Thanks a lot to Marisa for her amazing tour! Everything went well, with pre-arranged tickets, and we learned so much from Marisa's enormous wealth of knowledge. She told us everything about the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Forum Romanum in a competent and enjoyable way. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I highly recommend this tour. Please be prepared to absorb a lot of information during 3.5 hours. You want to be really interested in the history of ancient Rome for such an intensive experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Karsten :) It was so kind of you to write this nice review I'm glad you liked my extensive tour, despite the duration is my favourite walking tour of Rome Marisa
Gillian ChapmanUnited Kingdom
Wonderful tour and Marisa was such an interesting and friendly guide! Lovely sense of humour. Just the right level of detail and so knowledgeable. The pace of the tour was just right and her stories made everything come to life. We all recommend her unreservedly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Gillian!!I'm really glad I had the chance to meet your group and visit together the Ancient Rome sites. I'm happy you liked my tour especially since you all visited Rome many times so your compliments are very important for me! Arrivederci! Marisa
Gerry LazarUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gerry! :) Happy that you enjoyed my tour of the Colosseum, Palatine HIll and Roman Forum grazie, Marisa
Charles SkinnerUnited States
She was charming, extremely knowledgeable, and very thorough. She was very engaging and made my wife and I feel like VIPs, even though she herself is humble, and at the same time, confident in her ability to explain hundreds of years of Roman history. We were very pleased that she was our guide. Charles and Susan Skinner
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Charles and Susan, lovely experience spending with you the afternoon in the Colosseum (not too hot, not too crowded) I'm happy that you liked my tour! Marisa
Joseph JulianiUnited States
Marisa was outstanding! The tour was not only entertaining but educational as well. We could not have asked for a better guide. She is truly an asset to Tours by Locals. We will recommend Marisa to any and all coming to Rome. Thx Lise and Joe Juliani.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks :)) Thanks for having booked the afternoon tour, so nice touring when the Colosseum is not very crowded. Come back soon for more sightseeings ;) Marisa
Marisa was the perfect guide and made our Colloseum tour an unforgettable experience. She has incredible knowledge of the history and architecture of the area and her first-hand archaeological insight was invaluable. I cannot recommend Marisa highly enough. The tour was well paced and she catered for our needs perfectly. Thank you Marisa!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Annie! Such a lovely family, in a nice sunny morning! Doing my job it's easy and relaxing thanks to perfect clients :) Marisa
W. Robert SmithUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robert! I really enjoyed spending time with your smiling group :) Come back soon in Rome for more archaeological walks, Marisa
David RobinsonUnited States
Marisa is fantastic! Our tour of the colosseum and the forum with Marisa has been the highlight of our trip to Italy. Her ability to bring to life the chaos of the forum was first rate. She really took her time to answer questions and didn't "hurry" us through the tour. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David! Walking with you in the Ancient Rome was a pleasure, perfect weather and no crowds (thanks for having accepted my suggestion to start early!). It's easy to do my job when I meet travellers like you and your wife Thanks again Marisa
Mary B.United States
I've been to Rome several times and Marisa was EXCEPTIONAL. Prompt, organized, knowledgeable, and patient. My 88 year year old mom, who uses a cane, was part of our group and Marisa was very understanding of pace and allowed her to rest, which actually extended our booked time. I highly recommend Marisa!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mary, I appreciate very much your reviews!Since Rome is an old city, our streets and museums are not very accessible (no lifts and many steps), but everything was OK thanks to your mom patience and strength of will I enjoyed touring with you! Congrats for your mom :)
William WeidemaierUnited States
Excellent guide. Pleasant and enjoyable to be with. Very well informed. Helps that she is a university-educated archeologist and a native resident of Rome. Good English skills. She was on time and did not hurry us during the tour. We toured the Colosseum and the Forum in a party of four. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your review! I'm glad that you liked our tour despite the weather was not great. Marisa
Jennifer ChanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Jennifer! I'm glad you enjoyed my tour despite the very cold day (-2C°) Winter in Rome usually is warmer :) thanks, Marisa
Karen BoehningUnited States
Marisa is a fine tour guide. Our group of six had a wonderful time, including a very informative walk from our hotel to the colosseum and she made recommendations that made the rest of our stay in Rome better. We learned a lot. We highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Karen! We had a lovely morning walking around the little charming district Monti behind your hotel to the Colosseum. Thanks for having chosen this moment of the year, Rome is cold but not crowded. marisa
