• Colosseum, Rome, Italy
    The Colosseum
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    Roman Forum
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    Vatican Museums
  • Pantheon and its fountain, Rome, Italy
    Pantheon
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    Spanish Steps
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    St. Peter's Basilica

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Best of Rome in 7 Days Tour

from $1,895 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $525

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Rome serves up Europe's most intoxicating brew of dazzling art, earth-shaking history, and city life with style. On this tour, your guide will resurrect the grandeur of ancient Rome's Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, and nearby Ostia Antica. From the Renaissance and Baroque eras, you'll marvel at St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Borghese Gallery. You'll also enjoy today's Rome, with neighborhood walking tours, memorable restaurants, and time to explore on your own. Join us for the Best of Rome in 7 Days!

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Rome come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 16 sightseeing events • Pantheon • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain • Rome panoramic bus tour • Catacombs of San Sebastiano • 7-day Metro Pass • Ancient Rome walking tour • Roman Forum • Colosseum • San Clemente Church • Rome neighborhood walking tour • Trastevere food tour • Day trip to Ostia Antica • Vatican Museums • Sistine Chapel • St. Peter's Basilica • Borghese Gallery tour…and more
  • All group transportation during the week in and around Rome
  • 6 nights' accommodations in a memorable, centrally located hotel
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Rome

Let's get together at our hotel for a meeting at 3 p.m. this afternoon. After an orientation walk through our neighborhood, we'll get introduced to Rome's efficient metro system and then enjoy an "Am-I-really-here?" dolce vita stroll through the heart of Rome, soaking up the city's evening ambience at the classy Piazza Navona and the remarkably preserved, 2,000-year-old Pantheon. Our day will end with a chance to get acquainted during a "Welcome to Rome" dinner together. Walking: moderate.

Day 2: Ancient Rome

After breakfast we'll ride the metro back in time to ancient Rome. We'll arrive at multilayered San Clemente — a 12th-century church sitting atop a fourth-century basilica and a previous Roman temple. Then we'll tour and hear vivid tales of the larger-than-life Colosseum. After a break for lunch, we'll tour ancient Rome's birthplace: the Forum. 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). Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Neighborhood Rome

This morning we'll take a more intimate look at Rome, with a Vespa-dodging walking tour through our guide's favorite neighborhood. Then we'll eat our way through Rome's Trastevere neighborhood, learning about the tradition of Italian cuisine from the generations of families producing these tasty Roman specialties. Treats will include (but are not limited to) porchetta, pizza, and parmigiano. Afterward you have a free evening to make your own neighborhood discoveries. Walking: moderate.

Day 4: St. Peter's and the Vatican Museums

Today we'll focus on Renaissance Rome. 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. We'll continue on to the greatest church in Christendom, the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica. Your afternoon is free to wander through this immense church, climb the dome if you're feeling energetic, and explore more of the Eternal City on your own. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: Day Trip to Ostia Antica

Today we'll venture outside the city, touring the ruins of Rome's first colony, Ostia Antica, the ancient seaport which connected Rome to its ever-expanding Mediterranean empire. Unlike Rome's politically oriented Forum, our walk through Ostia gives us a chance to envision the daily lives of merchants and craftsmen, and appreciate beautifully preserved mosaics. As we head back to Rome, we'll take a panoramic bus tour as we continue to peel away the jumbled layers of this fascinating city, learning about Rome as Italy's political capital, the capital of Catholicism, and the center of the ancient world. On the way, we'll continue down the ancient "Queen of Roads," the Appian Way, stopping to tour the eerie Catacombs of San Sebastiano. Arriving back in our Rome neighborhood, you'll be free for dinner on your own. Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Rome's Baroque Treasures

We'll begin with a guided tour of sheer beauty in the Borghese Gallery. Bernini's most graceful and lifelike sculptures reside here — his athletic David and delicate Apollo and Daphne — as well as masterpieces by Canova, Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael. Your afternoon is free to relax in the surrounding park, ramble through more of Rome, or do some last-minute shopping. Tonight we'll have one last dinner together to share travel memories and toast new friends. Salute! Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Rome's airports by taxi or train. Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Arrivederci, Roma!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Rome in 7 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate through the city on your own.

Reviews

Joan

Muskegon, MI

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

IMHO, if you have never been to a place, take a Rick Steves tour! The tour was very well thought out and organized. I was impressed with the mix of tour and free time. It was perfect. Side note: I know in the tour description you tell us an idea what to expect every day as far as activity goes. I don't know how you can make it more clear but we had one tour mate who struggled with the pace (he never complained but it was evident) I guess we all think that we are in good shape ;)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many wows, but the Colosseum and the Forum take first place."

Andy

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved it all- ALL of it, without exception! Had a great and memorable time, can't wait to do another one, maybe even the same one again. Wonderful weather, very nice hotel three blocks from the Colosseum, metro station and forum area. The metro was very easy to understand and use with confidence, and so we did at every opportunity. The tour was very active, lots of walking but with so much to see and experience. A big plus was sharing our adventure with a delightful group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We arrived two days before the start of the tour, and explored a steep hill adjacent to the forum area. In doing so, we stumbled across a small secluded early church/monastery at the peak of the hill, and were invited by a volunteer to tour the church, cloister and grounds with a magnificent garden and a spectacular view of the Colosseum below."

Anne

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the one-week Rome tour - it was well-paced and full of great sights and experiences. I had done the same tour 16 years ago, but with changes in what Rome has to offer, staying in a new part of the City, and having a new guide with new perspectives and priorities, it was a very fresh and stimulating experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering the rooms of ancient Roman houses well below current street level, beneath St. Clement's church - such an amazing vertical journey through history, in one spot! And Francesca's incredible perspectives as a local guide made it a really spine-tingly experience."

Michael

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As city people, it was great to experience the city as if we lived there. The tour guides were outstanding and the hotel staff excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, every place we saw was a solid wow, but the most unexpected wows were the freebies and extras we got, like the week-long Metro pass, the tickets to the "audience" with the Pope, the gelato and stop at the Mediterranean, the Ostia Antica book mark, etc. etc."

Bonita

Arlington, VA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, this was definitely one of the best tour experiences I have ever had: There was a wonderful balance between touring time and free time; the tours and guides were great; and the accommodations were terrific. Perhaps most importantly, it left me with the desire to know more about Rome. Who could ask for anything more?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a very difficult question to answer because the trip was definitely full of extraordinary moments and certainly seeing the Colosseum and the Vatican were knock-your-socks-off experiences. However, my favorite "wow" moment was seeing the Bernini statue of Apollo and Daphne at the Borghese Gallery, a moment enhanced by the great understanding provided by Francesca."

Lale

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it. The touring style fits my character perfectly. We like to walk a lot as a family. When we go to a foreign city, we usually walk along the streets all day to get to know the city. I liked the fact that we were given metro tickets and shown how to use it. We will definitely do more 'Rick Steve' trips in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the historical places, the fountains, the plazas, Vatican, coliseum and the forum. Kept walking back to the highlight locations on our free time."

Anne

Riverton, NJ

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Some of the best things about our trip to Rome included the fantastic and very well educated deeply thinking tour guides. And extra credit goes to the staff back in the USA who managed to get us "first in" tickets ahead of the crowds to the Colosseum, and the Borghese Gallery. I would do the whole tour again, but the Oberammergau Passion Play is looming ahead in 2020. Will you have a tour go there?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Twenty full uncrowded minutes in the Sistine Chapel and, at times, whole rooms of the Vatican museum and the Borghese Gallery and the Parthenon to ourselves!"

Robert

Cypress, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If this wasn't my best vacation ever, it certainly is in the conversation of being so. I love history and nothing beats Rome for that. The Rick Steves tour guides really bring the ruins to life. I'm not really into art but again, the tour guides bring the passion of the artist, the cultural and historical perspective into the viewing which made it very interested for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were multiple "wow" moments - but if I boil it down to one, its the entrance into the Colosseum. Others include dining in a section of a two thousand year old theater where Roman Senators met and Julius Caesar met his demise or the ancient ruins of Ostia Antica or the Sistine Chapel."

Debbie

Cypress, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone and everyone. Spending seven days in Rome was just the right amount of time. We weren't rushed through the highlights of the city. There is so much history and culture to soak in. Everything we saw and learned was fascinating. This was not my first time in Rome, but the tour made it the best visit. There wasn't anything that I didn't like.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many 'wow' moments. However, if I had to choose, it would be seeing the Colosseum and the Forum."

Elizabeth

Fox Point, WI

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third visit to Rome, but my first on a tour. The guides deepened my understanding of both ancient and current culture. My experience of the art and architecture deepened with their passionate explanations. I enjoyed the other tour members - all devoted travelers who wanted to experience Rome - not just check it off of a bucket list. The last night was a true celebration! Cecilia went out of her way to make the evening special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente Church was critical to making sense of the ruins of Rome. It made the centuries come alive and Francesca helped us to see how our visit to this Italian city is part of the history being written today. In addition, seeing the Bernini sculptures with a guide who knows how to "read art" and takes the time to help you appreciate the beauty of the piece and the political, historical and artistic climate of the time made the statues come to life."

Kathleen

Novi, MI

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved my tour and I would love to take another Rick Steves tour! This was the best escorted tour that I have been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment and wonderful surprise was being able to see the Pope."

James

Sugar Grove, IL

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great and our guide, Cecilia, was excellent. The tour at the Vatican Museum was a mess due to the student groups. The Sistine Chapel section was terrible. Many people taking pictures, loud conversations, and I even saw people eating from the school groups. I understand this is normal for the Sistine Chapel. The hotel was excellent and everyone on the staff was cooperative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Papal audience on Wednesady."

Margaret

Clinton Twp, MI

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group and a wonderful guide!!

Diana

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. We saw all the sites on the tour without waiting in lines and with wonderful guides that brought everything we were seeing to life. We had some fabulous meals in good company and we left Rome with some idea of what it's like to live in modern Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing deep beneath the San Clemente church and realizing how long people had been living, worshiping, building in one place. Realizing how extensive the ruins must be under every square foot of Rome."

Julie

Tallevast, FL

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Can't imagine doing Rome in fewer than 7 days or we wouldn't have really "felt" Rome. Tour adjenda was well paced and had lots of variety. Our guide and local guides were exceptional in bringing their subject matter alive in informative and engaging ways. Felt we had time to enjoy every venue. (Excessive crowds everywhere can't be helped but were annoying especially at Vatican))

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having my thinking about Roman ruins from just being ruins to being able to visualize them as architecturally beautiful structures and vibrant communities. Thanks Francesca for imparting THAT!"

Carolyn

Durham, NC

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all I could have asked for- great sights and experiences lead by an enthusiastic and very capable guide in the company of a very amiable mixed-age group. Hotel accommodations were excellent as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow"moments. I guess I would have to say it is "peeling back" the layers of Roman life at various sites such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and San Clemente church- just to name a few."

Susan

Decatur, GA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was an incredible experience! Donald was an exceptional tour guide! The local guides, Paolo and Franchesco were also outstanding. We had so much fun, learned so much and greatly enjoyed the sites we visited. The Hotel Lancelot was a charming place and we were very comfortable there. Our tour mates were so congenial. Of course, we did walk a lot, but my husband and I thought that gave us more time to soak in Rome! The whole experience exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery!"

Sandra

Wimauma, FL

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Walked by the Coliseum every night! How cool is that! Don was outstanding. The food was great! The weather was wonderful. Springtime in Rome is perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count! Every day I was wowed! I truly fell in love with Rome!"

Carol

Clinton, NJ

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip, well planned and organized. The hotel was in a great location and the staff very supportive and helpful. Donald White was outstanding! We saw so much and learned even more. I have a renewed appreciation for the ancient Romans and Renaissance art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Maybe the view from the top of the Victor Emmanuel monument."

Jim

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every aspect of the tour. Donald was great as were all of the guides at every venue. The Lancelot is a wonderful hotel. Walking tour is right! Whew!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel - except for the crowded conditions"

Paul

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was quite enjoyable. The guides were excellent, our fellow tourists were good companions, and Rome was fascinating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was more a "Wow afternoon" as we did a food tour of a Fome neighborhood...lots of fun and good food."

Leslie

Sparks, NV

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous! We did everything one can dream about when going to Rome and then even more. I loved Lisa very knowledgeable and supportive as a guide. Having Sosha along was also nice as we had even more expertise to draw upon. This is my 4th RS tour, and my first city tour. It was intense, but wonderful. So many memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many...Walking into the Colisseum through the Gladiator Entrance. Seeing Bernini statues in real life. Tasting all the food in the Trastevere neighborhood walk."

Stephanie

Everett, WA

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Rome was wonderful. It was a sibling trip. My brothers had an interest in early Roman history. We stayed at the Hotel Lancelot, close to the Colosseum and in a neighborhood with good restaurants, stores, and transportation: buses, trams, and taxis. It was a good mixture of learning, visiting incredible ancient sites and having time to explore the city on our own. Our guide Lisa was wonderful... resourceful and shared insightful information that enriched our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The four of us had this conversation and couldn't stop at one. The immense size of St Peter's, the Colosseum, and the Pantheon, the view from the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, learning about artists... especially the sculptor Bernini. Our guide Francesca... explaining the "recycling" of Rome and how the forum was built to overwhelm ancient foreign visitors."

