Reviews by Alex Kerr, NJ, US on May 11, 2017
Dario gave us one of the best tours we have ever had. He was down to earth, informative and most importantly; interesting! With his wonderful tour he was able to make the Vatican Museum and Saint Peter's Basilica stand out. He provided an all inclusive historical background, interesting quotes and an ideal speed for us to keep up. I would most certainly recommend Dario and Mind The Guide for tours around Roman attractions as they provide something that would be unattainable alone.
Reviews by Sara, from San Diego, California on Mar 22, 2017
I cannot praise Francesca highly enough for this tour of the Vatican Museum. The Sistene chapel itself is incredible, and the museums gorgeous but the tour was amazing beause of her sunny personality: She has a PhD in art history and clearly has lots of experience doing tours. This was the only guided tour we had during our 3 days in Rome and it was well worth the money, which incidentally I think is pretty reasonable for what you get! You do see large groups of dazed tours wandering around with headphones on and I must admit I'm glad we didn't do it that way and that we had Francesca to ourselves.
Reviews by Bree D. from London, United Kingdom on Feb 8, 2017
- "Amazing experience in Rome"
I had the pleasure of touring the Vatican with the best tour guide I have ever had. Dario was so personable from the start and his passion for Roman History was evident from the start. He paced the tour well and his knowledge was immense. I would highly recommend going on one of his tours. He was also so helpful giving excellent food recommendations! Please book one of his tours! :)
Reviews by Diana, Austin Texas on Dec 21, 2016
- "Small group - Great Guide!"
My husband and I had an excellent experience with this tour. Angelica is clearly passionate about the history of Rome. She had so much to share and her enthusiasm made me feel extremely fortunate to be able to be given this tour of the Vatican. Also, the group is smaller (10 people) which allows for more personalized attention to details.
Reviews by Peggy, Atlanta USA on Dec 17, 2016
We were a party of 5 adults, a teenager, and a 12yr old. We did the Ancient Rome tour one morning and the Vatican the next morning- both with Angelica. WOW! She was awesome! So very friendly and knowledgeable. She kept us so intrigued with both the historical and archaeological facts of both venues. Angelica was perfect with our kids too, directing questions to them and keeping them engaged. We learned a ton and laughed a lot! It really felt like touring with a friend who happened to be an expert! I highly recommend Angelica for these tours. I would love to hire her again and just let her lead me around Rome to her favorite spots and tell me about them. She is that good!
Reviews by Fidi H. from Singapore, Singapore on Dec 24, 2016
The guided tour of the Vatican Museum & Saint Peter's Basilica was not only informative but also enlightening. Dario was capable of sharing these insightful details of the museum with ease. The 3 hours went by swiftly but I stepped out of the city with more knowledge on these sights thanks to Dario.
Definitely would recommend this tour!
Reviews by roger w. from burnley, united kingdom on Nov 7, 2016
- "excellent informative tour "
Dario is an Art History graduate I think and it showed in his depth of knowledge and interest in the Vatican and its museums. there is so much here to see he can only do the highlights of the many museums but he really brought it to life. even our 12 year old son was kept interested for the 3 hours. it was a great way to get a feel for the museum , Sistine chapel and st peters , would definitely recommend it . we also did the coliseum tour with Dario that week and that was as equally good
Reviews by Ellen, Illinois on Oct 29, 2016
Dario led us through the complicated and bustling Vatican museum with expertise and finesse. His vast knowledge of art history allowed us to fully appreciate the antiquities. He understood the art, the artist, and Dario was able to relay information that we could never have obtained on our own. In a word, he was FANTASTIC! I would not do the Vatican without him. Thank you!
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 Marcus c. from Kirton lindsey , England on Sep 19, 2016
- "excellent tour, very worthwhile"
Dario made the tour not only very informative but also very enjoyable and allowed us to relax and enjoy the experience.
