Who we are

Who we are

My Best Tour was officially founded in March 2012, however, Paolo Apolloni and Roberto Contursi have been touring by golf cart since 2010. Both already experts in the touring industry, they had been doing tours for decades and in the business by trade following in the footsteps of the their fathers. Rome golf cart tours, excursions, and day trips by car, were initially the main occupation of My Best Tour but, in 2015 Fabrizio Bortoli joined the company and MBT obtained the travel agency license with the name “The Fun Way“. In 2017 MBT opened a new office near the Vatican, alongside that of Villa Borghese, thus qualifying as DMC, Destination Management Company, a company with local knowledge, skills, and resources, which works in the design and implementation of events, activities, tours, transport and logistics of the programs. Not many travel agencies qualify as DMCs. My Best Tour has grown a lot since 2010 and has put together a team of expert local guides and drivers able to fully satisfy the needs of its guests, specialized in golf cart tours, walking tours, tours for the disabled and elderly, travel throughout Italy , events, and you can ask a travel agency well established in the area to do anything.

Golf cart tours: the driving guides.

At this point the partners needed help. Here’s the help they got: we introduce the ones who will take you on your golf cart tour first.
Some of them also conduct tours by Vespa scooter, walking tours of the Colosseum, bicycle tours and excursions or day trips by car.

Renato
Driving guide

Giuseppe, Joe for short, came right after. His father used to run the coffee shop where we often stopped to have a cappuccino with our clients during our morning tours. One day this gentleman spoke to Roberto about his son and told him the young man was fluent in English and Dutch. “Just thought you may consider hiring him” he said. We were impressed! Not only he really spoke both languages well, but he also knew his history. His training didn’t take long and he soon became an asset for the company.

Joe
Driving guide

Victor came next. He’s Italian but spent part of his life in the USA. “I crossed the Ocean fifteen times.” He likes to say. Obviously, his English is perfect. Paolo met him under strange circumstances and took him a while to get him to join the group. After the due training, which consisted in flanking Paolo driving the second cart when he had groups that were too large to fit in one, he started doing tours on his own and the company began to receive good reviews about its work. He’s easy going and has a good sense of humor.
Valerio, Val for short, was hired next. He used to work for the guys we rented golf carts from when we ran out of our own. He spoke good English and new the city and its history, renting out golf carts in the park he was wasted and so, when he quit working for those guys, we hired him. It didn’t take long to train him and quickly, good reviews about his work started to come. He was a lot better than we thought he was, a revelation! He’s patient, easy going and good with kids.

Victor
Driving guide

Valerio
Driving guide

Raffaele
Driving guide

Renato
Driving guide

Giuseppe, Joe for short, came right after. His father used to run the coffee shop where we often stopped to have a cappuccino with our clients during our morning tours. One day this gentleman spoke to Roberto about his son and told him the young man was fluent in English and Dutch. “Just thought you may consider hiring him” he said. We were impressed! Not only he really spoke both languages well, but he also knew his history. His training didn’t take long and he soon became an asset for the company.

Joe
Driving guide

Victor came next. He’s Italian but spent part of his life in the USA. “I crossed the Ocean fifteen times.” He likes to say. Obviously, his English is perfect. Paolo met him under strange circumstances and took him a while to get him to join the group. After the due training, which consisted in flanking Paolo driving the second cart when he had groups that were too large to fit in one, he started doing tours on his own and the company began to receive good reviews about its work. He’s easy going and has a good sense of humor.
Valerio, Val for short, was hired next. He used to work for the guys we rented golf carts from when we ran out of our own. He spoke good English and new the city and its history, renting out golf carts in the park he was wasted and so, when he quit working for those guys, we hired him. It didn’t take long to train him and quickly, good reviews about his work started to come. He was a lot better than we thought he was, a revelation! He’s patient, easy going and good with kids.

Victor
Driving guide

“Raffaele, we’re shorthanded again, any more friends who could come and work for us?” We said to him. He made a few phone calls and Marco popped up. Nice fellow, graduated in foreign languages, speaks good English and he is now working on his Russian. Good knowledge of history too. Training him didn’t take long, after flanking the expert driving guides for a while, he was able to run his own tours. Did we say run? No, he takes it easy, you just can’t rush him. Like all the others, he’s good with kids and very patient.

Valerio
Driving guide

Raffaele
Driving guide

Renato, an old friend, was the first to lend a hand. He has been working as a driver and guide since the 1970’s and, besides Italian, speaks several foreign languages: English, German, Portuguese and Dutch. When we offered him to join us and do tours by golf cart, he was reluctant at first but, after we showed him how we did it and doing a couple of tours, he liked it so much that he said it was the only way to take the tourists to see Rome. “Forget about the car” he said, “that’s good for tours and trips outside the city.”
Then came Raffaele (aka Ralph). I asked the owner of the coffee shop we frequented if she knew anyone that spoke good English that we could use. She pointed to the counter and said “Get him, he’s graduated in English and Spanish. He’s wasted here.” He started working with us the next day. While doing his office work, he also trained to become a driving guide and, as he felt ready for it, he started doing tours. Later, he also obtained a license as local guide, so he also does the walking tours. Peculiar sense of humor, his jokes make some people want to strangle him.

