Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Florence Italy by Tour Guide Silvia R. (Guide #4907)


Marelu Justus

United Kingdom
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Tour: #311894, Siena in 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 15/18

Silvia is a superb tour guide. We wanted a guide with a thorough knowledge of the history, architecture, art and culture of Siena and she exceeded our expectations. In addition, she did it all with humour and enthusiasm. Thank you, Silvia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Marelu, hope to meet you again in the future. ciao Silvia

John Dickinson

United States
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Tour: #163946, Tour out of Siena with transportation, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 1/18

Christopher Hitchins

United Kingdom
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Tour: #163946, Tour out of Siena with transportation, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 31/18

We had an absolutely wonderful day touring Tuscan villages with Silvia. She arranged everything perfectly and was especially considerate of our young children (even when the youngest one was carsick)! We spent a couple of idyllic hours pottering around SAN Gimignano, on for a delicious lunch at a local farm, then wine tasting and ice cream in Monteriggioni. Silvia was extremely knowledgeable about the area and it's history and a really lovely lady to chat to. We would hugely recommend Silvia and the tour

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I also enjoed the time with you...a big hug to all of you!

Christopher Hitchins

United Kingdom
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 30/18

We had a brilliant and informative tour of Siena with slivia. She was very patient with our children and we stopped for delicious ice cream when they got hot and tired. We especially loved the owl contrade museum which really brought the paleo to life. Silvia was really friendly and a wonderful guide we would definitely recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you...hope to meet you again in the future. Ciao.

Jo Trust

United States
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Tour: #85042, Siena full day city tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 12/18

Excellent tour lots of good information her love for Sierra was evident.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Jo.

Lionel Lenz

United States
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Tour: #163541, San Gimignano walking tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 11/18

A great guide and the highlight of our two weeks in Tuscany. The history and insights were incredible. More interesting than any guidebook.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lionel, Thank you for your Kind note. Hope to meet you again in the future. Ciao Silvia

Kenny Herskowitz

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 21/18

Excellent tour guide very fluent in English and Gave an unbelievably descriptive narrative of the area Very knowledgeable and would highly recommend her. I would love to use you for other tours of the Siena area in the future

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kenny, thank you for the very kind note! Hope to have to opportunity of meeting you again in the future! wait in Tuscany...ciao Silvia

Lori Epstein

United States
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Tour: #163946, full day wine tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 2/18

We spent the day with Silvia last week when we were in Tuscany. She picked us up at our villa and drove us to taste wine. It was a great day - two wineries - and lunch at the second one. Lunch was outside next to the vineyard. The food was amazing. Wish I could go back today. This is the second time that I used Silvia. I used her two years ago and she did an amazing job. I contacted her this time and she was available. She made a perfect day for us. Thanks Silvia - hope to see u soon!!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lori, Thank you for the kind note! Hope to see you soon too :-) Wait you here in Tuscany. Ciao Silvia

Jane Evans

United States
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Tour: #163543, Pienza and Montepulciano half day tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 1/18

Silvia was an awesome guide. From our first communication with her and during the confirmation through the incredible tour, Silvia explained everything we saw and took care of our family, instructing us where to go, and giving us great recommendations. I highly recommend her!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jane, It has been a pleasure meeting your family! Hope to meet you again in the future Ciao Silvia

Larry Self

United States
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Tour: #163946, Chianti half day tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 26/18

We were very pleased with our tour of Tuscany provided by Silvia. She was such a pleasant guide and helped us enjoy our visit to Tuscany with her local knowledge and good humor.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank Larry, I also had a good time. Hope to see you again in the future. Ciao Silvia

Lisa Donley

United States
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Tour: #163946, Tour out of Siena with transportation, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 25/18

