Reviews by Nadia, Houston US on May 8, 2017
- "Great tour in Colosseum"
Dario Andreucci gave us a tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and it was our favorite of the whole trip! His perfect combination of being engaging and knowledgable was ideal for such a busy place. Seeing the underground and upper parts of the colosseum allowed us to escape the business and gave us great views of the whole place. Definitely recommended!
Reviews by Mary Adare, Irerland on Mar 22, 2017
A very interesting tour, factual and engaging. Dario drew the group in to the history of the Colosseum. Particularly during the underground tour he helped to recreate the atmosphere of the time and the duties of the slaves by assigning roles to group members as he told the story. He is an excellent role model for how to guide a tour. This was engaging while adding a bit of experiential insight. He went out of his way to be inclusive to all members of the group and answered all questions. We would thoroughly recommend this tour if you want to gain a better knowledge of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome.
Reviews by Rick, Seattle US on Mar 19, 2017
Had a fantastic tour with Dario as our guide for the Colosseum underground, we also visited the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. He did an amazing job explaining everything and kept us very entertained through the whole tour. We would recommend Dario to anyone looking for a great tour of the Colosseum.
Reviews by Stephanie T. from Ottawa, Canada on Mar 23, 2017
Dario was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable. We had four teenagers with us and he made sure they were included in the tour and made it fun and interesting for them. He made the Colosseum come to life - we could really understand how it would have been / operated back them. I would definitely recommend him!!!
Reviews by Stephen, London UK on Feb 28, 2017
Our tour guide Francesca was able to bring the experience to life through her knowledge. It was also really fun to tour with: her sense of humor connects facts through history making everything really enjoyable. Thank you
Reviews by Samu, Montevideo Uruguay on Jan 29, 2017
We did the tour with Simone that went through the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. We visited the underground and up on the third tier of the colosseum. Simone was incredible. He brought the ancient ruins alive for us and was so passionate about the history of Rome. Thank you Simone!
Reviews by Donald, Fort Collins, USA on Dec 27, 2016
- "Favorite guide for Rome!"
Today we had the best tour ever of Rome! Dario was a wealth of information and his commentary and ability to answer questions made me feel as if I was a part of the action thousands of years ago. With this tour you can see some areas of the Coloseum that are usually closed to general tours. You will not be disappointed with a booking through Mind the Guide.
Reviews by Yeshica M. from Dallas, United States on Jan 3, 2017
- "Unbelievably Awesome Experience! "
I have always hated taking any tours. They are always full of people taking pictures of everything and not really caring about the experience all while listening to a lackluster guide showing you what he thinks you want to see without much historical background. We decided to take this tour last minute because it was the only way to see the underground and 3rd ring at the coliseum (we didn't know this till the day before arriving in Rome). We booked for Simone and arrived the next morning for our tour. Well, we were amazingly surprised. Simone was absolutely FANTASTIC. He is an archeologist with extensive knowledge of not only the history of the Roman empire and the site, but he also discussed politics, economics, religion and formed it all into a super concise and engaging tour. He made you imagine what it must have been like to be a part of the games as both a spectator and a gladiator and related it to our current society to show how much has not changed. It was an extraordinary experience and my husband and I are so glad that we were able to learn from him. The tour group was only 7 of us, which was fantastic because we could all be involved in the conversation, as well as got to experience places in the coliseum all by ourselves. My only wish is that we had known sooner how awesome he was that we could've booked more tours with him! We highly recommend Simone and Mind the Guide for great affordable and engaging tours.
Reviews by Amy, Toronto on Dec 27, 2016
We took a guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and it was… memorable! Simone explained the history of the events and politics that occurred here. The underground at the Colosseum was amazing and exclusive and the view of Rome from the third ring was just breathtaking! As a bonus he also gave us a great tip for a pizza restaurant that we would never have gone to otherwise. Thank you Simone!
Reviews by Rajshree, New Delhi, India on Dec 19, 2016
Simone was referred by one other guide, Sylvia. Our first tour place to visit in Rome was the Colosseum including the underground section and the arena floor. Small group tour - we were 4, we had four others.
Simone was fabulous.: three and half hours with teenage kids is not a easy job. To my surprise, I did not hear any complain from my kids..asking are we there yet (end of the tour). That should say all. Most importantly - Simone, to us, was like wikepedia of Roman history: we personally felt, the passion he has about his country, culture, and history.
I assure you, you will not be disappointed. If you are booking for a trip, demand this guy. Thank you Simone for great tour!!!!!!!! Thank you mindtheguide
Reviews by Katrina, Brisbane AU on Dec 17, 2016
We didn't really understand how this tour was different to any other Colosseum tour, but had this tour recommended to us (so glad it was). To experience the workings of the Colosseum from underneath, and to have an amazing view from the fourth tier was incredible. Francesca, our guide, was friendly and funny: she clearly loves her job and she speaks a perfect english! Definitely recommend!
Reviews by Karen Bou, Auckland, New Zealand on Nov 4, 2016
Our first tour was the Underground Colosseum tour with Angelica who was full of energy and knowledge. As an archeaologist she was prepared to answer any of our questions (and there were many!) from our small group of 6 people. She is clearly passionate about the places we visited and her stories and facts about the underground areas were fascinating. The two and half hours passed by quickly and as we finished up we felt as if we could have spent the rest of the evening talking with her. This isn't a tour company that herds big groups around while repeating what sounds like a recorded message. The tours are very personal and intellectual while also being very interesting.
