Matthew TolanderUnited States
Dino is an incredible guide. His love for his home city of Rome is infectious, and his knowledge of the city is vast: every archaeological site, historical location, monument, and basilica was accompanied by an expert-level explanation. He knows the best restaurants, the best views, the best shortcuts, the best places to take and pose for pictures, and every secret spot in the city. Book a tour with Dino - you will not regret a single moment.
Jeff GetzUnited States
Dino was great. The day was very rainy but he adapted the tour and we made the best of it. The pictures and portrayals he shared on his ipad really helped to depict what Rome looked like during the height of the empire. He is very knowledgeable and an excellent guide ... we highly recommend him.
Brittany SimpsonUnited States
Franco MontanoUnited States
This tour was amazing! I absolutely loved Dino's tour. We really saw everything I wanted plus more. Dino was very nice, friendly and made sure everyone crossed the street safely. This could be somewhat of a challenge in Italy. He was very knowledgeable and had some surprises to really give you a good visualization of what you're looking at. Book this tour with Dino you will not regret it.
Alka FarmerUnited States
Dino made our trip to Rome perfect one. He brought visuals to help us understand better. He is so personable. He kept everyone entertained including us and my 14 and 9 year old. If I come back to Rome again, I would definitely do another tour with him.
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.
Humberto CalderaUnited States
This was our third tour with Dino. You can't say enough about how good he is and his passion for the city of Rome with 500 characters. If you go to Rome and want to learn and love about the city there is no better way than going with Dino. Our kids (13,14,15) loved the tours we did with Dino.
Laura O.United States
Dino M. was outstanding! He is an excellent tour guide!! He was friendly, personable, and very pleasant. He eagerly shared his vast knowledge of Rome history, architecture, and art. We thoroughly enjoyed his tour of ancient Rome! We will share our great experience with Tours by Locals and especially Dino M. with our friends. Thank you, Laura
Cesar AlvarezUnited States
We did two tours with Dino while in Rome: Ancient Rome and Vatican Basic tours. Dino is a great tour guide as he is very knowledgeable about Rome and the Vatican. I liked his story telling about Rome. You could tell he really enjoys his work because his eyes would light up while telling us the stories. Not just dry facts. His magic bag of pictures and iPad really help convey information. He is patient and flexible. Because we visited during the holidays, he was good on trying to work around the crowds.
Heather Stewartgrand forks, BC, Canada
Dino was wonderful! He was very informative and fun. We were a group of 5 with 2 children and Dino made the tour fun and accessible for them. He carried with him a series of pictures to help their imagination and his English was excellent and his knowledge was extensive. He made the ruins come alive for us. His timing was superb as we arrived at places before the crowds got too big. We would highly recommend Dino for your tour.
Bill PattersonUnited States
Buffy ArbogastUnited States
Dino was great. Very informative. We had a great time.
Robert DodsonUnited States
Wonderful tour by a fantastic guide. Dino is experienced, knowledgeable, and engaging. He managed to keep my teenage children interested throughout the entire tour. Highly recommended, he's one of the best guides I've had.
Jill AndreeUnited States
What an incredible experience! Dino was perfect! So informative but never boring - fantastic personality and even gave us wonderful suggestions for restaurants and what to order! We will miss him we feel he is now our friend for life! Bellissimo!!!��
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Carol WhitneyUnited States
Dino is an amazing source of information. A true student and teacher of history! There wasn't a single question he was unable to answer. His pride and love for his city is very apparent. He peppered this tour with historical facts - as well as present-day notes of interest. He was very solicitous about our comfort and safety - cautioning us about uneven steps, encouraging us to refill our water bottles, directing us to local restaurant for afterwards, pointing out taxi stands, etc. Definitely 5 stars!!!
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 Ancient Rome with such excitement it was 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!
Dara HensleyUnited States
Dino truly enriched our vision and understanding of the Forum and the Colosseum as he guided us through the sites of Ancient Rome. He gave us indelible insight into daily life and into the gladiator games that we thoroughly enjoyed. . .just wonderful!
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.
