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We were picked up right off the gangplank and driven into the city of Rome. Mario, the driver was very polite and had a GPS that in formed him of roads with traffic problems. He also turned on some narratives of sights we were passing. We had hoped to get into the museum at the Vatican city. As we drove by we saw no lineups, so our driver dropped us off and told us to phone when we were done.We had been before but it was super crowded and we needed to pay extra to skip the line. Our driver got us there by 9:30 am and we were out in 2 hours. He took us everwhere we wanted to go. The Colliseum, Trevi fountain , Spanish steps the Pantheon, St. Peter's square and many more sights.Took us for an amazing panoramic view of all of Rome. When we were hungry he took us to his friends restaurant for lunch. We invited him to eat with us but he declined. The meal was most enjoyable and the pizza had the original buffalo cheese on it. He was very respectful and helpful. We even had time to pick up some amazing liqueurs, pistachio, cantaloupe, and peach. This was our son's first time in Rome and we wanted it to be as stress free as possible for him, as he has an illness. This was so worth the money and so much cheaper than what our cruise offered for the same experience. there was just 3 of us in a van with our own private 8 hour tour. The driver even offered to go a couple of hours longer , but we were tired and it just started to rain. It was a perfect day and we gave him a good trip. We could never have seen all we saw without a car and driver. Our other son and his another time with went into Rome by train, walked a whole bunch and went on a hop on hop off bus, went to the Vatican, took a cab back to the train station and barely made it back. It was very stressful for them. With a one day port stop, we highly recommend getting a car and driver. Thanks Mario.
This was not only one of the most educational, but most fun tours I have been on! We started the tour with several others, but they had made personal plans that conflicted with the tour and athough our tour guide did his best to be accommodating, they decided to go on their own. Lucky for us, as my sister and I were the only ones left! Our guide did a fantastic job showing us a wide variety of sights! He not only took us on the regular tour, but since there were only two of us, stopped at a restaurant and had the owner serve us small portions of many foods so we could taste a great variety! I also wanted a Harley shirt as a souvenir, and wanted to try gelato . Obviously these stops weren't part of the tour , but our guide went out of his way to take me both places! My sister and I both had a fantastic time on this tour, learning and laughing all day ! I can't say enough good things about our guide- he truly made this one of the highlights of our entire trip! I am just sorry that I have misplaced his name ! I would highly recommend !
We were picked up at the ship right on time and had an informative drive to Rome. Our tour guide asked what we wanted to see or do and he delivered plus more. What we really loved was that he took us to a few places that I've not seen mentioned in any tour books. I did not have that much interest in visiting Rome I know, I was crazy but came away breathless in awe over what a beautiful and dynamic city it is. I wish we could have found more cruise port tours like this.
I highly recommend this tour. We had the pleasure of having Claudio tour us around Rome. This was our first time to Rome and we were able to see all the highlights in one day with this personalized tour. He gave us the option to tell him where we wanted to go or have him make up our itinerary. We had him make up the itinerary and we could not have planned this trip any better. The 1 1/2 hour drive to Rome he gave us the history of Rome and the towns around it. We did the tour without the added tour guide and this was perfect for us since our driver was really knowledgable. I already have his information saved to give to my family when they travel to Rome.
My husband and I took this tour in November 2016 and we'd recommend it to anyone, first time visitors and returning travelers alike. Our driver, Claudio, was prompt, friendly and very knowledgeable, and the car was clean and comfortable. We had been to Rome previously but had places we wanted to re-visit like the Roman Forum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Trevi Fountain. But we also wanted to see several sites we'd missed in the pass like the Palatine Hill, Santa Maria Maggiore and the Pantheon. We saw all those sites and more. Claudio showed us many places in Rome we'd never have found on our own that added greatly to our overall knowledge of this wonderful city and our enjoyment of the day. Highly recommended!
Our tour of Rome was really great and our tour guide Livio was so knowledgeable about the history of Rome. He got us to as many of the main attractions we requested as you can fit in one day. He found a great place for us to have lunch with delicious authentic food. Livio was very accommodating and professional. He did a great job of keeping us on schedule to be back to our cruise by boarding time. Great value. This is the only way to see beautiful Rome in one day! Highly recommend.
I would definitely go with a private driver. Got to see much more of Rome than with an excursion.
Tour guide was the nicest man. Had drinks in his car, Bought us snacks and gave us a souvenir when we went back to the boat. Great day!
Fantastic tour. Great tour guide, excellent quality Mercedes mini bus. Everything was well timed and we had a full day seeing all of ancient Rome. Highly rated tour and for a fraction of the Cruise operators costs for similar trip.
Excellent service, friendly driver, who went above and beyond to ensure that we saw as much as possible on our day in Rome. Would highly recommend this tour.
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