Susan WithersUnited States
Wanda gives a great tour of the art, architecture, and soul of Lucca. She can explain all the historical nuances of this charming Tuscan town and point out the best gelato places. We did not have time in our three hour tour to do villas, gardens, olive oil or wine which we will do next time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, my belated public thanks. So glad I already thanked you personally for the speedy review or my delay would have been embarrassing. I hope to hear from you when you come to Lucca next, were it only to have another gelato together. Very warm regards and thank you again. Wanda
Suzie TryonUnited States
Really enjoyed this tour. Wanda gave us a great review of the history of Lucca; a blend of local pride and interesting facts. Her English is very good and her kindness much appreciated. We even met the owner of the restaurant where we were having dinner later. He greeted us on arrival and made sure we had a great table!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Suzie, my belated thanks ! I truly hope you and Lance are well and the baby is enjoying good health...best wishes to her. Thank you for this review and your generosity. Both much appreciated indeed. Warm regards from sunny, wintry Lucca. Wanda
Pat MillerBluffton, SC, United States
Wanda was an excellent guide and quite knowledgeable about this charming city as she had lived there her whole life. I was having trouble walking and as this city is a walking only city, she arranged for a horse and buggy ride and even had the driver alter his route to accommodate parts we should see on the walking tour, but not on the buggy ride. She was prompt in meeting us at the train station and was very explicit in her instructions to us to get us back to Florence.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pat, this is absolutely sweet of you. A few months have in fact gone by since that stifling hot Summer day. I will use that buggy again anytime visitors have some health issue. It was a good decision. Thank you for your kindness. Very appreciated indeed. My best regards to you and the rest of the party. Wanda
Clarke DummitWinston-Salem, NC, United States
Wanda was a joy! Her infectious love of Lucca showed us a city we fell in love with! I recommend her highly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Clarke, aka Ernest this is sweet of you! The heat didn't dampen your enthusiasm and that gelato break was a blessing. Thank you for your words of appreciation and generosity. Lucca is indeed a gem. Fond regards to the whole party. Come back anytime. Wanda
Stephen BerkleyUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Good morning Stephen, your five stars are much appreciated indeed ! Thank you. Enjoy your stay in this beautiful and complex country. Grazie mille. Wanda
Wendy Hodges-JacksonUnited Kingdom
Wanda was superb! Friendly, knowledgeable and super helpful. We were a group of two adults and four teenagers and she was able to give us a fascinating tour of Lucca where we were staying. Her command of English was first class and it is clear that she loves and is very proud of her home city. She is literally 'one of the locals' - you will not find a more accommodating and informative guide. We would not hesitate to recommend Wanda for your tour - thank you for all of your kindness and knowledge!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Wendy, thank you for your words of appreciation and sparkling review. I really enjoyed spending time with you and the young people. Lucca is so different and special that even teenagers (and kids) end up being captured by its charm. I hope to see you again sometime. All the very best! Wanda
Jennifer MarshallUnited States
Wanda was knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic, on time, and kept all in our party engaged...from my 77 year old dad who has spent much time in Italy to my 10 year old daughter who was enjoying her first such experience. She also suggested a fantastic, family run restaurant for a delicious lunch. Thank you, Wanda!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jennifer, Congratulations on your family! Bella is brilliant and your dad...well, he's a darling ,as you well know. Thank you for this review and the personal note you sent me. Not to mention your overwhelming generosity. Best wishes and fond regards from Lucca. Wanda
Susan SouthworthUnited States
Wanda was very knowledgable. She did a wonderful job. The time went so quickly that I wished I had booked a longer tour. Thank you Wanda for a wonderful day! She also made sure I found the correct bus to take me back to my hotel. I highly recommend Wanda and would definitely ask for another tour with her when I return.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, The time went very quickly indeed. Lucca is an open air museum and there is much more to see (and learn about) than most people expect to find here. That's why they keep returning. Not to mention the shops ! You are welcome back anytime. All the very best and thank you for the glowing review. Wanda
John SchellenbergUnited States
Wanda did a great job. She was very perceptive of our groups interests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, thank you for your prompt feedback. A few words can tell a long story. My warm regards to you and the rest of the party. Wanda
