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Great value and one of the best possible tours. These were two separate tours that required that we travel by metro to meet the second tour for the wine tasting. This was not difficult but if youre unfamiliar with Romes Metro system it coulld cause concern. The knowledge of the guides for each tour was amazing. Claudia was our Colosseum and Forum guide. She is an archeologist and gave us an amazing, detailed understanding of all the sites,. Antonetta was our Wine tour guide. She was extremely knowlegable and the wine and total experience at the Palavincini Estate and Winery was exceptional. Well worth the money!
The tour was informative and thorough. The winery tour was great and the tasting... well. I didn't plan on bringing back 4 bottles of wine and a bottle of olive oil, but... here we are.
Note: this review is only pertinent to the Ancient Rome walking tour portion of the day, as we did not end up attending the Frascati Wine Tasting section. That was our personal choice and not due to anything with City Wonders etc.
Our tour guide was Marco and he was very informational and helpful! He had lots of good information to share and we really enjoyed him.
Be aware that the pace of this tour is fairly slow and it's a good bit of sitting/standing around as opposed to walking. I personally would have preferred LESS sitting and more walking but I may be in the minority there. It was a hot day so that may have played a part. I feel like I could have finished the Colosseum and the Forum area in about 1/2 the time it took the group, BUT then I wouldn't have had Marco, so overall it was still worth it. I just wanted to mention the pace for others that may read reviews.
EMMA K United Kingdom
Unbelievable trip and excellent value! We met the tour group outside the Colosseum in the morning and our guide was wonderful. She knew so much about the history and kept everyone interested even when some of the group wandered off, she managed to bring everyone back together! The headsets are a great way to still hear the whole commentary. We then had a good break for lunch and met up with another group for the wine tasting experience. The drive up to the hills was relaxing although a bit hot! as we learnt about wine before a little tour of the beautiful vineyard and cellars. We then headed to the tasting room for a fantastic immersive tasting experience of 4 delicious wines with tomato bread. An excellent tour and we'd thoroughly recommend it!
Such an interesting tour at the collosseum. Busy, but not like the Vatican. Our guide was great.
Then there was time to go for lunch and then head off to the wine tour. Nice close bus ride from Rome. Nice wines. Anna was our tour guide and gave us so many tips!
Phenomenal!! I'm so happy we picked this package, a great way to get a lot of cool things all in one day.
was easy to find the tour where it started . fantastic , knowledgeable tour guide who made the tour even more interesting , visited Rome in june and i must say it got rather hot especially in the ruins . be prepared with lots of water , sunblock and hats
This tour was perfect our tour guide at he colosseum was energetic and made the trip fun . The wine tasting trip is a must you get to visit a vineyard and have a wine tasting in a nice wine cellar. The wine was amazing I bought 2 bottles plus the olive oil. This was one of my favorite trips
My husband and I loved this tour! It's definitely the way to see each of these sites and our guide was so incredible, I just wish I could remember how to spell his name. He was enthusiastic, insightful, funny, and answered all of our questions with detail. You could tell he loved his job and every person in our group was enjoying themselves immensely. The Colosseum was fascinating and the tour up Palatine Hill was gorgeous. It's almost surreal to be walking along streets and through doorways that old and with that much history around you. The House of the Vestal Virgins was pretty neat and standing beside where Julias Caesar took his last breath was surreal. The wine tour afterwards was nice but not the highlight. We'd done a full day Chianti wine region tour a couple days before and, in comparison, that one was by far superior, BUT...you did get a lot of wine and and the wine was delicious. The bathroom was out of order at the last winery we stopped at but thankfully the bus driver stopped at a gas station on the way home as Rome was an hour away. Book this tour for sure, you'll love it.
