Victor KonradUnited States
Everything I wrote in my recent review of a tour of Perugia with Marco applies to the tour in Assisi - in a word, superb! In Assisi Marco was able to convey, in addition to his knowledge of the history and the art of this sublime site, the spiritual dimension and a deep reverence toward San Francesco. Marco is a truly amazing guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear friends, at this point I like to call you friends, thanks a lot for the wonderful time we spent together, for your curiosity, education, intelligent questions and kindness. a very big hug Marco
David MartinMississauga, ON, Canada
An excellent guide - and person.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks David, it was a pleasure to spend some more time with both of you. Thanks for your words and best wishes for everything Marco
Marco was an excellent guide - very passionate about Assisi. It felt like history came alive for us with Marco!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Phil, thanks a lot for your nice comment and I hope to meet you all again. Best wishes Marco
Beth WilsonUnited States
Marco had knowledge which he imparted to our group of 8 with personality, panache, drama. We all enjoyed Assisi so much with him. Thank you,Marco! We will recommend you to our friends. Beth Wilson and 7 others from USA and England.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Beth, thank you very much for your words and the nice friends you took to Umbria. What a lovely party of educated and nice people!! Hope to se you again, best wishes to all of you and your relatives who came in May. Marco
Jenny SpiersUnited Kingdom
Such a knowledgeable guide - Marco's passion for Assisi was a delight and we soaked it up. We were also very grateful for the time he spent coaxing our 3 children round the Basilica - no mean feat and much appreciated.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Jenny, thanks to you for taking such a wonderful family to Assisi. My warmest greeting to your husband as well as to your children, I hope to see you again and thanks for the lovely morning. Marco
Robin ToddUnited States
This was the most amazing tour of our vacation. Marco was knowledgeable, friendly, and insightful. A true delight!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robin and Claire, thanks for being such nice people. It was a pleasure to spend a day with you two. I hope to see you again. Best Wishes Marco
Joseph LaneUnited States
Marco is an amazing guide and very friendly guide. Attended to all my special requests and provided a delightful few hours. My only regret is that we didn't have a full day but he was already booked for the afternoon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Joseph, I hope this will find you well and the pleasure to meet you and spend some time together was mine . You are a special person. I hope to see you again Marco
Jane EvansUnited States
Marco was a wonderful guide in Assisi and his passion and enthusiasm for all of the incredible art and history related to this holy city was remarkable. I highly recommend him without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jane, thank you, thanks a lot for your words. It was a pleasure showing you this fabulous place. Come back!! We need people like you. Best wishes Marco
Marco gave us a wonderful tour in Assisi, pointed out details we could not know otherwise. it was very interesting ! Marco has a lot of knowledge and he shared it in a lively way. Not even one boring moment! I definitely commend Marco as a tour-guide and I definitely recommend to take a tour in Assisi with Marco! Orna Kleinman
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Orna, thanks for your wonderful words and for taking your nice and educated little group to Assisi and giving me the opportunity to meet with them. It was a pleasure to stay with you all. I hope you enjoyed dinner at Valerie and to see you again in the future. Best wishes Marco
Ann WilsonUnited States
Marco was a superior guide! He excelled in several areas important to us. 1. He immediately understood our interests and adapted his tour to these. We spent more time discussing the art, history and theology of the churches we visited, and skipped other areas of the city which would be less meaningful to us. 2. He has an great wealth of knowledge and understands how it all weaves together. He has studied art history and political science. 3. He extended the tour over lunch and another hour. Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ann, it was a fantastic day and a real pleasure being with you two. Thanks for being what you are, educated, curious and gentle as you are. I really hope to see you again and wish you all the best possible. Marco
Mary FlanaganUnited States
Marco is an excellent guide and Assisi is an amazing place. Marco is very passionate about the city and what he is showing you. The tour is set to go downhill which made is much easier for us to walk. He showed us great picture spots and gave us enough history so we knew what he was showing us . He was easy to talk to and readily answered questions. He showed us many things I would not even know to ask about . I would recommend him to anyone who wants to know what the real Assisi is all about.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mary, thanks a lot for your words of appreciation. I'm glad that you all liked the tour and that everything was fine with your train back to Rome. Thanks again for being such a special little party. Best regards Marco
Leigh Jones-BammanUnited States
I can't imagine a better guide than Marco! I signed up for a tour in Assis, and I asked for a special focus on the art in the Basilica of Saint Francis. He held 8 of us spellbound for 2 hours. He paused every so often to make sure he was meeting our expectations. He is incredibly knowledgeable, not just about art but about history, politics, religion, etc. he also is a natural, charming person. I highly recommend Marco!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Leigh, thanks so much for your appreciation and words but above all for giving me the chance of meeting such an educated , interested, curious and fantastic group of people. I really hope to see you again. Thanks a lot Marco
