Alan ErnstUnited States
Marisa's background as an archeologist provided an extra thoroughness and insight to the Vatican tour. She informed us that the crowd was much lighter than she had witnessed during the high season thus allowing for a more leisurely experience that was much appreciated. Should we return to Rome, we would start by booking Marisa again for another tour. Thank you!
Michelle HockerUnited States
Marisa is the the guide you want if you want to see the Vatican! She is the BEST! Her English is clear, and her personality is absolutely delightful. She knows how to avoid the crowds, but you won't miss the important pieces. She'll answer any question you have about artists, popes or Rome, but won't overwhelm you with too much information. She'll go as deep as you want on any topic - a real expert. THANK YOU MARISA!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michelle, I really enjoyed the time spent with your family For me was a pleasure and an honour to escort you in the Vatican, despite the heat and the crowd of July. Congrats again for your girls :) Marisa
Dr. Anthony PapaniaUnited States
Excellent intelligent and organized tour of the Vatican and Vatican history by Marissa! Five stars! We will recommend her to others!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Anthony :) I'm glad that you enjoyed our tour of the Vatican! Good idea to start early come back soon to discover more sites! Tornate presto :) Grazie, Marisa
John SchleicherUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks John for the review! It was a pleasure to meet your family marisa
Lindsay StarkeyUnited States
Marisa was wonderful and so knowledgable! She was ready for us right where she said she would meet us. My husband and I toured the Vatican museums with her (started at 8am before the museums opened to general entries at 9) and learned so much. She was open to all of our questions. We then toured around St. Peter's as well. During the tour she utilized the space and timing ideally, avoiding other big groups that may have been sharing the space to make sure that we could see things and hear her well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Lindsay!! Great to be able to enter at the busy Vatican Museums before crowds, it was a very nice experience for me too!Spending the morning with you was a pleasure :) Come back soon to explore more! Thanks Marisa
Linda BaderUnited States
Marissa provided the most professional, informative, and entirely pleasing tour of the Vatican today. I was particularly impressed by her depth of knowledge and ability to impart that information to me and the other tour participant. You would be extremely fortunate to have Marisa as your guide should you visit Rome.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Linda, Touring the Vatican is often a challenge, but thanks to your patience and level of interest we did it well! many thanks for the review, meeting you was a pleasure 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!! :)) Marisa
Cheryl HarrisoUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Cheryl :) Marisa
Michelle BossUnited States
Very knowledgable and fun. Knew ways to get through the crowds with the least amount of hassle.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michelle! Marisa
Anne WalkerUnited States
Marisa was an outstanding guide, very personable and knowledgeable. She has such pride in being a native of Rome, gave us wonderful insights, and catered our tour to our interests. This is not easy with six people ranging in age from 15 to 75, in addition to navigating crowds of tourists in very warm temperatures. We would highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Anne :) Touring with your group was a pleasure, sunch a nice family. The Vatican Museums were very crowded that day, but you've made an easy job for me, with your patience! Thanks again, Marisa
Anna Maria WoodUnited States
The family was very pleased with the detailed tour of the vatican and chapel. Marisa was knowledgeable, kind and pleasant to be with. At the end, she directed us to a restaurant where the "pope ate." So we did and enjoyed a good lunch while observing several priests socializing. We highly recommend Marisa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Cara Anna Maria, grazie! many thanks for such a lovely review, I'll always remember of your smile during this intense tour :) I'm glad you were able to find the restaurant! Thanks, Marisa
This was a wonderful tour. Marisa guided us calmly through the masses of people so we always felt we were in an oasis. The information she provided was very interesting and just enough so we weren't overwhelmed. I enjoyed the way Marisa gave us some background information before taking us into a new section and answered all our questions. Her archeological background and passion was evident throughout the tour - we came out so much better informed. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elizabeth, I'm very glad that you liked my Vatican tour! I know how difficult is to enjoy the museum, with crowds and big groups. thanks for your patience and your smile :) Marisa
Henry B.Kings Park, NY, United States
Extremely informative and very very knowledgeable about the.Vatican.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: many thanks Henry for your kind comment! I'm glad you liked my tour of the Vatican Museums! Marisa
Fal ModiUnited States
Marisa was awesome. She had a lot of knowledge and was enthusiastic. We truly enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend her. It was great having a local there to guide us and would highly recommend pre purchasing the skip the line tickets, it saved us a ton of time. We especially loved that the tour was private and not with a large group. Definitely more enjoyable. The restaurant she recommended for lunch was amazing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks!! I was very happy to have such a lovely group for my Vatican Tour. We were lucky, despite the Christmas week, the museum was not busy at all! I'm glad you liked my tour (and the restaurant!!it's my fav pizza in Rome)
This was our second tour and Marissa was as enthusiastic and engaging as the first. she read our interest well and tailored her commentary accordingly. Her knowledge of history and art history had both depth and detail. We will book her again and recommend her to friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks John!! great to guide such a nice couple, especially when the Vatican is so "empty"! Rome in this period is so nice.Come back soon...during the winter of course ;)
We thoroughly enjoyed our Vatican visit w Marisa. She is professional & very knowledgeable and knew exactly what pace to keep to, bearing in mind my knee surgery.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Grace! I'm happy you enjoyed the tour. We were lucky that despite Christmas time and the Jubilee the Vatican was not so crowded and everything was open to visitors. Tak care, Marisa
Julie VerhaalenUnited States
We felt so lucky to have Marisa as our guide. She shared so much history of the Vatican and the politics involved. He knowledge of the artworks made everything come to life for us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julie, I'm glad you liked the second part of our tour, the Vatican. It can be tiring doing two tours in the same day, but in your company it had been a pleasure! Marisa
We were tired as my wife and 2 youngest daughters(teenagers) had arrived from Sydney the night before. You are also subject to the opening of St Peters- it was closed till 1300 as Pope Francis was celebrating Mass before leaving for Cuba. Marissa structured the day to accommodate both these things. She made it very interesting for all of us and was very knowledgable. Ages nearly 12 to 64 thought she was a great guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Phil! I'm glad your family liked the tour despite the tiredness and the jetlag. In those days touring the Vatican is always an adventure, there is everyday an unespected closure. I'm happy that we were able to see everything. Grazie, Marisa
Daniel EdwardsUnited Kingdom
Marisa was an exceptional guide and had a vast amount of local and historical knowledge to pass on. She is clearly very passionate about what she does and there are so many things we would have missed if we hadn't had her guiding us through the many galleries and collections. I would absolutely recommend Marisa to anyone thinking of visiting Rome and hopefully in the future we will book her for one of the other tours she operates.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Daniel, touring with you was such a pleasure! Come back soon in Rome, so I can take you around my city! Marisa
Trevor JonesUnited States
Excellent guide! Fantastic knowledge! Excellent English! Overwhelming location ... Need multiple tours tho appreciate Vatican
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Trevor, It was a true pleasure to meet your group! Come back to see other sections of the Vatican, I'll be happy to show you the Art Gallery or the Etruscan Museum.
