Myke KudlasUnited States
Marisa was an amazing guide! She is very knowledgeable about Rome and specifically the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum. I was a bit jet-lagged having just arrived the day before, but she was patient and let the tour progress at my rate. It was a real treat to be guided by an expert like Marisa through some of the most fascinating sights of the ancient world. Booking this tour with Marisa was the best decision I made on my trip to Rome!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Myke, many thanks for the review! it was my pleasure to guide you in a basically deserted Colosseum. Our tour was relaxing and (I hope) very enjoyable! Thank you for coming during off season! Marisa
Chris KassoffUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chris! The Roman Forum is my favourite archaeological site, so I was very happy to have your tour request. It was nice to beat crowds and to skip the Colosseum! It was great to meet you and your family! Marisa
Michele DussaultUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michele! I'm glad that you like our intense fullday :) We were able to visit the Forum, the Colosseum, walk to see the Pantheon and finally the Vatican City. What a day! For me it's been a pleasure to meet your family, thank you Marisa
Miiya WongPembroke Pines, FLORIDA, United States
Marisa was an outstanding tour guide! She was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. Easy to get along with and very flexible and accommodating. A true professional who was a pleasure to spend the entire day with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Miiya! What a lovely family! Touring with you, your husband and your three boys was a pleasure for me. I love questions :) An intense but very enjoyable day Thanks, Marisa
Marisa is engaging and passionate about archaeology. Marisa really bought to life the ruins of Caracalla so I could see the old style of living. I would not have got the same feeling visiting this place alone. Many thanks Marisa. Lisa
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Lisa! Touring the Baths of Caracalla with you was a pleasure. Nice to go off the beaten path :) Marisa
Marianne ConradUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marianne! Touring Hadrian Villa and Villa Este is always a pleasure. I enjoyed spending the entire day with you and your friends in Tivoli. Marisa
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Sara OhashiUnited States
Marisa took us all over the Roman Forum ruins and as an archeologist had some really great stories to share! She was willing to go at any pace we needed and very willing to take lovely photos of my husband and I. We leatned so much about the ruins and really appreciated how she would show us images of what the ruins looked like before anytime we came upon an important ruin. Lovely tour, we had a super fun time with Marisa!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sara! Great time with you and your husband, walking around the Ancient Rome. Lovely morning, we were also lucky with the weather. I was happy to take photos for you. I love photography, even if I have a reflex camera, so not very expert with "panoramas". Grazie! Marisa
Sara OhashiUnited States
Marisa was very a very kind and knowledgeable guide. She knew how to weave through the crowds and get us to the important rooms to give us a fantastic overview of the Vatican. We learned so much and were so delighted to have Marisa guide us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sara! Touring with you the Vatican in a very quiet morning of December was a pleasure for me. I'm happy we found the museum almost empty. You should see how can be crowded in the summer! I was delighted to meet sunch a nice couple :) thanks, Marisa
Tim DunnUnited States
Really enjoyed our Vatican tour. Marisa was great, very knowledgeable and helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tim, I'm happy that you liked the despite unexpected crowds due to a last minute closure of a section. We were able to see all luckily. thanks for your patience and trust in my experience. Marisa
Lawrence UngerUnited States
Professional,extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, accommodating . A pleasure to stroll through history with!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lawrence, also for me was a pleasure to meet you and your wife What a joy strolling through history, in a lovely sunny morning! Marisa
Doug SearsUnited States
Marisa was an incredible tour guide. Her knowledge was a true testament to history of Italy,Rome and the Vatican City. Her patience and willingness to stop off to the side so we could take pictures and her ability to answer our questions was superb. When she spoke of the Vatican, her face would light up. I will recommend her specially to anyone I come in contact with back in the USA that might be planning a trip to the Vatican.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Doug, thanks for your kind comment and review. Your group was so kind, smiling and interested in my explanations than being your guide was a joy. Despite the crowds, I felt like being among friends. Thank you, hope to meet you again! Marisa
