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claudia siena guided tours

Guided tours in Siena and province

My name is Claudia. I was born and raised in Siena and I hold a diploma in Classics from the local Liceo Classico. I earned a BA in Art History from the University of Siena with a thesis on the frescoes of the Certosa of Maggiano. After serving as an intern at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, I went to a professional school for Tuscan tourism and became a licensed tour guide specialising in Siena and its provinces. My family owns the property Villa Santa Chiara since early 1900 and I’m very proud to be part of that!

my guided tours

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E  claudiac90@libero.it
 +39 339 6492770

Olive oil tasting

Villa Santa Chiara, a former convent originally built in the 1600’s just outside the gate “Porta Romana”, will welcome you with an excellent organic olive oil that my family has produced since the early 1900’s. The property is conveniently located at a few hundred yards from the city walls of Siena. We own about 500 olive trees, and every year we prune them and take care of them with organic fertilizers only. Then, in the fall, we collect the olives and go to the oil mill. Here, we sit down and wait for the fresh and spicy olive oil to be squeezed out of the harvest: a great moment to enjoy!

Wine tasting

Part of our family produces one of the best wines in Italy, if not the world: I’m talking about the Montalcino Brunello wine. Those relatives of mine own the “Le Chiuse” winery, and they have recently been awarded the 2 nd prize by the Wine Enthusiast list of the best wines in the world! Needless to say, I can easily arrange for you a tour of their vineyards and cellar – including, of course, wine tasting. Simonetta Valiani, the owner, is a descendant of Ferruccio Biondi Santi, the man who first produced the current version of Brunello in the late 1800’s – and she knows what she’s doing!

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Matt Robinson
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Matt Robinson

Claudia is by far the best tour guide we have ever met. She is incredibly knowledgeable about everything she showed us, and introduced us to so many wonderful people in Siena. We would recommend her to anyone that loves history, and wants to learn more about this beautiful city and its traditions, like the Palio.

Julie DIPierro
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Julie DIPierro

Yesterday we spent our morning with Claudia exploring the beautiful city of Siena. She was the ultimate tour guide. Her knowledge of the city was outstanding. We visited all of the well know sights as well as little hidden streets that were rich with history. Thank you Claudia for sharing your wonderful city with us.

Carole
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Carole

We were very lucky to have Claudia guide us around her beautiful hometown and Cathedral. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and pride gave us a fantastic insight into Siena that we really enjoyed. You will not be disappointed to have Claudia guide you.

Antonella Cecchi
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Antonella Cecchi

Claudia was our guide for the Dome Pavement. She was delightful and knowledgeable. The visit took only one hour but we enjoyed very much her company. I recommend her as she knows every corner of the city…great experience! Antonella

Jacqueline Choudhari
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Jacqueline Choudhari

Claudia was recommended as a tour guide by the place we were staying in Siena, Frances Lodge. She provided a tour for us in the center of Siena. She was very knowledagble about the area and the history of the fascinating city. The tour was about 3 hours and it flew by, she kept us entertained well! We recommend her!

Mark Leeds
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Mark Leeds

Claudia was delightful and knowledgeable guide for our 2019 Palio adventure. She was very involved with the Contrada to which we were assigned and her enthusiasm for Siena and the events surrounding the race greatly enhanced our experience. We enjoyed her insights and company. I would whole-heartedly recommend her to anyone visiting Siena.

Ian Guinness
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Ian Guinness

Our family could not recommend Claudia too highly. She was our last and the very best guide in our two weeks in Italy. She is friendly, bright, articulate,, deeply knowledgable about both history and art, but there was more. Sienese herself, with a centuries-long heritage in the city, she has a deep and infectious pride in Siena that brings its history to life and draws you into the local ambiance with her. No one guided by Claudia will be disappointed.

