Carl S.United States
Marissa was able to explain everything we were seeing very well, and helped guide us to the items of most interest amid the thousands that are there. She allowed us to follow our own preferences of where to spend more time, including some of the Borgia rooms recently renovated. The Vatican is quite crowded, so be prepared for that, but having a guide helps make the most of it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carl for the review!! It was a pleasure to visit with you the museums! I'm glad you liked the tour, despite the crowds. We're daily requesting to the Vatican to limit the number of visitors during the high season (from April to October). I hope it will happen soon ;) Marisa
Tracy PalumboUnited States
Marisa was very knowledgeable, friendly and answered all of our questions. She was very attentive to all the walking we were doing and had us break for lunch. She even met us at the front door of our apartment which was a surprise! We would certainly recommend Marisa for your tour of the Vatican!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Tracy! I know how touring the Vatican is long and tiring so I'm happy you enjoyed the morning together. For me spending the day with your family was a pleasure. Grazie Marisa
Bob VamosUnited States
Marisa was very knowledgeable. Her English was clear and a nice person
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bob! I'm glad you enjoyed the Vatican tour, despite the heat of July! Marisa
Joseph CostantiniUnited States
Marisa did a great job. Met us on time, was very knowledgeable about the Vatican Museum tour and was very informative. Her English was excellent. I have taken the tour a couple times years ago and Marisa was the best guide I have had. She was also easy to listen too and a cool person. I would highly recommend her. Thanks Marisa ---Joe and Maria
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joe! I'm glad you enjoyed the Vatican Tour, and thanks for the nice words about me It was nice to meet your group Marisa
Gerardo PreciadoUnited States
Marissa was so professional, knowledgeable, and sensitive to our needs. It was very evident from her approach and presentation that she is the consummate professional. The fact that she holds a PhD in Archaeology gave her insights that many guides would lack. The tour started the moment we got in the cab and took the 20 minute cab ride over to Vatican City. The next three hours flew by as shared lots of information but did not overwhelm us. She prioritized what mattered most and did a superb job.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gerry! Touring with you and your wife for me was a pleasure The Vatican tour is very intense but even for me the time flew by with you! Thanks, grazie Marisa
Paula GlaserUnited States
Marissa is very knowledgeable, charming and has excellent English. We enjoyed our extensive tour of the Vatican very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Paula :) I'm happy that you enjoyed my extensive tour of the Vatican. Glad that you were able to see the Museums and the Basilica without problems marisa
Jordana GilmanUnited States
We loved our tours with Marisa. She is very knowledgeable about Rome and was flexible in planning the itinerary so that we could see what we were most interested in. She is friendly and fun to be with, as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jordana! in the intense heat of today, I think with big nostalgia to the last winter :) Smart idea to visit Rome in December Marisa
Marisa was very friendly and very knowledgeable. Had a great experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Clifford for the nice review! Great to visit the Vatican with you and your wife, November is the best season to enjoy the SIstine Chapel without crowds. Marisa
April HaskellUnited States
There even though we arrived early. Very knowledgeable. Flexible when need arose. Patient. Listened to and had answers to all questions. Related what we saw to history of Rome & Italy. Never felt like we were being rushed. Pacing was perfect. When we asked for a reccommendation for a restaurant, she had a perfect restaurant choice close by and empty of tourists and with a gluten free choice necessary for one of us. An A+ day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks April for this instant review I'm glad you enjoyed the tour of this morning For me was a pleasure meeting you and guiding you around the Museums and the Sistine Chapel (despite the crowds). Happy that you're able to find the little restaurant (one of my fav!) Thank you, Marisa
