Scott JaworskiUnited States
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!
Erin LyonsUnited States
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 SochUnited States
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!
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.
Scott GushSouth Africa
Wonderful guide. Strongly recommended
Maryanne MorrisseyUnited States
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.
Francine LapidesUnited States
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.
Judy ZavadilUnited States
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 WestermanUnited States
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 WatsonUnited Kingdom
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 BondUnited States
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 RileyUnited States
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!
Edward van RompayBelgium
Just perfect. So professional and kind. Great knowledge.
Richard RizzoUnited States
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!
John DickinsonUnited States
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 ChuaUnited States
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!
Pamela ScottUnited Kingdom
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 BlondUnited States
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!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, George!
Shelley CassityUnited States
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 FlajsnerSamoens, France
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
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 BrokerUnited States
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>
Sandy TommeUnited States
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!
Oren CheyetteUnited States
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!