Reviews by Emily, Palo Alto, USA on Aug 1, 2016
We are a family of five, who visited Rome for the first time and had the best experience touring the Vatican City with Francesca. Her's enthusiasm and humor made the three hour tour fly by. We highly recommend her and would definitely book another tour with her next time. She was incredibly knowledgeable of all the history and art and presented the information in an exciting and interesting and way, that pleased our family's age range from 14 to 75 years old. Well done!!
Reviews by Cathy R. from Lilli Pilli, Australia on Jun 14, 2016
Our tour of the Vatican was truely amazing. Dario was great and so informative. We were so lucky to be the only ones on the tour. Dario made our experience extra discuss more like a friend than a tour guide. Thank you so much. If you are in Rome be sure to book a tour with Dario
Reviews by Cathy L. from Windsor, Canada on Jun 5, 2016
- "Dario was expert and helpful!"
My Mom and I booked a private walking tour with Dario Friday June 3 and the Vatican Museum Tour on Sat Jun 4, 2016. In both-- we were expertly looked after! Dario customized our pace and focus to the needs of our group -- elderly Mom, 2 sisters in their 40s and a 8-yr-old boy. Since my Mom (age 79) had some walking difficulties, we adjusted what we saw, with good breaks for gelato and coffee. Dario was professional, pleasant and well-informed about the sights in Rome. Also, his help in getting tickets in advance meant we avoided long lines and saved A LOT of time! Especially for my Mom Shirley (age 79) and Balti age 8, making things efficient was very important! Dario was also smart in the sequence of museum spots to ensure the best experience on a busy weekend. We liked Dario and greatly appreciated his good strategies and Art History background. We highly recommend him to you!
Reviews by Olena M. from Los Angeles, USA on Jun 14, 2016
- "Vatican Tour - Worth Every Penny!"
This was my first time visiting Rome and I wanted to learn as much as possible about the history of this beautiful city. Dario was beyond knowledgeable and the amount of detail in his explanations of each piece that we saw at the Vatican City was amazing! He went out of his way to show us the most famous works and I couldn't be happier that I chose him as a guide. Not to mention that he went beyond our tour time and was very helpful at the end when we had questions. Highly recommended! Book him for any tour in Rome. You won't be disappointed!!!
Reviews by iain V. from Darlington, England on Jun 3, 2016
Recently (30th May 2016) we had the pleasure of a tour of the Vatican with Dario Andreucci. I can honestly say it is the best tour we have been on. Dario was informative, interesting and knowledgable even my 16 year old son found the tour really interesting and his attention was maintained throught the tour. We learnt so much about the history of the vatican and its artifacts along with being able to view the art work with a greater amount of knowledge and understanding.
I would recommend Dario 100%, if we could have booked him for our whole visit to Rome we would have.
Reviews by Carol W. from Mooresville, USA on May 19, 2016
- "Opened my eyes to details you would miss"
Dario has wide knowledge of the art, and history, a caring and joyous personality and knows the back doors to get you around the Vatican despite the crowds. Worth twice the price.
Reviews by Ian A. Brisbane, Australia on May 8, 2016
Dario led our group of 7 & we are so glad we took his tour. It was quite crowded but he knew exactly where to go. He also showed a great passion for the subject. Excellent way to do the Vatican.
Reviews by Robert R. from Spring Grove, United States on May 21, 2016
- "Dario is the best ever!"
If you are looking for a tour of the Vatican Museum and Saint Peter's Basilica, you can't do any better than having Dario Andreucci as a tour guide. He speaks very good English and knows so much about art history, the Vatican Museum and Saint Peter's Basilica. There was so much to see! Thankfully, Dario gave us time to sit and relax while he showed us pictures on his laptop and explained what we would be seeing inside the Sistine Chapel. That way we could observe silence while viewing the beautiful room. He was very patient and took the time to answer all our questions. Our daughter booked the tour for us, because she said that Dario looked nice...he really was, but we got so much more out of our day!
