Mara was such an amazing tour guide and a native Roman! Not only is she very knowledgeable she was also very considerate-making she were were comfortable in the intense July heat. She made sure our stops were in shade as well as making sure we had enough water. Mara would show us pictures of what the ruins looked like before they were decimated to give us a sense of its grandeur at the height of the Roman Empire. Both parts of the tour were amazing, especially being able to access the underground in the Colosseum. It was surreal to stand where the gladiators/slaves/animals were once held before they went out to fight. The tour was very educational in so many aspects and I had a greater sense of appreciation of the hallowed grounds I was walking. I highly recommend!