• Colosseum, Rome, Italy
    The Colosseum
  • Forum, Rome, Italy
    Roman Forum
  • Pantheon and its fountain, Rome, Italy
    Pantheon
  • Trastevere neighborhood, Rome, Italy
    Trastevere
  • italy-rome-ostia-antica
    Ostia Antica
  • Trevi Fountain

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Best of Rome in 7 Days Tour

from $2,195 per person + air

Single Supplement $575

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Our Rome tour serves up Europe's most intoxicating brew of dazzling art, earth-shaking history, and city life with style. On this Rome vacation, your tour 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-in-Chains Church and the 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!

Book a 2025 tour by 6/30/24 and save $100 per person! See details.

Dates & Prices

2024

2025

What's Included

You'll get at least 14 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our 2025 Best of Rome tour:

  • Pantheon
  • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain
  • 7-day Metro Pass
  • Ancient Rome walking tour
  • Roman Forum
  • Colosseum
  • St. Peter-in-Chains Church
  • Rome neighborhood walking tour
  • Roman cooking class
  • Capitoline Museums
  • Rome panoramic bus tour
  • Catacombs of San Sebastiano
  • Day trip to Ostia Antica
  • Borghese Gallery…and more

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 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 group transportation during the week in and around Rome
  • 6 nights' accommodations in a memorable, centrally located hotel
  • All breakfasts and 3 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel 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.

*This tour does not include visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel or St. Peter's Basilica. See details on how to visit during your free time.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rome

We'll meet at our hotel at 3 p.m. this afternoon. After a short meeting and 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 in 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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 2: Ancient Rome

After breakfast, we'll walk back in time to ancient Rome, starting with a tour of St. Peter-in-Chains Church (home to Michelangelo's Moses). Then, we'll hear vivid tales of the larger-than-life Colosseum and 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 San Clemente 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).

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

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 get another taste of the city, learning about the tradition of Roman cuisine with a hands-on cooking class. After enjoying the mouth-watering results, your evening is free to make your own neighborhood discoveries.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs No bus. Sleep in Rome.

Day 4: Layers of Rome

This morning we'll tour one of the world's first museums, the Capitoline. Here we'll learn about Rome's golden age through its most treasured sculptures, including the sublime Dying Gaul, the imposing Marcus Aurelius on horseback, and the emblematic She-Wolf suckling Rome's tiny founding brothers, Romulus and Remus. The remainder of your day is free to explore more of the Eternal City on your own, including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and more of Rome's artistic, historic, and cultural heritage (don't forget to taste some refreshing gelato along the way).

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Rome.

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!

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Rome.

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

Sara

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time visiting Europe and we chose to do it via a Rick Steve's tour for the added support it would provide, and we liked the idea that they 'train you to be an independent traveler.' Our tour exceeded our expectations. We saw so many historic sites, experienced and learned about contemporary life in Rome, and felt we were comfortable, safe, and engaged every day while not being rushed and had plenty of independent time to explore. A great value and a terrific way to travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were wowed by how close we were able to get to the historic sites. Seeing so many items from our art history books in real life was amazing. "

John

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is so much to see in Rome. The tour, and our guide, made sure we had great experiences!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cecelia, our guide, has a family vineyard, and on our last night, we did taste sampling from her wines! I didn’t see that coming!"

William

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cecilia was a gracious and excellent tour guide. The Hotel Lancelot was wonderful and well located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Couldn’t choose. Too many wow moments. "

Vera

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide Anya was perfect combo m: Info Humor. Human. Helpful. Fun. People on tour were excellent companions. I d travel any where w that crew. Hearty but do-able pace. Daily.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters Square. Vatican Sistine Chapel altho Sistene Chapel Alter shrouded in construction tarp. Borghese statues. "

William

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the tour. The guides were awesome and received a level of detail we were not expecting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bourgese Gallery was spectacular. The level of detail explained to us by the guide was great. Would like to go back and visit when the entire gallery is open."

Craig

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the tour overall. The expertise, knowledge and professionalism was top notch. Anja was awesome as was Francesca and Ilaria. We enjoyed having them explain and provide context to what we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostia Antica and the history surrounding the site."

Mary

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

in-depth exploration of Rome

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese gallery was a hidden gem"

Kathie

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The curated experiences exceeded my expectations. From language/vocabulary tips to cooking class to tours both popular tourist sites to other historically significant spots. The guides were all so knowledgeable putting flesh to the history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that picking one is impossible. I guess the day our guide, after giving us a few days of instruction on navigating the city, encouraged us to go out exploring during our “free time” and “get lost”. We were all already armed with many things we wanted to do and see. We were encouraged to explore. Previously I had been timid about going out on my own. Some of our adventures led to wonderful dinner conversations as we all shared each evening. "

Nancy

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific. Tour ran smoothly, the tour guide was fun & well organized, hotel was clean, charming & had great dinners, the mix of activities & off time was good & fellow travelers enjoyable. My hunch is the "no grumps" admonishments along with expectations & responsibilities of travelers helps people self sort.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing sight of Rome's ancient monuments sitting right in the middle of modern day Rome. "

Susan

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A truly fabulous tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese museum."

James

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 11th Rick Steves' Tour. As all the other tours, the Rome tour was outstanding. Nina, our tour guide and the local guides were able to bring ancient Rome to life for us. Nina keept us on track while not being overbearing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lancelot Hotel being 3 blocks from the colsseum. Visting St Clement Basilica on our own since it was about 2 blocks away from our hotel. We love that RST picks centrally located smaller family run hotels."

Ellen

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lena and Francesca, our tour guides, were awesome. I only wish the tour had more days. There is so much to see in Roma.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostia Antiqua, Pantheon"

Pieri

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall great experience, well organized, lots of good input given by tour guide Nina she was excellent. All questions answered. Additional tour guides for specific tours was very impressive and they all did a great job explaining sites and good background info for travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Italy for the first time. Being so close to the historic Coloseum and seeing it daily. The Vatican was also very special for us."

Tom

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best vacation I have ever taken! Our tour leader Nina was just wonderful. Her love and enthusiasm for her country really spread to all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Bernini statue of David in the Borghese Museum. Simply magnificent! Our guide Francesca made the statue come alive for us as she focused or attention on the small, impressive details found on this work."

Holly

Tour: 05/05/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was so professional yet the guides were not cold or detatched at all. They were all so personable and really cared about us to make sure we were doing well and provided everything we needed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nina is tge wow. She is OUTSTANDING. She is so kind, genuine, personable, and knowledgeable. I'm sure she has never met a stranger :)"

Heather

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide, David, and our local guide, Francesca"

Dennis

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves Tour, 7 Days in Rome, exceeded my expectations in every way! My fellow travelers and I were fortunate enough to have excellent guides, David and Francesca. The week went off without a hitch and even the weather was perfecto!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we approached the Roman Forum, we were surprised to see none other than Rick Steves hustling to catch up with us. Unfortunately, Rick could not stay - duty called, so he was off to work after a quick hello Then, I must confess, I was not really too excited about walking among the ancient ruins of the Forum, looking at what I thought to be a bunch of very old rock piles. Instead, our group was treated to Francesca's wonderful narration, transporting us back in time to the Forum's glory days. "

Michael

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I expected and more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but David's commentary in the Testaccio District and seeing Bernini's Apollo and Daphne statue with Francesca's commentary were definitely high points that made me say "Wow!" "

Peter

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day's activity was well planned and very enjoyable and the Hotel Lancelot was excellent, our room and the outstanding breakfast. The owner was very friendly and gave me a tour of his 1971 Fiat. David was like traveling with a friend. His organization, good humor and concern for our well being and enjoyment and his knowledge of Rome made it all work seamlessly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many great moments especially making new friends at our group meals. The Colosseum and Forum tour with Francesca were outstanding days. But, I think, the most fun day was the cooking class!"

Lindsay

Tour: 04/21/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic. Our guide, David, was so knowledgeable and passionate about Italian history and culture. The local guides were great and provided great insight to Rome. Our group knew the tour would be wonderful yet we were still shocked that our experience blew expectations out of the water.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Roman ruins like the Forum, Colosseum, and Ostia Antica was so powerful! Being surrounded by sites you have seen in photographs and read about was very impactful. "

Martha

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Cecilia, was one of the best RS guides I've ever had (and I've had more than ten!). She gave me brand new insights into Roman history and Italian culture, found wonderful local restaurants, and introduced us to area wines. Our local guide, Francesca, is just the absolute best. Listening to her is to glean unique insights from her decades of grappling with the paradoxes of Roman history. Amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Leaving the Colosseum and entering the Roman Forum, with Francesca describing the evolution of the Forum over time from swampy sheep pasture to monumental center and back to sheep pasture, for the first time I could see it as a city hub and get a glimpse of how it functioned (and I've been TRYING to understand this for YEARS). Just a remarkable moment of insight, courtesy of our amazing guides."

