I LOVED IT!!! The peace of this place will stay with me!". I would recommend her to anyone. If you think of the variety of life and time periods in Rome, it's a huge undertaking to expose a varied group of strange people to. "The unexpected visit to the Cimitero dei protestanti, or non-Catholic Cemetary of Rome, took my breath away. But I'm happy to say that I can't wait to go another Rick Steves tour. "I was in awe of everything Rome so it is hard to say what my favorite "wow" moment was. Friday at the Borghese Gallery with Francesca was exceptional also. We knew we were in good hands with his guidance. I believe the fact that we were in Rome in November was a huge benefit. "My wife and I visited a medieval church recommended by Rainer. A truly memorable experience. Events and history that I'd only read about came to life. The "front of the line" experience was just perfect. The guides informed and deepened our experience in ways we could never have achieved on our own. Walking into the Colosseum from the tunnel the gladiators used was awe inspiring. "Had to be our guide Francesca who covered our San Clemente, Coliseum and Forum tours. We had blocks of free time daily to do our own exploring and shopping of course . "I think my first "wow" moment was walking out on my balcony and seeing the Colosseum just two blocks away. I would most certainly recommend a tour!! This was my 2ed RS tour and it was fantastic! Reiner was a fun and knowledgeable guide and Francesca was wonderfully passionate about Rome. But we had a great group and made the best of it. I was very hesitant as this was a 30th anniversary trip and my wife had never been on a tour nor gone to Rome. "The Borghese Gallery and the food tour.". I felt the tour guide was excellent and added much to seeing the museum.". Our guide was bright, well spoken, and highly knowledgeable and had arranged for local guides to lead us through specific portions of our tour who were similarly gifted with the abilities to enlighten and entertain us throughout the tour. A day full of impact seeing the sites up close.". It was fast paced but allowed time for personal exploration as well.Our guide was friendly but firm and (blessedly) easy to understand. "The size and story of the Coliseum was my wow moment. "The first "wow" factor was the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's drawings along with seeing the Pope on screen. Seeing the religious leader of a billion people was impressive.". The trainee who accompanied us was wonderful and we wished she was our tour guide instead. When we found the 7 day best of Rome tour, it sounded perfect. "We took the subway from the train station and popping out of the underground to the view of the Colosseum was our first vision of Rome. The hotel made accommodations for an early arrival and late departure. Additionally the local guides were thorough and entertaining. They made our experience so interesting! And I personally was hoping for a small group, this group of 12 was almost too small, especially with 5 being from one family. "We especially enjoyed getting out of the city to tour Ostia Antica. Overall, the tour was everything we expected and more. "I enjoyed the tour of the Borghese Gallery & gardens. I was so excited to be going to Rome- my first trip abroad. (one carry on size bag and a back pack). I found the experience both pleasant and educational. :)". This is my second Rick Steves tour and by far it's the best one. Our RS guide, Rainer, was a wonderful teacher and really made the trip fun all the while keeping us safe. I enjoyed my tour very much. "Francesca and her knowledge and way to look at Architecture, sculpture and paintings. Out guide, Ben, was amazingly knowledgeable about the city, and its ancient and modern inhabitants. That applies to the other three guides as well. Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you. I loved that they did all the planning and work and all I had to do was show up outside the hotel at the designated time and enjoy our adventure in Rome. We went with another couple that were friends of ours and we had a very nice trip. Throughout the 7 day tour Rick Steves guides proved repeatedly they were experts in navigating this likely overwhelming city. Both Stephanie and our fabulous local guides told the story of Rome, both past and present, in a very accessible way. Although other locations may have offered a more 'wow' experience, the timing of San Clemente Church (first full day) set the stage for all other sites. Hopefully, she changes her mind and decides to guide for RS groups the Vatican Museums and St Peter's as well. ▲ Trevi Fountain Baroque hot spot into which tourists throw coins to ensure a return trip to Rome. Everyone was friendly and adventurous. (one carry on size bag and a back pack). Everyday was just such a different way to look at Rome yet woven into one piece. I am very much looking forward to my next European trip with Rick Steve's Tour and hope to return to Rome as well. Terms of Service | Privacy, Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain. A thoroughly enjoyable hotel. The Bourghese was another. Personalized attention. "Walking through the Jewish ghetto, making a turn into a square where brass plates marked the final breakdown of Mussolini to Hitler's demands to genocide--which then opened up to a site of an ancient Roman ruin. We were drawn to the way the tour was arranged as far as giving us tours to do with the group as well as time on our own each day. For example, we would have spent many hours standing on line for both the Vatican museums and