Helen HoodUnited Kingdom
Martine was friendly, her English was brilliant and she had fantastic knowledge of Pisa. Everything ran smoothly with the tour including the pick up from the cruise port and return journey.
Chris GriffithUnited States
Martina was delightful! She was so knowledgeable and fun! Our family really enjoyed learning about the different architectural styles in Pisa as well as climbing the leaning tower with Martina! Martina was also very patient and helped my husband take silly pictures with him "leaning" on the tower.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Chris! I am glad you enjoyed the tour of Pisa with me! I had a lovely time with you and your family! I hope to see you again in Tuscany sometimes in the future!
Very lovely lady with a very sympatric way of explaining the places you are visiting. When we will visit Tuscany the next time, we will ask Martina to be our guide again.
Wendy Hodges-JacksonUnited Kingdom
Martina was a fantastic guide. She was engaging and helpful and really enhanced our trip to Pisa. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone wanting to learn more about Pisa - she certainly is passionate and knowledgeable - we throughly enjoyed our time with her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wendy, thank you very much! :-)
Very lovely lady with a very sympatric way of explaining the places we were visiting. When we will visit Tuscany the next time, we will ask Martina to be our guide again.
Daniel LinUnited States
Wonderful wonderful guide. Martina is extremely friendly and professional. We are 2 families of 8 with 4 kids (9-12). Kids learned the history and climb the historical landmark and we spend more than 40 mins on top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa siting and enjoy the breeze, quietness by just listen to Martina's stories and tales of the site. We, adults, have been to Pisa a couple times Had never had this level of the information and knowledge been provided previously. She is "Truly" a pro-local Pisa guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks, Daniel! I was delighted of your company! I really look forward to seeing you all again in Tuscany soon! All the best ever xxx
Anu SubramanianUnited States
Martina is a fantastic tour guide, probably one of the best we have encountered. She is knowledgeable and patient, and tells the story of every attraction like no one else. We did a private Lucca and Pisa tour with her, and came away feeling like we were transported into the times and ages of the sights we saw. Martina is also great at reading her group, expertly navigating their interests and attention span for topics. If you can believe it, she held our attention throughout a 7 hour tour. Perfecto!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Anu! I was delighted of spending a whole day with you and your family! I had a wonderful time with the four of you, while discovering Pisa and Lucca's beauties, secrets and curiosities but also sharing interests, tips and ideas for your next trip to Tuscany and other beautiful but almost unknown destinations in Italy! I look forward to seeing you again! Baci e a presto!
Martina is a very knowledgeable guide with a lot of stories on the past of Pisa and the tower. She is extremely plesant person and very good with children. We highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeroen, I was delighted of sharing a three hour walking tour with you and your beautiful family! Times goes so fast when you enjoy the company of very nice persons and curious/happy kids! I really hope to see you again either in Tuscany or Cinque Terre sometimes in the future!
Our trip to Pisa and Cinque Terra from Florence with Martina was wonderful. She arranged a private pickup at our hotel in Florence to Pisa where we had a very knowledgeable tour then off with the driver and Martina to visit several Cinque Terra towns walking and by boat. Martina showed us the most interesting things and always checked to make sure what we were interested in. We had a great time with her and returned with the driver to our hotel in Florence loving the day. We recommend Martini to all.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to meet Jim and Maria! I had a wonderful time in Pisa and Cinque Terre with them. I am glad I was able to make them very happy with their day with me! I look forward to seeing them again!
Clay SandefurUnited States
My family's Leaning Tower of Pisa tour with Martina was one of the most educational, entertaining, and exciting experiences of our Italy vacation this summer. She adapted the tour to our 12 year old son who like us, was mesmerized by her knowledge of the history of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Baptistry, and Duomo and her storytelling skills kept us captivated the entire three hour tour. Martina is the consummate tour guide who adapted this tour to our interests. We highly recommend Martina for her tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so very much, Clay! I was delighted of your company, while exploring the 'Square of Miracles'! I hope to see you again either in Tuscany or Cinque Terre soon! All the best to you!