Hong

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In today's world, people seem are pulling away into different tribes, your tour provides us the opportunities to deep dive into the crystalized thousands of years of western civilization. Your tour guides, as well as audio Europe and books, with the holistic knowledge and unbiased view, enriched us with profound understandings from our past. This is way beyond otherwise self-guided tour, which is just a hectic act of collecting selfies with the scenery spots made popularized by others. Great job

David

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Elizabeth Anne

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I feel os fortunate to have had CeeCee and Francesca as tour guides. They made the trip. The group was good and had good vibes. I have been a tour where this was not the case (this is my 5th RS tour) and it does make a difference. Good mix of things to do and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Antica Ostia was amazing to behold. I feel fortunate to have been there as I think over time it will disintegrate / be subject to tourists taking tiles, climbing on walls, etc. "

Linda

Tour: 04/14/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Donna

Tour: 04/07/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! The hotel was in a great location near the Colosseum, close to Metro stop. The experiences were outstanding and there was also free time for exploring on my own. Group members were nice and fun, and the guides were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery came to life with Francesca’s storytelling skills. I’d been wanting to go for a long time and I just wish we could have stayed longer. (And that the second floor had not been closed that day). Our day trip to Ostia Antica was also outstanding, not only for the Archaeological site we toured with the knowledgeable Ilaria, but also for the trip to the beach for lunch and the tour of the Catacombs at St Sebastian. "

Gerald

Tour: 03/24/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

One of my goals was trying to understand how a city and remake itself time and time again, and visiting Rome being continuously inhabited for almost 3,000 years was the perfect opportunity to achieve this aim. To that end, seeing how the ancient buildings are used and modified and layered over from century to century was truly mind blowing for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few: in St. Peter's Basilcia, standing in the Roman Forum. But I have to say going into the catacombs at St. Sebastian was an eye-opener. Here you have a single site used for burials, and to see how this one site accommodated this purpose from its ancient pagan burials through Christian period and subsequently with a church built over it. Think of it this way: here in this one spot you have the movement of time and the ages binding all of humanity."

Gretchen

Tour: 03/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, and WOW, are we impressed!! We loved the structure of the days; breakfast at the hotel, morning and early afternoon with our group and guide, and afternoon and most evenings on our own to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing compares to the amazement I felt walking the streets of the Imperial Forums, the same streets walked by Caesar, Trajan, and other famous historical figures. "

James

Tour: 03/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Linda

Tour: 03/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Carolyn

Tour: 03/24/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we'd hoped for! First time we've not totally planned a trip, but with 6 people in our family group and many sites that would require reservations and planning, the Steves tour was the answer. Central to our decision was the Steves philosophy of quality accommodations, informative proactive live guides, and healthy expectations for the group's attitudes and behavior. All fulfilled! We also used our guide's very helpful ideas for much exploring on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all "wow". It was seeing the "wow" in my nephew's face at every ancient temple or basilica. It was coming upon the name markers in the Jewish ghetto. It was layers and layers of Rome life, visible, touchable. It was sensing our commonalities across millennia. "

Sandra

Tour: 03/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was amazing! Everything was planned efficiently and with attention to detail. In addition to the major sites we wanted to see, the neighborhood walks and cooking lesson were so much fun. The tour gave us the best of both worlds- a small group environment and plenty of time to explore on our own. Nina and Francesca were so passionate about Rome and they really brought it to life for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bernini sculptures and how Francesca helped us see the movement in the statues was a a powerful moment for us."

Ervin

Tour: 03/17/24

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour overall was pretty decent. It got off to a rough start with a terrible vegetarian meal on the first night, which my wife and I hardly touched, but things improved from there. It was good to see Rome again, and it helped to have great guides (Nina and Francesca). Sure, we could have visited on our own, but we would have learned and appreciated much less. Last but not least, Hotel Lancelot was great - very nice staff (esp. Chiara) and located in a great neighborhood.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the “wow” moment occurred atop the Aventine Hill, with the beautiful church (I’d have to look up the name now), the neighboring park and the tremendous view. I didn’t want to leave. During the walk up there, Nina gave us the best, clearest explanation I’ve ever heard for why the North, Middle and South of Italy developed such distinct cultures. "

Emmy

Tour: 03/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experience from the moment we met our guide and group until we said our goodbyes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to tell, but the view from the dome at St. Peter's basilica was hard to top."

Scott

Tour: 03/17/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour! Nina & Francesca were two of the very best tour leads and guides. Their thoughtfulness and expertise made for a fantastic trip. Their insight into the Roman Empire, Medeival Europe and Renaissance Europe were key to understanding what we were experincing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose one "wow" moment. The Colosseum & Forum, St Peter's Basilica and the Borghese Gallery were each special in a unique way. Ancient Rome in the Colosseum and Forum showed Rome is at once fantastic and brutal. St Peter's and Borghese showed Renaissance culture at it's peak."

Elizabeth

Tour: 03/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of Rome from the Dome"

John

Tour: 03/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time on a Rick Steve's Tour and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Marianna, our tour guide, was excellent and really added to the experience. The group was amazing. Got to know everyone on the tour and found some new friends along the way. The 7 days in Rome were fabulous and a great enjoyment for my family. The set up with many free afternoons was a real blessing and helped to truly make this an unforgettable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the trip to Ostia Antica. The walk through the Roman city and having Francesca, with her ability to bring it to life, was amazing. Sitting in the amphitheater, walking the streets, going through the baths, seeing a villa and the tenements, and then the restaurant gave a real understanding what daily Roman life might have been like. "

Derek

Tour: 03/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Barbara

Tour: 03/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well planned and executed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to say. One highlight was the cooking class."

Dianne

Tour: 03/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd never been on a tour before and, thus, am unable to compare it to other tours, it was a comfort and great convenience to have all details taken care of (hotel, transportation while in Rome, tickets, restaurant reservations, etc.). On my first trip to Rome I wouldn't have known how to begin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! But probably the one that left my mouth agape were the Bernini statues at the Borghese Gallery. HOW a human could craft them is beyond me."

Jeff

Tour: 03/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A Tie: Walking in the door of St. Peter's Basilica - and turning the corner and seeing the Roman Coliseum."

Tamela

Tour: 03/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really liked how the tour was set up. While the beginning was very busy and tiring, the remaining days gave time for reflection, relaxation, and for truly taking in the experience. Hotel selection was amazing. Great location and great staff. Marianna, our tour guide was truly amazing, a great ‘mother hen’. Meeting Elara for the tour of the Colosseum and Forum, really brought them to life. Finally, meeting Francesca was an amazing experience. Her insights and knowledge made Ostia live again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery was the experience I will never forget. Seeing and experiencing the sculpture of Daphne and Apollo - the details are incredible, and Hades and Persephone- will never forget the tear on her face."

Loren

Tour: 03/10/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have travel in Europe many times, but never with a tour. My family and I loved the Rick Steves Rome tour. The city was amazing but also overwhelming to navigate as a tourist, and having a team of amazing guides to help us get the most out of each site and day of our tour was incredible. We all agreed it was a great choice for our family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Borghese Gallery with Franchesca was amazing. I would not have chosen to take our family there if we had planned our own trip, but it was one of our favorite places. The statues were breathtaking and Franchesca brought the art to life for us. We are all still talking about that morning of the trip, and I know I will never forget it."

Kim

Tour: 02/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved seeing all the different parts of Rome but most of all I loved learning about Rome! I loved the analogy of Rome is like lasagna, delicious layers upon layers and I will add.. with lots of Roman spices sprinkled by Hilary and her amazing ability to bring to life to the thousands of year old sites around Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments, but my favorite was the Borghese Gallery and Museum. Hilary's tour was nothing less than amazing. I think the best way to describe how I felt about the experience is now I have such an appreciation of the art work and sculptures she described because I was brought into imagining from the perspective of each piece. These statues were from marble! And they looked like silk. "

Connie

Tour: 02/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on roads beneath the Basilica of St. Clemente that were in use during the first century A.D."

