Francesca was outstanding. Her knowledge of the history and collections of the major and lesser visited museums made the entire week a wonderful learning experience, delivered with great fun. I was in a wheelchair and her knowledge of navigating the city's "cobbled" streets was instrumental in my enjoying the city. Francesca's masterful experience in finding accessible entrances and the navigation of crowded museums and attractions allowed me to experience the treasures of the city. She is the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert, The week we spent together was simply amazing. Visiting Florence during the off-season is always a great choice, less people around, the museums are not packed and it’s everything much more enjoyable. In a week we saw almost all the muaums of Florence. I was so happy to go to the non-main stream museums, such as San Marco, Galileo Museum and Anthropology museum. They are so beautiful and their collection so rich. Once more, thanks for teaching me so much. All the best, Francesca
Vincent BasilioUnited States
Francesca was awesome. We were lucky to be with her for 7 hours over two days. Absolutely no regrets. Very knowledgeable, sweet, and proud of Firenze and its history. She tied the historical aspects of different areas together including art works, artisans, the Medici, buildings, and architecture. I did this trip with my sister and I intend to schedule around Francesca's availability when I return with my wife in two years. Also, being there in January was wonderful. No lines!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Vince, thanks a lot for your words. I really appreciate that you took your time to write this commentary. The time we spent together was really enjoyable, improved by the fact that there were not many people around due to the winter season. I’m looking forward to seeing you again in 2 years! Ps: Also thanks a lot for listening to my family memories during the war. It was a beautiful and touching moment. Grazie e cari saluti! Francesca
Susan FinkUnited States
Francesca was wonderful.She has an amazing amount of knowledge &shares it in a very understandable manner. I really enjoyed the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, Thanks a lot for this fabulous review! I was so happy to get back home that day and see that you had posted your comment after very few hours! Uffizi Gallery is a must-see and with a private guide you get to appreciate it much better, it’s so big that one can feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes. I wish you all the best, I wish we could spend more time together! Francesca
Larry FlynnTerenure, DUBLIN, Ireland
Francesca was really entertaining, and we found her to be a very warm, welcoming & knowledgeable guide, who tailored our tour to fit our four children's interest. We found her to be most accommodating with our requests to stop for coffees & fantastic gelato. We highly recommend her for a family friendly tour ( in hot weather!) grazie mille!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I think it’s the first time that I receive a review nearly one hour after it! Your children are so sweet and I had a lot of fun talking to them to make them feeling engaged. Stops for ice creams and coffees are good both for the little and the grown ones! Grazie mille and have a fantastic holiday in Tuscany! Ciao ciao, Francesca
Theresa KiyanUnited States
Touring with Francesca P around the beautiful and historical town of Fiesole was like having a family member show you around town. She was personable, so much, that her husband picked us up and drove us to the olive farm when no taxi was available. Foremost, she was flexible, catering the tour around our interests. Her love for and knowledge of the area's history was contagious, she made us want to stay in Fiesole to learn more about it the next time we are in Tuscany.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Theresa, It was such a pleasure to show you my lovely town. It’s absolutely my favorite tour, far away from the crowds and the noise of the big city. Walking to the top of the hill is a bit hard, but absolutely rewarding, once you get to see the amazing panorama on Florence and the quite convent of San Francesco. Also the Romanesque cathedral of San Romolo with its mysterious symbols is a must. Not to mention the archeological area with the ruins of the Romans and the Etruscans. Just a perfect day!!
Bradley MillerUnited States
When I booked, I didn't realize that Francesca didn't work cruise ship tours. She accommodated us and was a wonderful guide! She was passionate and related to our children. Thank you so much for such a wonderful tour and educating us on the wonderful town of Florence!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bradley!! I prefer not to do cruise ships because I like to work with no rush, respecting my clients’ times, especially when we have children and elderly people in the party. But we had a wonderful tour and we were able to fit in all the program, the city tour, the accademia gallery and a bit of time to shop and eat before you went to Pisa. Thanks for a lovely morning, you are a beautiful family! Francesca
Sheri DinehartUnited States
Francesca is amazing! Great language skills and so knowledgeable about Florence. We are so lucky we found her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I was so lucky I found you, Sheri!! I had the greatest fun yesterday showing you Florence and its museums and talking about history, art and tv series! All the best to you, Robin and Jeff. Ciao ciao Francesca
Shaun McMurryUnited States
Francesca is great. We had a great time with her and she even tried to keep our toddler entertained. Her knowledge and guidance made exploring Florence so much more enjoyable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Shaun, thanks for taking the time to share you opinion about the tour. I had a great time today with you and your family and I loved speaking with little Isabella! And I also enjoyed giving you the tour in Spanish, adding something in English también! Thanks a lot and all the best! Francesca
Lou BrennerUnited States
My mom and I really enjoyed our time with Francesca P. She is AWESOME - very nice, knowledgeable and accommodating. We toured Duomo, Duomo Museum, and Vecchio Palace. Francesca was very patient and explained everything perfectly. A highly recommended private guide!! Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lou! Thanks for your kind words. It was a great morning and we got to see so much. Considering that you had been to Florence several times, exploring the museums was the best choice. And I loved it! Give my best to you mom! Francesca
Ira DavisUnited States
Francesca was great. She was warm, friendly and knowledgeable. She kept the children involved and interested. We were able to tailor the tour to include the Florence synagogue. We really felt that we were able to see the highlights in our 1 day in Florence. I would not hesitate to recommend her or use her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ira, thanks a lot for spending your time in Florence with me and taking the time to write this commentary. It was absolutely a pleasure for me to show you around and squize so many things in 6 hours: Accademia, Uffizi, Synagogue, Gucci Museum, a city walk and even a pizza lunch at Central Market. You have an amazing family and it was really nice to speak with you about kids, education and history!! I wish you all the best! Francesca
Amy SchillingAppleton, WI, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Amy!