Kathryn

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the whole experience. Lisa was organized and well informed, everything went smoothly because of the organization. Assisting with learning how to use the public transit and negotiate the traffic in Rome was invaluable. Lisa certainly knew her subject and clearly shared the information. I didn't know if I would like using the sound system, but it worked well. The local guides were superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Basilica of Saint Clement and the layers were amazing as explained by Francesca. Francesca did a wonderful job of explaining the art in the Basilica as well."

Mark

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nice to have all arrangements made for us. Visited everything we wanted to see. Felt vary at ease jumping on and off the bus and Metro. The Lancelot Hotel was a great, central place to stay, with friendly and helpful staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery tour with Francesca. So much of the world's classic art gathered in one place."

Victoria

Plantation, FL

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience was well beyond my expectations. Our guides were very good to the very best I have experienced. Rome really hadn't been high on my list of places to go, but I can't wait to return. Each day had free time to roam or rest with lots of suggestions for extra locations to explore. One way to improve this would be to add a Rome 2 tour and extend it for another week!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The four rivers fountain in the evening. The quiet in the plaza made it all that much more special"

Peter

Plantation, FL

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Impressed with the ability of the tour lead to integrate sites of particular interest to me (I had a list of must see/do things in Rome). This was Travel not a vacation (for those wondering, that's a good thing). I experienced, learned and enjoyed Rome for seven days and was left wanting more on the last day. Rumor has it, we may see a Rome 2 tour (please!)?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While Lisa, our tour lead, was wonderful and much appreciated, I have to spotlight Francesca. Since I only have 500 characters, I'll just say that while Francesca turned a church-coliseum-forum tour into any experience to remember, that turned out to be only the sonata-allegro for her Roman tour de force ending at the Galleria Borghese. Best gallery tour ever in any city I have ever visited. Our take away phrase: "Now what are we looking at?"."

James

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lisa was very helpful, well organized, and took care of everything needed to run the tour very,very well. I particularly like guides she picked to lead the various parts of tour that she didn't lead. The man who was training to do this tour was very helpful. I learned a great deal about Rome, had a good time, and enjoyed visiting with the other people on the tour. I am an older person, age 76, and could have used little more down time and slightly slower pace, but that wasn't a big problem.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Basilica of San Clemente tour of the multiple layers of excavation. Also I very much liked the food tour."

Jo

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was outstanding. The itinerary was full of variety and interest. Lisa was superb as were all the local guides. The week was rich with beautiful sights, robust information about history and modern Rome, and lovely restaurants with delicious food. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tie between the Sistine Chapel and the Appian Way. They were both incredibly beautiful in their own way. The Sistine Chapel stirred my soul in a way I didn't expect. And the Appian Way I could've spent a whole afternoon strolling along its peaceful and elegant path."

Albert

Mequon, WI

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So can't say enough how wonderfully organized this trip was. The trip was nicely paced between tours, meals together and free time off. Lisa was a great source of information and a great leader. The extra guides used during the trip were all fabulous additions, Francesca was just a gem. She opened our eyes as to how to interpret the artwork. Showing us how to use the Metro the first day was a great idea, it allowed us to see the locals and have a convenient means to see the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from, but my favorite was seeing the Church of St Clemente with Francesca, explaining the artwork and history."

Lonni

Tampa, FL

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything was educational and enjoyable. The one part of the tour I would exchange would have been Ostia Antica. All of the ruins in Rome far surpassed that experience, and I think the time would have been better spent on an additional museum, or the opera or some regional music, or a cooking class. The Catacombs at San Sebastian-very interesting, and we might have had maybe 30-45 minutes more to view the Basilica.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 WOW moments- The Basilica at San Clemente was so interesting. I liked that there weren't as many tourists hovering all around. The other was the food and vendor tour in Trastevere. That was hands down the most enjoyable day. Liked touring the Jewish Ghetto- would have liked one of our included dinners to have been there"

Matthew

Mcdonough, GA

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In one word, the experience was "AWESOME". This was a celebration for our 25th wedding anniversary and we had been planning for it for quite awhile, so we really wanted something special. We were not disappointed. We utilized the forums and blogs on the website extensively to prepare for the trip and found them invaluable. Between the online resources and the guide books, we truly were well prepared. We arrived 1-1/2 days early and had the confidence to get out and explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The size and grandeur of the Coliseum were awe inspiring. The fact that the Forums and most of the surrounding area had been covered in dirt and rubble and had to be excavated was amazing. Ostia Antica was mind blowing with how much is still there. But the Castel Sant'Angelo secret tour was by far the best."

Gina

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I decided to take my mother on a tour to celebrate a milestone birthday. The Rick Steve's Rome tour was perfect for us! We loved the balance of structure and free time. We connected with our guide Susanna on many levels and always felt completely cared for but independent at the same time. The tour was so well organized yet it felt genuine, intimate and FUN. I learned so much and came home with a sense of joy and accomplishment!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of St Clemente lead by Franscesca was profound!"

Patty

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guides, Susanna and Francisca and Paulo and Luca!! My daughter and I learned so much! The hotel was perfect I recommend your tour to all that ask about my trip! Thank you

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseum and Borghesse"

Lavon

Albany, OR

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great experience, a very well rounded introduction to the huge volume of history in Rome. We were on the move and pretty tired at the end of the day, but not to the point of exhaustion. I believe the price of the tour was a great value. I also appreciated the smaller group size. It was clear that our group was having a much better time than those in other groups! I would do another Rick Steves tour in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment came in the Colosseum as Francesca explained the history of the building and how it was used. I had no idea that so many animals and humans lost their lives while it was in use. It really pointed out how advanced the Romans were in their building and organizational abilities and also how brutal and cruel they were. Francesca has a most excellent way of describing things so that it brings them to life and you can fully understand them and the context behind their creation."

Ruth

Plainfield, IL

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was delightful week, with a good balance of group activities and independent time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The site with the most visual impact was St. Peters Basilica and Square. The scale and magnitude of the entire area and the Basilica contents are impossible to imagine without being there. The moment of most joy--seeing Bernini sculptures up close at the Borghese."

Stephanie

Mcdonough, GA

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband and I had just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We had planned this trip for several years and it definitely lived up to our expectations. We had never done a group tour before and the stories and history of each location told to us by the tour guides made us better appreciate what we were seeing. As Francesca said "the more you know, the more you see". There was so much to see that we already plan on going back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to pick just one. I really enjoyed the day at the Vatican. Seeing all the great works of art at the Borghese Gallery was also at the top of my list."

Carole

Cleveland, OH

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Borghese Gallery was the highlight of my tour. Francesca knew a great deal about the building and all of the pieces. She made the pieces "come alive". I also liked the small amount of people in the gallery as we toured."

Laura

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susanna is a wealth of information on all things Rome and Italy. We especially enjoyed her evening of extra data and appetizers -- we learned so much. She is able to seamlessly organize the tour, manage the efficiencies of tickets, transportation, and personnel, all while smiling and providing helpful tips to make life delightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole week was just wonderful, but gelato after the Vatican was so much fun!"

Kathi

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the location and the itinerary. Just the right amount of group meals together this time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coleseum and Our guide Francesca"

Mark

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, a very nice experience. I believe what made the trip was our local tour guide Francesca and our small chats we had with Suzanna. Also, the food walk in Trevestevere was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Franchesca!""

Scott

Marion, IL

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susanna and franchesca steal the show and made the whole experience seemless and memorable for all the things you don't have to worry about. The itinerary was great and cohesive for understanding roman culture and history. I cant imagine doing rome any other way. My whole perspective on culture and history has been changed for ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese museum and Bernini statues still live in my memory as just incredible human achievement."

Mary

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time. The tour was everything I had hoped for: great sites with superb guides, great exploration of different neighborhoods along with famous sites. Wonderful food tour and meals. The hotel was great along with the location. Our guide Susanna was the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente tour comes to mind at first as well as the Roman forum. But there were a lot of WOW moments. It is hard to choose. There was nothing to be that wasn't amazing. I also enjoyed Susanna's discussion on current events in Italy."

Martin

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful tours, excellent planning and expert guides! Fine, convenient accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the floor of the Coliseum"

Luke

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great way to see Rome! We had a wonderful time learning about the city both past and present. Endeavoring to be a "local" for a week made the experience even better. Susannah was a terrific guide! We enjoyed the sights, the hotel, the food, and the other tour participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Colosseum at ground level, coming into the arena as the participants would have was amazing. We could heard the crowds roar! Also learning from guides Susannah and Francesca about ancient and modern Rome made me realize that across the globe and across time we are all not that different. We share many common life threads."

Ann

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this 7 day tour in Rome. Great highlights of key sights for the "Roman" experience. We were in Rome last year on the Best of Europe trip and still saw and learned things we did not last year.

Rose

Fairbanks, AK

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rome is far from my favorite city but this increased my appreciation for it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I left the morning the 'beast from the east'was in full force. Seeing the Colosseum in a snow storm was a highlight. The food walk in Trastavere was outstanding."

Inga

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the guides who were very knowledgeable. They know their subjects. It was very informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it is hard to say. I enjoyed the Vatican but I like Ostia Antiqua too."

Tom

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the tour. Loved the itneary. Loved the guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Site tours"

Tina

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful guides, loved Ceci and Francesca! Rome was fantastic, the sights, food, the group and our activities were all wonderful. Guides were very knowledgeable and available and went above and beyond for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from, the way Francesca brings a story to life and connects you in the present as well as the past along with the emotion she brings out is an amazing experience in itself."

Sandra

Olympia, WA

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great to have a guide who was so familiar with the area and the procedures for getting into attractions. The hotel location was superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be seeing the pope-- even thought we are not catholic, it was a wow. And it was a cruddy weather day-- still a wow. We had requested tickets on our own, but the notification was in our mail when we got home."

William

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were well versed in knowledge of Rome, its culture, neighborhoods and history. We were well taken care of especially by Cecil and Francisca. My wife and had never taken a tour below but have lived in Europe for several years and travel extensively but never Rome. We were delighted with the results.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Gladiator entrance into the coliseum and the church art"

Carol

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've never been on a tour before and weren't sure of what to expect. We couldn't have been more delighted. Our guides made all the difference I'm sure. Our first evening, meeting our guide, seeing some of the sites near our hotel and the lovely get-aquatinted dinner certainly did set the stage for the week. Our guide and the local guides made the various sites come alive for us. We learned so much and came home with unforgetable memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the coliseum through the gladiators entrance. I could almost hear the roar of the crowds."

Keysha

San Jose, CA

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cannot remember when I have enjoyed traveling so much. Despite the chilly days and sometimes rain, I would not trade any of the experiences I had on this tour for anything. The group I was with became like a little family. All the guides were absolutely wonderful. The days and sometimes nights were filled with one adventure after another. The experience has made me want to return again and again, but also book another tour for somewhere else in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the audience with the Pope because it was a surprise that we found out about after we arrived for the tour. It was definitely not something I had expected to experience."

Kris

Peyton, CO

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and went very smoothly. No major interruptions or problems were encountered. Everyone was knowledgeable and pleasant. Was a wonderful vacation and I will definitely take another Rick Steve's Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite part of the tour was the Ostia Antica. I enjoy seeing the day to day living of native people."

Theresa

Bloomfield, CT

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the most exciting, educational,informational, and rewarding trip I have ever taken. I am 68 years old and have traveled to many parts of the world but this trip and the guides were the most memorable in my experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican. It was magnificent, but truly requires more time to experience all. I would return to Rome just to visit 3 sites again. Vatican City, the Borghasey Gallery, and shopping."

Karla

Dallas, TX

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip - the tour group members were very friendly and fun; Stephanie was extremely helpful and available. the chosen sites were amazing. the hotel was charming. The trip was too short!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't stop thinking about "The school of Athens" painting in the Vatican museum. I loved the tour of San Clemente and Francesca's guidance. She was WONDERFUL - very interesting and informative. My favorite stop was the Borghese Gallery."

Tara

Visalia, CA

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd RS tour, and second city tour of Rome. Had another wonderful experience. Cannot say enough about our wonderful guide Stephanie!! Hope to tour with her again. As always, the people drawn to RS tours are a great group of people. Memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Fireworks over the Colosseum on New Years Eve, and every Bernini statue!"

Eric

Battlefield, MO

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything I anticipated. There would be no way our family could have seen and learned as much as we did. It made me want to go back and do more. I now have a great base of knowledge to build upon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During the Vatican visit, we had timed it out to go to mass at St Peter's. I will never forget that."

Tae

Granger, IN

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very good. I especially liked Francescas. She took us around the coliseum ,Ancient Rome , Vatican and the art museum.. I learned so much. She made the culture come alive for me??. She was very passionate. I will visit Rome again. Stephanie also did a good job and was very organized. I will never forget the buddy checks.??

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel. When I saw Michelangelos paintings it took my breath away. To actually see the beauty and grace of his work will stay with me forever."

Sam

Dallas, TX

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. Although it rained, Stephanie, main guide, had us out and about not wasting time. The local guides were great. The hotel was nice and close to everything. We were given history lessons and things to look for and to notice. We were taken to sites and didn't wait in lines and local guides explained everything. We were shown how the trains, metro, taxis, and buses worked. A big plus. Food tour was fun and informative. I met a couple who was on their seventh Rick Steve's tour. Great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Colosseum for first time! Plus Stephanie took us out for New Years Eve and we took a drink at local pub and watched fireworks over Rome on a rooftop of our hotel!!"

