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
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
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
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
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
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
Julia RandallUnited States
Classic Rome tour: Marisa is a great guide! She is professional, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable about the tour subject matter. She provides as much or as little information as you'd like to hear about and asks/answers questions enthusiastically. She is flexible with her route if there are crowds and knows the right places to walk/stand for good views and scenery.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Julia for this nice review! we had a pleasant morning together in the archaeological park of Rome. Nice to spend the day with your group of friends, and I loved your questions! Grazie Marisa
Marisa was reliable, on time and walked us through the Colosseum and the Forums. I am giving 4* instead of 5* because although she explained what we saw I was not convinced on the way she did it and I felt I was still missing a "history" behind. I was looking to understand the history of Roman empire via the tour and this was not achieved. However, we enjoyed the day, skipped the cues and had a good time with her
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ursula for the review! We had a lovely morning in a cold Rome I'm sorry that you didnt' enjoyed the tour completely. I did my best with explanations, maps and pictures to make you understand the History of my city. If something was not totally clear, you could ask me more questions :) thanks! Marisa
Christopher WuUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Christopher, thanks for the very good rating! Great to tour in winter, missing the peace of November! marisa
John CosolaUnited States
Marisa was the perfect tour guide: a pleasing personality along with extensive knowledge of all aspects of Roman history. I would not hesitate to book another tour with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!! :) Touring with you the Ancient Rome in a lovely sunny morning was a pleasure. Maybe one of the last warm days of the season! thanks again, Marisa
John ConkleUnited States
Had an excellent time with Marisa. Her knowledgable + sense of humor made for a very enjoyable 3.5 hrs. She answered all our questions about Ancient Rome in addition to many general ones. Her pace up and down the stairs and hills was great for 4 x 60 yr olds on a warm Sept day. Our first tour with Tours by Locals. Impressed throughout the reservation process thru today. Marisa was in contact with us several times since making our reservation to ensure all went smooth. Recommend her and Company highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks John for the kind review! Touring with your group was such a pleasure that I didnt' feel I was working :) Thanks to you for your kindness and attention to my explanations Marisa
Eugene LofaroUnited States
Marisa was smart and passionate about her country and the things we saw together. It was an enriching experience we would recommend to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Gene, I'm glad you liked my tours For me was a pleasure to meet you,your wife and daughters Grazie marisa
Calogero FalzoneUnited States
Excellent tour learned a lot about Rome took very good attention of my children. Would recommend her to anyone highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Calogero! your sons were little brave gladiators! Despite the heat was a lovely morning for me and I had a lot of fun guiding your family. Grazie! Marisa
Jim MiningerHesston, KANSAS, United States
Excellent preparation and a high knowledge level meant that we had the best guided tour imaginable. The coliseum, ypthe Forum and the Palatine Hill all came alive for us. Thanks so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Jim for the review! Thanks for your patience (the Colosseum was very busy!) and your attention, for me was a pleasure to share my passion for the Ancient Rome with your lovely group. Marisa
Joseph CostantiniUnited States
We spent 2 half days with Marisa and could not have been happier. Very knowledgeable about everything Rome and Roman. Great English and a pleasurable voice to listen too. This is very important when you are with a guide for an extended amount of time. We will visit with Marisa again since you can never see enough of Rome. There is always something else. Do not hesitate to book her. We have had guides all over Italy and Marisa is right at the top. Thanks Marisa --Joe and Maria
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joe and Maria for this lovely and very kind review! Come back soon because it's true, there are always sites to explore and discover in Rome! Marisa
Dr. Anthony PapaniaUnited States
Marissa was intelligent and thorough Very personal Excellent tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: many thanks Anthony for this rate and review :) For a pleasure for me to guide you and your wife around the Ancient Rome Marisa
Thanks a lot to Marisa for her amazing tour! Everything went well, with pre-arranged tickets, and we learned so much from Marisa's enormous wealth of knowledge. She told us everything about the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Forum Romanum in a competent and enjoyable way. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I highly recommend this tour. Please be prepared to absorb a lot of information during 3.5 hours. You want to be really interested in the history of ancient Rome for such an intensive experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Karsten :) It was so kind of you to write this nice review I'm glad you liked my extensive tour, despite the duration is my favourite walking tour of Rome Marisa
