Wow! One of the best tours of the trip! Mateo (Matt) did a great job guiding us around on this very beautiful and educational tour. From a few highlights of Rome - we were quickly out of the "city" and into what felt like open countryside. Matt was great with everything from safety tips to area orientation and information. We did a side tour of St. Sebastion's catacombs and it was great as well. The highlight of the tour is stopping at a local farm and sampling the local cheese made of sheep milk - fantastic! This was just the break from the crowds you need if you are there seeing Rome's busy highlights!
JEANETTE IS THE BEST!!!! She is truly passionate about the subject matter and her knowledge of art history is fascinating!!! On top of it she has a lovely personality. She really made this tour great!!! Our tour was on a cold, rainy day...appropriate for catacombs! The catacombs, aquaducts, and Apian Way are amazing in and of themselves, but having Jeanette as the tour guide was what made this a once in a lifetime experience!!!
Good opportunity to see the catacombs, aqueducts and the Appian way. Outer tour guide, Inger, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was a great time to see a little bit of the Roman countryside.
This tour was fantastic! I highly recommend it! Catacombs! Wonderful multi layered San Clemente! And to top it all off, the amazing bone displays of the Capuchin monks, with the right amount of time spent at each stop! I wondered why it was called a "Walking Tour," but was relieved to learn we started on a bus and were bussed between each of the three sights. Our guide was wonderful, I am sorry I have forgotten her name.
The catacombs were amazing. This tour did not have headsets so it was difficult and often impossible to hear our tour leader. Also she spoke several languages. We were to be in an English only tour, but she spoke more Spanish and German than English. This was disappointing, but the catacombs themselves were very worthwhile.
Doing what: Christian Rome Afternoon Tour
Our tour was Thursday Oct 17, 2013. The best part was seeing the ancient aqueduct system. That was an amazing part of the tour and for sure the best part. It was nice to get out of the busy busy Roman center of the city and see the country side. We enjoyed walking on the ancient Appian way. The catacombs have no actual graves or tombs to see that I could figure out from the tour guide. It is just the empty open system where the bodies had been placed. All the graves/bones have been removed from the first level where the tour is held. We were told that the lower levels did have actual graves. Our English tour was shared with a German group and separate headsets with earphones were not provided. It was difficult to hear the English guide when the German guide was talking especially with the bus motor and traffic sounds... Individualized language earphones would greatly improve this tour, as well as more talking and history sharing. ( We rode back into the city from the aqueducts with no guide talking or history sharing what so ever)
Daniella was knowledgeable and very nice. The group size was too large to adequately benefit and was disappointed to miss some of her commentary as we didn't all fit into rooms at the crypt and catacombs. This could've been somewhat overcome if there were headsets used, but smaller group size, like 15 (max) would be better. The tour group was great.
I thought the tour was decent - the catacombs were cool but unfortunately all of the actual bones have been taken out so it was not as great as I would have imagined. Overall I would say the tour is worth doing if you have extra time in Rome but not a must.
We had a great time. Our tour guide, Georgia, was friendly and very knowledgeable. We were impressed by the catacombs and the aqueducts.
Great!! Frederico was absolutely amazing and made this trip a highlight of our family vacation. Just with the catacombs tour guide waited for the groups and took more time. That depends on getting a good tour guide though by chance. We felt very rushed and missed some info. Bike Tour guides were great though!
Excellent tour learning the history of crypts and catacombs; Great tour guides; very informative and knowledgeable; highly recommend
A great tour. The guide was very nice and professional, no problem meeting up with the tour, etc.
The crypts and catacombs both were very interesting and definitely a different way to see Rome.
This is a great tour to get out of the city for a bit. The catacombs are remarkable and our guide, while American, was fluent in the language and history of the area. Bus was comfortable and air conditioned.
We completed the Vatican tours and then had a 2 hour break before embarking for the catacombs which takes you to 3 separate sites in Rome and just outside of the city. After the grandeur of St Peters it was the turn of the intimacy of the catacombs and buried Rome to amaze. We had an American guy from California provided again by Dark Rome Tours I think Nick was his name but he was great, entertaining, displayed deep knowledge of his subject was patient with peoples pace and provided a lot of laughs. Great tour
This tour offered us a pleasant half day away from the hustle and bustle of Rome. It was nice to see a bit of the Roman countryside and to experience some very important pieces of Roman history. We were fascinated by the aqueducts and our tour guide did a great job of explaining the significance of these structures. We also enjoyed seeing the ancient Appian Way and the catacombs. If you have an extra day in Rome and are looking for a little slower pace, I would highly recommend this tour.
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