Douglas Owen
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Douglas Owen

My brother and I recently enjoyed a half day tour of Siena with Claudia, which ended with a delicious olive oil tasting gathering at her home. The next day she gave us a tour of the wine country from Montepulciano to Pienza and back to our bed and breakfast. The following day my brother and I left Siena and drove west to Lucca, via Voltera and we both lamented to each other how much we missed having Claudia with us to enlighten our experience….. if I were to do it again I would have booked a third tour. If you… read more »

Delia
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Delia

Don’t miss this opportunity! We had a wonderful and memorable tour of Siena with Claudia, who speaks perfect English. She is not only extremely knowledgeable about art, history and architecture, but also about local customs and lore, as this is her hometown. We saw ancient places that we would have never seen without her, and her enthusiastic storytelling helped understand the history and meaning of important sites that would have been lost on us had we toured alone. You will have a much richer appreciation of the city of Siena and it’s people (and the Paleo) and I highly recommend… read more »

Abdullah
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Abdullah

Thank you Claudia … we had a lovely one full experience in both Siena and San Gimignano and it was nice meeting you and we will definitely coordinate with you again for our future trips

Jeff Ball
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Jeff Ball

My wife and I visited Tuscany last summer and first met Claudia in Florence, where she took us on a day tour of all of the main sites. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the art, architecture, and history of the city. Two days later we visited her hometown of Siena and again had a private tour with Claudia. Her enthusiasm and firsthand knowledge of the city deepened our appreciation of Siena as well as the history of it’s rivalry with Florence! She led us through the hills of Siena and it’s unique beauty. Very different from Florence but just as… read more »

Usami
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Usami

My wife and I visited Siena in September, 2018. Claudia guided the streets and the Cathedral of Siena that can not be traced by us alone. We were able to learn about some of the history of Siena and the Palio. Thanks to her love for Siena, we were able to have a very impressive experience.

Usami
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Usami

My wife and I visited Siena in September, 2018. Claudia guided the streets and the Cathedral of Siena that can not be traced by us alone. We were able to learn about some of the history of Siena and the Palio. Thanks to her love for Siena, we were able to have a very impressive experience.

Lynn Chapman
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Lynn Chapman

We visited Tuscany in the spring of 2018 and the owner of the B&B where we were staying arranged a tour of Siena with Claudia. Since she is a Siena native her enthusiasm for her city was very refreshing. Her knowledge was expansive and we really enjoyed our time with her. We especially loved hearing about the Paleo horse races. Would love to be there for that. I assure you that you will not be disappointed should you decide to spend your time with Claudia.
Lynn and Jim Chapman
North Carolina USA

John Leonbruno
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John Leonbruno

We had 8 family members in Siena this year. Claudia provided a walking tour of Siena to start our trip. She did such a great job, we booked her for a tour of Florence as well. She also traveled with us to Florence which greatly improved our ability to maneuver through traffic! She knows her stuff!!!
John and Mary Leonbruno (Ohio, USA)

Gordon and Laura
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Gordon and Laura

We had a wonderful tour of Siena with Claudia in April of 2018. Her knowledge of Siena is impressive and as far as we are concerned a must when visiting. When we get back we will definitely have her give us another tour.

Bob & Resa Hindle
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Bob & Resa Hindle

My wife Resa and I along with our friends Barbara & Mitchell visited Siena and stayed at Francis Lodge toward the end of October 2018. While visiting we had the pleasure experiencing a private walking tour guided by Claudia. Claudia’s knowledge, passion and pride for her hometown is truly unmatched. She enjoyed answering our questions and treated us as though we were her family. Claudia is a fabulous tour guide and the four of us highly recommend her! Thank you Claudia for being part of our amazing two week trip through Italy!!

Julia Burnier
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Julia Burnier

My husband and I visited Tuscany this past summer of 2018. One of our favorite days was the remarkable day we spent in the beautiful city of Siena with the best possible guide! Claudia grew up in Siena and knows the history of this ancient city like the back of her hand. She made the city and its history come alive for us. Her English is excellent and she is so knowledgeable about everything Siena. I cannot recommend her more highly. You will not be disappointed.

Mary Ellen Theel
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Mary Ellen Theel

If you are traveling in Tuscany, make it your priority to book a tour with Claudia. Her intimate knowledge of Siena — past and present — is a treasure in its own right. When we return to Tuscany, (hopefully soon) we look forward to booking one of her other tours.

