Arianna Fusco

Arianna Fusco 37, Archaeologist & Educator

  • 30 Reviews
Joined Jul 27, 2014
  • Arianna Fusco

Arianna @ MindtheGuide

Born in Rome, Arianna has lived in the Eternal City for most of her life and her reasons for choosing to return and remain in this ancient city are expressed through her work as a tour guide.   For Arianna, tours are not just about offering information about ancient sites, but they are about providing “tools” and “stories” to visitors to help them make sense of the world in which they are traveling.

As a member of the MindtheGuide team, Arianna believes that it is important both for customers and tour guides to have the ability to work independently, have freedom of choice, and to be free from intermediary agencies.  Arianna’s tour philosophy is that tours are made by the “guide plus the guests.”  

Years Licensed: 5

Languages Spoken: Italian (fluent) | Spanish (fluent) | English (advanced proficiency)

Favorite Site/Monument: The Janiculum

Tour Trademark: “Exchange of ideas” and “engagement” approach, asking questions while simultaneously providing information about the sites visited within the context of Roman history.  




Professional Background

Arianna’s interest in archaeology began in high school (liceo classico), where she began studying Greek and Latin.  She continued her studies at Roma Tre University as a major in the Humanities Department, specializing in archaeology.  After graduating in 2005 with her masters, Arianna engaged in a doctoral program in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome until 2010.  As an archaeologist, Arianna specializes in architectural decoration and the use of marble in the western provinces of Imperial Rome.

Beyond being a licensed tour guide, Arianna also works for an association that teaches children about archaeology and is a freelance archaeologist for the municipality of Rome, for whom she has catalogued marble and engaged in digs in Trajan’s Market and Julio Caesar Forum.  

    Reviews by Sarah G. from Kent, England on Apr 26, 2016

    We previously had an amazing tour with Dario a few days before, therefore our expectations were quite high and Arianna did not disappoint. We booked the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill tour. We skipped the lines on a very busy April day which was great and they were long! Arianna provided us with headphones and we had about 12 of us in the group. We were able to take in the amazing sights with Arianna giving us detailed historic accounts and interesting facts about these ancient monuments. With the ticket we were able to explore the underground of the Colosseum, walk onto the arena floor (just like a gladiator) and trek up to the third floor to take in the beautiful view. Arianna's knowledge was amazing! The Forum and Palatine Hill was just as amazing! Arianna answered all our questions, was very patient with everyone and made sure we were having the best experience! A must do tour if visiting Rome!! Worth every penny!! Thanks Arianna for making our first visit to Rome and to the Colosseum an unforgettable experience!

    • "Colosseum and Roman Forum"
    Reviews by Amrutha, Chicago on Jan 9, 2016

    Arianna, the guide, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate. She took us through the alleys of Rome. We started at the Pantheon, walked to the Capitoline Hill, then through the Roman Forum, stopped for a coffee break and then headed to the Colosseum. She was extremely friendly and shared a lot of history with us. We traveled with a 16 month old baby who needed a diaper change in the Roman Forum. I can't be more grateful. Again, the tour is completely worth your time and money!

    • "Colosseum and Underground"
    Reviews by Manuela M. from London, United Kingdom on Jan 2, 2016

    It was a fantastic tour! The guide was very informative and gave us insight into interesting historical facts and made it very enjoyable even in the rain!

    • "Colosseum tour"
    Reviews by Luciana, Basel on Jan 1, 2016

    Our Mind the Guide tour guide Arianna Fusco was excellent: very knowledgeable, fun, and energetic! She was also very good and patient with our three kids (12, 10, 8), making it special for them. I highly recommend this tour for getting excellent historical information from Arianna, getting access to special areas of the Colosseum (underground, arena, upper level), and skipping the long lines.

    • "Fantastic tour with knowledgable guide"
    Reviews by Tom, USA on Oct 2, 2015

    We're just back from a great time touring the Colosseum and Palatine/Roman Forum. Arianna ia amazing and incredibly engaging - full of interesting tips about the locations and with a great sense of humour. Tour included underground and 3rd tier too; avoiding crowds. Would definitely recommend - best tour guide I've ever experienced!

