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Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours

Stresa, Italy
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About Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
Dear travellers, I'm Micaela Lucini, a true local and experienced private guide in Stresa and I am back! Italy, just like many other countries, has gone through very tough times, but I am glad to inform you that Stresa, lake Maggiore, lake Orta as well as the rest of Italy are now back to normal! All tourist attractions on lake Maggiore, including the Borromean islands, reopened to the public last May. Most of the hotels, bars and restaurants are open and foreigner travellers from EU are able to enter Italy for holiday! From July it will also be possible to enter Italy for vacation from many more countries around the world. So, please, feel free to get in touch in me if you are planning or just dreaming of your next holiday around lake Maggiore and wish to know more about my private tours and also if you have questions about safety or any other question about staying in Stresa or in the Italian lake district! I will be happy to answer your doubts. Stay safe! Ciao, Micaela
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Chris W wrote a review Nov 2021
Dallas, Texas8 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a wonderful morning with Micaela on Lake Orta. We travelled to Lake Orta from Alba before heading back to Turin. This was the perfect break between the two. We spent about 2.5 hours touring the town + island. Micaela is incredibly knowledgable and engaging. This was one of the best tours we have ever done.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Wendy B wrote a review Sep 2021
Orange, California15 contributions14 helpful votes
I first contacted Micaela from US asking many questions about Covid and travel to Italy. We kept in touch for a good part of 2020/21. Each time I asked questions, sometimes complex, she quickly answered each with thorough answers, sometimes having to do with government restrictions and requiring research. With Micaela’s guidance, assistance and positive reassurance, we finally found ourselves in beautiful Stresa. Micaela met us on time and it was a pleasant meeting we were both looking forward to. We felt like good friends after communicating for such a long period. Any tour you plan with Micaela will be handled enthusiastically and efficiently. She is a true gem!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from Micaela Stresa ... L, Proprietario at Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
Responded 9 Oct 2021
Dear Wendy, thank you so much for writing this amazing review! It was such a beautiful moment when we met in Stresa after being in touch for long and I am so glad you were able to come and enjoy lake Maggiore. It was lovely that we could meet just for a quick "hello" even though I was not available in those days to guide you around. Thanks for writing this positive message that may help other travellers feel more confident about travelling again. Ciao! Best wishes, Micaela
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Kerstin wrote a review Jul 2021
Muenster, Germany7 contributions
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The boat tour was a gift for my parents. The communication with Micaela in advance was absolutely great. My parents were picked up on time at the agreed location. The tour was an absolute highlight. Micaela was so lovely. My parents learned a lot but they also had a lot of time to enjoy the amazing view and the tour. The sun, cold drinks, a great boat and a wonderful view, my parents were so overwhelmed and recommend this tour to everyone. Switch off and enjoy the tour or put it another way „il dolce far niente“. Thank you again to Micaela.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from Micaela Stresa ... L, Proprietario at Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
Responded 11 Jul 2021
Dear Kerstin, Thank you so much for your positive review. It is a good idea to get in touch directlly with me before choosing one of my tours or local experiences on lake Maggiore, so that I can suggest the best options tailored to customers' needs. The boat captain and I are delighted to know that your parents truly enjoyed their private boat tour on lake Maggiore before sunset with us. Grazie and ciao from lago Maggiore! Micaela
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Cecelia K wrote a review Sep 2020
