Reviews by Jordyn, New Zealand on Nov 2, 2016
- "Francesca knows her stuff!"
She was so knowledgeable, having an archeologist take you on a tour of a site like Ostia Antica is just brilliant. I only wish I had had more time as we did not get to see everything: Ostia is huge! Get prepared to walk. I would love to go back and have another tour with Francesca to see the things we missed. Thankyou for making ancient Rome come alive.
Reviews by Nicole, Tampa, Florida on Oct 12, 2016
- "The Underground Colosseum tour with Francesca was amazing!"
We did the colosseum tour with Francesca and it was one of the highlights of our trip. The tour was exciting from start to finish always giving interesting facts and was eager to answer any questions. Her English was perfect and you can tell how much she loves the history and beauty of the place in the way she speaks and shows excitement to tell you her stories. Would recommend to anyone and everyone!
Reviews by Deborah, Newport, Uk on Oct 9, 2016
Brilliant tour with knowledgeable guide. We learnt so much and really appreciated the access to the underground and the higher levels. Francesca, the guide, did a really good job and the group size seemed just right for this tour. It would have been good to have more time in both the Collosseum and Forum but 3 1/2 hours tour is about the right time.
When the tour is over, don't miss getting into the church at the bottom of the Palatine Hill for early Christian paintings on walls.
Reviews by Deborah G. from Risca, Wales UK on Oct 1, 2016
The guide, Francesca, was very informative. She ensured that the group covered the highlights of the Vatican and Basilica. Despite it being a very hot, crowded afternoon at the Vatican, Francesca was able to remain professional and give us confidence to get through as much as possible in the visit.
Reviews by Dewar, US on Oct 1, 2016
Francesca was great and very well informed. We learned so much and she didn't rush us at all. Thanks Francesca!
Reviews by Patrick, New Jersey on Aug 29, 2016
We visited Rome and trusted our tour of the Collosseum and the Roman Forum to MindtheGuide. The entire tour was wonderful. Francesca was an excellent guide: she knew the history and made our tour so much fun! I will absolutely use Mind the Guide again next time I'm in Rome!
Reviews by Jean H, United States on Aug 14, 2016
- "Simply amazing and worth every cent!"
I find it hard to describe this fantastic experience. The look of longing on the faces of other tourists who watched us go into the underground as well as up into the third ring, was unforgettable. Francesca, our guide, is a working archaeologist and knows the site inside and out. Wonderful!
Reviews by Ryan, Los Angeles on Jul 23, 2016
The tour was excellent. We did the Underground Colosseum Tour and got to visit the Arena floor, underground and top levels. I noticed that we were one of the only tour groups to visit these areas. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the sites and the history of Rome. She provided great insights and details and helped us really understand the importance of the Colosseum to life of the Romans. The tour was very well organized from beginning to end!
Reviews by Nick H. from LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY, United Kingdom on Jul 19, 2016
It was alot of walking but was definitely worth doing for the restricted access tour at the colosseum. Loads of new information. Started to switch off a bit at the end due to it being a really hot day and walking alot but nothing bad about the tour. Every single question was answered with no delays. Genuinely knowledgeable tour guide
Reviews by byumomof, Utah, USA on Jun 28, 2016
- "Great Colosseum underground tour"
We were first time visitors in Rome and knew we wanted to visit the Colosseum but didn't know much more than that. After doing a lot of research, followed the advice of many and decided to do the Underground Colosseum Tour, Forum and Palatine Hill. We began looking for a tour company and decided to go with MindtheGuide. We liked the idea of working with a company that was a bit smaller and more individual based rather than a large generic one. We showed up at the appointed spot at the tour start time and were met by delightful Francesca. She was personable, friendly and knowledgeable. We felt like we were spending time with a new friend. We loved being able to go down into the areas below the main level to see how the people of the time conducted their jobs and what life was like for them. Climbing up to the very top level was also a treat because the views were amazing. After the Colosseum we went over to Palatine Hill and The Forum. Just as Francesca was finishing up the end of the tour, there was thunder and lightning and with a big clap the skies opened up and it rained buckets. We had to run for cover and did not get a chance to tell her how much we enjoyed the tour. We would seek her out again if we were to go back and do another tour of anywhere in Rome.
Reviews by Alex M, Usa on Jun 22, 2016
- "Best tour provider in Rome!"
