Traveler Ratings of Private Tours In Rome-Italy by Tour Guide Valentina S.

Valentina S.
  Rome-Italy
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Alan Townsend

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 6/19

Valentina was excellent, great personality, very good knowledge, and being an archeologist, she knew details that we were interested in. I strongly recommend Valetina

Laura Stuart

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 3/19

Vincent Manning

United States
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Tour: #303146, The Colosseum, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 29/19

We felt very fortunate to have Valentina's insight as an archeological scholar of the area. But not only was she perfectly qualified academically; her enthusiasm was infectious, her English was fine, and her patience with all my questions admirable. I cannot imagine a better tour guide than Valentina.

Mark Furse

United Kingdom
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 28/19

Excellent! Valentina is an absolute expert and highly engaging. Her enthusiasm and love of the architecture and history is infectious; her English fluent; and her recommendation for the post-tour lunch spot-on.

Jerry Godwin

United States
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Tour: #303146, The Colosseum, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 27/19

Cynthia Robinson

United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 27/19

We absolutely adored our time with Valentina! She is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate when it comes to archeology and history and so beautifully conveys the information and emotion. We learned so much and saw history and architecture from perspectives not normally presented in your average tour. We highly recommend this tour.

Christy Knight

United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 27/19

Valentina was a passionate and patient tour guide. She was genuinely interested in our family and she was mindful of our young children's needs. She added a whole new level of understanding to our tour of the coliseum and forum (for those of us who have been there before) with her knowledge of and degree in archaeology. We loved our fun and interactive time spent with Valentina. We highly recommend her for families of all ages.

James Yuen

United States
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Tour: #302999, Golden house, Colosseum, Palatine & Roman Forum tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 21/19

Valentina, our guide, is very knowledgeable and friendly. She presented the architectural features and history of the buildings with enthusiasm and passion. The information my wife and I gathered from her in several hours could not have been learned by walking around on our own; plus we learned things that one cannot find by reading the internet. She had tickets to the Forum and Golden House, skipping the very very long ticket lines. We came straight off the plane, and she found a luggage drop off!

Scott Jaworski

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 20/19

I would give this tour 10 stars if I could. My family and I loved Valentina. She is an incredible tour guide and extremely knowledgeable about the things we saw on our tour. I learned more from on our tour then in all my history classes. She brought Ancient Rome to life for us. I didn't want this tour to end. If you come to Rome you have to spend some time with Valentina!

Mary Lou Boucher

United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 19/19

Valentina was fabulous. She is such a nice person and really knows her history about the Colosseum and Forum. She was especially attentive to my 3 grandchildren and encouraged their participation and questions. We loved the skip the line passes and the ability to avoid the large crowds. I would highly recommend Valentina.

Karen Petersen

Switzerland
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Tour: #303280, Ancient Rome in a day: VIP Shore Excursion, Civitavecchia, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 17/19

Valentina gave us a fantastic experience. She's not only extremely well versed in ancient Rome history, but with her enthusiasm she makes the past come alive. I cannot recommend her highly enough, and I will definitely try to book her again whenever we return to discover more of Rome.

Carlo Peterson

Philippines
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Tour: Ancient Rome Tour: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Skip the Line Guided Tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy
Date: Apr 6/19

Valentina is incredibly friendly with a passion and knowledge for Roman antiquities that she is very eager to share. She got along very well with my 7 year old son. Our 3 hours with her were incredibly informative, fun and really underscored the value of getting a reputable private guide. I would recommend her to anyone travelling to Rome.

Erin Lyons

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 4/19

Valentina was amazing, we wanted her to follow us around Rome our entire trip just to hear her knowledge! You could feel her passion for the history of Rome when she spoke. She was great explaining to the kids as well as answering all of our questions. We could of listened to her all day, she was absolutely perfect! Who better to lead you through ancient Rome than an archaeologist! Thank you Valentina for making our trip so memorable, we hope to return again and book another tour with you!

Beth Soch

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 25/19

Valentina is knowledgeable, dynamic, engaging, and so enthusiastic! We learned so much, and really gained an appreciation for not only the ancient sites she guided us through, but the archeological process. We all (two adults, two teenagers) agreed that her tour was the best part of our visit to Rome!