Lorenzo
Driving guide

Silvia is a lovely lady. Her brother, who is a friend of ours introduced her to us. She’d just quit her job at Rome’s airport when we met her. She did her training, then she did it again and again. She always said she wasn’t ready to go off on her own, but we knew she was, so one day we forced her. We were right, she was ready, at the end of the tour the clients just raved about her! And so did all the other clients. She’s really good at was she does.

Silvia
Driving guide

Alessandra (aka Alex). One day this girl walks into the office and says: “I’m a licensed tour leader, do you need help?” We told her we didn’t need a guide at the time, but we needed someone to work in the office and, if she was willing to do that she was hired. In the meantime, we would train her to be a guide for the golf cart tours. She accepted, and after working in the office for about a year and going with us to the fairs in New York and Milan, she said she had enough of the office and she only does golf cart tours now.
Lorenzo, aka Milo, is a friend of Raffaele’s. When we needed more guide guides, we asked Raffaele if he had a friend with the necessary skills and he introduced us to Lorenzo. An intelligent young man. He speaks English and Spanish well and knows the city well. After the usual training, he started touring on his own and all the customers were happy with him. While he was working with us, he continued to study at university and graduated as a business consultant, but he likes to work as a guide more.
“Raffaele, we’re shorthanded again, any more friends who could come and work for us?” We said to him. He made a few phone calls and Marco popped up. Nice fellow, graduated in foreign languages, speaks good English and he is now working on his Russian. Good knowledge of history too. Training him didn’t take long, after flanking the expert driving guides for a while, he was able to run his own tours. Did we say run? No, he takes it easy, you just can’t rush him. Like all the others, he’s good with kids and very patient.
Daniele, aka Gibbo, was introduced to us by a friend we have in common. He started his training with a cast on his arm, because he’d been in an accident shortly before we met him. Quite a character! He always has a big smile on his face, and it looks like nothing can bring him down, speaks excellent English and his Spanish is even better as, when he was a kid, he used to spend his summers with his grandparents who live in Spain. Like all others, he also is good with kids.

Alessandra
Driving guide

Marco
Driving guide

Daniele
Driving guide

Renato, an old friend, was the first to lend a hand. He has been working as a driver and guide since the 1970’s and, besides Italian, speaks several foreign languages: English, German, Portuguese and Dutch. When we offered him to join us and do tours by golf cart, he was reluctant at first but, after we showed him how we did it and doing a couple of tours, he liked it so much that he said it was the only way to take the tourists to see Rome. “Forget about the car” he said, “that’s good for tours and trips outside the city.”

Lorenzo
Driving guide

Silvia is a lovely lady. Her brother, who is a friend of ours introduced her to us. She’d just quit her job at Rome’s airport when we met her. She did her training, then she did it again and again. She always said she wasn’t ready to go off on her own, but we knew she was, so one day we forced her. We were right, she was ready, at the end of the tour the clients just raved about her! And so did all the other clients. She’s really good at was she does.
Lorenzo, aka Milo, was a friend of Raffaele’s. Our business kept growing and we needed more driving guides, we asked Raffaele if he had any friend that we could hire, and he introduced Lorenzo. As we met him, it was clear to us that he was a smart young man. He spoke English and Spanish well and he knew the city. After the usual training, he started doing tours alone and all the clients were very happy with him. While working with us, he continued to study at the university and obtained a business consultant degree, but he likes working as a driving guide better.

Silvia
Driving guide

Alessandra (aka Alex). One day this girl walks into the office and says: “I’m a licensed tour leader, do you need help?” We told her we didn’t need a guide at the time, but we needed someone to work in the office and, if she was willing to do that she was hired. In the meantime, we would train her to be a guide for the golf cart tours. She accepted, and after working in the office for about a year and going with us to the fairs in New York and Milan, she said she had enough of the office and she only does golf cart tours now.
Alessandra (aka Alex). One day this girl walks into the office and says: “I’m a licensed tour leader, do you need help?” We told her we didn’t need a guide at the time, but we needed someone to work in the office and, if she was willing to do that she was hired. In the meantime, we would train her to be a guide for the golf cart tours. She accepted, and after working in the office for about a year and going with us to the fairs in New York and Milan, she said she had enough of the office and she only does golf cart tours now.
“Raffaele, we’re shorthanded again, any more friends who could come and work for us?” We said to him. He made a few phone calls and Marco popped up. Nice fellow, graduated in foreign languages, speaks good English and he is now working on his Russian. Good knowledge of history too. Training him didn’t take long, after flanking the expert driving guides for a while, he was able to run his own tours. Did we say run? No, he takes it easy, you just can’t rush him. Like all the others, he’s good with kids and very patient.
Daniele, aka Gibbo, was introduced to us by a friend we have in common. He started his training with a cast on his arm, because he’d been in an accident shortly before we met him. Quite a character! He always has a big smile on his face, and it looks like nothing can bring him down, speaks excellent English and his Spanish is even better as, when he was a kid, he used to spend his summers with his grandparents who live in Spain. Like all others, he also is good with kids.

