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  1. Elise says:

    Marco is amazing! We went on a tour of the Vatican with Marco on our trip to Rome. He is extremely knowledgeable and gave us many insights into the history of Rome and Roman Jewry. He was able to clearly guide us through the Vatican while showing and explaining Jewish influences throughout. It was one of the top highlights of our entire trip through Italy. After the tour he even gave us a list of landmarks to see on our walk back to our hotel. Listen to Marco! He knows his stuff. I wish we could have gone on more tours with him. Highly highly recommend any tour with Marco!

  2. Smiths and Family says:

    It’s hard to imagine our trip to Rome without Marco Misano. We were a family group made up of 3 generations, with diverse interests, and Marco managed to keep every one of us engaged and interested every moment. He was pitch perfect. There wasn’t a single eye-roll among the teen agers.
    The ancient Rome tour was outstanding. He combined the large sweep of Rome’s history with vivid explanations and details about Rome’s impact on the Jews, both in Rome and in Judea. He told us which famous Romans were good to the Jews (shout out for Julius Caesar!) and which weren’t. We even learned little-known details about the holy temple in Jerusalem.

    We also took a Vatican Museum tour with Marco. To be honest, we weren’t really very interested or excited to go, but friends suggested that a Vatican tour from a Jewish perspective would be worthwhile, and we had an open afternoon in our schedule. Marco made it amazing! His descriptions of the artwork, and the Jewish themes embedded in them were fascinating. He had explanations of the biases about Jews, for good or ill, that were depicted in the paintings. He pointed out small vignettes about Jews, tucked away in corners, that would be impossible to find without his guidance. We’re so happy that we decided to go to the Vatican despite our initial misgivings.

    Finally a word about Marco himself – he’s charming, fun, helpful, friendly, but never cloying or obsequious. He managed to zip us into the exhibits while we saw others waiting in long, snaking lines. His knowledge of Rome, both ancient and new, and the artwork, seems encyclopedic – he knew the answer to any question we asked. He knows where to get a taxi. He gave us excellent suggestions about places to eat, and other sights to see, even a fascinating synagogue to go to that was right near our hotel.

    Ciao, Marco. Thank you for everything.

  3. Mordy Golding says:

    Marco is amazing. We did several tours with him and he really made our trip to Rome something special. Marco has a great sense of humor, is an amazing storyteller, brings history alive, involves everyone in the group, and helps ensure you have a great experience by avoiding lines, saving time and money, and more! We can’t recommend him enough — and Marco we can’t wait for your book!

  4. Jack Harari says:

    Had a great experience with Marco. Definitely an expert on the subject. The Vatican tour with Marco is a MUST!

  5. ROI Haizler says:

    we had a great time with Marco Misano tour.Marco is a very nice guy that have so much knowledge on the history of Rome.when Marco tell you a story you can feel that you are going back in time.he is very professional and know how to share his knowledge with joy and passion. spending the with Marco tour was worthwhile experience.
    5 stars ***** highly recommended

  6. Judah says:

    Incredible Jewish Vatican tour – highly recommended!!

    My wife and I had an amazing experience with Marco @ the Vatican!

    Yes – our initial knee-jerk reaction when we first heard of a “Jewish tour of the Vatican” was also “Huh? What can possibly be Jewish about the capital of the Catholic Church?”

    Boy were we wrong :)

    Aside from being extremely knowledgeable – Marco was able to provide an engaging, fascinating, and enjoyable tour of the Vatican from a Jewish perspective. The 3 hour tour was amazing. Simply incredible!

    Was beyond worth the time and money spent.
    Definitely a highlight of our trip!

    Marco was extremely helpful with additional information about other various aspects of our trip (where to get certain things, how to get around, etc).

    Would highly recommend Marco as a tour guide (we can vouch for the Vatican tour, but are confident that all his tours are amazing). You will not be disappointed!

    Thanks again, Marco!

  7. Bernard Benyamin says:

    Marco possède une qualité rare : la passion de faire partager ses connaissances . Son tour à La Chapelle Sixtine est brillant agrémenté par un sens de l’humour hors pair … Merci pour la transmission de son savoir …

  8. Annie says:

    We took 2 tours with Marco in 2 days! He is a passionate, knowledgeable and engaging guide who really lives and loves what he does. Our only regret is that we didn’t have more time to take more tours! We cannot wait to return and when we do we will look forward to touring with Marco again. We have already recommended him to friends who were so happy and will continue to recommend him to anyone without hesitation!