Arlene Roman

United States
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Tour: #303146, Gladiators only, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 21/19

Valentina was the best guide possible for a Colosseum tour. We wanted a private, in-depth discussion of the history of the building, and we got that and more! She was so excited about the subject that she smiled the whole time. Valentina is a young teacher of archaeology (I think) with lots of passion for the subject. We learned more than I expected in two hours, like the reason the Colosseum exists. She cleared up some misconceptions I had about gladiators. Her students are lucky to have her.

Charles Birmingham

United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 13/19

Our group rated our tour of the Colosseum and Forum with Valentina as the highlight of our trip to Rome. Her personality, professionalism and love of the subject matter made the tour something special, and we have some basis for comparison because we also had guides at the Vatican SCAVI tour and the Vatican Museum. She was heads and shoulders above the others, and our only regret was that we did not use her more in Rome. We were also appreciative of her flexibility in adapting the tour to our interests.

Martin Locke

Australia
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 6/19

Valentina was terrific. She was extremely knowledgeable as a result of her studies, but her passion and enthusiasm was exemplary. We were enthralled with her explanations.

Muriel Quinn

United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 3/19

Valentina is a passionate archeologists. Her enthusiasm for the subject was contagious. Her English is great and we enjoyed our tour very much!

Ross Taylor

Australia
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 4 hour private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 31/18

I booked a tour with Valentina in late Dec 2018 for my family (us parents plus 2 sons, 11 & 13) to tour the Colosseum, Gladiator school, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Valentina was perfect. Engaging, knowledgeable, patient, and with a passion to share her love of ancient Rome that was truly infectious. The one caveat is that our boys are huge Roman history buffs, so she was preaching to the converted, but this just made her all the more enthusiastic. Valentina is a wonderful guide and a wonderful person.

Michael Lynch

United States
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Tour: #303146, Gladiators only, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 30/18

Valentina was fantastic! All 5 people in our group agreed that the tour of the colosseum was the BEST tour of our time in Italy. Valentina's perspective as an archeologist was awesome, the passion that she shared for the amazing structure that the colosseum is/was, was truly inspiring. We all came away with different highlights from the tour, but one consensus, Valentina was great! Thank you Valentina

Jennifer Shrager

United States
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Tour: #353697, Catacombs and Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 30/18

Valentina brought these sites to life with her vivid descriptions. She is so enthusiastic that you can't help but fall a little in love with archeology and a lot in love with Rome.

Jennifer Shrager

United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 29/18

Valentina is awesome! Knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun. I wish I had more time so I could have her show me more!

Carlos Figueroa

United States
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Tour: #303146, Gladiators only, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 26/18

What an amazing guide. Being an archaeologist herself, it was great to learn about the Colosseo from someone so passionate about it. I would have never known any of the info she provided on my own! The 2.5 hours flew by. Completely worth it.

Michael Sharb

United States
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Tour: #303147, Ancient Rome: The Center of Power, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 13/18

Just an excellent experience. Through e-mail, we arranged to meet Valentina at the Circus Maximus Metro stop, to maximize our time by starting with Palatine Hill. Valentina was right on time, and immediately demonstrated she was thoroughly conversant in the history of the Hill and the Forum. Her background as an archeologist gave her a unique perspective, particularly as she had done work on the Palatine Hill herself. Our 2 1/2+ hours together passed very quickly; would not hesitate to hire again!

Roger Freidline

Midland, TX, United States
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Tour: #353697, Underground Rome, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 10/18

Valentina was our guide for the Underground Rome tour. She is an excellent guide! This is a walking tour, and the pace was just right for us. She is very knowledgeable about the history of these sites and explained them to us very clearly. She was very good at answering our questions. I would definitely recommend her as a guide!

Sean O'Mara

United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 9/18

Valentina is incredibly knowledgeable and even though she told me she may not be able to answer every question, I sure felt like she did. With her expertise, Valentina is a walking wealth of information. Standing in the Colosseum and forum her words brought the buildings back to life and she constructed them for my mind's eye to imagine and immerse myself in what it would have been like at the height of the Roman empire. If you are lucky to get Valentina, take full advantage. She is spectacular.

