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Giovanni, As a remembrance comes to mind, we like to reach out and thank the person who was instrumental in putting it there. Wishing a happy holiday season and a fantastic new year to our favorite guide and friend. John and Jeanne Logtens
Dear Luisella & Giovanni, We are back home from our amazing trip to Venice, Florence, Rome, and Paris! Thank your for your referral of Giovanni Giammei! Our trip to Italy has been the biggest and greatest travel trill of our lives. Both of you were instrumental to capture the best in customer care, kindness, friendship, and service experience. We booked with Giovanni a super intense full/full day tour and an additional two half days tours during our visit to Rome. His friendly, kind, and caring attention to details toward us will never be forgotten. It was great working with him prior to the tour and then everything discussed and requested via emails was provided and exceeded all of our expectations. He was passionate, knowledgeable, professional, and a fantastic tour guide. We learned so much from him, but even more importantly to us – the feeling of being welcomed and being treated as a family friend member. We both have been dreaming for a very long time for the opportunity to visit Italy for a special occasion – and finally our wonderful dream became a perfect reality full of unforgettable memories, friends, and treasured moments! We are highly looking forward to seeing both of you during our next trip to Italy! Best Regards, Luis & Michelle Santoyo
Thanks Giovanni for arranging Anna Maria to take us to see the Pope! She is lovely. We couldn’t believe how close the Pope was to us because of the seating and an adorable little girl! We will never forget this! Hope you enjoyed your holiday as well! Diane
“We were so happy with Giovanni Giammei, a licensed tour guide in Rome. He picked us up promptly at our hotel and drove us to Tivoli to see Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. He was courteous, caring and very knowledgeable. He breathed life into the ruins of Hadrian’s Villa – so that we could imagine being there in the early 2nd century A.D.! We loved learning about the architectural methods used in the massive project and about the personality of Hadrian. So too for Villa d’Este. Giovanni explained the motivation for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este to build the villa and the significance and inspiration for the many paintings, sculptures and fountains. At first overwhelmed by the grandeur, with Giovanni’s help we were able to understand the many parts that formed this monumental project. We look forward to seeing him on our next trip to Rome. He described his tour of the Etruscan necropolis and we knew we had to return to take it! Giovanni also provides day tours for passengers on cruise ships in Civitavecchia. So whether by land or sea, we highly recommend Giovanni!”
Giovanni, I was asked about my tour guide in Rome via Trip Advisor. Of course I will highly recommend you! Do you mind if I give out your name and email address on Trip Advisor? And thank you so much for our tours. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you and learned so much! -Stewart Kiner
Hello Giovanni, I want to thank you for arranging all our car transfers which were perfect in every way and also for taking me sightseeing at the Villa Farnesina to see the Raphael frescos which were absolutely beautiful. I am very pleased to have met you and I look forward to working with you in the future. GRAZIE, Marianna
Hi Giovanni – thanks so much for this afternoon’s tour – loved it – let me know when and how I can assist you in setting up a trip to Israel – I believe that you will love it
All best Steve
We had a WONDERFUL tour with you Giovanni!! Grazie for showing us your beautiful city!!! When we return, we will hire you again. Until then we tell our friends who come! I sent the selfies! With gratitude!!! Vikki ( and Jordan)
Good Evening Giovanni
I wanted to send these off to you before I forgot and how could I possibly forget that magical day? There is no way the seven of us could ever thank you enough for our amazing tour of Roma!
You were Herculean in your ability to show us so much of your history packed city in seven hours. You lead us from one breathtaking site to another. Who can say they “got stuck” in the Sistine Chapel for at least 45 minutes?? Or when I rounded the corner and there was the Pantheon! I stood there in stunned silence(but only for a moment as I had to catch up)! Ha!
Your understanding of Italy’s treasures and history brought the past to life for us and we are truly grateful. I can’t imagine that we missed a single sight!
Thanks so much and Ciao! We really had a wonderful time!
Last May, you gave us a wonderful tour of the Vatican. Are you still doing tours? I have friends who may be interested in your panoramic tour plus a tour of the Vatican, specifically the Sistine Chapel. They will only be in Rome for one day in early March and will be traveling by train from Orvieto.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Photo of our group attached!
