This tour is somewhere around 3.5 stars. Rome is fantastic, of course. But there is so much to do that it's hard to fit it all in so you can really absorb it all. That's not the tour's fault, of course, but what brought the tour down a notch was that the driver, Carlo, really left it up to us to dictate our schedule. I feel like we saw 90 of what we wanted but we also did our homework beforehand and also had internet on our phones so we could research things on the fly. I can definitely see why some people might be upset if they had not planned ahead and had a driver who was just that, a driver. Carlo made a few suggestions but he definitely was not a tour guide just like the paperwork mentions. If you're going to just be a car service and not a tour, it'd be better if you made that much more clear and have the driver map out your path with you before you begin.
We had a private driver who knew Rime quite well. We purchased tickets to the Vatican Museum and Collusium in advance which helped us skip the lines. Our visits to certain areas was short, but that was the only way we could see and make all the stops we wanted to see most of Rome. Our driver recommended a great Authentic Italian restaurant with homemade pasta on the menu. It was a great day!
It was awesome to have your own transportation. But, I paid approximately 800 dollars, and it truly was pick you up, drop you off, give you tickets, and then you go off on your own. He did tell us a few things, and our driver was nice, but just was nothing more than a cab driver. I think we could have saved quite a bit of money buying the tickets on our own. It wasn't worth the money we paid for this excursion. The Colosseum was amazing and the skip the line was well worth it. Our teenage boys did not like visiting the Vatican. The museum was extremely long, and it was so hot and packed with people. It was like being in a cattle drive with no way out. It was great visiting the Sistine Chapel, but it is at the very end. I think the boys would have been great just seeing the colosseum.
Our private driver was Giulio. He was a good driver and he was very professional his beautiful Jaguar was spotless. Giulio drove us to the most well-known sites where we had skip the line access to the magnificent Vaticano including the Sistine Chapel and Museums and inside tour of the Colosseo. We also saw Foro Romano and Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps under repair at the time. Giulio took us to Campo de' Fiori where we enjoyed the outdoor market and a delicious lunch. We fit in so much in a full day but we didn't feel rushed in any way. It was a great introduction of Rome for us. Our next visit will be for more than one day!