Kelly

Battlefield, MO

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent. Stephanie is very knowledgeable and is passionate about her job. She did everything in her power to make our tour perfect. We had challenges with weather and she handled with great professionalism and care. Least favorite day was the "foods" tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca!!!!!"

Marta

Glendale, AZ

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour, I am very happy that we chose Rome, also our first time in that city. We arrived a couple of days early and chose to go to sites we would not cover with the tour. We were very impressed with the organization of the tour and how quickly the members bonded. I liked the chosen sites, although as probably mentioned by all the members, the Vatican Museum was too crowded (worse with the rand I wish w could have done the Sistine Chapel and the Cathedral on a separate tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments, but the tour of the Colosseum made me say Wow several times. I was moved several times during the tour and I will always remember Rome by the way I felt while standing inside the Colosseum."

Eric

Yorktown, VA

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was great. I really the Rome tour guides. CiCi did a great job, from the meet and greet all the way to the final dinner together. In addition to CiCi, I really enjoyed having additional tour guides for some of the day visits. Franchesca was great at the Forum and the bougesie museum. Additionally the tour guides for the food market tour were also very good. This was my second time in Rome, the first time i did not have a guide, so this time I saw a lot of new areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the church with two levels of previous roman housing below the current grade level."

Allen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Simply AMAZING tour. Our guide and the local guides were nothing short of amazing. Hotel room left MUCH to be desired.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the forum and the colosseum with Franchesca was stunning. The planning was impeccable. From the original approach to the colosseum it was all planned in exquisite detail. Franchesca was really engaged and dedicated and brought a truly personal experience to the event. Experience of a lifetime class of event."

Geri

Trumansburg, NY

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided us an in depth view and deep understanding of Rome's ancient history and the city it is Today. We were highly impressed with the knowledge, support, and leadership we were provided by our Rick Steve tour guide and the local guides. This was our first tour of this type and our expectations were not only met but exceeded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was "wowed" every time I saw aspects of Ancient Rome imbedded within a thriving present day metropolis."

Maria

Glen Allen, VA

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We generally do active vacations -- not sightseeing ones such as this one. But we found that we got plenty of walking in on this wonderful tour. The thing I tell everyone is the exceptional nature of your tour guides, which makes all the difference in letting you know what it is you are looking at. Celeste was an excellent overall guide, and Francesca was exceptional. She was so knowledgeable, and yet not a spewer of facts. She let you know what it was like to live in ancient Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't name just one. The Coliseum, the Forum and the Vatican Museum were all beyond compare. And it was wonderful to see the Pope twice! And I am not even a Catholic............."

Barry

Glen Allen, VA

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exception guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Forum"

Robert

Cherry Hill, NJ

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Needed all the time to thoroughly enjoy Rome and appreciate this wonderful city and people. The tour focus was on seeing Rome and not shopping as we Had experienced on other tours. It was well organized with great tour guides all with there own personal touch and flavor. A marvelous experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The colliseum, it just came alive for me. I also loved the Borghese Museum especially the Bernini sculptures."

Judi

Mechanicsville, VA

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a lovely adventure! I solved the first level of a mystery puzzle as my jet-lagged brain successfully navigated the airport, train station and Metro to finally arrive at my hotel. Perfect mix of group time/events with personal time to explore. There were 23 mellow, considerate travelers in our group. No drama at all. Our guide Cecilia was very good. She gave us the skills and confidence to navigate the city. Just a picky note: It should be listed as a six day tour, not seven.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow. There were many WOW moments: All of the Bernini sculptures at the Borghese gallery. As an optional event, our guide got us tickets for the Wednesday morning audience with the Pope. Seeing the Pope, up close, was awesome. St Peter's Square in the morning light. THe view of Rome at sunset from the top of the Victor Emmanuel monument. Savoring suppli on the Trestavere food tour, which tasted exactly like a dish my Louisiana momma used to make."

Tana

Nipomo, CA

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very reluctant to join the Rome tour. I have always organized our travel and valued the freedom of independent experiences and the spontanaiety they provide.After researching Rome I realized it was just too complex to do on my own and we settled on your tour. I cannot express how wonderful the experience was and how much I would have missed without Cecilia and Francesca...they made the entire time together so magical and so special and so packed with information and experiences. WOW!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city at night...the fountains...the Bernini sculptures in the Borghese gallery. EVERYTHING!!!"

Amy

Fort Mitchell, KY

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing! Cecelia was a great guide, and I loved the neighborhood we stayed in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we went to the Vatican. Cecelia took those were interested over early for the Pope's blessing, and we had time to wander around the neighborhood and have lunch before we all met up for our tour of the Vatican Museum and Saint Peter's. At the end of a very busy day, we walked back to the Metro and turned around for a last look at the Vatican. The sky was a cobalt blue, and the dome just glowed in the light. It was so beautiful."

David

Dousman, WI

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

CC was a fun, gracious and effective leader, who provided her expertise and knowledge everyday we were together. She gave us a well rounded week of events that were amazing. We visited the well known historic sites, along with visiting small boutiques and out of the way treasures that only a "local guide" can lead you to. We had a wonderful time with the tour group, and CC our group leader was great in assuring everyone was enjoying their time in Rome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour was filled with many "wow" moments. The one I will always fondly remember is the farewell dinner our tour guide facilitated. CC provided us a fantastic Italian dinner with a local singer who was great, and this was topped off with great wine sourced from CC's family's vineyard! This evening was truly a WOW experience and a wonderful way to end the week surrounded by our new friends !"

James

Chicago, IL

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well done. Our guide, Cecilia, was excellent. The sites we visited were interesting and well chosen. Most days there was some free time to explore Rome in addition to the planned activities with Cecilia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Vatican was special. The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica were outstanding. I really enjoyed the visit to San Clemente Church with its 4 layers of buildings spanning nearly 2,000 years (or perhaps even more). Also, the visit to Ostia Antica was very enjoyable and interesting."

Daniel

Geneva, NY

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organised. Knowledgeable and personable local guides obviously enjoyed their work.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Borghesi museum with interpretive presentation by local guide francesca on Bernini statues."

Kristin

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"Tell us about your overall tour experience." I've been staring at this statement for a long time, because I don't know where to begin. The trip left me practically speechless. I hope over the course of the next few questions I can better express myself, but for now, all I can simply state is this - life-changing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had just finished our tour of the Roman Forum, in which we were all dismissed and allowed to venture off and explore. I'd spent years dreaming about this place and what it has meant to civilization as we know it, and here I was, standing in the Heart of the World. It was overwhelming, and awe-inspiring."

Joseph

Glen Ellyn, IL

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic Rome Tour. My wife and I found the trip very well organized and enjoyed every minute of it, very little wasted moments. The tour and tour guides were very good and they gave us much insight into the history of Rome and the various places we visited. The size of the tour group was just right, we met a lot of different people and we all did come away with the sense that we were family and people we felt comfortable with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two great Wow items: The Vatican and the Borghese Gallery. The tour guides for both sites set-up and explained items very clearly and answered all our questions. The opportunity to visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters was overwhelming and something which has to be experienced in person - and to have the tour guides cover different items made it an experience that we will long remember because of the depth of knowledge they gave which helped us understand it better."

Bill

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, and seeing Rome in more depth was tremendously satisfying. The guides were superb, especially Stephanie, and our local guides Franchesca and Francisco. Their detailed knowledge of the city and its history and art was thorough and sophisticated. We enjoyed the intimacy of a walking tour, and at the end felt almost like locals in "mastering" the metro. The time provided for on one's own exploration was very fruitful and resulted in fascinating discoveries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many, but the tour through the Forum and Franchesca's description of the various sites including the exact location of Julius Caesar's cremation and the rostrum from which "the news" was read brought the place to life."

Michael

Seaside Park, NJ

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lancelot Hotel - everything was great - the accommodations and the service. Good location and value. Guides - all first rate and really seemed to love Rome and were very knowledgeable about the tour sites. Stephanie was very organized and made sure everyone was where they needed to be when they needed to be there. Tour - hit all the main attractions, yet was not too frenetic and allowed sufficient free time for personal exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several but I especially enjoyed viewing Rome from the roof of the Victor Emmanuel Monument."

Justin

La Vernia, TX

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very good with a plethora of activities and Stephanie did a great job recognizing the needs and desires of the group and adjusting as ne essay to make sure everyone was comfortable. The hotel was a good location however I loathe European bathrooms and is just something I also have to deal with. I do miss my American bathrooms and breakfast the most when traveling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The opportunity to learn about the history and layers of Rome and how to identify what was new and what was old and the periods. We saw this in the very first church on the tour and it really set the stage for the rest of the tour."

Robin

Rueil-malmaison,

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, the hotel was perfect! Near transit, steps from Roman history and the old center, and tucked away in a small residential neighborhood with everything we needed for the week. Hospitality and rooms were also great. The tour was paced well and made fascinating by local guides Francesca and Alessandra. Francesca opened our eyes to Rome and helped us understand exactly what we were seeing, and why. Tour guide Stephanie shared her passion for Rome and Ostia and kept us well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It happened in St. Clement's church when Francesca started to unpeeled the layers of the onion that is Rome. We traversed the centuries literally and figuratively. We painted ancient Rome in our minds, restoring its splendor with the colored stones that were taken to pave and decorate Rome of the papal dynasties."

Brett

Springfield, IL

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was wonderful. I went to Rome 21 years ago and didn't like it. I didn't think I would ever come back. This time, I absolutely loved it and I can't wait to come back!! Thank you!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many "wow" moments on this tour. All of the sites were so wonderful. I think a very unique "wow" moment for me was sitting on my balcony in the evening, listening to the music, conversation, scents of dinner cooking, and pets while the moon rose above Rome. What an amazing night that was, just to sit there and take it all in."

Sally

North Bend, OR

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My sister and I travelled to Rome together. Rome was absolutely wonderful! We had no bad experiences. We always felt safe while walking around, day and night. And we did a lot of walking! Our hotel was nice and in a great location! Our fellow travellers were great, no grouches. Our guides were very helpful and pleasant. Everything was well organized. I highly recommend this tour! We saw a lot but it wasn't too hectic or rushed or tiring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was a wow moment! Whatever we did was just as amazing as the previous. The well known sites were breathtaking. But the not so famous were as well. There was so much activity and life! The busy streets, the traffic, the restaurants, cafes, wine and cappuccino! The architecture, beautiful buildings and residential neighborhoods. The weather was gorgeous the whole time. Such a beautiful, enchanting, wonderful city!!! I found my true love!"

David

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having studied Latin in high school, I was familiar with the history of the Roman Republic and Empire. Seeing that history in person was inspiring, especially remembering the antiquity of Rome and the fact that much of what I saw was four to five times older than the beginnings of the British settlement of America at Jamestown. It was more than a presence of time and knowledge--it was a spiritual and emotional experience to feel and see my connection to the past.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Surveying the panorama of the interior of the Coliseum and sensing that what transpired there so long ago is reflective of the core of human nature which really has not changed throughout the ages."

Frances

Marshall, MI

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So hard to put into words just how amazing it was to see things that I have only read about! The hotel was lovely, all the guides were spectacular. And it was so much fun meeting and sharing the experience with new friends from around the country!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry but I can't pick just one. Walking in the Forum and knowing that Julius Caesar walked the same path. Seeing the Sistine Chapel was so emotional. I have wanted to see it since I was 12 and read The Agony and the Ecstasy. And of course...the taxi drivers!"

Alan

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

October was the perfect time - the weather was amazing. The sites were well-planned and the guides were phenomenal!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Janice: First "WOW" moment was in St. Clemente when Francesca explained how art and arch. in Italy had developed. I could look at paintings and structures and understand and appreciate what I was seeing. Second "WOW" was the Forum; trying to imagine the 'Splendor' that was ancient Rome. Alan: The Borghese Gallery - nice job by Hilaria to help us understand the scope of all the masterpieces there."

Carol

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a trip of a lifetime!! We were able to experience in person so many sites that we had seen in books or earned about in school. The tour guides were so knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate! The hotel was very comfortable, well located, and the breakfasts were a smorgasbord of deliciousness! Meeting and exploring with our fellow tourists was a added delight! We will be traveling on a Rick Steves' tour again in the future!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so difficult to pick one favorite wow moment as I loved everything but the Catacombs! The Colosseum was a high point I think as Francesca took us back in time to experience life in ancient Rome! I am a history lover and this whole trip was a dream come true!"

Brian

Oroville, WA

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was outstanding! Had an awesome time exploring the city of Rome and learning about it's rich history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day on the tour was a "wow" moment for me! One that stood out from them all was seeing the Coliseum and the Roman Form. Being able to see how the city built on top of itself and how the Coliseum was used over the centuries made me say wow a few times."

Richard

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour guides. Very friendly and knowledgeable about their areas. Nice size group. Didn't feel like you were part of a herd.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment(s) were the interactions with the tour guides. Virginia has a great sense of humor, was friendly, open, and willing to help out any way she could."

Martha

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the tour was awesome. Plenty of free time and the guides were all outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Catacombs of San Sebastian with the Roman Necropolis! So cool! Also Ostia Antica!"