Reviews by Michael Curly, Seattle, USA on Oct 8, 2016
Doriana was terrific! I cannot recommend her highly enough. She was friendly and knowledgable and was clearly an expert in all things at the Coloseum. She was full of enthusiasm and even took an extra few minutes to answer any questions we had at the end. Top class
Reviews by Robert Franek, New Jersey on Oct 3, 2016
Very well educated on our site and loved hearing about her personal experience. Doriana was friendly and knowledgable and was clearly an expert in all things at The Colosseum. I was not expecting someone of her credentials to be a tour guide. Thank you!
Reviews by Sean, Chicago, USA on Oct 1, 2016
Doriana was extremely knowledgeable on the subject matter and she made the tour thoroughly enjoyable. Higly recommended!
Reviews by roger w. from burnley, united kingdom on Nov 7, 2016
- "a brilliant tour with a first class guide "
Dario made the whole tour a delight , his knowledge and presentation were very good , the use of earpieces in a crowded coliseum is a great idea which my 12 year old loved. Dario was especially good with the children , never dumming down for them but making his explanations understandable. the access to the floor underground and 3rd tier of the Coliseum make it very worth doing as this gives you a real appreciation of all aspects of the attraction
Reviews by Isabel, London on Nov 2, 2016
We had previously looked around Palatine Hill and Roman Forum independently, and were impressed. However, when Francesca took us around in the afternoon she really made us appreciate the importance to these old buildings. For example at the Forum we sat where Caeser was cremated after being killed...! The ending at the Coloseum was amazing - we visited the arena, the underground as well as to the top of the building. What a fantastic experience for us all, with a fun and knowledgable guide like Francesca!
Reviews by Nicola, Peterborough, UK on Nov 4, 2016
- "History told by a fantastic guide!"
We booked the Colosseum undergoround tour, including the third ring and the Roman Forum. This was easy to book and the meeting point instructions were very clear. From the start our guide Simone was friendly, passionate and extremely knowledgeable. There was nothing he didn't know about Rome and linked in the other historical buildings and landmarks to explain how it all fitted together.
The underground tour of the colosseum is a must. The views from the top of the Hill on the Roman Forum are breathtaking.
Fantastic tour and fantastic guide, thanks again Simone!
Reviews by Jordan R. from Arlington, United States on Oct 28, 2016
- "Coliseum Underground Tour "
Francesca was an amazing tour guide. She was fun, knowledgeable, and provided a wonderful overall experience for my wife and I. We would definitely recommend her to anyone, we would love to have her be our guide again in the future.
Reviews by Kesty, Vancouver, Canada on Oct 9, 2016
My husband and I had the most wonderful tour with Simone. I have honestly never met someone so knowledgable about his trade like Simone. He really brought the ruins to life & helped us to feel what life had been like. Truly our best tours ever! It was a lot of fun and was very informative. Simon is so knowledgeable and he made sure that we had sufficient time to see everything. We hope to visit Rome again to explore more places with Simone! His English is excellent!!
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 Christopher, Scarborough, UK on Oct 1, 2016
Rosa is such a proud Roman and a fantastic guide: It's not a stuffy old fashioned tour but a fun informative experience. As well as the Colloseum we got to visit and learn about Palentine Hill and the Roman Forum. So much history in one area, but Rosa helps us along. We can't recommend Rosa and Mind the Guide enough.
Reviews by Amygenn, London, UK on Oct 8, 2016
Francesca was a brilliant tour guide! We visited the Colosseum and the Roman Forum: she made the trip fun and enjoyable with her great knowledge ! Thank you would be sure to use the tour again!!
Reviews by Rosalyn, Swindon, UK on Oct 3, 2016
- "Excellent tour!I would book again!"
We booked an underground tour fo the Colosseum with Francesca. It was fascinating: she really brought the history of the location to life and spoke a wonderful English. With this tour you get access to areas of the Colosseum which other tours don't, like the arena floor and the underground tunnels. I would recommend anyone book with Mind the Guide and take a tour with Francesca.
Reviews by Katrine, Portland, Oregon on Aug 29, 2016
Francesca tours were strongly recommended to us by a close friend and we strongly recommend them too!!!
We loved especially our tour of the colosseum and forum with her. Everything was easy to arrange on line, and the tour was perfect. Three hours was the right amount of time to see everything and hear the stories and explanations. The pace was perfect. She was warm and funny and must have good connections because the rain didn't start until 3 minutes after the tour was finished! As it got hotter, Francesca made sure we had water and let us rest in the shade for a few minutes. She even had us take the elevator to the top of the colosseum, which was great for my bad knee. She was up on the latest archaeological news, and made what could be a dry subject absolutely fascinating. Thank you so much Francesca! We will recommend you to anyone coming to Rome!
Reviews by Rebecca, UK on Aug 29, 2016
Very informative, very enthusiastic and really knew his stuff. He answered all our questions, It was also nice to go on to the top tier of the colosseum and under ground, where other people don't get to go! Higly recommended!
Reviews by Ian T. from Chorley, UK on Aug 21, 2016
We just want to thank you once again for providing us with an excellent tour of the coliseum, palatine hill and roman forum. We had an excellent day in your company, learned much and visited places that we did not know existed.
We will be recommending you to all our friends who visit Rome and we will have no hesitation in contacting you when we next visit.
Thank you for your friendliness.
Ian & Sharon
Reviews by Jennifer L. from Las Vegas, United States on Aug 18, 2016
- "Best Tour Guide In Rome!"