Alessandra
Driving guide

Then came Raffaele (aka Ralph). I asked the owner of the coffee shop we frequented if she knew anyone that spoke good English that we could use. She pointed to the counter and said “Get him, he’s graduated in English and Spanish. He’s wasted here.” He started working with us the next day. While doing his office work, he also trained to become a driving guide and, as he felt ready for it, he started doing tours. Later, he also obtained a license as local guide, so he also does the walking tours. Peculiar sense of humor, his jokes make some people want to strangle him.

Marco
Driving guide

Daniele
Driving guide

Giorgio
Driving guide

This is when My Best Tour started to become a family affair. We needed more help, and we asked the guys if they had a friend they could recommend. At this point Lorenzo said his brother Giorgio, who had been studying in London had just come back and was looking for a job. We didn’t even have to train him, Lorenzo did! He turned out being as good as Lorenzo and he’s now one of the most requested of our guys, especially by the ladies.
This is when My Best Tour started to become a family affair. We needed more help, and we asked the guys if they had a friend they could recommend. At this point Lorenzo said his brother Giorgio, who had been studying in London had just come back and was looking for a job. We didn’t even have to train him, Lorenzo did! He turned out being as good as Lorenzo and he’s now one of the most requested of our guys, especially by the ladies.
Then we asked Raffaele if he had another friend he could recommend, and we got Matteo. The season was ending when he joined the team, and there weren’t many tours that he could join for his training, so we made him help in other matters. One thing he did was push the wheelchairs around the Vatican when there wasn’t a person in the group of tourists that could do that. We used to call him “the pusher”, but he didn’t like that. He’s a very nice guy, friendly, accommodating and good with kids…

Matteo
Driving guide

Giuseppe, aka Peppe, is another old friend that we recruited. He has been working as a driver/guide for many years and when we asked him to join us and do golf cart tours, he was a little reluctant, but then he tried it and loved it. He worked for TWA until the company shut down. Previously, he had been a good enough baseball player to play in the national team. He’s also an artist and we have posted some of his works on our Facebook page. Speaks good English.

Giuseppe P.
Driving guide

Andrew, second generation in the tour business, both his parents are tour guides. When a friend introduced him to us, he was doing tours by Segway, but now he likes the golf carts a lot better! He’s also a licensed guide and can also take you on walking tours. Want to go inside the Colosseum? He’ll take you! Like all the others, he also is accommodating, good with the kids and the elderly and has a good sense of humor. He speaks good English and Russian.

Andrea
Driving guide

Here’s Robert, another seasoned driver/guide. He’s half American (father) and half Italian (mother). His English is impeccable but speaks Italian with an American accent! He’s been around, grew up between the USA, Italy and Arabia (his father worked for Aramco). When he was young, he ran a pub downtown Rome, then he worked as a bus driver, a driving guide and finally he ended up with us doing golf cart tours. Besides the golf cart tours, since he’s skilled and experienced, he also does excursions and day trips by car.

Robert
Driving guide

Giorgio
Driving guide

This is when My Best Tour started to become a family affair. We needed more help, and we asked the guys if they had a friend they could recommend. At this point Lorenzo said his brother Giorgio, who had been studying in London had just come back and was looking for a job. We didn’t even have to train him, Lorenzo did! He turned out being as good as Lorenzo and he’s now one of the most requested of our guys, especially by the ladies.
Silvia is a lovely lady. Her brother, who is a friend of ours introduced her to us. She’d just quit her job at Rome’s airport when we met her. She did her training, then she did it again and again. She always said she wasn’t ready to go off on her own, but we knew she was, so one day we forced her. We were right, she was ready, at the end of the tour the clients just raved about her! And so did all the other clients. She’s really good at was she does.

Matteo
Driving guide

Giuseppe, aka Peppe, is another old friend that we recruited. He has been working as a driver/guide for many years and when we asked him to join us and do golf cart tours, he was a little reluctant, but then he tried it and loved it. He worked for TWA until the company shut down. Previously, he had been a good enough baseball player to play in the national team. He’s also an artist and we have posted some of his works on our Facebook page. Speaks good English.