  9. shaynie schwartz says:

    Our trip tp Rome was spectacular……..we hired Marco for his Knowledge of Jewish history and we got way more than anticipated!!!! He was our “Host” for the 4days we were there….even finding us a pharmacy which was open 24/7!!!!
    We enjoyed every minute of Marcos tours…….we did them all!!!!!
    Do not hesitate to book this remarkable guide…his knowledge and enthusiasm will give you a remarkable experience!!!

  10. Noam Fix says:

    Marco is the way to go! We heard about him from friends of ours and booked him for a ghetto tour. The time flew! We felt like we only scratched the surface of his knowledge. Not only does he know the area his delivery is fantastic and fascinating. You are living the experience of the Roman jews.
    Besides for being a terrific guide he’s a great guy to have in your corner. He was extremely generous with his time both during and after the tour. He gave us endless tips of how to maximize our time in the area as well as how to save money. From which metro to take to which money changer to use.. Marco is a full service Rome guide. Worth everyone penny!

  11. Simon H says:

    ever had. he’s very clear, very professional and he makes sure that everyone is getting his flow. He motivated us to learn all of the history in rome and all over the world. we really enjoyed being with him every second and we called him to be our tour guide for many places. he’s very kind, helpful and a very nice person. The information that he knows is unique, im sure that any of the tour guides around there knows the information that he knows.
    if you are going to rome, make sure to book him the first day for your entire trip and im sure your not going to regret and your trip is gonna become much more better.

  12. Tami Benveniste says:

    Our family recently spent a whirlwind week in Italy – Rome, Florence & Venice. While we enjoyed many remarkable experiences, the highlight of our trip were the tours we booked with Marco. We took his tours of the Jewish Ghetto, Ancient Rome, and Vatican.

    Marco’s knowledge of these areas is unbelievable. There was no language barrier. He spoke in clear English (with a charming Italian accent). The tours were anything but dry history lectures. Marco brought ancient history alive and kept us, and our 3 sons (a toddler, a tween, and a young adult) fully engaged.

    Marco was a wonderful resource and offered much appreciated assistance beyond our scheduled tours. He seemed genuinely happy to make our trip run smoothly. Marco helped us save time and money by assisting with advanced ticket purchases to the Vatican, Forum, and Colosseum; He advised us on restaurants (even making recommendations on what to order!); He suggested museums and sites that we should visit; He put us in touch with a driver for airport transfers and even recommended a wonderful guide for a private tour in Florence.

    Having Marco show us Rome was like touring the city with an old (and extremely knowledgeable!) friend. Our only regret was not booking more tours with this fantastic guide,

    I cannot recommend Marco highly enough! You will not be disappointed!

  13. Sharon Milner says:

    We read all your very positive reviews and we agree with each one. We just want to add one thought- Marco is listed as a tour guide, but he is really an historian. From the first Jew that came to Rome up until today Marco makes you feel that you were there. From the Arch if Titus to the Collisium to the jewish ghetto and magnificent synagogue Marco puts you back in time. His knowledge of tanach was an added bonus. Marco definitely helped us “share our identity”. We keep repeating what the Ponovitch Rebbe said as he stood under the Arch of Titus- we are here- where are you!!! Thank you Marco. Five stars. Grazia Mille. Hatzlacha. L’hitraot. Sharon and Yossi Breuer.

  14. Michelle Behar says:

    We booked a tour to the Vatican with a Jewish perspective and it was amazing. We learned so much. Marco is the best guide, he is full of information and anecdotes. Time flew and we enjoyed every second of it. We also did a tour of the Roman forum and the colosseum. Marco andjusts himself to the kids and he makes it easy . I highly recommend Marco when visiting Rome, he is the best!

  15. Shlomo says:

    My family and I recently had a tour of Rome with Marco. He gave us insight into the well known and little known facts about Rome as was extremely informative. Excellent communicator and really engaged everyone including my three grandchildren on tour with us. We usually do not take these kinds of tours, but were very happy we did these tours with Marco (Ancient Rome, Jewish Rome, Evening Stroll, etc.) Marco is a tour guide “par excellence” and is the “Master Tour Guide of Rome”. Just wish we had more time for his Vatican Tour–next time! If you are looking for an exceptional tour guide in Rome, Marco is a must!!

  16. Elliot says:

    We took a tour with Marco of the Jewish Ghetto and Ancient Rome. We found him to be friendly, passionate and insightful. He also kept our daughter involved by pointing out things that would be interesting to her along the way. Marco takes pride in his work and it shows. We would definitely recommend him!