Dennis Stick

United States
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Tour: #303147, Ancient Rome: The Center of Power, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 8/18

Valentina is an amazing guide. I would give her 10 stars if I could. Her passion for history and first hand knowledge of archeological information is wonderful. We have been to a Rome before so we wanted to focus on a few sites so Valentina customized our tour. Before the date she contacted us confirm the meeting place. Very organized. She is a lot of fun.

Dick Hofland

Netherlands
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Tour: #304152, The Appian Way and Villa of the Quintili, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 1/18

Valentina was great. She shared with us her great interest in, and knowledge of, archeology and with great enthusiasm provided a lot of interesting information about the Via Appia and the Villa de Quirili. After the tour, we were all convinced that the four or us should have studied archeology.

Michael Landi

United States
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Tour: #303146, Gladiators only, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 30/18

Valentina's knowledge and enthusiasm was amazing. She was an outstanding resource of information about Rome and it's history. We had a fantastic tour. We will book another with her when we are back again.

Sean Blackson

United States
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Tour: #303147, Ancient Rome: The Center of Power, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 28/18

Ashraf Boutros

United States
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Tour: #304008, Ancient Rome By Night, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 27/18

Valentina was excellent very knowledgeable and made our tour very interesting for the whole family She was very accommodating. and rescheduled the tour due to rain. She gave us all the highlights and stories that brought our visit alive!

Blaine Mason

United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 22/18

Girish Kewalramani

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 7/18

Scott Gush

South Africa
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 3/18

Wonderful guide. Strongly recommended

Julie Reynolds

United States
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Tour: #303146, Colosseum and Imperial Fora, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 30/18

Valentina who took us through the Colosseum and other aspects of ancient Rome. She was so vivacious and bubbly! Valentina TRULY loves the history of this beautiful city and it showed through her enthusiasm and big smile! She was our first guide on our first day in Italy for the first time and we couldn't have asked for a better ambassador for the people of Italy! We would definitely tour with Valentina again and refer her to our friends!

Maryanne Morrissey

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 29/18

I wish I could give more than 5 stars - Valentina is THE BEST!! If you are touring Ancient Rome, you should absolutely go with Valentina. A wealth of knowledge and a great personality. One of the best tours I've ever taken.

Wade Lamble

United States
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Tour: #303618, Bath of Caracalla & Colosseum - 4 Colosseum tickets included, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 24/18

Valentina was amazing. First she greeted us with a huge smile she was cheerful through the entire tour. Her knowledge was endless and extensive. Every question we asked was answered with detailed information. We appreciated that she did not hold back information for our 13 year old and 11 year old. She did a great job helping us visualize the Baths of Caracala and Collosseum. She exceeded all of our expectations and it was the highlight of our trip!!

Francine Lapides

United States
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Tour: #302998, Three days in Ancient Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 18/18

We have just spent our 3rd day with you guide Valentina Santora! and are so pleased to have found her! She is a superb teacher, a very smart young woman with a great curiosity to understand the human mind and thus human history. We learned so much from her; it was wonderful to share her archeological mind. She is also warm, endlessly helpful (she even carried our backpack), is unflappable in the face of stress, and has a totally enjoyable sense of humor.

Christi Tavano

United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 14/18

Valentina provided us with our first tour while visiting Rome and no others compared after! She was enthusiastic, passionate and brought history to life for our family. She was an expert at navigating through the crowds and literally made us feel like we were the only people visiting the Coleseum and Roman Forum. She is fantastic!

Judy Zavadil

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 10/18

Valentine was an incredibly engaging and knowledgeable guide. She explained how the ancient Roman structures were built and how Rome evolved over the centuries. Her tour provided great context for the other sites we visited in Rome. The tour was our favorite part of our visit to Rome.

Ilana Westerman

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 5/18

Valentina has an excellent knowledge of her subject matter, and is truly enthusiastic about it. Our time with her felt less like a tour and more like a time-traveling journey around Rome. She was always happy to answer questions and dive super deep on any topic. A true 5 stars out of 5!

Ilana Westerman

United States
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Tour: #353697, Roman Catacombs, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 4/18

Valentina has an excellent knowledge of her subject matter, and is truly enthusiastic about it. Our time with her felt less like a tour and more like a time-traveling journey around Rome. She was always happy to answer questions and dive super deep on any topic. A true 5 stars out of 5!