Janet H.United States
My husband and I booked Marisa's Daily Life in Ancient Rome tour. We are so happy that we did! Marisa was a delight to be with! She did a wonderful job of explaining the Baths of Caracalla, the Roman Houses and the church that was built on top on them and making it all come alive for us. Thanks Marisa for a great tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Janet! Thanks for the review and to having chosen my "off the beaten path" tour, one of my favourite. It was a pleasure to escort you in the Baths and the Roman Houses, hidden jems of my city. Thanks! Marisa
Mike LawrenceUnited States
Marisa F was not only knowledgeable about the areas that we toured, she was passionate about history and brought the stories of history to life. She was a pleasure to be around and she took care of everything before we arrived. I would ask for her every time I am in Rome.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mike and Kelli, thank you so much for having chosen my company for your special trip to Rome It has been an honour to guide you, such a lovely and warm couple. Come back soon, you've a new Roman friend ;) marisa
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Pasquale! :) Grazie, è stato un piacere visitare il Foro Romano con voi. Marisa
Marisa is amazing! During our month-long vacation we had about 15 guides and she was definitely a favorite for our family of four (teenagers aged 15 & 18). She was incredibly knowledgeable and her stories from the past were fascinating. She kept us all engaged throughout the tour which may have been difficult for many on this very hot day. Marisa was flexible with her itinerary and was able to check everything off of our long wish list. She had tickets ready which helped everything run so smoothly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nicole, thank you very much for the nice review, and for being a lovely client the last July. I remember with pleasure our tour together, despite the program was intense, the day was so nice and pleasant. Thank you again, and congrats for your kids, so well mannered! Marisa
JoAnn ZwallyUnited States
Marisa Ficorella is a fantastic guide well versed in her speciality. Her knowledge of the archology of the Roman Forun and the Palatine Hill as well as the Colosseum is extensive. She has even worked on digs on these sites. Her English is excellent and very understandable (not like the guide I had 35 years ago). Marisa made the history come alive for my 18 year old twin granddaughter and 26 year old grandson in spite of the heat. We would all recommend Marisa very highly. Well worth the money.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much JoAnn! I'm glad you and your family enjoyed the tour despite the heat on an afternoon of June :) Today the heat is even worst! For me was a pleasure to guide you around my Ancient Rome. Come back soon, but in winter ;) Marisa
Cheryl TroyerUnited States
Marissa was a gem! My friend and I spent a full day with her, touring the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Forum, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Basilica. Her knowledge and experiences were vast (as a native Roman, her perspectives were especially interesting); her personality made it easy to spend the time together; and her thoughtfulness and adaptability on a very hot day were much appreciated. Her sense of humor simply added to a fun and informative day. I would not hesitate to book a tour with her again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cheryl and Jill, thanks for the nice review :) Touring all day long in June can be hard, especially in busy sites as Vatican and Colosseum. So I'm glad you have a good memory of the tour, I really enjoyed your company and your attention to my explanations. Marisa
Jane LudwigUnited States
We were a group of four friends traveling in Italy for the first time. Marissa was outstanding. Her knowledge of history and archaeology came through as she was able to explain what we were saying in a very interesting way. She was able to answer every question we had. Her background and training was obvious. Her English is great, she was easy to be around, and she moved us through the crowds very easily. All four of us would definitely recommend Marissa without any reservations!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jane! what a lovely group of friends! For me was a pleasure to walk ( a lot!) and talk (even more!) with you. Perfect clients for 2 lovely tours (..with lovely weather). Lucky me :) Come back soon, Marisa
Amy DummettUnited States