Giuseppe P.
Driving guide

Andrew, second generation in the tour business, both his parents are tour guides. When a friend introduced him to us, he was doing tours by Segway, but now he likes the golf carts a lot better! He’s also a licensed guide and can also take you on walking tours. Want to go inside the Colosseum? He’ll take you! Like all the others, he also is accommodating, good with the kids and the elderly and has a good sense of humor. He speaks good English and Russian.

Andrea
Driving guide

Here’s Robert, another seasoned driver/guide. He’s half American (father) and half Italian (mother). His English is impeccable but speaks Italian with an American accent! He’s been around, grew up between the USA, Italy and Arabia (his father worked for Aramco). When he was young, he ran a pub downtown Rome, then he worked as a bus driver, a driving guide and finally he ended up with us doing golf cart tours. Besides the golf cart tours, since he’s skilled and experienced, he also does excursions and day trips by car.

Robert
Driving guide

One more guy in the tour business by trade, Mattia. His father is also a driving guide and a friend of the partners. Besides speaking good English, thanks to his Brazilian mother, he also speaks Portuguese. Of course, like all the others, he also knows the city and its history well. He prefers doing golf cart tours but, since he’s well experienced, he also does excursions and day trips by car. He has a good time with kids and he’s very accommodating with the disabled and the elderly.

Mattia
Driving guide

Giovanni is quite a guy. How he joined the team? Well, one day an old friend, Daniele, called and asked if we were still hiring. We said yes and he introduced his brother-in-law. Now, who would ever think that a guy like this, very well educated, speaking very good English, and working as a lawyer, would quit his job to join us and do golf cart tours? Well, this guy did! He had enough of smelly courts and dusty archives, he wanted to be in the open air and enjoy the sunshine. So, he’s enjoying his golf cart tours and MBT and now MBT also has in-house legal advice!
Then we asked Raffaele if he had another friend he could recommend, and we got Matteo. The season was ending when he joined the team, and there weren’t many tours that he could join for his training, so we made him help in other matters. One thing he did was push the wheelchairs around the Vatican when there wasn’t a person in the group of tourists that could do that. We used to call him “the pusher”, but he didn’t like that. He’s a very nice guy, friendly, accommodating and good with kids…

Giovanni
Driving guide

And then came Roberto. Quite a funny character, good jokes from him. He was an old friend of Fabrizio’s, went to school with Fabrizio’s wife. He’d been working as a driver guide for some of the well-known companies in Rome, then he set off and started his own business, but it was too much trouble for him, couldn’t put up with the stress of replying to clients’ emails, accounting, taxes and all that. His training didn’t take long, and he loves doing the golf cart tours. “I feel rejuvenated.” He always says. “It’s been like discovering a whole new world!”

Roberto
Driving guide

Gianmarco. Just like Matteo, he joined the group towards the end of the season. Since part of the training consists in flanking an expert guide, driving the second cart, when the group is too big to fit in one cart and there weren’t many large groups then, he also kept busy with other matters. As he’s big and strong, he’s been pushing wheelchairs around the Vatican and the Colosseum a few times, but he doesn’t like to be called “pusher”. He speaks good English, knows his history, is very patient with kids and loves his job.

Gianmarco
Driving guide

Angelo is another old friend. He lived in the USA for a while where he perfected his English, which he had studied in school along with history and history of art. He’s worked many jobs in the tour business, from bus and limo driver to tour leader and tour guide. At a certain point, he decided he wanted to change his life and wanted a job that would allow him to spend more time with his family, so he opened a car dealership. But things didn’t go the right way and we got him to join MBT promising we wouldn’t make him work strange hours.

Angelo
Driving guide

One more guy in the tour business by trade, Mattia. His father is also a driving guide and a friend of the partners. Besides speaking good English, thanks to his Brazilian mother, he also speaks Portuguese. Of course, like all the others, he also knows the city and its history well. He prefers doing golf cart tours but, since he’s well experienced, he also does excursions and day trips by car. He has a good time with kids and he’s very accommodating with the disabled and the elderly.

