I was glad to find another woman solo-traveler and we buddied up, eating all non-included dinners together. I was pleased with the quality and knowledge of the guides. "Viaiting St Peters. Ben, our guide, was great. Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Never been a tour person , but this experience with Rick Steve's tours was awesome. RS Tours give you a cultural and historical perspective of Rome in a way that you experience the people and understand chronologically the many layers of this eternal city. Our group guide Stephanie was excellent in giving us the confidence to explore and in providing all sorts of interesting sites to see and foods to try. Packed with indispensable tips and recommendations from America's expert on Europe, Rick Steves' Tour: Pilgrim's Rome is a tour guide in … We have been to Europe before, but not for a while and never on a tour. "Standing in front of the Bernini statue "Enea e Archie" at the Borghese.". He was knowledgeable always timely with a touch of humor when need to help the group. I loved every minute of my experience! Rick Steves does a great job of preparing one for a trip to Rome. We really enjoyed the other people on our tour, who became fun and interesting tour companions. At that moment, I felt I owned Rome". I have always wanted to see Rome and the trip did not disappoint. The people in our group were AMAZING! Rome had been a dream for at least 15 years. But, because I had hurt my Achilles tendon a month before the trip, every step I took hurt, taking away from the enjoyment of the experience. Our guide was great and very helpful. Nice balance of scheduled activities and time on our own. The overall tour was weary good and all the guides were outstanding. 2. I survived. If you're looking for a guided tour to see the sights, I would recommend looking elsewhere. It brought years of schooling and study to vibrant life and was simply a wonderful time. It was a great tour, and our firs Rick Steves tour. Incredible local guides knew their stuff, how to communicate it and how to maneuver their group around the busy venues to maximize your time. "The San Clemente Basilica provided such a perfect metaphor for the city of Rome. Favorite "WOW" moment She brought ancient Rome alive, opened my eyes to details, and made our visit to the ancient sites so meaningful. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate through the city on your own. I loved getting to know the history of Rome . Headed back this … Here's what you'll see and do on our Best of Rome tour: Group sightseeing events subject to change. I especially enjoyed the Sistine Chapel, our day trip to Ostia Antica, and seeing the Pope.". It encapsulated the layers of civilization that is Rome and was right around the corner from our hotel. Our day will end with a chance to get acquainted during a "Welcome to Rome" dinner together. Although I am glad I saw the Colloseum and the Vatican I do not enjoy being herded around like a bunch of cattle, so both of those tours were places I was gad to get overwith. We'll meet our local expert on the other side of the Tiber River and take a guided tour of the sprawling Vatican Museums, where we'll see an endless collection of treasures as we make our way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. There were many wow moments and Nina plus her colleagues, allowed us to visit and enjoy an almost overwhelming number of them. Ben was excellent. I would think you could get all you need for the Colosseum/Forum/Palatine Hill from the Rick Steves guide book and audio tour though if you want to save money. Each day was different and we did more than just focus on the high profile ruins like 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.". I had so much fun and learned an incredible amount about the history of Roma. ▲▲▲ Borghese Gallery Bernini sculptures and paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Titian in a Baroque palazzo. "I enjoyed when we visited the church of San Clemente and were introduced to 3000 years of Roman history at one site! ", My overall experience was incredible. The activities were well planned and delivered as advertised. They did so expertly. Our days were seamlessly organized, filled with information, and peppered with authentic experiences. recommendations, it has good seating inside and out. We traveled over my birthday. It was immersive and that is just what I had hoped for. "Learning to maneuver the city, esp rapid transit". The local tour guides (Francesca and Ludovica) were very knowledgeable as well and provided a wonderful, focused experience. This was my first trip to Italy. "How to pick? The tour was phenomenal. The tour was fantastic and no waiting time to get in. We loved that each day gave us the opportunity to explore diversely different experiences, from ancient Rome to a food