Virginia BurkeUnited States
I booked a custom tour with Paola for me and 3 family members for our first full day in Tuscany. Paola designed a day for us that involved visits to a local cheesemaker, a local biodynamic winery, the Verrucole fortress and the beautiful town of Barga. The tour was the perfect introduction to the Garfagnana region north of Lucca and Paola provided a wealth of information and suggestions for things to do the rest of our stay. She was a true delight and an excellent guide. The best!
Leigh CorbettSouth Africa
What an amazing morning we spent with Paola as she shared interesting information about her beautiful home town. Cycling along the walls was the best way to experience Lucca. Paola's tour had just the right balance of fun and history to keep our children interested. The transport from La Spezia that she organised for our family group of 9 was efficient, comfortable and on time. Rounding off the morning with a tasting at a local gelataria was fabulous. I can highly recommend this tour with Paola.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Leigh! I think I will hardly forget our morning together. Thanks for your patience as it took me some time to arrange everything but it was quite a busy day. It was a pleasure to meet you. This tour was created for children but somehow everybody enjoys it!
Dale HollandUnited States
Paola was a great host and provided a very informative tour to her home. As her tour description states, she really is Lucca; she is proud of her heritage and is very knowledgeable about her home. We met just outside the walls at Bar Stazonie, which she used to guage what we were looking for and what we wanted out of the tour. She did not disappoint. You will not see one city on this tour you will see three. As a histroy buff, I had a great time and Paola knew the regions and Lucca's past.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao Dale and Donna, your feedback made my day and it will keep me going for the future and it really means a lot to me! You definitely have to come back, because we can explore even more! Grazie mille! :) I am glad you appreciated the history, the new discoveries and the atmosphere.
Leslie OsterweilUnited States
One of the best, most friendly, most accommodating tour guides and every use. We had our six-year-old grandson with us and she planned the day perfectly from riding bikes around the walled city to making gelato. A perfect day and most memorable! I would highly recommend her if you have children. She's terrific!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Leslie! You are too kind!! The tour was a success because your grandson is such a lovely kid. I think you chose the right tour and the right place to spend some time with him. He was so happy on the bike! I am sure he will remember this experience. Thanks again for your great feedback!
Gordon HoweToronto, ONTARIO, Canada
Lucca is a well-preserved city with many historical features. We were interested in these but had also asked to learn a bit about modern life in the ancient city. Paola did an excellent job of addressing our interests both ancient and modern, combining an outline of the city's history and features with some glimpses into life as a local in current times. She was informative, relaxed, and amusing and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The tour and the guide are highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gordon, thank you so much for your feedback. It was quite a funny day with all those vintage cars around! Nice to see you the day after wandering... Lucca is a small city, but it is full of treasures. I always like to combine ancient and modern times, because I consider the city something alive with its own rhythm. A presto!
Julia MartinUnited States
We had a wonderful tour with Paola! She was very knowledgeable and friendly and was great with our kids! I would recommend this tour whole-heartedly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie, grazie Julia! Your positive feedback at the end of the season makes me very happy! Hope this time with me Lucca was more interesting and fun! Say ciao to the kids! :)
Great general history of Lucca with a leisurely ride on the wall topped off by a seriously good gelato tasting - loved by the kids
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Mark! Hope you will remember that gelato! Glad that kids enjoyed the tour and the excitement for the Comics festival.
Catherine MorleyUnited Kingdom
The tour was exactly as advertised and what I was hoping for. We finished off our morning with a bike ride around the walls which I would highly recommend to complete this tour. Paola gave us great introduction to a lovely lively city at just the right pace, including easily arranging the bikes, and we used our new knowledge of the city to have dinner this evening outdoors in the amphitheater. Thank you!
Robert HammondUnited States
Paola was terrific. She has an intuitive sense of how to tailor a tour to a client's specific needs. I would not hesitate a minute to recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Robert, grazie mille for your wonderful review! How is your Italian going? Hope the Lucca is treating you good!
Mary Ann BornUnited States
Our group of 14 had a delightful day with Paola. Paola was fluent in English, warm, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about Lucca. We had a wonderful time seeing Lucca through her eyes. Paola made arrangements forgot everything. At the end of our tour in Lucca, the bus took us to Pisa allowing us to tour Pisa on our own and returned us to our ship at the end of a great day. A fantastic day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mary Ann, thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a feedback. It was a real pleasure to work with you and hope there will more chances in the future. I am happy that everything went smoothly.
Rosalba L.United States
Having Paola as my tour guide was like spending a few hours with a trusted friend. Paola spoke of Lucca in a conversational style that made the tour more about relaxing, and enjoying, rather than a lesson in Lucca history. We meandered around Lucca, all the while Paola sharing some extra tidbits about local culture, as well as talking about Lucca's rich history. I did the garden tour on the morning of my last day in Lucca ~ perfect. This tour, and Paola's guidance were great! Thank you Paola!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie mille, Rosalba! I really enjoyed our time together and I am happy that you have discovered Lucca history and secret gardens with me. It's been a real pleasure... as you said a trusted friend. I think I have hit a great target! :)
David L.United States
We did a couple hour tour of Lucca with Paola. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history and could answer any question we had about the town. We really enjoyed Paola's company, it felt like we were meeting someone we knew already for a stroll through town. Highly recommend Paola, great lady with a wonderful personality. Thank you Paola, Ciao!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ciao David! well done to both of you as it was not easy to cope with that heat!! Thanks for your positive feedback. It was a real pleasure to meet you and I am glad you feel welcomed in my city! Grazie :)
Bill SchaubUnited States
Paola is a wonderful guide adding lots of great stories to the basic history of Lucca. She knows Lucca. Excellent English.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Bill. I met your friends the day after as they missed just one tower to climb in Lucca. Hope you will have a nice memory of your stay!
Andrea SchuchUnited States
Paola was a highlight of our trip. She was knowledgeable, friendly and dealt with our 3 young kids wonderfully. We had one woman in our group who had foot problems and Paola went very slow to accommodate. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Andrea, thank you for your feedback and for your visit to Lucca. It was a lovely day and your kids were so cute!
Jen WittmanUnited States
Touring with Paola was fantastic! We learned so much about Lucca and she tailored our tour to our needs even in the moment. Paola's friendly and easy demeanor and knowledge of the local architecture, history and important modern events made our experience in Lucca much richer.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jen! So happy to hear from you! :) Grazie mille for your words and to leave a positive review after some time, so it means I left you a good memory. We had a great time wandering around the city! Thanks!
Michael GooldrupUnited States
Lucca is a very beautiful small city and I had a great time on this tour with Paola. She is very knowledgeable about the city, both its history and about the sights that are available to see. I had a great wine tasting that also included a sampling of the local salami and cheeses. I recommend this tour and Paola as the guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Grazie Michael, I really enjoyed our Italian conversation, hope it was a good practice for you!
Cheryl StraitUnited States
This was the first time in Lucca for my family of 8 adults. Paola provided us with a wonderful opportunity to experience Lucca on bike, all while interjecting interesting facts and history. My family loved it and all agree it was one of the best tours! At the end of the tour, Paola took us to a great place to eat lunch, which we would not have found on our own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Cheryl! Yes we had a great time and the day was wonderful for a bike ride! I am glad you enjoyed my storytelling and the food suggestions!
Great Lucca introduction for family and kids, including grand kids: the bike rental agency was extremely helpful, the wall biking fun and explorative, the ice cream tasting enjoyable and Delicioso. Paola explained very clearly and connected well with all generations in our party of 12. Thanks.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Eddy! It was my pleasure to introduce you and your family to my city. Grazie!