John ThorntonClearfield, UTAH, United States
I am sure there are lots of good tour guides in Rome, but if you want the "Best", then you want "Dino Margiotta." We had Dino for 2 tours in Rome, Ancient Rome Deluxe Private and Vatican Deluxe Private. He has not only an amazing knowledge of the history of the area (what, where, when and who), but also knows where are all the best photo angles are and will guide you to these spots. We loved our 2 days with Dino learning about Rome, I highly recommend him. He is simply the "BEST !!!"
Patricia LifrakUnited States
Julia RandallUnited States
Vatican Deluxe tour: Dino is an amazing guide: professional, courteous, personable and extraordinarily knowledgeable about the tour subject matter. He provides as much or as little information as you'd like to hear about and asks/answers questions enthusiastically. He's flexible if there are crowds and circles back to popular items of interest so you can see it all. He knows where to be for the best views, scenery, photos, as well as how to efficiently navigate crowds. I highly recommend Dino.
Laura SumnerUnited States
Dino was engaging, enthusiastic, educated, and attentive. Our time with him was equalivent to a semester of history. We gained an appreciarion for the art and the history of the Vatican that we could not have received on a group tour.
Susanna SuhUnited States
See my review of his Ancient Rome tour
Larry FlynnTerenure, DUBLIN, Ireland
Excellent-Dino has amazing knowledge. Really wonderful tour . I highly recommend him. Thanks Dino !
Carl NicholsUnited States
Four hour Vatican tour with Dino was fantastic. He was knowledgeable, entertaining and sensitive to our needs. He knew the best routes to move through the crowds to get the best views. He took the time to prep us the get the most if the visit to Sistine Chapel. Dino has an amazing "radio" voice. USE THIS GUIDE!
We toured the Vatican with Dino this morning. He is an excellent guide who shared many informative facts and fun anecdotes that made the tour very interesting for our party of four. This was money very well spent! Dino always took us to the location in each site where we would get the best experience and photos to keep as great memories.
Roger BeginGranby, QUÉBEC, Canada
The Vatican deluxe private tour was more than interesting with Dino as a guide. His knowledge the history is remarkable. Everything was made to accomodate us, party of six, and show us , even the little details, almost everything that has to be seen at The Vatican. It's money weel spent for that day.
Trevor KayeCambridge, MA, United States
Deep knowledge of papal and art history.
Brittany SimpsonUnited States
Dino was fabulous. This is my third visit to the Vatican and I learned new things on this tour. I would highly recommend booking Dino!
Edward R.United States
We couldn't have chosen a better tour guide than Dino. His knowledge is unsurpassed. He was prompt, pleasant, patient and well prepared. If considering a tour in Rome, book Dino early.
Anita B.United States
Dino was amazing. I requested 2 rooms off the usual track at the museum I really wanted to see and he took us there 1st. He was so much fun and so informative. With the crowds in the museum I knew I couldn't deal with a tour of 25 people .His private tour was just the thing for us a family of 5. ToursByLocals was easy to deal with and has lots of options. Would recommend to everyone
Great communication before the tour, punctual start, highly knowledgeable and gave thoughtful answers to all our questions. We recommend Dino warmly for this tour.
Lilliamely KingArlington, TX, United States
Dino is the Best! Our kids were celebrating their honeymoon in Italy. Dino is such a knowledgeable guide. So much information, engaging and friendly at the same time. This is a Must tour if you want a special, unique experience of The Vatican!!!
Laura MoritzUnited States
Dino was AMAZING- great historian, very kind and attentive and you could tell was truly excited about what he was talking about. We loved having him as our guide for the Vatican.
Paula StallardUnited States
Dino was a superb guide. He was so knowlegable and personable our Vatican tour was delightful. We walked away from our tour so enlightened by the experience, we would recommend him to anyone seeking a full experience
Ann Cecilia PiferUnited States
Dino was the most amazing tour guide EVER! Incredibly knowledgeable, prompt, courteous, patient with our many questions (he actually seemed to enjoy our curiosity. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
Samantha McKayUnited Kingdom
Dino is a fantastic guide and very passionate about his city. The Vatican queues are horrendous and it looks very confusing but Dino guided us through security having already pre purchased our tickets. The tour was amazing and informative for all - including our 14 year old. We had a good intro to the Sistine Chapel before entering so we knew what to look out for and where to stand for the best views. The museums are huge but Dino ensured we saw the main attractions and didn't get overwhelmed. Excellent!