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 Sarah G. from Kent, England on Apr 26, 2016
I did my research like most people and came across 'mindtheguide' and read the personal reviews from other people. Following their positive reviews I booked the Vatican Museum and Saint Peter's Basilica tour with Dario. My friends, family and I were not disappointed!!! There were five of us in our group which meant it was just us on the tour which was fantastic. Our first encounter with Dario was us running late, however Dario was there waiting for us with a welcoming smile! We had a wonderful time exploring, and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Dario was very friendly, knowledgeable and patient with us. He also had a great sense of humour. The tour lasted about 4 hours and we were transported back in time. We were slightly disappointed when the tour had come to an end! I would highly recommend this personal tour, you will not get another like it. From the day of booking Dario replied instantly to any questions I had. The ticket allowed us to skip the long line and we got a detailed, passionate, knowledgeable tour with the use of visual resources using an iPad (which was good!). I would definitely recommend using Mind The Guide and Dario. We had an amazing time (we even booked a 2nd tour to see the Colosseum) and both tours made our trip to Rome that extra bit special. Thank you! From Sarah, Katie, Amy, Mary and Peggy! :)
Reviews by wen w. from London, United Kingdom on Mar 23, 2016
- "Awesome tour! Highly recommended!"
Had a fantastic tour in the Vatican City! The guide, Dario, is super knowledgeable of art and art history. From Roman to Renaissance, from Raphael to Michelangelo, from paintings to sculptures, he knows them by heart! Genuine passion for the art and architecture in Rome! Really impressed! Highly recommended! Plus you get to skip the queue at the entrance, which is literally hundreds of metres long!
Reviews by Sue P. from Ash, United Kingdom on Feb 17, 2016
We visited the Vatican on Monday 15 Feb 2016 with Dario . What an amazing afternoon we had. Dario's knowledge of art history was superb and made appreciation of the wonderful paintings and sculptures in the Vatican museum so much easier. I had visited the Vatican many years ago as a student and whilst I could marvel at the sights, I didn't really know what I was looking at. Having Dario as a guide solved that problem completely. He was so passionate about his city, country and culture it was a real privilege to spend time with him. We were a small group of 4 and were so well looked after. I felt like I was on a private tour. No question was too silly or too difficult. His English was fantastic (put my 'pigeon' Italian completely to shame!). I think the fact that several other guides came up to us and told us we were with the best spoke volumes. I would thoroughly recommend to anyone thinking of using this service. You completely skip all lines (and they are VERY long , even in Feb). It is definitely worth every single penny and now I know about Mind the Guide I wouldn't consider using anyone else. Book with these guys and you won't be disappointed at all. Thank you Dario and Mind the Guide. I won't leave it another 28 years to return to Rome. Sue Press , Somerset , England xx
Reviews by Ilona v. from Wijchen, Netherlands on Feb 12, 2016
- "Would recommend this tour with Dario to everyone!!"
We've had a great day with Dario!
We started in the museum and Dario told us all about the statues, paintings and history of Rome and the Vatican. It was obvious that Dario had a background in art history, as his stories were full of information and he told his stories with passion.
Due to unforseen circumstances we weren't able to enter Saint Peter's Basilica. Instead Dario took us to Trastavere and gave us a little tour there. Told us which were good restaurants (were the locals eat), good bars and where they sold local delicatesses. Apparently he picked up my love for food :)
All and all a great day in which Dario made us feel like a friend he was showing his hometown.
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 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 Mariah L. from Reading, United Kingdom on Nov 18, 2015
- "This was the best tour we took in Rome!"
My husband and I took three separate tours, from three different companies; Viator, Best of Rome the city wonders, and Mind the Guide. All were very good and totally worth it. With that said, our tour with Dario Andreucci and Mind the Guide was far more impressive then the last two. Mind the Guide tours are by far the most bang for your buck and our half the price of the other tours, while importantly still being very small groups(my husband and I were the only ones on our Vatican tour. We paid over 200 euros for the same small group on Viator, for a different tour). Dario was not only friendly and made us feel so welcome but his knowledge is insane! I felt like we were asking pretty tough questions and he never hesitated to answer on the spot. All the tours we took had great information and insight, but Dario's passion for his home town and passion for learning in general was a breath of fresh air. The time just flew by. You can't go wrong with any of the tours you choose, however, if possible I'd book all my tours with MIND THE GUIDE!
