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Oct022013

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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

Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable and passionate guide. As a History teacher, I lived through the guide's narratives (Natasha) - though we were not able to go into the Dome of the Sistine Chapel due to closing times, we did go through all of Raphael's rooms and had time in the Sistine Chapel to the digest the centuries worth of valuable art in the place. Highly recommended.

Oct022013

Tour/Activity

Papal Audience Ticket at Vatican City

Rome, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE. After reading all the reviews I thought it would be a great opportunity to see the Pope from a close distance. We were supposed to be there by 7:30 am as pickup would start half an hour before, yet we were picked up at 7:30 being one of the first guests to be collected. We then fought our way through busy rush hour morning traffic on a huge bus for only 10 people whilst we stopped in unauthorized places to collect other guests; after a heated discussion between the bus driver and a local policeman, we were lucky to not get a traffic ticket. In the end, Filippo, our "guide" mumbled through the busy streets something about ancient Rome, beautiful city, old stones and buildings. We then were taken to an outrageously overpriced souvenir shop and told that we would not have an opportunity to buy anything else anywhere else. In the end we were left abandoned in the middle of the square with no possibility of going into the seated area because our group arrived at the place at 09:30 - Filippo insisted that 3 buses had already left and we were arriving too late (!!!I' sorry, I'm not sure that this was our fault!!!) Having a party of 3 where one of the persons was a Senior person, I found it very distasteful that there was absolutely NO EFFORT to try and accommodate at least a chair for the older person or to even try to get us in to the area with seats - in the end we were told where to meet and Filippo simply left us there stranded to fend for ourselves. I was misguided to offer an early departure tour (07:30) and it was not our fault that the buses were running late! I feel shortchanged and lied to. I would NOT recommend this Tour Operator.

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  • Alexander Borgia's room
  • No chance of a close encounter

Sep302013

Tour/Activity

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Rome, Italy

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Of all the different companies offering Hop on Hop Off services, this is the WORST one!!!!! They have a waiting time of about 30 minutes, they have the fewest buses on offer - whilst Rome 110 had 3 buses stopping, This company had only 1. There were at least 3 other companies with more buses! By the time the buses arrived, they would be too full and no more people could hop on, thus leaving another 30 minute wait, so calculate about an hour worth of waiting if you take this company, I do NOT recommend them.

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