Pompei and the volcano were remarkable. The reason I did not give this tour 5 stars is because of the guide. Another person on the tour told my partner and I that we were supposed to meet the group in our meeting place 15 minutes later than we were supposed to after our free time. So we arrived 10 min late. Maria along with the rest of the group were no where to be found. My partner and I thought we were stranded in Pompei (we were staying in rome). Luckily, the local guide saw us on the street and called the other guide on our tour (the group was 50 people so there were two main guides). I forgot the other guides name but she came to get us and brought us back to the group.
AM Tour Guide Natasha... Extremely knowledgeable. The Roman Forum and the Colosseum absolutely incredible.
PM Tour Guide: Bruno.. Seemed like he did not want to be there or cared about us doing it. Like the Tuscany tour, there seemed to be many filler activities in this half of the tour. For example we got 20 min of free time but then went to a cafe for a drink? Yet, we spent maybe 5 minutes at most at the Pantheon. Most people on the tour would rather have spent more time at the Pantheon and foregone the "drink"
Overall, I highly recommend the AM tour but would not recommend the PM tour
We went on 5 tours during our stay in Rome. Most of the tours were exceptional and this one was no different. Angelica was very knowledgeable on the city of Rome and Florence. She was also extremely friendly which was a huge plus. She even explained what type of people to avoid in large crowds (i.e. pickpockets) Florence was remarkable!!!
This was our first tour and we were nervous on what to expect from all the upcoming tours. Let me tell you Igor really set the bar high. He was very knowledgeable on the Vatican. It did not hurt that he was an art history major in college.
I am not a very religious person so was concerned that I would not enjoy the Vatican..was I wrong. The combination of all the artwork along with the statues was truly remarkable. And the sisteenth chapel.. Breathtaking
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