Mary DonofrioUnited States
Francesca was wonderful. She took such good care of our family. I felt like I was walking the city with an old friend. Portofino is a beautiful place and a must see in Italy. Genova is full of history and hidden gems around every corner. I highly recommend this tour for everyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cara Mary, thanks!....i hope to meet you again! Francesca
Robin LeinenUnited States
This was an excellent tour of Genoa. It covered all the important highlights, was informative but also fun and interesting. Highly recommend it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robin, thanks! Francesca
Pat MillerBluffton, SC, United States
Francesca was very personable and very knowledgeable. She was prompt and very flexible in our itinerary. We especially enjoyed the cooking class she arranged for my husband and me. I would certainly recommend her and use her again if we are ever in Genoa. Her knowledge of the history in Genoa was impressive.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pat, i hope to see you again soon! Thanks. Francesca
Raleigh KentUnited States
Francesca led us on a fantastic walking tour of Genoa showing us all the big sites as well as local shops and hidden treasures of the city. We rate her a 5 out of 5 and would recommend her to anyone who goes to Genoa. She is an ALL STAR. Raleigh and Dottie Kent
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Raleigh and Dottie, thanks a lot! Francesca
Joseph StanleyUnited States
Mrs. Pirjo BossUnited States
Francesca was phenomenal - best tour guide that I have had for the 40 years that I have been running tours. She really gave us a personal tour of Genoa. She is very passionate about the city and brought great insight to the little nooks and crannies in the city. Recommend her services very highly!
George JuskoUnited States
Francesca was great. She satisfied every request for our customized tour of Genoa. Her knowledge of the old city center and its' twisting streets and alleyways was impressive. She introduced us to a wonderful restaurant where we enjoyed traditional Genovese cuisine. We highly recommend Francesca to others interested in discovering Genoa. And if we're ever back in Genoa we'd hope to take her other tours. George & Hiroko
Scott ThorntonUnited States
Francesca is an incredibly knowledgeable and personable guide. She personalizes the tour to your particular wants and needs. Except for the heat, which she couldn't control, the tour exceeded our expectations. Thank you Francesca for making our stay in Genoa memorable!
Sue BobakUnited States
She was wonderful. Knew the areas suggested many interesting places to see. The tour of Genoa was special as she took us where locals live and shop.
Michael SheifetzUnited States
Francesca was great!. In a driving rain storm she assisted my wife in finding a local store to acquire inexpensive rubber boots before we began our journey. We hit a great lunch spot, wandered over to Eataly and found some great hidden food shops along the way (candies and chocolate). Highly recommend!
Lisa BittnerUnited States
Francesca was fantastic. She is so enthusiastic about her city and it's culture, it was a pleasure to spend time with her. She is very knowledgeable and arranged a flexible tour so that we could really see the things we were most interested in. She was also great with suggestions for dining and logistics. She even arranged for a driver to give us a panoramic car tour since we were traveling with an elderly woman. I wouldn't hesitate to book a tour with her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lisa, i thank you very much and hope to see you in Liguria again soon! Francesca
Joseph CarmonaUnited States
Francesca was extremely friendly and accommodating. The weather was not so great but that did not stop Francesca from providing excellent service. I would have missed quite a lot about Genova without Francesca's knowledge. Highly recommended.
