Francesca Maria Casertano Private tour guide in Rome - Italy

Francesca Maria Casertano

Guide profile:


My name is Francesca Maria, I am an archaeologist and licensed tourist guide in Rome and Vatican. I was born and raised here and I love showing visitors the best this city has to offer. With me you will discover not only the beautiful squares, the ancient buildings, but also the stories and facts less known. I provide private tours so that you will learn more about Rome and the Roman way of life. I can tailor the tour according to your interests to make your stay in Rome an unforgettable experience, perfect if you have only a short time but want to see the very best of the city or if you have more time and want to see more. I specialize in private tours for small groups, individuals or families. All my tours are family friendly. I am a mother of two (ages 4 and 10) with experience working and traveling with children.

Please contact me directly to double check my availability, before booking with VIATOR so as to avoid any confusion. Many Thanks.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Lande H.

Francesca was extremely nice and very understanding of the four young children in our group. Our tour made for a long day in the heat of June. Francesca was extremely articulate and knowledgeable of the artifacts she was showing us. She was also able to give a lot of background information as well as answer the endless questions of an 11 year old. She would be highly recommended by me

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Walking tours of Renaissance and Baroque Rome

Archeological tours of the Colosseum Palatine and Roman Forum

Rome sightseeing tours

Rome in one day

Rome by night (Limo or Van with driver)

Rome city tours customized

Rome surroundings, i.e. Ostia antica excavations, Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana in Tivoli

Food/Wine Tours

Cooking Classes

Tailor-made tours

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation by a licensed driver can be arranged upon request, as transfers from and to the airport, from and to Civitavecchia's Port, daily excursions by limo, minivan or bus.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

A TASTE OF ROME Price Per Group 280.00 Euro
City Walking Tour Price Per Group 235.00 Euro
CRUISE SHIP DAY EXCURSION Price Per Group 880.00 Euro
HADRIAN’S VILLA and VILLA D'ESTE Price Per Group 450.00 Euro
Ostia Antica Price Per Group 400.00 Euro
ROME AND THE TIBER Price Per Group 225.00 Euro
ROME UNDERGROUND Price Per Group 170.00 Euro
Rome with Children Price Per Group 225.00 Euro
Secret Rome Price Per Group 225.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

Traveling, meeting people, reading books, cooking, gardening, dining and shopping.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Lande H. 20 Jun 2019

Francesca was extremely nice and very understanding of the four young children in our group. Our tour made for a long day in the heat of June. Francesca was extremely articulate and knowledgeable of the artifacts she was showing us. She was also able to give a lot of background information as well as answer the endless questions of an 11 year old. She would be highly recommended by me

5 stars Sean K. 25 Sep 2018

Francesa is a very personable and knowledgeable guide with expertise in architecture, archeology and art. We can highly recommend her. We had nine hours of tours over three days and enjoyed every minute.

5 stars Kim M. 01 Jun 2018

Francesca was so knowledgable and accommodating! We are traveling with our 77-year-old mother, who has mobility issues. Francesca made sure our tour pace allowed her some time to rest. Francesca is fun and engaging......and we are so glad to be going on another tour with her tomorrow!

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Kim! Your mother is so lucky. She has two special daughters!

5 stars Domenic G. 19 Apr 2018

It was great! Francesca Casertano was well informed, patient and very professional. In the future we'll request her again.

Thank you very much.

5 stars Liz L. 29 Sep 2017

Francesca was was our guide for Vatican and Colosseum tour. Her English was great. She was so knowledgeable and her archeological background added so much to our tour. She was punctual and professional. We never felt rushed and she never ever looked at her watch. Her time was ours. I recommend her wholeheartedly for a tour. She won’t disappoint!

Tour Guide Comment: I never look at my watch when I am with friends! Thank you Liz!

