Manuela Saolini Private tour guide in Rome - Italy

Manuela Saolini

Guide profile:


my name is Manuela and I am a licensed guide of Rome,working as a tour guide since year 2000 in Rome and Vatican City. I offer private and custom tours of Rome, city where I was born and raised. Whether it's your first visit or second , there is always something to be discovered in Rome and If you wish to read my reviews on Tripadvisor, look for romewithaguide by Manuela Saolini. I have lived for 3 years in Australia, that gave me the opportunity to pick up a good accent that makes touring with me very comfortable to follow.

With enthusiasm I will help you discover the "Eternal City" with its most popular venues and hidden corners. It is your privilege to personally choose your guide in Rome; don't let others make that choice for you by booking a generic tour. Always email before booking to check availability.

Besides , visiting Rome with an expert local guide will make your time in Rome a unique experience; focusing on history, local tradition and roman lifestyle.

So if you will be visiting Rome and wish to see it with a private guide, just consider that you have a good friend to call that cannot wait to guide you through classic sites like Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica; with skip the line tickets tailoring the tour according to your needs and curiosity.

If you are travelling with your family, and you wish to pamper your children with a private tour, they will love my iPad that makes history and art fun and playful.....for parents as well.

Look forward to meeting you in my wonderful Roma :)

Please make be sure to EMAIL BEFORE booking to check availability-

Thank you.

Kind regards.


Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Candace B.

A+ Manuela Saolini is the perfect blend of organized, professional customizing to your needs and preferences and at the same time friendly & accommodating --a total delight, like one of the family. And a bonus is she networks with a top-notch driver of equal caliber to her. Wish we could take her on the rest of our vacation!

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

-Ancient Rome: beginning from the area of the great fire of Emperor Nero; we then move on to the Colosseum, Roman Forum (downtown Ancient Rome) and finish on the Palatine Hill.

-Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica: this is a tour that you will never forget. Not only for the important frescoes by Michelangelo and Raffaello but also for the historical heritage of the Roman Church that is contained within the walls of the Vatican State.

-Highlights of Rome tour: from the Spanish steps to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona get to know Rome and it's secrets.


-Golf cart tour of Rome: all attractions in the most comfortable way in a golf cart with your guide that will point out the anecdotes and stories you could never imagine.

-Food and market tour: what do Italians do with all the fresh greens on the market stalls? Come and find out how those fresh vegetables are turned into tasty dishes in italian cuisine. Strolling along the city centre this tour combines history and art with sweet and salty food tasting.

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

EARLY BIRD BEST OF ROME TOUR Price Per Group 225.00 Euro
GOLF CART OVERALL TOUR Price Per Group 350.00 Euro
ROME IN A DAY SHORE EXCURSION Price Per Group 970.00 Euro
VATICAN MUSEUMS BY NIGHT Price Per Group 225.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

History of Rome, Michelangelo Buonarroti, History of Art, Archaeology,

Roman typical cuisine based on simple and local ingredients.

Children; I am mother of a 23 and 12 year old girls. I love to engage children in motivating tours.

Made in Italy:cooking and history of recipies, local products, leather goods small artisans stores in cobblestone alleys.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Candace B. 11 Apr 2018

A+ Manuela Saolini is the perfect blend of organized, professional customizing to your needs and preferences and at the same time friendly & accommodating --a total delight, like one of the family. And a bonus is she networks with a top-notch driver of equal caliber to her. Wish we could take her on the rest of our vacation!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for this very special review, I enjoyed showing you my wonderful city and the depth of information you requested and the extended itinerary on each tour, made it just perfect. I really hope to see you again in Rome for more discovery. -Manuela.

5 stars Claire C. 26 Oct 2017

What to do when you are visiting Rome with 2 teenagers who appear to be more interested in their wifi connection than the history and architecture of Rome? Book Manuela and she will succeed in enthusing them (and you) with tales of Ancient Rome, gladiators and emperors, architecture, history, art and intrigue in the Vatican. She will manoeuvre you through the crowds and show you unique things you would never see on your own. She is engaging, warm and totally professional. Highly recommended!

