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Aug032011

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Rome Departure Shuttle Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

On time. Pleasant helpful driver took us right to our gate. No problems.

Aug022011

Tour/Activity

Ancient Rome Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our guide, Maria, was interesting in the information she shared without pushing us into information overload. She shared modern local tidbits along with easy to understand ancient facts and lore. She kept us moving at a good pace. The tour took a little longer than expected and because it was August, we were hot and tired, but Maria made it an afternoon that is worth repeating.

Aug012011

Tour/Activity

Time Elevator Rome 3-D Movie and Simulated Ride

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Don't expect special glasses for a regular 3-D movie; the 3-D is three screens at different angles. The simulator itself makes quite a bit of noise. The information and video ( and the simulator movements) made it enjoyable for kids and adults alike. It was an interesting perspective to get the feel for the history of Rome. Easy yet memorable. Certainly worth it for families.

Aug012011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

It is more than worth it to skip the line. (It looked like it would have been many hours to get in if waiting in the regular line.) VERY crowded. Our guide went into more detail for many paintings and statues than most of us wanted or needed. There was another long line if you wanted to climb up into the dome. The Sistine Chapel was cool but packed wall to wall with bodies and then it was difficult to hear the tour guide because of the need to keep a respectful silence.

Jul262011

Tour/Activity

5-Day Italy Trip: Florence, Pisa and Venice

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The tour guide up to Florence and the local Florence guide were hard to understand and we felt rushed. The area around the statue of David was so crowded, we could not hear or understand most of what the guide was saying. Our lunch was pleasant and the shopping is great. The hotel in Florence and Venice were clean, comfortable, and the staff pleasant and helpful. Our local guide in Pisa was young and fun and shared many interesting "curiosities" and fun stories. If you want to go up in the Leaning Tower, you have to book that ahead of time. We were not told this until we were there. Though trains/stations in Italy are easy enough to get around, you will have to figure out what you are doing on your own as no one from the tour is there to help you. The itinerary said someone would meet us at the Venice train station, but there was no one. Luckily we were very near the hotel and locals were nice enough to point us in the right direction. Our local gude in Venice was interesting. It was definitely worth going in the morning as it is very crowded by around noon. A free trip to the Murano glass factory was included and definitely worth the trip. Excellent show of working with glass by master George and our guide was fun and shared many interesting things with our group.

Jul252011

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Shannon was a great tour guide. Interesting, fun, well worth the trip. The bones were awesome, totally cool.

Jul242011

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Cooking Lesson in Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fabio (our chef) was great. We learned. We had fun. We ate really good food that we made ourselves. l would take this class again and again if I could.

Jul232011

Tour/Activity

Best of Rome Walking Tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Interesting but a little more information than our brains could absorb.

Jul222011

Tour/Activity

Rome by Night Tour Including Dinner

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Relaxing ride with some really good photo ops. Tasty dinner and good company.

Jul212011

Tour/Activity

Rome Arrival Shuttle Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Rome, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Awful experience. They could not find our name in the system (although they had us listed for our return to the airport). They looked and called people for 30 minutes then said to come back in an hour. Still nothing. Come back in another 30 minutes. Finally, they found out they had us listed under a totally different name. The driver was not rude but certainly not friendly. One stop took 20 minutes because there was some misunderstanding about whether or not a passenger had already paid. It took an hour and 45 minutes to get from the airport to the hotel. It was a miserable experience after our long flight.

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