We four Australians visited Pompeii and Herculaneum on Wednesday 5 October 2016. Our driver had arranged Ilaria as our guide – and introduced her as “the queen of guides”. The accolade was well deserved. Ilaria was indeed, patient, extremely knowledgeable (no question stumped her) and passionate in her enthousiasm. Read up a little before hand, and make the most of a rare opportunity to be shown around by an expert who knows, cares and can explain in depth. Bravo Ilaria.
We found Ilaria by looking through reviews on TripAdvisor. And all the rave reviews were spot on! We toured Pompeii and Heraculum with Ilaria and she brought such insight into the history and the social structure and lives of the people who lived here 2000 years ago. She managed to keep us away from some of the more crowded streets/buildings and Pompeii can be VERY crowded. Worth the splurge to have a private guide to really experience this historical and fascinating site. And Ilaria is the best. Excellent English also.
We were in Naples and Sorrento, Italy, in September and had the extreme good fortune to discover Ilaria Montuori (firstname.lastname@example.org). She spent the morning with us at Pompeii, and the afternoon along the Amalfi Coast. Ilaria is extremely knowledgeable about the area, its history, and the various local relationships that guided some of its history. She made the time in Pompeii very educational and fun, and was an expert in all that had happened in Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. She also went seriously beyond the call of duty when she spotted a flaw in our planning for the following day, with which she was not even involved. We had misunderstood the details of a boat ride and tour of Capri; Ilaria saw the mistake before we even knew we’d made it, contacted the boat captain and straightened it out, and rearranged our tour to meet our original expectations. Ilaria has 17 years experience as a guide, is a native of Naples, and runs her own business. I highly recommend her services to anyone looking for great personality, comprehensive local knowledge, and outstanding professionalism.
Visited Italy on a 21 day tour of Italy, North to South, West to East, returning on Nov 1st.. We customized our small group/independent tour with Sorrento Tour Guide who arranged all tours. Of these groups, Sorrento Tour Guides was found to be OUTSTANDING. As a History buff, I look to the granular, not simply the summary overview, of historic places and events. This said, I review hard in the guide area. Thus Ilaria, who we had in Pestum, and colleagues over the next few days in Pompeii & Herculenium, were all OUTSTANDING! Rating based on Knowledgeable, Interactive Skills, Communication and Group/Client attentiveness, Sorrento Tours was EXCELLENT. All sites seen with them provided education, relaxation, great dialog and client concern for pace, tempo, slowest guest, nature calls and shopping time. . Our driver Antonio was very accommodating while providing local, driving and Italian auto input. I MOST HIGHY recommend Ilaria and anyone of her guides utilized during our visit. Hopefully I’ll be using them again in the near future.
After meeting our Sorrento Tour guide Ilaria for the first time years ago, my company decided to use her and her colleagues for our affluent guest participants of our “Taste of Life” Food & Wine collection. She shares local ideas and makes recommendations that enrich our clients experience. We use Sorrento Tour guide several times a year, and are pleased with the innovative suggestions to continue to improve our guests experiences.
We have come to rely and trust Ilaria for all our clients in southern Italy.
My wife and I together with two other couples had booked to stay five days based in Naples. I wanted to find a tourguide to take the six of us on private day tours around the area and found Sorrento tour Guide online. Ilaria was very responsive to my emails and we booked four tours, namely (a) Capri, (b) Amalfi coast to Amalfi and Ravello, (c) Herculaneum and Pompeii, and (d) city tour of Naples. Ilaria was a wonderful guide – professional, charming, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Naples and the historic sites, she gave us just the right amount of information without overloading us. And Antonino the driver was equally charming and an expert driver in the comfortable Mercedes 6-seater people-carrier. It was a pleasure to be with them and I would recommend them highly. Thank you, Ilaria and Tonino!
Antonio collected us from Naples Train Station to take us to our Sorrento hotel. From the outset, we were charmed by his warm personality, professionalism and friendliness. He can converse well in English, but also allowed me to practise my Italian, responding in whichever language we used. He is very knowledgeable about his region and was kind enough to stop en route, unprompted, to take photographs of us with the beautiful Bay of Naples as a backdrop.
Neapolitan melodies were playing quietly on the CD Player; we sang along to the ones we knew -Funiculi Funicula, Torna a Surriento etc.,and Antonio joined in, making the already pleasant journey even more enjoyable.
Take a tour with Antonio and you won’t be disappointed. Highly Recommended.
A group of four of us took a tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum with Ilaria Montuori in mid-April 2017 and it was a complete joy from start to finish. Apart from clearly being very knowledgeable, Ilaria is also a lovely person to be with and it soon felt as though she were just another friend in our group (one who just happens to be an expert historian).
It was such an advantage to be taken away from the hordes of people and to find ourselves in brilliant locations but pretty much on our own. Of course, there were times when we had to be part of the crowd because certain things are unmissable, but Ilaria used her judgement to avoid the hustle and bustle whenever possible.
It’s obvious that she cares a lot about the sites we visited and on more than one occasion she gently but firmly told off other tourists for not behaving appropriately (leaning on frescoes, using flash photography, that sort of thing). But in no way is she stuffy and uptight, far from it, she’s relaxed, has a sense of humour and her English is excellent.
Deciding to hire a guide undoubtedly made our visits to these spectacular places so much richer than if we’d relied on our own research and guide books. It left us free to enjoy our surroundings while listening to a seemingly inexhaustible supply of information from Ilaria, who also welcomed our questions and queries. What a luxury.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ilaria to anyone considering hiring a guide to Pompeii and/or Herculaneum.
We originally booked tours for Pompeii and Capri before arriving in Italy. After our first day with Ilaria and Antonio we asked if they were available for a third day to take us to The Amalfi Coast. They are both wonderful. Antonio is a wonderful person and great and very accommodating driver. Ilaria is very knowledgable, friendly and accomodating. We hope to stay in touch and would recommend them to anyone visiting. The private tours are the only way to see Italy.
One of the absolute highlights of our recent trip to Italy – Ilaria is a wealth of knowledge, and an excellent guide with which to visit the ruins of Pompei. Many times on our tour, although there were still many large bus groups there, we found ourselves in key locations having them all to ourselves. She is an expert on this site, and really brought it to life for us with her knowledge, humor, and eagerness to answer and discuss any question we offered. We felt incredibly fortunate that she was available, and it really made our visit to Pompei unforgettable.
We also spent much of the day with our driver Antonio, who was wonderful. Great trip to Sorrento and Positano – we felt like we were with friends. I would highly recommend Ilaria and Sorrento Tour Guide -it is one of the best guided travel experiences we’ve had.
I never write reviews, but this deserves an exception. Doing a
private tour with my small family group, some of who had never been
to Italy, was by far the right choice compared to the larger group
tours I had done before. The quality of the experience was
spectacular. It could not have been any better. Ilaria was superb in
every way. She was very friendly and a complete professional with the
passion and knowledge one can only hope to find in a guide that makes
the whole experience unforgettable. She was able to answer all our
many questions and took care of us right down to recommending a
restaurant. Antonio, our driver was wonderful as well. If you are
looking for a tour of the area, look no further and book with Ilaria.
You will be very happy you did.
An incredible experience, ilaria was energetic, extremely knowledgeable, personable and fun. She had a complete understanding of Pompeii, the history, culture and people. It was money well spent!
Ho viaggiato un sacco di volte, ma questa é stata la prima volta che venivo accolto da personale molto competente ed educato, sono sicuro che andro di nuovo con la mia famiglia per un altra avventura….