Noreen DanielsUnited States
Marisa was fabulous! She has incredible knowledge about the Vatican that she shared brilliantly, and was kind and very accommodating! I would highly recommend her as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Noreen, it was really a pleasure to meet your smiling family :) Come back soon in Rome, as promised I'll take you to try some genuine Roman gelato! Thanks again, Marisa
Meg MiddletonAustralia, QLD, Australia
Marisa is a splendid guide for the Vatican and we enjoyed every expression of her knowledge and interest in the treasures and mysteries of the city. We had a wonderful morning and were astounded at the beauties, sceneries and historical knowledge that Marisa was able to deliver. Not to be missed -- Marisa made an overcrowded venue pleasurable and interesting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Meg, I know how tiring and crowded can be the Vatican...so I really appreciate especially the last line of your comment! It has been a pleasure to meet you, and I hope to see you again in my crazy but amazing city :)
Janet CzaplaUnited States
Thank you, Marisa, for a wonderful tour of the Vatican. It was so nice to have a personal guide who knew the answers to all our questions. We love using Tours by locals and will definitely book another tour with Marisa if we return to Rome.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the review Janet! I'm glad you liked our tour: a relaxing and nice experience for me too. The Vatican can be really stressful when it's busy! Come back soon in Rome...there are so many things to discover! Marisa
Hester BlackburnSouth Africa
Marisa is an excellent tour guide with an infectious passion for Rome, its people and its history. She has a lovely sense of humour (which goes with her keen intellect of course!) and is understanding and adaptable to her clients needs. Thank you Marisa - hope to see you again soon!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Hester again for this review. :) Hope to see you again too, the next time we can have a nice gelato together :) Marisa
Larry SmithUnited States
Marisa was terrific. When the Vatican Gardens were closed due to the canonization, she quickly suggested the Gardens of Castel Grandolfo. When I mentioned one individual required a wheelchair (part time), Marisa replaced the St Angelo Castle with the Rooms of Raphael because of the many stairs at the Castle. She responded to e-mails quickly and was extremely knowledgable on the tour pointing out the history as well as describing the works of art. We highly recommend Marisa to everyone.
Charles ZellmerAloha, OR, United States
This customized tour was awesome! Marisa made us feel welcome and right at home. She met us at our hotel and provided red carpet treatment throughout. We toured the Vatican, Hadrian's Villa (quiet place & not crowded), Appian Way, St. Clemete's Church, and did a walking tour of the fantastic Piazza's and Fountains of Rome. The condition of the Pantheon after 2000 years is truly amazing! Marisa is extremely knowledgable and a very nice person. Her english is excellent. In short she is a great guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thanks Charles for this second review! this second tour was even more pleasant, after many days together we were like friends! and thanks for the 5 stars...despite I've make you skip a pizza the second day :) thanks marisa
Alan HazletonUnited States
Marisa, Thank you for a wonderful tour of Museo Vaticano. You were very knowledgeable about the history of the Vatican and the Classic Tour of the Vatican Museums was perfect in length and content. I would highly recommend Marisa for anyone interested in learning about the Vatican and Rome from a person who has studied Roman History extensively. Thank you Marisa! Ciao!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alan! It was a pleasure for me to meet you and your family! You were smiling and interested despite of the heat and the crowd at the Vatican! Come back soon, Marisa
We had an amazing tour with Marisa who is so knowledgeable + passionate about Rome. She gave us all the highlights of the Vatican + St. Peter's and we also managed to bypass the large line-ups because she had our tickets! We will highly recommend Marisa and hope to see her again in Rome for another fascinating tour. Thanks Marisa for 2 wonderful days!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again Susan, for this second nice review! Come back soon to Rome, we still have a lot of hidden jewels to explore together..and of course some good local food to taste! Thanks Marisa
William BallUnited States
We used Marisa in Rome for a tour of the Vatican. She was great and was very accommodating. I would recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bill for your review! We had a fantastic tour of the Vatican Museums in the early afternoon, avoiding the crowd of the high season!!Your group was so nice! Ciao
Victor LamasUnited States
Marisa was very knowledgeable and very accomodating. She even extended her tour a bit because I was so interested in the Classical antiquities in the Vatican. I would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your review! It was nice guiding you across sections nobody never visits (as the Etruscan Museums or the Braccio Nuovo). But above all congrats Victor for you deep knowledge of Roman Emperors! You'll deserve a special degree in Roman History! thanks again Marisa