This is an exceptional walk in a magnificent area, and Valentina is a highly qualified, professional and delightful guide. Highly recommended.
Valentina is an exceptional guide to ancient Rome - she has a scholar's knowledge and she marries this expertise to wonderful story-telling and great personal professionalism and charm. We loved every minute of our walk with Valentina.
Neil BrownDaytona Beach Shores, FL., United States
Valentina was extremely knowledgeable in all areas of the tour. I would highly recommend taking a tour with this wonderful guide. Thank you very much for the best tour we've ever had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much!!
Andy PatmanUnited States
We could not have had a better experience than we did with Valentina. She passion and expertise about Rome and it's archeological history could not have been surpassed. We enjoyed a great lunch with her and wish the day never ended. Valentina is a gem and we can't wait to return to Rome for her to show us more treasures!
Duncan CampbellUnited States
Fantastic tour by Valentina ! Punctual informative passionately interesting plus great English .Valentina was able to answer all our questions bringing to life the history of Roman times . We Appreciated Valentina's intimate knowledge of the Colosseum, Forum & Palantine . Highly recommend Valentina for small groups Also highly recommend tours by locals Many Thanks Liz & Don
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!!!
June N.United Kingdom
Valentina was top rate from the very first contact with her; responding promptly to our enquiries and adapting the tour for my mobility limitations. Highly recommend this as your first, most important tour of Ancient Rome, because she takes the time to set up the history, little background details and key archaeological info that will bring the Palatine Hill, as well as the Forum and other sites to life for you in such an interesting way. Could not praise her highly enough. Excellent value,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, June!
Graham TynerUnited States
This was our 2nd outing with Valentina. We wanted to use her because of her archaeological background and weren't disappointed!! Valentina is very passionate and knowledgeable about Ostia Antica - a truly amazing place!! In taking us around the ancient city, she made us feel we were there, 2000 years ago walking those streets! You could feel her passion and her desire to educate us about Rome's ancient port city. Valentina has to be one of their best guides - recommend her highly!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Graham, just a big GRAZIE for your reviews and message! I hope to see you again to talk about bricks, acquaeducts and Roman history! Thank you again!
Graham TynerUnited States
Valentina was a joy to be with on this tour of Hadrian's Villa. She was so knowledgeable of the site and because of her Archaeological background, she could give us such insights about every facet of the construction of the Villa. What were the most important buildings, which one's were truly unique in design and usage, how long did it take to build and what was Hadrian doing all this time. It took 12 years to construct and Hadrian only lived there for 3 of those years. Recommend Valentina highly!!!
Jackson LindUnited States
Valentina had a bubbling personality, great knowledge of Ancient Rome. She was one of our favorites of our trip. She love her work and subject.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, I had a great time with you! Grazie!!!
Valentina was an outstanding guide. She is so enthusiastic about the Roman Forum and Roman history and absolutely fascinating as she described everything to us and our three teenagers. She has a wealth of knowledge and literally brought history to life for us. We were spellbound for the entire tour and thoroughly enjoyed our time with Valentina. Thank you so much for making this visit so memorable for us, we will never forget this special time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Melissa, thank you for those kind words, and thank you all! A big hug to your kids, knowing they are keeping good memories of the Forum makes me so happy! Grazie!!
Greg SeifertUnited States
Valentine was amazing, and our walk was so enjoyable and informative. She is so passionate about the history of Rome and Italy, and the importance of others understanding those incites. Her enthusiasm, professional knowledge and sense of humor were great.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Greg! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed my tour and hope you had a great time in Rome. My very best to both of you! Grazie!
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!
Jim GantUnited States
Excellent guide. After a long day of touring we accompanied Valentina on a night tour of Ancient Rome. Her insights as a practicing archaeologist and her warm engaging personality made it a very special evening (even though we were dragging a little)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jim, thank you so much for taking the time to write this kind review! Hope to see you all again in Rome, arrivederci!
James SchnellUnited States
We loved Valentina.Prior to our arrival we discussed various options.She designed a tour around our request and interest.She was extremely knowledgeable.Our walking tour was a architectural,archaeological and historical tour of the Capitoline and Palatine Hills. James and Harriet
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!
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!
This was a great tour of Rome underground. Valentina is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She is a trained and working archaeologist. She tailored the tour to our interests and was always happy to answer questions. She was kind and respectful of our daughter who was tired along part of the way from a week of walking in Rome. She also recommended other reading when she saw our interest in certain things. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!!
Jessica MehlmanUnited States
Valentina was AMAZING! So knowledgeable, sweet, and took the time to answer all of our questions. Her tour was the PERFECT way to start our time in Rome. She also took the time to go over a map with us and suggest all of the "must sees". We highly recommend her!!!!'
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jessica! It was my pleasure to answer your intriguing questions! Grazie mille!
Julie ZweigSandy Springs, GA, United States
Valentina was the best guide we have ever had. Who better to guide you through the ruins than an archeologist with a PhD. Her enthusiasm and love of her field was evident in her amazing ability to weave the history and stories of the ancient past in a way we could all understand. We were all completely engaged including our 13 year old boy. We highly recommend her. You will be incredibly lucky to have her as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Julie!
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
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!
Cheryl RobertsonUnited States
Her knowledge of the area is excellent. She actually has conducted a dig on site! Her enthusiasm is contagious and helps her turn what could be a dry subject into exciting and interesting information.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Cheryl! It was a really great pleasure to meet you and your lovely family! Arrivederci!
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
Excellent overview of the history and construction of the colosseum but also a glimpse into the lives of the ancient peoples of Rome and what society was like Could have spent all day there for sure
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for taking the time to write these kind reviews for me! Hope to see you again in Rome!
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>
Peter del RosarioUnited States
Valentina was very friendly and enthusiastic! Her background in archeology and experience in digs at the ancient Roman sites provided an extra bonus to our tour! She was attentive to our curiosity and interests, as well as to our personal comfort in during our hot, sunny afternoon. I strongly recommend her as your guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for this kind comment, Peter! It was a pleasure to meet you!
Valentina enthusiasm directly takes you in the story. Very knowledgeable , witty and putting the story into context. We had a 4 hour tour through the Planetine and the fora romana and it was really too short. So much to see and to explain. I can strongly recommend this!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for this lovely morning together and your kind review! (The last phrase of your private comment is one of the funniest things I have ever read!) Thank you!
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!
Jamye SwickUnited States
Valentina was great! So delightful to be with and so knowledgeable! I have been to Rome several times before and yet learned more in the few hours of our tour than I have learned in all previous visits! Valentina was also very accommodating and patient with us as to a few age and health limitations we had. Grazie!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, your words mean a lot to me and make me happy! And thank you for all your questions...they were more interesting than my answers! :-D
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!
Valentina was a very knowledgeable and accurate guide during the 2 hour city tour in Rome. She spoke fluent English, was very nice and polite. She was also very easy to communicate with. I strongly recommend her and I would book her again with no doubt!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, it was a pleasure meeting you!
Blaise ZeregaUnited States
Valentina is very knowledgeable, friendly, and was a perfect tour guide for our family. She answered all our questions and told us things that only an expert archaeologist would know about the Coloseo and life as a gladiator. Tante grazie, Valentina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind review! I really enjoyed visiting the Colosseum with your lovely family, grazie mille!