    • "Last minute booking"
    Reviews by Wade, Seattle Washington on Sep 28, 2015

    We booked this tour the day before and to be honest it was a shot in the dark. Every other tour that viewed all levels of the Colosseum were fully booked and this was all that was left. Thank goodness the other tours were packed because this was the best I could have hoped for. There were only 10 of us so it just felt like a really private tour. Also the price was amazing for last minute too. Arianna Fusco was the guide and she was 100% great. Spoke great English and the love she had for archeology was genuine which really created a perfect atmosphere. Please if you read this and you have the chance to go with this tour specifically with Arianna Fusco book now. You will be very satisfied.

    • "Excellent Colosseum Tour"
    Reviews by Rob C. from Chelmsford, Great Britton on Sep 24, 2015

    Well worth the money. Very informative, interesting and friendly service. Arianna even held my attention for the whole tour and answered everyone's questions, however trivial, or technical in a easy to understand manner. The smaller group, compared to other tours, made the experience much more pleasurable. We would thoroughly recommend this company, especially the guide.

    • "Enthusiastic and knowledgeable "
    Reviews by Celine R. from Celbridge, Ireland on Aug 22, 2015

    Arianna loves her subject and the ancient city. We are a family of 5 with 3 teenagers and its a long tour (almost 4 hours) but she made it very easy. The headphones are a great idea , we had access to areas of the Colosseum we wouldn't normally have , great photos , and lots of information about ancient Rome. She loves the city and it is obvious throughout the tour. Would recommend this to anyone.

    • "Perfect from bottom to the top!"
    Reviews by Sandy W. from The Hague, Holland on Aug 11, 2015

    Thank you so much for being our tourguide. We enjoyed and we were so happy we booked the tour. It was worth it.Your energetic, enthusiastic and spontaneous way of telling the story exited us until the last minute. Next time I visit Rome I will definitely book a tour again.

    • "Arianna is wonderful"
    Reviews by Anne A. from Atherton, USA on Jul 20, 2015

    We loved our tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum with Arianna. Arianna is an archeologist by training, and she made history come alive by showing us what happened in the Colosseum, where people sat, and even how the emperor signaled which gladiator was the winner. Not only is Arianna knowledgeable and enthusiastic about classical Rome, she explains things in an engaging and understandable way. We couldn't have had a better tour guide in Rome.

    • "Colosseum trip of a lifetime!"
    Reviews by Jim F. from South Boston, USA on Jun 29, 2015

    My fiancé and I looked for honestly a month online for the tour company to use! Arianna did a fantastic job of getting to know everyone's name and she knew more about Rome than only the Colosseum which helped put the other pieces together such as the second part of the tour at the Forum. Bottom line is for the money this is the best tour out there and we didn't wait for a second!!!! Thanks Arianna Jim and Brittany

    • "Absolutely Perfect!"
    Reviews by Mary J. from FARMINGTON HILLS, United States on Jun 7, 2015

    Very happy with the tour. Arianna was knowledgeable, passionate, and entertaining. Couldn't ask for more.

    Reviews by Hans M. from Howth, Ireland on Jun 1, 2015

    This tour was the highlight of a wonderful visit to Rome. Arianna and Dario were excellent tour guides being both extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Ancoent Rome. The walk into the arena of the Colosseum and the tour underground were spectacular. The view from the top of the Colosseum was breathtaking. The walk around the Palatino was beautiful and the walk through the Forum was fantastic. It was amazing to find yourself walking on an actual road from the time of Julius Caeser! We would thoroughly recommend doing this tour if lucky enough to be visiting Rome. Hans & Fionn (Ireland)

    • " Rome is magnificent!"
    Reviews by Scott, Durban, SA on May 19, 2015

    I went to Rome a couple weeks ago with my family and I already miss it. I never realized how many ruins and ancient sites there are, we were busy the whole time! Having a tour guide really helped us not get lost or overwhelmed by the amount of stuff. Mindtheguide was great for finding tours (and a guide) that interested us. Arianna was brilliant and very humorous! Thank you, we will be sure to come back soon!