Dario is so knowledgable in Italian History! His presentation and delivery is fun and enjoyable. We found Dario from a colleague and couldn't be more grateful! We had a total of three tours with Dario and they were all fabulous. Highly Recommended!!!
Thank you! Jennifer and Brian from Las Vegas
Reviews by Leahanaa, Cleveland, Ohio on Aug 16, 2016
- "Tour of the Colosseumm, Palatine and Roman Forum"
On our trip to Rome we had the pleasure of booking a MindtheGuide tour, and having Dario as our tour guide, for the Colosseum and the Ancient Rome. This tour also offered to go to the Colosseum underground and Third Tier, which most tours do no offer. Dario was beyond excellent. He was there early, and was very easy to find. There was no confusion as to where to meet for the tour because our voucher stated the exact location, and he had a "MindtheGuide" sign.
Headsets were provided during the tour, which allowed the tour group to hear Dario give his detailed story of Rome. It is very obvious when someone makes a career out of what he truly enjoy, and you can tell Dario does from the passion of which he speaks about the City he was born. I knew little about the history of Rome and its true impact in the world before said tour, but during I was captivated by the detail and context he seemed to put into every word.During the tour of the Colosseum, we were able to explore the underground as well as the highest point of the structure, which are not accessed by General Admission tickets.The tour lasted about 4 hours during a hot Roman summer day, however, Dario was courteous enough to make sure we had enough shade, water and rest to easily complete the tour.
Dario was also extremely helpful beyond the scope of the tour. He gave us advise and tips on where else we can go in Rome to eat, sight-see and gift shop. He even took it upon himself to
call several locations for us to check their closing times.
For anyone in search of an experience that takes you back into the history of Rome, not just a tour, please make sure you book with Dario. I would be hard pressed to find anyone else who can offer such an amazing tour.
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 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 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 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 Dawn O. from Tapping, Australia on Jun 29, 2016
Fabulous tour with a very knowledgable guide in Rosa
Reviews by Debra S. from Melbourne Beach, USA on Jun 28, 2016
We were in Rome for a once in a lifetime visit and this tour was the one to take for the Colosseum and Forum. Anything less would have been a disappointment and we would have missed some of the best that was able to be seen. Alfredo spoke excellent English, knew what he was doing and had a genuine love of the subject mater being presented. In addition, this tour company took care of another client who was unable to attend because of a clothing issue at the entrance (be respectful!) by offering a free substitute tour the next day. Very customer oriented.
Reviews by Kevin F. from Tustin, USA on Jun 22, 2016
Dario was VERY knowledgeable about the Colosseum, as well as about the Roman Forum. My wife is someone who likes to ask lots of questions, and he was happy to answer all of them. We would definitely recommend this tour with Dario. It is definitely worth the money!
Also, in case you are wondering, his English is excellent!
Reviews by Smita S. from New Canaan, United States on Jun 22, 2016
- "The best tour guide for Rome"
Dario A is very well informed abot Roman history and culture, and teaches it superbly to his tour participants. My 11 year old son learnt so much from him, and we will be forever grateful for the knowledge and experiences that he shared with us.
Reviews by Kevin W. from Los Angeles, United States on Jun 21, 2016
Dario was great. Skipping the lines was great. Tons of great information and sights.
Reviews by Constance C. from Daly City, USA on Jun 19, 2016
- "Wonderful experience, Dario was the best!"
We had a great experience touring the Colosseum with Dario as our Guide, he was super informative, educated, personable and passionate about guiding us thru the visit to the Colosseum. we would highly recommend using Dario for his tours!
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 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 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 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 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 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 C.D., Atlanta, US on Jun 20, 2016
- "Wonderful tour with extremely knowledgeable guide!"
Alfredo was amazing! He was able to answer any questions that was asked - it helps that he's an archaeologist! Pay the extra money for the underground & third level tours...you avoid all the crowds and get some really cool perspectives that you can't get only with public access.
Reviews by Kathryn, USA on Jun 4, 2016
Best tour yet! Alfredo Knew his material well, answered all questions with ease and the audio feature was a huge plus.
Reviews by Tim, Chester, UK on Jun 20, 2016
We really enjoyed our tour of the Colosseum plus the Forum and Palatine Hill. Rosa was lovely! She really brought everything to life and kept us interested throughout. Even though this tour wasn't advertised as 'family friendly' our children loved it just as much as us!
Reviews by Aaron, Cleveland, Ohio on Jun 5, 2016
Rosa was very friendly and very informative: she really enjoys talking about the history of Rome and sharing her culture with the guests. Highly recommended
Reviews by Coolratz, Baltimore, Maryland on Jun 5, 2016
- "Excellent value for the money!"
We were in Rome and wanted to do the Coliseum dungeon and third level tour (which you can only do with a guide not by general admission). I checked other places and everyone was sold out but luckily I found this one and booked it last minute. It definetely exceeded expectations. For the same price as the other tours, we also go a visit to the Roman forum. Rosa was great and extremely knowledgeable about lots of little details. She couldn't stop talking (I mean that in a good way!!). I never heard of mind the guide before but I would def look to book with them again if their other tours are as good as this one. Also the booking process was very good BC you could book online and it had real time availability whereas a lot of other tours it would not even let you try to book same day.
Reviews by Theodore K. from Springboro, United States on May 27, 2016
Rosa was absolutely delightful and SO knowledgeable. We cannot imagine how much we would have missed had we not taken the tour with her. She's a 9th generation Roman and knows so much about the Colosseum and the history of Rome in general. She also Illustrated an amazing knowledge of latin and Greek word origins. Besides being able to explain every aspect of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman forum, she also brought along a whole bag of visual aids that she was able to point to showing different aspects of what would have been going on during the time of ancient Roman. Recommend her highly!