Brian

Merced, CA

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I consider myself an amateur ancient Rome aficionado, but I learned so many interesting facts and figures about the various locations within the roman empire that I have come to the realization that I still have a long way to go to truly understand the subject matter. Not only were the tour guides very knowledgeable, but they transported you back in time and painted both a vibrant and colorful fresco of your surroundings. Their words made you "feel" with your heart as well as "think".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Roman Coliseum tour stood out for me - the guide captured the vibrancy of the ancient world in a vivid hue of meaningful words and evoked emotion by transporting us back into the bodies of the gladiators. Their struggle, sweat and sacrifice became very real."

Pamela

Marshall, MI

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a archeologist "wanna be", this trip was thrilling for me. I saw things that I have read about in history books. The fact that I walked where Cesar did and saw a city built 2000 years ago was a dream come true. The guides helped us imagine what it was like to live in those times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my favorite parts, was sitting at the bistros like a Roman, not a tourist and the food was incredible. The best pizza I've ever had. My real wow moment was looking up the street from our hotel and seeing the Vatican!"

Carol

North Bend, OR

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome was spectacular: the Colosseum, the Forum, the Vatican Museum, the Borghese Gallery, Ostia Antica were all fabulous. But my hands-down "Wow" moment was seeing none other than Pope Francis at St. Peter's square! I would never have thought it possible to see Papa Francesco in person, a once-in-a-lifetime experience! It was wonderful!"

Thomas

Catonsville, MD

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely well planned and very informative daily tours. We thought the balance of tours with free time was just right. Super-talented guides who celebrated Italian life and had great sense of humor. Hotel Lancelot was perfect, complete breakfast every morning. My wife and I loved the culinary tour of Trastavere, our tour guide Francesco was great. We really enjoyed the dinners together with the tour group, especially the last night when wonderful Cecilia shared her family's wines with us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Gallery"

Sara

West Liberty, IA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent - there is so much to see and do but, I felt like we really had a the chance to see everything you really want and still had our own time and were given great options of other things to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente was an incredible surprise as we kept going further down and learning the story of the ruins. Ostia Antica was amazing at how well you can "see" everything in the life of someone there."

Teresa

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well worth the money. The tour was everything I wanted it to be and more. Our tour guides made us feel connected to the history and architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was so much art in history everywhere I turned that I almost take it for granted. We walk by Priceless and world famous works of art and it's just acknowledged at a glance. Rome really is the center of the world."

Jennifer

Hubbardston, MA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rome Tour was packed full and helped us learn so much more than we could ever learn from our Jr. High Ancient History class! Cecilia's wealth of knowledge, exuberant energy and engaging personality make her the perfect tour host. She encouraged participants to take advantage of the public transportation systems in order to explore independently. The only down side was, we did not have much time for exploring on our own with the ambitious schedule planned for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One wow moment was seeing the Pope in Vatican City. That was something we hoped for but never expected. Another was visiting Ostia Antica."

Deborah

Edmond, OK

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides enabled me to gain a much fuller knowledge and appreciation of the sites, history, and culture. I feel that I realized ten times the amount of value from the visit than I have experienced without a guide. I also enjoyed the group we were with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments - the two best were: 1) when our guide took several hours in a relaxed setting to talk to us about issues we were all curious about - the country's health care system, the country's tax system, inheritance laws, etc., and answered questions,to allow us to compare living in that country to the U.S.; and 2) learning from the specialist guides who accompanied us at several key sites. Their depth and breadth of knowledge was amazing."

Kathleen

Catonsville, MD

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have experienced a better tour. Our tour guide Cecilia was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and caring. The week was so well organized, the hotel perfect and we enjoyed so many wonderful experiences. It was the perfect balance for us. We can't wait to plan another Rick Steve's Tour. This was our first, but not our last. Thank You!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Galleria Borghese and seeing Pope Francis."

Nellie

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my 3rd Rick Steves tour and it was wonderful as usual. The Hotel Lancelot was amazing to say the least. The staff of the entire hotel was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The taxi drivers in Rome were a real experience. Once you get over the terror of speed and driving 1 inch from cars parked on the street, it was like a Disneyland ride and we were able to drive in back street areas not seen by the average tour!! I loved the Jewish ghetto visit. Potato pizza was to die for!!! Yummm!!! There is NO bad food in Italy!!"

Tracie

Keystone Hgts, FL

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was Wonderful Thank You.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was WOW."

Randall

Keystone Hgts, FL

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AWE, Awesome, Wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all amazing. Every turn had something new. (OLD)"

Angela

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful trip to Rome ! Not only the planned sites enriched my horizon of understanding of Roman ancient, recent and current status of Roman life, the free times the tour provided gave me the opportunities to seek my special needs of my visit, such as climbing the Holy Stairs, Visited the Aqueducts Park, strolling around the neighborhood at my ease. Nice !!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the visit to San Clemente. It surprised me that there were layers and layers of living spaces ancient Roman lived under this church !!!"

Lillian

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thanks to Rainer and our excellent local guides, the week in Rome was more terrific than I expected. Thanks to early lessons in navigating public transit & maps & our first dinner, our group worked well together. The audio system was helpful in crowds at Coliseum & Vatican.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Bernini statues at the Borghese Gallery with Francesca was amazing. There was simply no comparison with photos in art history classes I've taken. She had the ability to draw us into the story of Apollo & Daphne, Hades & Proserpina, etc. as well as pointing out the craftsmanship in the works. Although we saw many other magnificent works of art, the Bernini sculptures still stand out in my memory."

Mark

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well planned and carried through. The Guides were excellent. Their knowledge of Rome and each element of the tour was outstanding. Rainier, our primary guide, was very well organized and his knowledge of the architecture of Rome (he is an architect by trade) was particularly good. Francesca our guide for the Forum and Villa Borghese was also terrific. Her knowledge of and passion for Rome and its history really came through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jill enjoyed Gallery Borghese the most with the incredible Bernini sculptures. Mine was the Forum and Francesca's explication of how for hundreds of years through invasion, earthquake et al, people had come to the Forum, taken away marble and other building materials and squatted there with their animals. On our own we loved the Palazzo Doria Pamphilij. And we had a great walk on the left bank of the Tiber near the Garibaldi Monument with great overlooks of the city."

Sharon

Boring, OR

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Our guide, Rainer, was calm, interesting, knowledgeable, and kept a brisk punctual pace. Day by day the Rome adventure got better. Sites chosen were perfect... big attractions mixed with little sought after gems. Free time ample. Did not experience the mental exhaustion I'd experienced on a previous RS tour. Especially enjoyed the physical exertion of this tour, especially the vertical nature of the landscape. All of the stair climbs were refreshing with grand rewards at the end.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Local guide, Francesca's, day 2 tour through the small church with three levels underground (sorry, do not have name of it at hand) and later the Borghese Gallery. She touched my soul with the information she imparted. She made the tour for me."

Carol

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was FANTASTIC! Each day was exciting, surprising, enjoyable. I love how the tours are structured - just enough sights in a day to make it memorable, not enough to cause fatigue, and free time tucked in for resting or going out on your own. Rather than reading dry dusty history books, this tour brought 3000 years of history alive. The design of the tour made Rome very accessible, understandable and do-able by the average simple tourist like me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel was the ultimate moment for me. Having been in Florence right before the Rome tour seeing David & the Prisoners, and then in Rome spending precious moments gazing at the Sistine Chapel ceiling & the Last Judgement (followed by the Basilica and the Pieta which that left me speechless), it is clearly evident that Michelangelo's genius & glorious talent has life & breath that envelopes anyone who views his masterpieces. Awesome, inspiring, overwhelming - can't believe I saw it."

Linda

Clinton Township, MI

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the tour very much. I learned an unbelievable amount about Italy/Rome from Jamie and our guides. Honestly, it was a little overwhelming and I felt like I was in history class for six days straight! (That's more a dig at myself than the tour itself.) Personally, I needed a little more free time which is why we bypassed a couple of tours and spent the day by ourselves. I learned from this trip that I am not a "tour group" person and will not do another one like this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum was phenomenal but St. Clementi was truly amazing."

Pamela

Salem, OR

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I do a lot of traveling, and even though a large city is a large city with lots of cars and tourists, I knew going In that Rome would be overwhelming. The reason for my trip was viewing the art work and Roman ruins. I was thoroughly satisfied. Jamie was great, very knowledgeable and his speaking voice was excellent. It's difficult understanding a guide who speaks English but has a strong accent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The colliseum."

Jerry

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rome tour was excellent, covering the highlights in great detail and with just enough free time to catch our breath. Our Guide, Jamie was outstanding and the local guide, Francesca was inspirational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After catching the subway from Termini to Colosseum, emerging from underground and having the Colosseum RIGHT THERE across the street."

Bob

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a resounding success for me because it was such a thorough immersion in Rome and its history. The hotel was elegant and well-located. Jamie was superb as a coordinator/guide. Every one of our other local guides was also topnotch. Even the weather was perfect!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment was an entire day, the one spent with guide Francesca doing San Clemente, the colosseum, and the forum. She is the best guide I've ever had anywhere, because of her very sophisticated approach to interpreting history, art, and architecture. I look forward to corresponding with her on the theory behind her presentations."

Eric

Hudson, OH

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jamie was awesome tour guide. Just the right mix of guided activities and free time. Hotel was excellent. Great location in authentic Italian neighborhood.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trastavere food tour and visit to the Vatican."

Edward

Grand Haven, MI

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well programmed and paced. I like the guides' emphasis on experience vs statistics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca's commentary in the Colosseum."

Christine

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so very enjoyable that husband Jim and I have convinced 5 other people to sign up for the 2018 Scandinavia Rick Steves Tour. The leader was knowledgable, friendly and everything you could want in a leader. The guides were astonishing in their knowledge, and ability to easily connect with us and convey that knowledge. Paolo was outstanding on our tour of the Vatican museums and Borghesi gallery. There were so many ideas and insights and observations; Francesca was a marvel!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Paolo explained the Canova sculpture in the Borghesi Gallery (Bonaparte's sister as Victorius Venus) and pointed out the folds of the marble of the mattress she reclined on and said that was the reason he became an art historian!Also viewing other sculptures with Paolo's explanations: marble fingers looking like they are pressing into skin (Pluto Abducting Persephone); his explanation of the history of Caravaggio's La Madonna dei Palafrenieri; each took my breath away."

Nancy

Chico, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I learned a lot about ancient Rome and ancient Roman life and enjoyed beautiful sculptures and artwork. The group participants were pleasant and good company and the guides excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was impressed with Ostica Antica - particularly with the square with vender's stalls and the size of the community during it's heyday in 200 a.d.!"

Paulette

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Tour was excellent. Cecilia and the other tour guides were all very through and so informative. We loved Hotel Lancelot.

Charles

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

On a scale of 1 to 10 we give it an 11! This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it will not be our last. It was especially nice to have such a small group (only 24) many of which had take Rick's tours in the past. Great Guide for our group and excellent guides for the specific tours that were provided to us. Not only did we enjoy much of the history of Rome but also a great flavor of the current Italian culture. Wonderful time, great food and highly recommended.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was a "wow" moment! We honestly did not expect it to be that good. As mentioned earlier, we were totally impressed."

Joyce

Napa, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rome tour was a wonderful "semester" of archeology in 6 days. The tour guides were knowledgeable in their fields, and were clear in their presentations. There was lots of walking, and the tour headquarters at the Lancelot Hotel was perfect for reaching antiquity sites, as well as the Metro, and bus lines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were various and equally "wow" moments on this tour. The Vatican St. Peter's was one. I attended mass on Sunday and it was done in Latin which was very special. The Vatican Museums and The Sistine Chapel were just unbelievable. Also the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Ostia Antica, all of these were exceptional reminders of the culture and history of Rome and civilization."

Ed

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. Primary guide Cecilia was a wealth of knowledge and the expertise of the secondary specialist guides was amazing. Hotel room was on the small side but very clean and the location was very convenient to the historical sites, bus and metro stops. Breakfast at the hotel was very good and more than I expected for a European continental breakfast. I was overwhelmed with the history, art, ruins and spectacle of Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the history that our current civilization is based on."

Douglas

Annandale, NJ

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide Cecilia was the best tour guide we ever had in 4 Rick Steven Tours. Overall the best tour we ever had. The way it was paced with a break for an expresso after an afternoon ow walking, the gelato after a difficult day of overcrowded tourists at the Vatican Museum and St Peters, the extra effort to provide us with unexpected tickets to the Pope's blessing were indications of a well planned and thoughtful guide . The Vatican Museum and St. Peters tours could be less crowded.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the last evening's dinner"

James

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great accommodations; well organized and informative tours; Cecilia and the local guides were outstanding. I learned a lot.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"More than one; the art museums with commentary by Paulo were outstanding as was the tour and commentary on the history and development of Rome with Francesca."

Michele

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Firstly, I apologize for the late review. I used the Rome tour as a jumping off point for the Best of Sicily tour (returned home 9/22). And what a send off it was! The Rome tour exceeded all my expectations. Rome itself is troppo, troppo, troppo!! But in a good way. I knew trying to do it on my own would have been overwhelming. The tour (and Cecilia, our guide, most of all) made it manageable and fun. The individual city guides(Francesca,Ilaria, Paulo,Eric) were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Rome, every time you turn around there a wow moment. But I think going down into la chiesa di San Clemente with Francesca and literally experiencing the historical layers of Rome was the wow moment that made the rest of the trip truly meaningful. Francesca brought so many aspects of Rome's complex past and present truly alive and palpable in the church, the Colosseum, and anywhere she took us. Her passion for Rome made the experience visceral and real beyond monuments and ruins."