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My husband and I recently spent a week in the Lago Maggiore area, after not having gone anywhere since March. We were and still are very concerned about guarding against COVID and wanted to take as many precautions as we could, while still enjoying a one-week getaway. We were distancing ourselves, eating outside whenever possible, wearing our masks, and always had sanitizing supplies with us. We had never before been to Italy and we had never before hired a private guide and we were not sure what to expect. We gave it a try, especially so we wouldn’t expose ourselves to too many people too close together for too long. We first read about Micaela from Tripadvisor, but then we read about a lot more of what she had to offer on her website. She was very responsive to all of our emails and questions. Well, hiring Micaela was our best decision! We spent two whole days and two partial days with her and we are so glad we did. It was soooo worth it! For our first tour with her, we explored the three Borromean Islands, getting around with a private boat. We met at the boat landing at the Piazzale Lido near the cable car to Mt. Mottarone (our hotel was conveniently nearby). Micaela shared her knowledge of the rich history, art, and culture of the area, as well as her extensive knowledge of the local flora. The palace and its history on Isola Bella was amazing, as well as the very beautiful ten-level terraced and sculptured gardens, where we also learned about the citron. We ate a most delicious lunch on Isola Pescatore (our best meal)! This island was so quaint and chock-full of character. At Isola Madre, we much enjoyed visiting the country villa and equally beautiful, but different English-style gardens. It was a fabulous day! We also took a private boat to Caterina del Sasso (partial day), which was stunning. We learned how the monastery came to be, about the frescoes, the religious order and more. It’s rock-hugging location is awesome. For our off-the-beaten-path tour, we took a very pleasant walk to the outskirts of Orta San Giulio, seeing the non-touristy side - how people live and what they do, learning more about this area and ending up at a very small typical old-time village. We then walked along lovely Lake Orta to the charming town center of Orta San Giulio. From there, we took a boat to the small island not far away and toured the beautiful basilica and complex there, learning about the frescoes and the lives of the martyrs. The churches here are real gems. For our last tour, we took a sunset cruise, again using a private boat. Micaela told us about many of the enchanting villas along the coast and more. She provided us with a bottle of wine, complete with snacks, while we watched the changing colors of the sunset as it played out in the sky, clouds, water, mountains and off of buildings. It was so relaxing and serene and we loved every minute! Our boat captain was also very nice, polite and accommodating. Micaela and the captain were very good about wearing their masks. We took them off during times when there was plenty of distancing room. Micaela was professional and knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, personable and thoughtful and spoke great English. Hiring her so greatly enhanced our trip tenfold and we definitely recommend her without hesitation! [Her husband is also a private driver, so they would make an excellent pair, if you needed that as well.] We will always remember her and cherish this wonderful trip!!! Grazie mille, Micaela! 🍋🌿☀️🌴
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Micaela Stresa ... L, Proprietario at Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
Responded 22 Sep 2020
Dear Cecelia and William, thank you so much for such a wonderful and detailed review! What a pleasure to find this beautiful comment. I was glad to meet your requirements and customise your private tours with me trying as much as possible to skip the crowds and visit at the best times! Your super positive review is really important to me. My guests' satisfaction is my goal! Thank you for choosing me, trusting me and touring with me. It was my pleasure to be your private guide! Greetings also from our boat captain and thanks for mentioning my husband's private taxi service for lake Maggiore!! I will remember you for sure! All the best, ciao Micaela
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MCH270159 wrote a review Aug 2020
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We arranged this tour at the very last moment and are so pleased we did ! The area is very special but made even more so by Micaelas expert knowledge of the history surrounding the Borrowmee islands. We were collected by private boat from the Aminta hotel and toured both islands before staying for dinner on Pescatori. Micaela is clearly a well known guide as the restaurant even made a special boat stop after dinner to drop us back at the hotel rather than Stresa. We were a group of 4 adults and 3 children. We throughly recommend this tour and Micaelas services
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Micaela Stresa ... L, Proprietario at Micaela - Private Tour Guide Lake Maggiore Orta Guided Tours
Responded 2 Sep 2020
Dear Malcolm, thank you very much for taking the time to write this excellent review. I am glad that I was able to design a tailor-made tour of the Borromean islands for you and your friends, so that I was able to guide you also on a day when I didn't have much availability. It's always a good thing to send me an email so that I can customize your tour! And I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay at lake Maggiore! Take care, ciao Micaela
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