tour. Unforgettable.". Some of the days were hard, even a bit too hard with all the walking. It was a jam-packed week that brought over 2000 years of history together in a comprehensive comprehensible package. Wonderful time with a very seasoned guide who took excellent care of everyone on the tour. Rick Steves Rome 2017 [Steves, Rick, Openshaw, Gene] on Amazon.com. She made us feel like family as we toured through the city. Truly my favorite day of the tour. "Ben, the tour guide, took us to the Mediterranean Sea, and bought us ice cream. I have traveled a bit in Europe in the past and always did my own planning, etc. Very positive energy throughout the tour. Enjoyed taking in the whole event and snapping beautiful photos ten feet from the Pope. Our tour guide, Nina was awesome! Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning. While traveling in Rome and once our trip was finished, my wife and I agreed we made the correct decision to take Walking the Sacred Way was one. I appreciated having the experts choose the location of the hotel and the sites most worth seeing. The best tour I have ever taken. "There are many to choose from, but #1 was probably seeing and hearing the Pope speak on Wednesday morning. The tour was wonderful, and I enjoyed the Hotel Lancelot immensely. I had such an amazing time in Rome!! Another "wow" moment was seeing the actual Pope at the Vatican and taking in a small Mass inside the Vatican Church as well as the Sisten Chapel. We had a couple bad meals But the Borghese was the highlight of my trip. Exploring Bosnia by Rick Steves Audio Europe published on 2020-09-29T00:19:34Z Art of Rome by Rick Steves Audio Europe published on 2020-09-29T00:18:21Z Guide to the Netherlands by Rick Steves Audio Europe published on 2020-09-29T00:17:47Z. Our local guides were fantastic as well. There were so many! I have to admit that our group was marvelous. I enjoyed learning the ancient history of Rome, visiting all the varied neighborhoods. "Seeing the Pope in his Wednesday AM 'audience'. The Sistine chapel. The peace of this place will stay with me!". They made the city easy to move round in. Ben was awesome!! WOW!". No bus. "Ostia Antica, comfortable hotel, Saint Clemens & our tour guides Franchesca & Sarah.". "The fact that Karin took time out of her day to get our entire tour group tickets to the Papal Audience on September 11th. Since I had gotten sick, the timing of events worked well with returning to our room to nap. Not part of the tour but arranged by Lisa was a Papal audience. ▲ Santa Maria della Vittoria Church with Bernini's swooning St. Teresa in Ecstasy. I love that the tours are designed for one to see the most sought after places within the region of the tour and also offering lots a free time to explore on your own. I did not think I would see and hear from the Pope while visiting the Vatican, but I was wrong. I thought there would be more repeaters. This was our first tour with Rick Steves team and the experience was outstanding. The local guides knew the details about the places we visited and the art, but they also shared their philosophies about the Romans and their approach to life in ancient times. We particularly liked the pacing of the tour, i.e., museums one day with the nxt day being more experiential. Karin was so friendly and knowledgeable and wanted to share her love of Italy with us all. Francesca, Ludovi a and Paolo were excellent museum guides. We enjoyed all the places we went with the tour and liked the Hotel Lancelot as our place to return to each night. The timing was perfect as I was able to attend mass at 5:00 pm in the Basilica. The trainee who accompanied us was wonderful and we wished she was our tour guide instead. As this was my first Rick Steves tour, I really have nothing to compare it with. Perfect balance of group time and personal time. I'm so happy it was on a Rick Steves tour. Rainer was very well versed on the history of Rome and gave us information on ways of local living and how to get around the city. Enjoyed learning about the idea that Rome is a historical "lasagna" and then seeing one example after another.". 