Deborah

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so well organized! We saw so much in just a week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Parthenon took my breath away -- I felt like I turned the corner and 2000 years ago was within my reach."

Edith

Brooksville, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour hit the highlights of Rome and afforded free time for us to do our own thing. Our guide Cecilia showed us how to use the transit system so we could get around the area on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My biggest wow moment was St Peters Bascillica. It was so massive!Full of beautiful art!"

Reginald

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience well exceeded my expectations. It was totally stress free and I appreciate all of the hard work put in by The Rick Steves organization with regard to planning the activities. There is no way that I could have gained the local insight or been as efficient in planning and participating in the activities had I planned it myself. I especially enjoyed our guide, Cecilia. Her knowledge of Italy and sense of humor really enhanced the trip!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was the tour of the Borghese gallery, absolutely magnificent."

Ken

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fast-moving overview of Rome in a short amount of time. We were looking for an introduction to the most popular places since we had never been to the city. This itinerary fit the bill. I particularly like the cultural briefings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hotel was literally steps from the Coliseum...we had a great view from our deck every evening!"

Doug

Hockessin, DE

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lead guide (Nina) was excellent. Very personable and tailored our tour to our group. The local guides were also outstanding. Walking was manageable. Variety of the tour (historic, cultural etc) also first rate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Forum and the Largo Argentina. I'm a big fan of Julius Caesar."

Mark

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so much more than I expected very well done. Tour operators were amazing, and loved going outside of Rome, loved the free time to spend with fellow people in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the Vatican and seeing the Pope."

Daniel

Dayton, OH

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my wife and I first tour. It was great. So would go on another tour with Rick Steve's Tour. The people in our tour group were great and all the sights we seen were fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Coliseum was the best. Could see it from our hotel roof top. Its just so majestic."

Pete

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina was great. She went far beyond what I expected of her. She was always available for questions and suggestions. Her knowledge of Roma was incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both Nina and Franshca (sp?) made a point during our tours that stuck with me. Roma was built and at times rebuilt for the people 2000 plus years ago and not for us tourists today. That made a big difference in how I saw the city and its buildings."

Holly

Irving, TX

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Accommadations were authentic and elegant. The owner and staff were wonderful. Nina our main guide...I can't use enough superlatives to describe her as she GREATLY exceeded my expectations. Kind warm knowledgeable and funny! Francesca and Paolo were also just as knowledgeable passionate and personable...and great senses of humor. They showed us their Rome through their eyes and made the history come alive for us. We felt at home in The Eternal City thanks to you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colisseum, The Vatican, The Forum, and the Borghese Gallery. I have no words to begin to describe the breathtaking beauty and history of these places"

Stephen

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had not been to Rome before and was looking for a tour which was both comprehensive, yet educational - as well as fun. The Rick Steves Best of Rome in 7 Days fulfilled this beyond expectation. It was good to have both the structure and guided tour experiences as well as the opportunity to do it on my own, so to speak. Since our group of 25 was one of the most congenial she had ever experienced on the whole (according to Nina), I generally was with small groups when on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many I would have trouble picking one! Among those was perhaps the neighborhood food tour."

Lorri

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Never having been on a group tour or cruise of any kind, we were skeptical. It was a great surprise to find that it wasn't a herd of cattle tramping from place to place, but a tight, cohesive group filled with comradery, laughs and shared insights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente, the Coliseum and Forum which Francesca so amazingly brought to life that all the people disappeared, the buildings grew, the colors popped and I was standing in ancient Rome."

Daniel

Ballston Lake, NY

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was beyond my expectations. This was my 4th trip to Rome and it was by far the most thorough, educational and fun. The entire experience was so delightful and wonderful and the people who were in the tour group were great co-travelers. We met some very fun and enjoyable people with whom share our time in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery was incredible. Paulo was the tour guide and he was so delightful, engaging and knowledgable about the gallery and the art within. In addition, it was not crowded as was the Vatican museum, which was packed with visitors. The Borghese Gallery was comfortable and full of incredible pieces of art but Paulo focuses on select pieces instead of trying to everything. It was amazing."

Vicky

Dayton, OH

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was excellent. Had never been on a tour group before so really didn't know what to expect. Had the best time of my life. Will always remember it. Seeing new places, meeting new people, trying new foods.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was seeing the coliseum for the first time. The size of it, the history of it, and walking around inside and just picturing in my mind how it would have been back so long ago. We could see it from the roof of our hotel and it was beautiful. Everyday when we were out and about we would pass it. Just seeing that majestic sight made my day."

Joan

Horicon, WI

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Hotel was staff was very accommodating and the room adequate, the balcony was an added relaxing perk. The over all experience was enlightening, the specialized extra guides that Sarah had lead particular tours were more than well versed, you experienced what the artist were conveying. The intellectual, artistic and engineering ability of the Romans was brought to life on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were 4: 1. The different cathedral domes, 2. the Borghese Museum ,3.St Peters in the early morning before the crowds,4. The water system in the ancient ruins on the Appian Way"

Jodi

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Guide was friendly, approachable, flexible Group bonded quickly and was well balanced in age, interests There was a right mix of organized activities and free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The full moon as seen through the Coliseum"

Linda

Farmington, UT

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. Learned so very much. I loved that the tour included out of the way places, as well as the usual places to see. Our guide was always very interested in what we wanted to do as a group. She seemed to plan each day according to what the group wanted. Lots and lots of walking. Bring good walking shoes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved our various guides. I appreciated having different guides along the way as we went to each venue. They dispelled great information and I learned so much. Each one of our guides were my favorite."

Mina

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were exhausted by the end of the week, but in a good way. we saw wonderful sites, lead by outstanding guides. Everyone in our group got along so well, although our ages varied from 30 to 70. It was a memorable week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Forum when we went for a walk after dark on our first night."

Paula

Little Rock, AR

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the hotel and staff. It was so much fun to get to know are small group led by Sarah. The tours were amazing and the organization of them and avoiding long lines. The information was really the heart of Rome and not just a lot of name and dates

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food tour and getting to know they everyday life of Rome"

Mary Sue

Arlington, TX

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was more than I expected it to be because I was very anxious about leaving the United States. On the very first nigh Sarah made us comfortable with the neighborhoods around our hotel. I felt that if I could get to the coliseum i would never be lost. there are no word to tell how good it was to be traveling with someone who was so comfortable with the language and the culture. I felt that I was just sharing the home of an old friend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The WOW was Tuesday morning, seeing Saint Peter's without the crowds.Sarah had us at Vatican city by 7 a.m. then there was the absolute first sight of the colosseum at night and all of the wonderful churches"

Bradford

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great in-depth tour of Rome. The tour director, Sarah Murdoch, was outstanding as well as the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was on day 1 when we toured San Clemente Church. This was a great introduction to what lay ahead in terms of a top to bottom apprciation of what Rome was 2000 years ago and how it has morphed over the years."

Mary

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour group, the tour guide (Julian), the local guides, and the hotel were all excellent. We really enjoyed ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pantheon, Ostia Antica, Sistine Chapel, Gelato, etc"

Douglas

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary and guidance for free time explorations were excellent. Julian is extremely knowledgeable and articulate. Francesca's tour of the colosseum and forum gave an intimate experience of these sites. The Hotel Lancelot was ideally located and the services excellent. At the completion of the tour I stayed two more days and felt quite capable to manage Rome's museums, public transportation and amenities.

Michael

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing!! Very educational too. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostia Antica blew me away!"

Gordon

Monroe, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You can't call this a 7 day tour when the first and seventh days are essentially travel days, but we packed a lot into the core 5 days. We realize now that there is just too much to do and see in this place. We certainly got a very good taste of what makes Rome special. Justin tried to give us tools for getting the most out of our free time which was appreciated. He was very good at giving us some historical context, both ancient and modern, for what we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably standing in the Forum where real history passed by once upon a time. Or maybe in St. Peter's Basilica when I realized the strange figures on the alter area were actually full-sized people, not candlesticks. Or the shocking realization that I was looking forward to an American pizza after all the sophisticated lightweight versions the Italians presented to us."

Marian

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I agree with all my husbands comments on his survey- Harry Ritter

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide, Julian!"

Marjie

Fort Davis, TX

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was perfect for a first visit to chaotic beautiful Rome! Julian kept this tour of independent travelers so excited to see the highlights of everyone's dream of Roman culture from the ancient to the current! Learning to ride the buses and transit trams was a great skill and made the city less intimidating for the feint of heart! Our hotel was immaculate with a wonderful staff and a fabulous location. The Coliseum was our landmark for "home" ! How great is that??

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Pieta? A day in ancient Ostia Antica? Trevi Fountain? The Coliseum? Perhaps it was the time to photograph the all these things and thus be able to keep in my sight and heart these memories. The vegetable lasagna we had one fine day still has me raving! I was speechless at the marble sculptures in the Borghese Museum and could not even say, " Wow!"."

Brenda

Baton Rouge, LA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. Julian was knowledgeable and energetic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese gallery!"

Linda

Terrell, TX

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful blend of great plans and free time. Also, the schedule did not require us to be up and out early on several days. So nice! The best of Rome was exactly what was scheduled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was never a single wow moment for me but I will say that our guide, Francesca, brought everything to life. Her insight and charm were incredible. She absolutely made a difference in my experience."

Larry

Northampton, PA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent in every way: fine guide, terrific hotel, incomparable sights, and wonderful fellow travelers to share them with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to select a single moment, but I think Ostia Antica stands out most in my mind. Just a unique and beautiful treasure."

Judy

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Rome tour was a great sight seeing experience. So much history and so much to see in one city. Being here for the last two days of our first tour and then this tour we still need to come back to see some more of Rome. I so enjoyed this city and exploring its many diverse areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum- To see it "for real" after viewing it in pictures all these years was a real "wow" moment for me."

Michael

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the very start with the introductions,I felt like part of a new family. Julian was both entertaining and reassuring that this trip would be fun and educational. We knew the pace of the tour would be demanding due to the many sites of Rome. We knew Julian cared about our well being and safety by making sure we always knew where we were, what to see and how to return to our hotel. Our visit to Rome was unmatched to any of our trips to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The moment we approached the Colloseum and entered it. The amazing engineering feat and what took place there. The Roman culture and understanding it was presented by our tour guide Franchesca.We loved her passion and emotion as she educated us."

Tisha

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Time machine. Historians. Peaceful. Exhilaration. Mental exercise. Vast perspective. Laughter. Muscle soreness. Expanding ideas. Deep. This trip was our first time... ...in Europe ...in Italy ....on an RS tour ...using passports together. Our guide and our tour group made it an expansive experience. We went back in time together and learned what it was to be a Roman from a deep and full understanding. We were not merely traveling through Rome, we were immersed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the excavation of the San Clemente church listening to the water flowing in the underground spring. I was looking up a very narrow staircase, and our guide Francesca was describing the alley stairs and the "housing" we were standing in at that moment. I was fully transported back to a time I had not even considered. Movies and books are no substitute for the real adventure. History was there, right under my feet."

Juanita

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! Filled with terrificinformation about the city and the sites. It was delightful! Lots of walking but we did our homework and were prepared

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Coliseum and the Forum and learning about what it really looked like originally looked like. Our guides did a fabulous job bringing it to life and helping us read the ruins."

Christine

Nampa, ID

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Rome was a fun and educational tour. After several days, we could find our way around and Rome did not seem did not seem intimidating like I imagined before we arrived. Arriving two days earlier on the end of The Best of Italy tour, we had seen several of the sights already, so went to some other suggested sights in the guidebook. Enjoyed the National Museum and Capitoline Museum, Galleria Pamphilj, and some of the walking tours in the book. Great tour overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostica Antica. The mosaics especially. I really like mosaics and saw many in the museums in Rome but seeing them in the ruins and so well preserved was a wow for me."

Janet

Terrell, TX

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All was well-planned and Julian was experienced and more than competent. Art guides were incredible but I single out Francesca as extraordinary--totally excellent. The hotel was good; its location was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca at the Borghesa Galleries. No, wait, it was Francesca at the S. Clemente church. But she was also excellent at the Colosseum."

Deborah

Riverhead, NY

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Julian handled every detaio of our tour so we could just enjoy and not have to worry about buying tickets or standing in lines. The group we traveled with were so friendly and well suited to be on this type of a tour. The entire week, the weather was beautiful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tours which were led by our Roman guide, Francesca, not only were interesting and super informative, but she told us things about looking at ruins I will never forget and use when viewing ruins elsewhere. Meeting her was our WOW!"

Mark

Evanston, IL

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very well organized and ran smoothly. The guide was very informative and knowledgeable. The hotel was good. The other members of the tour were nice and friendly. The second guide was also excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite museum was the Borghese Gallery. The artwork was stunning, and the guide provided very insightful commentary."

Fred

Calgary, AB

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Borghese Gallery was outstanding. My wow moment came from the Bernini statue "The Rape of Proserpina" with all its lifelike detail and emotions."