Tm and Deborah Greene
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Tm and Deborah Greene

My wife and I visited Siena in March of this year and were fortunate to have a tour of the city with Claudia. When there are limited hours on vacation to get the true feeling and experience of the City we believe a knowledgable guide is essential. Claudia not only filled the bill but added a passion and exuberance for her city that made our afternoon with delightful. We were fortunate enough to be with her the day Contradas all marched with their flags and drum to the Church for the Easter blessing. You could feel the sound of the… read more »

Matt and Stephanie
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Awesome tour of Siena !

Kelle Brooks
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Kelle Brooks

Claudia’s walking tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Siena. She has a passion for her hometown that is infectious! She is so knowledgeable of Siena and it’s history. I told her many times she was like a walking encyclopedia. She took us off the beaten path to see many gems we totally would have missed otherwise. Another bonus was that with her, we were able to skip waiting in line for tickets to the Duomo di Siena, which felt like a gift of precious time. Inside, she shared her knowledge of the art and religious pieces.… read more »

Brad Gibson
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Brad Gibson

My wife and I visited Siena in early October 2018, as preparations were beginning for the “extra” Palio to commemorate the end of The Great War. Claudia was our personal tour guide and we were extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to learn from her. She gave us insight into the history of Siena, the contradas, the Cathedral and the history and culture of Siena. As a native of Siena, Claudia truly is an expert tour guide. We highly recommend Claudia!

mark and patricia
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mark and patricia

My husband and I are from the United States and spent 5 days in the Tuscany area in early November 2018. Claudia’s private tour of Siena was one of the highlights. We saw Siena through the eyes of a local who is very knowledgeable not only in the city but in art, history, architecture, etc… She told us and showed us things that would never be in a tour book. Claudia’s English is perfect. At the end of our tour we came to love the city as much as she does! Claudia was very accommodating to us (even showing me… read more »

Steve and Wanda
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Steve and Wanda

We spent an afternoon with Claudia in late October for a tour of the Siena Duomo and parts of the city. All of the previous recommendations for Claudia are quite accurate. Claudia was a wonderful guide, with deep personal connections to Siena. She is knowledgable, pleasant and adapts the tour to your interests. We are grateful to the owners of the inn we stayed at for recommending Claudia. Our visit to Siena was truly enhanced by our time with her.

Art Harlan
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Art Harlan

My wife and I are Americans and had Claudia as a tour guide on our first day in Siena. She is exceptional and we’d highly recommend her. She is professional, personable, knowledgeable and conducted an excellent walking tour of Siena. Great experience and we’d highly recommend this as a best way to get introduced to Siena. Claudia couldn’t have been a better guide.

F Lynn Foltzand Gigi Montgomery
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F Lynn Foltzand Gigi Montgomery

Claudia, as a tour guide you did an outstanding job with Gigi and myself — you were: timely, knowledgeable, well informed and obviously very intelligent. We loved hearing about your family and the history of Sienna.

Good luck with the olive and grape harvests. You simply made our trip to Siena truly enjoyable ….

thank you so much again !!!

Patti Moser
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Patti Moser

Hi Claudia,

Jeff and I cannot thank you enough for bringing Siena alive for us. Your passion about Siena’s history, the contradas, and the Palio made our visit very enlightening. Your exceptional knowledge of the cathedral and the art was very interesting and so beautiful. The impromtu ability to visit your home contrada and watching the drummers and flag throwers practicing for the upcoming Palio was an exceptional bonus. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon.

Tom Rempe & Julia Moretti
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Tom Rempe & Julia Moretti

Claudia was recommended to us by Mario of Aia Mottonata. She was warm & friendly and her passion for Siena was evident. We highly enjoyed learning about Siena’s history as well as the nuances of its architecture.

