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"We enjoyed both tours very much.  Our guide was really knowledgeable and easygoing - an excellent combination. The tours are a good length.  The Milan highlights tour (the Duomo and Brera) was a very good foundation for us to appreciate Milan, and the Brera tour was remarkable. My personal favorite of the tour was the Bagatti and then the visit to the metal designer’s studio - it combined history and modern day vibrant Milan that was so much fun."
[Three American clients – June 2019]
"Good morning, the weekend in Bologna was perfect. Excellent organization. Thank you so much!"
[A couple traveling with us – June 2019]
"Dear Elisabetta, we all loved the tour! The combination was perfect and exactly what we wished for: an appealing introduction to Milan, for those who didn’t know the city and its variegated characteristics, but also a very good reason to come back again. Thank you so much for the organization and realization of such a great tour. Who designed and painted the beautiful memory cards?"
[A German client together with family and friends through the Brera district – May 2019]
"Thank you very much for the excellent organization and for the selection of the different topics during the past months!"
[A German client, who takes part to our annual culture program since years - April 2019]
“Greetings from the whole group and a special thank for the excellent organization. Everything was really fantastic and worked perfectly. You had prepared a really great programme!!! The hand-painted cards had a lot of success. Everything perfect, really great!”
[A German costumer celebrates her birthday with the whole family between Vicenza, Padua and Venice - April 2019]
“Thank you again for arranging an amazing trip. I will never forget the amazing art and studios I visited.”
[A client on an individual Mosaic trip through Bologna, Ravenna, Rimini, Faenza and Spilimbergo – March 2019]
“Dear Elisabetta, thank you again so much for the wonderful guided tour of yesterday, also with your precious architectural observations. It makes a big difference if you visit a museum with best informed and prepared tour guides.”
[A group of German ladies visiting the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan - February 2019]
“Dear Elisabetta, yesterday, while going home after the guided tour, I realized that those hours are to me a great personal enrichment every time. It was amazing again!”
[A group of German ladies visiting the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan - February 2019]
The first impressions were awesome! They were enthusiastic! I’ve been told that the tour in the private palace has been magical.
[Clients of a jewellery company – October 2018]
“Hello Elisabetta!! Very positive feedback! The supervisor was enthusiastic about your organization and about you as a person; the guide was very well prepared and the location for the aperitivo top. Excellent Elisabetta!”
[Company producing cosmetic products – September 2018]
“Very interesting visit: is it possible to organize a tour also in other modern districts such as Portello, Maciachini, Bicocca?”
[Visit of City Life district in Milan – September 2018]
“Everybody was satisfied. They positively made me notice also the care that was taken for every detail, such as the hand-made decorated card. Thanks for everything.”
[An association of professionals – September 2018]
Everyone enjoyed the tour with our guide. My son told me he thought it was really interesting and he also learned something new. Usually his attention span is quite short, so praise the guide! My parents in-law followed the suggestions for Monday. Thank you very much again also to Elisabetta for your tour. As always, perfectly organized.
[May 2018, a family from Germany]
The tour was really interesting, the guide knowledgeable, nice and polite and let us discover many glimpses, works and anecdotes which were unknown also to me, even thou I live in Milan since more than 50 years. I was very satisfied and also the Chinese delegation really appreciated the tour. Thank you for the extensive cooperation, also considering the short notice that we gave you. Without any doubt, if in the future we will have again a similar necessity, we will think about you.
[An Italian guest and his Chinese clients - April 2018]
"Elena just had to let u know that we had the perfect guide today! Paola was incredible! She is sooo terrific in her knowledge and passion for everything Florentine! We cannot thank you and her enough for a perfect day. We also asked for dinner recommendations and got a wonderful one from her. We cannot wait to have our day with her tomorrow and just had to give her the very highest marks for a job so very well done. She is just the very best!! Thanks so much for helping us have these great guided days in Florence. Will always pass on to any friends coming this way to use y’all. Many many thanks!" 
[Client from the USA in Florence, April 2018 ]
“Today’s visit at the archaeological museum was really nice and interesting.
Something new for us, and not only for me: I have always skipped the archaeological part and I had never seen the towers before. The nice and pleasant archaeologist, who was our enthusiastic guide, made it possible for the visit to be interesting, entertaining and funny at the same time with a charming style.”
[A loyal group of clients with membership visiting the Archaeological Museum in Milan - February 2018 ]
“I wanted to thank you again for a trip of a lifetime. You make it seem effortless, but it was clear to me how much research, planning and skill in execution went into our trip. My heartfelt thanks to you Elena.”
[An American guest from the 7 days Mosaic Tour – October 2017]
Elena! I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful, carefree trip!  It was marvelous!  I will certainly recommend you to anyone going to Italy.
[A group of clients from USA in our mosaic tour - 12 October 2017]
Elena, you were wonderful and went above and beyond to help them, including on that Saturday when you were not scheduled to be with them.  
The trip went very well, so thank you for all your help and advice. I will be contacting you next time!
[A group of American students of fashion in Milan, September 2017]
"Tutto benissimo, Lauren super contenta. Non sapeva cosa aspettarsi e trovarsi immersa in tutta questa meraviglia è stato unico. Non è stata solo la prima volta in Italia ma anche la prima volta in Europa: dovevi vedere la sua faccia alla vista del Duomo! La guida strepitosa...anche nel momento del crollo fisico delle due viaggiatrici ha rimediato con un meraviglioso caffè napoletano sulla via di San Maurizio!
Elena Sisti fa sempre centro nelle sue scelte".
[A little group of American people guest of an itinerary in the city centre of Milan with visit of the Duomo and Da Vinci's Last Supper, July 2017]
Everything was perfect! So thankful you were able to get tickets to see Davinci's "Last Supper"! Our guide was knowledgeable and delightful!!
[An American couple guest of an itinerary in the city centre of Milan with visit of Da Vinci's Last Supper, May 2017]
I had a wonderful day with Elena. The tour was very interesting and Elena was very kind with my walking issues. Crespi was fascinating and Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo was breathtaking!  One of the most beautiful, fascinating churches I have been to see and I have seen a large number. 
Casual was absolutely lovely and the food delicious. Elena was a charming lunch companion. 
Your gift was very sweet. Thank you. 
I was very happy with all of your efforts on my behalf and would thoroughly recommend you and Elena Marchesi. 
[A Canadian client in a day trip in Crespi d'Adda and Bergamo, May 2017]
L’albergo una chicca e la guida perfetta; eravamo emozionati anche per la visita al Cenacolo.
[A couple guest of a guided visit at the Last Supper and in the 5Vie neighbourhood in Milano, March 2017]
I clienti si sono dimostrati entusiasti del tour e hanno visto Milano sotto una prospettiva diversa da quella che avrebbero avuto con un classico giro della città. Gli sono piaciute molto le tappe e si sono trovati anche molto bene con la guida che li ha seguiti.
[Company's guests at the itinerary "Taylormade Jewellery" in Milan, March 2017]
"Grazie mille per la visita guidata di oggi. I nostri ospiti ringraziano moltissimo per  le guide di entrambi i gruppi per la loro cordialità e la passione che hanno messo nella guida"
[Two company's group at a guided visit in Milan's Cathedral and in its archaeological area, February 2017]
La visita è stata ottimamente organizzata e il nostro Cicerone ben preparato. Ci ha entusismate con la sua narrazione e ha risposto anche a molte altre curiosità e domande.
[A group of friends at the itinerary "Claudia Gian Ferrari Collection" at Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan, January 2017]
La visita sia al quartiere che a Villa Necchi Campiglio è stata molto piacevole e ricca di contenuti. La guida ha risposto con ulteriori excursus alle numerose domande poste lungo il cammino. Sicuramente un'esperienza particolare, da consigliare e soprattutto da ripetere, per scoprire altre aree di Milano.
[A group of friends at the itinerary "Stories and Houses: Architectural Route" in Milan, December 2016]
L’architetto che ci ha guidati ha svolto egregiamente il suo lavoro secondo il brief dato.
I ragazzi sono stati contenti e hanno potuto godere appieno della visita e per quanto vi riguarda il servizio offerto è stato impeccabile.
[A group of Politecnico's students of Architecture at a guided visit of Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan, November 2016]
Alberto è stato un'ottima guida, molto preparato e appassionato! Ci ha trasportato in un mondo di poesia e di storia. Davvero bellissimo!
E' riuscito in poco tempo a dare una idea chiara e appassionante del mondo pittorico in oggetto!!!

