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Elisa T.

Roma, Italy

Ciao belli! I am Elisa, a local tour guide born and raised in the Eternal City- an authentic Roman from Rome.

The Eternal City is much more than the Vatican and the Colosseum, but it is filled with hidden gems and every corner hides a secret or legend that I would be happy to share with you! I know most of the dark and often sordid stories behind the official history of this great city.

My career has always been focused on Tourism and Art History as I studied at the best tourism high school of Rome to become a travel agent. I soon realized that organizing holidays for clients would not be enough for me- I wanted to be part of the trip. Then I visited ancient Ostia's archaeological excavations on a field trip, and our guide was so excellent that her explanation really made the past come alive. I felt a thrill and in that moment I found what my perfect place in the world would be. I was only 18 but my idea was clear…I wanted to become a tour guide!

So I graduated and then I gained experience as a guide during my internship while I was studying Cultural Heritage at Tor Vergata University in Rome. After a few years, I took the professional exam and I became an Art Historian- it was like a little dream come true. Recently I became an independent writer, with the publication of my university thesis in Cultural Anthropology about a medieval festival in Montefalco (a town in Umbria).

I am a mother of a young daughter who knows everything about Greek mythology, as I love to turn history into fables that are exciting for children. This is why I absolutely love guiding families with young children- one of my specialties is turning sad dramas into happy endings! In my free time I like to paint (from landscapes to decorative home painting). I also enjoy organizing events in Rome- parties for my family and friends. Besides that I dance salsa, and would be happy to show you some moves!

A Recent Review of this guide

Wonderful tour. We already had great full day walking tour of the main highlights of Rome with Elisa the day before and also booked her for a separate tour of the Vatican. The hidden gems tour included a private tour of the sculptures and Elisa was amazing and engaging throughout. Not an easy task when you have a 14 year old tagging along but our daughter was thoroughly enthralled! Elisa made the whole tour fun and interesting.
Deanna Wong

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Master's degree in Italian Cultural Heritage (2012)
Officially Licensed Guide - Roma, Italy (2010)
Bachelor's degree in Tourism


I am not a driver, but I arrange drivers and transportation for all my vehicle based tours.

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