Gillian ChapmanUnited Kingdom
Wonderful tour and Marisa was such an interesting and friendly guide! Lovely sense of humour. Just the right level of detail and so knowledgeable. The pace of the tour was just right and her stories made everything come to life. We all recommend her unreservedly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Gillian!!I'm really glad I had the chance to meet your group and visit together the Ancient Rome sites. I'm happy you liked my tour especially since you all visited Rome many times so your compliments are very important for me! Arrivederci! Marisa
Gerry LazarUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gerry! :) Happy that you enjoyed my tour of the Colosseum, Palatine HIll and Roman Forum grazie, Marisa
Charles SkinnerUnited States
She was charming, extremely knowledgeable, and very thorough. She was very engaging and made my wife and I feel like VIPs, even though she herself is humble, and at the same time, confident in her ability to explain hundreds of years of Roman history. We were very pleased that she was our guide. Charles and Susan Skinner
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Charles and Susan, lovely experience spending with you the afternoon in the Colosseum (not too hot, not too crowded) I'm happy that you liked my tour! Marisa
Joseph JulianiUnited States
Marisa was outstanding! The tour was not only entertaining but educational as well. We could not have asked for a better guide. She is truly an asset to Tours by Locals. We will recommend Marisa to any and all coming to Rome. Thx Lise and Joe Juliani.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks :)) Thanks for having booked the afternoon tour, so nice touring when the Colosseum is not very crowded. Come back soon for more sightseeings ;) Marisa
Marisa was the perfect guide and made our Colloseum tour an unforgettable experience. She has incredible knowledge of the history and architecture of the area and her first-hand archaeological insight was invaluable. I cannot recommend Marisa highly enough. The tour was well paced and she catered for our needs perfectly. Thank you Marisa!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Annie! Such a lovely family, in a nice sunny morning! Doing my job it's easy and relaxing thanks to perfect clients :) Marisa
W. Robert SmithUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert! I really enjoyed spending time with your smiling group :) Come back soon in Rome for more archaeological walks, Marisa
David RobinsonUnited States
Marisa is fantastic! Our tour of the colosseum and the forum with Marisa has been the highlight of our trip to Italy. Her ability to bring to life the chaos of the forum was first rate. She really took her time to answer questions and didn't "hurry" us through the tour. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David! Walking with you in the Ancient Rome was a pleasure, perfect weather and no crowds (thanks for having accepted my suggestion to start early!). It's easy to do my job when I meet travellers like you and your wife Thanks again Marisa
Mary B.United States
I've been to Rome several times and Marisa was EXCEPTIONAL. Prompt, organized, knowledgeable, and patient. My 88 year year old mom, who uses a cane, was part of our group and Marisa was very understanding of pace and allowed her to rest, which actually extended our booked time. I highly recommend Marisa!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mary, I appreciate very much your reviews!Since Rome is an old city, our streets and museums are not very accessible (no lifts and many steps), but everything was OK thanks to your mom patience and strength of will I enjoyed touring with you! Congrats for your mom :)
William WeidemaierRaleigh, NC, United States
Excellent guide. Pleasant and enjoyable to be with. Very well informed. Helps that she is a university-educated archeologist and a native resident of Rome. Good English skills. She was on time and did not hurry us during the tour. We toured the Colosseum and the Forum in a party of four. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your review! I'm glad that you liked our tour despite the weather was not great. Marisa
Jennifer ChanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jennifer! I'm glad you enjoyed my tour despite the very cold day (-2C°) Winter in Rome usually is warmer :) thanks, Marisa
Karen BoehningUnited States
Marisa is a fine tour guide. Our group of six had a wonderful time, including a very informative walk from our hotel to the colosseum and she made recommendations that made the rest of our stay in Rome better. We learned a lot. We highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Karen! We had a lovely morning walking around the little charming district Monti behind your hotel to the Colosseum. Thanks for having chosen this moment of the year, Rome is cold but not crowded. marisa
Herbert A BaughanMelbourne, FL, United States
Marisa was a very excellent guide. She was punctual, knowledgeable, and very entertaining. I would recommend her to anyone. One of the best tours I have taken. H Baughan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Herbert! I'm glad you liked my tour of the Colosseum! Unespected cold in those days, at least we were lucky with the weather, enjoyng a chill but sunny morning. Marisa
Leith MooreToronto, ONTARIO, Canada
We truly enjoyed our time with Marisa. She was - as expected - full of the kind of information we had hoped to learn but also very open to our endless questions. A delightful tour of the Forum - we were very impressed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Leith! I'm happy you liked my tour, it was a lovely sunny morning, perfect to enjoy the Ancient Rome. Marisa