Bill PattersonUnited States
Katherine HalloranUnited States
We had a tour with Dino in the morning and then did the Vatican tour in the afternoon. He explained what we were to see and then went on to point out particular works of art and other fascinating items. He knew the names of the popes and what they did, also cardinals and emperors. And he made it all interesting.
Sushelle UyUnited States
Dino was really awesome! He did the tour at our own pace. He was very knowledgeable and was very attentive to our photo requests. He even gave us ideas on where the best photo spots are at as well as great places to eat at. Will definitely recommend him!!! Thanks Dino, we had a great time!
Mark C.Saint Charles, ILLINOIS, United States
Dino was absolutely wonderful---so knowledgeable and thorough in his explanations. He made excellent use of visual aids to increase our understanding of the museums, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter's Basilica. He was also very patient as we took many photographs during this thoughtful tour. His background in Vatican and art history was evident and enriched our experience. We highly recommend him to anyone wishing a similar tour. Thank you, Dino!
Lisa VanderwoudUnited States
Dino was our guide for a half day walking tour of the Vatican. His background in history showed through in everything he said and did. He brought the Vatican Museums to life for us with his in-depth explanations of what we were seeing. The pace of the tour was good with just the right amount of walking. We would highly recommend ToursByLocals and Dino to anyone who wants to see the real Vatican in a half day tour. Sincerely Candy & Bob Sand Hickory, NC
Jackson LindUnited States
Dino was excellent in knowledge, passion, and the ability to negotiate crowds in the museums, chapel and basilica. One can tell he loves his work.
Lilliamely KingArlington, TX, United States
Dino went far and beyond our expectations to show us Vatican City. From the museums to the Sistine Chapel and Basilica, Dino took the time to explain and answer questions. No lines, No time wasted! He was passionate and engaging. One of the best tours we have ever taken anywhere. Definitely the way to visit The Smallest Country in the World!
Pam FerrisUnited States
Dino was a great tour guide. He was so knowledgeable. He was very kind and made sure our tour of 4 could always see what he was describing. It was a wonderful tour.
Dewayne GreenUnited States
Dino did a great job explaining what we were going to see prior to going on our tour. This very important we could then understand what we were seeing. I would highly recommend Dino.
Elizabeth TidwellUnited States
Dino was a wonderful guide for our Vatican Deluxe tour. He communicated with me prior to the trip and made it possible for 2 people to join the tour after I had booked it. He handled every aspect of the tour in such a way that we felt relaxed and well-informed. His knowledge and advance preparation was extremely valuable in promoting our understanding. Dino was personable and very easy to understand. I'd recommend him to anyone.
Barry BerkovUnited States
Dino is a very knowledgeable, personable, and overall outstanding guide. His knowledge of history with regard to the Vatican and other topics is almost encyclopedic. Although he has a definite Italian accent, his English is fluent and very understandable. I recommend him highly.
Paul S.United States
Dino is an exceptional guide. Movement through the crowds was effortless and stress free. The pace and route was modified for mobility limitations in our group. The commentary was informative and entertaining. Highly recommended.
Michael P.United States
Dino was great at the Vatican. Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and informative Would recommend him to anyone
Lisa WoodUnited States
Dino was absolutely amazing! Our family members ranged from 70 to 13 and everyone enjoyed the tour. Dino provided the history of the Vatican with such excitement as if we were the only tour he had ever given. We would recommend Dino and if we are ever back in Rome, we would use him again!
Mary SwintUnited States
Craig TidwellUnited States
You won't find anyone better than Dino for the Vatican City tour. He is very kind and knowledgeable!! Will recommend him to all my friends
Greg MatkeUnited States
I can not recommend Dino higher. We were extremely happy with the tour of the Vatican by Dino. He is a great guide and we hope we can have him give us other tours in the future. Thank you Dino
Dara HensleyUnited States
Dino presented well the history of the Vatican and moved us well--through heavy crowds--at the Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. He used his iPad nicely to show us maps, artwork, and the like, which aided perspective and understanding. As well, he oriented us helpfully in connection with the city and our hotel. Dino was professional, elegant, and charming; we are delighted to have him as our guide during our week in Rome!
Winston WatkinsUnited States
Yes, we took 8 of Dino's tours over 8 days and thoroughly enjoyed each of them. Dino's knowledge of Rome's history and art is encyclopedic. Tours have a relatively fast pace and you cover the important sites more efficiently than you could possibly do on your own. Dino is pleasant, accommodating and speaks excellent English. And he knows where to find bathrooms and where you can have delicious, inexpensive meals. We recommend him without reservation.