I purchased this tour for my father as a Father's Day gift and activity for both of us on our recent trip to Italy. It was a really special memory that combined some of our favorite things - travel and wine. Our guide for the Colosseum and Ancient Rome, Alessandro, was phenomenal. His passion and interest for the architecture and history of the Colosseum and Forum was unmatched and he made sure that we did not move on without having the opportunity to have our questions answered! He also did his best to make sure we were able to stop and fill water bottles and find places out of the sun to talk. It is absolutely worth it to skip the line with a group! It was already quite long at 10 a.m. when the tour started! After the Ancient Rome tour, we decided to take a taxi to the meeting place for the wine tour, we were able to have a quick lunch and met up with the tour group in a small park. Andy was our guide for the wine tasting and was extremely knowledgable about the region and pointed out some aqueducts and other vineyards on our way to Principe Pallavicini. The wine tour was in two parts, a stop at the vineyard to see the vines and some of the barrels, followed by the tasting which was held in the vineyard offices. The tasting was outstanding and we loved all four of the varietals provided by our sommelier! Time was given at the end to socialize, finish our wine, and purchase some bottles to take home. Andy also provided us with the website and address of a U.S. distributor who carries the wine in the event we decide to purchase more later on! This tour was a very special memory for my dad and I and I would recommend it to anyone planning a trip to Rome! Thank you!
Colloseum and Roman Forum tour was stuff of bucket list! Patricia was fantastic - interesting, passionate and extremely knowledgeable. Unmissable tour. Visit to vineyard and wine tasting was highlight of our stay in Rome. Angela was friendly and warm. Wine fantastic and bus karaoke simply unforgettable!
Nancy F United States of ...
Joseph was wonderful! His English was great and easy to understand. He took great time in answering questions and explaining everything having to do with the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Luca was our guide for the wine tasting portion and we also enjoyed this tour as well. s The trip was well organized and the vineyard wine was good!
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable and efficient. She was very informative and helpful. Our group was totally fascinated in the recount of history.
Both tours were very good. The guide for the Colosseum and Ancient Rome was knowledgeable and it was good that we were using he head sets making it easy to hear her. The wine tour was fun and enjoyed the trip.
My favorite part of the tour was the Frascati Wine tour. Our guide was an irish girl with a degree in Italian studies. She was very thorough explaining history as we traveled to the winery and truly made the experience so enjoyable. The wine was delicious, the experience of exploring the vineyard, the aqueduct, and the countryside was quintessential Italy. I absolutely loved it. The Colosseum walking tour was given by a Roman woman with a very different perspective of history so that was funny. She was courteous, thoughtful, and very concerned for the welfare of her guests. I highly recommend this tour.
Suzanna provided an excellent tour of the Roman ruins that gave us a feel of life in Roman times. The wine tour with Ettore was just the right thing to do after walking among throngs of people all morning. I learned a lot about wine, enjoyed being in the country and loved the wines.
Claudia was our tour guide and made Rome come alive for us. Her knowledge of the history, the archelogy, and the preservation of the ancient ruins made this tour the highlight of our trip. It was our first tour of the vacation and set the bar high for the rest of our stay. Our wine tour was led by Mossimo and he was highly entertaining. We loved the whole day and the guides made the difference between mediocre and memorable.
Wine tour was excellent! Our guide was very knowledgeable, the vineyards gorgeous, and wine delicious. The walking tour of Ancient Rome was very informative but perhaps a bit longer than necessary.
It was very hot that day so we skipped the last part to Palpatine hill because I was not feeling well. Tour to winery was the perfect activity for the afternoon. Nice wines. Both guides seemed to really enjoy what the do and very knowledgeable.
Logistically, this is an awkward combination of tours. It can be difficult to find the Frascati Wine Tour bus on your own from the Colloseum area. Its location was obscure. However, on its own, the colosseum tour was informative and enlightening. Bring a hat the sun is oppressive. The Frascati wine tour was very good. We sampled four wines with tasty nibbles. We regret not purchasing the Stellato dessert wine because we cannot find it anywhere else. The olive oil was a good buy.
We were quite disappointed with the organisation of this joint tour. The morning was fantastic, Alejandro was a great tour guide, he was so knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. One piece of advice though, if you are going throughout the summer months, take enough water and a parasol/hat with you, it can get very hot especially in this part of Rome where there is little shade. The wine tour was unfortunately virtually non existent. The instructions on where to meet were unclear as these tours are booked with 2 different agencies and therefore there is no link between the 2 and once we found out where we had to meet which was too late by then, we found it that it was very far from the end point of the Colosseum walking tour. I don't see how you can have lunch at meet for the Frascati Wine Tasting Tour in such a short amount of time!! I'm sure the wine tasting tour would have been fantastic but I think completing both tours in one day is difficult due to the way it has been organised.
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