Ho trovato la mostra molto appassionante ed interessante…..e lo dico io che solitamente non amo molto la cultura Giapponese.  A contribuire a rendere la visita speciale è stato certamente Alberto, bravissimo.
[Guests of the guided visit at the exhibition in Milan's Palazzo Reale "Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro. Luoghi e volti del Giappone che ha conquistato l'Occidente", October 2016]
Desidero manifestarLe il più sincero ringraziamento per essere stato compartecipe dell'iniziativa.
Con sincero apprezzamento mi pregio significarLe che il pomeriggio di sabato è stato - nel suo iter - un'autentica continua sorpresa.
La visita accompagnata alla casa museo Bagatti Valsecchi si è svolta con piacevole interesse e mi ha consentito di assaporare preziose novità su temi, curiosità e suppellettili, sfuggite in precedenti visite. L'accompagnatore - nel rispetto dei tempi pianificati - è riuscito a mantenere alta l'attenzione in tutto il percorso espositivo, rispondendo in modo esaustivo alle curiosità espresse dalla nostra piccola comitiva. 
Per ultimo, ma sicuramente una vera e propria "chicca", è risultata la visita al negozio/laboratorio: un momento che mi ha aperto gli occhi su un mondo pazzescamente sconosciuto. Vere e proprie opere d'arte in creazione da parte di un artigiano d'altri tempi, una vera e propria eccellenza che mi ha toccato per la cura e la dedizione prestate.
Complimenti a tutti. Evviva queste iniziative.
[A guest of the itinerary "Historical and precious leathers" in Milan, October 2016]
La visita è stata molto positiva; credo innanzitutto, abbiate trovato un’ottima formula, che permette una visita mirata e di approfondimento anche sulle singole curiosità dei partecipanti. Il gruppo ristretto di partecipanti, permette infatti di avere un rapporto quasi colloquiale con la guida.
La guida è stata una vera sorpresa, molto preparato sul palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi e sulla storia milanese del periodo. E per un milanese come me è stato molto interessante, anche il contesto storico.
Il tragitto tra la residenza e la bottega , è stata l’occasione per altro di spaziare anche su altri angoli di Milano, altrettanto importanti.
La bottega personalmente è stato il momento più interessante del percorso; mi aveva infatti colpito la vs proposta, poiché molto interessato alla fabbricazione di scarpe a mano e con pellami pregiati.
Direi che ho avuto piena soddisfazione.
Quindi…..complimenti!!!!! ottima proposta
[A guest of the itinerary "Historical and precious leathers" in Milan, October 2016]
Hi Elena,
We had a great time. I already knew that Milan is a beautiful city but now the others of our group know it as well. Some of them were even very surprised. They had not expected that Milan has so much to offer. I have heard almost everyone say that they want to go back one time. I certainly will. We loved the cycling. We always do a bike tour when we visit a city. It is such a good way to see a lot of a city in a relatively short time. It enables to cover much more ground compared to walking whilst you see, smell and hear the same and can stop as easy for a closer look or for a cup of coffee. We found Milan very easy to cycle around. Your guides have done a very well job. Truly nice persons and they certainly know a lot about the city. Their English is very good and they were very flexible. We are very satisfied with the way you arranged it. Thank you. I will certainly recommend you.

