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 HuntUnited 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.
Rodrigo PelaezUnited States
Geoffrey P.United Kingdom
We would recommend Francesca very highly. She has deep and wide ranging knowledge of the history and art of Florence which she communicates in an engaging and authoritative way. She was particularly fascinating on the influence of the Medicis. Francesca managed our tour very thoughtfully and our full day seemed to fly by. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joffrey and Sarah, It was my pleasure to spend the day with you. I truly enjoyed our conversations and you are right, time simply flew by. I wish you and your family (and the entire U.K. as well) all the best! Sincerely, Fransceca
Andra MaldovanUnited States
Francesca was very personable. She was extemely knowledable about multiple areas of Florence. I would highly recommend her. Awesome day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Andra! It was a lovely tour. I loved in particular to show you the oldest pharmacy of Florence and the mosaic workshop. Say hallo to your friends and enjoy your holiday! Francesca
Shayne ReasonUnited Kingdom
Had a wonderful half day tour with Francesca. We spent some time in the Uffizi, then we walked through Florence to a local food market in the east of town. We did a big tasting of cheese and meats at one of the market stands which was delicious. Francesca is also happy to point out the best places for shopping, and she recommended the Piazza Michaelangelo for amazing views of the city. Francesca is lovely, very easy to talk to and her English is excellent. Thank you for a great day, Francesca
Julie GalbatoUnited States
Francesca provided us with a lovely morning tour of Florence. We had an infant with us so she tailored everything to our needs. The tour was a good introduction to the major areas of the city with a good presentation of some historical background. She was able to give us a lot in a short time frame. Planning and communication with Francesca was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Julie, I had a really good time with you, your daughter and your grand son. He is so nice! I'm happy to hear that you got to "understand" Florence in a short time frame thanks to my explanations. Thanks a lot and take care! Francesca
Kara MasonUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the feedback Kara! I really enjoyed the tour I did with you and your daughter. Take care, Francesca
Anna Maria Messina RisoUnited States
Francesca was amazing. Just what my two sons (young adults)were looking for.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Anna Maria!! I really enjoy to spend a day with you and your sons. Buon Natale!
Francesca was very knowledgeable about all that we saw. She was friendly and professional, her english is excellent. She was willing to modify the itinerary so that I could see San Marco which was an exceptional experience. I would highly recommend a tour with her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Gil, Thank you very much for your comment, I really appreciate that you wanted to take some time to share your experience with other travelers. I had a great time with you and I loved to be your guide. San Marco is one of my favorite museums in Florence, I always go there with pleasure. I hope that you enjoyed your time in Florence! Warm regards, Francesca
Antony DiGiovanniUnited States
Francesca was a wonderful guide. So very friendly and knowledgeable about a wide array of Florence's offerings - art, history, architecture, fashion, food, wine, artisan shops, views, you name it. We had a fantastic and memorable day exploring her city. She flawlessly accommodated last minute changes to the itinerary to meet our wishes. I would recommend her to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Tony, Thanks a lot for taking the time to review the tour, I really appreciate it. I truly enjoyed your company all day, talking about Italy, the difference with the States, the past and the present. I also enjoyed the lunch we had at that nice enoteca facing the Arno river. And also the last minute Vasari Corridor visit was great. I really loved to visit it with you, because, as you know, it was probably one of the last chances before its closure. I wish you, Katherine and the children all the best.