Herbert A BaughanUnited States
Marisa was a very excellent guide. She was punctual, knowledgeable, and very entertaining. I would recommend her to anyone. One of the best tours I have taken. H Baughan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Herbert! I'm glad you liked my tour of the Colosseum! Unespected cold in those days, at least we were lucky with the weather, enjoyng a chill but sunny morning. Marisa
Leith MooreToronto, ONTARIO, Canada
We truly enjoyed our time with Marisa. She was - as expected - full of the kind of information we had hoped to learn but also very open to our endless questions. A delightful tour of the Forum - we were very impressed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Leith! I'm happy you liked my tour, it was a lovely sunny morning, perfect to enjoy the Ancient Rome. Marisa
Peter C.United States
The tours Marisa provided of the Colosseum, Forum, Vatican and St Peter's were more that we could have hoped for. Her intelligent, thoughtful explanations of the history of your city provided an excellent narrative to what we were seeing. Marisa's kind and gentle manner, her patience, made for a relaxing and exhilarating view of some of the most historically significant locations in the world.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank for the nice review, Peter! It was great to meet your family and be your guide! Your kids are so wellmannered and interested! Thanks, Marisa
Mita TomerlinUnited States
Marisa was very patient, knowledgable and informative. Being an archaeologist that has excavated in the Roman Forum, the was able to share much more in depth knowledge about the archaeological sites we visited as part of the tour. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the review Mita :) Spending time with your family was a lovely experience for me. I loved your girls questions Marisa
Sterling Helwick JrUnited States
The Classic Rome tour was my favorite during our stay in Rome. Our guide, Marissa, is a true expert on this subject. As recommended, we left the hotel early and arrived at the Coliseum before the crowds. We especially liked the walk on the Palatine Hill and the visit to the museum there. We enjoyed learning about the archaeological excavation of the Roman Forum which she had assisted. We highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much :) I love the Roman Forum and the Ancient Rome so touring with you two was a pleasure. thanks again, Marisa
Christine A.United States
Marisa was very knowledgeable and demonstrated a true passion for the history of her city. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a private tour while in Rome.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Christine :) Thank you so much for the nice review and lovely comment! We had great time today walking around "my" Roman Forum. It has been a pleasure to meet such a lovely couple! Grazie a voi! Marisa
Kevin PotterUnited States
We could not have been happier to have had Marisa as our guide, for two separate tours. She is funny, knowledgeable, friendly, and worth every penny we spent. As a regular user of Tours by Locals, she was one of the best ever
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Kevin :) I love touring in November as I have loved to meet your group, very interested but even smiling and funny. My job is a pleasure when I can meet travellers are like your group of 8! thanks again, Marisa
Gigi BullUnited States
Having lived in Italy, we have visited Rome on many occasions. The tour with Marisa has been the most comprehensive tour of classic Rome we have ever had. She is a fantastic guide, her knowledge and passion for antiquity is very evident and she made history come to life for our group. Marisa stayed in touch with us prior to the tour date, arranged for convenient meeting point and facilitated the purchase of tickets so we would not waste time in line.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Gigi, I'm so glad you enjoyed my tour. We've spent together a lovely morning, touring in the best season for Rome, October.Thanks for having chosen my tours! Marisa
Ken EllenbogenUnited States
Marisa was extremely knowledgeable, thorough, wonderful about answering our questions and very pleasant to spent the morning with. If we return to Rome we would definitely do another tour with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ken, you were the perfect group, so It was a pleasure for me to escort you in the Ancient Rome. Thanks, Marisa
Patricia GolombPalm Coast, FL, United States
We were a group of 10. Marissa pre-purchased our tickets and headsets so there was no waiting in lines. Marissa was an excellent guide, giving us just enough information about the Collosseum and Roman Forum,and not over loading us with facts we would not remember. Although there were still crowds of people in October, Marissa moved us through the crowds as we needed, but stopped at any point where we wanted. A great tour with a wonderful guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Patricia, a very busy October indeed! I'm happy your liked our Roman Forum tour, despite crowds. Thanks, Marisa
Julie VerhaalenUnited States
We felt so lucky to have Marisa as our guide. She was so knowledgeable about the Coliseum and the ruins and the history shared made for an incredible day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Julie! we've spent a nice morning touring the Ancient Rome, in a lovely sunny day. See you soon in Rome :)
Kelly BlochUnited States
