As I am disabled, and my husband made Viator aware of this, we found some things excellent such as Viator's guides punctuality, their disregarding my physical limitations whilst engaging me in intelligent conversation, involving me in their choices for the day such as restroom facilities, where and when lunch and pick up would occur.
However, on the negative side, the coach was very difficult for me to step up into and I would like to see better training for ALL coach drivers and Tour operators to assist persons with limited mobility to see and experience the same things that their able bodied tour companions enjoy.
The excursion to Hadrian's Villa was a highlight of my stay in Rome as I have travelled extensively in the North of England and have experienced Hadrian's Wall from a UK perspective. On the day we toured Hadrian's Villa and grounds the sun was shining and after the constant noise and furious traffic bedlam of Rome, the silence of these marvellous and only partially excavated ruins was bliss to my aching ears.
Towards the end of the tour of which I was able to complete 90% I opted to break off from the tour group and waited patiently for their return. I chose to sit under the warm and wispy embrace of an old gnarled olive tree, silently observing the ruins of what had once been a truly opulent and luxurious lifestyle. Small gusts of warm air rippled my hair as I sat quietly as I let my mind drift to a place and time when Hadrian ruled, not just Italy, not just Rome but the area of the Mediterranean right through to the United Kingdom.
I'm not sure just how long I was alone on that sandy pathway. It was a truly wonderful time.
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