Silvia did an excellent job with our tour! She picked us up right on time in our hotel lobby with only a short walk to the van. We toured two wonderful towns, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni in the morning. Silvia did a wonderful job of explaining the history of the towns then letting us do some exploring on our own. Lunch was served at a wonderful winery in hills. The food and wine were excellent along with the charming couple who owned the winery. It was a long but enjoyable day. Thanks Silvia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lisa, thanks for your kind note! hope to meet you again in the future. ciao Silvia

Alyce Parsons

United States
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Tour: #163542, Your own tour out of Siena, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 24/18

Great tour. Great guide. Very flexable and much added knowledge. So much added value! From wine, to history, nature, and culture! Very impressive!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alyce, Thank ypu for your kind note. Wait you here in Tuscany :-)

George Bagdon

United States
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Tour: #163542, Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 23/18

Silvia was a wonderful guide for us and we toured with her for three days in Tuscany. She was flexible, personable and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend her to our friends.

George Bagdon

United States
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Tour: #163542, Chianti and Castles, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 22/18

Silvia toured the two of us for three days in the Tuscany area. She was very professional with a magnetic personality. We visited local wineries and walked around villages with her and she always made us feel welcome. She was very flexible with our itinerary, making it easy to make changes as we went along. I would highly recommend Silvia to anyone wanting a special adventure in Tuscany.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear George, Thank you for your kind note. A big hug to you both :-) Silvia

George Bagdon

United States
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Tour: #163542, Chianti hike and villages, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 21/18

Silvia took the two of us on three days of tours in the Tuscany area. She has a deep knowledge of the area, taking us to many small towns and local wineries. She has a great personality and loves her job. She speaks fluent English and was able to answer all of our questions. I would highly recommend Silvia to anyone who wants a special time in the Tuscany area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi George, Thank you...I also enjoyed the time (and the drive) spent with you! Ciao

Gordon Howe

Toronto, ONTARIO, Canada
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Tour: #85042, Siena full day city tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 7/18

Siena is like a living museum but there is much more to life there than the obvious sites. Sylvia did a marvelous job of bringing the city to life. She outlined the history of the major buildings and public spaces and also provided insight into the historical organization of life in the city. This included an explanation of the contradas (neighbourhood organizations) and how they interact, as well as an in-depth tour of the Owl Contrada museum, chapel, square and the rest of the area. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind note. Hope to meet you again in the future. Ciao!

Gordon Howe

Toronto, ONTARIO, Canada
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Tour: #65778, Hike to Monteriggioni, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 6/18

The tour of San Gimignano was a last-minute arrangement due to bad weather. Sylvia suggested this alternative and it was well worth the visit. The town is a fascinating example of a Tuscan medieval walled town and also a stop on the Via Francigena pilgrimage route. Sylvia did an excellent job of describing the geography and history of the town and the significance of several of the buildings. She is very well informed, entertaining, and personable and a pleasure to have as a guide. Highly recommended

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gordon, I has been a pleasure beeing your guide. Hope tomeet you again in the future Ciao Silvia :-)

Sergio I.

United States
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Tour: #311894, Siena in 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 4/18

A great customized tour. While walking along different contradas, we were able to grasp a quick, but deep glimpse about Siena's history and culture. And after her lively and enthusiastic description of Palio horse race (and it's historical importance for the contradas), we'll definitely visit Siena again during the weeks of the event. The enoteca Silvia chose for a brief wine tasting was excellent. We had a great time with Silvia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sergio, so happy to hear your nice comment. wait you here in Siena! Ciao Silvia

C. Randolph (Randy) R.

United States
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Tour: #175689, San Gimignano and Volterra from Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 13/18

Silvia was knowledgable, had planned our tour for efficiency, and was a very good, safe driver. She took our personal limitations (4 elderly customers, of whom 2 were unstable walkers) into consideration. Friendly and upbeat. Took us to an alabaster carver's studio and an agriturismo farm specializing in saffron cultivation, where we had a very special lunch. Early Spring in the Tuscan hills was spectacular. Super day!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Randy! thank you for your kind note! i also had a good time with your group... big hug! ciao Silvia

Christopher Blake

United Kingdom
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 10/18

A lovely tour - Silvia was brilliant - thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to you for the kind note :-)

Edmund Lim

Philippines
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Tour: #311894, Siena in 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Nov 18/17

we had an excellent time touring sienna..... thanks Silvia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Edmund, it has been a pleasure meeting you. Ciao Silvia.

