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Jul202012

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Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

My nephew and I fully enjoyed the tour of Pompeii. However, with a forced lunch stop, 2 bathroom/tourist shop stops and the climb up Mount Vesuvius, it made for a long day. Both of us would have preferred to have seen more of the ruins of Pompeii, especially if that meant cutting out the mountain climb, long lunch, and tourist shop stops! ***Note - wear closed-toe, comfortable climbing shoes for the mountain climb. It is rocky and strenuous!*** Another huge disappointment was that neither tour guide (two groups were together on the same bus) could recommend a good place to get authentic Italian food for dinner where our bus dropped us off. Their only suggestion was Hard Rock Cafe - not what we wanted in Rome and we weren't familiar with the area! Since their responsibilities were few during the trip (A different guide took us around the Pompeii ruins and they disappeared while the group climbed the mountain - didn't go with us. All they did was round people up at the various stops and tell short little history stories for about 10 minutes while on the bus.), I felt that the least they could have done was to have suggestions on hand for a good Italian dinner stop near the drop off area. They must get asked this quite frequently! All in all, we enjoyed the trip, but were sad to have an entire day of our trip taken up with extras that didn't seem necessary.

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Jul192012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This tour was fantastic. Our tour guide, Illeada (sp? She said it sounded like Hillary), was very knowledgeable and full of stories and information. The sites are awe-inspiring, of course, and saving time because we didn't have to stand in line for hours was priceless! I highly recommend this tour and commend Illeada for a job well done!

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Jul182012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is the best tour we had while visiting Rome! Our tour guide, Suzanna, was enthusiastic, welcoming, inclusive, and just all-in-all fantastic! Both my nephew and I enjoyed the entire tour and we learned so much. Suzanna was open to questions and happy to help with any needs we had (including everything from scrambling to help some parents in our group who lost a child to offering to take pictures of groups so they could all be in them)! I cannot recommend this tour and Suzanna enough - do it! Without the guide, walking around the Colosseum and Ancient Rome would not have been nearly as enjoyable and would not have had the same impact. Take this tour - you won't be sorry!

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