Roger BeckerUnited States
Francesca was excellent. We'd provided an extensive list of things we wanted to see in Florence in advance and she created an itinerary around these things for us. She is unbelievably knowledgeable about the art, history and culture etc etc of Florence. This was my fifth trip to Florence and I learned way more in my days spent with Francesca than all my other trips combined. She gives a ton of information by firehose which is exactly what we wanted. She is also very nice and a pleasure to hang out with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Roger, Thanks for having shared your time with me in Florence and now for writing this great review! We spent together 5 intense days in Florence getting to see almost all its museums: Uffizi, Accademia, Medici Chapels, San Marco, San Lorenzo, Medici Palace, Pitti Palace. I’m so happy that I convinced you to go also to the Duomo Museum, because I believe it’s one of the city highlights. Give my best to Tracy. Happy holidays! Francesca
Bradley JonesUnited States
Francesca was knowledgable, entertaining, kind -- everything we could want in a personal tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bradley and his wife were also very entertaining and kind, everything a guide wants in her clients! I loved spending with your those 3 hours inside Uffizi Gallery talking about art and history. I wish you guys all the best!! Ps: I still have in my mind your wedding outfit, so incredibilly COOL!!
Megan KivistoUnited States
We highly recommend taking a tour with Francesca. She was very knowledgeable and offered fascinating insights about the artists and their pieces. In addition, two members of our group have mobility issues, and she was incredibly helpful with securing a wheelchair and making sure the pace was appropriate. Thank you, Francesca, for a wonderful and interesting afternoon.
Kitty WeberUnited States
I had a wonderful tour with Francesca.She is very knowledgeable about many subjects not just food and wine.A VERY PERSONABLE LADY.I give her top rating and highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kitty, Great to hear that you enjoyed the wine and food tour we had 2 days ago in Florence! I really enjoyed to talk with you, drinking excellent wines and eating delicious food. Take care and have a beautiful vacation in Tuscany! Francesca
Francesca was great and took us for wonderful snacks and wine. This tour was fun but also very informative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Deborah! It was a joy to me to show you around and making it even more pleasant with wine stops! I hope that everybody enjoyed it, I certainly did! Thanks and a presto! Francesca
Betty BrownUnited States
Francesca is a petite bundle of amazing knowledge, grace, respect, and talent. Her depth of knowledge and well articulated answers to our many questions made this a wonderful tour. Her love of her native city shows through in every detail.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Betty, Coming back home one hour after the end of our tour and finding this amazing review...really made my day! Grazie mille for your kind words. I had the best time with you and your friends yesterday. Take care and have a great holiday in Italy! Francesca
John DavisUnited States
Francesca was a delight: knowledgeable, enthusiastic, entertaining, and thorough. We enjoyed her historical references relating the Medici to Florence's evolution, politically and artistically.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, It was my pleasure to share my passion and knowledge about Florence with you and your wife! We had a really beautiful tour at Uffizi and Duomo Museum. Thanks a lot and all the best for the future! Francesca
Gary YorkUnited States
Francesca was great. Kind and lovely to our children and quickly adjusted the pace of the tour to our needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gary, Thanks a lot for finding the time to write your review. You and your family are very kind. We were able to tour our marvelous city in spite of the heat and the jet leg! Grazie mille, it was nice to meet you! Francesca
Bob PatevUnited States
This was a wonderful afternoon tour of the City with eating wonderful food and listening to history as we walked the streets of Firenze. Francesca was so knowledgeable about local food and wine and we enjoy the flavors of local markets with the varieties of food they offered. Nice slow afternoon tour with some excellent food and history from Francesca. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bob, Sorry for not having replied before. I'd like to thank you for the lovely afternoon! In Italy we say that you don't grow old at the table. Being in good company, eating good food and drinking excellent wine is a great way to discover a place!