PAm AppleUnited States
Absolutely the best. Extremely knowledgeable. Very helpful. Would highly recommend Marco as a guide for Assisi.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pam and dear family members, thanks a lot for your nice words, I hope the rest of the day was fine and wish to see you and your nice family again. Best wishes Marco
Anthony M.United States
Marco is an amazing person. His exuberance, his passion, his depth of knowledge were beyond superb. He lit up as he made Francis come alive. He engaged all who were on our tour and made them comfortable, participatory and excited. I would highly recommend him for anyone who would be coming to Assisi for a visit
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anthony I'm more than glad to say that the pleasure was mine. What a lovely family!!! Honestly I loved to stay with all of you and I'm happy I made your day special because you deserve it. Thanks a lot to every member of this wonderful family. In the hope to meet you again Thanks for everything . A big hug to everybody. Marco
Our tour guide Marco was exceptional in terms of his depth of knowledge, his passion for the subject, his responsiveness to our questions and his pacing of the information. He was more than generous with his time. We would highly recommend him. He made the artistic, religious and political aspects of that period in Italian history - and in particular the life of St Francis- come alive. A big thank-you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Veronique, it was a pleasure to spend time with you 4. Such highly educated and nice people. Thanks for your words. I hope to see all of you again. Enjoy your holiday Best regards Marco
Lynda HerringUnited States
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our day with Marco on a customized tour. He oriented us to the richness of Assisi's art and history while giving us an in-depth sense of the city's importance. He has a gift for humanizing the great works found here. At every moment, he was in tune with our interests. Generous with his time and seemingly boundless knowledge, he exemplifies the best qualities of a local guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Linda and Alan, thanks a lot for nice words and for being such nice people. Your education, curiosity and knowledge of art and history makes me love my job even more. Thanks again. looking forward to seeing you again. Best wishes Marco
Joanne DietchUnited States
Traversing lovely Assisi from stem to stern with our delightful guide, Marco, proved to be a most special experience. Marco's enthusiasm and knowledge of St. Francis' town seems endless and it was hard not to get caught up in the lovely tapestry that he wove about all aspects of this Umbrian town. What made it all the better was that this day set the stage for the following day when Marco accompanied us to Orvieto and Todi, building on our love for, and appreciation of, Umbria.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joanne, what a magnificent comment!!! Thanks so much, really. I'm so glad that my love for my region has been "contagious. Hope to see you and Jane soon. Best wishes
Robb CruserUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ms. Kiseleva, I hope your vacation in Italy was fine and you are well. It was a pleasure meeting you, such an educated and friendly lady. Thanks a lot for your love for my country. Hope to meet you again Best regards Marco
Gerard PregenzerUnited States
We agree with the comments we read about Marco. He was extremely knowledgeable and taught us a lot. Seems like just about everyone in Assisi knew Marco. We plan on another tour. Excellent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gerard, thanks a lot for your words. It was so nice to meet with you and see how my country is so much beloved by educated and nice people like you. I hope to see you again and wish you a happy new year. Best regards Marco
Roger GoldmannUnited States
We loved this tour. Marco was extremely interesting,smart,funny and engaging. He has a passion for Assisi and it shows. Thank you for a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks to you and all your friends, it was a lovely day with you all and I loved all of you, so different from each other but all nice, friendly and curious. Hope to see you again. Enjoy your time here in Umbria. Marco
Diana PerezUnited States
We are a family of 6 adults and thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Assisi with Marco. He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Assisi. We highly recommend Marco to anyone wanting to tour Assisi. He is five star in our book!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Diana, it was a pleasure to meet your nice family and wish I will have a chance of seeing you again. Best wishes Marco
Peter CaesarUnited States
Marco was wonderful very knowledgeable and eloquent.. He showed us and Assisi that I didn't know existed. His personable presentation and remarkable interpretation of the facts and fiction was a wonderful refreshing view of St. Francis and Assisi!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your nice words. I hope one day we will meet again. Happy Easter time. Marco
Tom B.United States
Marco is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of Assisi and life of St. Francis. We learned so much on our tour and loved the commentary on the frescos, art development and architecture of Assisi. We would have missed so much had we not taken this tour. Highly recommend Marco!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the lovely morning we spent together, I'm glad you loved the tour as I loved your company and education as well as curiosity for the beauties of Assisi. Hope to see you again All the best and thanks for your nice words. Marco