Mattia
Driving guide

Giovanni is quite a guy. How he joined the team? Well, one day an old friend, Daniele, called and asked if we were still hiring. We said yes and he introduced his brother-in-law. Now, who would ever think that a guy like this, very well educated, speaking very good English, and working as a lawyer, would quit his job to join us and do golf cart tours? Well, this guy did! He had enough of smelly courts and dusty archives, he wanted to be in the open air and enjoy the sunshine. So, he’s enjoying his golf cart tours and MBT and now MBT also has in-house legal advice!
Then we asked Raffaele if he had another friend he could recommend, and we got Matteo. The season was ending when he joined the team, and there weren’t many tours that he could join for his training, so we made him help in other matters. One thing he did was push the wheelchairs around the Vatican when there wasn’t a person in the group of tourists that could do that. We used to call him “the pusher”, but he didn’t like that. He’s a very nice guy, friendly, accommodating and good with kids…

Giovanni
Driving guide

And then came Roberto. Quite a funny character, good jokes from him. He was an old friend of Fabrizio’s, went to school with Fabrizio’s wife. He’d been working as a driver guide for some of the well-known companies in Rome, then he set off and started his own business, but it was too much trouble for him, couldn’t put up with the stress of replying to clients’ emails, accounting, taxes and all that. His training didn’t take long, and he loves doing the golf cart tours. “I feel rejuvenated.” He always says. “It’s been like discovering a whole new world!”
And then came Roberto. Quite a funny character, good jokes from him. He was an old friend of Fabrizio’s, went to school with Fabrizio’s wife. He’d been working as a driver guide for some of the well-known companies in Rome, then he set off and started his own business, but it was too much trouble for him, couldn’t put up with the stress of replying to clients’ emails, accounting, taxes and all that. His training didn’t take long, and he loves doing the golf cart tours. “I feel rejuvenated.” He always says. “It’s been like discovering a whole new world!”

Roberto
Driving guide

Gianmarco. Just like Matteo, he joined the group towards the end of the season. Since part of the training consists in flanking an expert guide, driving the second cart, when the group is too big to fit in one cart and there weren’t many large groups then, he also kept busy with other matters. As he’s big and strong, he’s been pushing wheelchairs around the Vatican and the Colosseum a few times, but he doesn’t like to be called “pusher”. He speaks good English, knows his history, is very patient with kids and loves his job.

Gianmarco
Driving guide

Angelo is another old friend. He lived in the USA for a while where he perfected his English, which he had studied in school along with history and history of art. He’s worked many jobs in the tour business, from bus and limo driver to tour leader and tour guide. At a certain point, he decided he wanted to change his life and wanted a job that would allow him to spend more time with his family, so he opened a car dealership. But things didn’t go the right way and we got him to join MBT promising we wouldn’t make him work strange hours.

Angelo
Driving guide

The people working in the offices.

And now we introduce those who work in the offices. See who replies to your emails and more.

Paolo, one of the founders, has been working as a guide, driving guide, tour leader and travel agency clerk since the age of eighteen. He’s also a computer buff and built his first website in 1995. He set up the system My Best Tour uses to reply to emails and book tours, which keeps evolving… He works from the office by the Vatican and is mainly responsible for the web, replies to some of the emails, runs whenever a PC crashes, one of the golf carts has a problem and when there’s a last-minute call and no one else is available.

Paolo
Management – Co-owner

Roberto, another one of the founders, mainly works out of the Villa Borghese office and, as he easily makes friends with anybody anywhere, he’s mostly in charge of public relations. Planning a multiple day itinerary covering a lot of places in Italy, isn’t easy if you’ve never done it, but Roberto’s done it for years. He’s been working as a driver guide for decades and his expertise comes in handy when the booking officers need help. Yet he keeps himself busy and helps in many other ways always with a big smile on his face!

Roberto
Bookings & logistics – Co-owner

Fabrizio joined in when My Best Tour was already up and running. Just like Paolo and Roberto, he also was born into the business. He was just the guy the company needed, not only he’s a great guide, but he’s also an accountant and a good organizer, and therefore he’s now needed more in the office and only goes out on tours when there’s an emergency. He likes doing tours a lot better than working in the office, but success comes at a price. You find him in the Villa Borghese office, when he’s not at a bank, at the City Hall…

Fabrizio
Accounting & logistics – Co-owner

Giovanna is our chief booking officer. She replaced Raffaele (aka Ralph) when he said he had had enough of sitting behind the desk and just wanted to do tours. The partners were surprised and said that he had to give them time to find a replacement. No need he said, my mother is my replacement. She’s been working for you for a while without you knowing it. She replied to emails on my behalf when I went out on the tours. Giovanna is great at what she does, but she works from home, not the office.

Giovanna
Bookings and operations Manager

Tiziana is the company’s webmaster. She works together with Paolo out of the office by the Vatican and the two of them manage the websites, the social media and the PCs in general . She’s also graduated in economy and therefore she’s of great help when it comes to figuring out costs and revenues. Unfortunately, she doesn’t speak English, she took French in school, but, though it’s not an easy task, everyone in the company is trying to teach English to this hard-headed Sicilian. Will she learn? Only time will tell…

Tiziana
Webmaster & Web Marketing Manager

Danny, this nice young man is the son of Louis (see further down). He spent time in England to perfect his English and, when he returned to Rome, he was looking for a job and we intended to hire him as a driving guide, but instead he preferred to work in the office as a booking officer. He works closely with Giovanna and, between the two of them, they really get things going. He works at the office by the Vatican, so he also welcomes the clients who come there to meet their guide and go on a Vatican tour making sure everything goes well.