Jessica

Tour: 02/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a fantastic time on this tour. Our guides, Marijan and Ilaria, did a wonderful job introducing us to Rome, and bringing ancient history and art back to life. The hotel was top notch, and the food at the group meals as amazing. I really appreciated that Marijan frequently took us on public transportation, I felt confident I could navigate Rome by myself during our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow' moment was visiting San Clemente church, which was included as part of a neighborhood walking tour. The excavations were incredible. "

Linda

Tour: 02/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The character, knowledge, and personalities of the guides are what made this tour wonderful. Bravo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are two. The Borghese Gardens and Museum took my breath away, even the walk through the gardens in a sudden rainstorm. Secondly, the Nudi e Crudi restaurant in Ostio Antico! We were served clams followed by a shrimp based sauce over gnocchi that I dream about still. They use shrimp shells to make a base that flavors the sauce with the sweet/briny taste of the sea. The owner was very welcoming, and showed me the cooking area and the minimal steps they take making their dishes. "

John

Tour: 02/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had were able to experience important historical sites with excellent tour leader narratives helping us to understand the meaning and significance of what we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two “wow” moments come to mind. First, being able to feel what it was like to be physically present in Rome at different periods during the last 2500 years. Second, gaining a more tangible insight into the causes and reasons why Rome has developed in the way it has."

Jim

Tour: 02/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with the organization and generosity of the tour. Our guide prepared us well at the opening meeting, sharing many tips and setting expectations. During visits to various sites he was extremely well informed and prepared. The other two guides were equally knowledgeable about their particular areas. Covered meals were generous and plentiful as were the availability of transit tickets.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that visiting the Vatican and the Coliseum were equally my “wow” moments. They were both enhanced by Illarya’s explanations. "

Christine

Tour: 02/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every element of the experience was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that I was home for nearly one week before I was able to articulate my thoughts and observations such was sensory overload."

Sheriann

Tour: 02/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour and guides were amazing. There is so much to see and do in Rome, and I felt like our experience touched on all the bes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite site was the Borghese Museum. "

Beth

Tour: 02/25/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we expected but better! The balance of guided tour and free time was good. But the best part was the guides. They really made Rome come to life for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hmm… hard to say one but it I had to pick, it was the last day at the Borghese museum with local guide Ilaria. "

Ron

Tour: 02/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guides were outstanding in their knowledge and ability to relate it. The balance between free time and tour time worked really well eliminating "information overload" and physical stress.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many opportunities to actually touch history and immerse myself into the "la dolce vita.""

Mary

Tour: 02/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic! Exactly as advertised. Well organized and a great balance between activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colleseum and Forum "

Vera Jane

Tour: 02/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect! I loved the amount of tour time and free time. Free time allowed more interactions with locals. The local guide was great. The hotel was lovely and perfectly located. Tour meals were all fantastic. Tina was fantastic! This is my 5th RS tour and all guides have been great. BUT, Tina was exceptional. The tour was not just her job, she wanted to make sure you got everything you needed to understand and feel Rome. Tina, warm, kind, approachable, and a Roman at heart. Best trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having an art historian as a tour guide, full of enthusiasm and knowledge, at the Galleria Borghese while gazing at Bernini's sculptures was emotional for me. She was not just facts. This historian brought art to life! But, this was only one "wow" moment. With Rome. and Tina, there were many moments. However, the art historian at the Galleria at the top of list. It was unexpected, which made it "WOW"!!! "

William

Tour: 02/18/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Irrespective of the fact, due to a cold, I only attended about half of the tours. What I did do, were fantastic with excellent toyr guideance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visit to the Galleria Bourgouse was wow - the art historian talking brought made this tour."

Dan

Tour: 02/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Roman 7 in days tour was well organized and efficient. The schedule was perfect, some days we were done at 11 AM and others at 5 PM. This allowed us to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking from piazza to piazza at night was beautiful."

Peter

Tour: 02/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First and foremost, it was organized in way to maximize time and attention. It was educational, cultural and enjoyable without being overwhelming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing my 13 year old daughter’s reaction when the Pantheon first came into view. This was one of her must-see locations and her reaction was one I don’t think I’ll ever forget. She just stopped short and gasped and tried to process what she was seeing. My other “wow” moment was her reaction to the Sistine Chapel. Her reaction, again, was stunned amazement and I was so happy to be able to give her those moments. "

Lauren

Tour: 02/18/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide was great. Good chemistry in the group. Itinerary was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter’s Basilica "

Ellen

Tour: 12/24/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the size of the group, the breadth and scope of the tours, and the knowledge and communications skills of our guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on a bench in the Sistene Chapel and contemplating the Last Judgment and the ceiling frescoes was truly a thrill. Then moving on to St. Peter's and viewing Michelangelo's Pieta took the experience over the top."

Clara

Tour: 12/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience in Rome was mesmerizing. Our Tour guide Stephanie was knowledgeable, funny, kind, and taught us how to navigate around Rome. She also taught us a few words and sayings in Italian.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when I first saw La Pietà di Michelangelo in St. Peter's Basilica. It almost brought me to tears."

Nikki

Tour: 12/24/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous. Spending Christmas in Rome with all the holiday lights, trees and decorations was magical.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband and I arrived four days before our tour started, but seeing the Colosseum for the first time was definitely a "wow" moment. "

Malcolm

Tour: 12/24/23

Solid. We’re veterans with your tours, but we didn’t get to see or experience as much as we wanted to and/or anticipated

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Making pasta and creating a dinner at the pasta cooking school—absolutely outstanding!"

Jeff

Tour: 12/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazingly informative, with great guides and a nice tour group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Anything/Everything with Francesca"

Dan

Tour: 12/03/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Both good and not so good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to local guide Francesca talk so poetically about how we are connected to ancient Rome."

Beverly

Tour: 12/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never traveled with a group so it was a new experience. It definitely made the trip less stressful since we did not have to figure out how to purchase tickets or navigate the city or handle language barriers. The staff at the hotel was friendly and we felt safe and comfortable in the hotel. The hotel had everything that we needed and was located in a great location for exploring. The itinerary ensured that we didn’t miss anything. The most impressive part of the trip, were the guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our “wow” moment was seeing the Colosseum in person for the first time. "

Melanie

Tour: 12/03/23

Great opportunity to see the history and art of Rome both ancient and early modern.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bernini's at the Borghese Gallery."

Joanne

Tour: 12/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guides made all the difference in creating an extraordinary experience for me and my family. Their expertise and attention to details made this a special family vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Roman forum and reliving the experiences through the eyes of a local guide, Francesca, who is passionate about passing on the history of her country. "

Emily

Tour: 11/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Haven’t traveled internationally since Dec 2019 and this trip helped alleviate my concerns. Everything was well planned and tour members were friendly and engaging. I enjoyed every aspect of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseo as usual, but I was really impressed with the Borghese Gallery and Ostia Antica. "

Bryanna

Tour: 11/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mariana was an awesome guide. We went for my birthday and she made my birthday extra special. I think she's an awesome guide and I'd love to do another tour with her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the pantheon and Berninis truth statue."

David

Tour: 11/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotel where we stayed was a wonderful, cozy with a vintage feel. The breakfasts were excellent and bar access was available 24/7. The tour guide was warm, knowledgeable, and fostered an excellent sense of compraderie. The schedule had an excellent balance of scheduled and open time and included most of the major sites we wanted to see. With one exception the local guides also were excellent. We left feeling we learned how to navigate Rome and had made new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The final night our guide arranged a meal for us in our hotel complete with a local singer. It was a wonderfully joyous way to end our visit."

Rebecca

Tour: 11/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our leader Stephanie was 10 out of 10--personable, knowledgeable, respectful of our individual experiences, kind, smart and funny. She set the tone and brought us together! I have been to Rome and traveled in Italy many times, but this was my first 'solo' trip since I lost my spouse and I wanted to have some company and some guidance. I saw all-new sides of Rome and realize I can go back and find something new each time. The tour exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostia Antica--Our guide Francesca was a poet. I wanted to write down everything she said. She really brought ancient Rome to life with every comment and description. She made the experience even more spectacular."

Carl

Tour: 11/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was way more than a sight-seeing tour of old stuff. We thoroughly enjoyed and relished every moment of engagement with the guides, the other tour group members, and the current day Romans. The guides also movingly helped us understand a little better Romans of ancient and other times. This was something, I do not think I could have achieved on my own in such a short time and for the first time visiting this spectacular city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is very hard to pick one moment. There were several "dawnings." First, I had no idea of the scale and magnitude of the ancient ruins and their continuing presence for daily life. Second, the people of Rome were extraordinarily welcoming. I truly appreciate their hospitality and civility toward us and our limited Italian language facility. Third, the food! I had heard from friends, "...oh, you will enjoy the wonderful food in Rome..." I really never gave that a thought, but "wow!" "

Davis

Tour: 11/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Experience was greater than I expected and guides were excellent! We all know what is in Rome, but our guides really brought it to life and added texture!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and ability to walk to the Colosseum in less than 10 minutes from our hotel, Lancelot!"