    • "Fantastic encounter!"
    Reviews by Jenna & Cindy, Canada on May 9, 2015

    My best friend and I went on a road trip starting from North of Italy (Trento) to went all the way down to Puglia (south east of Italy). We OBVIOUSLY decided to take a little break from moving around and stayed 4 days in the "Eternal City". Well, we decided right. Having our home-base in a central house through Airbnb, we got the chance to fully invest our time and energies on some historical tours.. and we ended up in the best hands! Arianna was our leader for two amazing tours in Central Rome, around the Collosseum and its underground area, and the other at the Vatican Museum. We were a little scared that spending too much time touring around would have made us tired but instead we had a lot of fun and Arianna is a very exciting (and excited) person who will answer any of your questions - whether it's history or present times, she'll give you the best answers and suggestions! It was such a pleasure to meet her and linger a little in some Roman culture. I'd recommend MindTheGuide to everyone. It left us with such a great memory of the city.

    • "Fantastic guide!"
    Reviews by Kay Biden, Sidney on May 2, 2015

    This to Rome was my first trip abroad I had with my two children. I was worried that tours around ancient ruins would have been a bit “too much” for Clara and Thomas, but instead they didn’t want to leave the city at the end! Arianna was super nice and caring with both of them, and made the experience real fun for everyone. She took us around the Colosseum and Roman Forum and ended the tour with an ice cream date (which I enjoyed just as much as my children did!). I will recommend Arianna to all my friends, and actually really hope to get the chance to visit Rome with her again soon!

    • "Underground Colosseum"
    Reviews by Hernandez, US on Apr 23, 2015

    Incredible tour!! Me and my boy friend took the colosseum tour with Ariana and it could not have been better. She had so much great insight and knew a lot! If I ever am back in Rome with more time I plan on taking their other tours as well. Highly recommend tour!!!

    • "Highly recommended!"
    Reviews by Cherise, Vancouver Canada on Apr 20, 2015

    Despite the unexpected rainy weather, our stay in Rome was FABULOUS. We spent almost two entire days with Arianna, who toured us around St Peter Basilica and the Colosseum, making our visit one of the most fun experiences we had abroad! Her dedication and true passion for history made us all feel like we were a part of the ancient times in the capital. After the tours we all gathered around with a typical Italian espresso and Arianna answered all the various (maybe a bit annoying) questions we all had in mind. Her knowledge goes way beyond any typical tour guide I’ve met, he’s fun, entertaining, and knows mysterious details that made the whole experience so exciting! Definitely recommend to anyone. A big thank you and many hugs from Cherise and Daniel!

    • "A night in Rome!"
    Reviews by Kiri Valsamis, Sidney on Apr 1, 2015

    I really enjoyed Arianna's walking tour. It was very informative and interesting. She has a wonderfully enthusiastic and pleasant approach, which we appreciated. Thank you so very much for the evening's experience!

    • "A great experience!"
    Reviews by George, Cambridge, UK on Mar 25, 2015

    We Spent three hours with Arianna in the Colosseum and it was absolutely amazing. She is a young archeologist and has worked in Rome: the quality of the information i received waked up my interest for History. We visited the undergound level which is much preserved than the upper floor and we entered the arena where fighting took place. Great Tour! Definetely worth the time!

    • "Simply Wow!"
    Reviews by Paulo, Italy on Feb 28, 2015

    Simply Wow! Mind the Guide has found a true asset with their tour guide Arianna, with whom I had the privilege of taking a tour to the Forum this January. I was traveling by myself, which Arinna noticed; and throughout the tour she checked in on me to make sure that I was doing well. That small touch of kindness is what truly separates Arianna from any other guide I have ever met over my years of traveling. You can really see that she cares about her tour members and is passionate about sharing her love of this city. When I get back to Rome next year, I will definitely book Arianna again. Unexpected compassion goes a long way.