Danny
Bookings

The guides who take you on a tour on foot

And now the “local guides” they don’t drive, they walk, so we also call them “walking guides”. They’re all very well experienced and have a deep knowledge of the city, its history and history of art. Most of them have a university degree in history of art or archaeology and speak more than one language.

Burcu (pronounce Burju). It’s easier to list the things she doesn’t have some kind of degree, diploma or license for. It took us quite a while to read her resume when we received it. We’ll list a few of the thing she can do, of course she’s a licensed tour guide for Rome, a licensed tour conductor, she’s our travel agency’s technical director, conservatory diploma in classic guitar, degree in Italian literature, speaks, English, Turkish, French, Spanish, German… Okay, we’ll end it here, we think it’s understood she qualified to take you on your tour…

Burcu
Walking tours

Massimo. We’ve been friending a long time, 25 years, which is when he started working as a tours guide. He graduated in history of art, English language, and literature. Putting all this together, you don’t need much else to become a great tour guide, right? His passions? The Vatican and walking the woods hunting for mushrooms! Before becoming a guide, he worked for a non-profit organization taking care of refugees. He likes to have a friendly relationship with his tourists, so he doesn’t like large groups. For him five is a crowd!

Massimo
Walking tours

Laura B. Experience, charm, and vivacity. The energy of a restless schoolkid. She comes from a little island near Sicily, Lipari, but she’s been living in Rome for about 25 years. She has a university degree in political science, yet she ended up working as a tour escort first and then as a tour guide in Rome. How did that happen? Well, she did well at the university and so she was selected for a master in London, where she perfected her English. Then she worked for the European Parliament in Luxembourg, but all this was boring for the restless kid…

Laura B.
Walking tours

Alessandra is a very charming lady from Naples. She loves Naples, but having married a Roman, she’s stuck in Rome. She speaks English and Spanish and has a BA in Archeology with a specialization in museum management. Despite being at home in museums and archaeological sites, she is an amphibious guide, in fact her first tours were underwater. She began her career as an underwater guide by taking people to visit submerged archaeological sites. She loves Flamenco and cats!

Alessandra
Walking tours

Laura D. is a charming and smart lady, married to another one of our guys, Mauro. No, we didn’t get two and paid for one, they each get rewarded individually. She’s been a guide since 2003 and, prior to becoming a local guide, she worked as a tour conductor. She has a degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage and a diploma from the Vatican University in Christian Archaeology. She’s fluent in English and French. She’s one of those guides who can answer any question she’s asked!

Laura D.
Walking tours

Isabella, the well of knowledge. Besides working for My Best Tour, she also has another rather unimportant employer she works for. You might have heard of it, it’s the Vatican. Yes, she is an official guide for the Vatican with the habilitation to guide tourists through the Museums, the Gardens, the Villas in Castelgandolfo, the excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica… You have to study a lot to get these habilitations, but her knowledge goes way beyond that, she can talk for hours about mosaics, the type of marble that have been used in Rome…

Isabella
Walking tours

Emilia. Born in Umbria, the green heart of Italy, she moved here to study History of Art at the University of Rome. After graduation she worked as an editor for about 15 years and then she started teaching literature and history to high school kids. She likes to teach; she finds it inspiring and morally rewarding. She also enjoys working as a tour guide and she really enjoys meeting people with whom she likes to share her enthusiasm for our city!

Emilia
Walking tours

Stefania, a true Roman! After working for many years as a tour manager and traveling all over Italy with tour groups, she decided to settle down. However, she liked being around tourists and she wouldn’t want to do anything else, so she took the exam to become a local guide in Rome so she could stop travelling yet continuing to do what she liked to do. As she had enough of hotel rooms, she enjoys being able to go back to her home at the end of the day. Rome is Rome and it’s her home.

Stefania A.
Walking tours

Letizia, in Italian, her name means joy, and she a joyful lady from Calabria. She’s an art historian with a passion for her beautiful home, Rome, which goes well with her passion for Italian Renaissance and Baroque. Like all true Italians, she loves food, sport, and cinema. One of the things she likes most about her job is being able to meet people from all over the world and share her time and knowledge with them. She just can’t wait to take more tourists around Rome, the Eternal City!

Letizia
Walking tours

Cristina, a charming and classy lady. With a foreign language degree, speaking English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, she could have become an interpreter or something like that, but she wanted something more dynamic and, as she enjoyed traveling and meeting people, she chose to become a tour leader instead. At some point, however, she had had enough of traveling and she felt the need to settle down and start a family, so she needed a different kind of job. She took the exam to become a local guide and here she is.