Michael MearsUnited Kingdom
Very good and enjoyable tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Michael. I really had a good time with you and your friends. I wish you all the best. Francesca
Therese JonesUnited States
Francesca was an excellent tour guide; not only did she have a wealth of historical knowledge about the various sites,she also provided information about the better areas to shop for certain items.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for taking the time to write a review. It was my pleasure to show you my beautiful city! Francesca
Ketan PatelUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ketan, the 2 tours we had together were great fun. It's always a great satisfaction for me when I'm able to connect with a diversified group like yours. Give my best to your wife, please, she's so kind. All the best, Francesca
Ketan PatelUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ketan, Thanks for this excellent rating. It was a real pleasure to share with you my passion for wine and food! Salute! Francesca
Selma ReedUnited States
Francesca was fabulous! She created a custom tour based on my requests, and then changed it halfway into our two days of touring when we decided to see other sites. She was incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and easy-going. She took good care of everyone in our party, including my 92-year old mother. I would highly recommend her for any traveler to Florence, old or young, first-timers or repeat visitors. Completely satisfied and couldn't be happier with our choice of Francesca.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Selma, I had a great time with you and your family. Your sense of wit, curiosity and kindness made my day! I have enjoyed so much to show you around, I loved touring with you especially the Synagogue, I've learnt so much from you! I really wish you all the best. Say hello to your sister from me. Francesca
Michael PearceAllyn, WASHINGTON, United States
prompt, ready and prepared, quickly able to size us up and know where to spend time and where to move on, very good English and shes easy to be with--
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for taking the time to review the tour Michael. I do appreciate it! Kind regards, Francesca
Liz LockeyUnited Kingdom
As independent souls, we had tried to 'do' Florence on our own, unassisted by any sort of planning or guided tour. Big mistake. Florence's key attractions are now so confusingly and commercially organised, it's extremely hard to navigate a family through without huge amounts of advanced planning - and even then, we'd miss out on the details that bring it all to life. So Francesca saved us. It was money very well spent, as she taught us more in 6 hours than we could ever hope to learn alone in a month.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Liz, You and your beautiful family really made my day. I loved to be your guide and share the love for art and my beautiful city with you. I'm glad that you enjoyed it as well, because I truly did! Big hugs from Florence, Francesca
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kristian!
Lois MarcusUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lois, Thank you very much for the five stars! Give my best to your family, Francesca
Perfect tour! Francesca is a wonderful tour guide and we couldn't have imagined a better tour for Florence. She knows lots of historical facts without overexerting you. We can highly recommend this tour and especially Francesca. Thank you so very much for this wonderful day in Florence.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Matthias, Thank you very much! I really enjoyed your company and I loved to be your guide. How was the concert of The Boss in Rome? I've heard he was great as usual! I wish you all the best, Francesca
Steven HarrisUnited Kingdom
Very knowledgeable great English speaker pace was just right. A perfect tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Steven, you are an excellent company to be with!! It was a great tour for me too. Regards, Francesca
Francesca was like a walking encyclopaedia of Florence and history in general. With this knowledge, she made Florence come to life for us and explained many things about Italy that were so interesting and we were unaware of. We had a marvellous time with Francesca, her English was fantastic and we are visiting all the gelato places she recommended as we walked. We also visited a small wine shop and had some lovely wines. Francesca organised this pre tour and was very flexible to work with. A great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello James, thanks a lot for taking the time to review the tour, I really appreciate it! Right now I'm sitting down under the market loggia in Piazza dei Ciompi and I had breakfast at Nencioni, the place that I pointed out yesterday. I love their caffè! I really had a very good time with you. Thanks!! Francesca
Susan HollersUnited States
Francesca was very knowledgeable and flexible. We had our 87 yr old Mums along and Francesca helped to secure wheelchairs and was very patient with RR breaks. She also had an excellent recommendation for lunch and was so friendly and welcoming.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, it was a fantastic day and I truly enjoyed your company. The nonne (grandmothers) did a great job, they were very funny to be with! Thanks a lot for having shared your experience with other Toursbylocals travelers! A big hug to the whole party, Francesca
Robert McDowellUnited States
Francesca was a wonderful tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable about all the sites and history of Florence and very efficient to allow us to make the most of our time for the day. Highly recommend her for anyone visiting Florence and the Tuscany area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert, I truly appreciate your comment, grazie mille!! I agree with you, it was a very beautiful day, and I'm happy that you enjoyed it. I loved to show you the city and its special crafts, like the mosaic maker, which I think explains very well the authenticity of my beautiful Firenze. I hope you are doing all well :-) Best, Francesca