Linda Suter-GibsonUnited States
This tour with Dino may well be the best tour we have ever taken. He is very knowledgeable about the history of the area and fills in the smallest details. He also knows how to avoid lines and crowds in order to get us the best views and the best places for the best photos. When we return to Rome, we will sign up with Dino again. We highly recommend him.
Charles WilsonUnited States
Amazing tour by Dino. His grasp of the intricacies of the history of Rome was most apparent when he answered questions from us that took him off-script. His English is excellent, with the perfect Italian accent to go with it. We highly recommend a tour of the sites of Ancient Rome with Dino.
Ronald WeberUnited States
Dino is the best! He is very thorough and is worth every dime we paid him for our tours while in Rome. You cannot go wrong with Dino!
Jason KochUnited States
Dino was excellent. Amazingly knowledgeable and personable. I would highly recommend his tour as a great overview of Ancient Rome, and completely recommend Dino. He was wonderful and engaging with our children (12&14). We never felt rushed, and were able to ask all of our questions.
Bruce PfeifferUnited States
David WhitmarshUnited Kingdom
Dino is a well-informed and genial guide, with considerable knowledge of Roman history, thus able to answer many questions to put into context all that you see. Highly recommended.
Joshua SmithUnited States
Dino was amazing. Probably the best tour guide we had in our entire 3 week trip. The way he speaks gives you confidence that he has studied roman history quite extensively. He also had a fair number of pictures to give you an idea of what the different historical sites would have looked like, which was a great idea and very helpful! The amount of interesting history we learned on this single tour with Dino was simply amazing.
Paul DraghiUnited States
Excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about all of the historic places in Rome. His use of pictures and the iPad was very helpful. He worked at our pace and ensuring that we saw all of the highlights and got the most out of our time together by scheduling the day to efficiently use our time to see all the highlights in the shortest time possible. While this was not our first trip to Rome, we learned so much and left with a much greater appreciation of the history of this great city
Dino is an excellent guide. Very personable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. And if you ask, he can point you to a good out of the way restaurant for pizza
Kenenth TrombleyUnited States
We thought our tour with Dino was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and a wealth of information. Had great recommendations for photo ops to Gelato. Spent over 4 hours on the tour it never dragged or had empty spots. Dino was very through it was like a mini history course. We would certainly recommend him to anyone and would take a tour from home in future. Thank you
Karen WalkowskiUnited States
Going through the Roman Forum is a must for any person touring Rome and doing it with a private guide makes the experience so memorable
Karen WalkowskiUnited States
The private tour was exactly as we ordered. Dino was incredibly knowledgeable and clearly enjoyed his town. It was a great way to be introduced to Rome and learn about Roman history. The day went incredibly quickly. We will definitely recommend this to others!
Charles BaumgartnerUnited States
Darlene KernerUnited States
Incredible knowledge and insight. Dino also showed us "secret" places for the best photos and views. He took us to a café that was lovely with a panorama view of Rome. Great tour!
Andrew StatonUnited States
Great tour, however, thought it would be more personal. There were only 2 of us and had hoped he would go off the beaten path. Unfortunately it was very much to script.
C. Suzanne BeatyFORT MYERS, FLORIDA, United States
Amazing! Dino is the best guide anyone could wish for to discover Rome. He is so knowledgable and shares the information so well you can visualize the ancient city.
Ameeta KumarUnited States
Megan ReynoldsUnited States
LOVE Dino! He has such passion for Rome and the sights. I would highly recommend him for any tour.
Scott KeithUnited States
We did two different tours on separate days with Dino. Once again, Great tour! Outstanding tour guide! Dino knows Roman history with incredible depth. We could not have been more pleased. We have done many tours, his were among the best.
Norman ManleyUnited States
This was our second trip to Italy, and Rome. We learned so much of ancient Rome from Dino that we had not heard in previous tours.
Tommei TongHong Kong
Dino is a real professional, very passionate about history especially roman history and a very skilful guide. It was a real pleasure to discover Rome in this way.
An interesting and informative tour. A knowledgeable guide with an engaging personality I would recommend this guide and tour to any one who has an interest in Roman history
Kevin GillilandUnited States
Dino was extremely knowledgeable plus he brought excellent diagrams, maps and pictures that showed Rome throughout the ages.