getting into St. Peter's, so we would not have been able to view both in one day without this tour. From the Renaissance and Baroque eras, you'll marvel at St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Borghese Gallery. My family and I had an AMAZING time in Rome with our FANTASTIC guides, Sarah and Francesca! See our FAQ | Call I also really enjoyed the variety of activities offered, the free time that was allotted each day to explore on our own, the amazing location of our hotel, and the group dinners. Funny, knowledgeable and always helpful. I have traveled a bit in Europe in the past and always did my own planning, etc. "Found the San Clemente church to be fascinating - the 4th century church underneath and the pagan temple were amazing!". We walked ALOT - 6-9 miles daily , which was good because we also ATE impossible amounts of pasta , pizza and Italian pastries and drank amazing table wines every day ! I especially enjoyed the Sistine Chapel, our day trip to Ostia Antica, and seeing the Pope.". Capuchin Crypt Decorated with the bones of 4,000 Franciscan friars. The itinerary was well planned out with lots to see and do but with ample free time to explore on our own. ▲ Piazza del Campidoglio Square atop Capitoline Hill, designed by Michelangelo, with a museum, grand stairway, and Forum overlooks. "Hard to pick one but probably the Borghese Gallery tour with Francesca Caruso. Without them I would have overlooked and missed a lot. We whisked through lineups that allowed us to maximize our time in Rome and take in as much as possible. "The museum tours and Coliseum tour led by local guide Francesca. I stepped out of the subway the first day and the Coliseum was in front of me. It was our first Rick Steve's Tour and yes, we would do it again. Likewise we had spent time in Rome. ▲▲ Trajan's Column, Market, and Forum Tall column with narrative relief, forum ruins, and museum with entry to Trajan's Market. Very positive energy throughout the tour. "The Papal audience was my favorite wow moment. Their knowledge, interpretation and charm impressed my whole family- and they're pretty harsh critics. Rick Steves Pocket Rome works best for people taking a short trip, or perhaps a return trip, to Rome. Rome is an interesting city. Tips from the guides on culture, food, other sights and activities was excellent. Wife - The fountains", "Walking in the gate where the gladiators walked through in the Colosseum.". Franchesa taught us to "read the stones" which helped to paint a picture and envision the splendor of ancient Rome as we toured all the sites of Rome throughout the week.". However, the months of April, May, September, October, and early November are the best for combining the convenience of peak season with the most pleasant weather. We had an unplanned day and felt confident and relaxed on our own Not only did Rick Steves guides lead us past the hours long lines throughout Rome. Our tour guide, Karin Kibby, was exceedingly gracious, assuring group cohesion and organization, creating a tour "family". This morning we'll take a more intimate look at Rome, with a Vespa-dodging walking tour through our guide's favorite neighborhood. My friends and family can't believe how close we were to the Pope. WOW!!! I really came away with an enhanced understanding and appreciation for the city's history, modern way of life, and character of the people. Our guides were outstanding. One of my favorite aspects of our tour was our hotel's close proximity to the Colosseum. But the Borghese was the highlight of my trip. And the food was delicious! For more details, see the latest edition of the Rick Steves' Italy guidebook. Rick Steves Rome 2017 [Steves, Rick, Openshaw, Gene] on Amazon.com. Bernini made exquisite sculptures with attention to many small, intricate details, filled with body action and animated faces projecting the look of being alive. We enjoyed all the places we went with the tour and liked the Hotel Lancelot as our place to return to each night. Francesca is a treasure trove of fabulous information. So it was the side trip to Ostia Antica that really impressed me. The most enjoyable day was the one when we were bussed to Ostia Antica and then to the beach for an hour. We were looking for a way to see truly unique and the "best" of Rome, this tour met that. A close second though was the grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica.". You'll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to wander through the nearby Palatine ruins, see Michelangelo's Moses at St. Peter-in-Chains Church, or climb to the top of the Victor Emmanuel Monument to enjoy the city view (don't forget to savor a foamy cappuccino in between). As a result, there is very little left for us to visit in Rome and the surrounding area now that we have completed this tour. The rest of your day is free to wander through this immense church and explore more of the Eternal City on your own. I had such a great time in Rome. And I had my doubts about it, since we are supposed to spend time with people we have never met. We started with a Rick Steves 7 day tour of Rome then spent 20 more days touring Italy on our own with a Rick Steves Italy book. "The best part was seeing Pope Francis as part of the Papal Audience inside the auditorium! ▲ St. Peter-in-Chains Church with Michelangelo's Moses. With Rick's tours you carry your own bag and must travel light. Sleep in Rome. Nina, Francesca, Ludvica were our delightful guides in Rome & all three were polite, knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. I appreciated that. The tour structure