5 stars Liz L. 28 Sep 2017

Francesca was fabulous. She escorted us through the Vatican museum, St Peter's and Sistine Chapel. When we arrived at the Vatican there were hundreds and hundreds of people in line ups. She navigated us through the long lines saving us time and stress. We never would have seen as much as we did without her knowledge of its workings. She was timely and professional and easy to be with. She left us feeling very thankful that we had her guiding experience. Thank you, Francesca.

5 stars Barry C. 25 Sep 2017

Outstanding! Francesca is knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. And her archeological background was the perfect background and training for such a tour. Highly recommended.

5 stars Leigh S. 22 Jun 2017

Francesca was wonderful! We’ve already recommended her to several friends and would use her again. Her knowledge is tremendous - but she’s fun and flexible too.

5 stars Richard C. 18 Jun 2017

Francesca was absolutley fabulous! We had a great time touring with her. Very knowledgeable

and professional. We wish we had more time to spend with her. Thank you Francesca. Would definitely use her again.

5 stars Max R. 03 Jun 2017

Francesca was terrific! Our family loved her and all she brings to Rome. Highly recommend her to anyone wanting a brilliant and lovely tour guide. Thank you Francesca!

5 stars Jean L. M. 27 May 2017

Francesca was my group's favorite. She showed us ancient Rome highlights with great knowledge and enthusiasm. I would definitely book her again if I could.

5 stars Cathy M. 22 May 2017

5 stars Vicki T. 01 Oct 2016

Francesca is the BEST!!!

5 stars Barbara L. 24 Jul 2016

A delightful archeologist to lead a private tour of the Forum and Colosseum and the streets of Rome - the perfect choice! Thank you for a wonderful tour Francesca!!

5 stars Lurette B. 23 May 2016

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much!

5 stars Brenda Z. 19 May 2016

Francesca was wonderful!!! So knowledgeable and personable. I highly recommend her to anyone visiting Rome.

5 stars William K. 14 Apr 2016

We would highly recommend Francesca as a guide. She is very knowledgeable, friendly, and definitely knows her way round Rome. After our tour we felt like we were with a friend for the day.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear William and Priscilla, thank you for your kind words! Yes, you have a new friend in Rome! Ciao!

5 stars Daniel S. 07 Apr 2016

Francesca was everything we looked for in a private guide. Clear communication ahead of time, well planned itinerary, on time, very good English, helped us navigate the most crowded places efficiently. Would recommend without reservation.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Daniel for your great review!

5 stars William M. 10 Mar 2016

Incredibly knowledgeable!! Engaging, and able to answer all questions. Willing to be flexible when we wanted it. Good recommendations for places to eat and see. Suggestions on things we should see on our own. Took care of us like we were part of her family. Fully enjoyed her tour. Cannot imagine a better tour guide. Even prior to the tour, checked up on us and if everything was still on schedule. Showed us the private side of Rome and had details on everything from Vatican to catacombs!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for your great review! I hope to see you and your family again in Rome. Ciao!

5 stars Marie G. 22 Oct 2015

Francesca was wonderful. She promptly answered all of my emails and showed up at the appointed time. She was very warm and friendly, but also very knowledgeable about her subject. We went to the Vatican with her and she took us everywhere we wanted to go and answered all of our questions. She was just great! I would recommend her to anyone.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Marie!

5 stars Eden F. 06 Oct 2015

Francesca made Rome come alive for us. Her knowledge and insights enriched our enjoyment of the sites. She is very warm and easy to feel comfortable with. We had a terrific full day of touring, and Francesca made it an unforgettable experience. Highly recommend Francesca for a wonderful tour of Rome!

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie Eden for your kind words!

5 stars Elizabeth F. 13 Sep 2015

It was such a pleasure to meet Francesca and tour her beautiful city with her! She was the perfect tour guide! We toured the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Forum and Palatine Hill with her and her knowledge amazed us. She has such a deep love for her city and her background as an archeologist just adds to the experience. We would highly recommend her to anyone going to Rome and we will definitely contact her if we get the opportunity to return to Rome.

Tour Guide Comment: It was my pleasure Elizabeth!