Carla

Richmond, IL

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There is so much to say concerning the trip as. A whole. This is my first tour. I have travelled internatonally and mostly alone, so this was a very unique experience for me. I enjoyed all of the places we visited. All of the guides were wonderful! Their professional expertise, leadership and charm really helped to make the trip worthwhile and entertaining. I was not in the best physical shape for the trip, due to a knee injury so I lagged behind the group at times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything! Attending mass at he the Vatican in the presence of the Pope was a great experience. When Franchesca presented me with a broshure from the Borguese museum was another. The tour was well thought out."

Robert Blair

Spokane, WA

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absent a good tour, we would have spent a couple of days just figuring out how to navigate Rome. Because of the extremely good organization, our time was never wasted. Moreover, from a content standpoint, the tour was superb - not just taking us to "sites" but providing a context to interpret what we saw, and what to look at when we were on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments. I suppose one of mine was standing in the center of the Pantheon and imagining the Romans building it almost 2,000 years ago and the uncounted humble and famous who stood where I stood."

Kelly

Frisco, TX

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a "fantatico" experience with The Best of Rome in 7 Days tour. The tour guide, Cecilia, was magnificent. The group fantastic. The experience unforgettable. The combination/balance of tour group time and independent time was great. Loved Ancient Rome- the forum and Colosseum, Neighborhood Rome, St. Peter's and the Vatican Museum, the trip to Ostia Antica, The Borghese Gallery was spectacular as well as our local guide- Francesca. Our 3rd Rick Steve's tour everytime phenomenal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Papal Audience with Pope Francis due to the extra effort of our fabulous tour guide, Cecilia, was awe inspiring. All the churches with there spectacular/ breathtaking sculptures, frescos, paintings....The local food tasting by our local guide Jasmine was delicious and only enhanced with the fact most of the places we went to were in the family for generations making it more special. Being with a fantastic group of people to enjoy the experience with. The farewell dinner was exquisite."

Sands

Nevada City, CA

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was immediately attracted by Steves's philosophy: "If it isn't to your liking, change your liking," and "No grumps!"; his encouragement to pack lightly (no one else is going to carry your luggage! Also, when I saw there was no single supplement-no penalty for being or traveling alone-I knew I'd found my tour. I felt I got my money's worth by day two: great hotel, incredible guides, beautifully organized. We did so much! A great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. Martha's tour of the Vatican: her the focus on the shift from Renaissance to Baroque art and what it meant; I learned so much that day! Also Hilaria's tour of St Clements: her focus on the layers of Rome, and the endless "recycling" of materials: a great introduction to what we found throughout our tour. Francesca's astounding tour of the Gallery Borghese. The tour of the catacombs. I guess I'd say: the tour guides! Outstanding."

Susan

Spokane, WA

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best of guides, we were convinced! The week went way beyond the description of the tour - and we enjoyed the diversity and friendliness of the others in our tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many - It will take longer than just a few days to process the extent of the tour which included art plus. To mention one, Michaelangelo's "Pieta" holds a special moment enhanced by Paolo's explanation of what we were seeing."

Donna

Paradise Valley, AZ

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The history of Rome is spectacular and we had a wonderful experience learning about it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last night, when Cecilia brought her wines to dinner and we got to sample them. Her wines were super (I'm going to ask local stores to order them), and the dinner was also great."

Richard

Paradise Valley, AZ

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour--I learned more than I expected and would recommend it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was seeing Ostia Antica, which was truly amazing!"

Grace

Big Rapids, MI

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have watched your TV shows, read your Rome book and thought I knew what to expect. This tour was way beyond those expectations. It was wonderful. When you said strenuous... You were not kidding! I am 75 years old and I was able to do it all. The structure, pace and information were very well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from. The vatican museum, Sistene Chapel , seeing the Pope, walking on the stones of Roman sites, art, Borghase Gallery and the excellent food.... All of it!"

Catherine

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cecelia was a wonderful tour guide and very knowledgeable of Rome. She was helpful in providing information for free time locations. The experience she offered made a lasting impression and certainly enhanced our Rome experience. Selection of restaurants in the local area and taking into us to see and experience the local foods and people was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vatican City was amazing and we were able to see Pope Francis."

Stephanie

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was overwhelmed by the history and reality of Rome. There were so many impressive monuments and ruins to see. Driving in the bus through the walls of Rome and down the Appian way to the catacombs was fascinating. Seeing the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus and just pondering everything under the city that still hasn't been excavated or even discovered is mind boggling. There is no way a week will cover everything in Rome and in fact the tour just left me hungry for more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the shadow of the Colosseum. I could hear chariots rattling over cobblestones and crowds cheering. I imagined thousands of Romans walking into the gates and could imagine the emperor sitting in his private box watching the games. It was a very powerful experience. Football stadiums have not improved on this design in over 2000 years!"

Crisologo

Virginia Beach, VA

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour is just fantastic.. We arrived two days early to be familiar with our new environment. The Hotel Lancelot is centrally located, the staffs are very friendly and helpful. We enjoy this tour that we are now planning another Rick Steves tour for next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "WOW" moments on the tour to mention just one. Everyday is a "WOW" day and that is because of Cecilia, our tour guide. She is very knowledgeable, helpful, and treat us like family. She share us her knowledge of history, the art, politics and issues. She is very clear in giving instruction and speaks confidently. She is not just the guide, she is "the" guide!"

Jeannine

Newburyport, MA

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My "Best of Rome in 7 Days Tour" was a wonderful experience. I had fun from beginning to end. The tour was well organized and run. I was impressed by all the guides in our tour. Cecilia worked hard to ensure that every traveler was well cared for and got the most out of the experience. She was a clear communicator of information and her love of her job and the city enriched my experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guide at the Borghese Museum shared her vast knowledge of sculpture through story telling and specific attributes and history of the pieces we viewed. I was brought to tears by her description of Bernini's sculpture of a man carrying his father out of Troy. She had me completely captured in the moment and the emotion of the art."

Jennifer

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 04/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a busy family with only one week for Spring break, we were looking for a fun trip that linked to what the kids were studying school. With such a short time we did not want to make any mistakes. It was nice not to have to worry about lines at the Vatican, reservations for museums or travel to ostia antics. It was all planned for us. I feel that I know have enough knowledge about Rome that we can travel back and know what to do. We will definitely be back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Forum in bloom. Wisteria everywhere. I have a picture that I will look at every time I need a pick me up."

David

Harrow, ON

Tour: 04/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day brought a different angle from which to view and understand Rome. Our guides explained and demonstrated the influence oft Rome in shaping our modern world. Our fellow travellers shared perspectives and impressions which enhanced our enjoyment of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The colesseum is so much grander in real life than in photos and keychain models. Roman design and construction techniques are truly amazing."

Philip

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 04/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A little disorganized at the start but it got better! Enjoyed Rome very much and it was a great experience. Don was very helpful and knowledgeable. Francesca is a dream, albeit a melancholy one who left me with a haunting feeling of loss and assumption that Rome's best days are like a fading memory. Still, she is the best guide I've come across and wish she had been on the Ostia Antica tour as well. Most disappointing was the Vatican museum; so hurried there was no joy in it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pieta. I wept."

Diane

Crittenden, KY

Tour: 04/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our adventure in Rome! We had a great group and lots of laughs. The hotel was wonderful and had a great breakfast, Our guides were so welcoming and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many........the audience with the pope!"

Mary

Harrow, ON

Tour: 04/02/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall my experience was very good. My husband and I arrived in Rome a couple of days early so had adjusted to the city generally, the metro and train travel but still appreciated the extra coaching. We have been on tours before and really enjoyed meeting people from many nationalities so it seemed a little different initially to travel with an entire group of Americans (we are Canadian). It was a friendly group however and we enjoyed our time together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monday was an all day tour of ancient Rome and having Francesca as our tour guide was the high light of the tour. She not only explains what you are seeing, putting it into the context of the period, but she is passionate about each tour member experiencing the past."

Dennis

Ocoee, FL

Tour: 03/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the historical aspect of the tour as well as the local community.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing St Peter's Bascillica!"

Beverly

Ocoee, FL

Tour: 03/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides are what made the trip so wonderful. We really enjoyed Susannah and Francesca! They were very informative, but had a very easy and enjoyable rapport with the group. It was amazing to see the ancient ruins and to have the excellent knowledge imparted to us on-site.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Pope about 10 yards from where we were standing in St Peter's Square!!!"

Judith

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 03/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An amazing tour, loved everything about it -my fellow tour-mates, our guide and local guides, the hotel and staff.The location of the hotel was perfect, convenient to the Colosseum and metro and Termini train station.This was my 4th tour so I knew what to expect in the way things are generally done.Susanna did a beautiful job in guiding us and setting expectations for our walks, meals and outings.Francesca was terrific on the Colosseum, Forum and Borghese days.Art & history of Rome came alive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really have 3 "wow" moments, actually more than that, but I will try to limit myself. 1.The tour of San Clemente church with its layers deep into the Roman past was astonishing.I like the description that Rome is like lasagna and we discovered several times that Rome is built on layers and layers of ruins. 2.The Papal Audience with the Pope on Weds. morning was a meaningful experience and I'm so happy we were given the opportunity to do this. 3. The Sistine Chapel w/the Last Judgment."

Mary

Sugar Grove, IL

Tour: 03/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked everything about the tour. We learned how to get around easily in the city, we had just the right amount of free time, the diversity of experiences was very good, the guide was excellent and never partial, loved the hotel and they were unfailing helpful and respectful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was inarguably the interpreter Francesca. She is a top-notch interpreter. She set the groundwork at San Clemente and built on it through the Colesium and onto the Forum until we had a robust understanding of Romans and their culture, psychology and structures. Then again an excellent tour of the Borgesse Gallery where she very wisely chose a limited number of sculptures and paintings to develop an understanding of how sculpture changed over time and the incredible talent of some"

Susan

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 03/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 15th European trip and our 4th guided trip. We are so glad we chose a Rick Steves guided tour for Rome. There is no comparison between what we would have learned on our own, or on another tour, with the education provided by our RS guides. We saw the "must see" sites as well as some out of the way adventures. The quality of the hotel and the food was excellent. The group was composed of people ages 10-80, and they were all terrific travel partners.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments seeing places we have heard about all our lives and walking in the footsteps of ancient Romans, but sometimes it is the small things that remain with you when you return home. Our first night we took a glass of wine to the rooftop terrace of the hotel and watched the sun set behind the Colosseum. Definitely a "WOW" moment."

Barbara

Stockton, CA

Tour: 03/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Several years ago I stayed in Rome by myself for a week. I really enjoyed the experience and was happy to come back on this tour. Even though I had already "done" the Colosseum, Forum, etc., I was not bored for even one second. That is because our excellent museum guide made us see things from different perspectives. Sometimes my 80yr legs had a hard time keeping up on the cobblestones, but it all worked out in the end. Taxis are a wonderful invention!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day trip to the Area Archeologica Di Ostia Antica. I thought the restoration of the ruins was outstanding. Even the cafeteria food was good value! I also enjoyed touring the catacombs on way back home."

Raymond

Park Ridge, IL

Tour: 03/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed favorably with all elements of the tour from the accommodations to the food and especially the sights as professionally described by all the guides. The walking was taxing at times in part because the walking surfaces in Rome are irregular to be kind, but in looking back I' glad we saw everything we did so it was worth the effort

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many but probably the Colosseum and all the background and history provided by our guide there"

August

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 03/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my second Rick Steve's Tour that once again exceeded expectations. Our guide, Lisa Anderson, was more than outstanding, she made the trip memorable. From giving great directions and ideas after our main tour of the day, to being informative about Roman culture past and present. The pacing between venues was great and i had a great time overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having Francesca from the show as our guide for the Colosseum and the Borghese Gallery. She opens up Rome and the vast amount of art and architecture better than anyone else. I was a history major and art history minor and learned more about reading and appreciating art and ancient Rome than I did in college. She brings understanding to the overwhelming city of Rome."

John

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 03/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first formal Rick's tour, although we have used his books for self guided tours every year since 2002. It was great to let someone else do the planning and logistics, particularly with a city as large as Rome. The group jelled together very quickly, despite widely varying experience levels in touring. Everyone kept up; quite surprising considering the vigorous walking schedule. The tour hit all the points we would have selected on our own, and still allowed time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Forum tour and the Borghese Gallery were a toss up for "wow" moment, thanks to our superb local guide, Francesca. The audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday was a very close second."

Dee

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 03/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was outstanding. My husband and I have gone to Europe many times, sometimes alone and sometimes with immediate family. This was our first tour. I wasn't sure at first that we'd like the constraints posed by a group tour, but I am a convert now. It was great to have almost all the planning, reservations, tickets, meal, handled by professionals. But the best part was traveling with a group of great people while being led by delightful, passionate, well-educated guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gosh. Probably the Monday tour. Starting out at San Clemente and ending in the Forum, this fascinating introduction to the centuries of Roman occupation was almost thrilling. You really felt like you were there, 2000 years ago, 1600 years ago, or a century ago. Walking along the Via Sacra was really sobering. Everybody has seen the Forum from above, but walking through it was one of the most incredible things I've ever done. Almost like being a time traveler."

Cynthia

Lees Summit, MO

Tour: 03/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic. We had done the Heart of Italy tour and wanted to come back to focus on Rome. We were not disappointed. We saw some of the same sites but with different guides and they shared a slightly different view and insight that made it feel like the first time we were experiencing it. Lisa our guide was amazingly helpful in providing information and making sure our experience was unforgettable. Francesca was phenomenal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Pope. Unexpected and truly a highlight. Just as good were the tours led by Francesca. Her passion for Rome was off the chart fantastic and really brought to life what we were seeing."

