Our tour far exceeded our high hopes. We asked Allasandra to focus on the art of the St. Francis Basilica. Her knowledge of the stories presented in the frescoes as well as the changes in artistic expression from one artist to another was impressive. She also included commentary on Italian culture both in the past and today. And all with a lovely sense of humor. It was the perfect way to see that most beautiful Basilica.
Stephen KrautUnited States
Alessandra deserves 5 stars! Our day with her in Assissi and Spello made this part of Italy come alive. She is a true professional. Her English is immpecable, her knowledge of the area and religious history was inspiring, her in depth descriptions of the arts and art history were superlative. Allesandra has a delightful sense of humor and a pleasant way about her. She is deeply proud of her part of Umbria and shared her love of the area, the local culture, the foods, the personalities, the way of life.
Sandra CrawfordUnited States
We really enjoyed our walking tour of Spoleto with Alessandra. There was a wealth of information shared about the cathedral and the interior structure, art and artists. It was also interesting to see the Roman ruins throughout the city. Alessandra was great in providing parking instructions and giving restaurant and shopping suggestions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sandra, Thank you so much. I wish you a nice further trip to Venice! It was lovely to be with you both. A big hug, Alessandra
Sandra CrawfordUnited States
Alessandra gave us so much information and understanding of the history and what we were viewing in both Perugia and Assisi. We would have completely missed so much by touring on our own. She answered our many questions and was a thoughtful and courteous guide. Her English was excellent. We would highly recommend booking tours with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie infinite, Sandra = Super many thanks See you tomorrow in the splendid Spoleto :-) Buonanotte, Alessandra
Rachael ScherUnited States
Lovely woman. A great guide for families. She is very animated and engaging. My sons were captivated much of the time , which is rare. Very professional and talked to all of us, (ages range from 8-64) and kept us all interested. Would absolutely recommend for any tour of the Umbria area!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Rachel! I hope David is well again now and that you will enjoy your further trip to Venice. Kisses to all of you four
Angela HymelUnited States
I cannot adequately express how incredible our time was with Alessandra in Assisi. Our family of four booked a six hour, customized tour of Assisi to include St. Mary of the Angels, San Damiano, the Hermitage, the Basilica of St. Francis and the Basilica of St. Claire. Alessandra grew up in Assisi so her intimate knowledge and great storytelling abilities about the history and legends, held our attention. The driver Mauritzio was very attentive to our comfort.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Angela, I am so happy of reading we both, Maurizio and me, helped to make your stay in Assisi that nice! You have a wonderful family and I wish you all to keep enjoying your stay in our country. A big hug to all of you. Alessandra and the super driver Maurizio. Ciao! Alessandra
Frank AllenUnited States
Allessandra was perfect for our group of ten. She captured and managed the different interests of the large group for 6 hours. Her explanations of the historical perspective was spot on line and informative. She took us quickly through the highlights of Assisi and Spello exactly as we needed. Highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie 1000, Frank! A wonderful day with you all! Ciao, Alessandra
Steffen LausterUnited States
Alessandra is a very knowledgeable and dynamic guide. The tour provides a great overview of the different parts of Assisi and the major churches
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Steffen, I with you a happy party tomorrow! Un abbraccio a tutti voi. Alessandra
Maria Luisa BrookeSwitzerland
Alessandra gave us a very interesting, lively and great overview on Perugia, spacing from history, art and architecture to local traditions and food culture. The 3 hours went by very pleasantly and were a perfect introduction for our four days in Perugia. Whenever we had a question Alessandra opened a new window for our understanding of the city and its people, past and present. Thank you very much Alessandra!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille, Maria Luisa. Sarei felicissima di tornare a Basilea e di vederla attraverso i vostri occhi. Spero di cuore di venirvi a trovare! Un abbraccio a tutte voi! Alessandra
Teresa PerrettaUnited States
Alessandra was extremely knowledgeable and her passion and enthusiasm shone brightly throughout our entire tour. We were a family of 6 adults and 2 children, ages 4 and 8. She was particularly attentive to the kids and made sure to involve them and engage them every step of the way. Her English was impeccable and she was very easy to understand. We all absolutely enjoyed our tour with her and would recommend her without hesitation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille, Teresa! Un abbraccio a tutti voi e specialmente a Luca e Sofia ��. Buone vacanze!
