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
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
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
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
Katie N.United States
Marisa was very knowledgeable about the Vatican properties, as well as the history of Rome. Her choices for focus in the 3 hour tour gave us an excellent first exposure to the vast museum pieces. We found her to be very pleasant, and able to answer any questions that arose.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Katie! Lovely touring with your family in a very quiet and empty Vatican Museums. Fantastic touring in the off season marisa
Alan ErnstUnited States
Marisa's background as an archeologist provided an extra thoroughness and insight to the Vatican tour. She informed us that the crowd was much lighter than she had witnessed during the high season thus allowing for a more leisurely experience that was much appreciated. Should we return to Rome, we would start by booking Marisa again for another tour. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Alan for the nice morning spent together, and for the kind words! It was a pleasure to guide you in the Vatican in a nice (quiet) November morning Marisa
Michelle HockerUnited States
Marisa is the the guide you want if you want to see the Vatican! She is the BEST! Her English is clear, and her personality is absolutely delightful. She knows how to avoid the crowds, but you won't miss the important pieces. She'll answer any question you have about artists, popes or Rome, but won't overwhelm you with too much information. She'll go as deep as you want on any topic - a real expert. THANK YOU MARISA!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michelle, I really enjoyed the time spent with your family For me was a pleasure and an honour to escort you in the Vatican, despite the heat and the crowd of July. Congrats again for your girls :) Marisa
Dr. Anthony PapaniaUnited States
Excellent intelligent and organized tour of the Vatican and Vatican history by Marissa! Five stars! We will recommend her to others!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Anthony :) I'm glad that you enjoyed our tour of the Vatican! Good idea to start early come back soon to discover more sites! Tornate presto :) Grazie, Marisa
John SchleicherUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks John for the review! It was a pleasure to meet your family marisa
Lindsay StarkeyUnited States
Marisa was wonderful and so knowledgable! She was ready for us right where she said she would meet us. My husband and I toured the Vatican museums with her (started at 8am before the museums opened to general entries at 9) and learned so much. She was open to all of our questions. We then toured around St. Peter's as well. During the tour she utilized the space and timing ideally, avoiding other big groups that may have been sharing the space to make sure that we could see things and hear her well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Lindsay!! Great to be able to enter at the busy Vatican Museums before crowds, it was a very nice experience for me too!Spending the morning with you was a pleasure :) Come back soon to explore more! Thanks Marisa
Linda BaderUnited States
Marissa provided the most professional, informative, and entirely pleasing tour of the Vatican today. I was particularly impressed by her depth of knowledge and ability to impart that information to me and the other tour participant. You would be extremely fortunate to have Marisa as your guide should you visit Rome.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Linda, Touring the Vatican is often a challenge, but thanks to your patience and level of interest we did it well! many thanks for the review, meeting you was a pleasure 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!! :)) Marisa
Cheryl HarrisoUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Cheryl :) Marisa
Michelle BossUnited States
Very knowledgable and fun. Knew ways to get through the crowds with the least amount of hassle.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michelle! Marisa
Anne WalkerUnited States
Marisa was an outstanding guide, very personable and knowledgeable. She has such pride in being a native of Rome, gave us wonderful insights, and catered our tour to our interests. This is not easy with six people ranging in age from 15 to 75, in addition to navigating crowds of tourists in very warm temperatures. We would highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Anne :) Touring with your group was a pleasure, sunch a nice family. The Vatican Museums were very crowded that day, but you've made an easy job for me, with your patience! Thanks again, Marisa
Anna Maria WoodUnited States
The family was very pleased with the detailed tour of the vatican and chapel. Marisa was knowledgeable, kind and pleasant to be with. At the end, she directed us to a restaurant where the "pope ate." So we did and enjoyed a good lunch while observing several priests socializing. We highly recommend Marisa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cara Anna Maria, grazie! many thanks for such a lovely review, I'll always remember of your smile during this intense tour :) I'm glad you were able to find the restaurant! Thanks, Marisa
This was a wonderful tour. Marisa guided us calmly through the masses of people so we always felt we were in an oasis. The information she provided was very interesting and just enough so we weren't overwhelmed. I enjoyed the way Marisa gave us some background information before taking us into a new section and answered all our questions. Her archeological background and passion was evident throughout the tour - we came out so much better informed. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elizabeth, I'm very glad that you liked my Vatican tour! I know how difficult is to enjoy the museum, with crowds and big groups. thanks for your patience and your smile :) Marisa