Reviews by Nick C. from Courtice, Canada on May 18, 2016
My girlfriend and I were running late due to incorrect information Given to us by our hotel about the bus schedule. Dario contacted us to make sure we were still coming and insisted that he wait for us, even though he's technically not supposed too. He gave an exceptional tour. Very informative, knowledgable kind and funny. I definitely recommend this tour with Dario!
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 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 Ian A. from Mt Gravatt, Brisbane, Australia on May 8, 2016
Again Dario showed his passion & his extensive knowledge of ancient Rome. He took us to areas of the Colosseum that few tours did. Very, very interesting. The tour took about 4 hrs but Darioio knows how to pace the time, when to have a break & generally look after the group. The use of headphones also are a great advantage especially in the large crowds. Highly recommended & worthevery euro.
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 Karen G. from Arvada , USA on Apr 29, 2016
- "underground Colosseum tour"
Dario was a great guide and explained everything clearly. Having head sets provided was a great help in hearing what he had to say. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Rome and was receptive to any questions we had and knew the answers. I would highly recommend his tour and Dario as the guide.
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 Alistar S. from Christchurch, Uk on Apr 20, 2016
We booked the tour with Dario at the last minute and were so glad we did. The best guide we have had anywhere, friendly, hugely knowledgeable and endlessly enthusiastic. Clearly passionate about history Dario wants you to leave knowing as much as possible, he puts what you see in context, doesn't rush and explains everything you ask.
Reviews by Michael D. from Reading, USA on Apr 17, 2016
- "Colosseum Underground Tours - Dario Andreucci"
Fantastic tour that thoroughly covers the Colosseum and its surrounding areas. Could not have asked for a better guide than Dario. He's very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. I was concerned that my 14 & 12 year-old children would get bored on a tour of this length, but Dario went out of his way to keep them involved and engaged. My entire family really enjoyed the tour. It was a great way to start our visit to Rome. I highly recommend both the tour and Dario as a guide.
Reviews by Rodrigo T. from Viña del Mar, Chile on Apr 22, 2016
Access places that other turist can't. Dario is great with groups and really cares about the visitor having a great experience.
Reviews by Anthony E. from Rochester , England on Apr 19, 2016
- "Colosseum Underground Tours"
What a brilliant tour guide. We both had a very enjoyable experience last week, listening to Dario and showing us the important things which we would have missed if we didn't book!
Me and my partner had a great afternoon in the sunshine seeing the amazing Colosseum and getting a chance to see other areas which are not open to the public. The other places we visited which were the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
Great guide, very clear to understand and gave us time to take all the information in and to look around.
Very pleased overall with the service, very easy to book and to meet up.
Would definitely recommend anyone that's wants a guided tour of this great place, than please book with this guy. Very well knowledgeable, funny and friendly.
all the best
Caroline & Tony x x
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 William M. from Blunsdon, UK on Apr 8, 2016
- "When in Rome...go with Dario! "
Enthralling very full half-day tour of the Colosseum and Palatine Hill, expertly conducted by the frighteningly knowledgeable Dario, who by turns informed and entertained us; if there's a stone in the area he doesn't know the history of, it's well hidden.
Great tour; not cheap, but then quality rarely is.
Reviews by Sarah G. from Kent, England on Apr 26, 2016
- "BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING TOUR!!"
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!
Reviews by Billy P. from Rainham, United Kingdom on Apr 6, 2016
- "Colosseum Tour with Dario!"
Fabulous tour with Dario! Would highly recommend :)
Reviews by Sylvia V. from Landstuhl, Germany on Apr 1, 2016
- "Want to do it again! That good!"
My husband and I had such a fantastic tour with Dario! I wasn't sure what to expect as this was my first time using mindtheguide.com, but I will definitely be looking at them for future tours. First, I appreciated the earpieces we used to hear Dario without him having to shout or stand right next to him to hear. Dario's knowledge of the colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum really made the experience special. Of course, it didn't hurt to have private access to parts of the colosseum others were not allowed to go. Finally, Dario's sense of humor just topped of a wonderful experience. We would definitely book another tour with Dario again!
Reviews by Steven H. from Kobenhavn S, Denmark on Mar 26, 2016
- "Interesting, informative, intimate, relaxed, "
Dario's tour was definitely more than worth it! I wasn't sure what to expect, and was very pleased with the experience. Dario is welcoming, engaging, and knowledgable. Seeing the Colosseum from three different vantage points (the floor, underground and the top) was an unforgettable experience. We went where a regular admission ticket can't go, plus skipped the lines!
Then we went to Palatine Hill where we learned more about the history of Rome and the origins of the Forum.
If you're not sure, take my word for it...this tour is worth it!
Thanks, Dario, for a great tour!
Reviews by wen w. from London, United Kingdom on Mar 20, 2016
- "Absolutely amazing experience! Highly recommended!"
Private access to the underground, and all levels of the Colosseum! Plus super good tour in Roman Forum, got the best view of everything!
The guide (Dario) is very knowledgeable, explained well throughout the tour and is very patient (we had 4 kids and 1 baby in the group! Yet everyone had really good experience!) we are going for a Vatican tour with him as well!
Should definitely join the tour if you are looking for the best experience for the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum! 100% worth the money!