Steve Elphick

United Kingdom
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Nov 2/17

Our guide was interesting and informative and NOT boring. We felt she adjusted her information to our needs, covering history (some interesting anecdotes), Pallio, contrado and even pastries!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steve, thank you for your kind note. Big hug, Silvia :-)

Stacey Robbins

United States
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Tour: #163946, Tour out of Siena with transportation, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 24/17

Silvia is an absolute delight! She picked us up in her beautiful van for our 8 guests and drove us safely and with such interesting stories to San Gimignano for the long ride below Siena. She then toured us through the charming city with wonderful details and good information. Our time that she arranged at the saffron farm for lunch was a HIGHLIGHT of our trip. We had a wonderful time. Thank you, Silvia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stacey, thank you for your kind note, i also had a good time with you and your group. see you next time:-) ciao Silvia

Paul Levites

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 18/17

Silvia was great, we had a wonderful time with her. Silvia showed us Siena as a resident who knew everything about the town and its history. We saw and learned a lot about Siena and enjoyed our time with Silvia very much. ...and she even showed us where to get the best gelato in town! We would certainly recommend Silvia and would hire her again if and when we return. PL

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul, it has been a pleasure touring you around siena..hope to meet you again in the future so that we can visit other beautiful Tuscan corners! big hug to your family :-) Silvia

Sara Patinkin

United States
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Tour: #163946, Tour out of Siena with transportation, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 16/17

We had a great time with Silvia who took us to a dairy farm for sheep cheese tasting, Pienza and Multacino along with two wineries. She was knowledgeable and gave us great insights into each town and place. We would not have learned so much if it wasn't for Silvia. We had an amazing day with her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sara, Thank you for your kind note! Hope to meet you again in the future.. Ciao Silvia

Ellen Carson

United States
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Tour: #175689, Siena and San Gimignano from Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 15/17

While we got off to a late start, Silvia made up for it with her knowledge of Siena and San G. Once we got there, she dropped us off, parked the car, and led us in for our tour. She bought us local snacks and drinks and explained in detail about the town. I would highly recommend Silvia's tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ellen, thank you so much for your kind note. hope to have the opportunity of meeting you again in the future... ciao Silvia

Leslie Styles

Canada
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Tour: #163541, San Gimignano walking tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 1/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you :-)

Jean Riparbelli

United States
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Tour: #85042, Siena full day tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 20/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you :-)

James Maloney

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 15/17

Silvia provided an excellent introduction to a very special city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi James, thank you for your kind note. :-)

David L.

United States
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Tour: #163946, Tour out of Siena with transportation, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 10/17

Silvia took my wife and I around the hills of Tuscany for an 8 hour tour. She picked us up right on time and we visited Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino and had lunch at a beautiful winery. Along the way and at every stop she had great information about the locations, history, etc. Besides the details and the planned part of the tour; Silvia is a very nice lady who is extremely personable, we thoroughly enjoyed her company all day. Thanks Silvia, hope to see you again some day. Ciao!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David, thank you for your kind note and for the good company:-) hope to have the opportunity of meeting you again in the future. warm regards Silvia

Michele McCarthy

South Africa
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Tour: #163541, San Gimignano walking tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 9/17

Silvia is a wonderful tour guide! We did Siena and San Gimignano with her. Her knowledge of dates and facts is outstanding and extremely interesting. She is welcoming, accommodating, patient and extremely helpful, overall a wonderful person to spend the day with.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: dear Michele, thank you for your kind note. a big hug Silvia