Ilana Westerman

United States
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Tour: #353697, Underground Rome, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 4/18

Valentina has an excellent knowledge of her subject matter, and is truly enthusiastic about it. Our time with her felt less like a tour and more like a time-traveling journey around Rome. She was always happy to answer questions and dive super deep on any topic. A true 5 stars out of 5!

Mike Watson

United Kingdom
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 28/18

This was a marvellous experience from start to finish . We had a small group some who had visited Rome many times and some for whom this was the first visit . Valentina our guide was absolutely outstanding. She was able to establish a strong rapport early on , establish specific areas of interest for us personally and then add her own history ... she had participated in a dig on the Palatine . Brilliant . We learnt so much and all felt it was a great use of our time . I would do it all over again .

Cathy Bond

United States
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Tour: #302998, Highlights of Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 27/18

Great tour. She has in depth knowledge of ancient Rome. She was very flexible and worked out a tour to cover our interest in history. She was very enthusiastic about sharing her interest and information.

Joseph Riley

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 25/18

Words can hardly express what a treasure Valentina is! She not only has a vast knowledge of ancient Rome, but is able to synthesize what she knows into her own original and nuanced ideas. Her passion for the subject comes through in her communication which combines the best qualities of a teacher with those of the scholar as she effortlessly traverses the ages with a fluency which only a lifetime of dedication can bestow. On top of all this she is both kind and generous! It does not get any better!

Kate E.

United States
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Tour: #303146, Gladiators only, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 22/18

Valentina gave us a truly wonderful tour of the Coliseum—it is one of the highlights of our trip. Her depth of knowledge and equanimity in the face of many questions was formidable. We learned so much about the historical context of the Coliseum; she brought it to life for us.

James D.

United States
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Tour: #303147, Ancient Rome: The Center of Power, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 5/18

Valentina has a wealth of knowledge and was great at answering my numerous questions. To me that's the reason for taking a personal tour; being able to ask all the questions you want. She was personable, had an organised plan but was flexible. My experience was completely positive.

Jim Stevenson

United States
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Tour: #303147, The Roman Forum, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 3/18

Valentina gave us an amazing tour of the Roman Forum. She brought the ruins alive and showed us how to picture the jumbled ruins as buildings in the days of the Roman Empire. Not only in terms of structure, but in terms of color! Turns out the old Forum was a very colorful place! Her archaeological background (she has even worked on digs at the Forum) allowed her to point out interesting details and helped us understand each era of ancient Rome and how they fit into the ruins of the Forum.

Edward van Rompay

Belgium
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Tour: #304152, The Bath of Caracalla and the Appian Way, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 28/18

Just perfect. So professional and kind. Great knowledge.

Edward van Rompay

Belgium
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Tour: #323499, The Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, Tivoli, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 27/18

Just perfect. So professional and kind. Great knowledge.

Edward van Rompay

Belgium
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Tour: #302998, A day in Ancient Roman : 4 hours private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 26/18

Just perfect. So professional and kind. Great knowledge.

Nancy Epstein

United States
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Tour: #323499, Ancient Rome and Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 4/18

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Sandeep Sidhu

Canada
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Mar 20/18

Valentina was great. Our kids loved her attentive demeanour, she had a lot of easy to digest information, as well as some things to tell us that would not come up on just any tour. Our daughter specifically found her to be a great guide, someone to look up to!

Lucinda Holdforth

Australia
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Tour: #304152, The Appian Way and Villa of the Quintili, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Feb 21/18

This is an exceptional walk in a magnificent area, and Valentina is a highly qualified, professional and delightful guide. Highly recommended.

Lucinda Holdforth

Australia
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Tour: #303147, Ancient Rome: The Center of Power, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Feb 19/18

Valentina is an exceptional guide to ancient Rome - she has a scholar's knowledge and she marries this expertise to wonderful story-telling and great personal professionalism and charm. We loved every minute of our walk with Valentina.

Miriam Murphy

Ireland
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jan 6/18

Neil Brown

Daytona Beach Shores, FL., United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 28/17

Valentina was extremely knowledgeable in all areas of the tour. I would highly recommend taking a tour with this wonderful guide. Thank you very much for the best tour we've ever had.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much!!

Andy Patman

United States
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Tour: #302999, Ancient Rome: one day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Dec 22/17

We could not have had a better experience than we did with Valentina. She passion and expertise about Rome and it's archeological history could not have been surpassed. We enjoyed a great lunch with her and wish the day never ended. Valentina is a gem and we can't wait to return to Rome for her to show us more treasures!