Reviews by Jonathan D. from Ranelagh, Ireland on Mar 20, 2016
Overall very happy with the tour and the guide. Alot of information provided throughout, as well as plenty of time given for photos and time to take in all the great sights
Reviews by David R. from Bexley, England on Feb 20, 2016
- "Great day, great tour guide "
Had a really good day at the coliseum with Dario as our tour guide. His knowledge is second to none and managed to keep the tour interesting for the whole duration (3.5 hours!). I would highly recommend a tour with Dario to anyone visiting Rome.
Reviews by Sue P. from Ash, United Kingdom on Feb 17, 2016
Dario showed us round the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Forum on Sat 13 Feb 2016. Wow! You definitely don't want to miss this one . The tour lasts about 4 hours and you are transported on a story through classical Rome. Dario's knowledge was just superb and gave the ruins in the Palatine Hill and Forum context and meaning. You simply can't get that from a few paragraphs in a guide book. Doing the underground tour of the Colosseum means that you get to go on to the floor of the Colosseum itself as well as into the passages where the animals and slaves were held. You get a much better sense of what it must have been like to take part in the 'games'. In addition you get to go right to the top level and imagine what it must have been like to be a spectator. We had about 10/12 in our group so we didn't feel like we were in a 'herd'. Dario's English was terrific and he could answer every question thrown at him. He was engaging and entertaining. You don't have to queue (and the lines are VERY long even in Feb). We were the envy of many other groups/individuals who had waited for hours with the masses or entered using the Roma pass . This is a MUST do. I enjoyed it so much I was rather disappointed to be going to the rugby on the 14 Feb instead of another tour with Mind the guide! Book this now!!
Reviews by Joanne P. from Hampton Vale, Peterborough, UK on Feb 16, 2016
- "Worth every penny! Book now!"
The tour was everything and then some. Dario was just 5 star in every way. At no point did you want to sit down...you just wanted to know more and more. I would suggest if you book one tour in Rome...do this one!
Reviews by Kirsten M. from Cupar, United Kingdom on Jan 8, 2016
- "Beyond what we expected!"
This tour was incredible, Dario was so informative about everything we saw and we had such a great time learning about everything. He even wrote us a list of other places to see and places to go for food in the rest of our time, and they were also really incredible! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to book a tour of the Colosseum, it is great value for money and if we ever visit Rome again we will definitely do the other tours available on the website! Thanks again :)
Reviews by Manuela M. from London, United Kingdom on Jan 2, 2016
- "Colosseum and Underground"
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!
Reviews by Jonathan E. from San Diego , USA on Jan 14, 2016
Dario is the best! My wife and I spent 16 days in Europe and our time in Rome was our favorite in large part due to Dario. He was so insightful on everything that Rome has to offer (dinners, sites, neighborhoods), and of course all the sites you see on the tour. He clearly wants you to enjoy his home town as much as possible and takes every effort to make sure this is the case. If you go to Rome and want to see anything I would book Dario for a tour. You will not regret it!
Reviews by Michelle K. from Manhattan Beach, USA on Jan 5, 2016
A must do in Rome! Dario was awesome-informative, friendly, and funny!
Reviews by Gabriel C. from Singapore, Singapore on Jan 8, 2016
- "Second Tour of Ancient Rome"
Dario is an excellent tour guide. He engaged his participants fully by talking to them individually. Dario is very knowledgeable. You know you cannot go wrong when you are taking a tour of Rome with a native ! I particularly enjoyed listening to him tell us about the history of the different parts of the Colosseum. He is very enthusiastic about his job which makes the tours so enjoyable. An excellent tour and value for money!
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 Richard, Rome on Jun 5, 2016
- "“Great way to start your visit to Rome”"
Well organised, highly informative and lovely way to immerse yourself into Rome. Special access into the less busy areas was great. Worth twice the price!
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 Danielle P. from London, England on Nov 24, 2015
- "A must do if you're visiting Rome."
Dario was an amazing guide. Not only was his historic knowledge outstanding but his friendly nature made this tour an absolute pleasure. The underground tour was like sneaking a peak into how the Gladiators lived and was an experience I won't forget. Cannot recommened enough.
Reviews by Richard F. from Indianapolis, USA on Nov 15, 2015
Alfredo was excellent. The best tour we had while in Rome.
Reviews by lee h. from enfield, United Kingdom on Oct 31, 2015
Had a fantastic time on my tour. Dario was incredible and brought the colosseum and the rest of Ancient Rome to life. Thank you.
Reviews by Walfred J. from Marana, United States on Oct 30, 2015
- "The best tour I had in Rome"
Paola did an outstanding job. Her English was impeccable. She obviously loves her subject matter because the depth of her knowledge of the colosseum and forum was excellent. She answered all the questions of our group. Her insight into what it was like back in the early days of Rome was very interesting. Highly recommend this tour and if you have Paola you will not be disappointed.
Reviews by Ian S. from Cannock, United Kingdom on Oct 30, 2015
- "An Amazing Experience brought to life by Paola"
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour today and felt very privileged to gain access to the lower level and third tier of the Colosseum. Paola was extremeley knowledgable and enthusiastic and really brought our experience to life. This was also true when we visited Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. We had never heard of Mind the Guide before visiting Rome and were a little dubious but would definitely recommend.