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. It was beyond fantastic! Our tour guide, Ben, was terrific. "THe connection from the Roman gods in early periods (100 B.C. The for tour helped us understand Rome, unfolding day by day with wonders of history from the ancient to the bustling modern-day city. After that tour, Ben took those of us who were interested for a walk through the gardens and to a place that overlooked the city. This was my first Rick Steve's tour, second visit to Rome. Francesca had such a unique and approachable style that made the art and architecture so accessible. So much to see, take in, digest, appreciate. Published by Avalon Travel Publishing, available at www.ricksteves.com. There were multiple people in our group who have been on tours with your group, "Going to Vatican City was my favorite if I had to choose just one event. Our tour group was diverse, first rate, and very nice people. We'll begin with a guided tour of sheer beauty in the Borghese Gallery. I can't really think of anything we would change. My wife and I were absolutely THRILLED with our group tour of Rome! She gave a voice to the stones allowing us to not only understand the ancient city but of the people who built and used these structures.". The itinerary was perfect - we hit all the highlights and then some. "Galleria Borghese and Vatican Museums - based on presentation provided by the local guides!". "San Clemente Basilica. 3. The tour of Rome was great. I will definitely plan to use Rick Steve's tours again. "Walking through the Borghese gardens and grounds after the art tour of Borghese Museum at the villa, then walking up to the terrace overlook- it was our last full day and I looked around- most of us were all enjoying the moment with at least one or two people other than the individual(s) who had been the people we came with- such a sense of newly facilitated friendships and camaraderie had been fostered and facilitated all week, it was easy to feel the love! Also we will be looking for other Rick Steves' tours that meet our needs. "The Borghese Gallery was the icing on the cake at the end of the tour. Our goal was to see the "big" sites with a tour, and then stay another week on our own. She was knowledgeable but not hospitable from the start. There was enough free time to explore areas of personal interest (i.e. The guides were fantastic, especially Stephanie and Francesca. We had plenty of time and Francesca made it come to life. Also, we were able to move about independently because our guide did such a good job of teaching us how to get around Rome with public transportation. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Karin, our guide, was friendly, knowledgeable and well organized. Probably not. "My favorite 'wow' moment was the Borghese Gallery Tour with Francesca's thoughtful insights.". The Rome trip was fantastic! Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. There were no hitches along the way with the planned schedule, and all the guides were right on time and very friendly and knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. May 30, 2016 - Explore Sandra Kent's board "Rick Steves" on Pinterest. Excellent guide and perfect mix of scheduled events and free time. I especially appreciated her guidance on crossing the street, an early lesson. Unless you mean that TA doesn't allow those sorts of tours (day/few hours, etc) to have a review page - but, I'm talking about a forum, not review pages. ▲▲▲ Capitoline Museums Ancient statues, mosaics, and expansive view of Forum. The free time permited us to explore & learn more, "How does one picked a favorite? "I had two. "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 took three paid tours, but used Rick Steves "Rome" to navigate the city, and saw most everything. The Rome tour was every bit as wonderful as I hope it would be. Unfortunately, I was astounded by the number of tourists, which seemed to be a human river in the Vatican Museums and the Borghese Gallery. ▲▲▲ Roman Forum Ancient Rome's main square, with ruins and grand arches. We were surprised and pleased at how easily we learned to get around on our own in Rome. They made our experience so interesting! I think we got a great overview of Rome and had a good balance of programed and free time. The hotel was lovely and the staff were amazing. A testament to your trip descriptions and expectations. Such a seamless mix of the past and present!". Events and history that I'd only read about came to life. Loved the thought of walking on the same stone paths as people did thousands of years ago. It was a nice blend of ages, personalities and experiences. Lisa gave great advice. I was particularly happy that all the sights were fairly close to each other, or just a short trip by bus or tram. "All of our guide Francsca's comments. The "Best of Rome" Tour was simply outstanding. Also loved the night-time stroll the first evening!". Our tours are physically active! I thought the entire week was planned well relating to sites and scheduling of events. I love Rome. Sleep in Rome. A dream come true! With RickSteves' Rome 2007, travelers can experience the best of everything Rome has to offer -- economically and hassle-free. The Lancelot Hotel is a very nice place as a base in terms of location and gracious hospitality, not to mention the fine meals prepared by Chef Faris. We would definitely tour with Stephanie again. We've always done it all ourselves. I am so glad we did. There is a lot of walking which will limit some people. A thoroughly enjoyable hotel. Our