Dino is a very knowledgeable, personable and conscientious guide and we thoroughly enjoyed our morning with him.
Marjorie StanfordUnited States
We had only 3 full days in Rome, and were fortunate to meet Dino as he was able to provide the essence of Ancient Rome in a way that brought 2000+ years of history to life. In addition to being a certified tour guide, Dino also has a PhD in history, so he was well prepared to answer our many questions. He was able to provide a comprehensive tour without overwhelming us with details we would never remember.
Adrian DeshotelUnited States
Dino is an excellent guide who we have already recommended to friends for their visit to Rome.
Karen GreggUnited States
Promptly met us at our hotel. Dino was very informative and had a "Mary Poppins" bag of supportive pictures, diagrams etc. He is clearly passionate about his work and is a great guide.
Thomas EckelsUnited States
Dino was an absolute star. He arrived ahead of time and we began immediately. In addition to informative commentary, he has his "Mary Poppins" bag full of supplementary information: "then and now" pictures, maps, and an iPad full of illustrations to help understand the recent as well as ancient history of Rome. We had him join us for lunch between the morning ancient Rome tour and an afternoon Vatican tour. He kept the commentary perfect for our knowledge and interest level. Take his "skip the line."
Darin DoughertyUnited States
Dino was a wonderful host to guide us thru the Roman Forum, Pantheon, et al. He was prompt, courteous, ever so knowledgeable. He knew the answers to any of the questions we had and had great use of his iPad to accompany the history with pictures of the area over time.
Elizabeth MayUnited States
Dino was was wonderful guide. I really wasn't that interested in the Colosseum, my kids wanted to see it, but Dino did such a wonderful job of explaining the history of the place and connecting to other events in Roman history, that it actually was one of the highlights of my trip.
Maurice LangloisUnited States
Our tour of the Coliseum and Roman Forum were fantastic due to our tour guide's knowledge and enthusiasm for Ancient History. Dino's personality and humor made our tour enjoyable, in spite of the summer heat. I highly recommend the the tour and the tour guide for the walking tour of the Coliseum and Roman Forum.
Matthew M.United States
Dino provided us with a tremendous and highly professional tour of Ancient Rome including the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. Was an excellent overview in a few hours that captured the high points and just the right amount of detail. Kept both parents and teenage kids engaged for the entire four hours. Highly recommended.
Megan WilliamsUnited States
Best tour guide! He is truly knowledgeable about everything!!
Theresa McClureUnited States
We cannot say enough about our tour with Dino. We elected to have a private tour with just the two of us. I cannot imagine how much we would have missed if we had not taken this tour. Dino was professional, personable, fun and amazingly knowledgeable. We would recommend him to anyone traveling to Rome. He was so passionate about sharing his wonderful city. He made the history easy to understand and remember. He really does deserve more than 5 stars.
Sean FornashUnited States
Esther SwaseyUnited States
Dino's tour was the highlight of our weeklong trip to Rome. We had our 5 children aged 4-15 with us on the Ancient Rome Walk and he was able to engage everyone. We wish we would have booked him for other tours!
Nabil AdawiUnited States
Linda LarsonUnited States
Dino was waiting for us at the designated meeting spot, and for the next 5 hours, he had his information ready to answer all of our questions about the ancient Roman sites that we visited. He balanced his comments to appeal to our range of experiences and interests, which included seasoned travellers, two school teachers, and an art history enthusiasts. He paced our stops such that those in our party who brought cameras had pleanty of time, but those without did not stand around waiting.
Jim Goddard-JonesUnited Kingdom
A great morning in Rome discovering the ancient sites. Dino's extra information, explanation and pictures all helped to bring it to life and we understood it, and enjoyed it, much more than we would have without a guide. Thanks Dino
Drew M.United States
Our tour with Dino was fantastico! My mum and I were visiting Italy and this was one of our favorite tours. Dino helped re-create a photo op taken 60 years ago when my dad visited Rome while touring with the US Navy. This was a huge surprise to my mother and really made her entire experience that much better. Even without this surprise, we highly recommend Dino's tour due to his knowledge, ability to relate the information in a fun way, and his charming personality. Grazie, Dino, for a memorable tour!!
