Norman ManleyUnited States
Dino is extremely knowledgeable. This is our third tour of the Vatican and he is by far one he best.
Micheal AyadUnited States
Again Dino was extremely professional and went out of his way to accommodate our family. We had a family member with limited mobility on this tour. Dino, got him a wheelchair to use at the Vatican museum to use through the tour then sat us at the Sistine Chapel and took the wheelchair back himself to allow us maximum time to enjoy the chapel. He is very knowledgeable and an excellent guide. This is our second time using his service and we will continue to ask for his help on our future Rome trips.
Catherine VarankaUnited States
I'm sure I don't have the words that would adequately honor the experience my daughter and I had on Dino's tours. His encyclopedic knowledge of all things historical and contemporary in his beautiful Rome and the reverence he imparted for Vatican City was rivaled only by the love and passion through which he shared his itineraries. Well paced, yet dense. He suffused his narrations with documents and maps. EVERY moment with Dino was used to explore: artifacts, walls, floors, chambers, gardens, structures.
Amy LockardUnited States
Great tour! Dino did an amazing job and made our whole experience wonderful! Thank you Dino!
Courtney YeakelUnited States
Dino is incredibly knowledgeable, entertaining and professional. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with him.
I would have given more stars if at all possible. Dino is fantastic, I actually cannot wait to go back to Rome to contact him again for another tour. He is super knowledgeable, professional and very pleasant. We would totally recommend to contact him if you want to have an informative tour which is also filled with little, interesting details about the splendid Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
Annette KelleyUnited States
Dino was friendly and very knowledgable. We learned so much about the art in the Vatican and the history of the papacy. Even though it was quite crowded he made our tour special by pointing out little details we would have missed on our own. Wish we had had more time for a even more, like the picture gallery. Highly recommend this tour and this guide.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Apr 22 (AV) LiveChat - Added a review to this booking based on traveler's request.
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.
Kendra KayUnited States
Dino was an outstanding and highly knowledgeable guide. He provided fascinating commentary that engaged both adults and kids in our group. He knew exactly how to navigate the throngs, the best photo spots, and gave us adequate time to see the major attractions. It was a very high yield tour and he was also extremely warm and friendly to all.
Meredith BraceUnited States
Our first time in Italy, and Dino, our guide in Rome, set the pace. He was a wealth of knowledge of all things Vatican and had a clear and complete answer for every question our group of six came up with. He was very professional, and delivered his proficiency of history with warmth and preciseness. Dino pointed things out within the museums that we would never have noticed, all with explanations to ensure our understanding. We hope to hire Dino on our next trip to Rome!
Tanya SimuniUnited States
Dino was EXCELLENT. He was knowledgeble but not overwhelming, provided a good historical background, was easy to communicate with and had good English. The Tour of Vatican was special ! Highly recommend
Gerry LazarUnited States
Dino's knowledge of Rome and Roman history must be unrivalled. He is the perfect tour guide. If you go on one of Dino's tour, your certainly will not be disappointed...looking forward to our second tour with him tomorrow!
Marjorie BetoUnited States
I am a year late on this (I highly apologize) But Dino was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable. So interesting. One thing I highly recommend about a private TOUR BY LOCALS tour is the personalization. You can hear your tour guide, answer questions, the tour ends up being customized to your interests. I am always so fascinated with the little things that they know. I highly recommend Dino. You'll will not be disappointed.
Paul EricksonUnited States
My adult dau and I had Dino for 3 Sep '17 tours in Rome - Ancient Roma, Tivoli, Vatican. We found him widely knowledgeable in the details of Roman history, art & culture. He's a dedicated (Phd) student and passionate teacher in his field. He is respectful of both his subjects and his clients. His hand held visual aids were (e.g. tablet) great additions and he used them effectively. He was energetic and timely. Only one negative: his accent was difficult to understand at times
Graham FlemingUnited States
Very interesting and informative tour of the vatican museums and St. Peter's. Dino did a great job
Phil WhiteRockyview, QLD, Australia
A must do tour whilst in Rome. Thank goodness we pre booked this tour as Dino was able to take us past the long queues that were waiting to enter the Vatican Museum. The crowds were large but Dino pointed out everything of interest and explained so much that we would have otherwise have missed. His knowledge of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Bascilica are second to none. That's Dino.