Thomas (Tom) CoxUnited States
Martina was super & very knowledgeable. She guides beautifully even in the rain. She accommodated us by meeting our train.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so very much, Tom! I was delighted of your company...I hope to see you again sometimes in the future! Fondly, Martina
Michael BrinesUnited States
Martina made it very easy for my wife and step daughters in Pisa, we are very appreciative of her making sure their luggage was stored at the train station, the securing of transportation of a wheelchair to and from the leaning Tower. My wife actually called me from the train station after Martina dropped them off and she made sure they were taken care of and told me that Martina was amazing and that she was easy to talk to and made them feel like they were all friends. Simply amazing my wife said.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael, thank you very much for writing a comment on behalf of Kathy, Megan and Marci! My goal was to make the most of their time in Pisa. As you asked me, I did my best to welcome and give them a 'special' tour!...I am glad they were very happy with it! I wish I could spend more time with them! I hope to meet you and see them again in Tuscany sometimes in the future! All the best to you all, Martina
Rhona McAteerUnited Kingdom
Martina was a great guide around the sites of Pisa, very knowledgeable and friendly. Also extremely kind and thoughtful towards me when my fear of heights kicked in :-). I would definitely recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rhona, thank you for finding the time to add a comment about the private walking tour Alan and you enjoyed with me! I was delighted of meeting you! I really hope to see you again either in Tuscany or Cinque Terre sometimes in the future!
Justin WaplesUnited States
Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and very friendly. The tour agenda was really well organized. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Justin and Carmel, thank you very much for your comment! I has a great time with you and your adorable children! I really hope to see you again in Tuscany soon!
Thomas PeckUnited States
Martina was one of the best guides we have ever used. Her ability to pick-up on out interests and make sure that the tour included all of them was outstanding. She made the experience not only a good time but a trip highlight. I have been using tour-by-local for a long time and she was one of the best. Tom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Tom! I had a wonderful time discovering the 'miracles of Pisa' with Marcey and you! I really hope to see you again either in Tuscany or Cinque Terre sometimes in the future!
Anne DeLisaUnited States
The tour with Martina was first rate! She was so knowledgeable about the history and the architecture. The time spent with her really took us above and beyond the typical tourist experience in Pisa. She was kind, patient and articulate. She spent an inordinate amount of time with my family to be sure that we saw everything on our agenda and then some, Highly, highly recommend Martina if you are going to Pisa and want more than just the "leaning tower" experience. (although, she knew a lot about that too!)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anne, thank you very much! I am glad you enjoyed the tour with me: my goal was to make the most of your time in Pisa! I would have spent easily a whole day with you and your beautiful family... I hope to see you again sometimes in the future: there is much more beyond Pisa I would be happy to discover with you! :-) Fondly, Martina
Stephen RosatiUnited States
Martina was an absolutely wonderful tour guide! This was our first trip to Italy and she was our first guide; she set the bar very high! We were extremely impressed by her passion for and knowledge of Pisa. We learned much more about the town, culture and history than we ever expected. She came prepared with books to show the development of Pisa over time and other images you cannot see in person. She really made our time in Pisa unforgettable and we would absolutely recommend her to anyone visiting Pisa!
Andrew BoltonUnited Kingdom
Martina met us at our hotel on the first morning of our stay in Pisa. We walked to the Tower & Duomo and she gave us a great introduction to the site and obviously is very knowledgeable. We had time at the end for a walk into Pisa, where Martina showed us the highlights and also provided some restaurant recommendations on a map. Martina is a lovely lady and this was a great way for us to find out about Pisa so that we could make the most of the rest of our stay.
Leslie DisherUnited States
Martina was fantastic. She was extremely knowledgeable and made the experience so much more than if we were to have gone by ourselves. I definitely recommend a private tour guild and Martina was enthusiastic and provided insight that a large group would have been lost. I would do this again and I will keep her in mind for other tours in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Leslie, thank you very much! It was a pleasure to meet you.I am glad you enjoyed the tour of Pisa with me. I had a wonderful time exploring the Square of Miracles with you! I hope to see you again soon! xxx
Martina gave my family a wonderful afternoon tour of the Miracles in Pisa. My husband and I were traveling with our two small boys - ages 7 and 4 so needed something interesting and engaging for all ages. Martina brought them an activity book to complete after the tour, showed them all kinds of unique places and told them many quick facts to keep them engaged and learning. After the Miracles site, she walked us through the heart of Pisa to the best gelato shop in town. We were thrilled and grateful!