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Francesca.The almost 4 hours went by in a flash and we enjoyed every minute.The noticeable difference between this tour and others we observed was that we seemed to have access to areas that few others did; we actually stood at arena level, like a gladiator, and in the underground, to breathe and smell where they prepared for their battles!
Book this on your trip to Rome, it's fun and educational in equal measure and Francesca was superb!
Reviews by Olena M. from Los Angeles, USA on Jun 14, 2016
- "Super Knowledgeable. Highly Recommended!"
Francesca was our tour guide for Underground Colosseum, The Forum and Palatino Hill. Loved, loved, loved her! Extremely knowledgeable about the history of ancient Rome. If you want to get a feel of what it was like to be a Gladiator during the Roman Empire times, book this tour! You will be taken to the same cave-like predicament that the gladiators, slaves and animals lived in. Mind blowing and worth every penny! Most people take the regular Colosseum tour that only takes you to the general ground level which can't compare to the tour of the entire place. Francesca was very helpful, took the time to answer group's questions, as well as allowed for extra time for picture taking. Book her without hesitation, you won't be disappointed!!!
Reviews by Cathy R. from Lilli Pilli, Australia on Jun 14, 2016
- "Colosseum underground tour"
What a fantastic tour. Francesca was very knowledgable and really helped us understand the Roman times. The underground was great make sure you do this tour if in Rome you won't regret it.
Reviews by Claire, Stonehouse, UK on Jun 5, 2016
Francesca was an excellent tour guide, extremely knowledgable, friendly & explained in a great level of detail. We were a family of four, and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. My husband has a degree in History & was impressed by her knowledge & accuracy. Thank you Francesca! We would recommend you to everyone!
Reviews by Ralph, Charlotte, North Carolina on Jun 4, 2016
Francesca's knowledge is superb and she was so nice and professional. We were with other few people for the tour of the Colosseum underground. Use of headsets made hearing so much better in crowded areas. Would definitely hire her again.
Reviews by Alice T. from Cambridge, USA on Jun 1, 2016
- "Great tour of Colosseum and Forum"
Francesca was very knowledgeable and entertaining! Lots of information and interesting sites visited!
Reviews by Graham, Manchester, UK on May 28, 2016
- "Very informative and friendly guide"
If you want a guide who will give you excellent facts about the history of Rome, then look no further. There are other guides who will offer information to the various Roman monuments and buildings in the area but none as professional and knowledgeable as Francesca who is an archeologist who really knows her subject matter and not just a 'guide' who repeats a learned script. We had excellent access to parts of the Colosseum which not all visiting public get to see and the description of how life was back in Roman times created an excellent picture of how the people lived. This was one of many highlights of the tour. There is so much to see and do on this trip and although the day is long, the time will fly and you will leave feeling you truly have had a comprehensive insight into Rome, and the people who lived in that time. I would fully recommend this tour to anyone. This trip is probably more suited for older children (12+) and adults given the time you take to look around all the wonderful, interesting sites but we took our 4 month old son along in a baby carrier and it was fine for us. If you love Roman archeology and want professional, in depth knowledge, then look no further. Excellent!
Reviews by Carol W. from Mooresville, USA on May 19, 2016
- "Great access, knowledge and audio"
Francesca has deep knowledge and knows her way around the sites. Audio tech was excellent.
Reviews by Julie M. from London, UK on Apr 29, 2016
- "A wonderful crash-course in Art History"
Francesca was warm, knowledgeable and shared some fascinating insights. I couldn't recommend this more
Reviews by Johannes E. from Zevenaar, Netherlands on Apr 27, 2016
We have had a excellent guided Tour from Francesca. She took the time to explain the historie of the Colosseum and how the games were played in the arena. She took us underground the arena. That was a great experience to see , together with the third ring above the arena. After That she took us to the Palatijn and the Roman forum and told us a lot about it. Francesca is a exellent guide to book . We surely reccomend Francesca to other people to book her at mind the guide.
Fam Ronteltap and Fam Ebbink from the Netherlands.
Reviews by Mariel W, Sydney on Apr 26, 2016
We learned so much about Ancient Rome than we though we would. Francesca was very knowledgeable and helpful when asked sometimes random questions. While the duration of 3.5 hours sounds like a long time, it is so interesting that the time flies! This was by far our favorite tour this holidays!!!
Reviews by Charlotte, Virginia, United States on Apr 21, 2016
Francesca was brilliant and we are very glad we did the tour of underground Colosseo and Forum with her. We thoroughly recommend her, because she’s incredibly knowledgable about Rome and its history and her love for what she does is really contagiuos. Thank you Francesca!