Bryan

Enid, OK

Tour: 03/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca's 2 days!!!!!!!!! She did the colesseum and forum one day and Borghese another. Have NEVER had a better day guide anywhere!"

Gabriel

Olalla, WA

Tour: 03/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe. We struggled with rather to take a tour or go it alone. We realized after a few minutes in St Clemente Basilica on the first morning that we had chosen wisely. There is no substitute for a well informed and passionate guide. This concept was repeated over the course of the week, we left Rome with great memories and an education. Another enjoying part of the tour was the design, having structure during the day and free time in the evening was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several; Saint Peter in Chains, the view from Palatine Hill, David sculpture at the Borghese gallery, FOOD!"

Kathleen

Park Ridge, IL

Tour: 03/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic, in depth tour. Not only visited major sites but learned details that enhanced experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vatican and seeing the pope!"

Lavonne

Cleo Springs, OK

Tour: 03/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour met all my expectations, was well planned and well executed. It included a great blend of scheduled time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Francesca as a tour guide. She is one big WOW. She protrayed the forum and coliseum in just the way I wanted to experience Rome [INVALID] from the eyes of the people of ancient times. Treasured the moments with her. 2. The San Clemente church when we could see the "layers" of Rome in such a visual way."

Julia

Huntington, IN

Tour: 03/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Rome more than I expected to, and I expected to! The ancient ruins, the cobblestone streets, the shops, eating places, and the churches were phenomenal. Our hotel was great, with a spacious room, fantastic food and an ideal location near the Colisseum, but it felt like a small local neighborhood. The itinerary was very good, with plenty of free time to do additional exploring. We had a great group and great tour guides too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be very hard to pick one "wow" moment. I would have to say I most enjoyed the Colosseum, Ostia Antica, and seeing the Pope. Pictures can't do justice to the Colosseum, especially the enormity of it. Ostia Antica was more extensive and better preserved than I expected and we had the added perk of going on to Ostia and seeing the Mediterranean. Seeing the Pope, who I admire very much, was a very moving experience."

Peggy

Ventura, CA

Tour: 03/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. Our guide Nina was exceptional and the other guides were informed and excellent. I liked the hotel and they were so nice and helpful. I totally enjoyed the trip. I brought my 20 year old niece and she too felt comfortable and accepted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Ostia. I just love the ruins and getting a feeling for the life the people led who lived there so long ago."

Robbie

Panama City Beach, FL

Tour: 03/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was an experience of a lifetime. This was our first trip out of the USA as empty nesters. We enjoyed planning the trip. Purchasing just the right carry on bags and picking out just the right outfits was part of the fun of the trip. We learned so much about traveling from watching Rick Steves shows on our local PBS station. We chose the 7 Day Rome Tour as a "first" tour and we are so glad we did. Perfect way to "get our feet wet" with traveling overseas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day had its "wow" moment. Our last day was a tour of the Galleria Borghese with Francesca. I learned so much about interpreting art. Much of the art we saw that day I had seen previously on TV or in books, but seeing it in person with explanations of its meaning was a truly wonderful experience. I am now a novice art student and look forward to learning more. Also, having Francesca as our guide was special as we have watched her on the Rick Steves shows. Love her voice."

Terry

Panama City Beach, FL

Tour: 03/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Ancient Rome tour was my favorite. The San Clemente church was my WOW moment."

Polly

Lewisburg, PA

Tour: 03/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience well exceeded all my expectations in every way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Pope on Wednesday morning. Many thanks to Nina for securing our tickets."

Catherine

Albany, OR

Tour: 03/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I joined this tour so I could have an in-depth look at Rome - its history, art and culture. This provided everything that I wanted. A great deal is left to learn and explore but I feel well equipped to return if I desire. I appreciated the structure and flexibility of the tour composition.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was the Wednesday Papal Audience and being able to see the Pope in such close proximity (and I'm not Catholic)! Our guide gave us clear instructions about where to be and when. She was absolutely right. Being part of the audience in St. Peter's Square on a beautiful day was amazing."

Michael

Lewisburg, PA

Tour: 03/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well organized. Had a very good balance of scheduled and non-scheduled time allowing us to get out on our own to explore. All of the scheduled events were very well done and extremely informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting a chance to visit the Vatican and see the Pope."

Susan

Placerville, CA

Tour: 03/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was well constructed to expose participants to not only the major, obvious tourist sites in Rome, but also the "hidden gems" that typify what Rick Steves is all about - less well known experiences, and also exposing us to the culture and everyday lives in Rome. There was a perfect mix of group activity and free time to explore. My husband and I felt empowered to explore on our own after being educated and given the tools to do so by our wonderful tour guide, Nina.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our last full day of the tour, during our afternoon free time, we went to the top of the Victor Emmanuel Monument and had a terrific view of (almost) everything we had seen and learned about during our week. We loved identifying where we had been and reliving what we had learned. Another wow moment was the tour of the Borghese Gallery. Our guide was terrific and brought the Bernini statues to life for us with her enthusiastic stories and observations."

Carolyn

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 03/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The combination of top sites everyone wants to visit combined with rubbing elbows with the people who call Rome home and visiting less traveled sites is what makes your tours the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery was amazing. Francesca was a magical tour guide for this museum bring the Bernini sculptures and the other art pieces to life with her down to earth descriptions and her love of this museum. A second wow was the walking around lesser traveled parts or Rome and seeing the street art in Nina's neighborhood and visiting Trastevere."

Dabney

Memphis, TN

Tour: 03/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rome was amazing! Nina was a fantastic tour guide and we had a great group. The near perfect weather didn't hurt, either. We saw all the major points of interest and no one got lost. Great food, too, and fabulous local hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having been to Rome once before, my favorite moment was doing the food tour. We met some interesting shop owners and tasted some fabulous food-it was so much fun for me!"

John

Placerville, CA

Tour: 03/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina could not have been a better guide. She immersed us the first afternoon and evening with the heart of the city and also gave us immediate confidence in the use the city's public transportation. I told her on our last day together that " Rick Steves chose wisely when he picked you as a guide!" Every day was a new experience that we thoroughly enjoyed. The daily adventures brought new understanding of the city and culture. I felt that each day brought us closer to the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My show moment was the last day when I experienced the sculpture at the Borgese Museum. The special guide brought such insight into the thought process of the sculptor. For me, it was a truly special experience. All of the suplimental guides were exceptional and you could really feel their enthusiasm for what they were showing us. This tour, for me, was outstanding and I will not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Worth every penny spent!!!!!"

Madison

Calgary, AB

Tour: 02/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a really positive first experience with guided travel and with Rick Steeves. I was surprised with just how helpful and nice it was to have someone guide you through the sights and the city, providing cultural and historical insights, as well as tips and recommendations. I also enjoyed having the well organized itinerary and the group dining experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The surprise of St.Clemens church was a great wow moment because we were told little about the site, other than it being a church, before going, and it was at the beginning of the stay, before I was familiar with the layers of Rome. It was so amazing and shocking to have the story of the church levels roll out in front of me and then actually get to go down and see it."

Cherie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 02/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I have never taken a tour before. Always plan my own trips. Was pleased with the overall activity level of the tour and the amount of free time. Loved the audio system. Allowed the group experience to be a bit more discreet. I felt we could be a little less conspicuous than the typical large group. Frankly, this is one reason I have never gone on a tour. Appreciated being broken into smaller groups a couple of times. I would go on a Rick Steves tour again and will recommend them to others.

Emily

Little Rock, AR

Tour: 02/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful mixture of the highlights of Rome and time to explore on my own. The guides helped us spend our time efficiently and learn with each stop. I ate gelato at least once per day!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Church of San Clemente both felt and smelled like we were going back in time. By the time we reached the original building on this site, we were walking on floors and roads built over 2000 years ago. Very cool! The church also taught me how Roman citizens recycled building materials and how the street level of Rom literally rose over time. It also highlighted the cultural change from a poly-theistic society to a mono-theists one."

Eileen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 02/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding overall tour experience. Great group of friendly, interesting people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was navigating the metro by myself realizing how well Lisa prepared me to be an independent traveler!"

Brenna

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 02/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had an amazing time. Lisa and Elaria (sp?) were the BEST!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Basilica di San Clemente! It was just amazing to see the three different "layers" of church built one on top of the other. I also really enjoyed the catacombs and the brief stop we made on the coast. Due to our hotel's close proximity to The Vatican, I was able to spend some of my extra free time exploring more of St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican Museum was also amazing, just wish we had more time to spend exploring the other rooms. And of course the Colosseum..."

Glenn

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 02/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an outstanding time. Our tour guide Lisa and all the local guides were amazing and through their insights, talks, and personal experiences, we learned so much about ancient Rome and all the treasures of the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very hard to pick just one. Seeing St. Peter's and Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience, and the three churches of San Clemente uncovered a first century and seventh century church and the current church was amazing! The statues in the Borghese were incredible! And the catacombs of San Sebastian! All the other sites of Rome were amazing too! The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel too."

Stephen

Rapid City, SD

Tour: 02/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves tour, and lived up to all expectations. Lisa is an outstanding guide, who really helped us understand the significance of the sites we visited and the sights we saw. Also, her experiences as an Italian resident for over 20 years provided a wealth of insight into modern-day Italy and Italian life. Our hotel was excellent, the venues were outstanding, and our local guides were among the best we've ever had! Our provided meals were highlights of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I expected to be impressed by the Coliseum, the Vatican, St. Peter's, and the Sistine Chapel. But Ostia Antica was far and away the site that really brought home how much truly ancient human history there is, in and around Rome. Almost as impressive was the Church of St. Clemens, showing four churches from the first, fourth, and seventh centuries. "Awesome" is overused, but these two sites truly had me in awe."

Ray

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 02/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was everything I expected! Having been to Rome a few times more than 45 years ago it was a nice "refresher" tour of what Rome has to offer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing sites and people I have never seen before like the Borghese Gallery, Ostia Antica and Pope Francis I."

Jeffrey

Arlington, OH

Tour: 02/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was never a boring moment. Was able to hear and see everything so well. It seemed like Cecilia went above and beyond with all she did. Thanks for a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"With the city of Rome and the surrounding area the wow factor was at every turn."

William

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 02/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience. The tour was the perfect way to see and understand the fantastic city of Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wonderful moments and sites but the aggregate experience of seeing and learning about Rome and its history created the overall wow."

Gina

Racine, WI

Tour: 02/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the hotel staff, everything about hotel from location, rooms, fresh flowers, before we arrived all of our communication was quick and professional. I really liked the tour group leader, she was funny, interesting, open, generous, kind. It was a outstanding trip overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First full day, listening get to our amazing local tour guide Francesca. While exploring San Clementine I was incomplete awe of the layers of Roman history. The day just continued that way. She had so much genuine passion and I loved her style of teaching, personal stories, art histiry, architecture lessons. Just perfect. My concern and hesitation on visiting Rome was becoming overwhelmed with all the different time frames and getting hbogged down. That was not the case. The forum is magical."

Kristin

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 02/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience! Our guides, the tours, the food - everything was great. We especially appreciated the organization and professionalism of all staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history! We had no idea that Rome was a city on top of a city on top of a city..."

Marilyn

Arlington, OH

Tour: 02/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly what we expected and more!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome is such a fabulous place it would be hard to say."

Karen

Marlboro, NJ

Tour: 02/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent, clean, convenient, hotel with friendly staff. Lovely, informative, witty, tour guide Cecelia. Great care taken in the order of historical sites visited. Wonderful local guides. I found every member in our tour just absolutely lovely and friendly. The food was fantastic and the tour vs on your own time was the right balance. Cecelia did the most wonderful last night dinner. Absolutely lovely!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say that seeing the magnificent statues in the Borghese Gallery and Vatican Museum was absolutely spectacular!"

Karen

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 02/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was one of the best vacations I've ever taken! Everything exceeded my expectations[INVALID]the hotel, guides, fellow tour members, activities, and food. I got to experience all of the highlights I've dreamed about my whole life. I was also introduced to things I didn't know about, and I loved them too. This tour was an excellent value and made traveling to new place where I don't speak the language easy, fun, and stress-free. I honestly can't wait to go on my next tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The depth of layers on which Rome is built really surprised me. The wow moment came in San Clemente when we took the stairs down, down, down and peeled back the layers of time as we descended. It was neat to see how narrow the old alleyways were between buildings and learn about Christianity before it was permitted."

Shirley

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 02/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Rome! Cecilia made Rome come alive! It was great to stay in one hotel and enjoy the area by foot, bus, and tram. Seeing the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, the ancient seaport of Ostia Antica, and Borghese Gallery with Bernini's sculptures were all exciting highlights! All the foods and wines were wonderful - especially the wines from Tenuta Le Vedette at our final dinner. Great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed seeing St. Peter's Basilica and especially the Vatican Museum with it's huge collection of various art forms."

Jason

Black Diamond, WA

Tour: 12/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic time, I enjoyed every second. The tour guides were amazing and were able to really connect to the environment I was in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to enter the Coliseum through the ground floor."