David PolstonUnited States
Our 3rd tour with Marisa during the past 2 years. Excellent guide with extensive knowledge, adjusted the tour schedule and content to our needs and has a wonderful personality. Highly recommend Marisa for any of her tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David! It was great to seeing you again in Rome ;) Thanks for the nice review Marisa
Jennifer StanfieldUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you!! Marisa
Peter C.United States
Marisa's tours of the Colosseum, Forum, Vatican and St Peter's were more that we could have hoped for. Her intelligent, thoughtful explanations of the history of your city provided an excellent narrative to what we were seeing. Marisa's kind and gentle manner, her patience, made for a relaxing and exhilarating view of some of the most historically significant locations in the world.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Peter! Really a big pleasure to meet such a lovely family! You were so patience despite the heat and the security lines at the Colosseum. My perfect clients! thanks, Marisa :)
Mark SlavenUnited States
Marisa was awesome. Best rating possible. She was very pleasant, patient and knowledgable. Her English was also very good. I would strongly recommend her. We enjoyed the tour very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mark! I'm happy you enjoy my tour of the Vatican, despite the heat.. touring the museum in July is a challenge! Thanks Marisa
Mita TomerlinUnited States
Marisa gave us a fabulous tour of the Vatican. She took the time to answer all the questions from our 9 and 12 year old. Excellent private tour. We were able to navigate through the crowds with ease and without any hassle. Would love to return here again in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mita :) The Vatican in June is not an easy visit, especially with young visitors. I'm happy you've enjoyed our days together Marisa
Patricia TibbitsUnited States
Excellent and informative tour. Marisa met us promptly at the hotel and got us into the museum avoiding the long lines. She took the time to explain the artists' styles for many important works of art. We were able to see the museum, St. Peters, and the Sistine Chapel during our tour because Marisa skillfully avoided the many tour groups that were also visiting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks! Visiting the Vatican during the Jubilee is always a challenge, but I'm happy we were able to explore in details the site without problems or limitations. Thanks for having chosen my extensive tour, good to visit the Pinacoteca (the Art Gallery) of the Vatican, usually off the beaten path.
Kevin PotterUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Kevin! :)
Patricia GolombPalm Coast, FL, United States
Marisa met us outside the Vatican with pre-purchased tickets and headsets (We were a group of 10.). Marisa's love of Rome and its sights was very evident as she led us through the Vatican. She gave us just the right amount of information so as not to overwhelm us. She made our tour more interesting as she shared some of her personal experiences from her many times in the Vatican before she became a tour guide. A great tour by an extremely knowledgeable guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Patricia! I've been glad to spend with your group of 10 two lovely mornings. Rome is always noisy and overwhelming, so I'm glad you enjoyed my tours. Thanks, Marisa
Wendy BivensUnited States
By far the best way to see the Vatican. Marisa is great, very knowledgeable and accommodating. We have been to the Vatican before on our own and without a doubt a tour is the way to go. Skipping the lines is worth the price alone, but Marisa shared tidbits and historical facts that you will never get on your own and will make the trip so much more rememberable. We enjoyed it very much. Thanks Marisa!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Wendy! :) Pleasure to meet you marisa
Roger GilbertHadleigh Benfleet, ESSEX, United Kingdom
What a lovely young lady Marisa is. So very knowledge about the Vatican City that she made it such a pleasure to learn so many interesting facts. Her love of Rome is obvious and it radiates from her. It was the most pleasurable guided tour we have had anywhere on our travels and we would not hesitate to ask for her company again when next in Rome. There is so much more to see and we feel she would be the best person to share her knowledge of Rome with us. Thank you Marisa for an enjoyable tour.