Henry B.Kings Park, NY, United States
Extremely informative and very very knowledgeable about the.Vatican.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: many thanks Henry for your kind comment! I'm glad you liked my tour of the Vatican Museums! Marisa
Fal ModiUnited States
Marisa was awesome. She had a lot of knowledge and was enthusiastic. We truly enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend her. It was great having a local there to guide us and would highly recommend pre purchasing the skip the line tickets, it saved us a ton of time. We especially loved that the tour was private and not with a large group. Definitely more enjoyable. The restaurant she recommended for lunch was amazing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!! I was very happy to have such a lovely group for my Vatican Tour. We were lucky, despite the Christmas week, the museum was not busy at all! I'm glad you liked my tour (and the restaurant!!it's my fav pizza in Rome)
This was our second tour and Marissa was as enthusiastic and engaging as the first. she read our interest well and tailored her commentary accordingly. Her knowledge of history and art history had both depth and detail. We will book her again and recommend her to friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks John!! great to guide such a nice couple, especially when the Vatican is so "empty"! Rome in this period is so nice.Come back soon...during the winter of course ;)
We thoroughly enjoyed our Vatican visit w Marisa. She is professional & very knowledgeable and knew exactly what pace to keep to, bearing in mind my knee surgery.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Grace! I'm happy you enjoyed the tour. We were lucky that despite Christmas time and the Jubilee the Vatican was not so crowded and everything was open to visitors. Tak care, Marisa
Julie VerhaalenUnited States
We felt so lucky to have Marisa as our guide. She shared so much history of the Vatican and the politics involved. He knowledge of the artworks made everything come to life for us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julie, I'm glad you liked the second part of our tour, the Vatican. It can be tiring doing two tours in the same day, but in your company it had been a pleasure! Marisa
We were tired as my wife and 2 youngest daughters(teenagers) had arrived from Sydney the night before. You are also subject to the opening of St Peters- it was closed till 1300 as Pope Francis was celebrating Mass before leaving for Cuba. Marissa structured the day to accommodate both these things. She made it very interesting for all of us and was very knowledgable. Ages nearly 12 to 64 thought she was a great guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Phil! I'm glad your family liked the tour despite the tiredness and the jetlag. In those days touring the Vatican is always an adventure, there is everyday an unespected closure. I'm happy that we were able to see everything. Grazie, Marisa
Daniel EdwardsUnited Kingdom
Marisa was an exceptional guide and had a vast amount of local and historical knowledge to pass on. She is clearly very passionate about what she does and there are so many things we would have missed if we hadn't had her guiding us through the many galleries and collections. I would absolutely recommend Marisa to anyone thinking of visiting Rome and hopefully in the future we will book her for one of the other tours she operates.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Daniel, touring with you was such a pleasure! Come back soon in Rome, so I can take you around my city! Marisa
Trevor JonesUnited States
Excellent guide! Fantastic knowledge! Excellent English! Overwhelming location ... Need multiple tours tho appreciate Vatican
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Trevor, It was a true pleasure to meet your group! Come back to see other sections of the Vatican, I'll be happy to show you the Art Gallery or the Etruscan Museum.
Noreen DanielsUnited States
Marisa was fabulous! She has incredible knowledge about the Vatican that she shared brilliantly, and was kind and very accommodating! I would highly recommend her as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Noreen, it was really a pleasure to meet your smiling family :) Come back soon in Rome, as promised I'll take you to try some genuine Roman gelato! Thanks again, Marisa
Meg MiddletonAustralia, QLD, Australia
Marisa is a splendid guide for the Vatican and we enjoyed every expression of her knowledge and interest in the treasures and mysteries of the city. We had a wonderful morning and were astounded at the beauties, sceneries and historical knowledge that Marisa was able to deliver. Not to be missed -- Marisa made an overcrowded venue pleasurable and interesting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Meg, I know how tiring and crowded can be the Vatican...so I really appreciate especially the last line of your comment! It has been a pleasure to meet you, and I hope to see you again in my crazy but amazing city :)
Janet CzaplaUnited States
Thank you, Marisa, for a wonderful tour of the Vatican. It was so nice to have a personal guide who knew the answers to all our questions. We love using Tours by locals and will definitely book another tour with Marisa if we return to Rome.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the review Janet! I'm glad you liked our tour: a relaxing and nice experience for me too. The Vatican can be really stressful when it's busy! Come back soon in Rome...there are so many things to discover! Marisa