Carol WhitneyUnited States
My granddaughter and I just completed a 3-hour private tour of the Vatican . Dino was a superb guide, highly professional, incredibly well informed, completely instructive re: customs, dress codes for specific sites, rules of conduct, etc. He showed obvious concern for our comfort - on an extremely hot day - offering water and restroom breaks, keeping our time in the sun to a minimum, cautioning us about safe drinking water, licensed taxi-cabs, etc. Could not have asked for better!
Rebecca BaergenUnited States
Dino was an awesome tour guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable and so enthusiastic about everything in the Vatican. He was well prepared with visual aides to help us understand and follow along with the information he provided. He tailored the tour exactly as we wanted and we were able to see and experience everything we hoped. We really could not be happier.
Michael LemonUnited States
Dino is a pro. One of the highlights of Rome was our tour with Dino of the Vatican. Highly recommended!
Debora RussellUnited States
Thankyou Dino from the Russell Family, we loved every minute touring with you through Rome, saw so many wonderful things and loved the off the beaten path sites that you were able to show us, was beyond our wildest expectations, a trip of a lifetime - we could not have done Rome without you Thank you so much Debbie Russell
Arnold (AJ) RamseyUnited States
Dino's enthusiasm and knowledge were infections and his familiarity with the venue, stories and visual aids made for a great experience for the entire family.
Lori LandryUnited States
Dino was amazing! The knowledge of the subjects was incredible and he managed to take the age range of 80 to 16 into account and make it interesting for all. I would highly recommend Dino again! Can't wait to come back!
Ewan LabromUnited Kingdom
Dino was outstanding. Incredible knowledge, extremely friendly and very courteous. A joy to be with. We certainly learnt a great and would recommend Dino very highly indeed
Thomas CottoneUnited States
Dino met us for our tour of the Vatican at our hotel. He was totally knowledgeable with a power point presentation to enhance the experience. Highly recommend
Mike SturzenbeckerUnited States
Yelena KapkanovaUnited States
Extremely enjoyed our tour with Dino! He makes everything very interesting and shares a lot of knowledge.
Dino is an outstanding guide. He has an incredible combination of knowledge / insight and a pleasant personality that virtually lights up the tour. He ensured we had an efficient, yet packed tour of the Vatican, and I only wish we had the time to explore Rome with him as well! Shukriya / Mille Grazie Dino! ��
Dino was a charming, very knowledgeable guide who gave us a wonderful tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. He took time to tell us in detail what we were about to see and it was all so interesting that time flew by. He looked after us at all times and made sure we were together before giving us information. His enthusiasm was catching and we were fascinated by the history and stories of life in Vatican City. I would certainly recommend him as an excellent guide.
Stan MillerUnited States
We were with Dino for the morning. We did the Vatican in the afternoon. See my review for the other tour. In summary, Dino is gets an A+ all around. And all four of us in our group agreed. Stan
Barbara B.GEORGIA, United States
It is difficult to imagine visiting the Vaican without a guide, and now that we have toured with Dino, we are so glad we visited there with him! He is well organized and a vast storehouse of knowledge. The tour was entertaining and informative. Dino speaks English fluently, clearly loves what he does, and was so pleasant and helpful, we would give him more stars if we could.
Frances AlmondUnited States
Dino was amazing! We bypassed all the lines. He gave us an in-depth history of the Vatican as well as the art. He used pictures of the Sistine Chapel ceiling to give us things to look for and to understand the paintings since you can not talk inside the chapel. Don't even try to see the Vatican without a guide, you will miss so much. I highly recommend DIno!
