We have taken many "Tours by Locals" but perhaps none as enjoyable as our tour with Francesca. She has a deep understanding of art and architecture and left us with a great understanding of historic Venice. She can clearly tailor the tour to interests of her guests - ours happened to be art. We also learned about life and living in Venice. Can't say enough. We have toured in perhaps 8 or 9 cities, but really would rank this tour as number one.
Patricia PapernowUnited States
Francesca was absolutely lovely, very personable, and extremely knowledgeable. We so enjoyed her effervescence and warmth. We'd give her six stars if we could.
Diane OstroskyUnited States
Francesca was fabulous. She was not only informative but extremely engaging. The local haunts she introduced us to were amazing and delicious We highly recommend this guide and tour. Wishing you the best Francesca ..... "The matchmakers"
Lori BrennanUnited States
Francesca was great. She added so much to our stay in Venice. Her knowledge of the history with the added stories and tours through the out-of-the way secrets of Venice made us really understand this fabulous city and appreciate its history. Thank you Francesca!!
Nanette BamesbergerUnited States
Francesca has a true understanding of her city. We learned a lot about Venice, it's canals and it's history. She guided us though narrow streets and across large piazzas. We had a better understanding on how the city worked and how to get around easier--it is a complicated city. She also offered ideas of where to eat and what to see. If you are interested in an outdoor tour of this city of canals I would recommend spending a few hours with her
Melissa Z.United States
We absolutely loved Francesca! Our teen boys even appreciated all the information she shared with us and actually commented on how they preferred the back alleys she took us through vs. the major pedestrian areas. They learned little tidbits about Venice, we saw the "major" sites, and she was flexible with us with respect to what we wanted to see, and when we wanted/needed to stop for snacks and such. Can't recommend Francesca enough!
Fantastic tour. Francesca was very knowledgeable but also had lots of stories which made the tour so much more interesting. Also a very dry sense of humor which we appreciated ! Highly recommend taking this tour with Francesca.
Francesca was an AMAZING guide for our family. She kept everyone interested with local stories and world history. She was very engaging for all levels of tourists. Wet very enjoyable.
Fabiana RamirezUnited States
Nice tour, Good information. Francesca shared good historical facts but I wish she had share more about the buildings and history of Venice. Not too entertaining for kids but great for adults that have some historical knowledge. She is an archeologist by training so you can ask her anything.
Miles MossUnited States
Francesca was lovely and a very good guide. Because my husband has to walk slowly, it makes it difficult for a guide to do all they want, but she was accommodating and a pleasure to spend the few hours with seeing Venice.
Shaun LeoneUnited States
Francesca was one of the best guides ever. She was very knowledgeable and personable with a sense of humor that made for an informative and fun tour. Thanks so much for a great tour! Would use her for a tour again any time.
Mary SomervilleUnited States
Francesca was truly wonderful, taking me to all sites I requested, as well as to some delightful new places. I wiuld not hesitate to recommend her to others.
Joe L.United States
Our second morning in Venice walking with Francesca was an amazing peek into the Venice of Venetian & visits to some of the important places. Once again, her knowledge and humor made a 3 hour walk on a hot July morning a pleasure!
Francesca was a fantastic guide, she was able to give us a real understanding of life in Venice. Francesca tailored our tour to meet our needs and we were shown some of venice's true treasures. I would highly recommend booking Francesca or one of the other guides because it is a very unique and special experience to be able to see Venice with a local. The tour wasn't rushed and yet we got to see more of Venice than we would have if we had just followed a map. I would highly recommend this company.
Eugene GreenUnited States
Wonderful three hour introduction to Venice. Well-paced, informative, route on streets we would have not used, managed to avoid too much interaction with very crowded tourist areas, great dining recommendations, Look forward to our second tour with Francesca today.
Francesca added a new dimension to Venice for us. I have been before but this time got a much greater insight to the foundation and history of Venice. Some new and very interesting facts that made the visit much more meaningful for me. Would highly recommend
Scott MayhartUnited States
Cindy AndersonUnited States
Francesca did such an awesome job showing off Venice to us. We learned some history saw a lot of sights and had some laughs. Would highly recommend this tour with her!!!!!
John PurdamUnited Kingdom
There is nothing Francesca doesn't know about the city of Venice. She ensured we visited all the sights and gave us excellent commentary along the way. Her open and friendly approach made all the difference to our day. She also offered good advice on what we may have liked to do on the rest of the trip.
Anthony LeonardUnited States
Francesca was very knowledgeable of the area and was able to share much of the history of Venice. It was an excellent introduction to the city, and she easily connected with all members of group, ages 15 to 75. Thank you for an enjoyable morning.
We loved our tour with Francesca, who is an outstanding guide. She has a bubbly and fun personality and helps understand the history, culture, quirks and lifestyle of venice beautifully. Her tour planned for us was perfect and her explanation was in detail and with patience. There was no question Francesca could not answer and we laughed and were left in aw of all things we heard and saw in Venice with Francesca. I would highly recommend Francesca. Do not hesitate for a second to book your tour with her.
Karen WalkowskiUnited States
A private tour of Venice is the absolute only way to truly appreciate the richness of Venice. Francesca customized our day to exactly the requests we made and she made the special effort to ensure we saw parts of the city that tourists would not see. We particularly enjoyed the tour of the Jewish Ghetto. I will definitely recommend Francesca to my travel agent who sends many clients to Venice!
Nina M.United States
Francesca took us to the heart of Venice. It was nice to see through the bridges and the canals and buildings other than St. Mark's and the Doge's palace. She was quite knowledgeable of Venice. The skip the line to St. Mark's cathedral helped a lot. I would suggest she carry a flag or an umbrella to help us follow her in a big crowd. I highly recommend this tour. Thank you so much, Francesca.
Warren RauheUnited States
Enjoyable 2 hours and very informative. Really saw some of the non-tourist areas even though the city was full of them.
Mark T.Carmichael, CA, United States
Francesca was delightful, knowledgeable, and delivered to our group exactly what we were looking for. We got to a few of the Venice highlights (all crawling with way too many tourists in August), but she paid attention to our desire to get away from the madding crowds and took us to portions of Venice where we saw no other tourists at all. The gondola ride with Luca was a real highlight, as was our tour of the Jewish Ghetto. We had a long wonderful day.
Jeanene PerryUnited States
Francesca was lovely! She is very knowledgeable about all the details of Venice.
Kate GerardHahndorf, SA, Australia
What a wonderful introduction to Venice. It's such an amazing and unique place, and Francesca brought it to life for me and showed so much of it's beauty. Francesca is a lovely person with a very good grasp of English. I had a fabulous day, and absolutely adore Venice.
Francesca was very helpful to us even before we arrived in Venice, through e-mail contact. The day of the tour she was on time and took us around talking to us about the city's most important features. She gave the tour in Greek even though we did not expect it! A nice surprise!
Stuart WilenskyUnited States
Francesca was a fantastic tour guide, my wife and I spent the day walking Venice with her and enjoyed every minute. She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, friendly, and accommodating. We had a fun day, learned a lot about Venice- she knows all of the best sites, both famous and not, and has endless stories and anecdotes which made the history of venice come alive. We strongly recommend her and will surely hire her again for our next visit to Venice.
Janis WhiteUnited States
Francesca was so knowledgable about Venice and the historic buildings! After St. Mark, she showed us the 'locals' view of Venice and catered it to our interests. She was very patient with our many questions. We were prepared to explore more on our own after this wonderful introductory tour!