[A Dutch group guest of a bike tour in Milan, September 2016]
Dear Elena,
Thank you very much for providing us with an amazing tour guide today! Elena was extraordinary! My husband and I so enjoyed our time with Elena. We both felt that Elena enriched our experience beyond expectations. She is so knowledgeable and exudes a passion for art and the Renaissance of Milano. 
Thank you so very much! Elena made our experience and my birthday one to always remember. 

[A couple from U.S.A. at the guided visit of Leonardo's Last Supper, September 2016]
The trip organized by you and Elesta was a totally good surprise (...). It was indeed the result of good planning and of course, it had also to do with the participation of the high level team that works with you. (...)
I am already telling about you and Elesta to all my friends and colleagues. I thank you very much for the precise planning and of course whenever I come back to Italy will be willing to have you plan my trip...
Thanks a lot for everything, it was a great experience that will be among the mest memories of my life. All my collegues tell me that I came back lit...  it has to be true, it was a fantastic adventure in a dream scenary ....

[A Brazilian lady in a ten days journey between Napoli, Pompei, Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi and Ravello, July 2016]
It was a pleasure for me to join this tour after many busy days, and I enjoyed the tour very much. It was something else and unexpected in a very positive way.
I don't have any negative feedback to give, only positive. I liked how the trip was organized, and the guide we had was very well educated and talked clear and gave us good information. Not too much, and not too little. It was just perfect!
[A Norwegian ICOM delegate guest of the tour "A silence walk", July 2016]
The tour in Milan with your agency was a highlight of my stay in your beautiful city. It was extremely well organized; your guide was competent, anxious and inspiring. It was a privilege to be able to enter De Lucchi’s workshop!
Thank you very much!
[An Austrian ICOM delegate guest of the tour "The love of Milan for De Lucchi", July 2016]
Your tour of de Lucchi  highlights in Milan was one of the highlights of my visit to your beautiful city. Many thanks for your insights and enthusiasm. An excellent tour.
[An Australian ICOM delegate guest of the tour "The love of Milan for De Lucchi", July 2016]
I appreciated the tour very much. The equipment (wireless mic and headphones) worked well. The information which was delivered was great. I liked especially the Unicredit Pavillion and the De Lucchi Laboratories. But also the walk through Milan and the Casa Manzoni with its exhibition was nice. I liked the tour really and I can recommend it also for others.
[A German ICOM delegate guest of the tour "The love of Milan for De Lucchi", July 2016]
"We have enjoyed 6 wonderfuld days thanks to Elena Sisti and her firm. They made us feeel special, by asking first of all about our preferences, background and purposes on traveling and made a programme with tours and especialized guides based on that. They
madea continuos follow up and help us to fell very confortable. No doubt we will keep in touch for asking their services again when we went back to Italy."