5 stars Kenneth K. 11 Sep 2015

Francesca was the perfect guide to tour Ancient Rome. We toured the Colosseum, the Forum and walked all over the Palatine Hill. Her deep knowledge and engaging personality really brought the tour to life. And her background as an archeologist added another dimension to an already fascinating experience. She was a delightful guide and we would certainly seek her out for another tour.

Tour Guide Comment: Ciao Kenneth! Hope to see you soon for the next tour! Ciao

5 stars DON C. 31 May 2015

The most wonderful & knowledgeable person I have ever met. She is terrific!

If you have not met her before you are in for a terrific experience.

Tour Guide Comment: I can say the same about you! Thank you!

5 stars Eleanor M. 29 May 2015

We hired Francesca for a tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Her background in archaeology afforded us wonderful insights that you wouldn't get on any packaged tour. She is intelligent, highly engaging and very generous with her time. We all loved her and talked about our morning with her for days after the tour. Truly a highlight of our trip! (She also recommended a terrific restaurant for our lunch after the tour.) I highly recommend Francesca to anyone!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Eleanor!

5 stars Jason H. 22 May 2015

Francesca was wonderful. She met us for 2 days to guide us through the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Vatican. She knew exactly how to get us quickly through the entrances and provided information tailored for our family. She kept all of us from our 12 year old to 3 teenagers and 2 adults involved and interested for hours. She even took us to a lesser known site that was very cool to see. I would definitely recommend Francesca to anyone visiting Rome. If we go back, we'll call on her again.

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie! It was easy to work with your beautiful family!

5 stars Patrick M. 15 May 2015

Francesca really helped us more fully enjoy our trip to Rome. Our tours were interesting and enjoyable. From ruins to gelato shops, we had a great time. We enjoy walking as we toured, and she made sure to accommodate us. Her training and knowledge in archeology really added to the descriptions of what we were seeing. She was also willing to adjust her schedule during our time to adapt to changes we wanted to make. That was much appreciated.

Would highly recommend working with Francesca.

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks! It was a pleasure!

5 stars Ellen R. 10 Apr 2015

Francesca was an excellent guide, so knowledgable about Rome and extremely friendly and easy to get along with. We spent two days with Francesca and are so glad that we did. We saw and discovered more about Rome than we could ever have imagined. Thank you Francesca and if we are ever back to tour Rome and the surrounds again we will definitely be in touch. For those who are contemplating a tour of Rome, don't hesitate to choose Francesca you will be very glad that you did!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Ellen! Arrivederci!

5 stars Anne R. 04 Apr 2015

Francesca was an awesome guide for Rome! She knew all the "ins and out" of navigating the Vatican and it saved us hours given the crowds on Easter weekend. Her archeological background made our visit to the Forum come to life. What a wonderful way to spend the day in Rome, we highly recommend her!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for your kind words! Grazie!

5 stars Philippa H. 15 Feb 2015

Francesca was excellent, she brought the Forum, the Palantine Hill and the Colesseum alive for us. We were a mixed group but she managed to keep the level interesting for us all, we had a wonderful morning with her and I would strongly recommend using her again.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Philippa! It was a pleasure to share my passion for Rome with your family!

5 stars Jesse G. 17 Oct 2014

Francesca Maria was excellent and I highly recommend!

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie! :-)

5 stars maria G. 06 Oct 2014

Francesca was truely a great guide. Firstly I was very worried about my mother who was touring with us(she has mobility issues), but Francesca catered to her needs without compromising the tour itself. Francesca is extremely knowledgeable, very likeable, communication was perfect (both before the tour with prompt responses to my many queries and on the day). I would highly recommend Francesca who clearly loves everything Roman and Ancient. Can not thank you enough Francesca!

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie Maria! Your mother Maria Menta was so happy to be there that I was happy for her! Arrivederci!