Marisa is wonderful! Very knowledgeable and nice to spend the day with. We have teen age children and they loved her stories about ancient Roman civilization. This is the perfect tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kelly for the nice review! We had a nice morning together, touring the center of Rome before crowds. Marisa
Sunita RichterUnited States
Marissa is not only knowledgeable but extremely passionate about her work. Being a guide is not just a job but a vocation for her. We appreciated every minute,although I was running around taking pictures, I listened carefully to all the interesting anecdotes, she accompanied the historical facts with. We will definitely book her again, when in Rome and recommend her to friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sunita, we've spent a nice morning together, despite the crowd of Rome. I appreciated your interest in my explanations, it's a pleasure to work with people as you and your husband. Come back soon, marisa
Trevor LinesUnited Kingdom
superb tour and guide for a family of four (2 boys, 15 & 17) with an in-depth knowledge that brought the history of the sites alive. Excellent use of visual aids to help understand how the architecture, landscapes and life was in Roman times, and Marisa made the tour a real highlight of our trip to Rome. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Trevor! It has been a pleasure to meet your family and visit the Ancient Rome with you. My job is a pleasure when I can share my knowledge with such nice travellers. Grazie, Marisa
Debbie NelsonUnited States
I recently had the pleasure of Marisa's expertise and company for a full day in Rome. Marisa's passion for her Eternal City is quite obvious as is her expertise in archaeology, after all that's what her degree is in. She was very informative, entertaining and personable;just perfect for our day that consisted of the Coliseum, Palatine Hill, the Forum and the Borghese Gallery. She timed everything perfectly for entrances and weather consideration as well. I highly recommend Marisa for any of her tours!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Debbie for your review! We've spent a nice day touring in my favourite areas of Rome, and especially the amazing Borghese Gallery! Thanks again for having chosen my tours and for your very kind words, Marisa
Sonal ShahUnited States
Marisa was wonderful. She made the history come alive and kept our entire family engaged (even two teenagers). We were on a 13 day European vacation and my daughter said her favorite part of the trip was the tour with Marisa! Thank you Marisa for all of the wonderful memories.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Sonal, I'm so happy you liked my tour. For a tourist guide is a big satisfaction to involve teenagers, so imagine my happiness, reading your daughter comment :) Marisa
Barbara GarlandUnited States
Marissa was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Barbara for the immediate review! I hope everything OK in the rest of your Roman Holiday. Marisa
Alexandra (Sascha) HastingsCanada
We chose Marisa as our guide for the Palatine, Forum and San Clemente specifically because she is an archaeologist by training, and we were thrilled with her tour! She absolutely outstanding - incredibly knowledgable about Roman history, archaeology, architecture, design etc., happy to accommodate special requests/needs, and tons of fun. She is a consummate professional and we can't recommend her highly enough, especially if you love to learn. She is the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Sascha for the nice review! You were so interested that for me was a joy to guide you around my fav sites in Rome. i hope to see you soon, to arrange more special tours. Marisa
Kevin McInroy-EdwardsUnited States
I cannot tell you how wonderful our morning and tour of ancient Rome was with Marisa. We are a family of four, 2 adults and two teenage boys. Marisa's knowledge of ancient Rome is extensive and she communities that knowledge in a way that kept all of us interested and wanting more. We did not feel as though she was just repeating what she had read in a book, as an archeologist, she truly understands what ancient Rome was and is. Grazie Marisa per tutto!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the nice review Kevin! :) It was a pleasure to meet you and guide you around the Ancient Rome, my real passion! congrats for your kids! so polite and interested. Marisa
We had a lovely time with Marisa. She made all the arrangements for us to do the underground tour of the Colloseum which was really nice as it was hassle-free! Marisa spoke very good English, and was very informative. Travelling with four teenagers who have different levels of knowledge absorption abilities is challenging, however Marisa kept them interested and engaged. Marisa also did some of the digs around the ruins that we visited, and that personal piece added a cool dimension to the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Kathleen! i'm glad you enjoyed our tour and the underground visit too. your sons were really interested, a big satisfaction for a guide! congrats, you all were nice and smiling! marisa
Matt MacMillanUnited States
Marisa was right on time and right on target with the tour. She knows the sites and was very happy to share lots of info. She has a depth of knowledge about Rome's history and helped our family relate to the city...and we learned the origin of the word 'Spa'! Great job, we appreciated the time we had together.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Matt! Despite I visit the Ancient Rome everyday, I still love so much those sites! It was a big pleasure to meet you! Marisa