Lori

Tour: 11/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was just outstanding! Francesca and Alessandra were so knowledgeable in the history of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Ostia Antica and the Vatican. I really enjoyed learning so much about the culture and history of Rome. I would love a Part 2 with Stephanie and Francesca to see more! Sign me up. Rick make it happen! :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments but what stands out is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's The Pienta. So in awe. And Bernini's sculptures at the Borghese were so life like. I felt like David could sling that rock at any moment."

Michael

Tour: 11/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An exceptional tour for first-timers in Rome. The tour and guides visited many “can’t-miss” cultural attractions, often using public transportation. The guide made it a point to teach travelers how to safely use public transportation so participants could move about the city on their own. My wife and I also met like-minded, people looking for a great introduction to Roman culture. We had a good group to share the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many “wow” moments, but the guided tour of the Forum was a moving experience. The guide, Francesca, brought Ancient Rome to life right before our eyes. To look at the Arch, road stones and ruins without her narrative would never have been as meaningful. The Borghese Museum was also a spectacular experience. It’s beautiful top to bottom."

Nancy

Tour: 11/05/23

We had a wonderful time on our Rome tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Michelangelo's Pieta in the Sistine Chapel."

Noreen

Tour: 11/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

a very good tour, had excellent guides and a wonderful group of people. Hotel was lovely and perfectly located.

Todd

Tour: 11/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being my first solo trip and my first international trip, I was a little anxious and didn't know what to expect. My expectations were far exceeded and more!! Excellent balance of group time and free time, very knowledgeable friendly and helpful tour guides and a great group of like minded travelers in our group- it was more like a group of friends coming together for a week of fun and adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery and Museum- particularly the Bernini works. Pictures and videos don't adequately capture the true awesomeness of his works. It has to be seen and experienced in person"

Shawn

Tour: 11/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience, the price- value proportion was amazing. The tour leader, Stephanie, exceeded all expectations and the local experts were informative and delightful. I was also impressed by my fellow tour participants, truly an outstanding group that enriched my journey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to surpass the Sistine Chapel, spending more time pondering its majestic creation is motivation enough to return to the Eternal City"

Devin

Tour: 11/05/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Stephanie was great. She had time for one-on-one conversations throughout the week and made sure everyone was safe. I feel that the tour was able to visit all the major sites in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought the guest guides that were brought in for the Coliseum and Vatican were necessary for the average American who are clueless on the significance of what we are seeing. "

Erika

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time seeing the major sights of Rome and learning about the culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Experiencing the Roman Forum with a guide that brought it to life."

Lisa

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was initially hesitant about traveling in a group, but it was wonderful. The whisper system was a great way to hear all the interesting information from our outstanding guide Tina, without having to be all right next to each other. Exploring the city and having such a knowledgeable guide was truly wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the first night, walking through the Pantheon and having dinner in the Navoni Plaza. I also realized I appreciated art, having a knowledgeable guide tell the story of the art work made it more meaningful."

Ed

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As “do-it-ourselves” travelers, we’ve used RSE’ travel guides since being stationed in Europe in 1988 and have always valued the great resources. This was our first group tour and we were absolutely delighted. Our guide, Tina, was personable, engaging, and very well-informed. Our three local guides – Francesca, Alessandra, and Ilaria, were all simply outstanding and helped us gain insights we couldn’t have gotten on or own or even just with RSE’s excellent audio walking tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery - especially Ilaria's engaging, entertaining, and informative explanations of the key pieces of art. We've seen pictures of Bernini's sculptures before but to see them in person and have her bring them to life for us was an unexpected delight. "

Stephen

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Christine

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! The tour far exceeded my expectations! The hotel is in a great location. Our tour guide, Tina, was kind, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. Each day was seamlessly well organized. I was traveling alone, but the guide and group made me feel welcome. I highly recommend this experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crossing the threshold of the Pantheon and looking up at the amazing dome!"

Julie

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was absolutely outstanding. Fabulous. Beyond my expectatoins. Tina was fantastic! And Francesca was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese museum was stunning. I loved everything about it. "

Terry

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A marvelous experience in every respect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guides, Tina and Francesca, were the primary reason the tour was so outstanding. Their insights, knowledge, caring hearts and skill made everything come alive. In addition, Tina made sure that we were well taken care of every day. She is simply wonderful."

Michael

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides, Tina and Francesca, were amazing. They made Rome come alive.They not only shared their knowledge they opened their hearts to us. Tini was so organized as well. We were watched over, cared for and not once was their confusion about what was next up on the tour. I eagerly look forward to having another tour with her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in front of Bernini's "Rape of Persephone" with Francesca. It made me cry."

Jeri

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hotel was great, good location and very helpful and friendly. Tour guides were outstanding, very knowledgable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many - the Roman ruins sprinkled around modern buildings, the 'night time activity', the museums."

Robert

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour and the experience exceeded all of my expectations. The pre-tour guidance regarding amount of walking and stair climbing was accurate so I was prepared and enjoyed the ride.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery was very spectacular. "

Elizabeth

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire tour was wonderful! Tina our guide was fantastic. The hotel classy and quiet. Other people on the tour were friendly and a lot of fun. I'm so happy with my experiences in Rome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I realized the bus was driving on the Appian Way, I had chills!! I chose to walk on the Appian Way instead of go into the Catacombs. A dream come true for me."

William

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overwhelming visual experience: Moment by moment transitioning across time or about 3,000 years of art, architecture and artifacts combined with people visiting from a hundred different cultures and a never ending selection of Roman cuisine. In a word: Fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wonderful guide, Tina Hits, counseling me, following the theft on the crowded metro of my iPhone, to not let the loss ruin my week in Rome. Tina’s encouragement succeeded in keeping me from becoming a “Grump” and ruining the experience. Thank you, Tina, for a Wonderful Tour of Rome!!!"

Bonnie

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Quite good. Rome is pretty mind blowing. The ruins - everywhere! Standing in the ruins and experiencing history. Francesca really brings it all to life! I learned so much and our guides gave it perspective. Love it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. Probably most was that buildings from the 1st century were "recycled" into buildings in the 4th century, then recycled again in the 16th century! Mind blown. And I had no idea that Italy didn't unify into a country until 1861. Wow. "

John

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We learned so much from our trip to Rome: The guides were excellent, conveying information about the birth and evolution of western civilization.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paolo’s guidance through Vatican City. He is very devout and communicated this to our tour group. We greatly appreciated the career of Michelangelo, Rafael and many of the Popes after our tour. "

Lisa

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As my first RS tour I was truly amazed how 22 (mostly couples and a few single persons) really did become a merry band of travelers by the end of the tour. The guide did a great job of shepherding us thru busy days of sightseeing and giving us the tools to independently explore Rome on our own during free time. The hotel had several lounges with a large breakfast room offering a good breakfast each day. Room was basic but clean and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Feeling comfortable to explore Rome on my own I did a RS suggested walk that was not part of the tour during my free time. The walk took me to the Diocletian Baths which included Michelangelo’s Church and visited several churches containing paintings by Caravaggio. "

Jeffrey

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great hotel and staff, outstanding tour guides and a fun tour group. What more could you ask for?

Garrett

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic, I loved every minute of it. Very informative, thought-provoking, entertaining, fun, artistically satisfying beyond words. It was such a joy to have Nina as our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum and the forum"

Gene

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina was an excellent guide as were her adjunct specialty guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca's ability to make us see movement in sculptures. In particular three Bernini works in the Borghese Gallery."

Robin

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was amazing - guides, food, historical sites - we couldn’t have asked for a better tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the forum-hearing Francesca talk about the history, taking us back in time, you could really imagine being there and living in that time. A few times I was close to tears, just thinking about life that long ago. Knowing we were standing on thousands of years of history was amazing. "

Isaias

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Nina, Francesca, and Paulo were Amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Museum!"