Reviews by Kelly B. from Whangarei, New Zealand on Nov 11, 2015
We did the Colosseo and Vatican tour with dairo and we really enjoyed them both. There was lots of information on both tours and both were amazing to see
Reviews by Dean W. from Etobicoke, Canada on Oct 10, 2015
- "rainy day but Andrea made it a great visit to the Vatican "
We really enjoyed the tour, it opened our eyes to the history of the Vatican and the history that it holds.
Dean and Susan
Reviews by Lisa H. from Bradford, England on Aug 17, 2015
Dario is a wonderful guide. He had been extremely helpful with suggestions, information and advice even before we got to Rome. On the day of the tour it was incredibly hot and we were wilting somewhat. Dario tried his best to find the most shaded areas or places that might catch a breeze. He was thoughtful to ensure we had sufficient water to drink. He was very knowledgeable about the Vatican and Sistine chapel and made the information easy and enjoyable to understand. I would highly recommend Dario to anyone, we had a lovely afternoon on his tour.
Reviews by Prajwal T. from Harrison, USA on Jul 21, 2015
It was a wonderful experience and Jowita was an awesome guide.
Reviews by james w. from Hawthorn Woods, US on Jul 20, 2015
- "Vatican Museum & St. Peter's Basilica Tour"
This was an excellent tour and was our 3nd tour with "Mind the Guide". Jowita was well versed in the history of the museum, St. Peters and the art within. She took her time to explain minute details that the causal observer would not have caught.
Another huge benefit was the ability to bypass the huge entry queue, on what was also a very hot day! Highly recommened!
Reviews by Lori B. from Gaithersburg, United States on Jul 3, 2015
- "Excellent tour with excellent tour guide!"
Our family enjoyed the Vatican tour with Andrea Flavioni. Andrea is incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. Our tour was so interesting the three hours flew by. We especially enjoyed the detailed discussion about Raphael's School of Athens fresco and the preview of the Sistine Chapel paintings. After the tour our teens admitted to having a new appreciation for art. Thanks to Andrea and Mind the Guide for a fantastic experience.
Reviews by Lakshmi R. from London, Uk on Jun 17, 2015
- "Excellent guided tour, fantastic guide"
I was looking for a last minute tour of the vatican when I ran into Dario's team outside the colosseum - I verified with them whether I could join their trip next day which they were extremely accommodating about. Danilo, his colleague confirmed availability promptly within the hour which meant the EUR 60 I'd parted with towards the Vatican museum tickets were confirmed. I booked the guided tour online and met them both outside the museum.
Dario was extremely effective as a guide, relating the incidents / museum artefacts to real life relatable examples. He was knowledgeable, considerate and well spoken. He understood the needs of his tour group well and catered to it.
The tour experience was superior in the sense of the mind blowing Vatican museum collection. The Sistine chapel is a divine wonder in itself as is St Peter's Basilica although I had to leave half way through the viewing of the Basilica.
Recommend this tour to anyone looking for a great insight into the Varican in half a day!
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 Ceniecia C. from Tunapuna, Trinidad on Jun 4, 2015
Professional knowledgeable and friendly. Very small and intimate group. Dario has a great personality and made the Vatican come alive for my friends and I.
Reviews by Rodney A. from Hallam, Australia on Jun 2, 2015
Well organized and at the pace we required. So much to take in and for us small sections as we did worked well. Great guide and well worth the value. Thank you Allen Family
Reviews by James L. from Carson City, United States on May 20, 2015
- "Amazing Knowledge of the Vatican"
Alfred was very knowledgeable and adapted the tour to our interests. Mind the Guide offers great value and superior knowledge in all aspects of the Vatican history and the treasures within. This is a must see tour that Alfred brings out the best!!!