Lorna HonanUnited States
We had a wonderful,informative tour with Marisa. Her enthusiasm was contagious! We would strongly recommend her. Honan Family
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the review! It was a pleasure to meet you and tour with your kids! And all of you were so interested that I felt really pleased. Thanks again, Marisa
Marisa was lovely and extremely knowledgeable. She was able to entertain the whole family, including our 3 teenagers. We couldn't have had a better day. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Fiona! Our Christmas tour of the Colosseum/Forum was really relaxing and I was really happy to meet you. Best wishes again Mairsa
Charles ZellmerAloha, OR, United States
This customized tour was awesome! This was our first visit to Rome, and Marisa made us feel welcome and right at home. She met us at our hotel, summoned a cab and off we went to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. After lunch a professional driver picked us up and brought us to Ancient Ostia. Ostia was way less crowded than the other areas and is very well preserved. Marisa is extremely knowledgable and a very nice person. Her english is excellent. In short she is a great guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: dear Charles, thanks for the amazing experience! You were so interested in the Ancient Rome that was a big plleasure to guide you around..and to reply to your questions!I'm glad you followed my suggestions about Ancient Ostia, off the beaten path but amazing.. thanks
Michele MontalvoHenderson, NV, United States
Our tour guide Marissa was wonderful. She is highly educated, informative and very professional. We would highly recommend this young woman. Michele Montalvo
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michele, I really want to thank you! I was really happy to be your guide..you made me smile despite crowd and the heat! ...and now I have a magic shovel!! Thanks :)
Maria AlmaUnited States
Marisa was Great! Patient, knowledgeable, easy going!Great tours with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alma! :) I enjoyed very much touring with you and your group! Both our tours were really pleasant for me! Thanks Marisa
Darren StevensUnited Kingdom
I would like to thank Marisa for sharing her knowledge of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill with me. I thought the addition of the visual aids also helped to bring the ruins to life and transported me back to ancient times. I would have no hesitation in recommending Marisa to anyone thinking of touring the sites. Her passion and enthusiasm made my trip a most enjoyable one and I certainly am pleased with my decision to place the booking with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Darren! It was a pleasure to share my knowledge of the Roman History with a so interested person. I know that ruins are really "mute" sometimes, so I always spend all my passion to illustrate them. I'm glad you have appreciate my efforts! Marisa
Ken GalbraithUnited States
Marisa's tour was excellent. She knows the history and the archeology of the Forum area, and is happy to share it with you. As an archeologist, Marisa described her experiences digging in the Forum area. This added a valuable perspective to our experience. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! I love touring across the Ancient Rome, it's my first love and still my passion! And it's a pleasure when I meet people like you and your son, so interested in the Ancient History.
Betty BakerUnited States
How very lucky we were to find Marisa on two of our private tours in Rome. Having her, an archeologist, was the best possible choice for these tours. Not only was she sweet and personable, she had knowledge that went beyond just learning. I am certain she would have been as excellent with any of the tours she provides, but for these, I just don't know how she could be beat. Thank you so much Marisa. And I'm glad I found Tours By Locals as they were reliable and efficient.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Betty for your review! You were so smiling and interested that was a pleasure to share my knowledge with you. And I think that this the best review I ever received.. Even if Archaeological Tours are my specialty, probably I did my best even because you were so interested. Thanks again Marisa
Marisa was a wonderful guide and we had a great day with her giving us a knowledgeable + interesting tour of the historic highlights of Rome. She also recommended a few great restaurants + some amazing gelato. We would highly recommend Marisa and her walking tour of Rome. thanks again Marisa for such a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! What a nice experience touring with you and your group! I'm glad you enjoyed not only my historical knowledge...but even my suggestions about meals. In Rome even Gelato is part of the culture! By the way, thanks again for your review and come back soon in Rome! Marisa
Thyra Lees-SmithUnited States
Marisa was a treasure! The day we took our tour it was raining and there were a host of challenges, Marisa worked her magic and rearranged everything on the fly so that we had an exceptional time in Rome. Though I have been to the Eternal City many times she was so full of information that I learned a ton. Both my partner who had never been before and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip. I can't recommend Marisa highly enough.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Thyra and David, thank you so much for the review. Despite of the rain and the National Strike you were so smiling and friendly that was easy for me to rearrange the schedule of the tour. I have spent a really nice morning with you! Come back soon to Rome..there are so many places to discover! Thanks Marisa