“Giovanni was highly recommended to us for our trip to Rome as a tour guide and we enjoyed spending two days touring the city sights and Vatican with him. He was able to get us into the Vatican without the long wait and took us around so that we could make the most of our time. Our son especially enjoyed the one on one attention and learning about the Coliseum and more. It was a wonderful way to enjoy Rome and when we left for the cruise terminal he provided reliable transportation at same cost as taxi. Giovanni made learning fun for our son and enjoyable for all.”
Hello Giovanni, We just wanted to thank you again for being such a wonderful tour guide through Rome. We have your card and will make sure that any of our friends who visit Rome will call you to take them around. We enjoyed the rest of our stay in Italy …especially Tuscany. I drove those roads like a “pro” and enjoyed all the wonderful villages. We even found a Chestnut Festival. Our last stop, Venice, was a little more difficult for Walter to maneuver. I think the steps on all the bridges make walking less enjoyable for him. BUT, all in all, we fell in love with Italy!! Again, thank you and please know that our home in Pennsylvania is open to you and your family when you visit the US. Many thanks!!
I hope all is well with you. Life has been very busy since our return from Italy over 3 weeks ago, but I just wanted to say Thank You again for touring us around Rome. Your insights and knowledge about the city made the day truly memorable and definitely made us want to come back someday. We continue to show our friends and family many of the pictures from our day in Rome and the book you gave us has been a wonderful reference to all that we saw that day.
Thanks again for great day in The Eternal City. Let us know if you ever get to travel to Dallas, Texas. We would enjoy showing you our city someday.
Michael & Karen
Jeanne and I were talking last night about the fabulous trip to Rome and Greece. We so much enjoyed our time with you, not only the sights and history lessons, but the talks, food, and general conversations. In the short time we spent with you, we consider you a true friend. We hope you are doing well and look forward to seeing you again, if Pope Leo XIII allows. 🙂
John & Jeanne Logtens
Johnny and I wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful experience in Rome. We will definitely recommend you to anyone we know going to Rome!
We learned so much (and realized how much more we need to learn) and so enjoyed having you as our teacher.
All the best,
Hi Giovanni: just wanted to let you know we had an excellent tour of Ancient Rome with Simona. She was a pleasure to be with. Wish I had all her knowledge.
Here are the pictures that I promised you. It was great to see you again. Till the next time…..
Hello. We had a great time and a wonderful learning experience. Thanks you! The book I told you is called “Arde Paris?” This is the title in Spanish. The author is Dominque Lapierre and Larry Collins. You should enjoy it. The movie we told you is called “The Eagle”. You should also enjoy it. Thanks again!
Dr. Claudio Bernaschina
We so enjoyed your tour very much and enjoyed your company. Gratzi!
Also your ristorante recommendation, Enzo, was tutti Buona! Excellent and thank you! I would definitely recommend this restaurant again.
Please come see us in California at the winery!
I just wanted to thank you for setting up our Tour, We had an out standing time. Everyone was very happy that we booked a guide, Simona, our guide did a wonderful job, the addition of the head sets was a great call on your part. Thank you.
Just as a suggestion to others when using the head set, I know they come with the green ear peace, but I used my own, and the clarity was much better. But overall having the use of the head sets was great, could not think of how hard it would be not having them.
Again thank you and Simona for taking such good care of us.
Just wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful tour. My family and I enjoyed the extremely informative and inspirational tour you gave.
I looked up the question about the pope having a confessor. He has a confessor, usually a priest of his choice. Good question for your future tours. That way you will always remember us.
Ciao and God bless,
Giovanni‐ Thank you so much for ALL the photos!!!!! I was a great pleasure to have spent these last 4 days with you. I hope to see you again! When
I make it back to Rome with my family, I will look you up. Arrivederci!
Steve Field, Director of Photography.
Remember us?! We apologize for the delay in writing to you. Our work here is sometimes demanding. (We are ready to run away to Rome again!) Steve and I feel so privileged to have experienced Rome with you. We thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm. You provided more history, art and great background stories than we could have ever imagined.
