When in Rome in 1972, the Colosseum was closed for major renovations so I was eagerly awaiting seeing it this trip. Our tour guide made the wait worth it! She shared the history and facts about the Colosseum which made the visit more fun and interesting. It was indeed a long tour, but we were given plenty of time to explore on our own too. She even took a pick of each of us on our own cameras!
Our guide, Lumi, was awesome! She was very knowledgable and gave us so much information while walking through the Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum. She definitely made this tour well worth it. We learned so much from her! She also catered the tour to the group's requests. My only complaint is with the actual tour guide company because our tour was originally scheduled for 10am, then the night before we got an email saying it was moved to 11am guessing they had to combine groups since not enough people signed up, when we showed up at 10:45am like they had requested, we were informed our tour wouldn't start until 11:30am.. it actually started by 11:45-noonish. It was disappointing because we wasted an entire morning in Rome, when we could have done sightseeing somewhere else and shown up at noon for our tour.
Our guide Luma was excellent, knowledgeable, entertaining and friendly. As well as steering us around the sites she constantly checked the party and made sure the climb wouldn't be too much for any one. She also steered us to toilets and free water refills. The group was restricted to single language speaking to make it easier not just for us but for Luma as well. We were delayed at the start due to the office adding two more groups to the tour but Luma just spent her normal amount of time explaining all the details and making sure we saw everything. After the Forum and Palatine Hill we were guided around the Colosseum and then left to spend as much time exploring and photographing it as we could have wished for. All in a most enjoyable day with an excellent guide and the only gripe was waiting for additions to the group.
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