Reviews by Glenn O. from Gemantown, USA on Nov 5, 2015
Dario was excellent. Very knowledgeable, interactive, and friendly. I strongly recommend taking this tour
Reviews by Don K. from Great Notley, England on Oct 26, 2015
- "What a fantastic experience"
From the initial meeting and organisation of the group through to the detailed knowledge imparted throughout this was a wonderful experience with our twelve year old son enthralled for the full three and a half hours. Access to areas unavailable to the public coupled with the passion for the subject from Priscilla made this tour really come to life and you could easily find yourself imagining that you were there some 2000 years ago.
Priscilla (and Darius who also led part of the tour) were real ambassadors for the city and their home town and the tour was at a great pace - not rushed with time for photos and questions along the way at each key stop.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Mind the Guide and I will be using them when I return to Rome in the near future.
Fantastic and thank you.
Don, Donna and Oli
Reviews by Darron B. from Shawville, Canada on Oct 18, 2015
Great tour of colosseum, palatine and forum. Small group, super knowledgeable and friendly. Any tour we book from now on will be with mindtheguide.com. Awesome! Thanks Dario.
Reviews by Hazel C. from Glasgow, United Kingdom on Oct 18, 2015
- "Colloseum underground tour"
Was a fantastic tour really interesting and max was great at giving you a feeling of how the colloseum was in its golden days .
Thanks for a great tour
Reviews by Nigel P. from George town, Cayman Islands on Oct 12, 2015
See things not available to everyone. A very knowledgeable guide giving a great experience. Thanks Andreas
Reviews by Nicola B. from Cranage, United Kingdom on Oct 11, 2015
His knowledge of everything was fantastic! He kept at a pace we all enjoyed and went over and above explaining things! Brilliant tour! Thanks
Reviews by bruce w. from brooklyn, United States on Oct 10, 2015
From the very start Dario was an extreme joy. He took his time, was very considerate, explained things very clearly and with enough humor to make the experience unbelievably great. The tour was one of the best tours I have ever had... in spite of the fact that we did it in the rain. I would not only recommend him in a heartbeat but would make sure that I go on his tours the next time I come back to Rome.
Reviews by cathy s. from poway, united states on Oct 9, 2015
We were late in arriving because of a prior tour with another not so competent company. We were called to check on our status and they waited for us despite our very late arrival. If they had not, we would have missed seeing the Colosseum. The tour was excellent and Max was a knowledgeable guide. The whole experience was superior to many of the other tours we took.
Reviews by Adam Z. from Ramsey, USA on Sep 30, 2015
Max was one of the more knowledgeable tour guides we had on any tour during our Europe vacay. He spoke great English, and really helped bring the tour alive with deep knowledge of everything on the tour. @ Mind the guide in general we were a little nervous booking as we had never heard of it but all the staff and other guides we met we're nice, easy to find the day of, and spoke English well. Overall the best value and fun trip of our entire trip (we did the Coliseum and Forum)
Reviews by Rob C. from Chelmsford, Great Britton on Sep 24, 2015
- "Excellent Colosseum Tour"
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.
Reviews by Kyle R. from HERMOSA BEACH , United States on Oct 7, 2015
The Tour of the Colosseum was absolutely wonderful and Jowita was the perfect guide! Very knowledgeable, funny and enjoyable to be around and listen to during our tour! Would definitely recommend!
Reviews by Lynda L. from Otis Orchards, USA on Sep 20, 2015
- "the best Underground Colosseum Tour "
We had planned to see the Colosseum and other ruins on our own, but then decided to go with the Underground Tour. We are so happy we did. Jowita was great! She was so knowledgable, enthusiastic and easy to understand. She also did a wonderful job of coaching us to view things from the different perspectives of the people who inhabited these ancient places. So glad we did not do this without her!
Reviews by elaine d. from aberdeen, scotland on Sep 12, 2015
Dario was excellent. Great knowledge delivered in a relaxed and warm manner. We could have listened to him all day.
Reviews by Lauren B. from Ham Lane, ENGLAND on Sep 15, 2015
- "Wonderful tour with a wonderful host! Highly recommend!"
I had such a wonderful time on this tour. Getting to go underground and experience the whole colosseum was incredible. Dario was a wonderful tour guide who had SO much information and stories to tell. I really enjoyed being able to step onto the colosseum stage and pretend to be a gladiator!! Seeing the colosseum very the top was also wonderful with amazing views over Rome. Although the colosseum was my favourite section of the tour, all the other areas (the forum etc) were also fantastic. After the tour had finished Dario even took us to a lovely little cafe (optional) where we sat drinking and eating and asking him even more questions about the wonderful city of Rome. I highly recommend Dario and this whole tour. Thank-you!
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 Laura P. from Sarasota, united states on Aug 27, 2015
- "What a wonderful tour!!!"
We came to Rome and of course wanted to tour the Colosseum. I booked this tour before we left and it was awesome. Our guide was knowledgeable and very nice. I would recommend this tour to anyone going to Rome.
Reviews by Celine R. from Celbridge, Ireland on Aug 22, 2015
- "Enthusiastic and knowledgeable "
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.
Reviews by Peter B. from Wilmslow, Uk on Aug 17, 2015
Nearly 4 hours packed full of information provided by a very enthusiastic and knowledgable guide. Included access to parts of the coliseum not accessible by most members of the public. Strongly recommended.
Reviews by David C. from Decines-Charpieu, France on Aug 17, 2015
- "Unforgettable experience with the finest guide I have used!"
Dario was absolutely perfect as a guide of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. He was always ready to answer questions of which he was able to answer everything in an interesting and informative manner.
He allowed plenty of time to take photos and we never felt rushed like so many tours normally are.
He adapted himself to the group, allowing for various different requests.