Michele McCarthy

South Africa
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 9/17

Silvia is a wonderful tour guide! We did Siena and San Gimignano with her. Her knowledge of dates and facts is outstanding and extremely interesting. She is welcoming, accommodating, patient and extremely helpful, overall a wonderful person to spend the day with.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: dear Michele, thank you for spending your time with me. hope to have the opportunity of meeting you again. ciao Silvia

Keith Legg

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 2/17

Silvia guided is through the center of Siena with knowledge and wit. She knew our interests and planned accordingly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: it has been a great pleasure spending some good time with you four. always remember you ciao Silvia

Keith Legg

United States
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Tour: #163946, Full day Brunello wine tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 1/17

Silvia made our wishes materialize. She planned visits to three small family wineries and at one we had a sumptuous lunch prepared by the owners.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Keith, i think you can make a nice toast with some great wines :-) i will have good memories of our days touring Tuscany! ciao Silvia

Keith Legg

United States
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Tour: #163946, Full day tour of San Gimignano and Volterra, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 30/17

We were treated to a wonderful day seeing parts of Tuscany that the larger tours neglect. We always looked forward to dining at the places she recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Keith, again thank you for your great company! ciao

Keith Legg

United States
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Tour: #163946, Full day tour of val di Merse, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 29/17

It was another great day in the Tuscany region: Torri, San Galgano and another site as well. Ate at a well chosen farm restaurant.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Keith, i had a great time with you four. thank you Silvia

Keith Legg

United States
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Tour: #163946, Full day tour of Val d'Orcia, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 28/17

Silvia planned well. We toured several hill towns but the high point was lunch at a rural dairy farm--five or six courses of great good and wonderful wine.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Keith, thank you for your kind note big hug Silvia

Keith Legg

United States
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Tour: #163946, Full day Chianti tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 26/17

This was our first day with Silvia and she met all of our expectations and more. We wanted to concentrate on scenery, wine and food and we did.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear keith, i thank you for this wonderful day! ciao Silvia

Clara Conner

United States
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Tour: #66459, Chianti Hike and villages, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 24/17

Silva led a fantastic tour for my husband and myself. Hike, winery, lunch and little towns of Chianti. We had a marvelous day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Clara, it has been a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for your kind note. A big hug Silvia

Gail S.

Fort Worth, TX, United States
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Tour: #163946, Tour out of Siena with transportation, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 23/17

Silvia was delightful and very informative. Our party of 4 enjoyed our 8 hour day touring Siena and the surrounding area, including Monteriggioni. You don't want to miss seeing this most beautiful and historic part of Tuscany. We especially appreciated Silvia's kindness and patience in helping one slow poke in the group. Her modern, comfy van was a huge plus in transporting long tall Texans! Bravo Silvia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gail, thank you for your kind note. It has been a plesure meeting you...you are a nice company... enjoy the rest of your vacation... big hug Silvia

John Prete

United States
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Tour: #163541, San Gimignano walking tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 15/17

Sylvia was well versed on the history of the town. And considerate of our needs. She accommodated us with a slower pace as one of our group had a broken foot.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, thank you for your kind note. have a good time in the south :-) ciao Silvia

Lynda Herring

United States
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Tour: #85042, Siena full day tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 13/17

My husband and I very much enjoyed our day with Silvia. She's very knowledgeable about the art, history, and culture of Siena. Besides her expertise, she has a lovely personality and a good sense of humor. Helpful in every way, from helping us find a laundry to making sure I had gluten-free food for our lunch together and for future meals, she was just great!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lynda, thank you for being with me on tour. a warm hug Silvia

Joseph Dunn

United States
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Tour: #175689, Siena and San Gimignano from Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 7/17

Silvia was very knowledgeable and very kind. We learned a great deal and enjoyed her tour very much.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joseph, it has been a pleasure meeting you. thanks a lot for your kind note. ciao Silvia

