My wife and I were fortunate enough to have found Silvia’s website while we were planning a trip to Italy. I sent Silvia an email requesting more information about her services and fees. Her response was timely and very professional.
Based on this initial interaction, I decided to have a video conference with Silvia to personalize our tour itinerary. Please note that the video conference is not free – there is a nominal fee to compensate Silvia for her time. I found it to be incredibly valuable to discuss my personal goals for the trip in detail, explore the various tour options Silvia offers, and the logistics of visiting Bologna. I HIGHLY recommend that you engage Silvia for a one hour planning session to develop your itinerary when visiting Bologna. We did the video conference roughly six months before our travels began. Based on Silvia’s recommendations, my wife and I opted to do a 1/2 day tour of Bologna on the afternoon of our arrival, focusing on the food and wine of Bologna. The next day we did a full day tour of the areas surrounding Bologna where we visited hill towns, villages, and had a fabulous lunch at an agriturismo in the countryside, all organized by Silvia.
Silvia was in contact with us prior to our arrival in Bologna – just to make sure our trip was progressing well. We made final arrangements for a meeting place and time. Sure enough Silvia arrived on time (actually early). We found Silvia to be incredibly personable, and knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm for Bologna is remarkable and infectious. On our first tour we explored all through the historic city center of Bologna and had a fabulous time. Our second tour was a very different experience, but every bit as enjoyable. We left the hubbub of central Bologna and drove out into the countryside. The scenery is spectacular, as were the small towns and villages we visited. As mentioned above, we had lunch at an agriturismo picked by Silvia. The delicious, artisanal food was of the highest quality and all locally sourced.
Because Silvia took the time to understand our travel wishlist and desires she was able to construct a perfect itinerary for our short time in Bologna. We had an absolutely great visit, all due to Silvia. We highly recommend Silvia to anyone considering even a short visit to Bologna.