John VallensUnited States
One of the best tour I've taken in Italy...actually, one of the best tours I've taken EVER! Wanda is a local whose family has been in the area for generations. She expertly tailored the tour for our knowledge level and experience. She is a total pro and an extremely nice, knowledgeable and intuitive person. She asked just the right questions and was always making sure we were getting the right time, pace and detail. You should have her do an assortment of tours. A+, 5 stars. Thanks Wanda!!!!!!!!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ken and Hanna, what can I say, besides thank YOU ? Meeting you was a true pleasure. I wish you both much health and lots of fun travels together. Liebe Hanna, alles Gute! Ihr Sohn ist goldig (wie die Mutti). Wanda
Liz MarksUnited States
5 star tour!!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Liz and Bob, Thank you for the private comment and appreciation of the tour. You are wonderful. No problems with Google Maps on the way back, I hope ! You are welcome to Lucca any time. Enjoy each other's company and more travel adventures. Cheers! Wanda
Howard FreedmanUnited States
Wanda is a very special person. We have worked with Tours by locals all over the world and our Lucca tour was our absolute best experience. Wanda very quickly understood what would be most interesting to us and tailored the tour for the 4 of us. Grazie Mille Wanda
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille Howard ! Thank you for your words of appreciation. Isn't Lucca a gem? I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and the tour. Warm regards to the 4 of you and best wishes. Wanda
Robin PattersonUnited States
Wanda was a wonderful guide in Lucca! She met us at the train station and helped us navigate this beautiful walled city. She knew many interesting facts and we could tell she was very passionate about Lucca. She had great restaurant and shopping recommendations too. If you have only a few hours to spend in Lucca, Wanda will make the most of it for you. She is truly delightful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Good morning Robin, coming from a travel agent, this review is particularly appreciated. You easily made it to Lucca by public transport from the cruise ship terminal ! I wish more people had the confidence to do the same. Grazie, thank you for the lovely words. All the very best to you and Missy from sunny Lucca. Wanda
Christine ArmstrongUnited Kingdom
Wanda was excellent and so knowledgeable. We found the tour fascinating and very valuable to understanding the wonderful city of Lucca.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Christine and all of you, your feedback is much appreciated indeed. Most people don't bother to enter any comment but I knew I could rely on you ! Grazie. Enjoy the rest of your stay and bike rides in our mountains. All the very best and warm regards. Wanda
Colin CampbellUnited States
Wanda is from Lucca and it is such a unique and different city you really need someone from there. She is wonderful and did a great job.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Colin and all of you, thank you for your words of appreciation ! You made it to Lucca in spite of the national transport strike. Bravo. I was impressed by your determination. The heat didn't deflate your enthusiasm either. Congratulations on your children and warm regards to the whole party. Grazie. Wanda
Peter CoriascoUnited States
Sorry that it took so long to do this review, after our tour of Lucca with Wanda we continued traveling in Europe and just returned home. Wanda is pleasant person with an immense amount of knowledge of Lucca and its surroundings. We can say that we learned a lot about Lucca that we did not know, considering that this was not our first visit. We not only recommend her services, but will hire her again on our next visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Buongiorno Peter, this is indeed VERY kind of you. Thank you for your words of appreciation. You and the rest of your party are welcome again any time. Stay in good health and enjoy your travels ! Cari saluti a tutti. Wanda
Barbara S.United States
Wanda was a great guide—passionate about Lucca's history and it's pleasures. She was informative and entertaining, and very considerate of my physical limitations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Barbara, many thanks for your words of appreciation. I truly enjoyed our time together and very much appreciated your courage and spirit of adventure. Have a great time in Europe and enjoy the ballets ! Very warm regards from rainy Lucca. Wanda
Valerie SeymourUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Valerie and Jeff, Thank you for entering a rating ! It's extremely kind of you. Enjoy your next journeys and explorations. Very warm regards. Wanda
Margaret SapirUnited States
My husband and I were very happy we scheduled a tour of Lucca with Wanda. She is obviously very proud and knowledgeable about her native city. She deliberately introduced various courtyards and building in a dramatic way. We enjoyed hearing the history of Lucca and how it survived over the centuries.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Margaret and Mitch, introducing visitors to the spirit of Lucca is my privilege. This community managed to preserve its identity through thick and thin thanks to the wisdom of its government. And it still shows everywhere. Thank you for booking a tour with me! Come back any time. Warm regards. Wanda
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