Karen ShulmanUnited States
FANTASTIC!!! This is my 3d trip to Lucca and only did the large walking tour in the past. Wanda gave us so much more information and made the 3 hour tour fly by. She is a historian with a wealth of art history knowledge and presented it with a sense of humor and so much enthusiasm. We could not get enough and wish we had 3 more hours. Brings Lucca to life and turns the town from black and white to technicolor. Do not hesitate to book her - she's great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Karen, my apologies for the delay in acknowledging your great review. Coming from a professional photographer, Lucca in technicolor is quite a compliment. Grazie. I really enjoyed our time together. You are always welcome back. Warm regards. Wanda
Vicki BroadedUnited States
We loved our tour with Wanda. She's very knowledgeable about the city. One in our party had trouble walking for long times. When Wanda saw her tiring, she made sure to find a place for her to sit. Our time went by very quickly! We would book again with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My belated thanks, dear Vicki A sudden change of computer in the middle of our peak season was a real mess for someone like me who is totally ungifted in modern technologies. What a lovely bunch of people! and your generosity was overwhelming. Please convey my regards to the rest of the party. Thank YOU for booking a tour with me. Best. Wanda
Cassia HolsteinUnited States
We couldn't have asked for a better guide! Wanda was wonderful: expert, engaging, warm, flexible, and terrific with the kids. We had a terrific morning with her and are still talking about all we learned about a city we've visited many times and now have a new way of seeing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cassia, again, congratulations on your family. Your kids are awesome! I truly hope to see you again next year. I wish you a very safe flight back home. Grazie per le belle parole e all'anno prossimo. Tanti auguri per tutto. Wanda
Rosalba L.United States
I had a wonderful tour guide experience with Wanda! Wanda's knowledge of Lucca was only surpassed by her charm and vibrant personality. Wanda's style was that of a natural teacher, and she took great care in explaining even the smallest details when describing the rich Lucca history. It is clear she loves Lucca and it's wonderful story. Wanda was attentive to me, and sensitive to the fact that I had arrived that morning. I felt very well attended to on a personal, and a tourist level. Thank you Wanda!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cara Rosalba, what a boost for my ego! Joking of course. Thank you for your words of appreciation. Not very many travellers bother to enter a review. I didn't ask you for one, you didn't promise, but you did spring into action. Grazie di cuore. I hope you are enjoying some rest by now. You are always welcome. More concerts next year. Tanti auguri per il tuo lavoro e vita personale. Wanda
Janion Le QuesneNew Zealand
The tour was excellent, Wanda was wonderful and sort from us being a little unruly and two people getting lost which was NOTHING TO DO WITH WANDA, we had a fantastic time. All very delighted with her wit, knowledge, and communication.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Janion, thank you for organizing the tour for a little unruly bunch of lovely people. I simply loved your sense of humour. Best wishes for the rest of your holiday and thank you, thank you for this review. Much appreciated indeed. Grazie. Wanda
Mark MarriottUnited Kingdom
Wanda is highly knowledgeable and engaging and I would have no hesitation in recommending her for a tour of Lucca.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Less is often more ! Thank you, dear Mark, for posting a review so promptly. Highly appreciated indeed. In fact, very few travellers enter a feedback. Enjoy your Tuscan holiday and please convey my regards to the rest of the party. Wanda
Patrick O'ConnorUnited States
Wanda was terrific. She was extremely knowledgeable,very personable and tailored the tour to our interests.i would strongly recommend her to anyone wanting a first rate tour of Lucca. She answered all our questions and gave honest opinions about restaurants etc. but only when asked. The tour was delightful and we will do it again when we return to Lucca. Pat O. Naples , Fl
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pat, Thank you for finding the time to enter this feedback. You can hardly imagine how thankful I am, knowing how busy you are. In the middle of an early heat wave, very warms regards from Lucca. Wanda
Charles Remmel IIUnited States
Very nice tour. Everything went smoothly. She met us at our apartment. Informative as to local history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My belated thanks, dear Charles. I bumped into the two ladies a couple of times. I could tell they were making good use of all my recommendations and tips from their smiling faces. Best regards to the whole party and thank you again for booking a tour with me. Wanda
Graeme RichardsUnited Kingdom
Perfect! Wanda is a fountain of knowledge which was so valuable to us for the remainder of our stay in Lucca.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Graeme, I could tell from your smiling faces when we bumped into each other that you were enjoying your stay! Thank you for booking a tour with me and thank you for entering a review. Writing reviews is often a bother, therefore they are really appreciated. My regards to you and the rest of the family. Wanda