Dario made the tour both highly informative, educational and funny.
This was the highlight of our trip in Rome and would love to do another tour with him if and when we have the chance.
David and Sonia
Reviews by Julyan O. from London, United Kingdom on Aug 13, 2015
- "We who are about to tour salute you.....Dario!"
Very engaging and well paced tour with just the right balance of general and detailed information all delivered in a relaxed and seemingly unscripted style. There was little need to ask questions as nearly all you needed to know about the Colosseum and the Forum complex was provided by Dario. We all felt very privileged to be on the underground tour of the Colosseum, to skip the queues and to have Dario as our guide.
Reviews by Sandy W. from The Hague, Holland on Aug 11, 2015
- "Perfect from bottom to the top!"
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.
Reviews by Kirsty T. from Kent , United Kingdom on Aug 9, 2015
- "Colloseum & Roman Forum :) "
We had a wonderful day at the Colloseum & Roman Forum. Thank you. Elisa you was very knowledgeable & we learnt lots from you.
Overall a great trip :)
Reviews by Kari F. from Kenilworth, UK on Aug 5, 2015
- "Good value: delivered exactly what was promised"
We took a three-and-a-half hour tour of the Colosseum, including the restricted areas (basement and top level) as well as the Palatine Hill and Roman Forums. Our guide was Max, with some useful contributions by Dario also. Max was pleasant, professional, and extremely informative; it seems obvious that he is an expert on the subject. We could hear every word clearly thanks to the headsets provided. The end of the tour (in the Forums) seemed a little bit rushed because the place is so dense with things to talk about. However on such a hot day, a longer tour would have been too strenuous for some of the people in our group. Take plenty of water, as we saw no water fountains along the way.
Reviews by Ian C. from Sutton, UK on Aug 5, 2015
I thought Andrea and Dario were very knowledgeable guys, mixing insight and humour, and making clear that certain things about the Romans could not be known, and were matters of conjecture. To stand in the re-constructed arena of the "Flavian Amphitheatre" and to tour the underground area were both amazing experiences. The heat was a killer, but we had been warned! I would advise pre-booking, and to avoid anyone trying to sell you tickets/selfie sticks/flowers outside the venue!!
Reviews by Nitin K. from Newcastle upon tyne, United kingdom on Jul 27, 2015
Excellent knowledge display by Rosa.
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 Jim F. from South Boston, USA on Jun 29, 2015
- "Colosseum trip of a lifetime!"
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!!!!
Jim and Brittany
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 Jan S. from Minerva, Usa on Jun 26, 2015
- "Thank you Dario for a fantastic tour!"
When we were in Rome we went on several tours with different tour guides and they were very good but Dario was exceptional. The difference was that he made sure to include everyone in what he was talking about, young and old. While people took pictures he was showing us things we may have missed. He really wanted you to enjoy and understand what you were seeing. He made the tour more of a historical conversation rather than a lecture. What we thought would be a little long of a tour for us was perfect. Also we loved the small group. Dario clearly loves what he does and we really recommend him as a tour guide! You won't be able to find a better one.
Reviews by Matthew B. from Barnoldswick, United Kingdom on Jun 6, 2015
- "Absolutely incredible, would recommend to absolutely anyone!"
Dario was fantastic, had an amazing knowledge, not just about the colosseum but everything about Rome itself. Not only did he show us around the tour, he also sat down with us afterwards and had a good chat, recommending us places to eat and drink for the rest of the trip. Couldn't give the highest reccomendation for this tour, and Dario himself. If we ever find ourselves in Rome again we would be sure to book with Dario. Ariana was also on a tour at the time, which we ended up sharing bits of the tour, she was also fantastic, and her enthusiasm and humour made the tour even more enjoyable! Keep up the good work guys, it's incredible!
Matt and Sam (the manchester accent you couldn't impersonate)
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)
Reviews by Peter J. from Eastleigh, United Kingdom on Jun 2, 2015
- "Excellent day with our tour guide Dario Andreucci"
We booked a 3.1/2 hour tour of all levels of the collosseum and the roman forum with Dario Andreucci at mindtheguide.com Well he was fantastic we were in a small group of 10 which was brilliant when you have children 11 & 9. Dario showed us the standard two levels that anyone can view with the addition of the arena floor, underground and top floor, yes its extra but worth the money for the two hours. We then went through the Roman Forum for another two hours with Dario narrating which enabled us to get a wonderful understanding of what we were viewing. We highly recommend this guide and the tour.
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 Allan S. from Pevensey, United Kingdom on Jun 15, 2015
- "Excellent Colosseum Underground Tour with Dario Andreucci"
We originally booked with Mind the Guide only because the Dark Rome and City Wonders tours were fully booked but we are now so glad that we did. With Mind the Guide we were able to select our guide and we were very lucky with our choice of Dario Andreucci as he is obviously very passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his city and he ensured that every question asked, even by people who were not in our group, was answered thoroughly!
