Hi, I'm Paola Barbanera, a professional and licensed tourist guide for Rome and the Vatican.
Rome is an amazing, awe-inspiring labyrinth of palaces, monuments, museums, bridges, fountains, sculptures, piazzas, restaurants, bars, shops. Its back-streets and narrow lanes have been built up layer by layer over the past 3,000 years. It can be overwhelming for the local Roman let alone for the visitor who has only a few days to visit.
My pleasure as a professional tour guide is to help you and your family experience as much of all this as possible within the time available to you: I will be happy to suggest you what you can see in Rome and be your personal tourist guide for Rome and the Vatican.
What about a custom private tour?
Imagine yourself 2000 years ago in this ancient cradle of the modern world!
We will visit the Coliseum, the Roman Forum and the Capitol Hill without waiting, with the Skip The Line option.
In this tour, we will explore the Vatican City and its treasures - Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica).
You can choose either the "Skip The Line" option, so you won't wait at the entrance, or the "Early Entrance" option, to avoid the crowd.
Discover Rome by visiting its landmarks: Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Navona Square, or visit its greatest churches: Saint Mary Major, Saint John in Lateran and Saint Paul Outside The Walls.
A travel in Italy is not complete without Italian food!
Taste real Italian food in a food tour, shop your cooking ingredients in Campo de' Fiori and learn to make pizza from scratch!
Discover ancient cities and villas around Rome, away from the crowd!
We will visit Villa Adriana and Villa d'Este in Tivoli, or the roman city of Ostia, the ancient port of Rome.
Here we get a taste of ancient Rome by looking down. From the miles of tunnels in the catacombs of Santa Domitilla to the Church of San Clemente, much of ancient Rome is now metres below current road levels!
Why a professional tour guide to visit Rome and the Vatican?
Spending some time in the company of a professional tour guide in Rome makes your visit so much richer, for a variety of reasons.
Why me as your tour guide in Rome and the Vatican?
I'm Roman, I'm qualified, I’m experienced, I’m licensed, with many years of experience.
I’m happy to say that my clients repeatedly tell me, “We’ve had the best time ever.”
I will be happy to help you plan your dream visit in Rome, according to your needs... or design your custom tour.
I can also plan special tours for your kids: children are actually my favourite clients!
"We were lucky enough to spend a day with Paula this spring thas she showed us the best of Rome. The weather was against us from the beginning with light showers to heavy downpours. However, we truly didn’t even notice the rain because of Paola. Her superior knowledge, only surpassed by her passion and enthusiasm for Roman culture and history, made for an exciting adventure regardless of the rain. In addition, she is fluent in “American” English and very easy to understand. Thank you Paola for taking what could have been a miserable day and turning it into a field trip of a lifetime! Grazie mille!"
Todd and Adair Solomon, Bob and Claudia Gangi
Contact me and I'll help you plan your tour!
You can ask me anything about the tours and the prices.
I am also able to create a custom tour according to your needs, within the time available to you.