I started giving tours as a part time job while studying at the University of Rome and discovered how many amazing people you can meet giving tours and how much you receive in terms of human and spiritual enrichment. I have a passion for knowledge and this has led me to keep studying and researching about art, history, philosophy, music, literature, drama, opera and also cookery and wines.
I've been working as a Tour Guide and Museum Assistant for the Italian Ministry of Culture from 1999 to 2008, I also started working as a freelance guide and tour leader since 2001 and now I run my own business designing high end cultural tours of Italy. I've got a University degree in Aestetics, the philosophy of Art, and I'm a professional licensed Tour Guide and Tour Leader.
I have published a number of articles on history, art and philosophy topics, participated to Sky Arts "Suggs Italy" and to the Chinese State tv documentary on the Colosseum in 2008, and few others.
I am currently working on a guide book and on a short essay on a WWII time Philosopher who was exiled during Fascism.
I am also a Licensed "Tour Operator Director" according to Italian Law and I have a Wine connoisseur certificate from the Onav wine sommeliers organization.
Besides all of the above I love having fun and giving dense tours which include a lot of fun, besides tons of information and the answer to all of your questions.
I'm a passionate traveller and what I like to offer to my clients is a tailor made service, sharing my knoledge and points of interest. The idea is basically to take you around sharing knowledge, ideas and also impressions, like I'm travelling too!
The itineraries you see listed on the website are a starting point as I love to personalize tours tailored on my customers so every tour is unique. I guarantee 100% satisfaction and happiness on every tour!
A Recent Review of this guide
Mario was the ideal guide. He covered all of our needs and yet showed us in three days what it would have taken 5 days to see on our own. He is knowledgeable and pleasant and has an amazing grasp of History and what is important for his group to see. His sense of humor added to the in-depth tour of ancient Rome. Mario is the only way to see Rome!
Employed by the Italian Ministry of Culture from 1999 to 2008 - Soprintendenza Beni Ambientali e Architettonic Roma
University Degree in Aestetics, Philosophy with professor Mario Perniola. My Disserteation was about America Abstract Expressionism and the work of the art Cirtic Clement Greemberg
Worked as a freelance tourguide since 2001 form main tour operators and companies
I am a Official Licensed Tour Guide for Rome, Vatican City and Italy and I am able to guide you everywhere in Italy, including all Italy's Unesco World Heritage Sights
I can include transportation by arranging for a separate car and driver.