Lynn Wilson

Italy
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 6/17

Silvia gave a lively and well informed tour of Siena, and was flexible about our interests and questions. We recommend her highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lynn, thank you for your kind note. hope to have to opportunity of meeting you again in the future. ciao Silvia

Jessi Tyrrell

United States
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Tour: #163542, Your own tour out of Siena, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 8/17

Silvia is an amazing tour guide, she is very professional, a delight to travel with and very knowledgeable of the area. After running into traffic that delayed us 45 minutes, Silvia greeted us with a smile on her face and ready to start our day. Despite the delay she did not rush our tour. We visited 2 wonderful wineries in the Chianti region along with stops in local villages and castles. Silvia stayed with us over the scheduled time without a single complaint, she made sure we were well taken care of!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jessi, We had a nice day! Hope to meet you again. ciao Silvia

Mary Dockter

United States
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Tour: #163946, Chianti half day tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 6/17

Wow Silvia is amazing. Her customer service was far beyond what she signed up for. We customized our tour to go to two winery's and than to go to the fort. When arriving at the first winery we discovered we left our passports and money in the hotel safe. She coordinated with the hotel and even went back in a storm to retrieve our items while we were at the second winery. She is amazing we highly recommend her for any tour you would like to go on.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mary, it has been a pleasure meeting you and your frieds. Hope to see you again in the future. ciao Silvia

Sara Mcgeorge

United States
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Tour: #85042, Siena full day tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Feb 14/17

Silvia is an excellent guide! We spent a wonderful six hour day with her in Siena. We would highly recommend her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sara, thank you for your nice comment. Hope to have the opportunity of meeting you again in the future. ciao Silvia

Maggie Cowling

Australia
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 31/16

Silvia was so accommodating of our interests (a group of artists and art lovers) and never made us feel rushed. She was very professional and caring. Thanks Silvia!! Cheers, Maggie.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: dear Maggie, it has been wonderful staying with your group so much interestead in art and history ... hope to have the opportunity of meeting you again for other visits! thank you Silvia

Debbie Allen

United States
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Tour: #163946, tour of Pienza and Montalcino, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 28/16

Silvia did a fabulous job planning a 2 day tour around Tuscany countryside. Very unique tours! Her English is great and she is fun to spend the day with as well as very knowledgeable. GREAT GUIDE!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you big hug to all of you ciaooo Silvia

Debbie Allen

United States
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Tour: #175689, San Gimignano and Chianti tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 27/16

Silvia was wonderful!!! She planned a very unique tour for us around the Tuscany countryside. We spent 2 days with her and got to go places the big groups don't go to. We had a private lunch at a olive oil and saffron farm along with some beautiful wineries. Her English was great, she was very knowledgeable and easy to spend the day with. I rate her a 10!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi Debbie, i really had a great time with the 5 of you, great group! look forward to see you again ciao Silvia

Alex Thornton

United States
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Tour: #163542, Your own tour out of Siena, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 10/16

Silvia was great! Provided just the amount of suggestions while responding to what we want to do. The wine tasting and meal at a winery was fantastic. Thanks Silvia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Alex, hope to see you again in the future. ciao Silvia

Barbara Henderson

United States
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Tour: #163541, San Gimignano walking tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 25/16

Silvia was great. She was very good and her English was excellent! Very knowledgeable and patient! Would highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi Barbara, thank you for your note ciao from Tuscany Silvia

Ross Asher

United States
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Tour: #163946, Full day tour of San Gimignano and Volterra, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 21/16

Silvia is the best guide! We booked five separate day tours with her, so we will be submitting this review for all five of them. We asked for specific things on our tours, mostly out of the way places that tourists typically don't see. She constantly amazed us at how well she had planned everything, how she anticipated our needs, and how perfectly she matched our requests with the places she planned for us to see. We were so sad to finally have to say goodbye to her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: dear Dawn and Ross, it was a pleasure spending my time with you, i have great memories of you! big warm hug to you both ciao Silvia

