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Oct032013

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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

We had a wonderful experience on this tour. I'm not sure I will spell her name right, but Susanna, our guide, was so pleasant and engaging. I have some back and knee issues and she was thoughtful and considerate, finding me an elevator when available, keeping the pace reasonable and constantly keeping an eye on how I was doing. She was full of information on all the treasures and wonders of the Vatican and The Basilica, sharing historical facts and many stories passed down through the ages. It was a day of light traffic in the Museum which made the day extraordinarily good, but skipping the line, getting started so early in the morning and being part of a small group enhanced the experience greatly. We really got ahead of the crowds and had many of the halls and rooms in The Museum to ourselves. Susanna was terrific in The Basilica as well. It was especially crowded at the The Pieta and The front of The Church as there was a Mass being conducted, but she assertively manouvered us through to a splendid view. The early morning, small group tour was definitely worth the price!

Oct022013

Tour/Activity

Rome Photography Walking Tour: Learn How to Take Professional Photos

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Marco was a great guide and good company. He shared many ways for me to better my technique and take photographs with greater impact. He is very knowledgeable about the area, sharing cheerful greetings to folks nearly everywhere we went. This adventure was one of my favorite activities in Rome and I would recommend it.

Oct012013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line Private Tour: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Art History Walking Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

What a wonderful day we had! Just my wife and I with Annalisa, The Closseum and ancient Rome! My wife has some back and knee issues and Lisa was able to adapt the walk to make it easier for her without sacrificing any of the quality of the tour. She has brilliant recall of large amounts of information about everything there is to see on this tour, and there is a lot! It is obvious that she loves Rome and its ancient sites and has spent a great deal of time learning the history of the city. I couldn't possibly tell you all the history she shared about The Colosseum,The Forum and Palatine Hill but I can tell you that she was animated, interesting, engaging and able to answer any question we had about the area. There is a lot to see on this tour and the experience could not have been the same with a large group of people, or wasting the day standing in line. Most importantly, I don't know that it would have been as great an experience with another guide. I'm sure all the guides are good, but I don't think any other guide could be more kind or more in love with her subject and eager to share its history. Thank you Lisa for an unforgettable experience!

Sep292013

Tour/Activity

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

There was nothing wrong with this tour. It is what it is, a bus driving a circuit through the high traffic areas of Rome with recorded, language specific commentary. The open air section of the bus is great for taking pictures, but get to the pick up stop early in the morning to get a good seat. There is a lot of walking in Rome and this tour stops at 8 of the most highly traveled piazzas or a few blocks from them. After the early morning the lines to catch the bus to the next location were very long and hardly ever in the shade. Sometimes there is no room and you must wait for another bus. This is a great first time overview of Rome, but it doesn't make Rome accessible or save you walking. If you are not staying near Termini and cannot get an early morning bus and do the entire circuit at on one ride I don't think it is a very good option. Taxi or bus yourself to where you want to go and see Rome! Don't waste precious time using this as transportation.

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