WELCOME TO LIZ LEV TOURS
It would probably shock you to discover that my first impression of Rome 30 years ago wasn't the best. After the orderly town of Bologna, Rome seemed noisy, crowded and dirty. But as I studied her art, learned her history and enjoyed many magical experiences, I grew to love the Eternal City so much that I moved here to stay.
I know Rome can be chaotic at times, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. As a guide, my mission is to make sure people don't leave with my mistaken first impression but to show them the city I love, why I love it and the special secrets that I have learned about it.
My team and I have different backgrounds (Italian, British, German and American) and at we have different perspectives but what we have in common is a passion to show you the best of Rome, the most wonderful city in the world!
MEET THE TEAM
Art Historian & Tour Guide
Elizabeth Lev is a transplanted US art historian with degrees from University of Chicago and University of Bologna. She has been working as a guide in Rome for over 20 years and teaching at Duquesne University’s Italian campus. She loves Rome, its history, art, cuisine and people and is happiest in its many churches and museums. Liz is the author of 4 books and has commented on art and the papacy for several television networks. Her latest project was hosting a radio show for BBC’s Heart and Soul on Leonardo da Vinci! She is also a certified sommelier, so cheers!
Executive Administrator & Booking Agent
Genevieve is an italophile originally from Cleveland, OH. She received her Bachelor's degree in History and Italian at the University of Notre Dame and went on to complete a Master's of Italian Studies at ND. Having lived, worked, and studied in Bologna, Siena, and Rome, Italy certainly stole a piece of her heart (and stomach). Genevieve's goal is to ensure that each and every client has the best experience possible while in Rome. By booking with Dr. Lev, you will have access to Genevieve's vast knowledge of things to do, places to eat, and where to stay in Rome! Book a tour and have Genevieve plan the rest of your trip in Rome and beyond!
Driver & Tour Advisor
Fabio Manduca has been hosting guests in his native Italy since the year 2000. Born in Rome, Fabio moved with his family in his youth to Toronto, Ontario where he attended junior high and high school.
Fully fluent in English and educated in the North American school system and way of life, he moved back to Rome, the city of his birth, in his late teens. There, he continued his education, receiving a diploma in Baroque architecture and ancient Roman history.
Today, Fabio operates a private limousine service, offering best-in-class private chauffeuring fueled by deep love for his country and understanding of its treasures.
Possessing the poise to deftly serve many VIPs – including American movie stars, Catholic Cardinals, and the daughters of Middle-Eastern Sultans – Fabio is equally at ease welcoming and serving anyone who possesses the desire to intimately experience a slice of Italian life.
Fabio never tires of providing his private service to guests, always keen to offer local secrets and insider amenities to improve the experience of those he serves.
DR. LEV'S COLLEAGUES
If Dr. Lev is unable to personally give you a tour due to schedule conflicts, Genevieve will be able to arrange a fabulous tour with one of Dr. Lev's colleagues!
Livia is known around town as the “Queen of Ostia” having bowled over princes, prelates, politicians and people with her love and knowledge of the ancient site. Livia has her Doctorate in archeology from La Sapienza and is exceptional at making the ancient stones come to life and recount the stories of the ancients who tread on them, the technique of the engineers who laid them and the world that circulated around them. She describes herself as, “Italian by birth, Archaeologist by education, and Tour Guide by a passion to share beauty”!
Gregory hails from providence Rhode Island and has lived in Rome for almost 30 years. He is an expert in Catholic history and liturgy and senior editor of the New Liturgical Movement. He is fluent in Latin and Greek and his prodigious memory never fails to wow all who know him. Greg does tours of the Jewish catacombs, In depth St. Peter’s tours and tours of all the major religious sites in Rome.
Ester is an archaeologist who has worked on projects in Italy, France and England. She graduated in Classics and Archaeology at Rome’s Sapienza’s University, where she continued in post graduate studies in medieval archaeology. With academic publications in Italy, Britain and the U.S.A., she has taught for John Cabot and Torvergata Universities in Rome. Ester Scoditti has been a tour guide there since appointed to the task by the Archaeological Superintendence of Rome in 1979, and she has written well known guidebooks on the Roman Forum, St Peter’s and the Vatican’s Extraordinary Jubilee. Ester is beloved by her colleagues for her unfailing kindness and her extraordinary generosity in sharing her otherworldly knowledge of the ins and outs of the Byzantine tour regulations in Rome!
Sara is an art historian with doctoral degrees in modern art history and classical antiquities. She is an expert on the statue collection of Pope Julius II, the founder of the Vatican Museums and her book on the subject is a point of reference world-wide. Caravaggio, however swept her off her feet, and she has recently published a book on his paintings in the church of St. Louis of the French. Sara has a special skill in taking serious historical research and turning it into fun, interesting insights for the general public. She has hosted programs on art for Italian television and is didactic consultant for the Vatican Museums, and is our resident art history celebrity!
“I have seen the ruins of Rome, the Vatican, St. Peter’s and all the miracles of ancient and modern art contained in the majestic city. The impression of it exceeds anything I have ever experienced in my travels...” (Percy Bysshe Shelley) Antje uses these words to explain her love for the Eternal City and why she has lived here since 1988. She studied history and art history at the first Roman university ‘La Sapienza’ and is an official art guide in the Vatican, Rome and all Italy.
She specializes in guided tours for children and she loves to share the unique beauty, variety and culture of the “Bel Paese” with visitors ! Antje has a special itinerary she has designed of the Appian Way as well.
Richard has lived in Rome for over 20 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in humanities from Middlesex University, and a master's degree in medieval and twentieth-century history from University College London. He has worked on the Smart History guides, and also loves Ostia Antica, but he also enjoys going to Tivoli, and Ancient Roman sites such as Caracalla, Trajan's Market and Ara Pacis Quarters such as Trastevere, parks such as the one of the aqueducts are part of his expertise, and he does a mean tour of the Unification of Italy and the defense of the Roman Republic of 1849! He can even lead a tour about Italian fascism and has no objection if you banish me to Cerveteri, Tarquinia or Castel Gandolfo for the day.
Francesca is an art historian with a degree from the University of Rome La Sapienza, and who lives in Rome, city she truly loves. Francesca is a member of the illustrious Barberini family that produced Pope Urban VIII, who consecrated and decorated the new St Peter’s Basilica. She spent several years cataloguing art religious buildings in central Italy, she began leading tours in Rome and surroundings. Her knowledge of art is, literally, encyclopedic! Although she leads tours of all the major sites in Rome, she loves leading tours in Roman palaces focusing on the way people use to live in the “Palazzi” and the way their collections of art where “used” in daily life, expressing the ideas of the family and is completing a book on the subject. She also loves leading tours in roman churches showing the way art has been the best medium to express deep ideas and concepts of their time. With Francesca, context is key!