Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Florence-Italy by Tour Guide Simonida M. (Guide #9151)


Elaine Geller

United States
Rating

Tour: #371079, Uffizi tour in Florence, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 29/19

Wonderful afternoon at the Uffizi. The guide was knowledgeable, informative, well-versed in art, history and culture. I highly recommend this tour and guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much dear Elen and Rick!

Elaine Geller

United States
Rating

Tour: #92771, Puccini's Itinerary (for two persons), Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 26/19

This as a fabulous tour. I loved seeing Lucca and all the varied aspects of Puccini's life. The guide was very informative and knowledgeable about art, music, culture and history. It was a delightful day and I highly recommend this tour guide. She was delightful!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm so glad that you loved this tour! Thank you very much for this nice review. My best regards!

Roger Lenke

United States
Rating

Tour: #457978, Siena and Chianti tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 9/19

Great tour. Friendly driver and the tour was very interesting. Very beautiful lunch/wine tasting (separate charge). Would highly recommend. Very nice to get out of crowded Florence and into the countryside.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much,it was pleasure to be your guide. My best wishes,Simonda

Michael Stubbs

United Kingdom
Rating

Tour: #249497, Siena Street by Street, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 21/19

Lovely guide, well informed and very well thought out tour. Nice touches like going for coffee and local biscuits. Responded to our questions so we always felt that she was keen to pass on to us her love for Siena We loved her enthusiasm and thank her for the restaurant recommendation! All in all, very well worthwhile

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Stubbs,it was my real pleasure to be your guide.Hope to see you next summer in U.K. per one lovely tour in your home town :-) Best regards,Simonida

Edward Kao

United States
Rating

Tour: #428591, San Gimigano and its towers, San Gimignano, Italy    view tour
Date: May 19/19

My husband and I enjoyed the tour provided by Simonida. She was very knowledgeable about her tour and provided much information. We enjoyed the drives and stops around the country side very much. Simonida, thanks for a very enjoyable outing. Connie K.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr. Khao. My best regards and greetings from Tuscany!

Edward Kao

United States
Rating

Tour: #374097, Leonardo Da Vinci's birth palce, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 18/19

My husband and I enjoyed the tour led by Simonida on the Da Vinci's birth place. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, and very easy to talk to. The tour offered much information that we appreciated. We will definitely ask her to be our guide again should the situation presents itself. Thanks, Simonida, for giving us a very interesting and informative outing. Connie K.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much!!!

Louis Ross

United States
Rating

Tour: #249497, Siena Street by Street, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 29/19

We really enjoyed our tour. Our guide was super friendly and very informative. She gave us in-depth information about the places we visited with very much enthusiasm. We could not have asked for a better tour. We would gladly have another tour with Simonida in the future.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, it was my pleasure to be your guide. Wish you nice holiday in Italy! All the best, S.

Michael Griesbach

Singapore
Rating

Tour: #146444, Wine and art in San Gimignano and Chianti, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 2/19

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Not only did she help us on the day of the tour she provided some great advice as to what to see and where to eat in other locations.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. My best regards, Simonida

Peter Klein

United States
Rating

Tour: Florence, Uffizi and Accademia, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy
Date: Dec 28/18

Simonida was very knowledgeable and fun. We had a wonderful day with her touring a truly beautiful city. The restaurant she recommended for us to have dinner was the best of our vacation. Thank you Simonida and Tours By Locals!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm so glad Mr. Klein that you liked the tour and the restaurant. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family! All the best,greetings,S.

Tina Robertson

United Kingdom
Rating

Tour: #92768, Santa Maria Novella and Cappella Brancacci, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 9/18

We did a tour of the Brancacci Chapel and Santa Maria Novella with Simonida. Simonida was an excellent tour guide - very knowledgeable, friendly and spoke excellent English. I would highly recommend Simonida to anyone wanting a tour guide in Florence. Many thanks Simonida!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs. Robertson,thank you very much for your nice words of appreciation. It was lovely to meet you and do this tour in places that I truly adore. Hope to see you also next year. It would be realy a pleaseure to do some other tour together. My best regards,Simonida

Patricia Papernow

United States
Rating

Tour: #428591, San Gimigano and its towers, San Gimignano, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 12/18

Simonida was wonderful. Friendly, warm, and incredibly knowledgeable. Every question we asked, her depth of knowledge was way beyond what I expected. Totally delightful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Patricia, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the tour and that I satisfied your expectations. I had really pleasure to meet you. My best wishes to you and your family,Simonida

Timothy Delorm

Fishkill, NEW YORK, United States
Rating

Tour: #146444, Chianti-wine tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 24/18