Reviews by Gabriel C. from Singapore, Singapore on Jan 8, 2016
- "Second Tour of the Vatican "
She was punctual. Despite the fact she had a bad throat, she still explained thoroughly the history of the art pieces to her participants. The tour group was very small which helped. I thoroughly enjoyed her tour.
Reviews by Grace, Toronto Canada on Jan 1, 2016
- "This is the tour you want to take at the Colosseum"
This was the last group tour of our vacation and frankly I was a bit group toured out. I was pretty much ready to hate this Colesseum tour but I actually didn't realize that I was about to have a very special experience. We met Francesca outside of the Colesseum amidst the hordes of tourists and after splitting us in two small groups we walked through the Palatine Hill and Forum. Francesca had handy before and after drawings a how in us what the structures looked like now and back in their prime. Very useful for understanding and getting a real sense of the History. Her stories brought this space alive and never before, despite previous visits to Rome, did I get such an appreciation for this space. We stopped for a quick coffee and bathroom break and then we entered the colesseum. The good news is that you get in much faster through a special group entrance. The even better news is you do not have to move about the Colesseum with the masses. On this Mind the Guide tour, you get access to very special places. First you a few take onto a rebuilt "ground level" - I'm talking about the level a gladiator would have walked out onto. Even better, the hordes of other tourist are above you like a crowd. It has an amazing perspective. Then, you get to go to the underground level, where the animals were kept and the gladiators prepared. You get to see the trap doors they used to raise up the animals and get a sense of just how dangerous and dark it would have been down there. Then you go way up to the upper level, where most standard tours are not allowed. Yet another outstanding perspective of this amazing place. Of course it doesn't hurt that your guide is an archeologist and an historian. Really, if you are going on go to the Colesseum, this is the way to go.
Reviews by Rama C. from Lehi, Utah on Dec 23, 2015
- "Collosseum with Francesca!"
I enjoyed the tour of the Collusseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum. Francesca was very good and eager to answer any questions that i had. She was very knowledgable about all the areas and it was interesting to listen to the things she had to say. I would highly recommend Francesca as a tour guide. !
Reviews by Tony L. from Phoenix, USA on Dec 21, 2015
- "Francesca - Excellent Guide"
Colosseum Underground Tour. Outstanding knowledge, with the ability to deliver an enthusiastic and engaging presentation. It is amazing the number of people who fumble their way through these incredible sights, when they could gain so much more appreciation and understanding by spending a nominal amount. Plus VIP access to the private underground tunnels and the highest level of the Colosseum, where very few are permitted. As an avid traveler and huge believer in the value of excellent guides, I would highly recommend Francesca!! Thank you for a truly enriching experience.
Reviews by Nicola L. from Paddock wood, England on Dec 5, 2015
Can I just say what a brilliant tour we had today, I would recommend mind the guide and Francesca for anyone 5*
Reviews by Gregor R. from Nantwich, England on Dec 2, 2015
Great tour with a lovely guide who gave us a very detailed and interesting insight in to the history of the Vatican.
Reviews by Jacky P. from London , E4 6LX on Nov 16, 2015
We had an amazing tour with Francesca, she is highly knowledgeable and made the tour so interesting. Would definitely recommend to others.
Reviews by Diane, London on Nov 1, 2015
Wonderful tour with Francesca of the Colosseum and Forum today. It was great to have such a knowledgeable person whose passion for the history shone through. We could have listened to her all day. Our group was small, just two couples but perfect for asking questions and chatting. Many thanks for the recommendation: Capitoline Museum was wonderful!
Reviews by Mark Y., North Plainfield on Oct 16, 2015
Our tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum with Francesca was the best tour ever. Taking the underground tour of the Colosseum was an absolute must for my first trip to Rome. Not only was MindTheGuide the least expensive, our tour guide Francesca was an absolute delight. An archaeologist and scholar, she not only provided a detailed history of the Colosseum, but insight into the archaeological detective work behind much of that history. The tour for both the Colosseum and the Forum takes about 3.5 hours and is not overly strenuous. Comfortable shoes are a must.
Reviews by Judith, Wimborne Minster, UK on Oct 14, 2015
- "Stepping back in history!"
We were privileged to have our visit to the Collosseum in Rome enriched by having Francesca as our guide. Her knowledge and passion made our visit so interesting and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Mind the Guide as a company.