Though our visit was very short, you managed to cover all of our wish list and more! You are truly the best at guiding visitors through Rome! We will cherish our memories!
When we return to see Venice and Florence, we know you will lead us in the right direction. We hope you will visit the US one day, when you do, please look us up!
Most fondly yours,
Carol and Steve Goldman
I would like to highly recommend Giovanni to be your tour guide. We used his services on out trip to Rome in 2010. He was professional and knowledgeable. I would definitely use his services again on a return trip. He had our tours arranged ahead of time and tickets purchased in advance so we were able to accomplish alot in a short time period. He made our trip to Rome an adventure of a lifetime!
For our 30th wedding anniversary in June 2011, we visited Rome for 6 days. Having heard about Gianni’s services through a business colleague, we gave him some rough ideas of what we wanted to do and see, and he made it all happen – Roma Antica, Roma Barocca, Il Vaticano, etc. Prior to our making final arrangements for the trip, Gianni reviewed our plans with us and made some suggestions that added tremendously to the experience. From the selection of a hotel which was strategically located yet within our budget, to the itinerary, which was comprehensive yet not overly ambitious he made this a very powerful experience for us. We saw what we considered to be the most important sites efficiently and pleasantly. We have used a number of guide services in other cities around Europe, and found Gianni’s access and scheduling to be unparalleled. With his deep background in architecture and history, Gianni gave us a level of understanding well-beyond that of an ordinary guide. On a personal level, he was punctual and very accomodating to our needs and desires. As an example, because I am an Italian language student while my wife speaks only English but appreciates the Italian language, he would conduct the tours and speak to us variously in both English and in Italian. He is absolutely fluent in both languages and translates his insights beautifully. Gianni was clear about his billings and more than fair in the rates he charged. We felt like we got a tremendous value from his services and, during the brief course of our 6 day tour, he became a friend that we will call upon again when we return to Rome or the surrounding area. If anyone cares to contact me personally about this, I (Joe) can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Buon viaggio!
Here is a picture of Bob and I. The rest of our trip was fabulous – everything we saw was beautiful. It was definitely the best vacation we have had.
We had a wonderful day with you. When others we talked to mentioned the crowds in the Vatican museum we realized how lucky we were to be with you and all your knowledge. If we ever come back to Rome or anyone we know is visiting we will definitely contact you.
Our family has had incredible tours of Rome and environs led by Giovanni three times–once just my husband and me, once with a large extended family group, and once with both children and elderly parents with mobility issues. In all cases, Giovanni gave us the best service imaginable–in-depth knowledge of the history, culture, politics and art of ancient Rome, plus great restaurant advice (most fun was when he joined us for meals), comfortable van, all done with such calm and cheer. We have recommended his services countless times, and friends always come back and say that their time with Giovanni was the highlight of their trip. We now go out of way to go to Rome just so we can see Giovanni–he’s become like a member of the family! We can’t recommend him highly enough.
THIS IS THE SECONT VISIT TO ROME WITH GRANDCHILDREN, AND WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE GIOVANNI AS OUR GUIDE FOR 2 DAYS. EACH TIME. HE TOOK US TO ALL THE MUST SEE SIGHTS, AND A FEW MORE ! HIS KNOWLEDGE OF ROMAN HISTORY IS VAST, AND HE MADE THE MOST OF OUT TIME TOGETHER… ONE OF THE BEST ADVANTAGES WAS NOT HAVING TO WAIT ON LINE FOR ADMISSION TO VARIOUS SIGHTS, AS HE HAD PURCHASED THE TICKETS IN ADVANCE.
HE WAS ALSO VERY PATIENT WITH THE CHILDREN, ANSWERING ALL THEIR QUESTIONS, AND KEEPING THEM INTERESTED ( WHICH WAS A CHALLENGE ! )
WE WILL BE RETURNING WITH MORE GRANDKIDS NEXT FEBRUARY, AND HOPE TO HAVE GIOVANNI AS OUR GUIDE ONCE MORE. HE IS DEFINITELY THE BEST !