Martha DavisUnited States
What a marvelous experience. Marisa is enthusiastic, extremely well informed, articulate and thoughtful. My grandson, age 15 and I enjoyed our 2 days with Marisa in Rome more than any part of the wonderful trip to Italy. This is money well spent. Dr. Martha Davis
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Martha :) I really enjoyed touring with you and your grandson, you were so interested that was a pleasure to spend two days with you. Thank you again for the review! Marisa
Laura HirschfeldUnited States
Marisa was an outstanding tour guilde for our group of 9 - kids ages 10-16 and adults. She has a wonderful way of making the places we saw come alive and the history become real to all of us. We only wish we knew more going into the tour so we could take advantage of her knowledge by asking better questions!! It was incredibly well worth it to have the private tour for our group. Tours by Locals has very high standards for their tour guides and we will use them everywhere we go from now on!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow Laura thanks!! :) Your review is one of the best I ever had, it's a great satisfaction for me as a tourist guide and an archaeologist! You all were very nice, congrats even for your kids, they were very interested and well-mannered. Thank you again Marisa
Richard CrossonUnited States
Marissa did a great job explaining every aspect of what we were seeing. Her knowledge as an archaeologist was invaluable. I had a private tour and it made my vacation, right to the front on the line (had to be 1,000 people in line at the Colosseum), a great lunch where the locals eat not the tourists, every question I had answered. Marissa is pleasant, intelligent, trustworthy, didn't mind when I asked her to photograph me and just a good person!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again for the nice review...you're very kind! I'll store in my mind all your words....when I need some self-confidence! Just kidding...thank you again! Feel like have toured with a friend :)
RaMon McBrideLas Vegas, NV, United States
Marisa was very informative and personable. We enjoyed all her insights and guidance in our very limited time in Rome. I reccomend the Classic Rome Walking tour with her to see Rome from its origin through Marisa's eyes. I would definitely use her for this and any other tour she offers. Thank you Marisa for a great day in Rome!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks RaMon!! I'm glad you have enjoyed the tour, despite of the terrible warmth of that day! Even if you had only 3 hours in Rome you were so nice and interested.Come back in Rome for a longer stay..the next time enough time to taste a good ice-cream! Say hello to Oscar for me! Marisa
Brian DillmanUnited States
Marisa was an excellent guide. She was knowledgeable, patient, and local! She was able to answer every question he had. Her experience excavating in the Forum was an invaluable plus. As this was our honeymoon we had an experience of a lifetime and Marisa's presence as our guide was part of it. We highly recommend Marisa to anyone to who wants to gain an in-depth understanding of all the great ruins in Roman Forum, Colosseum and Palatine Hill.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi Brian! Thanks for this wonderful review :) I still remember the tour we did, and all your questions!! ;) I'm honoured to be part of your special trip, and part of your Roman experience. Marisa
Marisa was on time, friendly and brimming with information. I engaged her because of her archaeological background and she did not disappoint. She had actually done some of her own digging near the Foro Romano! She showed me things I would not otherwise have seen ie Livia's house on the Palatine along with some pre-Republic excavations. She answered all my questions patiently never betraying impatience. Furthermore she spent longer than the alotted 3 hours. I would definitely recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tyrone! Definitely I could consider you an "honorary" son of Rome! As I've written you by email, you makes me feel very proud of my city (and happy to be a guide). I never mind to spend more time with my travellers, if I'm available! Arrivederci e torni presto a Roma Marisa
Ian RapleyUnited Kingdom
We found Marisa very helpful and knowledgeable. She was flexible in changing the tour round to suit us and made the whole trip to rome enjoyable and informative. She kept the children happy as well as the adults. Highly recomended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the review!! Congrats for your family: during my tours, I've never met kids so polite and interested in ancient history and curious about each aspect of "local" life. Guiding you for me was pleasant and even stimulating. thank you. Marisa
Suzette SmithAnahola, HI, United States
We took this tour with Marisa and it was everything she said it was and more. Her knowledge and love for her city showed in her excitement to show us the sites. We would do another tour with her and children would love her as well. Most definitely have Marias as you guide. Grade Excelent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you!! Come back soon in Rome... with your children! There are so many things to discover together. Grazie :)