"Dear Michaela,

Thank you for making our day on 17th September an unforgettable experience during our visit to the Borromeo islands. Everyone loved your excellent descriptions, sense of humor and fun, you certainly knew as much about the gardens as the palaces! You held everyone's attention for the whole day, a rare achievement and Anne and I felt that we could totally relax and enjoy ourselves too!" 

from Mrs Julia Fortescue and Mrs Anne Chambers from Kiftsgate - Cotswolds   England 

Dear Micaela,

Hope you and Davide (driver) are well.

We wanted to write to you to express our appreciation to both you and Davide for looking after us so well when we were in the Italian Lakes in August. From our first email contact with you until we met you and Davide in lake Maggiore, you were informative, professional and very pleasant. Being able to tailor our request to collect us from lake Orta, drive us to Stresa, give us a guided tour of the Borromean Islands and Isola Bella, and then drive us to Bellagio on lake Como, made our experience on that day absolutely memorable.

We were thrilled that you had organized our own speedboat with Alessandro to tour the Islands, and your knowledge of Italian history, architecture and art was remarkable.

Davide was a very personable and safe driver, and being able to leave our luggage with him for the day made it so easy to enjoy Lake Maggiore.

We are very grateful for your help and would highly recommend your services to any travellers who are looking for a memorable Italian Lakes experience. Thanks and kind regards

from Mrs Jane Jory and Mrs Sue Robinson

Sidney, Australia

We had a fantastic time on the Hillier Holiday in and around the Italian lakes with our Stresa Guide Micaela Lucini. She was extremely experienced, making the whole time run smoothly and efficiently. Every day was packed with interesting information about the beautiful lakes and gardens. Micaela is great fun and good company to be with, even understand the British sense humour. I really hope that we have the opportunity to revisit the area and meet up again. Thank you!

from Mrs Susan Robinson   "Hillier Garden Club"  ENGLAND

Isola Bella Tour.

"Micaela absolutely had this visit nailed. Happy, articulate and always ready with great suggestions, she guided our 7-person group with knowledge, ease and always a concern for the slowest person in the group. She never pushed. Her suggestions for lunch and other sights were spot on. We paid less for a quality lunch in the fishermen's village than we did ashore. 

What a delightful, relaxed personality! I would hire her again in a heartbeat! And my clients loved Stresa as a result."

from Mr Paul Diffley  California

Hi Micaela - I've just arrived home but wanted to send you a note of thanks for the wonderful tour of Orta San Giulio and the Island. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, and was impressed with your level of knowledge. I enjoyed meeting you!    

Best wishes, Marybeth

       from Ms Marybeth Allen - Florida USA  



Hello Michaela,

thank you for a wonderful tour and fun day to Formazza valley near Switzerland. To all who read this, don't miss out on a wonderful day with a wonderful tour guide, book your tour today!

     from Mrs Barbara Ganz, Miami Beach -  USA

"Many thanks for making my trip through Italy a big success. You have been a delight to be with. Much happiness in your future with every dream. Will think of you often and send pictures as soon as I get back home!"

            from Elisabeth Murray - St. Louis  USA 

5 star - fantastic tour of the Borromeo islands which was made even better by our fantastic guide Micaela - I wish we had more time with her as she was terrific!

from  Mr.  Bruce Oberfest  Chappaqua New York

Dear Michaela, thank you so much for the tour of the Borromean Islands. You imparted your wealth of knowledge in a clear, distinct manner, and your English is impeccable. It was a perfect day!

Thanks again,      Karen Schlosser   USA

Hi Micaela

Thank you so much for such a lovely day out. You made it so much fun and we even remember some of the facts you told us, such as look after your chair lift ticket!!

               from Liz & Mike Cunningham England

"Dear Michaela,

this is to thank you for making our holiday so very enjoyable. Your knowledge, friendliness and kindness to us all has enhanced our holiday and made us feel comfortable and at ease".

               from "The appreciative English"

"For being a part of creating the wonderful memories

  for sharing your passion for this surreal Lake   District with us,   We thank you!"  Sincerely,    

B. Scullion and K. Josha  USA

"Dear Mikaela,

thank you for your personal concern. I could never have made this trip without you. I wish you much success"

                          from Rosy Holden  USA

Hi Micaela, we had a fabulous time with you. It was a very knowledgeable and wonderful tour. Thank you so much!           from Mrs Tonya Sorrow Texas USA 

" Dear Micaela,

thank you very much for all you did for us. You made our holiday very enjoyable and informative. I will always remember your "cute" style of talking. Thanks again"         Deli' s husband  USA


"Because of our anniversary, because this was our first time to visit Italy and the Italian Lakes, this was very special for us. You helped to make it that way. It was very pleasant spending the week with you. Thank you!"

                          Deli, USA

"Dear Micaela,

thank you for making this holiday a wonderful experience in this beautiful region of Italy, by your guidance, assistance and personality. I would love to return, it is a painter's paradise, but time will tell. If you ever make it to Scotland I hope you will visit me. Meantime I wish you a fullfilling life and much happiness."

Sincerely      Anne Howard   Edinburgh

" Michaela,

thank you for your friendly and efficient organisation. We've had a lovely holiday!"

 Joy + Chris Cave with Barbara + Peter Knox   

               from England 

" The best guide ever" John L., Winchester

Alessandro Vidoli Micaela Lucini Stresa

Me (Micaela) and Alessandro, private boat captain 

for lake Maggiore and Borromean islands

A group of friends from Lyon, France 

Private tour of the Borromean Islands

The twelve American ladies. Hope's group. Private 

boat tour and visit to the Borromeo islands

Fishermen's island - tour of Borromeo islands with 

a Belgian groupe


Wine tasting with Tonya     A group of friends from 

and Charline                        Bergamo   

Barbara and David - Miami Beach USA - Toce Falls 

and Formazza Valley Private Tour

Students and Teachers of the University of

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia. Tour of isola Bella

The California Group.  Cable Car Trip to 

Mount Mottarone - Stresa

A group of friends from Chappaqua - New York

Tour of the Borromean islands

The California Group. Chairlift trip on Mount Mottarone

Chinese tourists on my guided tour of lake Orta 

British guests resting on a guided garden tour of 

Villa Taranto Gardens on lake Maggiore

"Very informative and friendly"   Laura and Mike

"Micaela is an outstanding guide. Her knowledge was highly impressive"  

A group from Philadelphia

American group. Mini cruise and guided boat tour in 

Orta San Giulio

Dorothy, one of my guests on a guided garden tour

in Bellagio, lake Como. She is relaxing in the gardens 

of Villa Melzi!