Ross Asher

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 19/16

Silvia is the best guide! We booked five separate day tours with her, so we will be submitting this review for all five of them. We asked for specific things on our tours, mostly out of the way places that tourists typically don't see. She constantly amazed us at how well she had planned everything, how she anticipated our needs, and how perfectly she matched our requests with the places she planned for us to see. We were so sad to finally have to say goodbye to her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: dear Dawn and Ross, it was a pleasure spending my time with you, i have great memories of you! big warm hug to you both ciao Silvia

Ross Asher

United States
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Tour: #163946, Full day Tour of Pienza and Montalcino, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 18/16

Silvia is the best guide! We booked five separate day tours with her, so we will be submitting this review for all five of them. We asked for specific things on our tours, mostly out of the way places that tourists typically don't see. She constantly amazed us at how well she had planned everything, how she anticipated our needs, and how perfectly she matched our requests with the places she planned for us to see. We were so sad to finally have to say goodbye to her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: dear Dawn and Ross, it was a pleasure spending my time with you, i have great memories of you! big warm hug to you both ciao Silvia

Ross Asher

United States
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Tour: #163946, Chianti full day tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 17/16

Silvia is the best guide! We booked five separate day tours with her, so we will be submitting this review for all five of them. We asked for specific things on our tours, mostly out of the way places that tourists typically don't see. She constantly amazed us at how well she had planned everything, how she anticipated our needs, and how perfectly she matched our requests with the places she planned for us to see. We were so sad to finally have to say goodbye to her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: dear Dawn and Ross, it was a pleasure spending my time with you, i have great memories of you! big warm hug to you both ciao Silvia

Ross Asher

United States
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Tour: #163946, San Galgano and Montagnola tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 16/16

Silvia is the best guide! We booked five separate day tours with her, so we will be submitting this review for all five of them. We asked for specific things on our tours, mostly out of the way places that tourists typically don't see. She constantly amazed us at how well she had planned everything, how she anticipated our needs, and how perfectly she matched our requests with the places she planned for us to see. We were so sad to finally have to say goodbye to her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: dear Dawn and Ross, it was a pleasure spending my time with you, i have great memories of you! big warm hug to you both ciao Silvia

Tyler Snouffer

United States
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Tour: #163946, Tour out of Siena with transportation, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 16/16

Silva was a joy for a tour guide and a perfect fit for our family. Friendly and engaging she really knows how to get it done. We had a great day with her and she planned a full, fun day in Tuscany. If you get a chance, make sure she books you a lunch a the vineyard she knows.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tyler, happy to get your nice comment! hope to meet you again in the future... big hug to you all..ciao Silvia

Bob Lyons

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 4/16

Silvia made Siena come alive.We had 15 family members (kids and adults) on the tour, and she involved each of them with questions and specific facts. Her knowledge was exceptional and more importantly her delivery was great.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bob, thank you for your kind reference. a big hug to all of you... and congratulation again! ciao Silvia

Lori Epstein

United States
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Tour: #163946, Tour out of Siena with transportation, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 13/16

Silvia was a wonderful tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and planned lots of things for us to see. We had a great meal at a winery. She had both days planned very well. It was a pleasure spending the two days with her. I would use Silvia again the next time I am in the Tuscany area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lori thank you for spending your time with me! wait you here in Tuscany... ciao ciao ciao :-)

Dennis McDonald

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 6/16

Silvia provided our family with a ton of information regarding the history of Siena, the interior of the cathedral, and then took us to the Piazza del Campo and knowledge of the horse races. She was excellent in her English and a very nice tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dennis and Connie, i am happy to hear that you had a good time with me. Thank you for your nice company and hope to meet you again in the future. Ciao Silvia