We spent two half days in Rome with Marissa touring the Colosseum and Forum one morning and Vatican City the second morning. Marissa was a wonderful tour guide. She was very informative and definitely knows her stuff! I would highly recommend booking a tour with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Amy, I'm glad you enjoyed our two tours Meeting you, your lovely daugher and sister was a pleasure We were lucky with the weather (sunny days) and crowds (not too crowded) Thanks for having accepted my suggestion for an early start Marisa
William ThomasUnited States
Marissa was very knowledgeable, friendly and very responsive. We had a beautiful late-Spring day and stayed to explore long after our personal tour had ended. I recommend taking a morning tour before it gets crowded and warm. And bring a bottle you can fill with water from the piped drinking fountains.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you William! Exploring the Forum with you was a real pleasure. I'm glad you liked the tour. We had a lovely sunny day and we were lucky enough to find the site empty and quiet. You were both so interested that I really loved every moment of the walk. the perfect tour! Thank you, Marisa
Lori TwomeyUnited States
Marisa was a great guide. We toured the forum and Palatine hill with her. She was knowledgeable, patient, kind and funny. We really enjoyed hearing her insights into the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lori! I really enjoyed to be your guide :) Lovely morning spent talking about the Romans in good company! Thanks for having chosen my "Forum" tour, Marisa
Marcus LoyUnited States
Marisa is an excellent tour guide! She gave us a great tour of the Colosseum, the Forum and Palatine Hill. She arranged for timed tickets for the Colosseum so we avoided the long lines. She also got us tickets for the House of Nero, which is newly opened. Marisa made history come alive and we highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marcus! Visiting with you the Colosseum and the arena but especially the newly opened Domus Transitoria (House of Nero) was a big pleasure. we were able to combine special experiences in few hours! Glad that you liked my tour! Marisa
Jami HammondUnited States
We highly recommend Marisa and would absolutely use her again. She was very knowledgeable and navigated the crowds with ease and patience. We were easily able to locate her in the meeting spot and she responded quickly to any questions that we had prior to arrival for our tour. She has fluent knowledge of art history and of Rome in general and a good sense of humor. It was a wonderful tour and an amazing place!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jami, many thanks for your kind comment and rating! Visiting the Vatican in May can be overwhelming, due to the number of people visiting the museums. Your group was patient and smiling, so for me was a pleasure helping you in the visit I'm glad you liked my tour...and my sense of humor ;)
Ann FarkasUnited States
Marisa gave us a very informative and entertaining tour of the Vatican museum, the Borgia rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St Peters basilica. Our group of 14 rate her 5 stars. She was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Ann! Touring the Vatican in those days can be tough (in the week after Easter Rome is always very crowded). Thank you to have accepted my suggestion for an early start, we were able to skip huge crowds and do a lovely tour. It was a pleasure for me to guide your group in the Museums, thanks again Marisa
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Russell! Lovely morning spent together in the center of Rome.
Emily ByrdUnited States
We took three Rome tours with Marisa and hated to say goodbye. She is wonderful and so knowledgeable and interesting. Thank you, Marisa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to you Emily, Loved to be your guide for three days! Thank you for all the candies :)
Emily ByrdUnited States
Marisa is fantastic. She is very knowledgeable and has a sense of humor that makes her pleasant to be with. We highly recommend her!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Emily, many thanks again for nice reviews. Marisa
Emily ByrdUnited States
Marisa was absolutely wonderful!!! She is so personable and knowledgeable with a sense of humor that makes her fun to be with. We had a great tour and are looking forward to our next one with her. Thank you, Marisa, for a fabulous day!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Emily! The Vatican in those days is very crowded, so I'm happy you liked my tour despite the confusion Thank you for the nice days spent together Marisa
Emily ByrdUnited States
Marisa is the absolute best tour guide for tours in Rome. We highly recommend her!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Emily, touring Rome with your group was fun and a lovely experience Thank you again Marisa
Scott WozniakUnited States
Marisa was very knowledgeable and very friendly. We couldn't have asked for a better guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Scott! It was a pleasure to spend a sunny morning with your family :) Grazie! Marisa