Barbara PreibUnited States
Lou SmithUnited States
Very knowledgeable, friendly guide. Great tour of the Medici influence, art and architecture. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your feedback Lou, I really appreciate it. The Medici tour is one of my favorite ones, it has the right mix of history, art and architecture. All the best, Francesca
Quinn JohnsonUnited States
Francesca created an incredible tour and we were able to see a huge amount of the city and attractions without waiting in the long lines that were everywhere. She was very knowledgable and was also able to make it interesting for our children. We HIGHLY recommend Francesca!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Quinn!! I really thank you for finding the time to review the tour. It's simply awesome to have clients like you. My deepest grazie for having chosen me! Arrivederci :-)
Randlocals BeckerUnited States
Francesca was delightfully pleasant, informative and willing to pace her tour to our needs. I am a history buff, and she added many historical details I was unaware of. She made several suggestions for our visit here in Florence, including shopping areas and restaurants. When our tour was over, she made sure that we knew the way back to our hotel and waited to see that our needs were met. I know that Francesca made our first day in Florence a better experience than we would have had without her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lauren, I'd like to thank you for you kindness and your enjoyable company. I had a great morning with you and I really loved to be your guide!! I hope to see you again one day, maybe in Colorado!! With love, Francesca
Lisa PlattUnited States
Francesca - Brava! Our walking tour filled with rich historical detail gave us a fantastic introduction to beautiful Florence. This also gave us an orientation from which to make good decisions on how to organize our time. Hope to return someday with Francesca as our guide. Ciao, e grazie.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie a te Lisa! I really enjoyed your company and I didn't realize the time was simply flying! I hope to see you again one day. Un abrazo, Francesca
Nina RabkinaUnited States
Francesca is a fantastic tour guide, a top notch professional: she is personable, dynamic, engaging and organized. She speaks perfect English and talks about the city history and architecture in a fun and educational way, geared perfectly to her audience. Both my 8year old and 10 year old felt included and engaged and so did we. She clearly knows and loves her city, her tour is full of stories and details that make the experience of the city special. If I could go on all her tours, I would! Nina
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nina, Thanks a lot for your wonderful review, I truly appreciate that you took the time to write it. I did enjoy the time we spent together, I love to give tours to children and yours are really brilliant! I'm happy that you and your family liked the tour and felt engaged. I wish you a good and safe journey back home and I really hope to see you in a close future (so you çan go on all my tours!). Take care and give a hug to the kids, Francesca
Allan ParkinUnited Kingdom
I have now used Tours by Locals on about 20 occasions and never failed to get an excellent tour guide. Francesca was another brilliant host - her knowledge of her city gave us an insight into Florence that we would never have experienced on our own. Having local knowledge and a lovely personality was a double bonus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Alan, thank you for your feedback. Your opinion is really important to me. We spent a lovely morning together, I enjoyed your company very much. I wish you and your friends all the best! Francesca
Alan RussellUnited States
Our tour with Francesca was exactly what we were looking for - a mix of art, how to live like a local, food & wine. She walked us through the Medici palace and Baptistery, showed us a local leather market and a handmade jewelry store underneath the Ponte Vecchio. Finally, she took us to a wonderful osteria where the food and wine were spectacular. She is a lovely person that is very proud and passionate about her beautiful city. An absolutely wonderful day!
Tobbie WellsUnited States
What a wonderful day we had with Francesca! She knows everything about her home town - from the Art to shopping, etc. In addition, she took us to her favorite spot for lunch with was just amazing. I would highly recommend Francesca to anyone who wants a guide in Florence!! She really was one of the best guides I have had.....
Jean LinkUnited Kingdom
Francesca was so informative and flexible...even before we took her tour. I booked a tour on a Monday hoping to visit the museums in Florence. Francesca replied quickly letting me know the museums were closed on Mondays and gave me a few options to think about. Our time in Florence was limited so we worked out 7 hours of touring with Francesca over the course of 2 days. She kept our whole family (kids ages 11, 13 and 17) interested and engaged. Can't say enough good things about Francesca!
Miriam HarringtonUnited States
Francesca gave an excellent tour. She is very knowledgeable and has a very sophisticated sense of humor as well. We had time for only a shorter version (3 hours) of her customary 6 hour Medici tour, but she did a very good job of covering the highlights. We learned a great deal and covered a lot of ground as well. We also appreciated her flexibility in working with our time constraints.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Miriam, Thanks a lot for your nice comment, I really appreciate it. I had a really good time with you! I hope to see you again in Firenze in a near future! Ciao, Francesca
Fred RothUnited States
Max AlkireUnited States
Francesca met the challenge of taking a group of 8 people with various levels of interest and age. She did a great job and planned according to our requests.