Judith

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was a bit worried before the tour because I'm not a "city" person, so a week in Rome was a concern. But, no need to worry. This tour was just right - the right amount of time, the right wonderful guides, the right weather, the right amount of activity, and, of course, Rome is a city one could spend a very long time in! I do need to return to Italy to see the villages, for sure, but this was a wonderful first visit/introduction.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Colosseum when it was almost empty. Yes, you read that right. Our guides, Cecilia and Francesca were speechless when we first went into the Colosseum and realized that we were some of the only people inside. WOW! "

David

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A wonderful introduction to Rome with excellent guides and a congenial group of people

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pantheon. It was as incredible as I had imagined. "

Yvonne

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Tour was well organized. We saw saw as much of Rome as possible still allowing us free time to explore on our own. Our guide Cecilia was knowledgable and engaging. Tour guide dining recommendations were spot on. Our food experience was amazing. Having a few local guides helped give us varied perspective, most importantly while viewing the art of the Vatican and Borghese. Although Rome cannot be totally experience in 7 days, I feel we saw and experienced the flavor of Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca Caruso's tour of the Colosseum. Her knowledge, perspective and vivid descriptions place you in Ancient Rome with gladiators, spectators and even the carnage that took place there. "

Tom

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Bea, was amazing — friendly yet professional, full of good advice and enthusiasm, able to keep a group together in a very crowded city. Francesca was also excellent in the Forum, the Colosseum, and Ostia Antica. She paints such a vivid picture with her stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner the first night on the Piazza Navona. The restaurant was charming, the food fantastic—truly established the right atmosphere for experiencing Rome."

Victoria

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, the Hotel Lancelot. Old world and within walking distance of so much. We arrived early and were able to check in, have breakfast and walk around the neighborhood. The neighborhood included the Coliseum. We met Bea, who was ending one tour and prepping for our group. Our group bonded really quickly because of her. She exudes comradery. Francesca and Paolo made everything we experience come alive by their knowledge and passion for ancient Roman culture. Fabio is Fabio! Lol Just fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing La Pieta again. I saw it at the 1964's World's Fair in NY. I told Francesca and asked if they sent the replica. This is how in depth her knowledge is- she had read that no, I had seen the original sculpture and it is the only time it had traveled out of Italy. 3 of us had birthdays and Bea arranged for us to be celebrated at our last 'supper' together. The Maitre d', hotel staff also contributed to this being a memorable trip. I have since been telling friends- go Rick Steve's."

Deborah

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We usually do independent travel.I was glad we booked this tour. It was wonderful to have tickets already in hand, and not have to stand in lines. Bea did a outstanding job keeping us organized and on track. It was convenient to have the transit pass and helpful that Bea went with us to show us how to use the Metro.The local guides, especially Francesca, left us a lovely piece of Rome to take home in our hearts. The only negative - this tour was more strenuous than I expected. P

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband’s favorites were the Forum and Colosseum. Francesca was able to impart history from the ancient Roman perspective, bringing it to life for us. Being a enthusiast of Michelangelo’s sculptures I was moved to see his Moses up close without protective enclosures surrounding it. "

Richard

Tour: 10/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Beatrice (aka Bea), was a joy. Bea's enthusiasm, her passion and her humor set the tone at the beginning for a fun and memorable tour. She kept us well informed on each day's itinerary and she gave us a list of sites we could visit during our free time. I think the mix of tour activities and free time was very good. Our hotel, Hotel Lancelot, was close to the Colosseum, not far from a Metro station & close to many excellent sidewalk restaurants & the hotel's staff were friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment occurred on our first day. Our tour group was waiting for the next Metro train. When the train arrived at the station, my friend and I were slow to move through people getting off the train and towards the open doors. As the train doors were closing, Bea stuck her body in between the doors to hold the train. As Bea was getting squeezed, she managed to pull my friend and me into the train. The Borghese Gallery Museum and its incredible sculptures was my second "wow" moment."

Cheryl

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was well planned and Susanna was an amazing hostess! She was super knowledgeable, very funny was aware of where everyone was, when a break might be needed and gave us suggestions each evening for the next day so that we would all be prepared and ready for fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoy art but wouldn't say that I would be likely to want to spend 2 hours in the Borghese Gallery but, with Francesca there, telling us the stories behind each piece, the stories of wealth & power, etc., the 2 hours flew by and I was hoping for more! Francesca was also an amazing guide thru the Forum as well as Ostia Antica. She brought ancient Rome to life and it was fascinating! Even my son who is easily bored was enthralled."

Mark

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized. The local guides were amazing. The instructions on how to use the metro, and the tickets I received for the metro made it easy for me to explore Rome during my free time. The location of the hotel was excellent. I was able to see the Coliseum from the balcony of my room.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was during the Forum tour when Francesca pointed out that we were standing on a 2000 year old Roman road."

James

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very comprehensive, Whirlwind and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the last day of our Tuscany Tour, Cecilia arranged for a talented soprano and her accompanist to serenade us with some Puccini arias right there in Lucca, his hometown. That capped it off and was a fitting end to the tour!"

Donald

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guides, Susanna , Francesca & others whose names I did not write down, were great! Francesca was exceptionally knowledgeable about the history of Rome! The tour was well planned but still allowed for flexibility.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning that there is still about 87% of ancient Rome to be excavated!!"

Juan

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Patricia

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a rich, full and varied dive into all that Rome is! History, art, food and culture. Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it’s hard to pick one! Seeing the Colosseum at night near our hotel was breathtaking!"

Michael

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Informative and plenty of time to schedule your own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pompeii"

Patrick

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mariella, our RS tour guide for Rome, was exceptional as was Francesca one of our speciality guides. The Hotel Lancelot was a delight and it’s location near the Colosseum perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We thoroughly enjoyed Rome and all of the tour content. The Ostia Antica tour was our “wow” day."

Sueann

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was interesting and easy. Our guide made the trip educational and worry free

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The group would “wow” together as we went to different sites "

Angelea

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the balance of scheduled tour time and free time to explore. I especially thought it was great that we were taught how to navigate the city on our own so we would be comfortable taking the metro or public buses to get around the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was my first Rick Steves tour, but my third time to Rome, so I wasn't sure if I would have any "wow" moments...but I did. Even though this was my third time to see the Pantheon - still "wow." My first time to the Borghese gallery to see the Bernini sculptures - really "wow." As suggested in the Rick Steves guide book to Rome, we arrived a day early before the tour and we took the time to go to Tivoli and visit the gardens/fountains at Villa D'este - super "wow!""

Susan

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized, tours were good. Vatican was extremely crowded. Borghese Gallery and Ostia Antica were our highlights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Gallery, particularly the Bernini statues."

Peter

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The style of the tour was excellent. Staying in a single, local hotel made it easy to familiarize ourselves with the Roman neighborhood. The introduction to travel options provided confidence when traveling without our guide. This was a generally, well-designed activity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing Michelagelo's Moses. The experience punctuated the impression of Rome as the greatest magnet for artists in Europe for centuries."

Colleen

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Some days were too long. I prefer 3 hours maximum per tour. So much information. Guides are amazing and knowledgeable people. Very impressed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseum tour (I would have like to tour the area below too) and Ostia Antica. "

Susan

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Covered ROME through 2000 yrs! ancient to modern! Roman roads to subway & buses. Art from Roman Empire to Renaissance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pantheon "

Arnold

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved every minute of this tour. Really well thought out in terms of integrating the participants into the city of Rome. Orientation of the layout of the city was particularly helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. Our biggest adventure was our separate trip over to Tivoli to see Villa d'Este and used Rick's guide book to push on through to some outstanding fountains and views from the Villa. The neighborhood of Celio stands out - so close to the Basilica of San Clemente, with 3 different levels of history going back in time. Eating out on the streets every night in view of the Colosseum. All priceless."

Tyler

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides were truly amazing. We did another week in Rome after the tour, and we felt prepared to be on our own, but Rick Steve’s’ tour guides set a high standard for what we expected to get from our day trips that included local tourists guides. I truly appreciate how amazing our Rick Steve’s’ tour guides were and how they painted pictures with their words as they described things to us. It wasn’t just dry facts and it was absolutely amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca explaining Ostia to us was definitely my “wow” moment. It was so amazing to be in the ruins and have them described in a way that transported me back in time. "

Chuck

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time. Nina and Francesca were warm, wonderful, knowledgeable and brought the eternal city to life for our group. The mix of free time and guided tours was perfect. The things I would change are these. The tour walking needs to be classified as strenuous. The amount of steep climbs in cobblestones increase the west and tear on feet. Vatican Museum needs to be reviewed. The lines are brutal. Perhaps issuing tickets and letting folks go on their own. Something has to change, I think.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel was a once in a lifetime experience and I’m thankful for that moment in time."

