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Our guide made the difference on this tour. My wife has limited mobility so we didn't want any tour that required oodles of walking. After considering the cost of a bus transfer from the port to Rome, and hop-on, hop-off bus in Rome, we found this tour cost only about twice as much which for us was well worth it. Our driver Claudiu met us right across the street from the port exit near all the official tours. He had a late model Mercedes sedan with a spacious back seat. He gave us bottled water and asked what we were interested in seeing. I told him we'd bought skip the line tickets to the Vatican museum as we wanted to see the Sistine Chapel, but that we also wanted to spend a few hours seeing Rome. I could tell he was a little disappointed we'd be cutting short his chance to show us the city. He dropped us right at the museum meeting point and asked us to call when we were ready to pick up. Turns out the museum was a zoo, so we did little else except see the chapel. Related note about the museum: I figured we would rent a wheelchair and put down a cash deposit. They actually required you leave behind your passport, which I wasn't carrying due to safety concerns. Our agent who met us with the tickets had a long talk with the rental agent and he agreed to keep the photocopy of my passport I was carrying. The chapel was amazing, but required me pushing the wheelchair what seemed like a mile!
Afterward, we called Claudiu and told him we'd be eating lunch at a coffee shop across the street. He showed up in 15 minutes and told us where he was parking and asked us to enjoy our lunch. We caught up with him and he took us on a great driving tour of the high points that we wanted to see as first time visitors. The Coleseum, the Trevi Fountain etc. He always found a spot to park near the points we wanted to get out and walk a little bit. His driving skills were impressive, he took us down streets and alleys I didn't think the car would fit in. He got us back to the ship with time to spare but not TOO much time! He was gracious, and his love of Rome and knowledge about it was clear.
We did about 8 tours in 14 days and Valerio was one of the best tour guides ever! He is extremely knowledgeable and worked hard to get us the best deals everywhere (he even threatened a street vendor who tried to price gouge me for a selfie stick)! I could not more highly recommend Valerio!
Giovanni was right on time meeting us at our cruise ship. He was very professional looking and very friendly. He listened to what we expected and where we wanted to visit during our tour in Rome. He was accommodating in arranging us to skip the line for tickets to tour the Vatican Museum which saved us a lot of time due to the number of people going through the regular line. We very much enjoyed our all day tour with him. He was the best! We highly recommend him.
Loved our tour! Mario was wonderful and we were so happy with every part of the day!
Valerio was wonderful. He was willing to stop for any needs we had buy something along the route, restroom, etc. He made a recommendation and took us to a great moderately priced true Italian restaurant for lunch. He basically would go and/or do whatever we wanted to do as a group of 4. Lines to get inside the Vatican or museum or Colosseum were several hours long, so to be able to go to these and go inside of all is impossible in 8 hours. Highly recommend the tour and Valerio!!!
Our driver Valerio picked us up on time from the cruise terminal. The van was well presented and clean. Be prepared for at least a 90 minute trip due to morning traffic. Valerio was very well informed, friendly and gave us great tips on where to eat and where the seemingly one public toilet is located in Rome. I would not hesitate in recommending Valerio for anyone visiting Rome even for a day.
Given the sheer volume of tourists, even in Oct, don't expect to line up for entry to anything unless you're prepared to see only that site as lines can eat up 1 to 3 hrs depending on the site. Instead enjoy the usual suspect sites from the outside in a reasonable timeframe and visit a couple of other sites not expected. A very enjoyable day which has given us the incentive to return for a longer stay.
Driver was very helpful. He took us to the places we wanted to visit and was careful to get us back to the ship on time.
David, our driver was early and met the 6 of us with his beautiful new Mercedes van. Our tour was incredible. The tour of all the highlights was narrated. We got the Fast Pass into The Vatican through him. The restaurant he took us to for lunch was amazing ! This is the BEST tour I have ever taken !
We departed Civitavecchia cruise port early, our guide Valerio was waiting and gave us a wonderful day, using his local knowledge and experiences of Rome to maximise our time in this wonderful city. Our guide/driver customized the day to suit our needs, interests and recommended best places to visit. He got us close to all major attractions which limited our walking to a minimum. This was great as we were a family of 6 4 adults with 2 young children. We visited all major attractions at a comfortable pace and Valerio pre-arranged our entry to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Highly recommended, great value for money!
This trip was fantastic. We were a party of 4 and took the private tour in a Luxury van. Our driver Davide was waiting for us as soon as we got off the cruise ship and did a terrific job the entire day. Davide took us to all the major attrations in Rome and gave us ample time to spend at each location. He had made arrangements at a small sidewalk cafe where we had a delicious lunch. This tour was well worth the cost
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