Francesca is fantastic! She guided my family (with three kids ages 5-11) a few years ago. We had a wonderful time and saw so much! We all got far more out of the visit than if we’d tackled Rome on our own. This year friends of ours hired her and also had a wonderful time.
Kristen, August 2016
We had an absolutely fabulous time in Rome this October. Our family vacation was enhanced by having the good fortune of having Francesca as our guide for two days. She was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, generous with her time and just fun to be with! We learned so much about the ancient sites we visited as well as the city. If you require a guide in Rome we highly recommend Francesca!
Thank you, Francesca for a wonderful experience!
Paul and Ellen, USA
Francesca is amazing! She is patient, kind, personable and brilliant. Not only is she passionate about the topics at hand, but she is a wealth of knowledge and taught our entire family so much about both the Colosseum and the Vatican. We had a fantastic time on both tours with her - I would recommend her a million times over. We will definitely be working with her again next time we visit!
All of us have wonderful memories of the day we spent with you in Rome. In addition to all the information you shared and your perfect selection of the stops on our tour (including the restaurant), you were exceedingly delightful to be with!
Mark and Candace
We enjoyed you as guide and Roman friend!.
Thanks again for the informative and entertaining tour yesterday. It was great learning some of the history of Rome from a local who has an archeological background.
Thanks so much Francesca. We truly enjoyed our time with you. Even my son said it was "really interesting" which is truly high praise!!
Thank you so much for a wonderful, informative and fun day. Jane and I had a great time, and hope you will be able to show us more of the wonders of Rome in the not too distant future. Best Wishes
We would like to thank you again for the wonderful tours. Rome is an amazing city and we feel fortunate to have been able to visit. Best wishes to you! Grazie!
Kara, Brian, Brennan and Graeme, Canada - August 2014
We really enjoyed our tours with you in June. Especially going to the Forum and San Clemente, Sant' Andrea al Quirinale, and San Pietro in Vincoli.
We had Francesca for 4 hours each on 2 different days in Rome. We had asked her to show us various churches and sites not on the main tours, as we were going to be joining a cruise tour group. She was great! She was on time, prepared, and relaxed, even when we had to change our schedule. She has a very nice friendly and humorous personality too and is very accessible. We were able to see everything on our list. We were very impressed with the depth of her knowledge about history, art, religion, architecture and archaeology. She was the best local guide we had our entire 2-week cruise from Rome to Sicily including the Dalmatian Coast and in Venice! I would highly recommend her and she was by far worth every penny!
Nicole & Jim, Corona del Mar - CA
Francesca is a very smart and experienced guide who immediately bonds with the family and especially a teen. In our case our granddaughter who is 12 1/2 enjoyed seeing and learning of Roman Statues, Greek mythology, Roman history, museums, and galleries all went smoothly. As well we learned so much in visits to the Forum,Coliseum, Many Churches, The Vatican and her explaining clearly was terrific. As well she happened to take us to great gelato stores, which with a teen is very important to break up the tour and rest for a minute or two. A special highlight which we didn't know existed and have been with other guides 4 or 5 visits, was The Basilica di San Clemente. It was a truly wonderful visit, there levels and the excavations and understanding of points of construction was very interesting, or as our granddaughter said "cool".
There is no substitute for a knowledgeable private guide and skipping the lines and her purchasing the tickets in advance was a great help.
We highly recommend Francesca, She is a fabulous personality as well.
Stephen, Los Angeles - California
Thank you so much for spending the day with us and providing us with an excellent tour. All of us enjoyed your knowledge of the places we visited and your ability to move our large group along.Again, thank you!!!
Francesca gave a wonderful and informative tour. It was thoroughly engaging and her love for her subject and city really shone through. I'd love to take another tour with her on our return to Rome.
Victoria, United States - February 2014
We were a group of 9 and had a wonderful time in Rome over two days with Francesca. She was very very knowledgable and lovely and made both tours incredibly enjoyable. Would recommend her for anyone visiting Rome.
Jenny, Australia - December 2013
Francesca was lovely enthusiastic.
Martyn, USA November 2013
Francesca was an amazing guide! She was very patient with all of our questions and spoke very well with our two boys (9 and 11 years old). She tried to keep them occupied even after "yet another statue"! She was very knowledgeable and we are so glad we worked with her. She helped to make our tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel (and some other parts of Rome) come alive. Grazie Francesca!!
Matt, September 2013
Francesca was an excellent tour guide. Her passion for ancient history is contagious! She kept us well informed without losing our interest. Lots of interesting stories to tell. Would definitely recommend her!
Christine, USA - August 2013
We spent a full day touring Rome with Francesca and could not be more pleased. She was full of passion and knowledge and she was able to share that with us and our three children age 5-11. She knew how to fit in everything we asked to see and gave us so much insight, making it fun and relevant for us all. As an archeologist who as worked at some of the sites we visited she was able to give us so much detail. We would hire her again if we visit again. I highly recommend her!
Kristen, USA - August 2013
Francesca is a fantastic guide. We booked her for a full day in Rome and was not disappointed. Her knowledge is incredible. We (being a party of four adults) specifically wanted to see the Colossium, she had prepaid our tickets, so no waiting in a long queues, a big plus!. Francesca guided us thru Rome with ease, sharing her passion and knowledge for this remarkable city with us. It was one of the hi-lites of our holiday. Thank you Francesca
Penny, Australia - July 2013
Wanted to say a very heartfelt THANK YOU for a wonderful Rome tour. Our entire family rated you "the best" tour guide we had while in Italy. You were kind, knowledgeable and a wonderful listener before and during our tour. You made each of us feel included in the planning of the day and we all learned something new!
Paula and Paul Florida, USA - June 2013
Wow! That is about all we can say about Francesca. She was communicative, knowledgeable and a great listener as well. We were a family of five ranging in age from 12 to 48 and we all learned something new and felt included in the planning and executing of our day. She understood that we needed to see Rome in A Day and we did! We even had time for a nice lunch and coffee so that we could all "finish strong" on this busy and exciting day. Her love for Rome is apparent. We loved her!
Paula Florida, USA - June 2013
Thank you so much for the tour, we thoroughly enjoyed you and your guidance. Ciao
Julie Colorado, USA - October 2012
Francesca Maria was a great resource for me to learn about the sites and areas we went to. She was full of good information for all the questions I had at the different sites. She wasn't detered when we were to start at the coloseum and it was closed do to a strike. She just ajusted our tour with out any hesitation. Very enjoyable tour and great learning experience for me. Thanks
Charles - September 2012
It was my first visit to Rome ever, but Francesca made me feel at home straight away. She's a real ambassador to her city, not only because of her vast archeological/historical knowledge, but also by pointing out good restaurants and recommending the best ice-cream shop in town. Besides, she is just fun to talk to!
Wim - September 2012
We had a fantastic day with Francesca. She has a great understanding of Rome, the history and is extremely professional. Additionally she is fun to spend the day with. We had two 18 year olds and one 16 year old with us and she was able to keep everyone engaged and enjoying the day. She set up a great driver for us as well. thanks for a great day!
Jim (USA) - June 2012
Francesca was fabulous! She made our visit to Rome so special. Her knowledge of Rome and its history is amazing. Francesca was also wonderful with our 2 children (ages 6 & 8) and she even made them a 'treasure hunt' for our day at the Vatican. We will definitely be calling Francesca for our next trip to Rome!
Nicole (CANADA) - June 2012
Thank you so much!!
It was a wonderful day, you are so good as a guide and Rome is so enjoyable.
See you next time!
Ignacio (Mexico) - April 2012