Roxanne DaviesUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much lovely guests. Hope to see you again. Marco
Paul KeoughHingham, MASSACHUSETTS, United States
If we could give Marco more than five stars we would. He was incredible! We had a group of seven, he learned our names immediately and engaged us all. He kept the entire group focused, which is not easy when the age range is from 18 to 60. It was very evident that he loves his work. Our tour with Marco was one of the highlights of our vacation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Paul and the great family!! It was a pleasure to spend time with you all and wish you all the best possible, come back and more stories and places will please you. Marco
Karen KnutsonUnited States
Marco is fabulous. We did the Assisi tour. We are interested in art and art history, and Marco delivered! We chose to spend our half-day tour with Marco at the upper and lower churches of the Basilica San Francesco. Marco is extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We enjoyed our time with him. I hope we can return again to the area and have another tour with Marco.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot dear Karen. I enjoyed my time with both of you and wish to see you again . All the best Marco
Dorothea CurcioUnited States
Marco went out of his way to accommodate our changing numbers and the unpredictable weather. We truly appreciated his depth of knowledge and felt he himself a beautiful embodiment of the teachings of St Francis. We learned so much and loved wandering the back streets, taking in the architectural and cultural markings that makes Assisi such a special place. We would recommend Marco without hesitation to any travelers to Assisi.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dorothea, dear ladies THANKS a lot. In spite of the wheather and the confusion due to the festival I'm glad you loved Assisi and hope to see you again My warmest regards Marco
I had the privilege of a one on one tour with Marco.he is very well informed about St Francis and his ministry as well as the broader church. He speaks English better than most Englishmen- I am an Aussie. He is very passionate about the stories he tells. We had a marvellous time. My day was enriched by taking this tour with Marco
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Phil, I can only say THANK YOU, you know how much i appreciated meeting a person like you, educated, intelligent and with a deep interest in st. Francis and spirituality in general. All my best wishes to you and your family and thanks a lot again. Marco
Karen GreggUnited States
Marco was very informative and passionate about Assisi. We were a party of 8 and he was very good at making sure that everyone was engaged.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Karen for your nice words,Hope to see you all again Marco
Elizabeth MayUnited States
Marco is an amazing tour guide. He kept my teenagers interested throughout the tour, and he provided a tour that was suitable for my 86-year old mother. We were certainly a challenging group, but Marco never made us feel like we were anything but a pleasure. He also arranged a wonderful gluten-free vegetarian lunch for after our tour by speaking with a chef on our behalf. An extremely kind and gracious man who is simply excellent at his profession.
Neil RobinsonUnited States
Marco was the BEST! He is extremely knowledgable and entertaining. We left Assisi with a full understanding of St. Francis and his importance to the Catholic Church. He went overboard to accomodate the 5 couples in our group and we were blessed to have his services for 4 days for tours of other important Umbrian sites. He makes sure you get the best photo ops and knows everyone! His restaurant recommendations were always excellent! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Neil for all your kindness and for taking your wonderful friends to Umbria. I really hope this land of mine will stay on your photos and in your hearts. I hope to se you all again Best of all Marco
On our tour, we explored St Clare and St Francis' Basilicas and the hermitage, learning so much about the Franciscan spirituality! Marco is a dramatic and colourful personality and he gives such a riveting account of the lives of the saints! He was also very kind in staying with us much longer than the tour was and adding in the hermitage to our itinerary for free. It was a splendid beginning to our stay in Assisi, and I can say that Assisi is now our favourite place in Italy! Thank you Marco! : )
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot dear Celine, It was a pleasure to stay with you and your family. I'm glad to hear that now Assisi is your favorite place in Italy. Wish you all the best God Bless Marco
Mary KlaffUnited States
Marco and this tour were simply superb. This was my 3rd visit to Assisi and his knowledge and captivating manner made it fresh and new for me. We had a private group ranging in age from 15 to 74 years and each one of us was fascinated every moment. I want him to come teach history at my daughters' school! We all learned a tremendous amount and have a new appreciation for the history and life of this beautiful town. Bravo, Marco! Many thanks for making Assisi a magical place we will want to visit again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your nice words and above all for taking such an educated, curious and .nice family to Assisi HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU AND i REALLY HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN POSSIBLY WITH A LITTLE WARMER WEATHER :) :)
Marco was very knowledgeable and had a very animated presentation. I enjoyed him. He did seem to be in a hurry and managed to spread the group out my not paused for those who were a little behind. Having him as our guide as a positive experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank a lot for your words, but as you know you postponed the tour and we started about an hour later . I did my utmost to show you and your friends everything possible in the time we had. I usually wait for everybody before starting to talk, but if people stop to windowshopping.... Thanks anyway for coming to Assisi and taking your nice friends with you. best regards Marco