Elizabeth SmithUnited States
Alessandra was on time and very personable. She lives in Assisi and has intimate knowledge of the city and monuments. She asked about our areas of interest and worked hard to create a tour geared to them. It rained like crazy that day, but she made sure we didn't waste time and showed us some areas of the city we would have missed otherwise. Her English is excellent and easily understandable. We would have never learned as much about Assisi had we not taken the tour. Money well spent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille, Elisabeth! What a rain... Ciao from Assisi. Alessandra
Neal FauxUnited States
Alessandra is very knowledgeable not only about the history, architecture and art in an around Assisi and Spello. She has a lovely personality and made our day very enjoyable. We would definitely book with her again if we return to the Tuscany area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille, Neal. Saluti from Assisi! Alessandra
Barbara WellsUnited States
Alessandra could not have been more knowledgable and delightful, sharing insights about Assisi from both history and her personal experience. She told the story of St. Francis and Santa Chiara as if she knew them herself. She also was extremely considerate in pacing the tour to accommodate my 88-year-old mother and discussing subjects that interested our group of three. I would give her my highest recommendation. Grazie!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazia, Barbara! a big hug to you both and specially to your lovely energetic Mamma :) Saluti from Assisi, Alessandra
Jeff BushmanUnited States
Our tour was great. The guide was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. She gave us helpful information about other things to see after the tour was over.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie, Jeff! With your new car bring back to US great memories of your trip in Italy! Ciao to both of you ��
Scott DeckerUnited States
Alessandra was excellent. She clearly has an immense love for Assisi, its history and its art. She was met us right at the agreed-upon time and was prompt on ending at 3 hours. She explained many things that we could experience on our own after our tour, also. I would recommend the company and specifically Alessandra to anyone visiting Assisi.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie 1000, Scott! Have a nice further trip through Umbria ��
Thomas VoliniUnited States
Allesandra provided a fine tour experience with her combination of deep knowledge and enthusiastic rendition of the history and interpretative aspects of the art and science behind the subjects we viewed. I was impressed by the level of organization of the tour as well since twice we passed by iconic buildings or scenes in order to meet the schedule of others that would be open during limited hours and then returning to the few we passed by. She was respectful of the religious history as history as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie, Thomas! It was a pleasure to be with you. Buon proseguimento di viaggio! Alessandra
Christian HelblingUnited States
Very patient and flexible with our children. Interesting and engaging tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie, Christian! I hope you'll become soon one of ours as locals ;-) Ciao a tutta la tua famiglia, Alessandra
Gene MarianoUnited States
I have never seen such passion, sincerity, and dedication from a tour guide as demonstrated by Alessandra. She projected a demeanor of a person who truly cared for the group not as clients but more so as friends and human beings so deserving of her attention. Her deep knowledge of history, religion, arts, and languages is quite evident during her whole tour of Orvieto and Assisi. The details that she paid so much attention to made us feel like we were "in" a book or a documentary. She deserves a 5 plus !!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Caro Gene, That's wonderful what you wrote on Umbria and on me...grazie, grazie, grazie
Sheila D.United States
Alessandra was an outstanding and engaging guide. If we ever return to Assisi and are able to visit sites outside the town walls or elsewhere, we would seek her services. She was one of the most well informed guides we have ever used. Her English is excellent. She went out of her way to make our visit to the Basilica of St. Francis accessible.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Sheila, you and your friend were great. And...you know about GIOTTO and CIMABUE! How nice for guides :))) When tip comes we'll be happy. The same if it doesn't. I do prefer lovely memories than money! Un abbraccio grande a tutte e due, Ale
R eggie BirksUnited States
Alessandra was wonderful!! She was very personable and knowledgeable and customized our tour based on our interests. She also went above and beyond our expectations by facilitating special access to a private villa, again, based on our interests. The whole tour was magical. She had a wonderful personality and we left feeling like we made a new friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie, Reggie. I wish you two to have a wobderful trip in Italy. I hope to have the chance of meeting you again. Who knows...maybe to see the Porziuncola Nuova together. ��
Chris ThompsonUnited States