Scott Harlan

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 30/16

Silvia was a fantastic guide. She was prompt to the meeting, knowledgeable, entertaining and helpful. We met her in Siena for a 2 hour tour of the highlights of the city. Not only did we see the sights, but she gave a great history lesson along the way. Her English is great which is important since our Italian is not... At the end of the tour, she helped us to find a nice place to dine in the San Gimignano countryside and even made the reservation for us. Thank you Silvia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Scott and Mimi, it was a pleasure walking with you through Siena.. hope to have the opportunity of meeting you again in the future! ciao Silvia

Martha Murtiashaw

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 14/15

Silvia was so knowledgeable and tailored the tour just for our part of Siena. We now know our rental apartment is in the Unicorn contrada! The pace of the tour was just right for 4 tourists in their 60s, and allowed us time to make photographs. She led us to many beautiful places and gave excellent recommendations for restaurants and bars and good shopping sites. We appreciated her warm manner and her genuine kindness. I highly recommend Silvia as a tour guide for Siena. Martha Murtiashaw

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Martha, It has been a pleasure stay in your company. A big Hug to The four of you Ciao Silvia

Adrian Deshotel

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 16/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Adrian. ciao Silvia

Valda M.

Canada
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Tour: #163541, San Gimignano walking tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 14/15

Thank you Silvia - all of us enjoyed our visit to Tuscany. Our tours with you made for an enjoyable day- you were knowledgeable, well-spoken, fun to be with and very helpful - provided lots of information about Siena & San Gimignano. Definitely would recommend Silvia to other Tours by Locals clients.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Valda, Thank you. I am happy to hear that you had a good time with me. A big hug to all of you ciao Silvia

Valda M.

Canada
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 14/15

Thanks again Silvia - have added our comments to the San Gimignano tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you.

James Cullen

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 20/15

Sylvia was a superb tour guide! Her knowledge, personality and pace for our your were outstanding. I encourage anyone touring Siena to utilize her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi James, Thank you so much for your nice comment. Hope to meet you again in the future. Ciao Silvia

Linda Nacif

United States
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Tour: Classic Siena tour 3 hours, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Jun 29/15

Excellent guide; very knowledgeable and personable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Linda, it has been a pleasure meeting you. ciao Silvia

David Landers

United States
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Tour: #163946, Tour out of Siena with transportation, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 27/15

Silvia is Tops!!! Requested a custom tour & she delivered in amazing style. She drove us south to Montalcino, with tour & tasting at Paradiso Winery, top Brunello & Mozart's vineyard. Then authentic lunch at Peccorino producing farm. Then to a picturesque Montepulciano nearby. Toured town, church, monuments & a Vin Nobile winery with deep caves dating to Etruscan times. Tasted & bought a case to be shipped home. Then drove back to Montereggioni enjoying picture perfect Tuscany, Highest Recommendations !!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David ... enjoied so much your company! big hug to you and Sue :-) Silvia

David Landers

United States
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Tour: #163541, San Gimignano walking tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 26/15

Silvia knows San Gimignan & lives nearby in Montereggioni. Parking easy & close. Entered the big gateway, visited an Enoteca, central square, saw the 14 towers, photos in picturesque spots along walls & in city, walked old fortress area, art shops, Gelato, monuments et al. Charming old city w preserved Medieval architecture & features. Nice. Drove to Silvia's suggestion of Alloro Farm. Saw Chianini cattle, farm animals then outstanding family style Tuscan dinner. Super! Silvia has Highest Recommendations

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David, hope to meet you again in the future :-) ciao silvia

David Landers

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 26/15

Silvia knows Siena, & lives nearby in Montereggioni. She organized a delightful day in Siena. Walk the stone covered streets & appreciate that they were built on the topography of the hills, up & down. Toured Piazza del Campo, lunch at a Tuscan specialties restaurant, cathedral, monuments, Fortressa Medici, Cantrade museum/districts, post office for stamps & mailing post cards, some Fragola Gelato & shopping. Fully bilingual & always happy & smiling. Highest Recommendations for Silvia. She's Tops !!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great memories of you and Sue, thank you so much Silvia