This was a customised grand tour of the Florence of the Medici's spread over 3 days. It's was intensive but fantastic. Francesca was an excellent tour guide. The tour was never boring. She provided us with lots of fascinating insights into the city - it's history, buildings and people and most importantly the Medici and their impacts. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nihal, Thanks for taking the time to review the tour. It was a very beautiful tour, focused on all the places related to the Medici family in Florence. A true full immersion! All the best to you and your family! Francesca
Bruce HauptUnited States
An absolutely brilliant custom tour organized by Francesca for my wife, myself, and our 5 month old baby. I wrote her describing our interests in her Medici Tour, as well as discussing our baby and diet related constraints, and she planned the perfect tour. More important, she was a fabulous person--super knowledgeable and professional with a great sense of humor--and a pleasure to spend a few hours with while experiencing more of Firenze!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bruce, Thank you very much for this amazing review! Wow!! I had the best time with you and your family, I love to create the tour listening to the needs of my clients and with a 5 months old baby the most important thing is flexibililty. She is simply adorable! I wish you all the best and I hope to see you again in Firenze!! Francesca
Peter PaganussiUnited States
A very knowledgeable and intelligent guide who knows her native city in unparalleled fashion. Easy going and very kind I would highly recommend Francesca!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Peter (or Pietro, in the italian version), thanks a lot for leaving this feedback, I do appreciate it. And I truly appreciate the day we spent together talking about Florence, Italy, Michelangelo, pizza, and sharing memories from our past. You and your wife are very good people. I wish you and your family a bright future and I don't exclude to see you again around here. A presto e stammi bene! Francesca
Mary HuntHamden, CT, United States
We very much appreciated our time with Francesca. We saw all of the places we wanted to visit including the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia and the Florence Cathedral. As we walked through the museums and neighborhoods, she told us about the artwork and the political history of Florence and pointed out details we would have never noticed. She was very flexible and adjusted the itinerary to include neighborhoods we wanted to walk through. Finally, she suggested other sites we might visit on our own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mary, I had a great time in September with you and your husband. I love to transmit my passion for Florence to all my clients. I think it's a big privilege to be born in this wonderful city and I feel the need to share its magic with my guests. Thanks again for a lovely tour and for being such a lovely couple. Take care and all the best, Francesca
Linda SilverbergParksville, BC, Canada
Francesca is an excellent tour guide! She was waiting for us at the agreed upon time and location. She was very professional and quickly purchased our tickets and got us in to see the sights we wanted to see. She gave us lots of historical information, without boring us with too many facts and dates and names that we could never remember. She even took us to the best gelato place; these are the kinds of things we, as tourists with limited time in a city, appreciate. She was knowledgeable and charming!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Linda, Thanks a lot for taking your time to review the tour. I had the best time with you and your friends. I really appreciated your kindness, enthusiasm and sense of humor! I wish you all the best! Take care, Francesca
Theresa YeoUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Theresa for a very beautiful day!
Catherine CerioUnited States
Francesca made our Florence trip truly memorable. We only had one morning to see the best of Florence and the best decision we made was a private tour with Francesca. First of all she was incredible friendly and helpful and you could tell she truly had a passion for Florence and it's history. Through her thoughtful explaining of locations and the history of this beautiful city the history seemed to come alive. My husband and I were captivated for the entire tour. Truly an perfect experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille Catherine!! I truly enjoyed your company as well. I loved to share with you the passion for my beautiful Florence. In three hours we got to see plenty of sites and I'm happy that I was able to make history come alive! Say hallo to your husband and give a big hug to your children form my side -:) Francesca
Christina K.Pierrefonds, QC, Canada
When we met Francesca we were tired, hot, and cranky. Our kids (ages15 and 12) did not want to be there. We changed our original tour and asked for something completely different. We were pretty difficult and unpleasant, but she kept a smile on her face and managed to engage four very grumpy people. By the end of the tour we were all smiling again. Francesca brought Florence to life for us in a fun and engaging way. We learned a lot about the city and barely noticed the time go by. We fully recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christina, This is probably the nicest feedback I've ever received! I'm a smiling person and I love making people smile :-) Sometimes you just have to play it by ear and understand the situation, being flexible: I saw you were tired and hot, so we changed our plans. You weren't that cranky, seriously! I enjoyed being your guide though, talking about the Middle Ages, the Medici and sharing with you my passion for history. Ciao and keep smiling! Francesca
Maya PillaiUnited States
Francesca's tour was both informative, and enjoyable. She is extremely knowledgeable about Florence, and she provided more than any guidebook. Francesca "read the room" and when the heat was getting to us, she adjusted the sites accordingly so we had shade and places to sit. Francesca told us about life in Florence and recommended places to shop and eat. She allowed us to split the tour over 2 days which was perfect for the summer. Having a private tour guide really enhanced our time in FLR. We recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille Maya! Thanks a lot for you kind feedback. You are right, the heat was, and still is unfortunately, unbearable, but we could still enjoy the tour. Say hallo to your family and friends!
Rodrigo PelaezUnited States
Francesca was friendly, knowledgeable, fun and easy to understand and made to my 3 daughters, my wife and I an unforgettable day in Florence.