Mike KimballUnited States
Dino was excellent! He was very knowledgeable. He has studied for over 9 years. He was passionate about his work, and encouraged us to ask questions. He spoke very good English, and negotiated us through the very large crowds. Although we have been to the Vatican several times, we still learned many new and interesting facts.
Michele TravisUnited States
Dino was great! He knew all the tips and tricks that we would never had known without him. He was very knowledgeable and over all just a pleasure to have with us! We would use him again in a heart beat!
Thomas EckelsUnited States
Dino was an absolute star. We had him join us for lunch between a morning tour and the afternoon Vatican tour. In addition to informative commentary, he has a "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. His Vatican museums and cathedral itinerary and commentary were perfect for our knowledge and interest level. Take Vatican "skip the line," you avoid wasted time.
Mary R ReillyUnited States
Dino was a wonderful guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about everything he showed us in the Vatican museum, the Sistine chapel and St Peter's. I would highly recommend him.
very knowledgeable and interesting tour. recommend highly
Linda VogelUnited States
Dino met us at our hotel and professionally guided us through the maze of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. He knew all of the short cuts and we did not wait in any lines! He is a wealth of information on the art and history of the Vatican. He prepared us for what we were going to see, so we were able to view in peace. He was respectful of our time and helped us discover which details interested our family. Ask for Dino!!
Humberto CalderaUnited States
Dino was excellent. Very easy going and he knew everything about the Vatican and Rome. Excellent value
Theresa McClureUnited States
We toured the Vatican on a Saturday of a holiday weekend. The crowds were like nothing we have ever seen. Dino was unbelievable at getting us through the lines. Dino's knowledge and passion were amazing and helped us really appreciate what we were experiencing and this was more than a tour it was an amazing experience Even with the crowd we never felt rushed. He gave us a miniclass with a poster of the Sistine Chapel before we went in that really helped us appreciate what we were seeing.
Nabil AdawiUnited States
Jill SacksUnited States
Dino has extraordinary knowledge of Roman and art history, and he has a wonderful way of sharing it. Highly recommend his tours.
Lynn G.Sarasot, FL, United States
WE had Dino for a Vatican tour on one day and the Coliseum and Forum on another. He is a true Scholar. We were able to ballroom dance in the Sistine Chapel(this means see it sans crowds.) We learned a lot and had fun at the same time. Our dream is to return to Italy some day and enjoy other treasures and other cities with Dino as our guide. We booked him several months in advance; we think he is the best; incomparable. Take his advice while booking; you can't go wrong.
Dino was one of the best guides we have ever had. if there was a 10 star he'd get 20!! A thorough professional right down to his snazzy jacket we scored big-time with him. He had an immensely difficult job taking in the Colusseum(sorry Dino, the Flavian amphitheatre!)and ancient Rome. You simply cannot do this without him. A torrent of interesting and witty information leavened with a natural modesty and patience he is everything you could wish for. Others leant in to catch his talks. Dino - WE LOVE YOU!!
Elizabeth SprattUnited States
We really enjoyed how Dino would sit with us for a few minutes before each section of our Vatican tour and go over the big picture of what we were getting ready to see. That made it even more meaningful when he pointed out specifics as we went through the various spaces. Great tour.
The tour of the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica with Dino was sensational and profound. Dino was extremely knowledgeable and we had a great conversation with him about the history, spiritual significance and symbolism of the art and the places. The Tours by Locals is really worth the investment, even more so when seeing the very long queues for tickets.
Stanley EpsteinUnited States
Dino clearly loves what he does, so that makes touring with him a great experience. We also booked a tour of Ancient Rome with him and his command of knowledge and communication skills on both tours were superlative. We thoroughly enjoyed both tours.
Nily ArieUnited States
We had a wonderful tour with Dino in the Vatican. He is very knowledgable and his english is great. The vatican is a large place and you can get lost in it visually. Having Dino with his vast knowledge and anecdotes has made this a superb experience. A must!