David Landers

United States
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Tour: #65778, A walk through Tuscany, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 26/15

Silvia knows Tuscany & loves her home - & it shows nicely. We wanted a countryside walk & Silvia delivered so fantastically. Met at Montereggioni & then drove to a countryside tavern & parked. Had a snack of fresh Peccorino & Proscuitto. Walked picturesque countryside roads & paths passing Tuscan houses, farms, fields & castello as we climbed the gentle slopes. Hiked the famous Via Franccegania pilgrim's trail through woods, streams before reaching Montereggioni - 10 km later. Highest Recommendation !!!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David, thank you for your nice comment ... wait you here for another walk! ciao Silvia

Stacey Christian

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 3/15

Sylvia was awesome! We took a 3 tour of Sienna and she showed us all the sites and neighborhoods. She answered all our questions and customized the tour for us. We felt that this was the best tour we had in Italy.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Stacey, happy to hear you had such a great time! big hug to you and your sister Silvia

Renee Fernandez

Italy
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Tour: #163543, Pienza and Montepulciano half day tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 26/15

PERFECT!! MESMERIZING!! There's no words to properly describe the beauty and history learned on our tour with Silvia!! There couldn't be enough time to experiance everything we wanted to see and learn about this beautiful part of Tuscany! But, Silvia made sure we tried! Silvia truly is fantastic! What a caring informative and very kind young lady!! She made sure every question was anwnsered along with the historical facts with everything we saw! Silvia's talents and knowledge will forever be treasured!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Renee, it has been a pleasure meeting you. ciao Silvia

Kevin Barnes

Park City, UT, United States
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Tour: #163541, San Gimignano walking tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 1/15

Brava Silvia!!!! She was terrific and gets an enthusiastic thumbs up.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kevin, a big hug to all of you. hope to have the opportunity of meeting you again. ciao Silvia

Ed Pitts

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 27/15

When we were in Siena in April for our tour, Silvia was ill. She arranged for a substitute guide named Elena, not sure of the spelling. Here is my review: 5 stars. A terrific guide. Knowledgeable and fun. Took us through the historic heart of Siena and was able to focus the tour on areas that were of interest to us, which encompassed both the history and current life in the center of Siena. A very warm person with a good sense of humor. I highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ed, I am so happy to hear that you had such a good time with Elena. Hope to have the opportunity of meeting you in the future. Thank you Silvia

Jane Remzi

United Kingdom
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 19/15

Interesting and informative tour. Silvia was friendly and showed us both historical Siena while also taking us to the best coffee and pastry shop in the town at our asking and recommended a great restaurant for lunch.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jane, happy to read your comment :-) hope to have the opportunity of meeting you again in the future. ciao Silvia

Mark Hillis

United States
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Tour: #54822, Siena Private City Tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 1/13

Sylvia is an excellent tour guide - very patient with our late arrival; she builds in interesting anecdotes to the objective information about the tour topics. Her English is good; would recommend her highly. Mark and Patricia

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mark and Patricia, thank you it was a pleasure meeting you. Ciao Silvia .

Valerie Attanasio

United States
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Tour: Chianti wine tour, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Jun 7/13

Hello Couldn't miss the opportunity to say how much we enjoyed our day with Sylvia on 6/7/2013. I was hesitant as I knew of no one who had used ToursByLocals in the past, but what a wonderful experience. She met right on time, and was so friendly and accommodating we felt as thou we knew her forever. She was helpful in the restaurant and took us to two great wineries. Her vehicle was comfortable and she was a great driver on the winding roads in the hills of Tuscany. Would refer all to Sylvia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Valerie, I am happy you had a nice time with me. Hope to have the opportunity of meeting you again in the future. Ciao Silvia.