5 stars David L. 27 Sep 2017

Manuela is an excellent guide. She possesses a wealth of knowledge and communicates it with passion and style. Highly recommended.

Tour Guide Comment: I really appreciate your kind review, it was my pleasure and thank you for choosing me as your guide in Rome.

5 stars Paul A. L. U. 29 Apr 2017

Manuela was the perfect guide! She has an excellent command of the English language, outstanding knowledge of the history, politics and art of Italy and an absolutely charming personality. We recommended her to four of our friends who were in Rome a bit earlier than we, and they loved her as well.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Paul and Lory for your kind words and for your interest. Our two full days together went by so quickly! -Manuela

5 stars Susan K. 15 Apr 2017

Excellent! Our family would highly recommend Manuela...she was the best!!!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much Susan, my pleasure having shown you my wonderful Roma.

5 stars Jeanette M. 19 Oct 2016

We are so glad we booked Manuela for our visit to the Vatican. In addition to helping us with mobility issues for my husband, she really helped us be overwhelmed by the whole experience. As we began the tour, she explained what we would see in the Sistine chapel, so when there we would know what to look for and special features. This same was true through the museums and in St. Peter's where she just made sure we were aware of the highlights. We made a great choice. Thanks, Manuela!

5 stars Lauren L. 24 Sep 2016

Excellent guide, compassionate and knowledgeable about her work, funny, accommodating and nice! Manuela went out of her way to make our full tour of Rome an unforgettable experience. Thank you to Manuela and to our driver, Valentino! ,

5 stars mark S. 23 Jul 2016

We had one day to see the great city of Rome (at end of cruise). Manuela made the day one of the most spectacular days of our lives. We were able to see all the major attractions of interest - at a good pace! We would never have been able to accomplish a fraction of this without her. What made her so special was her sense of humor and her sense of history. We felt like we were with a friend. She even took some amazing pictures for us. Unforgettable day with Manuela. Outstanding!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you, Mark, for sharing your experience and I am so glad you had a great time in Rome.

5 stars Jody B. 25 May 2016

Amazing Roma-all thanks to Maneula! She is VERY easy to communicate with answering my many questions quickly (and patiently) She arranged all our transportation and despite a little hiccup (the cruise line may tell you take the shuttle out of the port-don't! Manuela's drivers have clearance to pick up at ship!) We had a knowledge filled day! She loves what she does and it shows! She even has visual aids to help you understand what you are seeing and you feel transported back in time!

5 stars Mary K. G. 22 Apr 2016

Manuela was the perfect hostess for this special visit. She was knowledgeable on the traditions, history, and art and had great materials to review with us. She pointed out details that brought all that to life including humorous anecdotes. She was well organized and kind. We had 3 generations in our tour and she delighted all of us. We feel so fortunate to have her as our guide.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your kind words. A presto :)

5 stars Filomena P. 26 Feb 2016

We had a fantastic experience due to Manuela tailoring our needs in such a short space of time. She is an absolute wealth of knowledge of the history of Rome.

We spent five hours with Manuela and felt we had known her for years - such a lovely lady. Her English is perfect and we wouldnt hesitate to give her the highest recommendation.

5 stars Kenneth K. 06 Sep 2015

Manuela was an excellent guide. Her extensive knowledge was invaluable at the Vatican; she offered just the right balance of history and fascinating facts. As a “native Roman” she brought the city alive with her anecdotes. She navigated long lines and found perfect spots off the beaten path for pictures and experiences. She was easy going, answered all of our crazy questions, and was a fun person to spend time with. We’re hooked… touring with a professional guide is the only way to go.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Ken and Carleen. I sure hope to see you in Rome again.

5 stars Cheryl L. 08 Aug 2015

Manuela is a very experienced and knowledgeable guide!! She has amazing visual aids - maps, books, flyers - and even uses technology (iPad) to reinforce the message she is getting across!! Extremely well organized, Manuela lets you enjoy your Rome experience while she does all the heavy lifting!! Another PLUS to her is she LOVES Michelangelo and is extremely inspired by his work!! 5 stars!!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you, Cheryl. I hope to be of help if ever you will be in Rome again.