Edward BreenUnited States
This was our second tour with our private guide Dino- Outstanding!!! Grazie Dino Ted Breen- Boston, MA
What a great way to see the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. Visiting in July meant long lineups which we were able to avoid with our private tour. Dino kept all nine of us entertained (age 9 to 50) and educating us on so much of the history of the Vatican. An excellent 3 hour tour.
Cathy D.United States
Dino is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. His guided tour is well worth the time and money!
Donna HorburyUnited States
Mario had a hard act to follow given Maria the day before. He was however, pleasant, and well informed but less personable than the other tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Horbury, I'm not Mario but DINO, maybe you've written a review for an other guide, I remember that we spent a great time together, anyway thanks for writing a review. Best regards
Suzanne PowellUnited States
We enjoyed our day with Dino greatly! Thank you for explaining all the wonderful art to us so clearly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: THANK YOU for your nice review Mrs. Powell!! I've enjoyed the tour done with you!
Leanne N.United States
This was the 2nd tour our family booked with Dino and we were not disappointed once again - Dino provides an excellent background and history that makes the most sacred of places even more intriguing and interesting. Skip the line tickets are a must and Dino will more than assuredly provide the rest so that your tour is worth whatever money you spend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: THANK YOU a lot for this other wonderful review Mrs. Niino, we had two nice tours together, despite of the rain of the first day, and it was a great pleasure to meet you and your family! Dino
It is difficult to give sufficient praise to Dino for what was a marvellous 3 hour tour of the Vatican. His presentation and knowledge were formidable to say the least. He took us through a short introductory briefing of the Sistine Chapel works and the history of St Peters at the beginning of the tour which was particularly valuable as it set the background for the remainder of the tour. We cannot recommend Dino and Tours by Locals more highly. If you want the very best tour of the Vatican book Dino!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Barker, THANK YOU a lot for this wonderful review!! I'm glad you were satisfied, my job is a pleasure when I meet clients like you. Thanks again! Dino
Allison TaylorUnited States
Dino was awesome! He knows the Vatican so well and was entertaining to listen to. He was on time for our tour and was just overall very enjoyable to spend 3.5 hours with! I highly recommend using him for your tour! Well worth the money!
Christine LattanzioUnited States
Dino's fabulous tour of Vatican City was lively, fun, and incredibly interesting. He did a great job of highlighting lots of details and facts that had us saying "wow" over and over again throughout the tour. His style is both reverent and enthusiastic, and our group could not wait to see what he would show us next. I would take the exact same tour with Dino again, and recommend it to anybody planning to visit the Vatican. You will not find a better one!
Vikki SwansonUnited States
Dino was excellent. We combined the vatican and ancient rome tours in one day, and he kept it fresh and entertaining the whole day. Dino did a great job of providing a lot of information in a way that was not overwhelming.... He seems to truly enjoy showing people around Rome.
Andrew TorelliUnited States
Dino was very knowledgeable and explained everything in great detail. We very much enjoyed the tour.
Maurice DonskyUnited States
Dino was a wonderful guide with an extraordinary knowledge of the Vatican. He was on time, very pleasant personality and made the Vatican tour very interesting and a learning experience. We would highly recommend Dino and this tour. His knowledge of all the aspects of the Vatican and the exhibits, inlcuding the Sistene Chapel was amazing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Mr. Donsky for this wonderful review!! I really appreciate your words. Thanks again!
Samuel PittardUnited States
Dino was very knowledgeable and professional. Especially important to us was Dino being very courteous and accommodating to my wife and me due to our ages and physical condition. Dino was patient with us and answered all our questions...some more than once. He made history enjoyable and easy to understand. I have memories that will stay with me due to Dino using logical approach to presentation. Perhaps the best tour we have ever had!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you a lot Mr. Pittard for your nice review!!