Mary Taylor

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour of Dome was an incredible experience filled with learning and fun. We got to see highlights of the city and learn our way around which was extremely helpful for us as we stayed an extra week in Rome after the tour. Everything we learned from Nina about getting around the city we were able to use the next week. I really love how the tour made me feel empowered when doing things on my own during our free time! This was my first time traveling internationally and I was very nervous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My “wow” moment of the trip was touring the Roman Forum with Nina and Francesca. It was incredible how Francesca painted a picture of Ancient Rome with her words. It truly felt as if we were there walking the streets at the same time as Julius Cesar. Seeing where ground level was 2000 years ago and how materials were continually recycled was awesome. Both Nina and Francesca lead us through big crowds with ease, kept the group together, and kept us all riveted. "

Jana

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved that the planning was all done for us. I loved the history lessons, the tour guides, the other tour companions, the free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several. I was a student of architecture and art so I studied a lot of the buildings and art. Great to see them in person. Moses from Michelangelo, Pantheon, Bernini's stair exiting the Sistine. That made up for the horrible experience of being herded like cattle through the hot overcrowded lines of people for over 2 hours to get to the Sistine. Then to be yelled at over a pa system to be quiet."

Lisa

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was phenomenal! The guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I would have only seen the surfaces of the sites and art without them; instead, I could almost see Rome as it was and I had a much more meaningful experience than if I went alone. Everything was very well organized and went smoothly. There was a good balance between group and solo time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From my daughter: learning the history in the context of the sites, especially the Forum. Me: the Sistine Chapel. I actually broke into tears when entering the chapel. I have never been so touched and impacted by art. It was indescribable."

Carrie

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am so glad I decided to do this tour! It was worth every penny. Our guide, Nina, was amazing. The experiences were just the right balance of group and on-your-own time. I appreciated how Nina taught us to navigate the city on our own and be knowledgeable enough to make the most of our time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's very hard to choose one wow moment. I would have to say one of my favorite days was Ostia Antica because it was so much better than I was expecting. It was a really interesting site and well explained by Francesca. Places like the Colluseum and Forum were great but Ostia was nicely out of the way and not so mobbed by tourists."

Ann

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyable and informative. Great guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Gallery"

Robin

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was exceptional. One day that I believe could be evaluated is the Day 3-Neighborhood Rome. While I enjoyed the neighborhood walk, the time we spent with the guides tasting some of the neighborhood food was disappointing. This could be better organized such as providing a place where we could eat as opposed to standing the doorway of the shops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the Borghese gallery. "

Dawn

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was hesitant to go on a tour, but I am so glad I did. Everything about this tour was so well done. The guides were excellent, the hotel staff was just lovely, and our tourmates were so very pleasant--not a curmudgeon among them!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite "wow" moment was the Borghese Gallery. Francesca, our local guide, made the statues and art come alive. I had been to the Borghese Gallery many years ago, but Francesca made me look at the art in a whole new light."

Eric

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very happy with the overall tour. Our group was friendly, cooperative and had positive attitudes! A great balance of free time vs. tour led activities. All of the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Collosseum was spectacular!"

Michael

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought all the guides were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don’t I had a wow movement."

Jane

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best organized tour we have ever taken. Every detail was so carefully planned to make the experience the best possible for each person on the tour. Very impressed by the number of people who have taken multiple Rick Steves' tours and by those who had already been to Rome, but chose this tour to repeat it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The depth of information we received from each one of the local guides gave us so much background we would have never gotten any other way. It was so great to stand at different pieces of art and gain a lasting understanding of what they mean. The art in the churches and museums was awesome as well."

Larry

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing tour. All aspects were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery."

Frank

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent choices of attractions, excellent local loguides, Marijan was enthusiastic, energetic, caring, good humored, encouraging and very knowledgeable. The hotel was comfortable and friendly. Location of the hotel was good but not a lot happening around the hotel streets.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostia Antica, I have been to Rome before but not there. I liked that we could walk more among the ruins and that it was not crowded. Also, going for lunch on the shore was great."

Tracy

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, our guide, Marijan, was FANTASTIC. He was very enthusiastic, energetic, helpful, thoughtful, fun and a good sense of humor. RS Tours tours are very well-planned and thorough and they seem to attract folks who are curious, well-educated, open-minded and willing to try new things. While the tour was packed w/a lot, we still have a good amount of time on our own to explore - and Marijan would give us tips if we wanted. Overall, this was a wonderful tour even in spite of the rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a few! The Bernini sculptures of Borghese Museum took my breath away. Francesca was our local guide for this as well as Ostia Antica. She always describes things in such a way where it helped me to truly imagine what it was like centuries ago. She never even misses a beat when it began to rain on us - nothing phases her nor did the rain phase the others on our tour. My 3rd wow moment was wandering around the Colosseum after dinner "

D'ova

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a magical trip for me as my daughter and I met in Rome for this tour. This was my fourth time in Rome (two of the three previous times on Rick Steves' tours) yet those stops were just for 3 days each. I am so glad I had a week to visit some sites again and see some sites for the first time and to travel with such an interesting and curious group. I think many of us wished we were on our guide Marijan's, next tour of the Eastern Adriatic. Oh, Rome is built on hills. Keep that in mind.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Villa Borghese! Alexandra's descriptions brought context and nuances and details to the paintings and sculptures and made them come alive for me. I was soooo looking forward to our time at the Borghese. It was beyond amazing. The Appian Way Walk. Marijan, our guide, asked if any wanted to walk a portion of the Appian Way. "Yes!" All Roads Lead to Rome ... sixth grade social studies coming alive! "

John

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I went on this tour to celebrate our 20-year anniversary. It completely fulfilled our expectations, and then some. It was a dream of a lifetime. Although both of us are “seniors,” we had never been to Europe before. Although we had seen the places/monuments on TV/movies many times, still made it no less spectacular to being there. One reason we choose a Rick Steves tour was to make sure we hit the can’t-miss spots. Everything was so well-planned. Every visit was "memorable."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s impossible to choose our favorite part: the sights, the hotel, the guides, the food, the fellow travelers. Each day brought a new unique adventure led by a knowledgeable guide, as well as plenty of personal free time to explore. However, the following sights really stood out: Michelangelo's Moses at St.Peter-in-Chains Church, the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Forum, Trevi fountain, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Borghese Gallery."

Jerrie

Tour: 05/14/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous, I couldn’t have ask for a better tour of Rome with its history, architecture, museums, food and wine.our guide, Marijan was a walking encyclopedia, as well as so caring, funny, generous; he made the trip come alive! Our group was wonderful, we had such a good time together and as I was a single everyone included me and made it s such a nice experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s really hard to say, our local guides were so knowledgeable and fun, especially Francesca. They were all very entertaining in their presentations. The Borghese Gallery was wonderful and Marijan and a small group of us did a wonderful walk on the Apian Way that was very special. I do think the Vatican is too crowded to see."

Leslie

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfect balance of planned and "free" time let us be sure to include anything extra we wanted to see. Nina was an amazingly knowledgeable, fun and organized guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, we could see the Coliseum from our bathroom window. That made us say wow every morning."

Mechelle

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Knowledgeable guide and fascinating historical sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Sebastian necropolis."

Robert

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

good diversity of daily activities

Favorite "WOW" moment

"can't say. every day was wow!"

Robert

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience with a seasoned guide. We consider it an introductory tour that exposed the city to us as a basis for future independent visits. The tour was strenuous, but we were certainly warned! Our primary guide, Nina, was very efficient, professional, capable, and reliable. She ran a tight ship…and we certainly did a lot of running since we covered lots of sites and lots of ground. The Lancelot hotel was excellent! We WILL return!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our biggest “wow” was upon entering the Borghese Gallery…breathtaking. But, Rome, overall, is just one big “wow” after another. There is beauty and history literally everywhere you look. It is truly an amazing place."

Irene

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, we had a wonderful time. The sights, tour guides (Nina and local tour guides), and hotel all were excellent. The food at the group meals generally did not seem up to Rick Steves standards. There was an over-reliance on pasta, and the final night dinner frankly was poor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day at St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel was an awesome combination of sights for one day."

Susan

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour of Italy I have ever been on

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Borghese museum, I loved the fact that they only allow 160 people at at time. This gave us room and time to really enjoy the museum "

Marsha

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Nina was exceptional. Just the right amount of history, modern information, amazing food and architecture. I really felt like we got to know the city of Rome from a Roman citizens point of you. This is my second time on this tour and I felt like I learned and saw things that I never saw the first time. Other members of our tour were accommodating and friendly, and we will keep in contact with each other for years to come.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How could I ever pick just one? The Colosseum, walking through the Roman, Forum, strolling through Roman neighborhoods, and visiting Roman shops? Seeing the Mediterranean? All once in a lifetime experiences."