Viveca ParkerUnited States
Dino was on time, and ready with a good plan starting off with the Church of St. Peter in Chains and the Moses sculpture - a good intro to Rome's varied aspects. Dino was lively, knowledgeable about details of history, kept up our interest with commentary, and paced the tour very nicely. He clearly loves the city and showing it off. Thanks to Dino!
Our tour with Dino was a perfect example of what an excellent guided tour should be. Dino was not only very knowledgable, but took great efforts to explain us all the finer nuances of the sites. He managed the time very well and ensured that we donot miss anything. We really enjoyed our time with him and would gladly recommend him to everybody
great tour & guide 4adults 2teenage boys & 1 5yr old girl all enjoyed the tour informative & knowledgeable easy going even pointed us in direction of great restaurants & gelato
Richard ImsdahlUnited States
Dino met us at our hotel and took us on a trip to Rome's past for the next five hours. We had seen many of the sites on our own, but he provided rich historical details that added greatly to our appreciation. Though we tried our best to stump him, there wasn't a question he couldn't answer. We even appreciated our rest stop and would probably not have found this quiet hilltop place on our own. Our day with Dino was one of the best of our trip, and we found this service well worth the price we paid.
Nily ArieUnited States
It was important to us that our 12 years old have a good, fun experience. Dino made this a fun tour filled with anecdotes about the roman life using visual aids. We had a wonderful experience. I would recommend Dino to anyone wishing to learn about the roman history.
Steven WhitsonUnited States
I liked Dino's ability to speak/teach adults and my two children(age 4 and 5). He brought pictures too, so he could help us visualize what the sites looked like originally. Having a tour guide like Dino is a must, especially for a place like Rome.
Rusty BascomUnited States
Dino greeted us in the lobby of the hotel before we headed off in a taxi to visit the sites of Ancient Rome. He was very knowledgeable about the various history and details, and was able to efficiently lead us through the various sites, with pictures of "then" and "now" to enhance the experience. With Dino as our guide, we bypassed long lines into the Colosseum and then visited the Roman Forum and other sites before wandering west to the area around the Pantheon where he guided us to a nice gelato shop.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: THANK YOU for this other nice review, I've spent a great time with you and despite the heat we had a nice tour at the Forum and in all the other sights before getting the gelato shop. I hope to meet you again in Rome! Dino
Kari RolandUnited States
We had a great time with Dino. He is very knowledgable. He was able to answer all of our questions. He was very kind and polite. We have 3 of our kids with us, ages 10,12,14. He kept them interested for 4 hrs, and told some fun stories. I would definitely recommend Dino. Definitely get a tour guide for Ancient Rome, or you will miss out in all the interesting information.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs. Roland, Thank you a lot for your nice review!! It was a pleasure to meet you and guide you around the Ancient Rome! We had a nice tour together and your your kids are so polite and interested. I hope to meet you again in Rome...there's an endless list of sights to discover :-) Dino
Meagan ApplebaumBellaire, TX, United States
Dino was great! Very knowledgable and friendly, he was able to answer all our questions and give us extensive details to help us visualize Ancient Rome.
Francine DubiskiUnited States
Dino is a great guide with a passion for history that was contagious. He made sure to include our daughter in the discussions and made sure that she enjoyed the tour too. Overall, loved the tour and would hire Dino again and recommend him to friends.
Marta S.United States
This was fantastic tour. Dino was simply excellent, very professional, knowledgeable and fun. we've seen and learned so much during the few hours. Dino was able to recreate the picture of Ancient Rome in our heads, the view, the atmosphere, we were able to see beyond the ruins...we had bilingual group and Dino was patient with the translations. The trip was packed with places to see but Dino arranged for little stops for breaks. I would highly recommend to take this tour with Dino.
Gary SchwandtUnited States
Paul A.United Kingdom
I decided on a personal tour to start my first visit to Rome to help get an initial impression of the city. There is so much to see that just knowing where to start can be a problem. This tour was worth every euro with sites visited, both major tourist attractions and others not so, brought to life by Dino M. He has a knowledge of and passion for his city which was shared enthusiastically throughout the 4 hour tour. I cannot recommend a tour with Dino highly enough