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Sep042013

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Papal Audience Tickets and Presentation

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

If you plan to do a Papal audience, we recommend doing it with this tour, rather than booking it on your own. Think of 60-80 thousand people trying to cram into St. Peter's Square and you not knowing where to be. Our tour guide had us seated in a strategic position where we saw Pope Francis at least 3 times as he cruised around in the PopeMobile. Our tour guide also kept us occupied for nearly 2 hours with history and Q and A as we awaited the beginning of the ceremony. The ceremony itself dragged on in multiple languages, but if you plan to do an audience, this tour is a must.

Sep042013

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The tour guide was knowledgeable and personable, but, for our taste, there was too much emphasis on the Vatican Museums and not enough on the Sistine and St. Peter's. We would have preferred 1 hour in the museum, 1 hour in St. Peter's, and 30 minutes of the Sistine. Worth doing, but you may want to consider another tour if you aren't a major art lover. This tour is perfect for art-focused tour-goers.

Sep032013

Tour/Activity

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

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We LOVED this tour and our tour guide, Maurizio! We learned a lot about the history and architecture of the Colosseum within the context of the the personalities and societal norms of the time. The guide was organized and had entrance tickets delivered to him before we got to the gate, so no waiting for entry. The group size was the perfect size to keep up together and able to ask questions directly along the way.

The second part of the tour was the Forum, which was also interesting. Maurizio did a great job covering the highlights without a lot of walking, then walked us up Pallatine Hill to the old Palace, which was fantastic.

We highly recommend this tour!

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