Ginger SkinnerUnited States
Our guide Francesca was a gem. She talked us into spending the morning in Portofino Italy walking through the town then she arranged a cooking class there. Wow a local chef taught us how to make the best pesto I have ever eaten in my life, wow. Then we made home made pasta, what a treat.I am so glad I listened to here because it was the highlight of our vacation. From here we drove to Cinque Terre where we visited an old vineyard by appointment only. There is not enough space to write about our fabulous
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ginger, i hope to see you soon again in my Liguria!!....Thank you for the experience! Francesca
Jacqueline HowePortola Valley, CA, United States
Francesca secured guide Guilia after injury required change of plans. Tour and guide were great! Accommodated our needs very well. Guilia very nice and informative...flexible and informative. Gave us a very thorough tour of 5 lands. Very prepared with train schedule and how to get the most out of every minute of day together. Francesca called in to ask me how everything was going. Really appreciated her follow through. Loved tour and guide(s). A must-do tour for complete appreciation of CTerre!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jacqueline, thanks! I hope to guide you in Portofino or Genoa! Francesca (and Giulia)
Charron D.United States
Excellent, intelligent and thoughtful guide. Tour was exactly as promised.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter, thank you very much, i hope to see you soon again! Francesca
Francesca was so friendly and accommodating and patient. She was vibrant and informative and fun too. We had such a good time and learned the most interesting things. She tailored our experience for our fitness level and we loved the challenge but were given lots of opportunity to take an easier option at any time. Francesca coordinated a cooking class and dovetailed the tour w/ the class. The class was amazing. Genoa is a tricky little city. I wouldn't do it without a guide and Francesca is tops!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Francesca, thank you so much for your feedback. I had a good time with you both also! Sorry for the inconvenient of the cooking class payment!....i hope to see you again! Francesca
Alex WolinUnited States
Genova was never on our list of "Italian cities we must visit". However, after touring the old city with Francesca, our views have changed. Her passion and easy style presented this fascinating city thru the eyes of a native who truly loves sharing this wonderful city with everyone.. Great history, fantastic food and overall a beautiful experience Molto Grazie The Wolin Family
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andy, it has been a pleasure to share the love for my city with your family! I hope you will be back one day for maybe visiting the Monumental Cemetry of Staglieno or one of the amazing Western Liguria towns. Warm regards Francesca
Loc PhamUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! We didn't find the best day for visiting the Cinque Terre because of the heat but i hope you will be back!
Kathryn HarringtonUnited States
My sisters and I met Francesca at the train station on July 2nd for a tour of Genoa and where our mother and her family left for the USA in June of 1940. She selected our tour to meet our physical needs and our genealogical desires. We loved her and she showed us much of her beautiful city, and taking us back to the train station to make sure we got the correct train back to Milan. Thanks Francesca for making our trip so special.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathryn, it has been a big pleasure beeing part of your incredibly beautiful story! I will be in touch soon! Francesca
Vciki OdelloUnited States
Francesca is incredible, we will certainly request her again on our next visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are the best too! Francesca
Vciki OdelloUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear all, the experience in Nucetto has been incredible for me as well....like living in a movy! I think it will be something that all of us will remember for a long time!!
Jason BuschUnited States
What can I say except WOW! Francesca was the best tour guide we used on our trip through the Mediterranean and made our day and a half with her so much fun. Her fun-loving personality and vast knowledge of Liguria makes her an excellent choice and we cannot say enough about how great she is! She has an amazing knowledge of history, culture, geology and food, so she can make any kind of traveler happy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jason, thanks so much ...i really had a good time with you too! I hope to see you again...maybe in Piedmont or in Genoa! A presto! Francesca
Susan PaytonUnited States
Francesca made our trip to Genova absolutely stupendous. She took us through the streets of old Genova, showing us things we wouldn't have found in a tour book. She took us to a pest shop, showed us the butcher, fishmonger, and tripe shop, all providing local flavor (literally). The icing on the pannetone was the cooking class at Creattivando. The hosts were lovely, and we had so much fun cooking pesto and cappo magro. I highly recommend a tour with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, i really had a great time with you also! I hope to see you again for another tour together! A presto! Francesca
Marilyn MarkmanUnited States
Tour to Cinque Terre with Boris......Sept 2, 2014. Excellent. He was knowledgeable of the area and very helpful with answering questions. He was delightful to spend the day with. I would highly recommend Boris to anyone wanting to take a tour in that area or anywhere else in Italy
Karen RowbottomUnited States
Francesca was wonderful!! We enjoyed every minute of our time with her...she was very knowledgeable, helpful, and a delight to spend time with.. This is my second time to Italy with time spent with Tours by Locals and I recommend them to anyone traveling to Italy... We cannot thank Francesca enough for a wonderful day... Thank you!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Karen, thank you so much for everything!...it has been so a pleasure even for me to travel with all of you!! I hope to see you again soon!
Elizabeth V.United States
Due to a scheduling change on our part, Francesca was not our guide. Francesca very graciously arranged a tour with one of her colleagues - Simona - who was absolutely wonderful. Both Francesca and Simona were very attentive to our needs (Francesca before our tour and Simona during our tour). Simona was very knowledgable about the area and took us to places that would not be on a typical cruise ship excursion. We highly recommend both Simona and Francesca!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elisabeth, I am so sorry I could not be your guide in Portofino, but we all did a good job and I am really happy you enjoyed the time with Simona an our land!!