Jim GillespieUnited States
Dino was personable, informative, and couldn't have provided a better tour. Would highky recommend Dino to anyone considering a visit to the Vatican. We were a party of 6 people and he was very considerate of everyone. Jim Gillespie
W. Robert SmithUnited States
Kelvin MobbsUnited Kingdom
Dino is very knowledgeable and has a lovely manner and comes across as being incredibly enthusiastic. He is focused on giving real value delivered with warmth and humour. Would not hesitate to recommend or re book.
Linda Suter-GibsonUnited States
Our tours with Dino have been the highlight of our trip to Rome! He is so knowledgeable and personable that the time flies by and you are left wanting more. We feel we learned more from him than in taking a full year history class and it was always interesting. He carried a tablet with him with extensive supplemental information, in addition to printed visual aids which enhanced our experience. We would not hesitate to recommend his tours to anyone visiting Rome. We only wish we had booked a 3rd tour.
John SchaeferUnited States
Dino was fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable and passionate about making sure my wife and I had a great time. I would highly recommend him.
Scott JasparUnited States
Dino was the best tour guide my wife and I have had. he knew everything! It was so nice to see the Vatican with such a knowledgeable guide. Thanks Dino!!! Scott & Carey Jaspar California, USA
Ronald WeberUnited States
Dino is simply the best! Highly recommend him.
Robert MillerAnacortes, WA, United States
Very knowledgeable, provided loads of information on the history of the Vatican, its builders, and inhabitants. A good four hours.
Jason KochUnited States
Dino was fantastic. An amazing knowledge that he shared with us. Taking us through a very complex and complicated maze and making it come alive to us and our children (12&14). We were lucky enough to spend time with Dino two days in a row. I would strongly recommend his expertise to anyone coming to Rome, and hoping to gain a piece of the city, it's history and culture. Dino is an amazing ambassador to his city. Grazie Mille.
Rachel KurtykaUnited States
Dino was absolute perfection! His level of knowledge was beyond our wildest dreams and his passion was palpable. We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience - warm, friendly, and brilliant! Our tour of the Vatican will be a fabulous memory forever! Thank you, Dino!!
Dino is an excellent tour guide, he is very well educated (PHD) and has an enormous amount of information which he is able to clearly communicate in English and help to understand all the arious layers of history stored in the Vatican and also Rome. I loved this fouth tour of the Vatican and found it to be the best ever! If you can he is well worth it!! Thank you Dino!! He is also kind and able to get through the throngs of people effeciently
Dave LaFortuneUnited States
Our tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's was made extra special by our very talented and knowledgeable tour guide, Dino. Dino's use of both picture's and his tablet provided valuable background information that made our experience truly come alive. I would have missed so much if I had not had Dino's expertise guide us through this magical experience. Thank you Dino for making our tour of the Vatican truly special. I highly recommend Tours By Locals and especially Dino!
Jennifer ChanUnited States
Tyler EschbachUnited States
Great tour, expertly led. We accidentally booked the incorrect date, and Dino fixed it quickly and without any complications. We greatly appreciated his expertise and kindness when fixing our mistake.
Dino was a fantastic guide for me and my family at the Vatican. My 21 and 20 years-old boys learned a lot from him, as my wife and I did. He is very knowledgeable and precise - there is no question he could not answer. He sets the stage very well for what we are about to see, and sensed easily what every member of my family was more interested in. I highly recommend him.
Margaret McCluskeyUnited States
Dino is a gracious, deeply knowledgeable and passionate historian who is equally enthused about the gorgeous sights of Rome as we are as visitors. He went out of his way to accommodate our requests with great patience and warmth. We could not imagine a better guide or Roman experience!
Paul St AmantUnited States
Dino is very knowledgeable and passionate in Vatican history. We had a great time and he was very attentive with our group. We had a great tour. Would highly recommend.
Chitra ChandranUnited States
Dino gave us the most enjoyable and informative tour of the Vatican City, he exceeded our expectations many times over. Communication was easy prior to the tour, he was very responsive to all of our questions. During the tour, he gave us so much history and background for everything that we saw. I cannot imagine having done this tour without him, the details he gave us were perfect for setting the context for the complex cultural, political and historical aspects of the Vatican City. Highly recommend!
Ian CharmanUnited Kingdom
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Dino. If there is anything he does NOT know about the Vatican it is most certainly not worth knowing! His gave us so much value during the 4 hours - it was brilliant!!