Marco B. is an excellent guide, we enjoyed the tour with him very much. Interesting and clear explanations and description.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Mr.Shvimmer and thanks to your friends as well for this nice words and appreciation. See you in Orvieto. Marco
Gary AmesUnited States
This was the second time we have used Marco (the other being Perugia) and once again he was fantastic! Highly knowledgeable, very entertaining and a masterful guide. Best guide we have ever used!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Gary, once again thanks for your kind words and love for this region of mine. I wish to see you and your friends again. have a nice time here and in your future trips. Marco
Donald LaingUnited States
Marco is the perfect guide for Assisi! His command of the history and the art and religion is encyclopedic. His enthusiasm is infectious. If you are truly interested in Saint Francis of Assisi and the Cathedral you will want this guide. He also is a great guide for the town of Assisi and environs. Further he arranged transportation for us in Assisi and helped us with connections.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a great pleasure to meet you two.I would be pleased to see you again. Thanks a lot for your comment and I hope really to meet with you again. I wish you all the best and thanks again for your humor and intelligent questions. kindest regards Marco
Dale PettigrewUnited States
We had a wonderful morning with Marco in Assisi. His knowledge of the history, art, and architecture of the area, as well as his passion for the importance of St. Francis, provided us with an unforgettable experience. In addition, Marco was very personable, a pleasure to be with, and attentive to our interests. We highly recommend Marco to anyone who would like a very special visit to Assisi!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot, you know that it was a great pleasure to meet you two and I mean from the bottom of my heart, thanks for sharing with me your knowledge and intelligent comments. I really hope to meet you again kindest regards Marco
Rachel BuehlUnited States
Marco was a very personable & polite guide. He is a extremely knowledgable historian and made the city of Perugia come alive. We would gladly take another tour with Marco as our guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your nice words and for chosing Perugia as your destination. I hope this will find you all well and please a special hug to your kids. Marco
Tony RomanoUnited States
Marco weaves a wonderful story into a very informative tour of Assisi. In addition, was most willing to accommodate our requests/needs. We highly recommend a "Marco" tour.....the Romano's
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr. Romano I'm glad to have been able to show to you and your wife our fascinating Assisi. In the hope to meet you again thanks again best regards Marco
Dan HagenUnited States
We took tour on 5/21/13 with our 8 kids ages 6-27. Marco arranged for us to have lunch at outdoor restaurant that was in the shade, was reasonably priced and had great food. Marco met us after lunch and kept all of our kids engaged. Marco is very knowledgable and passionate about the lives of Francis and Clare. I would definitely recommend Marco.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mr. Hagen, thnks a lot for taking your wonderful family to Assisi and for your kindness. I hope to see all of you again and wish you all a great time here in Italy . Best regards Marco
Fred BergerGloucester Point, VA, United States
I couldn't be happier with the tour. Marco was very responsive to my request (I arranged the tour the day before). Assisi is an "up and down" town which is very hard to manage for people with mobility issues. Marco put together a tour plan that took this into account and made the tour enjoyable for all. Marco and his protégé Stefano are consummate professionals who will make any tour a lot of fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Mr. Berger we are glad to see that you and your friends left Assisi satisfied and with a deeper knowledge of St. Francis, Assisi and its beauty. It was great meeting you. Marco
Marie NieblerUnited States
My son and I took a tour with Marco of Assisi. The tour was wonderful and Marco made Assisi come alive for us. He is very passionate about this subject and his spirituality and passion came across during this tour. Marco should be commended for a job well done.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mrs. Niebler, I really enjoeyed the time spent with you and your son. Thanks for speaking in such a way about me and the tour, but you know that this is a subject I deeply love. with my warmest regards Marco
Edward T.Hong Kong
Marco is definitely a 5 star tour guide, I even wish to give him 6 stars if possible. He is enthusiastic, humorous, helpful and has an unparalleled knowledge of local history and culture. My only regret is I didn't request him for a longer tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot dear Edward for your nice words, it was a pleasure to meet you and guide you in Assisi. I'm glad that you are back with a better idea on St. Francis,the role of his spirituality in art, religion and literature. hope to see you again and show you the beauty of Umbria. kind regards Marco
Julie BurkeyUnited States
We had a marvelous time during our enjoyable tour of Assisi. We made the tour shorter because the babies were going a little crazy but we learned so much and especially enjoyed discussing with you about St Francis and his life and about the power struggles of our church today. Thank you for your insight. It was our pleasure to get to know you today and you will forever remain in our memories of Assisi, and thank you for sharing the knowledge and love of your beloved Assisi. With much appreciation, Julie