5 stars Jennifer L. 01 Aug 2014

Francesca is so awesome! We toured the Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill with her. We met outside and skipped the line with her. We traveled with our 4 children and she kept them engaged. Francesca is a former archaeologist, so her input is invaluable. Her English and personality are great. She even gave us a recommendation for lunch after. We would use her again!

Tour Guide Comment: Gazie! Your children did a great job!

5 stars Mary M. 23 Jun 2014

Francesca is terrific, calm and so knowledgeable lots of fun. Especially in locating great Gelato, very important with teenagers with us

Her explaining the architectural and other cultural sights was fabulous Highly recommend for all, including children

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie Mary!

5 stars Dawn F. 19 Jun 2014

Excellent guide! So much knowledge! Wish we had more days with her. Thank you Francesca.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Dawn! :-)

5 stars Linda F. 07 Jun 2014

We were a group of 7 with 2 teens and Francesca managed to hold all of our interest despite the crowds and very hot weather. Incredibly knowledgeable as she is an archaeologist by training and her love of the city is evident. You will not be disappointed if you select her.

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie Linda!

5 stars Susan T. 05 Jun 2014

Our tour with Francesca was way beyond my expectation. She was an excellent tour guide . Her knowledge was extraordinary and fascinating as well. I will definitely recommend her to anyone I know who is traveling to Rome and needs a tour guide .

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much Susan for your review! Grazie!

5 stars Karen E. 30 May 2014

Francesca was wonderful, fun, and very knowledgable! We learned so much in a short time and enjoyed our tours immensely! We would highly recommend her as a tour guide in Rome!!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you! It was a pleasure to spend two days with your beautiful family!

5 stars Steven B. 27 May 2014

Francesca Maria was incredibly kind and gracious and with us and added greatly to our Rome experience. We would be happy to recommend her and tour with her again!

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie Steven and Nathalie!

5 stars Luxmy G. 25 May 2014

Francesca was a really friendly, helpful and personable tour guide. She responded promptly to questions I had before I booked her as a guide. On the trip itself, she gave us all a great tour, answered all our questions knowledgeably, and just came across as a warm person. All my friends on the holiday rated her highly too. Definitely recommend her as a private tour guide.

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie Lumxy & friends! Happy Birthday!

5 stars Erna S. 24 May 2014

Francesca was a fabulous tour guide! Not only was she flexible and started our tour later than agreed, she also showed us so much in the limited time we had. She made it interesting for both the repeat and novice visitor, and dealt with the over-tired, jet lagged traveler in a compassionate way! She was plenty knowledgeable to satisfy the historian, yet lively enough for the history-challenged! Her love for Rome was abundantly clear.

When next in Rome we will be in touch for a tour, Francesca

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie Erna! I know it was not easy for you, so little time so many things! Ciao!

5 stars Tina F. 14 May 2014

The best guide I had so far and I'm traveling quite a lot! Thank you Francesca for the fantastic time we had with you in Rome!!! Lots of informations, lots of laugher! We will come back for sure!

Tour Guide Comment: You are so kind! Grazie Tina! :-)

5 stars Doug C. 29 Apr 2014

Francesca brought Ancient Rome to life! Without her insight and passion, we would have not truly understood the sites we visited with her - which included the Forum, The Colesseum, St. Clements Church and the Jewish Ghetto. She greeted us each day with a smile and enthusiasm to show us her city. She truly brought the ancient city to life. Thank you Francesca for a great tour of your city.

Doug and Laurie Classen

Salinas, CA - USA

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie Doug and Laurie! Thank you!

5 stars Lowell M. 30 Mar 2014

Francesca was a marvelous guide - charming, knowledgable, professional and full of insights and facts which brought our tour of the Colosseum and Forum alive for us. We would highly recommend her to visitors to Rome.

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie Lowell and Suzanne!

5 stars Matt M. 26 Sep 2013

Francesca was an amazing guide! She was very patient with all of our questions and spoke very well with our two boys (9 and 11 years old). She tried to keep them occupied even after "yet another statue"! She was very knowledgeable and we are so glad we worked with her. She helped to make our tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel (and some other parts of Rome) come alive. Grazie Francesca!!