Duncan Campbell

United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 24/17

Liz Mackenzie

Australia
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 13/17

Fantastic tour by Valentina ! Punctual informative passionately interesting plus great English .Valentina was able to answer all our questions bringing to life the history of Roman times . We Appreciated Valentina's intimate knowledge of the Colosseum, Forum & Palantine . Highly recommend Valentina for small groups Also highly recommend tours by locals Many Thanks Liz & Don

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!!

June N.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #303147, Ancient Rome: The Palatine Hill, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 9/17

Valentina was top rate from the very first contact with her; responding promptly to our enquiries and adapting the tour for my mobility limitations. Highly recommend this as your first, most important tour of Ancient Rome, because she takes the time to set up the history, little background details and key archaeological info that will bring the Palatine Hill, as well as the Forum and other sites to life for you in such an interesting way. Could not praise her highly enough. Excellent value,

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, June!

Graham Tyner

United States
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Tour: #304269, Ostia Antica: walking tour of a typical ancient Roman town, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 8/17

This was our 2nd outing with Valentina. We wanted to use her because of her archaeological background and weren't disappointed!! Valentina is very passionate and knowledgeable about Ostia Antica - a truly amazing place!! In taking us around the ancient city, she made us feel we were there, 2000 years ago walking those streets! You could feel her passion and her desire to educate us about Rome's ancient port city. Valentina has to be one of their best guides - recommend her highly!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Graham, just a big GRAZIE for your reviews and message! I hope to see you again to talk about bricks, acquaeducts and Roman history! Thank you again!

Graham Tyner

United States
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Tour: #323499, The Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, Tivoli, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 7/17

Valentina was a joy to be with on this tour of Hadrian's Villa. She was so knowledgeable of the site and because of her Archaeological background, she could give us such insights about every facet of the construction of the Villa. What were the most important buildings, which one's were truly unique in design and usage, how long did it take to build and what was Hadrian doing all this time. It took 12 years to construct and Hadrian only lived there for 3 of those years. Recommend Valentina highly!!!

Jackson Lind

United States
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Tour: #304008, Ancient Rome By Night, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 4/17

Valentina had a bubbling personality, great knowledge of Ancient Rome. She was one of our favorites of our trip. She love her work and subject.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, I had a great time with you! Grazie!!!

Melissa Adamietz

Australia
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Tour: #303147, Ancient Rome: The Center of Power, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 26/17

Valentina was an outstanding guide. She is so enthusiastic about the Roman Forum and Roman history and absolutely fascinating as she described everything to us and our three teenagers. She has a wealth of knowledge and literally brought history to life for us. We were spellbound for the entire tour and thoroughly enjoyed our time with Valentina. Thank you so much for making this visit so memorable for us, we will never forget this special time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Melissa, thank you for those kind words, and thank you all! A big hug to your kids, knowing they are keeping good memories of the Forum makes me so happy! Grazie!!

Greg Seifert

United States
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Tour: #304008, Ancient Rome By Night, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 24/17

Valentine was amazing, and our walk was so enjoyable and informative. She is so passionate about the history of Rome and Italy, and the importance of others understanding those incites. Her enthusiasm, professional knowledge and sense of humor were great.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Greg! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed my tour and hope you had a great time in Rome. My very best to both of you! Grazie!

Richard Rizzo

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 20/17

Valentina was exceptional. To tour the colosseum with an archeologist was an incredibly rich experience. We were very fortunate to have her as a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review and the wonderful (meraviglioso!!!) time together! Grazie!

Jim Gant

United States
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Tour: #304008, Ancient Rome By Night, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 13/17

Excellent guide. After a long day of touring we accompanied Valentina on a night tour of Ancient Rome. Her insights as a practicing archaeologist and her warm engaging personality made it a very special evening (even though we were dragging a little)

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jim, thank you so much for taking the time to write this kind review! Hope to see you all again in Rome, arrivederci!

James Schnell

United States
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Tour: #303147, Palatine hill & Capitoline hill, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 12/17

We loved Valentina.Prior to our arrival we discussed various options.She designed a tour around our request and interest.She was extremely knowledgeable.Our walking tour was a architectural,archaeological and historical tour of the Capitoline and Palatine Hills. James and Harriet

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!

