Our second excellent tour with Dario - we loved his extensive knowledge, his enthusiasm, and the way he made both Pompeii and Herculaneum come alive for us. He is so warm, friendly and generous, and passionate about his country and his special corner of it. We felt we were with a friend who was showing us something very special to him. And we loved that he seemed not to worry about time - Dario gave us far more than we ever expected. He is a wonderful guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Sheehan The second tour, in Herculaneum, was very relaxing for me because I was with people who made me feel at ease. Furthermore, we had a good time in Pompeii and in Herculaneum everything was simpler and more relaxed. Thanks again for everything. If your beautiful granddaughter needs archeology information one day, she can write to me at any time and I will help her with joy. Best Regards Dario
We feel so lucky that we choose Dario to show us the wonders of Pompeii. He is incredibly generous with his knowledge and his time, and we had a wonderful morning with him. He showed us every possible interesting site, we learnt so much, and we felt we'd seen the entire city! We could never have seen a fraction of that alone, nor probably with any other guide. My 17 year old history loving granddaughter thought we'd struck gold by finding Dario - and she's right!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mrs Sheehan I thank you for your nice words, but it was truly a pleasure. Sharing a passion of mine with wonderful people like you is a gift you gave me. I think I'm very lucky because I can be in the midst of art – what I love - and earn a living. When I meet people like you who are so interest, kind and generous, it is a great pleasure for me. I wish the best to your granddaughter, a future archaeologist - who knows - your daughter and you. Best Regards Dario
Devon CohnUnited States
Dario is an archeologist and historian, and explained the history of Herculaneum and the region clearly and with good humor in excellent English, and also gave us a clear picture of the work and science of excavating the sites in the area. He was very responsive to our questions and interests; our tour was like spending time with a friend who conveniently happened to be an expert. I would highly recommend Dario for a trip to any of the trips in the region.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Madam Your words are very generous and I thank you very much. I love the ancient world very much and when I meet beautiful people with my same interest, I have the impression that I am not working ... The same thing happened with you in Herculaneum. I was very impressed by your high cultural level: really high. Anyway thank you very much for everything. I wish you the best, yours Dario
Bernard G.San Jose, CA, United States
Dario met us at the train station stop for Pompeii. Dario was a very enjoyable guide because he was not only a guide but a seasoned archeologist. He would give us a much more in-depth explanation of the ruins we were seeing and he showed us many off the beaten path. He was very Italian, in speech and in his demonstrativeness. His only slight negative would be that he was very defensive if he thought you were questioning him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sir I apologize for being late but I didn't notice your review. In this period I'm studying a lot and I'm a little distracted. Thank you for your kind words: I always try to offer my best to our guests. For me it was a joy to be your guide. Best Regards Dario
Dario is a superb guide - his knowledge, passion and sense of humour made for a most enjoyable day. His explanations were very easy to understand and we would gladly recommend him to anyone wishing to tour Pompeii or Herculameum. We were a group of 4 adult friends. Sadly our Italian is non-existent but luckily Dario's English is excellent. Thanks for a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Madam It has been a great pleasure for me to be your guide. I believe that Pompeii and Herculaneum are two fantastic places that remind me of Goethe when he came to Italy and visited these ancient Roman cities. In "Italian Journey" he wrote that no catastrophe that has ever struck the world has caused so much joy to posterity. Thank you for your company and your kind words. Yours Dario
Alan CabellyUnited States
Dario was extraordinary! He began with a long detailed description of what we were to see, then he showed us. He took us places that no one else was going, and responded to our requests for additional areas that were not on his usual route. His archeological background is evident, as is his love for the work. Additionally, our three hour tour became more than four (with our permission, of course), as he saw that our love for Pompeii, and our thirst for knowledge, approached his. THANK YOU DARIO!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sir I didn't work with you. It was a wonderful "emotional experience". When I refer to people like you, I never use the word "customer" because this word emphasizes the economic relationship between us. I prefer to use the word "guests", a noble word that emphasizes the "emotional relationship" between us. The ancient Greeks in any case honored their guests, considered "sacred". You have been wonderful guests to me. Thanks for your nice words. All the best. Dario
Tina LarsonUnited States
Dario was FANTASTIC! We had a large family group of 9 with all ages from 20-85. Dario spent so much time with my son and nephew who had a million questions. He is very knowledgeable and so happy to share his love of history and archeology. He was so careful and considerate of my parents who have some mobility issues. Once he knew how much we were interested in something he made sure everyone was accommodated. The tour of Herculaneum was very interesting and Dario taylored it to our interests. The Best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Madam Thanks for your kind words about me but for me it was a real pleasure. It was very tiring but we explored together those Roman archaeological sites (Pompeii and Herculaneum) that are really special. Thank you very much for your company and for your generosity. I wish you the best. Dario
Larry S.United States
Dario is the complete guide: very knowledgeable (an archaeologist, participating in current digs), able to explain at a level that matches the group, uses facts to affirm and (if needed) to disagree. He is also very good-humored, generous with his time and knowledge, concerned for his guests, able to relate to very different people, and a joy to be with -- even on a very hot day! Thank you, Dario.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sir Thank you very much for your nice words about me. For me it was a joy to be with you, for your generosity, humor and great culture: your wife is a writer and you are visibly a very educated person. Yes, it was very hot but nevertheless I really appreciated your company. Thanks again Dario
William ShepherdUnited States
Dario was simply outstanding. He was extremely professional and knowledgeable but at the same time relaxed and humorous. He was able to speak with the authority of an archeologist and scholar but at the same time keep us all entertained including my 10 year old. I could not recommend him more highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Mr Shepherd I greatly appreciated your generosity, culture and passion for art. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed my work. I love my job and I do it with pleasure, but we must not forget that we are like ambassadors of our country. Our guests spend most of their time with us and for this reason our role is important to promote Italy abroad. But with you it has been very enjoyable. Many thanks again and have a good time in Ischia with your children with blue eyes ......