Reviews by timothy s. from peterborough, United States on Apr 27, 2015
We really enjoyed learning about the Vatican's history and appreciated the art much more because of the knowledge of Dario. Tour was the right length and a very good value.
Reviews by SUSIE W. from NR SILVER END, ESSEX, ENGLAND on Apr 4, 2015
This is must see visit whilst in Rome and our second tour with Mind The Guide and although a busy Easter weekend we met our Guide Dario and quickly passed the lengthly queues into the Vatican Museum. Once inside it is easy too see how vast the Museum is but Dario expertly showed us the highlights including the art, artifacts and the amazing Sistine Chapel providing history of the Vatican throughout our tour and the highlight for our Son was when Dario shared a childhood experience which will definitely be a mummy Ben never forgets - priceless!! Again this tour was an amazingly experience and if visiting Rome we would recommend using this company 150% as the groups are small, you get to see more than you can imagine and access all areas of the attraction you are visiting - once again many thanks for your help in arranging our tours and if any friends are looking to visit Rome we will certainly recommend Mind The Guide - Susie, Dave and Ben
Reviews by Heather H. from Waukesha, United States on Apr 12, 2015
Thanks Dario for helping to make our stay in Rome so memorable. We especially appreciated your customized tour of the Vatican/St. Peter's. You gave us a semester's worth of art history in one very enjoyable afternoon and made the tour interesting and engaging for all of us, including our teen daughters. My daughters thought your tours were the highlights of our trip to Italy because they learned so much from you. Thanks again.
Reviews by Corinne B. from LYON, France on Jan 25, 2015
- "Saturday at the Vatican"
Very interesting tour of the museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica. In depth explanations on the art as well as the artists and their commissioners (I.e. The various popes), the architecture, the political context... Enough to please curious people. Not recommended for those who want a bird's eye view. A 15 minute stop in one of the cafeteria would have been appreciated (but we didn't ask for one either...) that would be my major negative comment! So kudos to our guide Dario in the hope the company will grow and develop even more tours for us to enjoy.
Reviews by Steve B. from Davie, USA on Dec 31, 2014
My family of four went on a tour of the Vatican with Claudia. We are normally not the tour type of people, but this was absolutely amazing and totally worth the money! She kept my two children interested the entire time with intriguing facts (ages 12 & 15). She was extremely knowledgeable about everything, and provided amazing facts that no one else would ever know unless with her. I would HIGHLY recommend Mind the Guide to any one. Dario, the owner, was very courteous, and Claudia, the guide, was the best. We also went on the Colosseum tour that same morning with Mind the Guide. See my review there as this was incredible as well. A++++
Reviews by Penelope C. from Singapore, Singapore on Dec 12, 2014
- "Second visit to the Vatican with Dario"
I booked a tour with Dario on the Mind The Guide website as I enjoyed his Ancient Rome Tour so much. On my first visit to the Vatican, I booked with a tour company and the guide lost several of us at the Sistine Chapel. We were told to meet at a particular spot and we ended up being lost halfway. No such problems with Dario. He was very clear and ensured I did not get lost. Dario is very passionate about his job and even conducted the tour when I was the only participant. Although I don't know much about art, Dario took pains to explain to me how to appreciate the works in the Vatican which I appreciated very much. As I got lost during my 1st tour with another company, Dario ensured that I was able to enjoy his tour fully and also took me into St Peter's Basilica where I was able to better appreciate the architecture and the history of the church thanks to him.
I highly recommend Dario if you are visiting Rome. He adds a personal touch which you cannot find in tour guides who work for other companies. If you have a question not about the tour, Dario is also very happy to answer.
Reviews by Wong W. from rome, italy on Nov 6, 2014
- "Professional and Fruitful lesson"
As Title. Excellent Tour.