John Dickinson

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 4 hours private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 6/17

I have been on a number of "Tours by Locals" tours, all were excellent. But Valentina is by far the best ever. SO knowledgeable, SO enthusiastic, she just made our trip to Rome. We've already recommended her, and will do so whenever we have an opportunity!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, I can't find the words to thank you enough for your comment...GRAZIE and hope to see you soon again in Rome!

Ruthie Chua

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 4 hour private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Sep 3/17

Fantastic tour! Valentina is s0 knowledgeable about the topics. She answered all our questions perfectly. She is obviously very passionate about her work and her passion is so infectious. She is also such a wonderful story teller that she got us all who dont know anything about archaeology very engaged in the tour. My favorite tour is the basilica st clemens. Its not even in the top places to see but she did sucha great job telling us the history. I cant recommend valentina highly enough

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! What a great pleasure to visit St Clement with you and your lovely family! Grazie!

Sean McGee

Canada
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Tour: #353697, Underground Rome, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 27/17

This was a great tour of Rome underground. Valentina is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She is a trained and working archaeologist. She tailored the tour to our interests and was always happy to answer questions. She was kind and respectful of our daughter who was tired along part of the way from a week of walking in Rome. She also recommended other reading when she saw our interest in certain things. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!!

Jessica Mehlman

United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 26/17

Valentina was AMAZING! So knowledgeable, sweet, and took the time to answer all of our questions. Her tour was the PERFECT way to start our time in Rome. She also took the time to go over a map with us and suggest all of the "must sees". We highly recommend her!!!!'

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jessica! It was my pleasure to answer your intriguing questions! Grazie mille!

Julie Zweig

Sandy Springs, GA, United States
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Tour: #302999, The Unmissables: Colosseum & Roman Forum Half-day guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 23/17

Valentina was the best guide we have ever had. Who better to guide you through the ruins than an archeologist with a PhD. Her enthusiasm and love of her field was evident in her amazing ability to weave the history and stories of the ancient past in a way we could all understand. We were all completely engaged including our 13 year old boy. We highly recommend her. You will be incredibly lucky to have her as a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Julie!

Pamela Scott

United Kingdom
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 13/17

This was a great tour. Valentina was really knowledgeable and had a real passion for roman history and culture. We all really enjoyed the extra little facts that only an expert would know. Being in just a Small group meant would could go at our own pace which Valentina judged very well

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Pamela! I really enjoyed showing the ancient Roman ruins to you and your lovely family! Thanks again!

Heather Blond

United States
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Tour: #302999, Colosseum & Palatine Hill guided tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 11/17

Heather Blond

United States
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Tour: #302998, Highlights of Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jul 10/17

We had a wonderful time seeing the city with Valentina - she is a great archaeologist and very knowledgable on the history of the city. Her archeological digs specialize on the Palatine Hill, so you should definitely check that out with her, too.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind comment, Heather! Ciao!

Cheryl Robertson

United States
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Tour: The Ancient Rome: Colosseum, Palatine and Forum, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Date: Jul 1/17

Her knowledge of the area is excellent. She actually has conducted a dig on site! Her enthusiasm is contagious and helps her turn what could be a dry subject into exciting and interesting information.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Cheryl! It was a really great pleasure to meet you and your lovely family! Arrivederci!

George Spyropoulos

Australia
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 26/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, George!

Shelley Cassity

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 4 hours private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 15/17

Exceptional insightful tour who showed incredible passion for the subject. We highly recommend her to anyone visiting Rome! The Cassity Family, California

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much!

Michelle Flajsner

Samoens, France
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Tour: #302998, A day in Ancient Roman : 4 hours private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 14/17

Valentina was a fabulous guide and so generous in sharing her passion and knowledge about the archaeological sites we visited. Her suggestion that we start at the Baths of Caracalla, work our way up to Palantine Hill and then down through the Forum and finishing up outside the Colosseum was perfect. She shared her personal experiences in a way that made us just want to hear more about the projects she worked on and she not only answered our questions but showed us examples. Thank you Valentina!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michelle, Thank you so much for your comment and for this lovely morning spent together! Grazie mille!

Anthony M.