Dario spoke excellent English and his delivery was very relaxed and he kept us interested with his detailed and good humoured explanation of life in Ancient Rome. He was very conscious of the different fitness abilities of our small group and ensured that the pace of the tour was suitable for all. After a very informative two hour tour of the Palatine Hill and the Forum we stopped for a welcome 20 minute comfort break at a café for a coffee or ice cream (not included in the price) and then we continued on to our pre-booked Underground tour of the Colosseum. We skipped the line, on arrival, and went straight through to the ground level where Dario explained about the construction and helped us visualise the magnificence of the Colosseum in its early days. At the pre-booked time we were allocated an official Colosseum escort who unlocked the gates for our private tour and it was amazing to be one of the very few privileged people to be given private access to the arena floor where Dario, with his explanation, brought to life the amazing spectacle that would have greeted the gladiators as they entered the arena in front of 60,000 spectators. We then went to the Underground area, again through locked gates, for our private tour of the area where the slaves, gladiators and animals would have been housed. Dario explained about the wide range of animals that were used at the Colosseum and he described the mechanism that was used to hoist the animals onto the arena floor and he also explained what life and the conditions would have been like for the slaves who worked under the ground. We were then escorted, again through a locked gate, to the upper level of the Colosseum for excellent views of the Palatine Hill and the rather distant view of the arena. It was here that our tour ended, all too soon, some FIVE hours after it had started! It was a very interesting tour and we were privileged to have been given private access to areas of the Colosseum that are seldom seen and we were extremely lucky to have chosen an excellent tour guide in Dario who ensured that we were given a truly memorable experience for which we are extremely grateful. We would highly recommend Mind the Guide which, although much cheaper than City Wonders or Dark Rome, provided a memorable experience which could not be bettered.
Reviews by Selina J. from Charlottesville, USA on May 10, 2015
- "Awesome Customer Service"
I unfortunately didn't get to take my tour with him because of the traffic I was late getting there. But they tried really hard to get back in touch with me to let me know that they were waiting for me but my phone was in my purse and I did not get the messages. That meant a lot to me, so thank you so much for the kindness you showed.
Reviews by Sneha S. Flat E, United Kingdom on May 7, 2015
- "Underground Colosseum Tour"
The official tour at the other website was sold out and I was looking for alternatives when I came upon Mind the Guide. We had the perfect tour with Mind the Guide, book them you wont be disappointed. The group is always small as the maximum tour size is 12. We were total of 7 of us and Dario. He has amazing knowledge and really brought the past to life. We felt really lucky to be shown around by Dario as we had private access to the underground, the arena and upper tier which you can't access through normal tickets. We then carried on to the forum and capitol hill which again was brought to life in great detail. We also had an option to go to the Pantheon but we had a flight to catch so had to skip that or else we would have definitely opted for it. Dario was keen to check that we had seen everything that we wanted to and we ended the tour at a cafe. He used this time to recommend restaurants to us. He was very patient as we had our friends daughter who is 2 years old and had a stroller on us so he was very helpful when it came to climbing stairs and going slower than usual. Thanks again Dario we all had a wonderful experience.
Reviews by Chris M. from Halifax, UK on May 2, 2015
- "Beyond the call of duty"
Dario made our trip to Rome complete. He went out of his way to make sure any problems with the booking were sorted, on the net our he answered any and every question we had. At the end of the tour he left us in the museum for drinks! Dario was keen for feedback and wanted to know how he could improve on the tour he provided, refreshing to meet someone not only interested in his work but keen to improve. don't chose anyone else!
Reviews by timothy s. from peterborough, United States on Apr 21, 2015
The price was very fair and Dario was both very knowledgeable and adept at leading children and adults. We highly recommend him and have booked another tour with him during our stay here.
Reviews by Derek H. from St. Albert, Canada on Apr 20, 2015
Our tour was wonderful. There was no wait and we were able to see areas of the Colosseum most people cannot. Dario was very clear, fun and informative and even had fun with our 5 and 6 year old monkeys. I would highly recommend this to anyone. definitely the best way to visit the ancient city !
Reviews by Lois F. from East northport, USA on Apr 11, 2015
- "This was our favorite tour!"
Dario was so informative and friendly. We learned so much today!!!! We will be recommending this tour to our friends, for sure.
Reviews by angela s. from sandymount, Ireland on Apr 9, 2015
Dario was a great tour guide. He helped navigate the Colloseum and Roman Forman so we could see the best parts of both. My kids both enjoyed the tour and were able to stay engaged for 4 hours because Dario kept it interesting. I would highly recommend the tour!
Reviews by Ryan T. from Littleton, United States on Apr 7, 2015
Dario was the best tour guide we have had and really enjoyed touring the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. He is very knowledgeable and professional yet mad ethe tour fun and enjoyable and would highly recommend. Also, the audio guide the was provided was much better than the one we had at the Vatican through Viator and wish we could have toured the Vatican with Dario!!
Reviews by jennifer w. from bonn, Germany on Apr 6, 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Dario was great with my 14 ,13 and 6 year old. He couldn't do enough for us. Everything was looked after and thought about during our 3.5 hour tour from making sure we didn t slip to not missing photo opps, opening gates and warning us what not to buy and from who not to buy from He was extremely knowledgable about roman history and the buildings surrounding the colosseum We have taken Many tours and this one was the best. Thank you!!!
Reviews by SUSIE W. from NR SILVER END, ESSEX, ENGLAND on Apr 3, 2015
- "Underground Colosseum Tour"
Amazing tour of the Colosseum with access to some of the most anazing view points which general access would not of allowed. In addition to this our guide Dario was both informative and entertaining and was always happy to answer any questions which are making us look forward to the Vatican tour tomorrow - many thanks for an amazing experience which brought the Colosseum and Forum to life for us Susie, Dave and Ben
Reviews by Kurt H. from Farnham common, United Kingdom on Mar 28, 2015
By far the best tour we went on in the week we spent in Rome. Dario was a fantastic tour guide full of information delivered in a very clear and fun way. Only regret was not booking the rest of our tours with mind the guide. I would 100% recommend to a friend.