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.
Francesca was a terrific guide! She knew her way around the area perfectly and effortlessly adjusted our tour because of delays we encountered with the Italian railways. The lovely restaurant she recommend in Portofino was excellent. Thanks so much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!!! I hope to see you again for another tour!!
Simona was extremely knowledgeable and kept the tour very interesting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Larry, thank you very much, we hope you will be with TBL again!! Francesca and Simona
Dennis BirchUnited States
Francesca did a great job babysitting four 70 year old seniors on a hike from Levanto to Monterosso. This 4.5 mile hike is only hike in the park to give you the travel brochure views of the towns of the Cinque Terre. We obviously took longer than most but made it as it isn't the easiest trail we've ever taken. We finished with a private boat tour of the towns as well coordinated by Francesca. We all gave Francesca top marks in all categories. Book with her and you won't regret it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Dennis!!! Wow!!!...I am really happy you enjoyed the tour together...I am sure you will never forget it!!....I hope to see you all another time in Genova or Piedmont!! FRancesca
Larry RabinUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Larry!!!.... Have a nice cruise!!! Francesca
Candy BagleyUnited States
We had a wonderful day with Francesca on our hike to Portofino. She was helpful with towns to visit nearby and great recommendations for restaurants.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ray, thank you so much for everything!! I hope to see all of you again!! Grazie Francesca
Cynthia BowmanUnited States
Absolutely fabulous tour guide! We had a VERY ambitious tour we wanted to do and she arranged everything perfectly. She even had a great lunch ready for us at a local restaurant so we could save time to get in all of our sights. This allowed us to get a great overview of Cinque Terre, Portofino and Genoa all in one day. Thanks Francesca
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cynthia, I had a great time with all of you as well, i hope to see you soon again, all the best!!!Francesca
Jenice VeselyEighty Four, PA, United States
This tour and our tour guide, Francesca, could not have been better! We learned so much about this beautiful area, and without Francesca, we could have never negotiated these towns on our own. Francesca was delightful and did her best to accommodate my knee issue while allowing the others in our group to hike the trails as planned. I highly recommend Tours by Locals and especially Francesca! Thank you for a memorable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jenice, I enjoyed my day with you and your family so much!!!...Thank you and I hope to meet you again in Genova or in Portofino!!! All the best Francesca
Joseph JenkinsUnited States
Most knowledgeable and personable. I would recommend Francesca wholeheartedly. We had many tour guides in Italy, but she was the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joseph, I really thank you very much!! You are wonderful people as well!! Best regards and I hope to see you again very soon!! Francesca
Roger TitleyUnited States
Francesca was a great guide. Excellent English, extremely knowledgeable, very pleasant, organized and responsive to our interests. Prompt communication after booking to determine our priorities, schedule, etc. Highly recommend!!!!
Bruce SpectorUnited States
Francesca is the guide everyone dreams of working with! She's and expert, and a great companion for the day. She listens carefully to her clients' wishes and easily adapts her plans to meet those wishes. You feel like you are part of the community, as Francesca took us from town to town and merchants and other friends stopped what they were doing to great Francesca and us. Francesca loves her work and her enthusiasm is contagious. She's wonderful and not to be missed!!!
Christiane O'RourkeUnited States
Francesca was a very entertaining guide. She had answers to all our questions of the area. She gave us different options on paths to take to Portofino and different views & sites to see on the way. We all enjoyed her company and would definitely recommend her to friends!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christiane, I enjoyed my time with all of you as well!!...thank you very much for your comment and I hope to see you again for one of my next new hikes with ToursbyLocals!!!!
Kathleen VoldstadUnited States
Francesca was wonderful! I am so glad we were able to spend a day with her. The experience of walking with her greatly enhanced our understanding of the Portofino peninsula: the people, the culture, the history, the geology, and the food. Francesca is very knowledgeable,very engaging, and her company was a pleasure. She was very responsive as we traded emails to schedule the walk and punctual in meeting us. I highly recommend Francesca and this walk.