We are a family of Parents plus 4 teenage girls (actually the oldest is 20) so finding tours that work for all is difficult. We set up 2 three hour tours in following days with Francesca, and she was terrific. Francesca is a a lovely person to spend time with and we all enjoyed her company. But more critically Francesca is a true professional, she is proud of her city, though not parochial, and gave us a great education while still having a good sense of humour, and accomadated the times we needed a break
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Brett, I had a great time with you and your family, meeting interesting people is what I like the most of my profession. It was really exciting to talk with your douthers about the past an present life of Florence and about European history. People from New Zealand rock! ;-)) Big hugs from Florence, Francesca
Clifford RoweUnited States
She was quite flexible with the tour and had a tremendous amount of knowledge.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Clifford! I really enjoyed the day tour we had together and your card tricks ;-) Give my best to your family. Thanks, Francesca
Miriam M.United States
We cannot say enough about Francesca. She was awesome. Professional, spoke excellent English, full of wonderful stories about the history of Florence, and very flexible. We skipped the long lines, took great photos, and really enjoyed our time with her. We stopped in at local restaurants for lunch for classic Tuscan fares, and had some of the best Gelato! We recomend Francesca with absolutely no reservations! 5+ stars! Thank you for a very memorable trip to Florence!! :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Miriam, thanks a lot for your wonderful review! It was my pleasure to be tour guide in Florence, we really had a good time together! Hope to see you again in a near future! ��
KAren AVitabileUnited States
Francesca was the ultimate tour guide Her passion and knowledge of all the sites made our experience something to always remember
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robert, thank you very much for your kind words, I really appreciate your feedback. It was a great day in Florence and you guys were so nice! Grazie mille!!
Richard PopkoUnited States
Francesca is the best guide ever. She is smart, knowledgeable, personable, thoughtful, helpful, considerate, professional, friendly. She is highly educated and knows and loves her city. We ended our perfect tour of Florence at a wonderful, traditional, Tuscan restaurant where we learned even more from Francesca about the people and places that make Florence such a special place. Thanks to Francesca, our first day in Florence was perfect in every way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Richard, grazie mille for your review, I really appreciate it. It was very beautiful guiding you in Florence, and I loved to talk at lunch with you and Bev about food, bees and wine. I'm eager to try your wine in Napa!! I hope we will find the time to meet up again during your holiday in Florence. Francesca
Jill PetersonUnited States
Francesca is a rock star! I've studied Art History for many years and have spent many hours in the Lourve, the National Gallery and in the Uffizi as well as in Art History classes. Because I had limited time in Florence I decided to get a museum guide. Francesca is such a fun person and has such depth of knowledge, my time with her was totally enjoyable and fascinating. She pointed out many things I hadn't previously noticed, and that will benifit me when I return. I'd give her 20 stars if I could!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow Jill, 20 stars!! I would also give 20 stars to your lovely company. Time really flew talking about art and history with a person like you, so polite, enthusiast and sweet. I really wish you all the best, Francesca
James L.Naples, FL, United States
Francesca was amazing, truly. Happy, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun. We are a bi-lingual family of 9, ranging in age from 13 to mid-70s. Somehow (don't ask me how) she was able to keep us all very engaged, showing us everything we wanted to see in Florence all the while skipping lines and expertly guiding us in 2 languages - English and Spanish. Would recommend her highly. She's awesome!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thaks James, your big family was really nice. It was a great day, truly. Give my best to you cousin, her enthusiasm for beauty really moved me! Abrazos a todos, Francesca
Harry FeuersteinUnited States
Francesca's tour of Florence was wonderful. She was so knowledgeable and informative on the history and art of Florence which were our main interests while visiting the city. She included all the sites we wanted to see and gave us fantastic recommendations for places to visit on our own. I would schedule Francesca again, her warm and congenial personality made her a delight to be with!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jill, It was my pleasure to be your guide in Florence. We had a very good time together and I loved to show you my favourite places, like Ognissanti Church and Ghirlandaio's Last Supper. I wish you all the best, waiting to see you in Florence again! Francesca
Charles ColeRANCHO MIRAGE, CA, United States
Francesca is astounding as a guide. She knows the ancient as well as contemporary Florence inside out and is able to explain the details at whatever level you wish. She also is a font of enjoyment as a person! I guarantee your trip to Florence will be better if Francesca is your guide!
