Here are my top three reasons to choose Daniella's tours:
1. My children (10,12) loved her, were fully engaged, and retained stories of ancient Rome through Baroque. I booked tours with Daniella for each of our four days in Rome. I thought I would have a revolt on my hands by day 2. Instead, they loved Daniella! She engaged them through activities (e.g., guessing which rivers in Quattro Fiumi, naming the zodiac signs and gods pictured at the Villa Farnesina), and her enthusiasm and storytelling stuck with them. She started tours with "big ideas," the themes of the day, and reinforced those ideas with details and stories. When Daniella asked questions referring back to leaders, artists, and methods from previous days and sites, our daughters were the first to answer. Tabla rasa no longer!
2. She could answer any question we threw at her. How many times have you asked a tour guide follow-up questions only to hear a non-answer? Not so with Daniella. Asking her questions led to pealing back layers of history, revealing interconnections, and the telling of fascinating stories. Other travelers actually interrupted our tour to ask where they might find a guide as knowledgeable as Daniella. The Campus Martius tour was a great way to start our trip, showing the layers of the city and putting into context what it meant that ancient Rome had a population of one million. And she brought the Pantheon alive. The Colosseum/Forum tour left us thinking that we have a bit too much in common with ancient Rome! [Tangentially, Dan Carlin’s podcast on ancient Rome, "Death Throes of the Republic," is an excellent complement.] Even into the Renaissance and beyond, Daniella provided an unusual and welcomed depth of information. Her affection for ancient Rome, Chigi’s place (Farnesina), and the sculpture in the Borghese gallery was contagious.
3. She provided a perfect itinerary--and kept us in shady spots, out of the scorching July sun. Through email, I told Daniella our general interests and that we had four mornings to spend with her (we kept the second half of our days free). She responded with an itinerary of suggested tours, told us where to meet each morning, and made sure we had a good recommendation for lunch afterward. I didn’t have to spend lots of time researching; Daniella completely delivered everything we wanted.
We’ll be back for more!