Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Abruzzo-Italy by Tour Guide Alessia O. (Guide #8082)

Justin Marini

United States

Tour: Your family hometowns of Abruzzo!, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Date: Nov 22/18

There are many things you can plan for on a tour, but sometimes, the stars align and some amazing experiences just seem to happen. That was my experience with Alessia and Fabrizio. I had a limited amount of time in Abruzzo, and both went out of their way to research the villages that my ancestors lived in. I even met someone who knew my grandfather in a town of less than 20 people. If you include great food, conversation, and scenery, this is a day that will be hard to forget. Thank you both! I'll be back

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You're right Justin, it was an incredible day for us too! Thank you for choosing us for your first visit in your homeland, it's been an honour and a pleasure to show you marvelous Abruzzo! Alessia and Fabrizio

Stephen Rosati

United States

Tour: Discovering Teramo and Roseto!, Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
Date: May 20/17

Alessia and Fabrezio were incredible guides; very passionate and knowledgeable about Abruzzo. Since we had ancestors from there, they focused the tour on places our ancestors would have spent time and foods they would have eaten. It made the tour truly special. We had the best meal; a never ending tasting of the most delicious traditional Abruzzi dishes. Both felt more like friends than guides. They made Abruzzo unforgettable. We absolutely recommend them for a personal, intimate & unique trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stephen, your words mean the world to us, thank you so much!!! It was special to spend time with you and your family, helping you in discovering your Abruzzese side! Now you know "scrippelle 'mbusse" is a real traditional recipe from Teramo! :) Thank you for choosing us, we hope to see you all again!

Lisa Otomo

United States

Tour: Cooking class in Abruzzo!, Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
Date: May 13/17

Fabrizio and Alessia were amazing! And so was Fabrizio's nonna and parents! My family did a cooking lesson day with them and then ate lunch. It was a lovely experience we will always remember. I will definitely be back to the Abruzzo area and plan to use them again. My family of 11 all loved them!!!! You will not go wrong when selecting these two lovely locals.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lisa, thank you so much for choosing us and for spending your time in Abruzzo together! We had so much fun with you and your family, nonna's still talking about our day together! We hope to see you all again for some more adventures in lovely Abruzzo!

Lisa Otomo

United States

Tour: English-speaking translator, Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy
Date: May 10/17

Fabrizio was terrific. He helped us translate conversation with our family and he fit right in the whole time. He shared history and stories of the region and foods and helped everyone communicate during a special dinner we hosted. Within minutes he was one of us! We also used him and his wife for a cooking lesson a few days later and he even went out of his way after the lessons to follow us to another relative's home who we had not met to offer his translation services. So kind!! A very special couple!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Lisa, thank you so much! It was an honour for me to spend some time with your lovely family! Alessia and I hope to see you all again in Abruzzo!

Deborah Munro


Tour: #100670, Abruzzo mountains: Rocca Calascio Castle and Santo Stefano di Sessanio!, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 5/16

Thank you to Alessia and Fabrizio from #maple&saffron for our fantastic day in Abruzzo the village and local food was to die for. Your company was so entertaining we almost missed our bus back to Rome because we were talking too much

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Haha that's right Deborah! Thank you for your kind words, we had so much fun with all of you! It was a pleasure to meet you and to have you all in Abruzzo! I hope to see you again!

Rebecca Ingole

United States

Tour: #77417, Rebecca Tour, Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 30/16

We had a fabulous day! It was the highlight of our Italy trip. Alessia was helpful from the moment we booked until the very end of our tour. We will definitely book Alessia again and recommend you do as well!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Rebecca, thank you for your words! We had such a great time with you and the girls! Thank you for choosing me and also for sharing such a touching family moment with me...I hope to see you again very soon!

Brian Sayago

United States

Tour: Second Tour Paglieta and Chieti, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy
Date: Sep 28/16

Alessia was all that we could have hoped for and more. She and Fabrizio were friendly, enthusiastic and prepared. They delivered exactly what we wanted. We felt as if we were being guided by old friends, not two people we had just met. Their assistance was invaluable, as we were somewhat off the beaten path. They were able to revise the itinerary when we indicated there was something we were in search of (the Presentosa made in Scanno). Many thanks for a truly memorable trip! Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Brian, our days with you were memorable! If all guests were like you, everyone in the world would be a tour guide!!! As you said, it really was like being with old friends...and listening to music together in the van? Oh, that was simply one of the best memories ever! Thank you for choosing me and for touring Abruzzo together! Hugs to all your wonderful family! We hope to see you again! Alessia

Paul Di Bara

United States

Tour: Scanno and Abruzzo mountain cuisine!, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Date: Jul 12/16

We had a day to remember with Alessia & Fabrizio through the mountains of Abruzzo! They were accommodating, energetic, personable, and shared love for their region. We rode into the mountains and chatted about music, politics, beer and wine. Lunch, cheeses and meats from the farm, homemade ravioli and grilled meats was, WOW! We could not have appreciated (or found) the beautiful and interesting places if it were not for them. The day was paced perfectly. Our family will look fondly on his tour forever!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, we had such a lovely time together, you're such nice and fun people! Please, send our greetings to the whole family! We hope to see you again in beautiful Abruzzo!

Suzanne Papadimitriou

United States

Tour: #77417, Italian cooking class and visit to a medieval village!, Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 16/13

From the minute we got off the bus we felt like we were visiting great friends we have known forever. Alessia and Fabrizio we so warm and welcoming and had every detail of our trip planned perfectly. When we arrived Fabrizio's brother Valerio was waiting with fresh baked bread, homemade olive oil, local made cheeses and red wine. The views, the food and the company were perfect. We made Gnocchi and Tiramisu with Nonna then sat down to an incredible dinner. We then drove to Atri for a walk around the city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Suzanne! We are so happy you enjoyed your day in Abruzzo with us! We had such a wonderful day with you and the girls! Your company was amazing and you are really good cooks! A big hug to the three of you from me and Fabrizio!