Kelle Brooks
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Kelle Brooks

Frances of Frances’ Lodge booked a tour of Siena for my husband and I with Claudia in July of 2018. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Tuscany! Claudia is like a walking encyclopedia with knowledge of Siena only a local would know. She truly has a passion for Siena and it is contagious. My husband and I would highly recommend Claudia as a guide if you are interested in learning about the culture of Siena, along with it’s centuries of history. You will not be disappointed! Our walking tour was three hours long and it went… read more »

Cathy
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Cathy

My husband and I are Americans who spent three days in Siena after a busy week long culinary tour and two days in Rome. We were looking to spend a relaxing time in a beautiful setting but also wanted to learn more about this fascinating city. Frances and Franco, hosts of Frances Lodge Relais where we stayed, highly recommended Claudia, a native of Siena. She was a terrific guide; incredibly knowledgable and passionate about her hometown. She told us so many things and took us to places that you won’t find in tour books. She’s very well educated, fluent in… read more »

Karen Cronin
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Karen Cronin

We found Claudia through some fellow walkers who toured San Gimignano with her, and were very glad we did. She spent an afternoon with us, and showed us aspects of Siena that we would never have seen on our own. Her background in art history, love for her native city, and her engaging personality made this an exceptional tour. And we loved her explanations of the contradas and the Palio. Claudia is a wonderful guide who certainly made our stay in Siena much more memorable.

Rita Bain
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Rita Bain

Claudia was recommended to us by some fellow travelers we met on a recent walking tour of Tuscany, and we were really glad they did! Claudia took us on a most enjoyable afternoon tour of Siena and customized our tour as we had already seen some of the more famous sites on our own. We really enjoyed her company and learned a lot especially regarding the contradas of Siena and the Palio. Claudia is a fabulous guide for Siena whether you are there for the first time or have been many times before. Thanks Claudia.

Ana Lotshaw
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Ana Lotshaw

We were so very fortunate to have Claudia as our guide in the beautiful city of Siena as part of a photography tour of Tuscany in May 2018. Claudia shows her pride and love of this city, not only by knowing its history but, introducing us to the spirit of Siena in its buildings and churches but most evidently in its people and culture. Claudia was just fantastic leading us around the city to see all the unique sights and meet interesting and friendly people of Siena. It was an amazing way to start our week in Tuscany!

Victoria Botto
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Victoria Botto

We’ve spent a great morning with Claudia in Siena. It is for sure a plus that she is from Siena so she told us very interested things and took us to hidden little places. Thanks Claudia!!

Cassandra Barbour
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Cassandra Barbour

I am terribly late in writing this review, but I would be remiss to not join in the chorus of singing Claudia’s praises! My niece and I spent a summer day with Claudia and our tour with her of Siena was a highlight of our Italian trip. Claudia is passionate, knowledgeable, and it was clear by all who encountered us that she is known and is admired by everyone in Siena! Even businesses and museums which were closed, opened their doors to allow us to share in their hidden treasures, all because of Claudia. It was a memorable day and… read more »

Neeta
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Neeta

My husband and I had the pleasure of taking a tour of Siena with Claudia this past October. Claudia is extremely knowledgeable about the history, culture and art of Siena and that combined with her passion for the town made for a memorable tour. She showed us details that we would have missed on our own and gave us a great overview of the town. I highly recommend a tour with Claudia to get the most out of a visit to Siena. She is fluent in English, truly loves her hometown and a very patient person – answering all our… read more »

Thompsons
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Thompsons

My husband and I visited Siena in September. Our B&B host recommended Claudia for a walking tour of Siena.

Claudia was lovely and spoke perfect English. She is passionate about her hometown. She showed us parts of the city that we would have never seen!

We highly recommend Claudia’s walking tour of Siena for a unique and memeorable experience!

Thompsons
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Thompsons

My husband and I visited Siena in September. Our B&B host recommended Claudia for a walking tour of Siena.

Claudia was lovely and spoke perfect English. She is passionate about her hometown. She showed us parts of the city that we would have never seen!

We highly recommend Claudia’s walking tour of Siena for a unique and memeorable experience!

Gary Olson
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Gary Olson

My wife and I had the opportunity to visit Siena in September of 2017. We stayed at Francis Lodge B&B with Francis and Franco, and they highly recommended Claudia for a personal tour of Siena. I was concerned that we would have trouble communicating , but Claudia spoke English very well and was very energetic. We were very engaged with Claudia, asking questions, discussing history, architecture, and local culture. She was very passionate about her culture, art, history, and local people and it brought Siena to life. She had great suggestions for us and they enhanced our experience. Because of… read more »

Sara McDougall
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Sara McDougall

Claudia was an exceptional tour guide and I highly recommend her! Her city tour of Siena was wonderful. We saw so many things and learned so much about this beautiful and fascinating city. It was the highlight of our visit to Siena.