Alessandra's knowledge and enthusiasm for Assisi make her one of the best guides we have had in our years of travel. Her love of history and homeland translates into a genuineness that is truly delightful. No question went unanswered as we were swept into the history, art and culture of Italy. Our thanks to Alessandro for a job well done!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille Chris!!! It was a wonderful time that one spent with you and again BUON COMPLEANNO to Rian, born on the same day of my Francis...:)
Karl ReinleinUnited States
Alessandra: she knew the subject matter very well having grown up in Assisi and overall provided the type of insight which we were looking for.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie, Karl! Liebe Gruesse an die ganze grosse Familie ;)
Robert FlynnUnited States
Alessandra was a wonderful guide. She was very pleasant and was obvious her passion for Assisi. We enjoyed her descriptions and explanations for all that is Assisi. I would recommend her as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille, Robert! I hope your time in Polignano has been great. Now I am on holiday me myself too, just a bit more to the North :) I hope to see you again in one of your next holidays to Italy. Un abbraccio also to your dauther, Alessandra
Joanne DietchUnited States
Alessandra is a natural-born educator who imparts her knowledge in an easy and charming manner as you weave through Perugia's historic streets, buildings and archeologically fascinating underground. Wish we had had the time for a "part 2" since we would have very much enjoyed spending more time with Alessandra and her perspectives on Perugia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joanne, thank you so much for your visit to Umbria and for the nice time we spent together. Perugia is a a city so rich of art, history and charme that it was easy for me to fall in love with. It never stops wondering me and I am really happy to have had the chance to share its beauty with you both. Take care and baci from Perugia (made of chocolate as well true kisses :)))) Alessandra
Julie RaffkindUnited States
A great tour with Alessandra. The cantina and vineyard where we tasted and saw the process of making Montefalco wine was outstanding - especially with the grandmother arriving with zuppa! Bevagna is a precious walled medieval town that defines Umbria. Alessandra was a great guide and very accommodating to meet me at the train station and drive me to little places tucked away in the heart of Umbria. A memorable experience! p.s. Montefalco wine is one of the best wines I have had to this day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie ancora, Julie! You were such a nice person and such a good student of Italian. Keep learning Italian :) Tanti baci, Alessandra
Julie RaffkindUnited States
I have been to Assisi 3 times . . . but it wasn't until I had Alessandra as a tour guide that I really saw and understood the town. We had a marvelous tour with sites one usually associates with Assisi, but also with seeing little hidden wonders that I would not have discovered without Alessandra.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille, Julie! It was a pleasure to be with you. I hope you will come back to visit Italy. Un abbraccio, Alessandra
Michael RenzulliUnited States
Extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, personable. She had a a very thorough knowledge of Assisi. A three hour tour is just enough time and you can spend the rest of your time exploring on your own. She pointed out info on the church frescos that the group would never discover on our own. After using these tour guides, I would never attempt to visit a location without using an expert
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille, Michael. It was a pleasure to meet your party!!! Tanti saluti a tutti voi. Alessandra
Mary HendonMuskegon, MICHIGAN, United States
Alessandra is a wonderful guide. Despite a rainy, cold day we had a great time. The tour was well-paced and Alessandra was so informative. Her knowledge of Assisi was very impressive. She is a very pleasant, friendly person and I would highly recommend her as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille, Mary! A big hug from Umbria to you both! Ale
Kim S.United States
Most enjoyable and informative day with Alessandra. The pace and agenda were flexible up to the moment to accomodate our family requests and continous questions. It was great to have a longtime locals perspective on many topics. Cultural conversations were engaging and interesting. We highly recommend Alessandra to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie, Paul. Me too I really enjoyed the day together. You family is fantastic and also your way of travelling. So close to what me too like to do. I won't forget your smart girls... specially the little one! Baci a tutti = kisses to everybody Alessandra
Mary LongUnited States
This tour certainly exceeded my expectations and provided a great introduction to Italy and to the towns of Assisi and Spello. Alessandra was kind to meet me at the train station and to escort me back to the station at the end of our tour. She is so knowledgeable of the history of Italy and has such a pleasant personality that I was spellbound the entire tour! Her command of the English language is remarkable and I was able to grasp so much more information from you than from any of the other guides.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille, Marthy and...do you rember? you too made me knowing something new...the pottery store's name :-) I won't forget you and our day together! All the best to you and to your family Alessandra