Reviews by Nicola, Newport UK on Sep 28, 2015
- "Best guided tour in Rome"
This was the best guided tour we have had so far in Rome. Francesca is impressively knowledgable and very friendly, the tour itself was brilliant being the only group on the arena floor and in the underground and third tier very easy to book. Thumbs up for mind the guide!
Reviews by Sushma J. from Seattle, USA on Sep 8, 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and Francesca. It was a rainy morning and the underground was closed, "mind the guide" was very accommodating and willing to refund our money. We however stuck with the tour, and it was totally worth it.
Francesca was fantastic, lots of good info.
My 10 year old at the end of the tour said she would like to be an Archaeologist.
Reviews by Barbra F. from Lago Patria, ITALY on Jul 13, 2015
Francesca provided interesting and intelligent commentary throughout our tour. Thank you for a great morning!
Reviews by Angela C. from Strathfield, Australia on Jul 6, 2015
- "Colosseum and Roman Forum"
Can I give Francesca 10 stars?
Firstly I commend MindtheGuide for giving tours to a small group. It made the tour much more enjoyable and personal. Francesca was fantastic. Her knowledge of the Roman history was excellent and she delivered the information very well.
Thank you for an excellent Roman history lesson and wonderful experience.
Reviews by Mark B. from Woodville west, Australia on Jun 29, 2015
- "Do yourself a favour and book a tour with Mind the Guide"
We had the pleasure of having Francesca as our guide for our tour today to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. She was very knowledgeable and shared her experience and enthusiasm with all of our party. I also would recommend booking through Mind the Guide as although I have been to the Colosseum before, we got into places today I wouldn't have thought possible. It was fantastic!!
Reviews by Kimberly L. from Leeds, Uk on Jun 27, 2015
This was the one tour we were most looking forward to and Francesca did not dissapoint. She was very informative and was more helpful. Francesca answered any questions asked, brought the whole tour to life, spoke clearly and just made the whole experience very memorable. We joined another group for the underground experience and the gentleman who took that group (also from mind the guide) was brilliant too. They gave a very detailed and informative description of gladiatorial life and the way things would have been back then, which was deeply interesting. The tour groups aren't large so you get the feeling of a very personal tour. Safe to say if you wish to book onto a tour choose this company to go with. Both guides were fantastic!
Reviews by Matthew B. from Barnoldswick, United Kingdom on Jun 5, 2015
Very knowledgeable and thorough! Even ran theough the time limit, she worked so hard. Thank you!
Reviews by Karim M. from London, Great Britain on May 27, 2015
Fantastic tour of the Colosseum that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Rome.
Reviews by irina b. from larchmont, United States on May 24, 2015
- "Big thank you for a great tour"
We really enjoyed our tour of Colesseum and Forum with Francesca. Thank you!
Reviews by Meredith, Miami on May 22, 2015
- "Francesca and my Family!"
My Mom, sister and I spent 5 days in Rome. For me it was the fourth time in Italy, but first time for them who were really excited. We largely guided ourselves (bad for us), but for the Vatican/Sistine Chapel/St.Peter we booked Francesca. It was amazing, she is a very good tour guide, not only informative, but also very passionate about her job, Italian archaeology and art, so in a half day we learned a lot more than the previous days spent on our own. Moreover, as in the Sistine the guides are not allowed to speak, before entering she gave us a full description and many interesting details with useful visual aids on her iPad (great resource!). We are very happy to have met her, she really added depth to our visit. Thanks!!!
Reviews by Nathan, Michigan on May 12, 2015
Many thanks to Francesca for such an amazing experience. We booked a tour with her and she really knows the Vatican inside and out and explained many things on ancient art that we could never appreciate without her help. How wonderful to have such a good guide, always ready to answer our questions. Thank you!
Reviews by James Underwood, Newbury UK on May 6, 2015
MY wife and I decided to take a last minute trip to Rome for a weekend to take a break from the everyday life and I have to say, I’ll never ever regret this decision. We booked tours with Francesca two days before landing and everything went very smoothly. Francesca was really nice and not only did she tour us around the Colosseum and its Undergrounds like a real ancient Roman, but she also took some time after the tour to direct us to the best restaurants and views of the Eternal City! We really really enjoyed our stay and we have to thank Francesca for this – we wouldn’t have been happier to have Her as a guide, so excited and passionate about what she does! Looking forward to our next trip, will definitely contact MindTheGuide again!