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie Matt! I hope to meet again you and your beautiful family!

5 stars Kristen A. 26 Aug 2013

We spent a full day touring Rome with Francesca and could not be more pleased. She was full of passion and knowledge and she was able to share that with us and our three children age 5-11. She knew how to fit in everything we asked to see and gave us so much insight, making it fun and relevant for us all. As an archeologist who as worked at some of the sites we visited she was able to give us so much detail. We would hire her again if we visit again. I highly recommend her!

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Kristen, I have no words to say thank you, grazie, for your great feedback! You, your husband and your children are special! I hope to meet you soon!

5 stars Penny J. 01 Jul 2013

Francesca is a fantastic guide. We booked her for a full day in Rome and was not disappointed. Her knowledge is incredible. We (being a party of four adults) specifically wanted to see the Colossium, she had prepaid our tickets, so no waiting in a long queues, a big plus!. Francesca guided us thru Rome with ease, sharing her passion and knowledge for this remarkable city with us. It was one of the hi-lites of our holiday.

Thank you Francesca

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Penny, thank you for your great review! Gazie! I hope to see you all here in Rome to have a special aperitif! Ciao!

5 stars Paula L. 15 Jun 2013

Wow! That is about all we can say about Francesca. She was communicative, knowledgeable and a great listener as well. We were a family of five ranging in age from 12 to 48 and we all learned something new and felt included in the planning and executing of our day. She understood that we needed to see Rome in A Day and we did! We even had time for a nice lunch and coffee so that we could all "finish strong" on this busy and exciting day. Her love for Rome is apparent. We loved her!

Tour Guide Comment: Wow! That is about all I can say about your family! Thank you Paula, I hope to meet you again! Arrivederci!

5 stars Charles D. 28 Sep 2012

Francesca Maria was a great resource for me to learn about the sites and areas we went to. She was full of good information for all the questions I had at the different sites. She wasn't detered when we were to start at the coloseum and it was closed do to a strike. She just ajusted our tour with out any hesitation. Very enjoyable tour and great learning experience for me. Thanks

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Charles, we spent a wonderful day, just walking. Rome is an open air museum. The Coliseum will wait for you for the next time!

5 stars Carolyn F. 08 Aug 2012

Francesca was wonderful! She is very knowledgeable and very accommodating. She made our tour interesting and fun. She knows the best way to navigate Rome and the Vatican. Our 2 college freshmen nephews, my husband and I all enjoyed our tour with Francesca. She also found a lovely restaurant for us for lunch. We highly recommend Francesca.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Carolyn for your kind words! Are you ready for your next tour?

5 stars James Y. 19 Jun 2012

We had a fantastic day with Francesca. She has a great understanding of Rome, the history and is extremely professional. Additionally she is fun to spend the day with. We had two 18 year olds and one 16 year old with us and she was able to keep everyone engaged and enjoying the day. She set up a great driver for us as well.

thanks for a great day!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your kind comment and I'm very glad you and your family had a great day in Rome with me!

5 stars Nicole C. 04 Apr 2012

Francesca was fabulous! She made our visit to Rome so special. Her knowledge of Rome and its history is amazing. Francesca was also wonderful with our 2 children (ages 6 & 8) and she even made them a 'treasure hunt' for our day at the Vatican. We will definitely be calling Francesca for our next trip to Rome!

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks! It has been a pleasure!

4 stars Suzanne R. 24 May 2019

Francesca is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to be around. She was also flexible in trying to accomodate our interests.

3 stars Jenni K. 18 Dec 2013

We were a group of 9 and had a wonderful time in Rome over two days with Francesca. She was very very knowledgable and lovely and made both tours incredibly enjoyable.

Would recommend her for anyone visiting Rome.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your feedback. I hope everyone had a wonderful vacation in Europe!

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