5 stars Vicky H. 07 Jul 2015

We really enjoyed our tour & from first contact Manuela was a joy to deal with - prompt, clear, helpful suggestions. Our tour for our family of 6 (children ranging from 9 - 15) was fairly standard: colosseum, forum, palatine hill. Manuela pitched it just right & engaged all the children in her stories & descriptions using her trusty iPad & picture books to good effect. Even the 9yr old coped well with the 3hr tour & declared it 'really interesting' - a resounding success! Highly recommended.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you, Vicky. You and your family were a pleasure to be with.

5 stars Norma K. 19 Jun 2015

On June 18, 2015, 7 of us from USA (age range 22-56) took a tour with Manuela - Colosseum and Ancient Rome - and it was just awesome. Manuela brought the history alive and captured our attention the whole time. Also she knew where to lead us so we will not be with millions of people. Thank you, Manuela for such an incredible day!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you, it was a pleasure to share Ancient Rome with you and your family. Ciao da Roma!

5 stars Kevin N. 30 May 2015

Manuela's passion for Rome and knowledge of its ancient past has to be experienced to be believed! Our 6 hour walk and talkathon for our group of 6 friends, brought all the history to life thanks to Manuela's engaging style, formal training, perfect English and secret additional props! We would happily recommend Manuela's guiding services to any future visitors to Rome.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for taking the time to post such a lovely review. It was a pleasure meeting you and hope so see you in Rome again.

5 stars Sarah W. 18 May 2015

Manuela was fantastic with our kids and made the tour interesting for everyone in our family. I would highly recommend her (and have to friends already).

The boys (ages 12, 9, and 8) said they would give her an 11 out of 10..she was that good.

Thank you again, Manuela, for a memorable day with you in Vatican City.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you, Sarah! Your boys are awesome.

5 stars Thomas B. 30 Apr 2015

Perfect in every way!

1) Manuela immediately responded to my inquiry thru Viator. Manuela sought to understand exactly what our expectations were and then crafted a customized plan to meet our desires.

2) Manuela has very deep and very broad knowledge whether ancient Rome to modern day, or where to get a great barging lunch or fine dining.

3) She knows how to make it fun. Anecdotal stories / sidebar - excellent

1.5 days not nearly enough. We hope to have tour with Manuela in the futur

Tour Guide Comment: Tom, hope you and Sally will soon be back in Rome. Thank you.

5 stars Brian W. 21 Oct 2014

Manuela made our visit to Rome a truly memorable one. The detail she gave on all of the sites visited was highly informative and delivered in such a knowledgeable and friendly manner, bringing much of the history of Rome to life. On first meeting Manuela we immediately knew we would like her and it proved the case. Her English was perfect and there was never a moment when understanding was not total. I have no hesitation in recommending Manuela to anyone.

Brian & Barbara

Devon UK

Tour Guide Comment: Grazie. Hope to meet you again. Ciao. Manuela

5 stars Suhrid S. 04 Sep 2014

We had hired services of Manuela recently for 2 days - one for sight seeing of Ancient Rome & one for Vatican.

She was outstanding! Her in depth knowledge of history & the communication took us back to historical days in Rome & Vatican.

I would strongly recommend her services to any one who wishes to hire a guide in Rome

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much, It was a pleasure to meet you and your wonderful friends; hope to see you in the future!! Please convey my regards to all the group!

5 stars Vanessa W. 02 Jul 2014

Manuela was amazing!! She is so knowledgeable about the history of Rome but explained it in delightful stories. We had a private tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum that Manuela customized for us and our three daughters age 10, 12, and 14. She arranged a stop for pizza and gelato at just the right time. Then it was off to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. This is where knowledge really astonished us. She has an advanced degree in art history specializing in Michelangelo.

5 stars Lowell M. 29 Apr 2014

Manuela was charming, knowledgable, energetic, and very informative. Wonderful insights and little known facts which brought the Vatican to life for us. We would highly recommend her to any visitor to Rome.

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