Marisa ticked all the boxes, We had a wonderful and insightful tour. Marisa is exactly what you need in a Vatican guide. A true Roman proud and passionate about her work, an encyclopedic knowledge and great patience. Don't go to the Vatican without her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Max, many thanks for the nice review! The day we toured the Vatican the weather was terrible...but the museum was so quiet and empty that was a pleasure walking around. thank you again, Marisa
Kathy MorrisUnited States
We had an incredible, excellent tour with Marisa in Rome. She gave an excellent tour of the Vatican, Sisten Chapel and St. Peters Basilica. I rate her tour a 5 and Marisa a 10. She's awesome and has so much information! We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathy! I pleasantly recall the tour we did on the Vatican, because you were so nice and interested. My job is a pleasure when I meet clients like you and your friends! Thanks again, Marisa
Sandra MitchellNew Zealand
Marisa was very informative .Her knowledge of all things about the Vatican and it's history was excellent .She answered all our questions patiently.Marisa has a relaxing manner that puts you at ease with her as soon as you meet her.Ciao Marisa
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sandra :) You were perfect and smiling travellers, you made my job really easy and pleasing. Come back soon in Rome to discover more sites Marisa
Cynthia BowmanUnited States
Marisa planned a great tour based on what we wanted to see in the Vatican and the catacombs. She was informative and wen the extra mile to help us with some other ideas of things to do in our limited time in Rome. I would HIGHLY recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Cynthia, our tour was quite intense and with many details....more the heat was terrible! I hope you and your friends were happy! Grazie Marisa
Pauline BurkeUnited States
We had a wonderful tour of the Vatican with Marisa. She was very knowledgeable and informative. She was also friendly, and made our trip very special. I would request Marisa again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Pauline! I loved to tour with you in the Vatican, without the crowd and in a suggestive atmosphere. It was a special tour even for me ;) many thanks again! Marisa
James RenselUnited States
Marisa is absolutely great tour guide and our tour of the Vatican was fantastic. Marisa's experience showed up in many areas, like stopping before we entered each new area to give us an overview and explanation of what we were about to see and adding some little know facts. She also effectively used her iPad. Her background as not only a Rome Tour guide, but a Vatican guide proved extremely valuable. This tour was well worth the money and we would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks James! :) The "long" tour is really tiring and intense...but you were perfect travellers! So many sections, so many jewels to discover, and you were always interested. Thanks to you for the nice experience. Marisa
Kevin KellyUnited States
To have visited The Vatican and its museums without a knowledgeable tour guide would have resulted in a fraction of the experience we received. With Marisa, we not only had a knowledgeable tour guide, but one who was able to share her knowledge so easily and fully. She did an excellent job and we had an absolutely amazing and copmpletely enjoyable tour. We (three couples) also used Marisa for another tour in Rome, and would use her again if/when we have the chance. Grazie (again) Marisa!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank to you Kevin! :) I was really lucky to meet you and your friends! Really a pleasure to guide you around Rome and the Vatican! Come back soon in Rome, to practise your Italian too! Prego (you're welcome!) Marisa
Martha DavisUnited States
The Vatican Tour with Marisa was amazing. She is truly an expert and both my 15 year old grandson and I enjoyed every minute of our time with both the Forum and the Vatican tour with her. I highly recommend her and Tours by Locals. This was the high point of our trip. We wasted no time in crowds or lines. She has an amazing background, is considerate, articulate and fun. Dr. Martha Davis
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Martha! :) I love my job, and I always hope to meet nice people like you during my tours. Thanks for everything Marisa
Henry KuoUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Henry :) I'm glad you like my tour.. despite of the crazy heat of Rome.
John ArriasUnited States
Thank you Marisa you were a great guide on our visit to Rome, not only your insight about the Vatican but your extensive knowledge about Rome and Italy. My wife and I really enjoyed talking with you. Thank you, John and Kathy
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!!! I really enjoyed talking with you too :) Remember to send me a photo of our tour. :) Come back soon to Rome, there are so many jewels to admire!
Kevin CoanUnited States
Though we ran into unexpected snowfall, Marissa did a great job at improvising and putting together a great tour. Marissa gave us 3 tours and far exceeded our expectations. She is knowledgable, friendly, and goes above and beyond. Her background in archaeology was so helpful. She is great and highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you! It was a pleasure guiding you...even thru the snowstorm! Of course I've appreciated so much your patience, you've understood that the snow in Rome is so unusual and for this reason the city was jammed.. By the way, now you have a rare photo of the Colosseum with the snow! thanks again