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Paolo Lenzi: Kid-Friendly Tour Guide in Rome:

A phenomenal kid-friendly walking tour guide can be the difference between successfully engaging children in the sights of a city or … not. We’ve recommended Paolo Lenzi to our clients and readers for years and it was fun to receive an email from Holly Schmidt asking to submit a review of his services. Here is what she said:

I’d like to submit a review for Paolo Lenzi, a tour guide in Rome who took our family through the Vatican in June. Paolo was outstanding with our children, ages 12, 10 and 7.

Family in Front of St Peters Rome Italy

The Schmidt family at the Vatican

He started our tour by taking us to a quiet spot in the gift shop and showing us in a book the most significant artwork we were about to view. He got down on his knees so he would be on the same level as our 7-year-old and described in excellent English some fascinating and funny stories about Michelangelo. When we finally then started touring the Vatican, we all knew a little something about what we were looking at and Paolo didn’t have to speak over the big, loud tour groups.

He also pointed out lots of quirky details that really kept the kids’ attention, such as the strange eyes on some of the statues or the underwear painted on to the figures on the wall at St. Peter’s because the Pope was upset that Michelangelo had made them all naked! He definitely knows how to relate to children and made what could have been a long, boring tour for the children into a highlight of our vacation. We highly recommend him!

Paolo Lenzi’s contact details:

+ 39 347 6473813/

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  • Just returned from a great trip to Italy we used Paolo Lenzi as our tour guide for 3 days in Rome. We were with our two boys ages 7 and 10 he was just lovely with us. Filled everyone with information, got the boys excited about seeing the Ruins and Churches. I would highly recommend his services!!!

  • We are a family of 5, 2 adults 3 children(7,9and 10). We will be in rome 01-7 and 02-07 would like to see and gain as much as possible from our trip. Thinking of a vatican and colosseum tour. Hope to hear from you very soon. Thank you!

  • Hi… we plan on being in Rome in July and have 2 kids ages 4 and 10. Would love more info on interesting sites and activities for them. We’ll be there for about a week. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  • Hi there, we will be visiting Rome next week (7/9 – 11/9) and would love some help on making the trip enjoyable for him. Thanks!

  • Hello!
    We just spent 4 hours with Paolo and he was WONDERFUL! He had tons of knowledge and stories to keep our kids interested (son 12 and daughter 9). We really enjoyed our time with him.
    Thank you so much for posting his information.

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