David GloverHarby, United Kingdom
Pompeii is immense and what could have been a very large area of ruins was brought to life by Darius. His knowledge and commentary was brilliant. A great guide with a vast knowledge on both Pompeii and its associated history and daily life. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sir I greatly appreciated your company and your interest in Ancient history and Greek and Roman archaeology. The subject is extremely vast and complex but Pompeii helps us understand su much. In these days in Stabiae, a Roman town near Pompeii, I am carrying out an archaeological excavation in collaboration with the prestigious Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, and perhaps one day we could visit together that magical place. Who knows .... Meanwhile, thank you for everything. Best Regards Dario
Shelagh DoyleUnited Kingdom
His knowledge of Pompeii was incredibly detailed and his long-range view of human culture was interesting. He took time to explain & show us fine details, and frequently checked to make sure we understood or had questions. Highly recommend. Thank you, Dario,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Madam It has been a real pleasure to guide you in Pompeii. I have really appreciated your interest in the ancient world. Thank you for your attention and thank you for your kind words. Best Regards Dario
Gayle GormanUnited States
Knowledgeable and engaging - made Pompeii come alive for us! Excellent English. Highly recommend!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Madam I thank you for the nice words: I really appreciated. I had a lot of fun with you. When a person works and has fun too, because he is with beautiful people, that person is very lucky because he is not working. I didn't work with you that day. Thank you so much Yours Dario
Craig NewellUnited States
My family spent an enjoyable day with Dario. The difference between him and other tours is his knowledge and passion. Every one of us said it was the best tour of our entire 2-week trip. Dario learned about our family's understanding of the sites and quickly tailored a tour to our curiosities. He showed us places we would have missed if left to our own. He ensured that all of our children ages 12-21 enjoyed themselves and got a feeling of how life was in these 2 cities. Money Well Spent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear sir For me it has been a real pleasure to share what I love with you. Thanks for everything and for kindness. Thanks again Dario
Marla CaplanUnited States
What a generous, gifted and knowledgeable guide he is. We are grateful to have had him. Marla Caplan and Ken Schuberth
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Madam Thanks a lot for you kind words. I really enjoyed your and your grandson's company. Thank you very much for everything. Good luck.
Charlotte BorstUnited States
Dario is absolutely wonderful!!! His English is excellent, & for my husband and I—this was a dream come true guided tour. He is a working archeologist who is in touch with all the scholarship in his field. Yet, he explained everything in a way that would be exciting to anyone—not just 2 former professors like us. He was thoughtful of our comfort level with the strenuous walking, & offered his umbrella when it rained. We have 2 more TBL on this vacation &hope they are as good as Dario!! Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Madam I apologize from my heart. I didn't realize that I never responded to your review. I thought I did it. However thank you very much for youe nice words and I hope to meet you again one day. A warm hug. Dario
Michael McDonaldUnited States
Dario was FANTASTIC! So much knowledge about the area and how history then is relative to now. We were a group of nine, and he captivated all of us- even the 10 year old. We appreciated the additional time he spent with us as well, loved his humor.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sir I'd like to thank you for your kindness: I didn't work with your family and you when we visited Pompeii because it was really a pleasure to stay with you. Thanks for your review too. For any problem in Sorrento, you have my mobile phone number: just call me. Yours Dario
This tour is an absolute must- to see both Pompeii and Herculaneum is to understand the sophisticated life of the people here almost 2000 years ago. Dario was a fountain of knowledge taking us back in time and giving us the most wonderful experience- from the obvious to the obscure. We can highly recommend you book time with Dario to make your visit unforgettable. He was also amazingly good with our three children ages 14, 13 and 9.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Madam Thanks a lot. Most of every human conversation is non-verbal. I am sure that, during our tour, it was clear that I greatly appreciated your company and your interest in Roman archeology. But above all, I have appreciated endlessly your children who have patiently followed a very long tour without ever complaining. They offered only smiles and human warmth. Really beautiful. A warm hug to a beautiful Australian family. Ciao