  17. Joe Soffer says:

    Being our first visit to Rome, we booked Marco for 4 different tours around town. It was the best decision ever! Marco brought history to life, keeping adult teens and kids interested and begging for more. He isextremely knowledgeable in Roman history and culture having a PHD in archeology and a Masters in art history. To top it all off he has great personality. He handled all aspects of our visit from hotel suggestions to airport pickup to dinner reservations and everything in between. Would never think of going back without booking Marco in advance. The money you spend on Marco will make your entire trip worthwhile. Thank you Marco for creating memories our family will always cherish!

  18. Morris Shalom says:

    Marco is fabulous and really made our trip to Rome special. We were stopping there after a week in Israel and Marco was able to show us the Jewish history of Rome. He made it all come to life with his explanation and historical perspective. We were 2 families and he took care of everything from the minute we arrived until we left. He has connections with everything you need in this beautiful city. We cannot thank him enough and can wait to come back.

  19. Shelley Davidoff says:

    Marco is a great tour guide. We toured the Jewish Ghetto and we learned so much about our Jewish history that day. He is so personable, knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. He has many stories to share and the experience was wonderful! I would book your Rome tours with Marco.

  20. Anna says:

    Marco was great! He had a great combination of serious knowledge and a sense of humor. My 18-year old son and I did the Vatican tour with Marco, and we both felt connected and comfortable with him. His love and personal connection to Judaism, combined with in depth biblical and historical knowledge, truly took the tour to the whole other level. Thank you Marco!

  21. Sandy Sugar says:

    We spent a day in Rome and we took 2 tours with Marco. Not only was he informative with his vast amount of knowledge, he made us feel our heritage and brought it to life. We had a 12 year old with us and he kept all of us engaged and interested. We highly recommend Marco!

  22. S and G Mandel says:

    It was indeed an honor to tour Rome with Marco. His passion, insight and vast knowledge have left a deep impression on us and made our visit most memorable.

  23. Rachel Lebowitz says:

    Marco brings Roman history alive with his witty personality and unique prospective. He has a wealth of knowledge in every nook and cranny of the city. He explains everything in such a fluent way! I wish we could have stayed longer and toured more with him! Best tour we ever took!

  24. Dani Feiner says:

    Marco was a fantastic guide. Friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and a great guy to have spent time with. I highly recommend him as the perfect tour guide to Rome from the Jewish perspective. He knows his Tnach. Mishna and Gemoro. Full marks for fantastic and enjoyable and informative tours

  25. Jeff S. says:

    Marco was an amazing guide in Rome!!
    He has an incredible anount of knowledge on Italy’s history, both from Jewish and secular perspectives.
    His fun and outgoing personality made our tour even more fun.
    I’ve been to Rome many times for work, whenever I have a chance I schedule another tour to see something new.

  26. Yifat Elmaliah says:

    I really love Marco coz he knows the very best places to visit around Rome and his guiding is exact and fascinating! LOVED IT! be back soon!!
    אני אוהבת את מרקו כי הוא מדריך מצויין מדוייק וממוקד ומכיר את המקומות המושלמים לראות ברומא!!

  27. Stanley B says:

    Marco is FANTASTICO! Took 3 tours with him over 2 days–Jewish Vatican; Ancient Rome; and the Ghetto. Marco gave amazing insights from both a Jewish and Italian perspective, based on extraordinary personal knowledge and experience. It doesn’t pay to try to see Rome without him.

  28. Micha says:

    My family and I spend few days in Rome last month. We set up several guided tours with Marco. The experience was amazing. Tours were well organized, the guides were extremely knowledgeable, great explanations and great stories. It was as if all the history came back to life, it was very real and vivid.
    I strongly recommend to take these tours, they were one of the best times during our vacation in Italy.

  29. David Rubin says:

    We spent five days in Rome in June and took two tours with Marco. We are not guided tour people but he made both tours (The Ghetto and The Jewish Vatican) so very interesting that we could only regret that they were not longer.

    Marco is a true professional as a tour guide and a craftsman when it comes to telling stories that make Rome come alive. Spending time with Marco is not only a worthwhile experience, you will look back and view it as the highlight of your time in Rome.

    I can’t think of any better way to see the true, hidden Rome than to take a tour with Marco. He is truly a special person with a passion for Jewish Rome that he conveys to each and every one of his charges.

    Five+ stars and most highly recommended.

  30. Massimo Orsini says:

    Splendida visita. Marco è cordiale e preparatissimo. Un modo nuovo di vedere le meraviglie del Vaticano e non solo, con curiosità e aneddoti che altrimenti non avremmo mai conosciuto. Grazie mille Marco.

  31. David says:

    Marco is a professional of high level, nice and helpful.
    I visited the Vatican Museums with my children he was engaging and attentive to the demands of my boys.

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