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Expert Italy Tour Guide: Interview & Insider Tips

Gowithguide travel specialist O.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Gowithguide travel specialist O.

Last updated : Jan 27, 20238 min read

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While our team works hard to provide interesting and well-researched travel content, sometimes it’s best to hear things straight from a guide on the ground. In a new series of articles, we are going to be hearing directly from some of GoWithGuide’s best private tour guides. This includes their favorite ways to explore, unique insights into the region they work in, and the kind of tips and tricks that only a true local can provide. 

Today we’re heading to one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, the beautiful Italian peninsula. Our guide, Roberto M. is not only an authorized Campania guide, but also a professional archeologist! This means he can provide unique insights into the history of ancient Roman ruins usually only enjoyed at the university level. Without further ado, let’s jump into the interview. 

blog imageGWG: Please briefly tell us about your history as a guide. 

Roberto: “My name is Roberto. I am an archaeologist and an authorized guide of the Campania Region. I obtained a bachelor's degree in Cultural Heritage, master’s degree in Classical Archaeology, and a Post-Graduate diploma in Archeological Heritage.

I have been an authorized guide of Campania Region since 2011 and I have also worked as an archaeologist all around the Mediterranean including: Populonia (Livorno, Italy), Paestum (Salerno, Italy), Olbia de Provence (Hyères, Var -France), Efestia (Lemnos, Greece), and Phaistos (Crete, Greece).

Since I was a child I loved the history of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and also the Art history of the Middle Ages. I live in Salerno, a characteristic seaside town located between the paradise-like Amalfi Coast and the charming Cilento.

I'm going to offer my knowledge in the art-historical and archaeological field for anyone who wants to understand and investigate the incredible richness of Campania.”

blog imageGWG: What is your personal favorite thing to do in your city/area? 

Roberto: “Walking into the ancient Greek and Roman cities of Pompeii, Paestum, and Herculaneum to discover the secrets of ancient daily life 2000 years ago.”

Some of Roberto’s tour offerings include an in-depth archeological tour of the ruins of Pompeii, an exploration of the historic center of Naples, and a relaxing tour of the beautiful Capri Island that includes a boat tour to marvel at the azure Mediterranean beauty of the area. 

blog imageGWG: How many days should guests spend in your city/area to experience most of it?

Roberto: “I would recommend about 5-6 days to properly experience the area.”

When visiting an area as rich in activities and history as Italy, it’s always a good idea to spend a few days truly getting a feel of the region. GoWithGuide features a large selection of half-day and full-day tours, and even longer duration options. 

blog imageGWG: In your opinion, what is the best kind of food a visitor should try if they visit your city/area?

Roberto: “It may sound like an obvious choice, but my top recommendation would be Neapolitan Pizza. If you haven’t enjoyed truly authentic Italian pizza, you’re missing out!”

There are obviously tons of places you can visit to enjoy true Neapolitan pizza, but some of our recommendations in Naples include gems such as Gino e Toto Sorbillo, Pizzeria Starita, and La Lazzara Trattoria. All these establishments pride themselves on making pizza following traditional methods, and all come highly rated. For an even more in-depth look at the rich food culture of Naples, check out our article that details the region’s best culinary delights

Pro-tip: Italians are extremely passionate about their pizza, so try not to offend them by trying to order something with pineapple on. 

blog imageGWG: Where should visitors go if they want to do some souvenir shopping?

Roberto: “While great shopping can be enjoyed all over Campania, I would recommend visiting the Amalfi Coast and Ravello if you’re looking for some unique souvenirs.”

Virtually all of our Italian tours take some time out of their schedule for a bit of shopping. Feel free to ask your private Italian tour guide for their recommendations of where to go and what to buy for that perfect gift. If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, we already have detailed shopping guides for several Italian cities for you to dive into right now, including Florence, Rome, Venice, and Pompeii/Naples

blog imageGWG: In terms of budget, how much should visitors set aside to enjoy their time in your city/area? (Excluding tour fees) 

Roberto: “I would say around 200 euros per day is a good amount to enjoy a comfortable holiday including shopping, great dining, and other activities.”

Obviously your exact budget will depend on how luxurious you are planning your tour to be, but feel free to reach out to any of our Italian private guides for help in figuring out your ideal range.
blog imageGWG: Are there any special or exclusive experiences visitors can only find in your city/area which you would recommend?

Roberto: “A private boat tour of the Amalfi Coast or a guided archaeological tour of Pompeii, Herculaneum, or Paestum.”

Immersing yourself in the ancient history of Italy, from the oldest Greek colonies to marvels of the Roman Empire is a fascinating experience. There are also numerous tours of renaissance structures and world renowned art museums. Feel free to browse through our extensive list of our artistics, cultural, and historic Italian tours.  

blog imageGWG: Are there any cultural norms or manners which visitors should be aware of when they visit?

Roberto: “When you speak to someone it’s a good idea to gesticulate like a real Italian.”

While somewhat in jest, being able to use Italian hand gestures while talking will certainly help you warm up to the locals. Funnily enough there are several guides and videos available to teach you how to do just this! Remember to keep those hands moving and you may even find yourself scoring a discount on your next Italian souvenir.  

blog imageGWG: Is there anything else about your area or your tour experiences that you would like to share with readers?

