A rare thing, our guide was genuinely passionate about her charge. I found it very interesting in itself to hear a modern - day Roman's view when introduced to some of the greatest landmarks in history. Its also a boon to get photo opportunity breaks as you proceed through the various parts of the tour.
Also appreciated was a heads up on how to spot a good place to eat and avoiding becoming victims of tactics used by "photo opportunity gladiators". These costumed frailties hawk around the entrance to the Collosseum one looked like he'd been around since God was a boy. You are given a receiver with a earpiece at the start, you could plug your own headphones in if they're more comfortable standard jack socket and the guide has a microphone transmitting her tour. Now this is well thought out as the usual long thin line can all hear the guide regardless of stopping to look twice or snapping a crafty photo on the go. The receiver has a neck strap so both hands are free. alatine Hill followed and this has great views which means climbing. You need good walking shoes for this tour. Bring an empty bottle as there are fountains along the way at which you can refill. And down to the Forum where you learn about the shear spectrum of the Roman Empire. You can see the digs in situ as you pass. It is probably one of the BEST days I've had in years. Bring a camera and make sure you have the name of a good restaurant for afterwards. Excellent!