Reviews by Syamin, Singapore on May 2, 2015
- "Wonderful guide in Rome!"
We booked and met Francesca for a tour of Colosseum and Roman Forum. It was a real history lesson for us all and she tailored the tour providing the level of detail we needed and wished. Francesca is very knowledgeable about the Roman history and archaeology of the area, friendly, polite and very sweet. Our time just flew.
Reviews by Mark , Chicago USA on Apr 30, 2015
I was in Rome last Saturday for a few hours.
I arranged a tour in the evening with Francesca. We walked around, allowing me to see some of the most beautiful fountains, buildings, churches, markets, etc. She was very good at illustrating history, architectures and customs. She suggested a very good restaurant where she told me many interesting facts about the Roman food. I’m so glad to have met you Francesca!
Reviews by Benjamin, Belgium on Apr 23, 2015
We are a family of five, interested in a tour of ancient sites and we booked Francesca to guide us. She was excellent and explained very well the history and interpretations that are behind the imposing ruins. You will see that she is an archaeologist and this is really a value added for a good tour. Very good with kids/teenagers too.
Reviews by Amandine Legrand - Belgium on Apr 14, 2015
Amandine Legrand - Belgium
We visited the Colosseum and the Forum with Francesca Delle Cave, excellent guide, with whom we have learned much about ancient Rome, but also the modern Italian life, at the turn of conversation. We heartily recommend to choose Francesca when in Rome because she’s really talented
Reviews by Angus, Scotland on Apr 11, 2015
Dear Francesca, I want to say thank you for the amazing Ancient Rome tour we did together and many thanks for the passion and patience you devoted to our four children. You’re really good at your job!
Reviews by Tamara - Dallas US on Apr 9, 2015
- "Ancient Rome Tour by an expert!"
Last week I booked Francesca: she is an archaeologist, tour guide and fab momma . We visited the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine and Francesca told me beautiful, interesting facts about Rome I never knew before. So beautiful to know the stories behind the glories, the experience dazzled me!!
Reviews by Adam and Katherine, New Orleans. on Mar 28, 2015
We spent two wonderful days in Rome with Francesca. We visited some beautiful places Like the Vatican, the Colosseum and Baths of Caracalla, that Francesca made us discover. I've never met anyone who puts soooo much passion in his work! thank you again Francesca!!!
Reviews by Khalid, Oman on Mar 26, 2015
We have been with francesca 2 times in rome really she is the one you can go with. Cute lady and very sweet. Full of info for the historical things. We were together for about 4 hours but we never felt she is a stranger to us. I recommend very highly to take her as a tour guide: you wont regret it.
Reviews by Oğuzhan, Istanbul on Mar 4, 2015
- "Rome Tour with Francesca!"
Last January I visited Rome for two days. Francesca Delle Cave helped me to find out every secrets and details of the most famous places of Rome. Colosseum, Vittorio Emanuel Monument and Vatican city. She was Great. Thank you Francesca
Reviews by Dennis, Pennsylvania on Feb 25, 2015
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Rome, primarily due to Francesca's knowledge, friendliness, and familiarity with Rome and its history. Wish we had been able to spend more time with her.
Reviews by Camilo, Uruguay on Feb 21, 2015
Can’t Wait to Get Back!
We left Rome with very sad hearts because we had only been exposed to the wonders of the city just for two days before we had to go. We can blame that on Francesca—just kidding! No, Francesca was great and really opened up the city to us in a way that we could never have imagined. It wasn’t just about seeing the Colosseum, it was about learning how the Romans came to be as they were and as they are now. Really impressive guide, and really impressive tour! Next time, we are coming to see the Vatican with you!
Reviews by Ashgar, Pakistan on Feb 11, 2015
I was in Rome last week and had the opportunity to see Vatican City with you. It was wonderful to be at the hub of history but would not have been amazing without your company. I stand obliged to you for opening doors of history, art and culture for me. Your knowledge was a real reflection of your qualification. Particularly explanations of paintings of Rafel and other artists were amazing. It helped me to understand the Christian faith and religion a great deal.
Reviews by Carla, Orlando, US on Feb 2, 2015
My husband and I took our two kids to Rome this January and we got the chance to book a tour with Mind the Guide. We selected Francesca as our tour guide and we were really glad of our choice. She was wonderful with us and with our kids! The tour was interesting and informative and Francesca was very keen to help us figure out what other things we could do or in which other places we could go with our kids (like the locals do) during our time.