Herbert Handler
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Herbert Handler

We toured Sienna with Claudia in June of 2017. We rarely take guided tours but are very happy we broke our pattern and spent the day with Claudia. She know and loves Sienna and this love permeated the day. Claudia showed us things (the old library) we certainly wouldn’t have seen, much less understood, on our own. We won’t hesitate to travel with Claudia again when we find our way back to Tuscany..

Kristen Garvie
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Kristen Garvie

My family and I had the pleasure of touring Siena with Claudia in August, 2017. She was professional and extremely knowledgeable about the city’s history and culture. We were a small group ranging in age from 11 to 75, and Claudia appealed to our varied interests (and attention levels). We gained so much insight into Siena’s place in Italian history with this tour, and I highly recommend Claudia as a guide.

Mike Chamberlin
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Mike Chamberlin

We were given Claudia’s business card by someone we meet at a B&B and was told she was the best most knowledgeable guide for the town of Siena. She was exactly what was told to us her knowledge of Siena along with the history of the Siena was wonderful. She explain everything with great passion and expertise along with answering any questions we had. She took us to stops in Siena that you would have never known to explore. She was very professional and flexible for times. If you are going to Siena I would highly recommend having Claudia as… read more »

Sheryl Argiro Bird
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Sheryl Argiro Bird

I had the pleasure of meeting Claudia in May 2016 as part of a photography workshop. Several of my fellow photographers have already stated their praises for Claudia so I wanted to add my voice to the group! I was so impressed with Claudia’s knowledge of Siena, but beyond that, I was impressed with her ability to convey that knowledge to a group of folks who (a) had just met and were busy getting to know each other; and (b) were easily distracted by the beauty around them and kept wanting to stop and take photos. She was patient, kind,… read more »

James Pierotti
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James Pierotti

As part of the above-mentioned photography group I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with Claudia. Her knowledge of Siena is encyclopedic and her persona is warm and casual. I especially liked the itinerary of our tour, which took in the neighborhoods of Siena, away from the tour bus sights. She was even gracious enough to serve as an impromptu model for one of our locations. I recommend her tour without reserve.

Drake Busath
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I had been to Siena a dozen times but I wanted a great local guide for our photographers group to get us beyond the tourist crush. We were lucky enough to find Claudia. Guiding photographers is like herding cats with all of our starts and stops. Claudia was delightful and patient. She tailored the afternoon to our needs, made changes on the fly and answered every question with an easy smile. Some guides get pretty set in their routine, but Claudia was flexible, friendly and sincere in her love for her native Siena. I highly recommend her.

Pamela and David
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Pamela and David

Claudia was highly recommended to us by owners of the inn where we stayed and we were delighted with the recommendation. Claudia is highly knowledgeable about the art, architecture, history and culture of Siena and the surrounding region and has a wonderful ability to put it all in context. Her passion for her subject is evident and she gave us an excellent sense of what it is like to live in Siena in the shadow of so much history. We have no hesitation in recommending Claudia as a guide.

Fred and Ann Colchin
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Fred and Ann Colchin

Claudia was recommended by the owners of a farmhouse B&B near Siena to lead us through on a guided tour of Siena during our visit in October 2016. This was our first visit to Siena after our yearly two weeks near Peccioli and we must say her personal knowledge of the city was invaluable and was also the key to a better understanding of the City and her history. (You can have no better guide anywhere than one who is born to the locale and so obviously loves it.) We ask many questions of all our guides, no matter where… read more »

Karen Morello
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Karen Morello

Our private tour with Claudia in September was definitely a highlight on our recent visit to Italy. This was our first visit to Sienna, and we really enjoyed being with her and exploring all the history, culture, and tradition of her beloved area. She is very knowledgeable and personable. We speak English and she did too! She made us feel like we were her personal invited guests to her lovely city. We highly recommend her if you want the perfect guide! Thanks, Claudia! Mike and Karen