Paul DraghiUnited States
Dino did a great job getting us through the Vatican and we got to see all of the highlights we were looking for and more. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the Vatican. He got us through everything with lots of extra time, but we never felt rushed. He took the time to make this feel like a very special visit just for us. I would highly recommend Dino.
Roger FreidlineMidland, TX, United States
Dino did an excellent job of explaining the most important sculptures, paintings, tapestries and maps. But most importantly he prepared us for the Cistine Chapel, where silence is required. He had a page for each of us that helped us see and identify various parts of Michelangelo's work. We combined the Vatican tour and the St Angel's Castle tour with a lunch break. It was all excellent. The pace was perfect and his knowledge is extensive.
Dino was an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable on the Vatican City. The tour was perfect, exactly what we were looking for with a good blend of history and religion. In addition to being incredibly knowledgeable, Dino was very personable and helped us get back to our hotel by waking us to the Metro stop. I would recommend Dino for anyone wanting a private tour of the Vatican
Roger ApplegateFairfax Station, VA, United States
Dino was excellent. He was very knowledgeable, considerate of our needs and he had a great itinerary set up for the time we had available. We would highly recommend him and his services.
Michael LennonUnited States
Dino has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Vatican City. The tour was perfect, exactly what we had hoped for. We saw all the major sites and some most tourists never see. The blend of history and religion along with the amazing sites made for a most memorable experience. In addition to being incredible knowledgeable, Dino was very personable and funny.
Priscilla ShubeUnited States
Very informative, Dino was very accommodating and knowledgable, patient with all of our questions. Vatican museums, Sistene chapel and especially St Peter's basilica were fantastic but would have been overwhelming without the expert guidance.
C. Suzanne BeatyFORT MYERS, FLORIDA, United States
Fantastic! Dino is absolutely the best guide to discover the beauty and history of Rome. He provides an incredible amount of information and is so helpful and patient and very enjoyable.
Adam WetsmanUnited States
Dino did a great job on the tour for me, my wife, and twin daughters. Keeping everyone's attention to all of the incredible sights at the Vatican is no easy task, yet Dino did so flawlessly. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
We were a family of 11 and Dino did a great job of guiding us through the Vatican. He kept everyone interested and kept the day flowing . Before you knew it the day was over . I would highly recommend Dino .
Ameeta KumarUnited States
Megan ReynoldsUnited States
Dino was amazing! His knowledge is superb and it's evident that he truly loves his job and enjoys sharing Rome with visitors. We were a party of 6 from age 14-76 and he took care to ensure each member was taken care of. I can't recommend him enough!
Ronni EphraimUnited States
We could not have asked for a better tour or better guide than Dino. Dino is extremely knowledgeable and made our tour very very interesting. He navigated the crowds so well and made sure we saw all of the sites in Vatican City and throughout the museum. I would recommend this tour and Dino to everyone who is taking this tour.
William M.United States
Dino had an incredible knowledge of the history of the Vatican and the important events associated with it. Amazed at how many questions he could answer. Nice guy and great guide
Mary MockUnited States
Excellent and knowledgable guide. With out Dino we would have missed or overlooked the true gems of the Vatican.
Patricia CicalaUnited States
Dino was Fabulous!! He was so very knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend him to anyone.
Karl ShallenbergerUnited States
Raymond MathewsUnited States
Dino provided us with valuable "behind the scenes" insight only an insider can provide. He obviously loves his work & shares his love of his city with his guests. We learned so much from Dino that we would never of learned on a regular tour. Thank you Dino, for a wonderful tour. We will recommend you every opportunity we get.
Beryl MellUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our guide,Dino. I rank him and the tour a 5 plus.
Kelly LarkinUnited States
Dino is wonderful! He is brilliant and extremely knowledgeable. We cannot recommend his highly enough. He is a very pleasant and easy to get along with! Thank you Dino!
Sean FornashUnited States
Katherine ToscanaUnited States
Dino was extremely knowledgable in all matters of the Vatican. He gave us a wonderful in depth tour. I would highly recommend him.
Jan BrownUnited States
A tour with Dino to Vatican City is highly recommended for anyone visiting Rome. The only problem is that the tour ends! Dino is incredibly knowledgable of the art in the museums, the Sistene Chapel and Basilica and the development of the Catholic Church in general., his knowledge is matched by his enthusiasm. Truly a delightful day. Dino purchased the tickets so we could skip the lines which is highly recommended. Dino made history come alive. We look forward to our next visit and next tour with
Robert H.United States
Dino is a tremendous guide. He holds a PhD. in history and has unique experience with all of Roman history. He has studied in the Vatican library and knows the Vatican well. Highly recommended.