Ruma

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed it very much. Hotel was very comfortable. Our tour guide was awesome.( Mariana) I felt I knew her all my life. Fellow travelers were friendly and nice. I felt like touring with family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The amazing Churches. "

Colin

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first tour and it was awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Coliseum the first time. "

Laurie

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The itinerary was perfect for what I wanted to see. The unplanned/substitute cooking class activity was fun and the proprietors of that venue were joyful instructors. The day trip to Ostia Antica was a highlight for me, especially seeing all the amazing mosaics and learning about this ancient colony. The trip to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel was disappointing. The extremely crowded conditions made it challenging to do more than shuffle along. St. Peter’s was incredibly beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mosaics were an unexpected “wow” throughout the tour. I expected to be amazed by most everything else, and I was, but the mosaics were an unexpected visual treat. "

Stephen

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. The planning and guides provided were excellent! Just the right amount of free time too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Museum and Gallery. Bernini Sculptures"

Gillian

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very pleased with everything; the hotel, the group, the guides and the sights

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking along actual ancient Roman roads"

Kim

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Signing up for a RS's Best of Rome in 7 days tour was an excellent choice for me being that I am a first time traveler to Europe. I felt comfortable being with a small group of happy travelers as we were guided to see the highlights of Rome together. It was an absolute treat to be guided by our drop in tour guide Francesca, a notable contributor to RS videos, books, and audio guides. I felt that this tour was a nice balance between touring with a group and free time to explore on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moment had to be seeing the Colosseum for the first time. I got off the bus to walk toward my hotel and there it was! And during the tour when Francesca walked us through the gladiator entrance into the Colosseum arena I almost had an out of body experience as though I was there in person almost 2000 years ago, looking up into the crowded stadium, hearing the roar of the cheers, and knowing that soon I would meet my death. I was gripped with a feeling I cannot describe. "

Ann

Tour: 04/23/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our 2nd RS tour and it did not disappoint. Marianna and Francesca, the local guide, were great. Enjoyed all the culture and history Rome had to offer. The only disappointment was the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Since there was no crowd control in place, it was a mob scene inside. Was it necessary to walk all four levels of the museum? The Vatican guide went overboard here. One level would have been more than enough. Sistine Chapel very crowded also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Gallery"

Patrick

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

great experience for a history student like myself-although i was a day late due to airline issues, the pace of the tour was just right, giving the group ample free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the day at the pantheon was informative and also the day at ostia antica was an eye opening."

Amoodha

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several wow moments. To me it was to see the ruins , excavation and preservation of the ruins in Ostia Antica, The Forum and the Colosseum.The paintings, Tapestries and the sculptures, especially the ones made of marble in the Borghese Gallery, Basilica and several other churches I visited on my own. The paintings and the sculptures were so alive with minute details. In the sculptures you could see the curves and indentations were so realistic. Termini station was another wow moment. "

Harriet

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour guides had an excellent grasp of the arts, and shared many wounderful facts about Rome and Ostia Antica. The mix of guided tours and free time was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pantheon, Colosseum, and Forum were very impressive"

Henry Mark

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cecilia Bottai and Francesca were outstanding guides. Both made the history of Rome come alive. The walks through the Colosseum, the Forum and the Vatican were fascinating. Excellent hotel and staff for tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The"wow" walk through the Colosseum and the Forum with Francesca encapsulated everything about Rome. The beginnings, the empire building, the Roman emperors, both the good aspects of Roman culture and the tolerance for horrible displays for entertainment. Here we learned of the depth of Roman feelings for the loss of a child or spouse through poems that have been preserved. A more complete understanding of the Romans emerged from this walk through these buildings and through time. "

Perie

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week in Rome. (We had taken the "Best of Paris" tour several years ago and found it excellent, so we decided to book the intensive "Best of Rome" tour, and it did not disappoint.) Also, our tour guides were excellent.....especially Cecelia (our guide for the week), and our local guides Francesca (Colosseum and Ostia Antica), Ilaria (Borghese Gallery) and Alessandra (Vatican). They brought the history, art and culture alive! Our fellow travelers were a friendly group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult to choose just one! It was amazing to step into the Pantheon and appreciate its grandeur and history."

Monica

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day and every moment was special and memorable. Our tour guides Cecelia and Francesca were knowledgable, personable, and brought the city to life for us. Francesca actually made us cry at the St. Peter in Chains Basilica. I think she made us cry a couple times. Cecelia was a vivid, energetic, and protective tour guide. We felt fortunate to have such wonderful guides to the eternal city. We appreciated how the tour was scheduled where there was a rigorous day followed by a slow paced

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick one wow moment. I think it would be walking down the street from our hotel and passing the Coliseum! Also, getting off the tour bus and walking into the ancient seaport Ostia Antica, which was like being transported into another world! "

Jeannie

Tour: 04/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Cecelia and the other guides were wonderful. And we were a rowdy bunch so they had their work cut out for them!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery - the sculptures there are breathtaking. My favorite is Bernini's "David". "

John

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the whole week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That our hotel was so close to the Colesseum."

Kim

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not have been more pleased. The guides were easy to understand and not only did they explain the buildings, art, ruins and pieces of history on the tour, they told us what it is like to live in their neighborhood today and differences in cultures in everyday living. Everything was on time, well orchestrated. Rome is 7 days was wonderful. Looking forward to another Rick Steves' Tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca explaining the Bernini sculptures and Dianna Hunting painting by Domenichino in Galleria Borghese. I was wowed and wanted to hear more! I have never had anyone take the time to explain the differences in styles so that I could identify them again or interpret paintings and sculptures as she did."

Michelle

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th trip with Rick Steves', and it was honestly the best one yet. I enjoyed the mix of group time and free time. The local guides were outstanding, especially Francesca. The food was great, I just loved every moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure I can pick just one, it's like picking a favorite child! "

Michael

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves tour, so I knew what to expect. I think the pace and content worked well for a one week visit to Rome.

Anthony

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great mix of group tour time and explore on your on time. Our guide Nina was knowledgeable, friendly and funny, I learned so much and loved the whole trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I discovered I was a Bernini sculpture fan! "

Shari

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Rome and racked up an average of 7.76 miles on foot per day! It is a very walkable city, although we did use the bus a few times and the subway whenever we could. With the exception of one violent hailstorm, the weather was sunny, warm, and mild. A perfect time to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably every single time I stepped into a church. Catholic Rome's churches are massive, grand, sparkling with mosaics, gleaming with marble, adorned with fine art and humming with the faith of ages past & present. We visited Santa Maria Maggiore, San Giovanni in Laterano, San Clemente, St Peter in Chains, and of course, St Peter's Basilica. We visited in the week before Easter, so the churches were busy."

Nancy

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides were organized, very knowledgeable, friendly, kind, helpful, and fun. The schedule was well designed with the different things we saw and just the right amount of free time. I really appreciated the varied sights we saw, from the Borghese Gallery to an afternoon at the beach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking by the colosseum at night, with it all lit up and the full moon above it glowing in the clear night sky."

Jacqueline

Tour: 04/02/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina and B were fabulous hostesses! They introduced us to

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into to view the Rape of Persephone at the Borghese Galleria. It was breathtaking! Second was walking to the top of the dome at St Peter's Basilica. That 360° view of Roma was fantastic! This was below St Clemente Church. So much history below the depths of the city streets. And the Colesseo... so much to see in one city. This week just scratched the surface of history here. "

Richard

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Arrangements were easily made and fairly priced. We loved the quiet, little hotel as well as its location. The small group allowed for maximum touring enjoyment. Our guide was friendly, informative, and patient with our group of mostly active but elderly folk. Starting out early each day (while we still had energy lol) to see the sites was a great idea. Then we had the afternoons for independent activities. The selection of sites to see couldn't have been better. Best part - Francesca.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can I select from all of the splendor; all that antiquity, paintings, and sculpture. I can't but one thing that stood out as something I never knew or had ever seen or read about was the chair that was used to check "the jewels" and make certain the newly elected pope was a male. Talk about a wow moment."

