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Marisa F.

Roma, RM, Italy

Ciao!! I'm Marisa, archaeologist and qualified guide of Rome.

Born and raised in Rome (a real local!), I love to walk around and discover my city since I was a teenager. The love for Rome is the reason why I've studied Classical Archaeology at University of Rome. I've dug for a long period as a archaeologist in the Roman Forum, my second house ;)

I attended the Specialisation School in Archaeological Heritage, an Italian post-degree diploma, and in the meanwhile I started studying to fulfill my dream, becoming an professional tourist guide with a regular certification. . . basically to do what I love (walking around Rome) as a job!

Finally, in the 2009, I've passed the examination, published by the Provincia di Roma (Roman Provincial Administration): now I'm a qualified tourist guide of Rome and a Museum Educator at the Vatican. So I'm 100% certified guide, and this is my full-time job. (Please remember that in Italy we must be qualified to work as a guide!)
In Italy, tourist guides are better if local and 100% certified. . genuine as a good wine!
As an Archaeologist, my specialty is the Roman History and Ancient Architecture.
I love to share my knowdlege and passion, my guided tours are suggested for history lovers. Each tour is a journey through the ages to discover the history of the Roman Empire and its majestic shrines, with me as your guide, ready to reply to all your questions.
If you love history, walking and gelato. . I'm the perfect guide for you!

QUALITY is my keyword, a tour with me is often described by clients as an "educational and funny experience".

In addition to my credentials, I'm an open-minded, patient and friendly girl.
I like to consider myself not just a tourist guide, but a PERSONAL tourist guide because my clients are travellers, friends to help and to welcome. . not only a number in the big crowd of tourists.

With me as your personal tourist guide, you'll have an historian and expert at your service, but especially a new Roman friend: we'll discover together famous sites but even local traditions, culture and food (gelato especially!).

MY AVAILABILITY
Please write me a message before booking, so I can confirm my availability and suggest you the perfect timing and suggestions to avoid lines, the heat or the crowd.

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A Recent Review of this guide

Marisa is wonderful! She arranged for a driver to pick us up at our cruise ship, and met us in Rome. From the beginning, you can tell that Marisa is an expert in archeology, and guiding people through the many layers of Rome. We started the day in the forum, hit the colosseum, and then went to an amazing, local pizzeria. Then, we stopped at the Pantheon and the Trevi fountain. Wonderful. My son is still talking about the pizza and gelato. I'm still amazed at the Pantheon.
Michelle Nester

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Credentials

*Qualified TOURIST GUIDE (Rome)
*Museum Educator and Official TOURIST GUIDE (Vatican City)
*Master of Arts "Cum laude" in Classical Archaeology - University of Rome
*Specialisation School in Archeological heritage (PhD level) - University of Rome

In Rome to work as a Tourist Guide you need a badge/certification.
Touring without this badge it's ILLEGAL!
If during your tour, your guide is stopped by police because she/he is unauthorized, you'll waste money&time.

So be sure to hire only a Professional&Qualified guide, you'll have a better service and a guarantee of legality.
More, you'll help the local economy!

Restrictions

I'm not a driver. I provide WALKING tours, with a special focus on Art and Archaeology. If needed, we can take cabs or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

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Web address (URL) of this page: http://www.toursbylocals.com/RomeItalyPrivateTours

Tours by Marisa F.

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Classic Rome - extensive tour

Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum with an archaeologist

351 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

3 hours 30 min.

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Ancient Rome - basic tour

Roman Forum & Colosseum with the archaeologist Marisa

261 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Rome Walking Tour with a qualified guide

Classic walking tour from Spanish Steps to Piazza Navona

270 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

3 hours

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Hidden Jems of Rome - walking tour

Off the beaten path with the qualified guide Marisa

288 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

3 hours 30 min.

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Tour of the Vatican City - basic tour,...

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter's Basilica

302 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

3 hours

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Tour of the Vatican City - extensive,...

Spend 4 hours in the Vatican with an official guide!

362 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

4 hours

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Masterpieces of the Vatican Museums

Afternoon tour at the Vatican Museums (less crowds)

240 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel by,...

Special openings of the Sistine Chapel on Friday evenings (no crowds)

271 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

2 hours

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The Imperial Rome (fullday #1)

Spend one day in the Ancient Rome with an Archaeologist

531 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

7 hours

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A walk in the History (FullDay #2.)

Discovering Rome by foot - fullday walking tour with a qualified guide

531 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

7 hours

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Popes and Emperors (Full Day #3)

Ancient Rome + Vatican City (intense tour)

564 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

6 hours 30 min.

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Exclusive daytrip to Tivoli (transportation,...

the archaeological site of Hadrian's Villa and fountains of Villa d'Este

921 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

7 hours

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Two halfdays with Marisa (Vatican and,...

Book two basic tours with one click (suggested for first-time visitors)

540 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

2 days

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Rome Shore Excursion: Archaeological,...

chauffeured tour of the Ancient Rome with the archaeologist Marisa

1089 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

9 hours

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VIP private tour of the Vatican with,...

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Beat the crowds and enter at the Vatican at 7.15 am!

414 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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