Marisa gave us an excellent 3.5 hours tour of the main antique sights in Rome. She arranged for the tickets and everything went very smoothly. Marisa has an enormous knowledge and explained everything in a competent and enjoyable way. We learned a lot about ancient Rome and I am very happy that we took the tour with her. We were not discouraged by the rainy weather and had the advantage that it was not too busy. Thanks a lot, Marisa! Highly recommended!
Karsten from Germany, Feb 2018
We enjoyed a fantastic tour of the Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum with Marisa. She offered a wealth of knowledge (much of which derived from her experiences as an archeologist at the Forum) in an engaging manner. She was able to keep the attention of three young teens while also speaking to the level of the adults in the group. She knew how to help us pass through the crowded entry points of the Colosseum with ease. Seeing all of the large tour groups with guides holding flags so their groups could find them amidst the throngs of humanity, I was beyond thrilled to have hired Marisa for a much more personal tour. I would not hesitate to recommend her.
Side note: I should add that she is incredibly accommodating. It was raining cats and dogs the day of our tour. I emailed her the night before to ask if we could reschedule. Although she had months prior, when I originally booked her services, told me she could not provide us with a tour on the other days, she rearranged our schedule so we could tour on a clear day. (To tour these outdoor areas in the rain would have been miserable, especially with kids. She would have done it, but I GREATLY appreciated her moving her schedule around to accommodate us.)
(Francie from Usa, December 2017)
Marisa was informative, warm, and tolerant of our millions of questions and follow-up questions. We felt immensely well educated and also really enjoyed hanging out with Marisa, who is lovely. We highly recommend her for her expertise as an archaeologist and personality as a tour guide.
(Daniel from Usa, November 2017)
"My wife and I took two tours with Marisa. First one was the Forum, Colosseum and Palatine Hill tour. The second was the Caracalla Baths and Roman houses on Caelian Hill tour. Both were excellent. Marisa is very knowledgeable and well prepared. The tours enabled us to understand and appreciate what we were seeing to an extent impossible by ourselves. This was money very well spent. We recommend Marisa for anyone interested in a deeper appreciation of Rome's history." (Bill from Usa, October 2017)
We spent 2 lovely half days with Marisa during our stay in Rome. Our first half day tour was her "Hidden Gems" special. Her knowledge of the area and the history that is "Rome" make this tour highly enjoyable and informative. But it was not simply the information about major sites, it was the every day things as well and the impact of more recent events on the lives of every day Romans. This was particularly evident when walking through the Jewish Quarter and realising that the extent of their history in this city.
Our second half day was spent in Vatican City and we certainly enjoyed the fact that Marisa is also an accredited tour guide there! The history of the Popes and their acquisitions is totally fascinating - I could easily have spent a day in the Vatican Museum, but the half day was perfect for my family who probably aren't quite as enamoured with history as I am.
For the remainder of our time in Rome we caught ourselves mentioning Marisa quite often as her snippets of information came forth again as we walked the street of Rome. Thank you for your time, but most of all, thank you for sharing your knowledge! We will return to Rome again one day and we hope to be able to meet with you once more. You were highly recommended by a friend and we are more than happy to continue to recommend you to others!
(Pearly from Australia, October 2017)
"Marissa was a wonderful tour guide for our family with one on one tours both at the Vatican and Colosseum. She was very knowledgeable, funny and engaging and ensured quick access to both attractions. She was well worth her fee and came recommended to us and we would strongly recommend her to others. Loved it." (Corinne from Australia, October 2017)
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