Katerina Panayotova Private tour guide in Milan - Italy

Katerina Panayotova

Guide profile:

Hello! - Ciao! - Здравейте!

About 25 years ago my studies led me to Italy and to Milan, where I found my new home. After having worked as an interpreter for years, eventually my passion for history, art and culture made me choose the profession of the tourist guide.

I love Milan with its history, art, design, fashion, excellent food and wine, but also the surroundings with the beautiful lakes of Como, Lugano, Maggiore, etc.

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience about my city with people coming from other cultures, having interesting conversations and learning something from them.

My tours and guided visits are mainly focused on history, art, culture, natural beauty of the area, but I'm also passionate about Italian food and wines. I can not only give you precious advice regarding where to eat and enjoy a relaxing night over a glass of good wine, but you can also enjoy a fun wine and food tour with me, either in some characteristic area of the city or elsewhere, in one of the famous food and wine regions in Italy (like Piedmont, Tuscany, etc.).

Another interesting option can be a day tour with me from Milan to Bergamo where you can enjoy a guided walk along the narrow medieval streets of the historical centre, or to the nearby breathtaking lake Como. There you can enjoy a guided boat cruise and see the villas of celebrities like George Clooney and Richard Branson.

And last but not least, I can help you with the purchase of tickets for the famous Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper".

So, if you desire to get the maximum out of your Italian experience in Milan, surroundings and North-Central Italy in general, please contact me and I will be happy to contribute to make your stay here really unforgettable.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars saba A.

Katerina was our guide for 5 days and truly loves her job . She added unique places to the itinerary that other guides did not even mention. She encouraged us to try the regional specialties and recommended the best local restaurants. She has a great sense of photographs. I have phenomenal pictures from unique angles that I would have never thought were possible.

She has a great personality & ensures that clients have a great time. She imparts knowledge allowing for an authentic experience!

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Tours:

- Skip The Line Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" giuded tour for small groups - 1h.

- Leonardo da Vinci and the Sforzas guided tour - 2/3h.

- Top 5 walking tour (3h) including: Duomo – the unique Cathedral of Milan, the luxurious 19th century arcade “Vittorio Emanuele II”, the famous La Scala opera theatre, the Medieval Merchants’ square, the artists' district of Brera and the Sforza castle.

- Top 10 walking tour (6h) including: Duomo, the Arcade, La Scala, the “Merchants’ square” and the Castle as above + the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”, the art and fashion district of Brera, the biggest art gallery in Milan – “Pinacoteca di Brera” , containing plenty of precious Renaissance paintings and “Piazza Affari” with Maurizio Cattelan’s modern monument L.O.V.E.

- Renaissance Milan (4h) including: Filaret’s Ca’ Granda, the church of S. Antonio Abate with its beautiful altarpieces and fresco decorations by G. C. Procaccini, il Cerano and Morazzone, the mysterious ossuary of the church S. Bernardino alle ossa, the church of San Satiro masterfully decorated by Donato Bramante obtaining a surprising optical illusion, The beautiful church of San Maurizio also called "The Sistine Chapel of Milan", Santa Maria delle Grazie and Leonardo’s “Last Supper”.

- Roman and Medieval Milan (3/4h) and many others.

- Customized tours and guided visits of museums and churches.

- "Navigli" canals and Happy Hour in Milan (2,5h).

- Shopping tours.

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.

Tour guide interests:

History, art, culture;

Food and Wine;

Natural beauty: Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Lugano, etc.

Hiking;

Music and dance.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars saba A. 26 Apr 2019

Katerina was our guide for 5 days and truly loves her job . She added unique places to the itinerary that other guides did not even mention. She encouraged us to try the regional specialties and recommended the best local restaurants. She has a great sense of photographs. I have phenomenal pictures from unique angles that I would have never thought were possible.

She has a great personality & ensures that clients have a great time. She imparts knowledge allowing for an authentic experience!

5 stars Steve K. 01 Jun 2017

Katerina was an excellent guide! I booked her for three full days; we spent two days covering the sights in Milan and also took a day trip to Lake Como. Her tours were well-organized and she is quite knowledgeable about the sights.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much Steve! It was a great pleasure to be your guide. Hope to see you back in Milan again.

5 stars jane G. 07 Sep 2016

Katerina is the best tour guide!!!! She gave us the most memorable tour of Milan. Very punctual, knowledgeable, and detail oriented.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much, Jane! I really had a great time being your guide in Milan. Please contact me again if you come back another time.

5 stars Anatoly R. 24 May 2016

Very good and knowledgeable guide.

She gave us a great tour and few good advice for our destinations outside of Milan on our trip

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Anatoly! It was a pleasure to be your guide. Hope to see you back in Milan again.

5 stars mike V. 29 May 2015

Our group of 6 people contacted Katerina to create an itinerary for us: full day tour and half day tour. The itineraries were amazing! The full day tour included “Lust Supper”, Duomo internal, and Duomo Rooftop tours, Monumental Cemetery. Katerina arranged a van with a driver for the morning city tour part and Cemetery. Her restaurant suggestions in Milan were great; all family ran with excellent food and service.

I will definitely recommend Katerina to our friend when they visit Milan.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Mike, thank you very much for your review. It was a pleasure for me to be your guide and to take care of your group. Hope to see you back in Milan ad Italy again! :)

5 stars Boryana S. 02 Apr 2015

Катерина е изключителен професионалист. Благодарение на нея научихме толкова много.Катерина беше изключително информирана, забавна, много добре организирана и съобразяваше всичко спрямо нашия интерес и желанието да видим и посетим определени обекти.Изключително съм благодарна на Катерина! Тази жена превърна престоя ни в Милано в истинско преживяване! If you travel to Milan I recommend you to contact Katerina and to hire her. I guarantee that you will be pleased with her service. She is the best!

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Boryana, thank you very much for your high appreciation. It was really a pleasure to be your guide here in Milan and I'm so happy to have contributed to your great time during your holiday.

5 stars Howard W. 27 Feb 2015

I used Katerina to assist me with a group of 25. She provived me with excellent information, help and of course three different informative tours. As far as I am concerned you can not find a better guide for Milan!!

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Howard, thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure to work with you and with your group. I hope to see you back in Milan again. Whenever you decide to visit, you can count on me. Best, Katerina

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