As many other people have already said, Wanda was an excellent guide in all respects. She communicated clearly, was waiting for us when we arrived and then conducted a great tour that gave us a very good feel for Lucca. We had deliberately booked the tour for early on in our stay so whilst we did see / got great info on all the main historic sites, we also used our time to establish where the best restaurants and shops were, many of which we returned to and enjoyed a lot. If you get a chance, book Wanda!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Davin, My apologies for the late reaction. We had no Internet connection where I live for some 10 days. A nightmare. My congratulations to you and D on your wonderful children. I was impressed and truly loved their company (and yours, of course). Best wishes for your personal and professional life. Thank you, grazie. Wanda
Thomas FisherUnited States
anda did a great job guiding our 11-member family in Lucca. Here English is impeccable; her sense of humor wonderful; and she professionally related to the varied interests of our group aged 16 to 84. We highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tom, I thouroughly enjoyed spending time with you and sharing our common love for music (and coffee!). The Hungarian pianist is Balazs Fuelei, in case you want to google and find out more about him. All the very best to all of you. Wanda
We had an excellent experience. The driver was on time and Wanda our guide was very informative and showed a vast knowledge of this area. She is very communicative and patient and we greatly enjoyed the time spent with her.The visit in Lucca would have been very dull without her guidance. We highly recommend to book a tour with Wanda
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shlomit, my belated thanks for the wonderful review. You were a delight to be with! it was a great experience for me, too, learning about your country first-hand. All the very best for your personal and professional life together. Grazie. Wanda
Paula DoroffUnited States
Wanda is WONDERFUL guide. She took our group of 4 on a walking tour of Lucca. She managed to keep us all interested in her knowledge and information regarding the history and art/artists of Florence. We would highly recommend Wanda as a private guide. Without her we would not have gained the wealth of her knowledge and the experience would have been missed. Knowledgeable, entertaining and and infectious enthusiasm for history and art. She A true delight and great ambassador for Lucca. Thank you Wanda!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paula, YOU were a true delight to deal and be with from the very beginning. Your warm-hearted Brazilian origins do show! You should still be in our area, actually. The weather has been fabulous and I'm sure you are making the most of your stay. I'm going to try and post our photo on the website for everybody to see our smiling faces. Thank you for the great review and best regards and wishes to the rest of your party. Wanda
Marion CockayneUnited States
Wanda was wonderful.. She kept the group interested by giving the important information. We enjoyed her very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marion, for some unknown reason my reply didn't show. My belated thanks for your words of appreciation. I look forward to seeing you again in Lucca with a new group. All the very best in 2016 and always. Wanda
Marc BelitskyUnited States
We enjoyed a wonderful day with Wanda, our tour guide through the Villas of Lucca. She offered an informative experience explaining the history of the families, political and financial influences, and style of artwork throughout the villas. She facilitated an encounter with the Prince of one of the Villas who was welcoming and appreciative of our visit. Wanda is quite personable, kind, and learned which created a special experience for both us. Thank you Wanda!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Janet and Marc!! Your review is greatly appreciated. Next time I can organize a meeting with a Count, if that will do. All the very best to both of you. Grazie. wanda
Kathy S.United States
Wanda's tour was fantastic! She was extremely knowledgeable about the city's history and had lots of great tips for shopping, wine and restaurants in the area. Her pride about her home town showed! I also appreciated Wanda's responsiveness and willingness to customize the tour based on our needs. Thanks for a great time!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathy, I know that writing reviews is a bother and this is why yours is so much appreciated. I hope to see you again in two years on occasion of the next "It's Tissue" event. Enjoy wearing your Lucca bracelet. Thank YOU for being so nice. wanda
Anne BlockUnited States
Wanda led a delightful 3-hour morning walking tour of Lucca for our merry band of 10 guests, ages 55 - 75. Her pace was perfect, her knowledge vast, and her personality warm and generous. She is the PERFECT local guide for this fantastic Tuscan city. Thank you, Wanda!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Anne, I just noticed by chance that you had entered this wonderful review. Grazie, thank you! Much appreciated, as TBL travelers are normally very lazy when it comes to writing a comment. As you said: a merry band of 10 guests. Delightful to be with. Bring more anytime. All the very best to all of you. w