[An Argentinian couple guest of a six days tour on medicine's history, between Bologna, Ferrara, Mantova, Cremona and Pavia, June-July 2016]

 “Io sono rimasta entusiasta della nostra uscita, ne ho parlato con tutte le persone che mi sono capitate a tiro di chiacchierata. La vostra organizzazione è stata impeccabile e l’itinerario scelto sorprendente ed entusiasmante.  La sfida a questo punto potrebbe essere proprio questa, prefiggersi di sorprenderci ed entusiasmarci sempre ad ogni incontro con scelte non convenzionali, come è stato per questo primo itinerario. “

[Guest of the tour at the Isola district in Milan, June 2016]

"As usual, in visits organized by you, they were all absolutely enthusiastic. I was totally enthuisiastic: the guide has really got me close to the Futurism and the exhibition, without her explanations, would have for me only half of its value.​"

[A German lady at the exhibition on Boccioni at Palazzo Reale in Milan, June 2016]

"The visit of yesterday was the best that I have ever done in my life.​"

[A German lady guest of the tour in the church of Sant'Eustorgio in Milan, May 2016]

“Care Elena ed Elisabetta, grazie mille dell'efficientissimo servizio di sabato. Super taylor made!! La guida è stata bravissima.”

[A guest of the tour on 5 Vie, May 2016]

"Thanks a lot again for the visit: we have enjoyed very much that moment, a great success! It's fantastic that you show us Milanese treasures!​"

[A group of German ladies guests of the tour on the ancient Milan's families, April 2016]

Grazie abbiamo passato una giornata meravigliosa !!!!!! Niccolò felicissimo!!!!!!

Organizzazione perfetta, il tour interessantissimo e la guida preparatissima, carinissima …. una delizia !!!!!!

Grazie anche per aver suggerito il finale alle terme …. non ero mai stata sono bellissime!

[A couple guest of the tour "From pagans to Christians", April 2016]

We had an awesome time thanks to your outstanding organization. The stay could not be better ... at home ... a wonder! The visit with the guide was very interesting and varied. She quickly realized our desires and so we had a wonderful morning full of information. Lunch at Camparino was wonderful as we were sitting with a fantastic view of the Duomo. Thank you so much from all of us.

[Four guests from Germany, November 2015]

"We had such a nice time and thoroughly enjoyed our time with Giovanna.  She was so enthusiastic about Gio Ponti and his work and really wanted to give us as much information as possible and she did! It was great because not only did we learn a lot about Gio Ponti and his work but we also saw a lot of different neighborhoods in Milan. We would highly recommend Giovanna as a guide and hope to return to Milan and learn more about the galleries and art in the area.


[A guest from U.S.A. of tour on Gio Ponti, November 2015]

"La giornata è stata davvero splendida! Sara è davvero una persona speciale e uno storico dell'arte con una conoscenza vastissima della materia. La guida ideale per il nostro piccolo ma esigente gruppo! Il timing della tua organizzazione Elena è stato perfetto. L'attenzione e l'amore che metti nel tuo lavoro è palpabile! Questo valore aggiunto è inestimabile."

[Guest of the tour Milan in bloom, April 2015]

“Christian è molto preparato ed è stato esauriente, disponibile, come un conoscente che incontri per caso e passa due ore a raccontarti una cosa che l’appassiona e che avresti voglia di ascoltare ancora.”

[Guest of the visit at the Chiesa della Passione, November 2014]

"Grazie dell interessantissima e affascinante esperienza! E grazie per l'impeccabile organizzazione, frutto di un bel lavoro di documentazione e contatti: davvero brave!"

[Guest of the Fashion Tour in Milano, November 2014]

“Just a note to let you know how very impressed we were with the amazing tour you provided today. Not only were you incredibly knowledgeable but also so very attentive and thoughtful for the four hours you immersed us in the history of Milan. Suffice it to say you provided insights none of us will forget and all of us agreed Lorella qualified as one of the best we have ever interacted with in decades of traveling to many corners of the globe.”

[Two families from U.S.A. at the discovery of Leonardo in Milan, June 2014]

Photo by Emanuela Colombo, Beatrice Costa, Elisabetta Gavazzi, Elena Artoni, Rossano Valeri

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