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 3 hours and 30 minutes private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 11/17

Valentina was extraordinary. Her love and passion for Rome and for the ancient sites was expressed continually in a most contagious way. Her archiological background gave us insights we would never had known. It was fascinating to see her eyes light up as she told us detail after detail. Her ability to explain the history behind events and architecture was envigorating. There were 7 of us on the tour and we would recommend her to anyone who want to see and hear about this magnificent part of Rome

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for this beautiful comment...and thank you Hannah! Hope to see you all again in Rome! Grazie!!!

Steve Broker

United States
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Tour: #303146, The Colosseum, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 5/17

Excellent overview of the history and construction of the colosseum but also a glimpse into the lives of the ancient peoples of Rome and what society was like Could have spent all day there for sure

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for taking the time to write these kind reviews for me! Hope to see you again in Rome!

Steve Broker

United States
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Tour: #302998, Highlights of Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 4/17

Just what we were looking for. Flexible on sites, the right inside information on what you were seeing, not too much detail but enough to keep all in our party interested in learning more. Like watching a Discovery channel episode except you are here and alive in the action>

Peter del Rosario

United States
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Tour: #303147, Ancient Rome: The Center of Power, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Jun 1/17

Valentina was very friendly and enthusiastic! Her background in archeology and experience in digs at the ancient Roman sites provided an extra bonus to our tour! She was attentive to our curiosity and interests, as well as to our personal comfort in during our hot, sunny afternoon. I strongly recommend her as your guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for this kind comment, Peter! It was a pleasure to meet you!

Frans Roozendaal

Netherlands
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Tour: #303147, Ancient Rome: The Center of Power, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 26/17

Valentina enthusiasm directly takes you in the story. Very knowledgeable , witty and putting the story into context. We had a 4 hour tour through the Planetine and the fora romana and it was really too short. So much to see and to explain. I can strongly recommend this!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for this lovely morning together and your kind review! (The last phrase of your private comment is one of the funniest things I have ever read!) Thank you!

Sandy Tomme

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 4 hours private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 14/17

Valentina was extremely knowledgeable about all of the sites. She was able to share her excavation experiences on Palatine Hill, truly making history come alive through her passion for her work. She was very knowledgeable about many periods of history, and the "stratification" of historyV. The colosseum experience with Valentina was like none other, amazing history lessons! I am looking forward to reading her publication of her Palatine experiene

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Sandy, your comment makes me blush! I loved to guide you and your fantastic guys, hope to see you again! Grazie!

Jamye Swick

United States
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Tour: #303618, Ancient Roman Leisure & Entertainment, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 10/17

Valentina was great! So delightful to be with and so knowledgeable! I have been to Rome several times before and yet learned more in the few hours of our tour than I have learned in all previous visits! Valentina was also very accommodating and patient with us as to a few age and health limitations we had. Grazie!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, your words mean a lot to me and make me happy! And thank you for all your questions...they were more interesting than my answers! :-D

Oren Cheyette

United States
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Tour: #302998, Top magnificent Ancient Roman monuments: 4 hours private walking tour, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: May 1/17

It's great fun to be guided by someone as knowledgeable and enthusiastic as Valentina. She can explain ancient architecture, the history of various structures, and even in some places describe what's invisible and underground (because she once dug it up). She gave us a very lively and memorable tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for taking the time to write this kind review! I really enjoyed meeting you and by the way...this is the book I was talking about: Mary Beard, Laughter in Ancient Rome. On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up, UCP 2015 Hope you will have fun reading it!

Johanna Glaesser

Austria
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Tour: #304008, Highlights of Ancient Rome, Rome, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 30/17

Valentina was a very knowledgeable and accurate guide during the 2 hour city tour in Rome. She spoke fluent English, was very nice and polite. She was also very easy to communicate with. I strongly recommend her and I would book her again with no doubt!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, it was a pleasure meeting you!

Blaise Zerega

United States
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Tour: #303146, Gladiators only, Roma, Lazio, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 25/17

Valentina is very knowledgeable, friendly, and was a perfect tour guide for our family. She answered all our questions and told us things that only an expert archaeologist would know about the Coloseo and life as a gladiator. Tante grazie, Valentina!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind review! I really enjoyed visiting the Colosseum with your lovely family, grazie mille!