjoyable. Francis adapts to his customers. Also ToursByLocals is a good company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great to hear from you Ms Gasperini. Our tour has been delightful, thank you for your kind words. Era da tempo che non mi raccontavano gags in italiano, e sopratutto devo dire che su molte cose, anche importanti, avevamo una formazione comune e tutto è stato interessante e anche divertente. Grazie per avermi ingaggiato e a presto! È stato un vero piacere. Francesco
Kelly HudginsKansas City, MO, United States
Francesco is a very easy going guy. He goes at a slower pace so he is great for anyone wanting a more relaxing tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ms Hudging for your visit to Andalucia and for your words. You are correct. Best regards!
Debra WenerUnited States
We really enjoyed our tour with Franscisco. We give him a 5. He was knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Good morning Ms Wener. The pleasure and joy is mine. The visit to Sevilla is well worth a trip from Cadiz port. I am glad that you really enjoyed the tour. Thank you for using ToursbyLocals services. All the best, Francesco S.
Benny SilbersteinUnited States
Francesco was a great guide and my clients were extremely happy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Me too, I am extremely happy to hear this. Kindest regards, Francesco.
Valerie M.United States
Francesco's style was perfect. Extremely knowledgeable, but able to present the information in a welcoming, relaxed manner. Dedicated to ensuring we see the sites we wanted to. When the cathedral closed unexpectedly, he adjusted his schedule to accommodate us seeing it the next day. Assisted us in our other plans prior to the tour in wanting to see a bullfight while in Seville. Highly recommend Francesco for any tour in Seville.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am really happy to have been of help in Seville and to receive these kind lines from you. I appreciate your goodness and sincere interest in my city: your party deserved the best services. Best regards, Francesco
Steve A.United States
To avoid both the tourist crowds and long driving times (e.g. to Seville), we had suggested to Francesco several general alternatives for a day tour - and he delivered! His custom itinerary included the Cadiz fish market before the locals arrived - then to Jerez for a private bodega tour, and on to Sanlucar de Barrameda to walk thru a well preserved castle. We finished with an early (2:30 pm!) lunch overlooking the estuary. A perfect day where we spent more time doing than driving. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Happy to know that you enjoyed the day. Cadiz province and its cities are a beautiful and authentic area, mostly off the beaten path. Thank you and best regards. Francesco.