Brian ReganUnited States
Wanda was superb with her knowledge as well as her network in Lucca, she seemed to know everyone in town - in a good way ! She was very patient and solicitous with my wife who had recently injured her foot and paced the tour so we could all enjoy it, if you are in Lucca you must meet Wanda . We want to come back for her Villas tour. Perfect!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brian, you said it, you did it. I really treasure your support and words of appreciation. I was so sorry for Susan that I could have carried her in my arms. Did Andrea, or maybe I've better say the President, recognize you at the concert? I know everybody as I'm a local. You are welcome back any time. Thank you for your generosity. Good luck to the three of you. wanda
Janet SchmidtUnited States
Wanda was a delight. Her enthusiasm for her hometown of Lucca was infectious, and she had a wealth of information to share, not just about the history of the city, but also of the families that have lived there for generations. I knew nothing of Lucca, and now I will recommend this unique city to anyone seeing Italy. And, maybe I will do the hillside villa tour with Wanda someday!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear J & J I must have pressed the wrong button when I first entered my note of thanks. I've just thanked another visitor and realized that my reply to you didn't show. Not a computer person, as I told you but, going by your words, probably a good tour guide. Thank you!! Those villas have been there for some 400 years. Take your time, but do come again. All the very best and thank you again. wanda
Susan StoneUnited States
A five star rating for Wanda. She was extremely knowledgeable regarding the town, as well as Puccini, as promised! She was so passionate about Lucca, that I came away from our tour feeling her passion. She was as personable as could be.....a perfect guide in every sense of the word. I will definitely recommend Wanda and Lucca to anyone I know who is heading to Italy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan and Marcie, I still remember your smiling faces, notwithstanding the horrible weather you had to put up with! It's always a pleasure to share my interest for music. Thank you for the great review. As most visitors forget to post a comment, this is truly appreciated. All best.
Fred HesslerUnited States
Wanda was an excellent tour guide. She was personable and caring to our needs. She had a wealth of knowledge about Lucca and made us feel that our tour was important to her too. You should know that we had not used a particular credit card until we booked our tour on line. By the time we arrived in our next city, Florence, someone tried to use it and charge with it. Luckily our credit card company caught it. We believe someone hacked your portal. We still enjoyed the tour.
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Joseph YoungUnited States
Wanda was terrific we loved our tour with her. She is informative and wonderful as a tour guide. I would suggest that anyone visiting Lucca and wants to see the city and understand it's history must take a tour with her. As a family I want to take this opportunity to thank her and let her know how much we appreciated her and her tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joseph, dealing with you was easy from the very beginning and I knew I could rely on you to enter a review as soon as you got home, what 98% of my clients forget to do! Thank you. Meeting you and your family was a great pleasure. We also shared some good laughs, (nervous laughs about your driving skills, that is!). I'm joking. All the very best to all of you. We may see each other again, as Lucca seems to be one of your favourite destinations. Arrivederci, wanda
Peter CillierSouth Africa
Wanda was very informative and went out of her way to make the day extra special for us. She was definitely a great local guide that i would recommend for anyone going to Lucca and surrounding areas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter, thank you for your kindness and generosity. So glad your special mission was a success! It was thrilling to share the experience with you and D. Lucca, I'm sure, will retain a special place in your heart. Good luck, always. wanda
Leith MooreToronto, ONTARIO, Canada
We were a group of 8 (30 somethings to 50 somethings)and we were utterly intrigued from the beginning of the tour. Wanda gave us so much insight into the history and culture of Lucca...all of our members were suitably impressed and we all walked through Lucca for the next few days with fresh eyes and a greater appreciation for our surroundings. AND she knows all the best places to eat well. The tour ended too soon - we would love to do it again. Thanks Wanda - from Leith and his crew.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Leith, we did spend a very pleasant time together. You are such a good sport! I loved your sense of humour and surprising generosity. Thank you for the beautiful words of appreciation. Please convey my regards to the whole crew from scorching hot Lucca, wanda.