    • "Visita al Vaticano!"
    Reviews by Menchu R. , Spain on Feb 11, 2015

    Nos ha encantado las explicaciones de Arianna fusco. Toda un profesional. La entendíamos a la perfección. Atenta y amable y simpática. La recomiendo para todo el mundo que quiera una buena guía de roma!

    • "Underground Colosseum With Arianna"
    Reviews by Paige, Sidney, AU on Feb 7, 2015

    Our last tour in Rome was the coliseum with Arianna, who I was so thankful for as without her I would not have apreciated all the amazing things I was seeing. Plus Adrianna also had actually worked on some of the excavation work on the Roman Forum, so she provided more than just un average text book knowledge. I am so glad we chose this company over larger, less personal ones!

    • "Local Guide Like No Other! "
    Reviews by Bob, Portland, US on Jan 22, 2015

    My wife and I actively seek out and support small businesses when we are at home, and so when we were planning our trip to Rome, we decided to do the same. This is how we found Mind the Guide, a small business and an excellent company. Through Mind the Guide, we were able select Arianna for our tour of the Vatican. We were not disappointed. Arianna was very personable and knowledgeable—really seeking to make sure that everyone was enjoying the overall experience. After our tour, she was very welcoming to address some questions that we had about local happenings, including the usual places to go and things to do, as well as a demonstration that happened a week before. Arianna was “in the know” both historically and contemporarily. Great guide and a great experience.

    • "Perfect Colosseum & Forum Tour!"
    Reviews by Lisa, New York, US on Jan 5, 2015

    I could go on and on about my experience with Arianna, but there really is no need. Simply put, she was perfect from the get-go until the very last moment of our tour. I would recommend anyone to take any tour with her, because it’s bound to be a fabulous experience!

    • "Caracalla tour"
    Reviews by Michael Saber on Aug 6, 2014

    We took the Colosseum plus Caracalla Baths tour with Arianna as our guide. I’d never heard of the Caracalla Baths, but my girlfriend had done research and insisted we go, so off we went (btw, they’re enormous, impressive, highly recommend going). The tour price would have been worth it for me *just* to skip the line!! Instead, we got Arianna as our guide and she took us on a magic carpet ride through ancient Roman history. Arianna used humor to keep us awake (mega jet lag all around) and hold our attention. She obviously cared about whether we were actually listening and absorbing the information! Bless her heart. Kudos Arianna, and grazie!

    • "Vatican with Ariana!"
    Reviews by Barbara Craven on Aug 5, 2014

    We took a Vatican tour and St. Peter’s with Arianna. This was my second time to tour the Vatican museum, the first time was 3 years ago. Arianna’s knowledge level was very high and she gave us so many small details, that’s what I like, not just the big picture of history (of course that’s essential) but little things about how people really lived, what life was really like. And pointing out small details on the art works that I would totally have missed. Anyway during the tour I realized just how lacking the tour I took 3 years ago was! Also that was a large group of about 30, which is just harder. This was a small group of 10, very nice. Wish I could have every tour from Arianna...she is sweet with a great sparkle in her eye, very fun little jokes here and there, a great person to spend a few hours with while taking in Rome’s art and artifacts. Thumbs up! -Barbara Craven

    • "A great tour guide"
    Reviews by Maria Sanchez on Aug 4, 2014

    Arianna is a great guide, she knows a lot about everything and she is very kind and patient with her clients. I have recommended her and will definitely do again.

    • "Excellent Tour"
    Reviews by Gim Gallagher on Jul 31, 2014

    Arianna is very professional and expert in her field. She is very accomplished and speaks 3 languages. I can confidently say her communication skills were excellent. Arianna is a young, energetic entrepreneur with a bright future and would be a great addition to any company in the travel, archaeology, or research fields. The tour we had in Rome was simply unforgettable!

    • "Well Worth It"
    Reviews by Jhon Goldener on Jul 31, 2014

    As a family we’ve been on tours in many cities around the world and we thought that Arianna was right up there among the best. It’s difficult to find a guide that can be accommodating for the whole family (and sometimes quite stressful) but Arianna handled us very well! I would definitely recommend her.

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