We took a whirl-wind tour of Tuscany. Picked up at our flat, we headed for the countryside. Simonida provided non-stop information about Florence & the countryside. Our 1st stop was San Gimignano, the medieval hill town of 14 towers. We enjoyed learning how the servants & nobility lived daily life as well as the description of the church's frescos! Later at Poggio amorelli winery, our host regaled us with stories while we enjoy lovely wines! Grazie mille Simonida - Tim, Betsie, Will & Emma

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for you nice review Mr Delorm. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the tour. My best regards to all your family,Simonida

Mary-Jane Chiccarelli

United States
Rating

Tour: #146444, The best of Tuscany Private Tour, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 12/18

As we drove the Tuscany countryside from Florence we were taken back in time of the area by Simonida's excitement and expertise of its history.My husband, who is a WWII history buff, was excited and saddened to see and hear about the sites that were "real".Driving the winding roads of cypress trees and vineyards was picture perfect.We visited a winery and the historic city of San Gimignano enjoying a lovely lunch and strolling the quaint streets.We had a memorable day thanks to the friendship of Simonida!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Mary - Jane, I 'm so greatful to you and your husbant for this nice review. I'm so happy that I made this tour so lovely and that you have nice memories of Tuscany. Any time you want,please write me and if some day your granddaughter ever decide to study in Florence I will do my best to help her. Strong hug and all the best,Simonida

Sarah Usher McKay

Canada
Rating

Tour: #92771, Puccini's Itinerary (for two persons), Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: May 1/18

It was a pleasure to see both the Puccini apartment in Lucca and to tour Puccini's lake house. It is a substantial distance to travel from Florence and definitely a full day. G & S.

Rick Timmons

United States
Rating

Tour: #249497, Discover Siena Street by Street, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 28/18

Simondia was very personable. We were 1/2 hour late due to the difficult parking situation in Siena, she was still waiting for us and gracious! She is well informed and full of information about Siena and it's familia history, fascinating! Skip the museum and tour the church! The walking tour of Siena's streets was the highlight and well worth the time.

Christopher Berry

United States
Rating

Tour: #430812, Florence historical center and Medici walk, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 20/18

Simonida guided us expertly on an introductory walking tour of the central city in Florence, which matched our request perfectly. She provided an excellent continuous commentary, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the history, art, architecture, government and culture of Florence. Open and personable, Simonida answered our many questions without hesitation. She also offered helpful suggestions about places to visit that would be of interest to us, both in Florence as well as in Tuscany and Chianti

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr Christofer, I'm so pleased with your nice reaview. It was realy a great pleasure to meet you both in Florence . If you ever come back again the next time I will show you museo Bardini with a beautiful garden,museo Bargello or maybe some Medici's villa like Pratolino or Artimino. Wish you all the best,thanks again,Simonida

Woei Teoh

United Kingdom
Rating

Tour: #92761, Florence by foot and from on high !, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 17/17

Simoneda was the perfect guide. She is very knowledgeable and super enthusiastic about sharing her knowledgable. She is very friendly too. We had a great time with her in Florence, and learned a lot. I would strongly recommend her guided tour to first time visitors. Within a couple of hours you get the feeling of being almost familiar with the wonderful city which can otherwise be a bit daunting. Grazzie mille Simoneda.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Theo,thank you so much for the wonderful review! It was my pleasure totmeet meet you and introduce you in the hitory, art and secrets of Florence! Wish you nice time on your holiday in Tuscany! All the best,Simonida

David Simonaire

United States
Rating

Tour: #223924, Florence city center and the mysteries of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 25/17

Simonida was awesome! She was very knowledgeable and willing to entertain questions. Her english was very good and easily understood. It was a nice walking pace. Thanks!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Mr. Simionaire,thank you so much for the nice rating. It was a pleasure to pass one enjoyable morning with you and your wife in Florence. Wish you lovely holiday . My best regards,Simonida

Michael Wohl

United States
Rating

Tour: #146444, The best of Tuscany, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 19/17

Simonida was an excellent guide, flexible and accommodating, and seemingly knowing what we wanted before we did. We had various choices to make during the day and every decision was spot on from the right route to take, to the perfect winery to visit, to the type of restaurant we wanted. I would highly recommend Simonida for your tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for such a nice rating. It was pleasure to do this tour with your family. All the best and wish you to come back soon to visit our Tuscany and Florence again. Best regards,Simonida

Colleen Wildner

United States
Rating

Tour: #202024, Florence, Uffizi and Accademia, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 17/17

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Rafael Gonzalez

United States
Rating

Tour: #92768, Santa Maria Novella and Academy of Fine arts, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 10/17

