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Rome:  About Private Tour Guides in Rome

Saint Peter's BasilicaIf you are traveling independently, a local tour guide can really help you to go beyond the pages in your guidebook or the audio tour at the museum. That is where a private guide can make all the difference. A local guide can help fill in the details of the places you visit, suggest restaurants where you will dine like a local, and it will be like having a friend show you their city (without wandering around lost).

Local guides are not cheap, of course, but considering how much you will spend getting there, lodging, etc. we suggest you budget at least one day with a private guide. You will no doubt be wishing you had more once it is over.  Even if you are traveling with a group, you may have a “free day” or just want to see something not included in your group tour and have one day on your own.  That is where a private guide would be well worth having.

As pointed out on our Rome page, guides in Rome must be licensed. Some are licensed just for the city, some for the Vatican, and some for both. If you make the mistake of engaging a non-licensed guide, you could end up with the guide being arrested and your tour cut short–probably without a refund.

And, naturally, you are going to want a guide who gives you the Catholic Christian perspective, which narrows your choices quite a bit as well.

You would think it easy to find a good tour guide in Rome, however, that is not the case. There are many (if not most) non-practicing “Catholic” Italian tour guides that give a distorted view of Church history and are very negative towards the Church. This is definitely going to take any enjoyment away from your visit (as well as give you false information), so we suggest you look for a guide who has a good grasp of the truth of the Catholic faith and its history.

Our list of Recommended licensed guides in Rome:

Kiron Rathnam: a graduate of the University of Dallas, she has studied Christian Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Gets great reviews on TripAdvisor as well as other review websites.

She has her own website http://www.kiron.us/home   email:   [email protected]

Gregory Dipippo: has the Vatican license but not the Rome license.
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Ribal: is a very good Christian guide from Lebanon
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Ester Scoditti: wrote the Vatican guidebook for the Jubilee year and also one of the “official” Saint Peter’s guide books
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