"Alex, Now that I am (sadly) settled back in the states, I wanted to send you a quick note of thanks. I wanted you to know how very much I enjoyed your tour.I was quite honestly mesmerized much of the time. I also am quite grateful to you for delivering the information in a way that brought it alive for my daughter! I was worried it may be overwhelming for her at her age, but you adeptly managed to weave stories to which she could easily relate. So thank you for sharing your gift of storytelling, of deep knowledge and of wit. You made our visit to Florence all the more enjoyable and rich. Should I be fortunate enought to make my way back to Florence, I will certainly be looking you up for more tours! Please take care, Alex".
"Hi Alex it's Alyson and Jeff here. We were in Florence with a group of seven friends and spent the day with you, touring the Galleria dell'Accademia, Uffizi…. Now that we're unpacked and over our jet lag, I wanted to take a moment to write and let you know you were truly the highlight of our trip. We can't thank you enough for making the day so special. I really wish we had either recorded everything you said or at least taken notes,. Your knowledge is so overwhelmingly fascinating and your presentation was exceptional. We loved it. Thanks again and fond regards."
Alyson & Jeff
"Alessandro,Thank you so very much for your history lessons, social commentary and your great sense of fun. You are a very important part of our trip. We hope if you come to Denver, we will be able to see you again."
Susanne and Biel Payne
"La Banca del Chianti Fiorentino desidera parteciparVi i più vivi ringraziamenti per la Vostra collaborazione prestata in occassione delle celebrazioni del Centenario del nostro Istituto. La Vostra disponibilità e competenza professionale ha consentito di realizzare un significativo successo condiviso da tutta la Compagine Sociale della Banca del Chianti. Con questi sentimenti vogliate gradire i nostri più cordiali saluti."
Il Presidente Paolo Bandinelli,
Banca del Chianti Fiorentino
"I have recently been filming in Tuscany for BBC "Holiday" programme. We are making a travel film based in Greve in Chianti and your office kindly provided us with a guide named Cristina Bastiani. I Have been making films for Holiday for around 6 years now and so I really want to let you know that Cristina is one of the best guides I have been lucky enough to have on shoot. She was extremely helpful, full of good ideas and very organised when it came to the logistics of what was a rather difficult schedule. She is the ideal person to have with you on such a trip because she combines a good knowledge of the area with a cheery personality, which is a welcome addition to a small filming team. I would heartily recommend her as a guide for any similar assignments you have in the future."
Gillian Colyer Director
BBC HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
"Cristina, once again I wanted to tell you what a fabulous time we had with you in Florence. Your information & knowledge was just what we needed since we only had a short period of time in Florence. Thank you so much & I will refer you as much as I can to my friends & family."
"Dear Guido thank you so much for all your hard work, patience and extra efforts this past week also for making my work so much easier. It's greatly appreciated and a true pleasure to work with such a true professional, one of the best in business!!! Looking forward to our time together. Keep well."
"Caro Guido, Grazie mille per la stupenda visita della Chigiana e dei luoghi musicali di Siena, così segreti e preziosi."
Antonella della Benetta
Docente di Flauto Conservatori di Milano e di Trento
"Bonjour Leonardo! Les Mamies de France pensent à toi et t'envoient un petit souvenir de notre 'super' séjour en Toscane. Bisous. Merci de tout! Le séjour à été inoubliable."
Le groupe SISTEL
"Dear Leo, Just wanted to tell how wonderful it was getting to know you this past week and, again, what a fantastic guide you were to us. You truly made our trip!! I miss you!! Bunny, Caroleeta, Kay and I flew home together and you were the highlight of our conversation. We are now in a deep withdrawel! I really believe that the Lord brings people together at certain time for certain reasons, and I think our time with you was no exception."
"Dear Marina, I would really hate to lose touch with you. You made Italy come alive for me and reintroduced me to my heritage. Through you my grandmother came alive. Whatevere happens,you touched my heart and thus you will remain with me forever."
Mary Ann Lamantia
"Dear Marina, Thank you so much for all you've given and shared with us:your superb leadership and guidance, your sharing of yourself, your generosity, your going 'the extra mile', your sense of fun and humour and great style. Thanks to you we became less a tour and more a bunch of friends. I will always treasure this experience"
"Querida Francesca, Gracias por tu correo y tu gran cuidado de nosotros. Gracias a ti Florencia fue mas magica que la habiamos imaginado. Nos llevamos los mas memorables recuerdos de este bello pais. Te mandamos un fuerte abrazo" Marcos y Cristina "Hello Francesca! Thank you again for such a fantastic time in your beautiful city. We have such terrific memories! You helped to make it truly special. All our best..."
Tony & Family