Private tours with a local guide
"Without Chiara’s assistance our trip to Rome would not have been the same."
- Dean Kimball
"If we ever make it back to Rome, we will not go anywhere without consulting Chiara."
-Scott and Leslie
"She made what would have been a totally overwhelming trip into one that was relaxed, simple, fun and educational"

Ciao, and welcome to Born&Bred in Rome!

My name is Chiara Mataloni, and I’ll be your guide for all the tours listed here.

I started out as a professional tourist guide after my PhD in Art History. I knew that a passion for food, a love of walking and a knack for talking had to intersect somewhere, and this job was definitely the sweet spot. I got my license in 2009 and I haven’t stopped since then. On any given day, you’ll find me going back and forth around the city with my clients, just as likely to be describing an incredible work of art as I am discussing the intricacies of Roman cuisine or the latest trendy gelateria around the corner.


  • We asked her a LOT of questions, and she was always ready with an in-depth answer. She has an obvious passion for Italy's art, history, archaeology, and culture, and an unflagging enthusiasm. It was beastly hot during our tour days and yet we never really felt the heat because she kept us thoroughly engaged and focused on the beautiful sites we visited. My only regret is that we could not bring her along with us for the rest of our Italy trip.  We love you Chiara, and hope to see you again someday!

    Patricia M Ancient Rome
  • She is extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. I enjoyed the tours tremendously. Chiara talks about the ancient Romans and brings them alive for you. She was very patient with her jet lagged travelers and offered cappuccino breaks during which she pulled out her notebook of pictures to teach us about what we were going to be seeing. Chiara is a gold standard to use in evaluating all other tour guides. She arranged for a driver to pick us up from our lodging the second morning of our tour.

    Laura Krug Vatican
  • Chiara is a genuine expert in art history but more importantly she knows how to help you "see" in a new and deeper way. We were delighted by her ability to put the art or architecture in the context of the time and the artists work. She was also great to spend time with--in our case two mornings. She is fun and communicates well about arrangements as well as what we were experiencing. She is worth whatever it costs to engage her. Wonderful!

    Patti Patrizi Around Rome
  • This was the third tour we had with Chiara and it was just as enjoyable and informative as the others. I can't say enough about how knowledgeable and passionate she is about her work. She helped us navigate the Vatican Museum amidst the crowds. She never rushed us through any of the exhibits, letting us spend as much time as we wanted at each place. Would highly recommend her for this and any of her other tours. She made us feel like family and provided us with excellent restaurant recommendations.

    MJ Vatican
  • The tour with Chiara exceeded our expectations. We spent a half day touring parts of Rome, visiting various sites including the Pantheon. Chiara was informative, engaging and enthusiastic. She has a lovely, warm personality so it was a pleasure to spend time with her. When we visit Rome in the future I would definitely book tours with her again and I will be recommending her to friends and family.

    Linda and Richard Around Rome


Please contact me at upper link or the form on the right side specifying:

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– dates of your stay in Rome

– if it’s the first time in Rome or not

– any other information you think can help in tailoring the tour around you

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