Eileen OgintzUnited States
We have had wonderful experiences with ToursByLocals around the world, but this tour was extra special. I had asked Martina to show us something off the tourist track, and she obliged by coordinating a lovely day of local food, wine, truffle hunting(!) and friendly people.
Joseph CarmonaUnited States
Martina was an exceptional tour guide. She was well-versed on Pisa and greatly enhanced my appreciation for the city. She made some great restaurant recommendations as well. You would be quite fortunate to have Martina as a guide if you can book her.
Great guide, excellent knowledge and very vice person would highly recommend and would use service again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Keith! It was a pleasure to meet you and Robert. I had a lovely time exploring the Square of Miracles with you! I hope to see you again soon! All my best wishes, Martina
Mark DirectorUnited States
Martina is a delightful, informative and flexible guide. She gave a wonderful orientation to Pisa and Lucca, a fabulously interesting half day in the Square of Miracles and a great introduction to Lucca. She made a very busy day for our group into a stimulating and enjoyable one that had something for all 9 of us (from sights to food to shopping). In addition to her passion and knowledge, she is a warm a friendly person. We recommend her highly for anyone looking for a special time in Tuscany!
Royce AlsopUnited States
Martina was excellent. On time, superb English, friendly and engaging, and very informative. One of our favorites for sure, and would definitely use again.
Robin Robie LuceroUnited States
Martina is a fantastic guide!! We booked her for a private tour of Pisa & her knowledge of the area made the tour very informative. We went to a local restaurant on her recommendation we would have never found if touring alone - again a great experience to go where the locals are. Martina is very personable & we hope to have her as a guide on a future trip to Italy.
Martina took us on a lovely tour through the Era valley stopping at a beautiful winery. The visit and wine tasting were so enjoyable a great way to relax. Lovely wines and lovely host. If your looking for a relaxing day with a good tour guide you won't be disappointed.
Janet SchmidtUnited States
Martina met us at the train station and accompanied us to the leaning tower, providing lots of information about Pisa on the way. I especially appreciate her encouraging me to climb the tower, and even accompanying us and taking our pictures at the top! She was extremely knowledgeable about the baptistery and basilica as well, and was able to answer any questions we had. Great tour guide!
Samantha CohenUnited States
I went on a tour with Martina yesterday and my 4 friends. We had the best day of our trip and we loved her. She knew so much about the culture and history of Tuscany and she planned a great day for us. We can't wait to come back to Italy and see her again!
Debbie NelsonUnited States
What a wonderful day in Tuscany! Martina made arrangements for 6 of us to visit a fabulous winery in a restored castle. The family who owns it was very kind, the wines were very nice as well, and the scenery was incredible. Martina's attention to detail was obvious in the small town where she recommend we have lunch as a wonderful trattoria that is a favorite of hers as well. Friendly, knowledgeable and easy going; Martina was a joy to be with during our day in Tuscany. Brava Martina! BRAVA!!
Doug StephanUnited States
This was our first time to Pisa and Lucca. Martina was so knowledgeable about both places it was amazing. Her passion for these cities is obvious. Her historical knowledge and her way of sharing and communicating was terrific. She was patient, ( we have 3 kids, 2 are teenagers and 1 is a 4 year old) extremely friendly and personable. She was a pleasure to be with. I would recommend her to anyone. She was a 5 out of 5!
Robert StovallUnited States
Martina was a delight. She took us to Fattoria Fibbiano for a tour & tasting. At the winery, the guide, Giuseppe Fibbiano, provided detailed info about his wine making. We've been to Napa multiple times (by now bored with winery tours) & this was the best tour ever. He mentioned that locals like to dip an almond & chocolate biscotti into his vino liquoroso. I expressed interest & Martina took us to Pecciolo to try it...on her initiative & at her expense! Fun, scenic, interesting. You'll like Martina.
David CapocciaUnited States
Martina is the best tour guide! She knows everything about art history, speaks excellent English, and adapted the tour to our needs and interests. With her help we cut lines, skipped boring exhibits, and focused our time on the most interesting and beautiful sites. She was also warm and generous and offered us advice about where to eat in the city and helped us plan our stay in Tuscany. I would recommend her to everyone!