Karen LogsdonUnited States
Francesca was a delight. She gave a very informative, knowledgeable tour which included the areas around our hotel and further afield. We asked to see a church that was an exception
Beth DoneyUnited States
Francesca is an outstanding guide and we would highly recommend her! She is informative,articulate and knows the history of Europe, Italy and particularly Florence really well.. She responded easily to our request to go into, not just see, the Duomo and St. Croce churches.She also answered all questions clearly and concisely. The tour of the city was complete, well organized and covered all we hoped to see. She met us at our hotel and provided a very though visit in Florence. Don't miss this guide!
William A.United States
Francesca was GREAT! Very knowledgeable, easy to understand (english was perfect!) and took us to all the places we wanted with great explanations on what we were viewing. Lots of extra information that made the tour perfect.
Brian TollUnited States
Shari S.United States
Francesca was an excellent tour guide. She arrived on time. Was very sweet and pleasant to talk to. She was very personable and was extremely knowledgeable about Florence, the museums and the culture. We created our own tour and it worked out perfectly. Would highly recommend her to anyone.
Barbara GarlandUnited States
Francesca was just as good this time as she was the last tour.
Barbara GarlandUnited States
Francesca was extremely knowledgeable, very fluent in English and an overall excellent guide. Thank you.
Celeste S.United States
Francesca is wonderful. She is a true Florentine who loves her city and her enthusiasm shows. Not only is she knowledgeable in the history, arts and culture of the city, but she is attuned to the mood and varied interests of the group. We are a group that ranged in age from preteen to senior citizens, and she managed to tailor the tour to keep everyone engaged. Even in a sudden downpour, she spontaneously added a place to take us out of the rain and continue the tour. We highly recommend her!
John BraunUnited States
On our recent "Walk with Michelangelo" tour, Francesca conducted a delightful and informative tour. She was well-prepared for the synthesis of history, politics, art and religion which are the hallmarks of the best tours, and she added greatly to our appreciation of the city of Florence. It was a job well done.
Diane HickeyUnited States
Francesca was a good guide and enjoyed spending time with her
Diane HickeyUnited States
Max was a great driver and we totally enjoyed spending time with him, talking about Florence, and many other things. Would recommend him as a driver
Kenneth HedrickUnited States
Francesca was very knowledgeable about Florence and covered ALL that we requested, which was a challenge. She selected a very good restaurant for lunch. Even stayed with us a bit longer than we expected her to in order for us to see all we had asked to see. Extremely personable. Her English is excellent. A wonderful day under her leadership!
Linda ButtacavoliUnited States
Francesca was great! we had just arrived from the US - we were tired & it was 94 degrees but Francesca made our walk/tour very interesting, she is very knowledgable - we saw a lot in our 3 hrs & she did exactly what we wanted - walking tour & a little Dan Brown Inferno info. we will definitely recommend tours by locals
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Linda, I really remember the heat of that day! But in spite of the temperature (higher than the real Dante's Inferno!) we had a great time together and it was very nice to show you the beauty of Florence. Un abbraccio da Firenze (hugs from Florence)!
Mr. and Mrs. Russell were extremely happy with Francesca and the tour of Uffizi Gallery. Their many tours through Tours by Local have been outstanding and now the only tours I book for them. You have made my job very easy!!!
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: (Review written by the Russell's travel agent!)
We met at 15:00 for a walking tour of 3 hours. The heat was almost unbearable and the places of interest overwhelming. Under such circumstances, there is only one way to go: book a tour by locals. Time flew, Florence revealed most of its secrets, we had lunch and most important of all she took us to buy the best ice cream. Francesca is amongst the best, because she marries a most pleasant personality with in-depth and accurate knowledge. I cannot think of better value for money. -- Krgds Marc Salzer
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The heat was really terrible that day but we spent a great time together! It was really a pleasure for me to meet you and your family and to be the guide of such an interested and pleasing company. I sincerely appreciate your warm review. I wish you all the best and I really hope to guide you again in Florence. Francesca