Leena Knuuttila Private tour guide in Rome - Italy

Leena Knuuttila

Guide profile:

Buongiorno from Rome!

Your memorable and unique stay in Rome is to be planned, and I wish to do it together with you, exactly as you'd wish it to become. No queues, minimal fuss and maximum satisfaction, this will be our aim.

My name is Leena, and I am professional lisenced guide in Rome and Vatican, and work with tourism since 1990’s. I was born in Finland, married in Italy and lived many years right in the heart of Rome. So I know all the tiny mews and special hidden places... and I even know how to drive and park in the centre, just in case you'd have your own or a rented car.

Italy’s incredible history, the Emperors, the popes, the art-history really excites me - how the ancient Romans lived, the rise and fall of the Empire, the wicked stories about the mad Emperors… It is a great challenge to describe all this in an interesting and breathtaking way! Just think that the imperial Rome had about 1 million inhabitants, an amazing civilization, even traffic jams and limited traffic zones they had!

My tours are tailored to request but are guaranteed to explore historical fact, scandal and controversy described in an interesting, fun and informed manner. I only have one aim - to give you a wonderful experience of Rome. We can visit together the ancient Rome, Colosseum and the Forum area, Campidoglio and the Capitolium hill, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Navona square with it’s again famous fountains, the Vatican, Castel St Angelo, the churches, the famous museums with unique masterpieces…. You might want a deeper look on something, just let me know and I will come with suggestions.

I wish to present you my favourite Rome – the ancient Rome, the renessance, baroque, the artists and masterpieces, (starting from the musts, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, Canova, … Not to speak about the popes, the unimmaginable intrigues...

I can take you, your family, friends or work colleagues on an enjoyable, informative and professionally run tour around the eternal city and beyond. You will have your own personal GRAND TOUR of Rome!

If you stay many days you might start feeling for a quiet escape from the crowds? Colour, life and a taste of real Roman countryside? I have been guiding almost everywhere around Rome and actually live in Bracciano, just a few km away from the famous Odescalchi castle, where among others Tom Cruise had his fabulous weddingparty.

So, whilst I'm happy to show you the usual and unusual sights of Rome, why stop there? there are so many fascinating places just outside Rome - Tivoli, Bracciano , Castel Gandolfo, Villa Adriana, the ancient Ostia, Pompei, Naples, the Etruscan tombs…

Or if you come during the hot season, we can organize a sea resort day, or a swimming and sunbathing day by the Bracciano lake.

Do you have children with you? why not ask me for special family friendly itineraries. In fact I can suggest itineraries to suit any pocket - Italy doesn't have to be expensive! I also consider a family with children as only 2 adults when prising the tour...

Find out more - just drop me a line.

If you love the outdoors, Roman countryside is brilliant for walking, we can also follow the ancient pilgrim routes, like Via Francigena, or even the 7 churches pilgrim walk inside Rome (about 15km)

In Rome way say that " a lifetime is not enough for Rome", you will soon agree with this!

I look forward to hearing from you,


Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Nancy L.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

-Ancient Rome, a half day tour (3 hours) to Colosseum, Forum Romanum and Palatine hill.

-Vatican museum and Saint Peters Church, half day or full day tour, always skipping the line!

-Walking tour in the centre, Pantheon, the Trevi fountain, the Spanish steps and a lot more

-Caravaggio's paintings in churces, his life and work explained with passion, 2-3 hours

-The Roman private noblepalaces and art galleries, choosing between the Barberini palace, the Spada gallery, the Borghese gallery, the Colonna gallery or Doria Pamphilij gallery...

-half day tour to Roman countryside visiting vinyard estate and having a winetasting

-Bracciano-lake and the fabulous Odescalchi Castle

-art walks in the centre, highlighting the renessance period and its masterpieces, manierism or baroque with specially chosen church itinerary for art lovers.(no entrance fees!)

-Tivoli, Emperor Hadrian's villa and Villa d'Este

-Rome in one day, the ancient Rome and Colosseum & the Vatican museum

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

ANCIENT ROME AND COLOSSEUM Price Per Group 200.00 Euro
Rome program planning Price Per Group 100.00 Euro
ROME WALKING TOUR Price Per Group 180.00 Euro
THE BORGHESE GALLERY Price Per Group 200.00 Euro
TRASTEVERE WALKING TOUR Price Per Group 100.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

Rome art museums and museums, I have studied art-history and art, I also love contemporary art

Rome city tours personalized

Tours outside Rome, like Bracciano lake and the Odescalchi castle, Castel Gandolfo, Tivoli, Villa Adriana, Ostia, Pompei, Capri, Naples

Tuscany tours; Siena, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Nancy L. 27 Sep 2018

5 stars Julie N. 21 Sep 2017

Leena was a wonderful tour guide! We couldn't have asked for anyone better to show us and tell us about Rome. We were with her for one whole day and she was so good about listening to what we were interested in seeing. She was very knowledgeable about historical issues and we thoroughly enjoyed her personality and friendship! I highly recommend Leena!

5 stars Hanna P. 02 Dec 2016

I and my 10 year old child had the most wonderfull day with Leena. We saw and learned a lot about the history of Rome and Vatican. I was specially amazed of her abilty to adjust the tour for the 10 year old, who enjoyed the tour so much that she would have liked us to contat Leena again next day. Next time, we will do that and book Leena for 2 days.

5 stars Bronna C. 25 Aug 2016

Leena was AMAZING. We had one day to see Rome & she helped us organize a very full day of sightseeing & transportation. We were 2 families with 4 teens. Leena met us a the port with a van & told us about the history of Rome on our way to the city. She had the day completely mapped out for us, skipping the lines whenever possible, & was extremely knowledgeable & informative, using her iPad to tell & show us more about each place while we were waiting to enter. I highly recommend Leena.

5 stars Elaine G. 18 Jun 2016

Leena was wonderful. On time at our hotel. Very knowledgable about tour...colesseum and surrounding area. She took us to places we might not have been able to find. She highlighted the tour with pictures on her iPad. She taught us about public transportation. Very helpful and easy to understand.

5 stars David F. 08 May 2016

We visited the Colosseum and ancient Roma with Leena, and she explained it so vividly, it's past and present, the gladiators, the awesome animal fights.... She had an ipad with pictures and 3D presentations, so it was much easier to understand it all, and her way of explaining was so entertaining, even funny, we just enjoyed it so much!

5 stars Jonathan A. 15 Apr 2016

Leena was a perfect choice!!

We really loved the tour; not only she knew so much, but she had such a lively and interesting way of describing the facts and the Roman history, the tour was extremely entertaining! Leena knew so many interesting anecdotes and stories of Rome that you can't possibly imagine! We can definitely highly recomend her services and will hopefuly return soon to Rome!

Grazie mille Leena!

A presto! :)

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