My name is Ferdinando Badagliacca, I'm an archaeologist and an official guide of Rome and its province since 2009.
I took a Degree in Preservation of the Cultural Heritage in Sicily and a Master Degree in Classical Archaeology (i.e. greek and roman) in Rome.
Being not a simple guide but having had the opportunity to grow up and creating my background in direct contact with the ruins, what I offer is not a simple tour, but a way to breath history.
I'll do my best to let the monuments come alive as I had the privilege to take part to the excavation of an area very close to the Colosseum. This experience turned into my MD focused on Nero and the Flavians, the dinasty of emperors who built the Colosseum. This means that the valley of the Amphitheatre is like my second home as it was the introduction of my dissertation. I obviously include this highlight on my tours.
The spot gives me also the chance to explain the way we “read” the stones and to reconstruct history by understanding the stratification of layers. In this archaeological area we found the house where the future emperor Augustus was born and where the Emperor Maxentius left his own imperial weapons before being defeated by Constantine.
I also had the opportunity to take part to several excavations in Sicily, in many regions of Italy and in Crete two times as a guest of the Italian Archaeological School of Athens.
History of art has always been my passion.. To get my license as a guide gave me the chance to improve my knowledge and transform my enthousiasm into a job. I still keep updating my competence and every tour is an opportunity to learn something more.
Walking in the city centre and visiting the Vatican Museums more or less 100 times a year made me conscious of the incredible masterpieces of the city and at the same time capable and eager to share this experience with you.
What makes my tour an unique experience though is two gifts I consider the most important..
The first is to be involved by the love and the passion that I, as first, have for what this marvelous city offers, and second, as a consequence of the previous, to leave this city with a feeling of respect of the past and the wish for every possible visitor after you to enjoy the same beauty!
That's what they say about me...
“My wife and I took this incredible tour on the 8th dec. We had the good fortune to have Ferdinando to share his vast knowledge of the Colosseum and the Forum . We knew we were in for something special as soon as he explained he is an archaeologist. He actually did his dissertation on an area across from the Colosseum! His vast knowledge and enthusiasm definitely rubbed off on my wife and I. We then continued onto the Forum where Ferdinando continues to mesmerize with his knowledge and storytelling. The thing that just jumps out is that you can see how much this incredible historical area really means to him. Please do not miss this tour and above all ASK FOR FERDINANDO. It was a privilege to have him as a guide.”
“Ferdinando was by far the best guide we had in all tours. We were also fortunate to have him the following day for the Collosseum tour as the previous wad at the Vatican. His level of knowledge, charming and caring personality made the whole experience very pleasurable and informative. He is also greatly respected by Colosseum staff and allowed to gain entry into areas not accessible to the general public. It becomes evident that Ferdinando has a gift for teaching and any university would be lucky to have him. But in the meantime, travellers wanting to learn about ancient Rome and the Vatican would be well served by the best guide encountered in our travels, Ferdinando!”
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Recent reviews of this tour guide:
Very knowledgeable and engaging. His experience in archaeology made the tour of the Coliseum and Forum areas especially fascinating. All tickets and passes were obtained in advance and there was no waiting in those lines. A very good day, I recommend Ferdinando highly.
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Tour guide services/sample itinerary:
Contact me for any overground and underground archaeological itineraries, tours at the Vatican, historical centre, Appian Way, Villa Borghese, Ostia Antica, Tivoli, Catacombs and any customized tour you wish to do..
I do bike tours as well and, being a segway coach, I'm available for any kind of segway tour!!
Transportation by tour guide:
Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.
Tour guide interests:
Archaeology, history of art
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