Gregory GranatoUnited States
The tour with Dino was amazing, we truly appreciated his knowledge and his authentic enthusiasm . He expertly guided us through a very busy Vatican museum and made sure we saw all the sights. I could not imagine the experience without him.
Debbie NelsonUnited States
Wow! What an afternoon it was with Dino at the Vatican. His historical knowledge and expertise were incredible; after all his masters and PhD is in history which is one of the reasons I chose him for our guide for 2 days in Roma. He brought history to life in an entertaining and personable way and his passion for his Eternal City, Italy, and the Vatican was obvious. I would highly recommend Dino for any of his tours. Grazie mille Dino, you were fantastico! Bravo!!
Jocelyn AustriaNewtown, PA, United States
Dino was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable, patient and considerate. He is and asset to your services. We enjoyed our tour
Rusty BascomUnited States
Dino greeted us at our hotel, provided a brief overview in English to the scheduled tour for the day, and then directed us a to a taxi to the Vatican City. The tour was for myself and my 16-year-old daughter. We bypassed the HUGE lines thanks to Dino and then went inside. He provided an informative summary on the Vatican's history before taking us through the highlights of the museums, through the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and outside. Very efficient, thorough, and highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Bascom, THANK YOU a lot for your nice review. It was a pleasure to meet you! Dino
John ZieglerUnited States
We found Dino to be a most informative and effective guide. His knowledge of the treasures in the Vatican along with the history behind them was most interesting. Despite the crowds, he always got to optimal vantage points and always took the time necessary to explain what we were seeing and answer our questions. Purchasing tickets in advance enabled us to avoid extremely long lines. His English was very good. We would highly recommend hiring him as a guide.
Dino is an excellent tour guide. He knows many aspects of the tour: historical, culture and artistic issues. I recommend Dino as a Rome tour guide
Pat P.United States
We recently were given a tour by Dino of the Vatican, including the museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Dino was an excellent, knowledgeable,well prepared guide. There wasn't a question we asked that he couldn't answer. It was an extremely busy weekend in Rome due to the canonizations of two popes and having a private guide was so valuable. We were able to avoid the long lines and enjoy our visit with a wonderful guide.
David JonesUnited States
Dino was terrific! He was very knowledgeable of the Vatican, Rome and the history of both. He was very personable and a lot of fun. We can recommend him highly.
Ann H.United States
Dino was excellent!
Sheri SchwamUnited States
Dino really knows his stuff! What a great tour. He really provided us with in depth information on the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. Excellent tour.
Dino was fabulous! We thoroughly enjoyed his extensive knowledge through our journey of Vatican City. His professional presentation & guidance was outstanding. I would highly recommend Dino for any tour of Rome.
Dino was brilliant. He was our best tour guide in Rome. He is a must! We loved our morning tour of the Vatican. Thank you.
John GloverUnited States
Absolutely outstanding. The booking, coordination and meeting for our tour was seamless. Entry into the Vatican Museums was simple and went smoothly. Before we began, we spent a significant time discussing some Papal history and we're able to build new connections in our personal understanding; those connections were reinforced and expanded by what we experienced in our travels through the Museum galleries. We were very satisfied and plan to return for a tour of Rome's hidden treasures
Marlene BankwitzUnited States
Knowledgeable and passionate about art. Knew all there was to know on the Vatican art collections.
Ron WilkinsonUnited States
Richard ThompsonNew Zealand
My wife and I had the Vatican tour with Dino today. This was an excellent tour. The items viewed during the tour of the Vatican Museum were outstanding whilst the tour of St Peter's was also not too be equaled. What made the tour complete and most pleasant was the professionalism and knowledge of our guide Dino. His command of the history of the Vatican and it's collections as well as of St Peter's enriched the experience beyond anything we could have hoped for.
Gary BrooksUnited States
Dino was prompt, well informed and very thorough in his preparation. We appreciated the extent to which he prepared us with information before actually beginning the site visits. I would certainly recommend him enthusiastically
Joshua Schwartz, PhDUnited States
Dino was kind, flexible and knowledgeable. He did as promised and saved us a huge amount of time by purchasing everything in advance. He knows his facts, short cuts and was just a nice guy all around. We were very pleased with our days with him and wouldnt hesitate to recommend him!
Debra GageUnited States
Dino was fantastic! Very knowledgable, friendly, prompt and professional. Will ask him to guide us again on our next visit to Rome.