local and excellent guide Francesca, pulled us back in time and into the moment as we walked onto the floor of the Coliseum, describing the sounds and sights seen by the crowd, as well as, the gladiators. Our guide seemed so experienced with a group our size, twenty-four of us. "The Borghese Galleria and our guide Franchesca. This trip really made history come alive as we saw layers of different civilizations built one on top of the next. The combination of excellent guides, ease of access and abundance of free time worked very well. I had some trepidation about being part of an organized tour group, however, most of my anxiety was alliviated within the first 24 hours. What a welcome to an amazing city. I had enough of my own time to visit places that were not on schedule. Or Hold Your Horses. The tour guide Francesca did bring the Borghese Museum to life". Our free time was a blessing too. This is a moderately active tour! Our trip to Rome was phenomenal! Seeing the Colosseum and St. Peters from my hotel room! I fell in love with the sculptures of Bernini and Canova.". I have arranged my own traveling for years, many times using the Rick Steves books as reference; however, this 25 person group was led by an amazing woman who was the "responsible adult" in that she had arranged the tour times for the Coliseum (or whatever), got the tickets (for whatever), and was able give us the historical background and current context of what we were looking at. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, She made you feel the plight of the slaves. We met food shop purveyors with delicious food and wonderful family run business stories, so important to neighborhoods.". Rick Steves promised the best of Rome in seven days and guide, Julian, delivered. "After our visit to Ostia Antica (where I sat, hidden in the ruins and picnicked alone in the sunshine) we got gelato and walked out on the jetty to view the Mediterranean. We especially appreciated the little surprises RS tours seem to add. Everyday we had new experiences that were unique. Ben was a great facilatator and always was on top of what we were doing. I LOVED IT!!! Walking to and from the sights was excessive. The experience was as if I was in grade school or a hatchling in a nest being pushed out and told to fly. This was a wonderful surprise for all of us on the tour as it was not listed in the itinerary! "Stephanie was able to get the tour tickets to the papal general audience at the Vatican, which was not something on the tour itinerary. ", Wonderful experience, as the tour covered all aspects of Rome and the most remarkable sights, group and independent tine were nicely sequenced and guides were knowledgeable, engaging and attentive, "The magnificent view of ancient and modern Rome from the top of Palatine Hill; the view of Spagna while enjoying Prosecco on a rooftop bar at the top of the Spanish steps; Claudio's Extravaganza - accompanied by fabulous wine - at Ristorante il Gabriello, per Rick Steve's' recommendation". Local guides were top notch professionals; each having a wealth of knowledge. Terms of Service | Privacy, Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain. What a rich experience to be guided through the past by such a sensitive and knowledgeable Roman. I could ride 81 bus all day! Who but Rick Steves can tell travelers the best way to see St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum? What else could I ask for? If we had not had that opportunity my WOW was seeing and hearing about Bernini's Sculptures.". Instead of just reciting facts, dates, names, etc like every other guide, she puts context/perspective on the sights/monuments: "The more you know, the more you see." The local food and History.". Well run tour as usual, great new experiences and nice people to travel with. History, art, architecture, food, the current aspects of living as a Roman and Italian. Thank you to Rainer for prepping us to be successful at navigating the transportation options and crossing the street. "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. We saw all the major site as well as a few things that were a little off the beaten path. ▲▲ Palatine Hill Ruins of emperors' palaces, Circus Maximus view, and museum. We went back the next week, when we were on our own, and I think that sight would never grow old.". This is the first tour that showed you how to use public transportation that was extremely helpful. Studying the sculptures at the Borghese was so moving, I would have never approached the art this way without her guidance. "The Capitoline Museum had a surprising variety of painting masterworks, including Rubens, Caravagio, and Raphael, as well as the suckling she wolf, Dying Gaul and the ancient bronze equestrian statute or Marcus Aurelius.". Happy Travels! 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