Last February 18 and 19, I had the great pleasure and joy to be guided through some of the most interesting sites of the region south of Napoli including part of that old city itself. Fabrizio met me as I stepped off the train in Napoli. Even though the train was late, he waited for me patiently without complaint. From then on he was at my side the whole time explaining interesting facts about the old city of Napoli. Our time was limited as I had arrived later in the afternoon than expected but he made the most of it, quickly discerning what my interests were and how to best adapt our time to our best advantage. We went from the most touristy sites like the museum to what may have been some of the least touristy sites like the small back rooms of some of the craftsman which were happy to show us what they were doing without any pressure to buy something (a nice contrast to some work places I have been showed by guides in other parts of the world). As things started closing down, Fabrizio guided me to a hotel he had recommended near his home in Vico Equesnse. It was the Aequa Hotel and the views of the bay were as attractive as the price for the room. The folks there were helpful and the room was as comfortable as the grounds were beautiful. The next morning we headed to Paestum. We stopped along the way at an organic water buffalo dairy and mozzarella cheese factory. We did not have time for a guided tour there but since Fabrizio was well acquainted, he showed me some of the high points himself. Since I an an organic farmer form Montana in America, I was very interested in the whole operation and again Fabrizio got me around to see things that I expect are not normally seen on the guided group tours which I really appreciated. From there we went to Paestum. I had been there once with a friend but to have a personal guide was like seeing the whole movie instead of just the previews as he was able to answer my numerous questions and put our visit to the site into a perspective and order that I had not experienced the first time. On the way to Pompeii, my hotel called Fabrizio to say I had left my i-phone in the room (how do you like that for personal service?!?) We had to backtrack a little to get the phone and decided to focus the rest of the day on sites I had not seen before instead of Pompeii this time. Fabrizio took me to 2 villas, one was still undergoing excavation and had no entrance fee. The other once belonged to the 2nd wife of Nero and was the most elaborate villa I had ever seen. The wall paintings in these 2 villas exceeded by far what I had seen a few years previously in Pompeii so I was quite happy with those tours. We had both places to ourselves as almost no one else was there so there was nothing to interrupt the magic of the movement as I imagined how life must have been there nearly 2000 years ago. Our last tour was through Herculaneum which I had read about but never visited. I also found it more interesting albeit not as big as Pompeii. Again Fabrizio was the perfect guide making sure I did not miss any corner of interest or clues of the past hidden in the mosaics and pictures found in the rooms of both public and private buildings. He was even able to get me into the bookshop with only 2 minutes to spare. It had already been closed but because of his good relationship with the owner, we were allowed in and I was able to pick up a book about the site. Fabrizio than took me back to the train station, making sure I had the right ticket and the right train to get me out of the city to where I wanted to go. If I could describe my experience with Fabrizio, I would say that he is , energetic, flexible, accommodating, knowledgeable and fun to be with. Out of 5 stars I would rate him at 6 and assure anyone thinking about contacting him that you will not be disappointed and will certainly have an excellent value for the money you spend.
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