provided us the opportunity to get to know Rome's history, evolution and culture as a group and allowed for further personal immersion during the ample free time. We saw some amazing things, but it wasn't until our tour began that we could begin to grasp the true meaning of what we were seeing. Having tour guides who could explain the architecture, the history and the stories behind the marvelous sights made my trip to Rome absolutely wonderful. My husband and I loved everything about the tour: the laid-back feeling combined with absolute confidence that all would go well were wonderful. She had great rapport with all the local guides, people at the venues, and the hotel and ensured we got the most out of our time in Rome. ", "My favorite wow is Francesca, the local guide. The hotel was excellent, the daily guides were very good. It exceeded our expectations, the perfect balance (for us) between "hand-holding" and free time. We happened upon the painting "The calling of St. Matthew", Users who like Rome: Ostia Antica Audio Tour - Audio Europe: Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome) Another (#4) outstanding RS tour. I tried things I probably would not have tried. We arrived two days before our tour started and explored Rome a little on our own. It met my expectations in every way. "That's really a hard thing to answer because it was all great. The tour was very well organized and our guides were excellent. Everything went smoothly. Totally met expectations. I felt that I had a better understanding of what the artist was trying to convey when I had context for the sociopolitical influences active during the time period they lived in.". - 300 A.D.) to the development and evolution of the Catholic church.". The other travelers were fun and interesting and everybody was accommodating. The tour activities were structured to give us the type of complete Rome experience we would not have had on our own, yet there was plenty of time to be on our own to explore or relax. We were able to experience so much more as she provided excellent commentary on the sculptures and paintings.". We really enjoyed the other people on our tour, who became fun and interesting tour companions. Being in St. Peter's Square with our friends from the tour made the experience especially meaningful. By Caravaggio. I had so much fun and learned an incredible amount about the history of Roma. Provided a new dimension on the experience. It was a life saver. Also the food tour of Trestivere. We sat and listened and were amazed. My husband and I arrived a day prior to the tour start and did a little sightseeing on our own. , akin to lectures ifrom an art historian.". It was a nice blend of ages, personalities and experiences. The visit to San Clemente church was where I first began to understand how seamlessly the past and present were integrated into the city of Rome. The hotel was very nice and in a convenient location. She is so enthusiastic knowledgable about ancient Rome, she made it come alive.". She was an outstanding guide, knowledgeable, friendly, and very well organized. "Getting to see the pope give his Christmas Day address in St. Peter's Square and any tours led by Francesca Caruso-particularly St. Clemente and Borghese Gallery.". Every site and activity, both those we did on the tour or on our free time, either met or exceeded my expectations. Rick Steves’ Europe has a full slate of European tours all locked, loaded, and ready to book for 2021. I was pleased with the quality and knowledge of the guides. "We were pleased to learn that our guide had snagged tickets for us to attend the Vatican Square audience with the Pope. Enjoyed learning about the idea that Rome is a historical "lasagna" and then seeing one example after another.". We, Janet and I, both were excited to see things that we had read about our entire lives. but really, the whole experience was a wow because we really were part of Rome.". IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE WITH LOTS OF HISTORY, AND OUR GUIDES TO THE MUSEUM AND OTHER AREAS MADE LOOKING AT ART IN A NEW WAY. agreed we made the correct decision t, "Every day was a 'wow moment". I enjoyed learning the ancient history of Rome, visiting all the varied neighborhoods. We will obviously recommend the Rome in 7 days tour to our friends. We felt a freedom to just experience the grandeur of Rome without having to plan, coordinate, book and then monitor all of the details. Each day had its own charm and thoroughly intellectually stimulating. I enjoyed learning about the history and culture of this great city and finally getting to experience it first hand. "Seeing the Bernine sculptures with our local guide Francesca.". Jump to bottom. We liked staying in one place and each day was a good balance of structured and free time. As this was my first Rick Steves tour, I really have nothing to compare it with. I did not think I would see and hear from the Pope while visiting the Vatican, but I was wrong. The tour would be great for someone seeking to learn how to live and travel in Rome. Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. I followed Rick Steve's for years, used his books, and now finally experienced one of his tours! The Hotel was very kind in helping us to have a good stay. That was the only day that seemed like a normal tour experience.". Experiences on my own planning, leaving you well prepared for the bus/tram/metro are unethical. Probably would not have to walk amongst 2000+ year old ruins and grand arches about everything! `` or.. 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