Cristina C.
Walking Tours

Raffaella. Enthusiasm, joy and will power. Official Vatican State Guide and Licensed Rome Guide too. Graduated in Law at Sapienza University, she fulfilled her dream of getting a BA in Art History and improved her English language and literature by spending time abroad. Living in Argentina for seven years, she worked as a translator and specialized in Hispano-American literature at UBA. Over the years, working in several of Rome’s museums she acquired an in-depth knowledge of art and art history. Her motto is: Art is magic and discovering its secrets is a sleight of hand!

Raffella
Walking tours

Claudia, before getting into the tour business she worked as a clerk at Rome’s airport where she had the chance to meet many tour leaders as they accompanied their tour groups to the airport. This intrigued about this job and she studied to get her license as tour leader. After working as such for several years, the same thing that happened to others you read about on this page, she got tired of traveling and took the next step, she passed the exam and became a local tour guide. She speaks English Spanish Portuguese.

Claudia
Walking tours

Donatella. She was born in Umbria, but her family moved to Rome when she was 10. She has a degree in modern languages which, if she were the sedentary type, would get her a job as an interpreter at the UN, but she's not. She got license as a dive guide and moved to the Red Sea guiding people through the underwater nature parks. Then she got tired of the water and she came back to Italy, where she started working as a tour leader. Finally, she graduated as a tour guide in Rome, and she enjoys showing her guests the secret corners of her beloved city.

Donatella
Walking tours

Marlene. Who says you must be Italian born to be a guide in Rome? Here’s a descendant of the Vikings who’s been a guide in Rome for 20 years. We’re sure you’ll enjoy touring with her, especially if you’re from Denmark or Sweden because she speaks your language! Her happy smile and easy laughter are a 'hit' for families with children and teens. Marlene shares her love for Rome seasoning her narrations with spicy details like a true Roman would. She loves nature and wandering off the beaten path to show her guests uncommon sites.

Marlene
Walking tours

Riccardo, born on the Tiber Island, in the heart of Rome, where the oldest hospital in the world stands. A tall Roman with a captive smile! In his early days he developed and cultivated a passion for history. He’s our reference historian for what concerns World War II, the Landing of Anzio, the battle of Monte Cassino and the liberation of Rome by the Allied Forces. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also an official Sommelier, member of the AlS, and loves to combine history and art with food and wine tastings.

Riccardo
Walking Tours

Valentina. A Rome born archaeologist. She graduated with full marks in literature and specialized in archeology obtaining a doctorate in research. She’s been participating in archaeological excavations throughout Italy. She is an expert in underground Rome and has been working for many years in the Catacombs of Saint Agnes. She loves being a tour guide and she’s passionate about her job. Small or large groups, it doesn’t matter, she loves taking people on tours. She also loves playing the piano, cats and traveling.

Valentina
Walking tours

Claudia. Born and raised in Rome, graduated in history of Art with master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration, she has been an authorized guide of Rome since 2001. Her command of the English language comes from having spent time abroad. She’s in love with ancient and modern art, yet she doesn’t leave archaeology behind. Sharing her knowledge with people is her work and her hobby. Her pleasure is wandering the back streets in search of special and out-of-the-way quaint places that visitors will be interested in seeing.

Claudia M.
Walking tours

Paola. Her life reads like a novel. She was born to an Italian father and a German mother who raised her in the jungles of Zaire and her first love was high fashion. This led her to work for ten years in the Valentino Couture headquarters but, in the end, it was Rome that captured her heart. However, she has always had a genuine passion for history and loved sharing her new discoveries with people, so, if we add her PhD in art to that, we can well see how she ended up becoming a tour guide, what else?

Paola L.
Walking tours

Marlene. Who says you must be Italian born to be a guide in Rome? Here’s a descendant of the Vikings who’s been a guide in Rome for 20 years. We’re sure you’ll enjoy touring with her, especially if you’re from Denmark or Sweden because she speaks your language! Her happy smile and easy laughter are a 'hit' for families with children and teens. Marlene shares her love for Rome seasoning her narrations with spicy details like a true Roman would. She loves nature and wandering off the beaten path to show her guests uncommon sites.

Marlene
Walking tours

Riccardo, born on the Tiber Island, in the heart of Rome, where the oldest hospital in the world stands. A tall Roman with a captive smile! In his early days he developed and cultivated a passion for history. He’s our reference historian for what concerns World War II, the Landing of Anzio, the battle of Monte Cassino and the liberation of Rome by the Allied Forces. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also an official Sommelier, member of the AlS, and loves to combine history and art with food and wine tastings.

Riccardo
Walking Tours

Excursions and day trips by car: the driving guides.