Everett

Seattle, WA

Tour: 12/26/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized; the specialized guides excellent; and Stephanie our daily guide did a fine job. WE were blessed with beautiful sunny days which made the city particularly seem alive and vibrant. Being in Rome during the holidays was a most interesting experience. The hotel also was very comfortable. The breakfasts generous and a good way to begin the day. Although some of our tour meals were very good, a couple were not -- plenty of food but not especially well prepared.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food tour in Trastevere, wonderful guide, Lucca, and marvelous tour into the various locally owned food shops... I love every minute of it."

Dale

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 12/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour experience! Guides were really top-notch, extremely well organized and incredibly insightful about Rome. Best tour of the Roman Forum ever, and the add-on Papal Audience was a real surprise and delight. The tour pacing was good, and the range of visits from museums and antiquities to modern Rome and the Vatican was well thought out. Meals were superb, and Stephanie did a really commendable job dealing with the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unexpected Papal Audience!"

Joseph

Scotch Plains, NJ

Tour: 12/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rome City tour was fantastic. It had the right level of structure, group activities and individual free time to explore. Stephanie was a fantastic Tour manager who was fully engaged, in control, and surpremly informed about Rome. We couldn't have asked for a better leader than Stephanie. The Rome tour guides, Francesca (Coliseum and Borghese) and Allesandra (Vatican)were great. They provided insight, passion, and context for the group to fully appreciate what they were experiencing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to see Pope Francis in person. Stephanie was able to secure tickets to see the Pope, given the holiday season it was a profound experience - - a once in a lifetime experience."

Jordan

Plano, TX

Tour: 12/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 7th or 8th trip to Europe and was decidedly the most well organized and administered tour I have encountered. We had absolutely no problems with anything. I couldn't imagine a better tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the lengthy guided tour of the Roman Forum. We got more from our guide and local guide than one could ever get from a guidebook."

Nancy

Millstone Township, NJ

Tour: 12/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another great RS tour. The Best of Rome was a week of "the hits" of the Eternal City, from Roman ruins to the Sistine Chapel, eating our way through Trastevere, joining the passagiata at night past illuminated fountains and squares. The group quickly became a family of friends and our guides made all the difference. Hotel was comfortable and staff friendly and helpful. Group meals ranged from good to very good. Would never have experienced Rome so intensely on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One WOW moment in Rome? The view from the top of the Victor Emmanuel monument, the food and wine at our new favorite restaurant, the Borghese gallery...to name a few."

Kenneth

Leawood, KS

Tour: 12/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the most amazing trip I have ever experienced. Thanks to our guide Stephanie and the other local guides, who taught us so much more than we imagined.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the 2nd evening after my wife and I had navigated the subway system to have a magnificent dinner on the other side of town. Wow! Without knowing any Italian, we felt completely at home in the giant city of Rome. The 1st afternoon our guide showed us how to get around town, which gave us the confidence to explore even more of the Eternal City."

Sally

Olympia, WA

Tour: 11/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual for a Rick Steves tour, the hotel was strategically placed and comfortable, the people were fun, the guides exceptional, and the experience fantastic. There is enough down time, and time to roam on your own, but I would still recommend developing a second Rome week, for a different trip, that would take in other sites, and experiences. Too much to cram into one week. Thanksgiving in Rome was perfect, weather wise, and I would go this time of year again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente was such a surprise that "unpeeled" itself gradually, but as I walked away I had such a greater appreciation for what unfolded throughout the rest of the week in Rome. Again Francesca was simply exceptional for explaining and letting the moment sink in as we went below ground. Imagining the Romans walking throughout the uncovered alleys and living in the rooms was an amazing projection.."

Sharon

Albuquerque, NM

Tour: 11/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous. The itinerary included all the highlights of the city and the guides were exceptional in managing the tour and providing lasting memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Guided tour of the coliseum. Amazing."

Karen

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 11/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the neighborhood where we stayed, the group, the leader, and the weather!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the food walk through the Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere. The Borghese also is amazing."

Carol

Kennebunk, ME

Tour: 11/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our exceptions. Cecilia was an delightful guide. She enlightened us into the Roman lifestyle and captured all the city has to offer. I felt very fortunate that Francesca was our local guide. Her personality, knowledge and enthusiasm was captivating. You could feel the spirit of Rome. The opportunity to enter the Colosseum via the Gladiators entrance was emotional for me. The tour delivered so much more than the itinerary. The final group dinner night was an absolute blast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment of me was the Borghese Gallery. Francesca took us through the highlights and the setting for these magnificent pieces of art was astonishing. I am a Bernini admirer now."

Joseph

Columbus, OH

Tour: 11/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely fantastic. Cecilia was the best guide we could ask for and we had an amazing group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Gladiator's entrance in the Colosseum"

Jonathan

Cottonwood Heights, UM

Tour: 11/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall it was the way to go. I felt the tour represented excellent value. It would have been much more expensive to plan everything on my own. Not to mention the increased stress and an inferior learning experience of self planning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was in the Borghese Gallery. Francesca presented the art in such a meaningful way. I was especially impressed by the Bernini works and the small details that were presented to us that give evidence to Bernini's genius."

Jim

Kennebunk, ME

Tour: 11/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cecilia was great in every way. She was focused on everyone seeing and experiencing Rome. As the week went on she just kept getting better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife getting to see the Pope."

Howard

East Hampton, CT

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

excellent overall

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese was excellent food tour was fun"

Maryellen

East Hampton, CT

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tour because of the knowledge of Nina and the other local guides. They made what we were seeing have more meaningful with their commentary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not really one wow moment (as on my other tours). Enjoyed the Borghese Gallery tour the most. Our day in Ostia Antiqua was beautiful (weatherwise) and it was a great break from the city that came at a good time in the week."

Al

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It just went by too fast - so much fun and so information-packed. The guides were all excellent. We love Rome and want to return. It helped a lot to have arrived a couple of days before the tour began. It was much more walking than I had anticipated, but I like that, because you see so much more at ground level. We also stayed over about four days and the guide book was invaluable for that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gaining admission to the Colosseum via the tour entrance and then walking out onto the reconstructed arena floor. The entire interior of the Colosseum opens in front of your eyes. Access to that floor is very limited and it was a great privilege to start our tour there. The other was entering and walking through the Sistine Chapel. You see those images all of your life and then there they are in recently-cleaned beauty, and you get to sit and admire them for half an hour. Amazing!"

Randi

Baldwin, WI

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third Rick Steves tour and it did not disappoint. As usual, the guides were knowledgeable and engaged.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. First, looking out my hotel room and seeing the Colosseum. Ostia Aniqua, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum."

Gary

Baldwin, WI

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my third Rick Steves' city tour. Rome is a magnificent city and I was amazed by it. The tour here was more jam-packed than my Paris or London tours were. There was less free time for me to explore the city on my own. Perhaps this was unavoidable with all there is to see in Rome. But it might be worth considering either to lengthen this tour to 8 days, or just see less. I was a bit surprised that on the first day we were out in the city for 7 hours. It was a bit too much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I imagined that Rome had Roman ruins but never, ever to this extent. Every hill we went over, every corner we turned, there was another ruin. It was incredible. I loved walking in its separate neighborhoods, like Monti, for instance. I just loved being away from the hustle and bustle of Rome. I found the shop owners and restaurant staff to be genuinely friendly and that made the experience so much more rewarding."

Joyce

Plano, TX

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been to Rome many times and had been there a week beforehand, but wanted to join Best of Rome tour since I thoroughly enjoy RS tours. The value provided through the tour's excellent hotel selections, outstanding tour guide and local guides. Nina provided great leadership and background. Hotel location near the Colosseum was ideal for getting around and it was very helpful to have 7-day metro pass to use throughout the week. Good balance of planned activities and free time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is always hard to pick one moment, but probably walking into San Clemente and learning the history upon which that church is built. Francesca brought the various periods to life as the provided commentary and education in placing oneself in the period and seeking to 'see' beyond just the ruins - painting a picture of what it was like during the timeframes that different levels were used. Also loved tour of Ostia Antica because there were less crowds there."

James

Denver, CO

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves' tour and it was what we expected. We now know enough about Rome to feel comfortable getting around. We saw what we expected to see and then some. The guides were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Come on, it was Rome. It's too mind-boggling to single out any one moment. But one particularly interesting tour was the Basilica di San Clemente where Francesca gave us a great introduction to the layers of Rome and how to interpret what we see. Not much of a photo-op site, but well worth the visit."

Derek

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was amazing & could not sum it up here. If you're thinking about doing it, do it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum tour."

Jonpaul

Fpo, AE

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Totally enjoyed the experience and recommend the tour. The outings were well planned and timed. Plenty of free time and the ability to do what you need / want to do at any time. This was our first tour but will not be our last.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were several that make up the total wow moment for me. "Experienced" Rome from books and lectures while in architecture school. Was able to tie together several concepts together that I just didn't get while in school theory classes as you need to be in the space to get the full effect: side narrow streets that break out into small plazas, courtyards, or town junctions, St Peter's scale."

Jan

Fpo, AE

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good from hotel venue to sites visited. Definitely worth the price. Learning how to get around on public transport saved both my feet and pocketbook from serious injury, and empowered me in a strange city. We walked a lot but slept well every night, even without AC. The portable microphone / earphone units were a blessing! We quickly became used to them and they allowed us to catch up when we dawdled behind! We really missed them on another venue to tour that we did during Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing beside the pillars of St. Peters Basilica after toyring the church and finally getting the scale on which. historic Rome was built. Our excellent special guide for historic Rome had kept saying things like now picture ths bigger with colors and marble, etc., but I lost that scale of vision somewhere amidst the immense ruins. Those giant pillars at St. Peters brought it all home perfectly."

Charlotte

Rayne, LA

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time overseas. I truly enjoyed every minute of my trip. It was very informative, very well planned out, the guides were excellent, the hotel quaint but clean and very helpful, the food and dining areas very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I realized, while visiting the excavation sites, how Rome was and is built layer by layer by layer. Amazing and so much history."

Janet

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an awesome experience. It far exceeded my expectations. Rome was amazing. The layers of history, the archeology, the food, the wine, the diversity of experiences this tour provided was absolutely top notch! Our tour guides shared their knowledge and passion for Rome which enabled us to gain so much more than I could have ever done on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowed everyday.There were too many such moments for me to choose from. But I suppose the beauty of the cathedrals took my breath away."

Bill

Princeton, NJ

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our 4th RS tour met all of the highest expectations that we have experienced on the 1st 3. the blend of local knowledge, education, socialization and free time (as a couple) makes for a great vacation. Lisa led the group well, using her 20+ years in Italy as a template for explaining every day life. She also kept aware of some of the special physical needs of the group, managing to finesse help for some stragglers without slowing down the group. helped us to see the Pope.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca's contribution at the Borghese was the best we have encountered from local guides. she highlighted many things a novice would surely have missed in a beautiful way."

MaryKathleen

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a very good experience. The hotel was in a very convenient location, the schedule was well planned. Lisa is knowledgeable, helpful, and delightful. She did an outstanding job as our "troop leader."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the colosseum through the gladiator's entrance."

Lawrence

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Being a first timer in Rome, I would have hated to attempt it on my own, would never have seen so much so well. I wont go on about Lisa. After 17 years with Rick Steves, I assume she's already been praised to the heavens. As far as constructive criticism, it might have been better to make our last night the first. a number of us were tired by travel to the hotel and then had to fight thru the crowds on the Spanish Steps and the Fountain of Rivers before going to dinner

Barbara

North Port, FL

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything went as stated on the website. Lisa took care of everything--tickets, transportation, guides, earphone things, etc. Very pleased with the whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one thing was a wow for me. Pretty much all of Rome is one big wow."

Alleen

Punta Gorda, FL

Tour: 10/16/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Rome was by far the best guided tour I have ever been on. We truly explored the entire city. I saw other tourists on buses and realized how much they were missing by not being on a walking tour. We met the citizens of Rome, saw their shops, ate in our choice of restaurants, rode the city buses and truly felt we knew Rome much better that way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Colosseum the first day was special. We knew we were in Rome! This was followed up by Francesca's amazing ability to take us back to ancient times with the gladiators entering the Colosseum and the roar of the crowds."

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Pre-Tour Planning

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Rome: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

Tour Hotel

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for our tour hotel is included in your tour confirmation email. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to the hotel.

Transportation

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

Rome is a major transportation hub, making additional travel before or after your tour quite easy.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines.

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you need more information about additional European travel or for specific questions about your tour, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Rome before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Rome guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Italian, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Rome that we do not do as a group: Capitoline Museums, National Museum of Rome, Etruscan Museum, Santa Maria Maggiore, Testaccio neighborhood, Castel Sant'Angelo, day trips to Naples/Pompeii (very long day, worth an overnight), Tivoli (Hadrian's Villa, Villa d'Este). Most museums are closed Mondays. Confirm your sightseeing plans with any tourist information office.

If you are interested in seeing the pope, you may want to attend the Sunday blessing. You can check the pope's schedule in advance.

Those with a couple of extra days to spend may want to extend their time in Italy. Rome is well connected for quick trips around the country. Florence is only 90 minutes away by train, Naples is two hours south, and Milan and Venice are less than five hours north.

For a more rural experience, explore the hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria. These regions are most easily seen by car, but public transportation can work for those with extra time and patience! Some of Rick's favorites include Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Assisi, Perugia, San Gimignano, and Siena. When traveling off-season, always call ahead for hours and closures to avoid disappointment.

Packing

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.