Simonida was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, spoke perfect English and she made our tour very enjoyable. I would highly recommend her !!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was so nice to meet you and do this tour together. Thank you for lovely message. Wish you all the best. With friendship,Simonida

Kathleen McCabe

United States
Rating

Tour: #146444, The best of Tuscany, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 11/16

We so enjoyed our tour of Siena's highlights, as well as favorite parts of San Gimignano given by Simonida!! She shared so many interesting stories and information about these beautiful areas. My husband & I walked away feeling this tour was worth every penny. She is very professional and personable! We got to go to a wine bar, have some wine and cheese, and meet some local people. It was such a nice touch! She was kind enough to drive us to our villa in Cortona afterwards too. We highly recommend her!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Kathleen and Mark. It was a lovely day and I truly enjoyed your company. So glad that you liked the tour. Lot of greetings from Tuscany and all the best to you and your friends from Cortona's forest house :-) Simonida

Amanda Bosley

United States
Rating

Tour: #93047, Chianti Tour for Amanda Jamie Donna, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 14/16

Simonida was the BEST guide we had the whole trip. Not only was she easy to contact and quick to respond but she also was extremely intelligent, witty, knowledgeable(about the area), and also very sweet. It was the perfect relaxing day in Tuscany and my friends and I agreed that she went above and beyond and we would book this trip again with Simonida in a heart beat. The pictures and experience will last a lifetime we could not have asked for a better guide. I highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Amanda,thank you so much for sucha lovely review. I'm really happy to reaf it. Wish you all the best! My greetings to your friends. Strong hug,Simonida

Laurie Schwartz

United States
Rating

Tour: #249496, Florence celebrates the beauty of David, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 11/16

Simonida was a wonderful guide who customized a tour to meet our very specifiic wishes. She did the research necessary to optimize her knowledge about topics that were of interest to us. Our visit to Florence was most enjoyable. We would recommend her to anyone.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mrs. Schwarz, I'm so proud to have been your guide in Florence. My best wishes for the nice trip around Tuscany. Many greetings to your family. Simonida

Kevin Sweeney

United States
Rating

Tour: #249497, Siena Street by Street, Siena, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 25/16

Simoneda was fantastic. Informative, friendly and very courteous. Highly recommend her. You will not be disappointed

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mr. Sweeney. It was my plesure to meet you and your wife. Wish you all the best!

Michael Swank

United States
Rating

Tour: #202024, Florence, Uffizi and Accademia, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 14/16

Our tour in Florence with Simonida was a 5 out of 5 and even higher. She helped us with things prior to our arrival and she was on time and quite prepared. She is personable, very knowledgeable and presents everything clearly and with vigor. She made great adjustments to accommodate some time issues. Having her join us for lunch was a pleasure. We highly recommend her without any reservation

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Swank, thank you very much for you such a nice review. It was my pleasure pass the day in Florence in your company. I'm grateful for your kind opinion about my work. All the best to you and your family. Greetings from Florence,Simonida

Megan Reynolds

United States
Rating

Tour: #202024, Florence, Uffizi and Accademia, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 12/16

Simonida and her husband are a WEALTH of information. They are very educated on art history and how Florence artists were instrumental in the history of art overall. If you are interested in learning about art - THIS is your guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much ! Best wishes and greetings from Florence!

Megan Reynolds

United States
Rating

Tour: #92761, Florence by foot and from on high !, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 11/16

Very interesting tour! Simonida is very knowledgeable about the history of Florence. We had a slight miscommunication about the requested customized tour however, she was extremely accommodating. Between her accommodation and her knowledge I can't help but highly recommend her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Mrs.Reynolds,it was nice meet you and your lovely family in Florence. Very pleasent time passed together. Wish you all the best! My kind regards from sunny Tuscany! Simonida

Philippa Baines

United Kingdom
Rating

Tour: #92761, Florence by foot and from on high !, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 29/16

A fantastic evening of spectacular views, intriguing history and delicious food. Can highly recommend this tour with the very friendly Simonida.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Philippa! It was very nice evening also for me. I wish you all the best and hope to see you in Florence again. My best regards,Simonida

Dorothea Curcio

United States
Rating

Tour: #92761, Florence by foot and from on high !, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 28/16

Simonida got stuck in traffic so her husband, Sinisa, stepped on until she could join us. How lucky for us; we had the pleasure of meetin two charismatic, informative, enthusiastic guides! They brought history, art, architecture, & politics together and brought the city to life for us. With several roof top views and a lovely finish at a neighborhood restaurant; this tour and these guides were terrific.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Curcio, thank you so much for your nice review. It was real pleasure meet you with your friends and discover : history,monuments and curiosities of Florence together. Wish you all the best and hope that your travel to Italy will last unforgettable. Best regards,Simonoida


...