Besides Robert, Roberto, Mattia, Angelo and Peppe, who mainly do golf cart tours, these hereunder are the driving guides who’s knowledge goes beyond Rome, they travel all over Italy and have the ability to provide satisfactory explanations almost anywhere in our country.

Gianni (aka Johnny) has been in the business for 25 years. As a young man, he served in the Italian Navy for 6 years and learned his English. Once on leave, he was employed in the U.S. Embassy in Rome and later at the M.F.O. (Multinational Force and Observers) of the ONU, as Communications Officer for the Camp David peace treaty. However, he always loved his country and its history, and enjoyed showing his foreign colleagues around when off duty. He liked doing that so much that, once he left the ONU, he made it become his job.

Gianni
Driver/Guide

Kristian (yes, with a “K”) is also in the tour business by trade. He speaks good English and knows his history. He’ very nice, courteous, knowledgeable and speaks very good English. He’s been in the business for many years and has been travelling all over Italy getting to know it like the back of his hand. He

Kristian
Driver/Guide

Claudio, another old friend, has been working many years as a driving guide but he’s also a licensed local guide for indoor visits of museums, excavation areas, for the Vatican and such. So, he can take you on an excursion by car to the enchanting places near Rome, on a day trip to Florence, the Amalfi Coast and other areas of interest, or simply on a tour of the Colosseum. He doesn’t like the golf cart tours, so he won’t take you on such a tour, but all the rest, he does. He speaks good English and I now learning German.

Claudio
Driver/Guide

We’ve known Louis (aka Kiki) many years and one thing we have to say about him is that he dresses in a very elegant, yet eccentric way. If you’ll meet him, you’ll know. He was born in Madagascar but, as his father was a diplomat, he never really lived there. Mostly he lived in Japan and Italy. He went to school in Madagascar when he was a child and he was educated in French, then in Japan, and he learned Japanese. Finally, his family moved to Italy and he learned Italian. English? Well, we don’t know where or how he learned it, but he speaks it well.

Louis
Driver/Guide

Mauro is an old friend of Fabrizio’s. They have been working for the same company as driving guides many years ago. He’s been working this job for many years and he’s married to another guide we use, Laura. He speaks very good English and Spanish. He’s knowledgeable, courteous and has very nice manners. He will not take you on a golf cart tour, but he’ll take you anywhere else in his car. Excursions, day trips? No problem! He’ll also take you on a tour of Rome by car if, for some reason, you don’t want the golf cart.

Mauro
Driver/Guide

Gabriel, named after the announcer archangel, he’s got the job that matches his name, he announces and comments the sites he takes you to see. His knowledge of English comes from having spent time in Boston. He’s been a driving guide since 2006 and he’s truly knowledgeable, he studied to take the exam and become a local guide. He didn’t pass it, but we’re sure one day he will. He’s also a licensed tour leader so he could be working as such, but he prefers to handle small groups and have a more personal relationship with his guests.

Gabriele
Driver/Guide

Kristian (yes, with a “K”) is also in the tour business by trade. He speaks good English and knows his history. He’ very nice, courteous, knowledgeable and speaks very good English. He’s been in the business for many years and has been travelling all over Italy getting to know it like the back of his hand. He

Kristian
Driver/Guide

Claudio, another old friend, has been working many years as a driving guide but he’s also a licensed local guide for indoor visits of museums, excavation areas, for the Vatican and such. So, he can take you on an excursion by car to the enchanting places near Rome, on a day trip to Florence, the Amalfi Coast and other areas of interest, or simply on a tour of the Colosseum. He doesn’t like the golf cart tours, so he won’t take you on such a tour, but all the rest, he does. He speaks good English and I now learning German.

Claudio
Driver/Guide

We’ve known Louis (aka Kiki) many years and one thing we have to say about him is that he dresses in a very elegant, yet eccentric way. If you’ll meet him, you’ll know. He was born in Madagascar but, as his father was a diplomat, he never really lived there. Mostly he lived in Japan and Italy. He went to school in Madagascar when he was a child and he was educated in French, then in Japan, and he learned Japanese. Finally, his family moved to Italy and he learned Italian. English? Well, we don’t know where or how he learned it, but he speaks it well.

Louis
Driver/Guide

Mauro is an old friend of Fabrizio’s. They have been working for the same company as driving guides many years ago. He’s been working this job for many years and he’s married to another guide we use, Laura. He speaks very good English and Spanish. He’s knowledgeable, courteous and has very nice manners. He will not take you on a golf cart tour, but he’ll take you anywhere else in his car. Excursions, day trips? No problem! He’ll also take you on a tour of Rome by car if, for some reason, you don’t want the golf cart.

Mauro
Driver/Guide

This was the situation in February 2020, before the pandemic and the restrictions.
Everyone is looking forward to picking up where we left off.

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