Roberto: “I collaborate with Slow Food (an international movement that strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages farming of plants, seeds, and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem). I can also organize custom tours to those who want to discover the authentic pleasures of wine and traditional food. Availability, preparation, and organization are my greatest battle horses to transmit the love that I feel for my country and its history.”

blog imageConclusion

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Roberto for taking the time to speak with us and give us an inside look at his tour offerings. Wherever in Italy you find yourself, GoWithGuide has you covered thanks to our large and well trained team of private tour guides. Remember, you can ask any guide to organize a custom experience tailored to your needs if you don’t find what you’re looking for immediately!

Now, what are you waiting for? The summer months will be here in the blink of an eye, and Italy will again be buzzing with the sounds of happy travelers. Book your spot today to avoid missing out!

Lazio Tour Guide - Alvise D.

Alvise D.

5.00 / 5
(2 reviews)

Ciao, I was born in Rome, I'm a proud Roman and I've spent all my 62 years in this wonderful city. I've been running my Fiat 500 vintage car tours experience for the past 8 years. It's the ONLY company in Rome offering this kind of FANTASTIC treat for experienced and discerning travellers. From your message and the information gathered from your website, I understand you wish to offer to your customers top quality and real local experiences far above usual touristic mass services. My promise: to show with passion to your customers the untold and true stories behind the historical Rome. There a quite a lot of spots and corners of Rome which are unknown to tourists and even to locals. Astounding places, off the-beaten-tracks, which wait to be discovered by discerning travellers, away from usual itineraries followed by big double-deck buses. I'm an enthusiast guide and I love passing my passion for Rome to customers that are not content of fast and dull tours. Narrations of each tour is custom made, according to the interest of each single customer. If your customers are searching for a unique, local, enthusiastic Italian experience, well, I'm definitely the right person in Rome. I'll lead them through the MAGIC of Rome aboard our vintage Fiat 500 cars and let them experiencing one of the best 5 tours of their life. The tours normally include foto shooting with customers cameras, and a creamy double expresso or cappuccino in a true local coffee bar. Happiness exists, make it happen! Alvise                                                                                                                                  

Sicilia Tour Guide - Vincenzo M.

Vincenzo M.


I am Vincenzo a Professional Volcanological Guide of Mount Etna, specialized in private tours to Mount Etna. The tours I propose are: - Hiking tours to Summit Craters of Mount Etna - Easy Walking tours - Etna Wine tasting - ATV - Quads tours - Shopping tours I am passionate of traveling, hiking and share my volcano knowledge with travelers visiting Sicily and Etna. I am a tour guide of Sicily since 2000, I speak fluent Italian, English, French, and Spanish, and I can communicate with people from different backgrounds and cultures. My tours are educative, but also fun and engaging. I like to interact with my guests and make them feel comfortable and welcome. To make my hiking excursions more authentic and memorable, I love to add some personal touches with an interesting storytelling. If you are looking for a local official Volcanological Guide, to visit Mount Etna I would be happy to assist you and make your visit to the volcano the highlight of your trip in Sicily.                                                                                                                                  

Campania Tour Guide - Roberta A.

Roberta A.

5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)

I've been a tour guide for 8 years, I graduated at the University of Naples Federico II in Archaeology and History of Art in 2015, then I passed the exam to get the licence as a guide, I love my region and my job !                                                                                                                                 

Milan Tour Guide - Valeriya K.

Valeriya K.


Greetings from Milan and Northern Italy ! I am Valeriya, a proud Milanese resident for 27 wonderful years. Originally from Ukraine, Milan has embraced me as its own, and I couldn't imagine calling any other place home. My journey began with a degree in Linguistic Sciences from the esteemed Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, igniting my passion for languages and all things Italian. For a decade now, I have been a licensed tourist guide, specializing in City Sightseeing tours, historical expeditions, and mouthwatering wine & food adventures across Northern Italy. From enchanting Lombardy to the captivating Veneto and Piedmont regions, I craft unforgettable journeys for my guests. Customized tours are my specialty, tailored to meet your every desire. Italy's vibrant culture, rich history, and mesmerizing art have stolen my heart. However, my deepest love lies with Italian cuisine – its flavors are a symphony of delight. Exploring, cooking, and indulging in the country's culinary wonders bring me immense joy. Beyond the city's charm, I find solace and thrill amidst Lombardy's breathtaking nature. The stunning Como and Maggiore lakes, along with the serene Valtellina area, are my cherished getaways. Additionally, my certification as an Italian Sommelier allows me to make the world of Italian wines accessible and enjoyable to all. Guiding you through Italy's captivating past, cultural gems, and exquisite flavors is an honor for me. I strive to ensure your experience is not only informative but also immensely enjoyable and fun. Fluent in English, Italian, and Ukrainian, seamless communication is guaranteed throughout our journey together. So, if you're eager to uncover the wonders of Milan and its surroundings, allow me to be your trusted guide. Together, we'll revel in the magic of Italy, savor its culinary masterpieces, and create cherished memories that will stay with you forever. Let the adventure begin!                                                                                                                                 

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