Afternoon tour with Estella – best most informed tour guide of our Rome vacation. She was well educated in Art and Architecture. Best of Rome Walking Tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain, Product Booking Number: 50487920 Rome had a heat wave that week and I almost passed this afternoon tour. Glad I didn’t because it was fantastic. Estella chose a route completely in the shade where the breeze kept us cool. Estella took us to the Spanish steps and the Fountain of the ugly Boat buit by Bernini, explaining the history of the Spanish Steps. Above is the Chiesa Trinity dei Monti. And down the street is a column called of the Immaculate featuring 4 religious statues including Moses with Horns, Then we wandered past an Arts Academy to the Trevi fountain where Estell appointed out the different featured baas reliefs. We then recharged with a cold drink and rest inside an air conditioned galleria. Continuing on we entered the San Luigi de Francesci Church to view several Carraviago’s. You had to pay a euro to keep the lights on for 30 seconds, including the Calling of St. Matthew and St. Matthew and the Angel. We also saw the parliament building piazza de montecitorio (obelisk), Piazza Novano with Bernini fountains and huge plaza formerly nero’s chariot racetrack, piazza colona – spiraling roman campaigns down a column, Temple Ariano with enormous ancient columns intact from 70 AD, apiazza Quirinale (courthouse crammed with Police and paramilitary) and the Pantheon – which stunned me with its size and the marble floors, sloping floor drains, paintings, frescoes. All, incredible ancient architecture. An American chorale group flash mob started singing hymns as the crowd cheered a seagull circling just below the occulus, dashing in and out of rays of sunlight trying to fly out of the dome. The whole experience was the best memory of Rome. Sadly, the tour ended in Campo di Fiori where we bid farewell to Estella and tipped her efforts. Then, back to the hotel.
This tour is a great way to see Central Rome from the street. Our guide--Francesca--was an art historian and she was able to give us an excellent interpretation of what we were viewing. This is a walking tour so make sure to bring comfortable shoes as you will cover quite a bit of distance by the time it is over. I am glad that I booked this tour vs. a hop-on and hop-off tour since Francesca gave us much more information and context then we would have received on a drive-by. This tour was the highlight of our time in Rome.
This is the perfect tour to do on your first or second day in Rome...a great way to become familiar with the city and all the highlights. We really lucked out and a large group didn't show up so it there were only three of us on the tour with Antonia. She was so informative and spoke amazing English. We learned so much about the city and found ourselves recounting the tour and retracing our steps as we navigated through the city during the rest of our stay. This tour is perfect for people of all ages...I highly recommend it for first-time visitors!
The tour guide was wonderful. Loved her stories and enthusiasm. She was energetic and fun.
She also helped us by recommending restaurants in Rome. We enjoyed this tour immensely, and It heightened our overall experience.
Our tour guide from Dark Rome was Michaelangela and she did an amazing job providing the history of every area that we walked. We highly recommend this tour as a great way to learn about the history of Rome and see these important sights. The walk is at an easy pace so it is easy for any age to enjoy!
Franchesca was energenic, knowledgable and made this tour very enjoyable.
Wish I could rate this tour, but we got on the wrong train from Assisi to Rome and we missed it , but we made our Vatican tour and it was wonderful!
Wish I could rate this tour, but missed t due to getting on the wrong train in Assisi causing us to miss it. The Vatican tour we took the next day was the best!
We had originally signed up for a Hop On-Hop Off bus tour, and were given the chance to get a refund because of some changes in your schedule; we were very happy with this walking tour as a replacement and were able to see the highlights during the walking tour. Rome was very crowded that day and somewhat rainy, but it was a wonderful experience. The guide spoke English very well and answered questions from the group.
The tour included all the places listed and was made entertaining by our guide, Marina. Her knowledge of Italian history, the city of Rome, and art history enhanced the tour.
Very interesting and informative. Guide very knowledgeable.
Great tour, Francesca was fantastic, full of great facts and stories of everyplace we visited. Nice pace to the walk, plenty of opportunities to rest if needed.
The tour guide was very informative, funny, and spoke great English. We went on Dec. 29, 2012 and the streets of Rome were packed, but we were able to get through the crowds and see everything this tour offers. It did get dark around 4:15 but the streets of Rome were so beautiful we didn't mind it.
Great tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Loved having the radios so we could always hear and understand what the tour guide was saying.
It was excellent. I loved the background of the sights. I forget his name but our guide was excellent. He was very helpful with information about Rome.
Rome is wonderful and using Viator was the best thing we could have done. The guide was great and gave us an incredible amount of information.
great tour. It was a relaxed pace and we saw a lot of Rome. The free tea,coffee or gelato was an added treat
The guide was really great. She knew the city well and knew lots of facts and history. It was a nice walk through the city. The one ear head set is great for that kind of tour, you don't have to be next to your guide to hear her. Excellent tour!
Wonderful tour of the City. What an experience. Enjoyed every minute. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
All tours were great. Somewhat hard to find tour guide in a strange place. Need a sign on a stick or something. Not a complaint just a suggestion. Thank you for a job well done. Note: still waiting for a promised 30 o/o rebate for the no show tour guide
Excellent walking tour!! This was booked with Dark Rome tours and our guide ,Francesca, was fantastic!! Local lady ,good english skille and really knew her stuff.Provided good knowledge and a fun day. These areas are very crowded but she got us through everything. FYI watch your wallets and purses in these areas.Lots of pickpockets. Our group had no problems but we talked to others that di.