Dana

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I fell head-over-heals in love with Rome and I hadn't expected to have this reaction. In fact, I was nervous about visiting Rome because it seemed so complex and excessive and confusing. But the program and our amazing guides made Rome accessible by giving us the knowledge and navigational tools to discover, understand and enjoy this remarkable place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "pinch-me-I can't-believe-I'm-here" moment was seeing the Coliseum for the first time, looming at the end of a quiet street in the neighborhood where our hotel was located. "

Steven

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every day had "wow" moments! Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini! The art historians' tours made ancient history relevant. Great food and wine. All positive experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow" moments to single one out: Borghese Gallery? Special side-tour at the Vatican Museum? The walk through the Forum? Ostia Antica? The pasta grecia or cacio e pepe? How can I pick just one?"

Andreas

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good pacing of guided tour (Rome in 7 Days) - hit the sweet spot between too much and too little activity. Most guided activities were half day with plenty of time to explore on our own. Knowledgeable Tour guides, hotel accommodations good balance between price, service, location. Provision of admission tickets and weekly pass for public transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

" strolling through layers of history and centuries of art in one spot"

David

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

If possible the Rick Steves Rome tour exceeded my expectations. Our tour guides Stephanie & Marianna were fantastic, the people on our tour were great, the hotel was clean, quaint, & comfortable in a great neighborhood near the Colosseum, and the people in our tour group were all fun to hang out and travel with. Definitely a score of 10 out of 10 for the week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome is full of wow moments every single day, but if I have to pick just one I'd probably pick the Colosseum. Our group was able to go down onto the floor of the Colosseum and our guide for the day Francesca did a wonderful job of explaining the history and architecture and really brought it to life for us. It's the memory of a lifetime."

Chris

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was simply amazing! A nice group of people, well organized & the guides were terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery!!!"

Vivian

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything that was promised was OVER delivered on. Our guides Stephanie and Marianna were like our personal concierge- answering all our questions about where to go on our own time, teaching us shortcuts, and sharing their own experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking on to the floor of the Colosseum - total surprise! Walking up to the Temple of Venus and finding out very few tours have ever been allowed to do that! Seeing Bernini's last sculpture on display when we visited the catacombs at San Sebastiano and finding out it was going on tour in a few days! Seeing Caravaggio's David and Goliath and finding it was also leaving and going on tour in days!"

Pat

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was GREAT!!! The tour exceeded my expectations. The guides were pleasant, knowledgeable, and professional. We saw everything that was scheduled on the tour and enjoyed little unplanned side trips along the way. That kept it fun and action packed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was when I saw the Colosseum for the first time. I loved the juxtaposition of past and present day. I purchased a beautiful small watercolor of the Colosseum from a street artist. He was painting right there in the moment. I treasure it!"

Kent

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first group tour. As experienced travelers who plan our vacations and value our independence, we were unsure what to expect with this format. We are pleased to share that we were very pleased with our experience and very happy we decided to see Rome through a RS group tour! We were particularly happy with the schedule allowing plenty of free time to explore on our own. Everything else was as expected, great guides, efficient movement through crowded sites and incredible local guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having the Colesseum “down the street” from our hotel, seeing it from the hotel terrace at sunrise/sunset, at every street corner in the neighborhood and then to stand on its floor and look up and around while being told by Francesca that “no 2000 year old building has just one story.” It was “wow” from the moment I saw it! "

Susan

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the tour! The guides were amazing! I can’t imagine seeing Rome without their input.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really love that we had one guide, organizing everything, Stefanie was amazing, as well as her guide in training Mariana! However, the Italian guides added, witch history, European philosophy, and a bit of storytelling. It was marvelous! I can’t imagine going through these incredibly busy. I cannot imagine going through these incredibly beautiful historic sites without them"

Bonnie Jo

Tour: 03/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Had awesome guides and their expertise and knowledge made it very interesting to follow

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably St Peters and the inside of the coliseum "

Kristine

Tour: 02/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! I now have an understanding for how the city of Rome grew and developed its layers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but St. Peter’s was amazing. The size and scale must be experienced. And while we were there we were able to see the celebration of mass. Quite an experience."

Haydn

Tour: 02/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We arrived early in Rome to familiarize ourselves with the tour's itinerary. The overall experience exceeded our expectations. The city still reverberates in our heads and our hearts. We were worried about the weather but that too turned out just fine. Hotel staff and accommodations were excellent. The group was cheerful and good-natured. Our guide Tina was organized, responsive to problems, and very professional. Great memories. Magnifico!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, many 'wow' moments. The energy of the city exceeded our imagination and the people were very friendly. We lived mostly on pizza, pasta, beer and wine, gelato and tiramisu. I was most impressed with Bernini's sculptures and of course Michelangelo. My wife loved the Vatican, the Forum, the Colosseum, and the ongoing restoration of Ostia Antica. All of which were superbly presented by our specialist guides. We are looking forward to Rome Part 2, with a cooking class. "

Caroline

Tour: 02/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lovely, caring and informative tour guide, fun and kind tour group members, and enriching, diverse tour activities. What more could you ask for?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking from stone to stone on the Via Sacra in the Forum and having the tour guide point out that I was walking an original Roman road from 2,000 years ago."

Jaime

Tour: 02/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A week in Rome is never enough! That being said, our amazing tour guide, Tina, did such a great job at giving us an in-depth taste of the city. We dove into in history, ate incredible food, and learned how to Navigate the city from the perspectives of both the past and the present. Our local guides, Francesca and Ilaria were top notch as well. I am so excited I decided to take this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel is absolutely fantastic. I also really loved going to Ostia Antica and the Borghese Gallery. "

Kathy

Tour: 02/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Julia

Tour: 02/26/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Attention to every detail of tour. tour guides knowledgeable of really care about each member the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"wow moment the arrival from the metro. Arrived right behind the colesseum. beautiful."

Claire

Tour: 02/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous trip! Our guide was well versed in all aspects of the week. The daily schedules were clear (loved that each day had free time to explore on our own), and there were multiple suggestions for what to do, see, and eat. Our group bonded easily, thanks to our terrific guide, which added to the wonderful experience. The amplification of the whisper system made it easy to stay together in the crowds and easily hear the running narratives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the stories behind the sites, paintings, sculptures, and monuments helped to blend the history of Rome with the what we see today. On my own, there would just be another lovely painting, building, or sculpture but the guided part of this tour really expanded the information and made the experiences come alive. "

James

Tour: 02/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip leader was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and very helpful during the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several wow moments both from the ruins and visiting the Vatican."

Matt

Tour: 02/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina was amazing! Fantastic week start to finish. Great group dynamics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peters"

Holly

Tour: 02/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was great and the sites we say were amazing. We also appreciated having time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Colosseum for the first time. We also loved the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. "

Mary

Tour: 02/19/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide Nina was excellent as well as our local guide Elidia - both 5 stars! We were less than thrilled with our accomodations. The staff was very attentive and friendly and hotel very clean. Our room and beds were very small and the bathroom even smaller. The breakfast was only adequate. We didn't care for the location, we would have liked to have been in the Pantheon area. We felt that too much free time was incorporated into the tour, and would have like more group activities

Favorite "WOW" moment

"By far our most favorite was visiting Volpetti in the Testaccio area. Matteo presented us with an amazing array of meats and cheeses and was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his products! Second would be the Borghese museum which is such a wow! Would have enjoyed have a guided tour of the surrounding park and area as well, which we did on our own."

Dustin

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding. Great balance between seeing sights in a way it would have been difficult to on out own, while still providing plenty of free time to customize our trip ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the floor of the colosseum with barely anyone else around, right as the morning sun was turning the interior of the arches on one side gold. "

Andy

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

There was a lot more walking than I would have liked. Tour guides were outstanding. Sites included were very good. Air conditioning in hotel would have helped. Gelato shops were the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Gallery."

Deborah

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the tour guides were friendly and told wonderful historical stories to bring the ancient ruins to life as we toured Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was standing in the Pantheon on the first evening of the tour. Seeing all the architectural designs still holding together 2,000 years later and knowing the building is still in use today was very impressive. The experience provoked deep emotions. Truly amazing!"

Robyn

Tour: 10/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great way to immerse oneself in a city

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking inside the Pantheon and looking up"

Christine

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour director & local guides were very knowledgeable & truly made us want to enjoy Rome & its culture as much as they did. The Lancelot hotel staff were very attentive to our needs & its location near major attractions & transportation options made exploration much easier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to walk inside the Colosseum & imagine what it must have been like to see the spectacles that happened there, not to mention the engineering it took to build such an arena."

Matt

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Lindsey

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Cecilia and Francesca were amazing and made the trip for us. We were so grateful to meet them and there is so much to see in Rome that if a Rome II tour was constructed we would book it in the first 12 months. We had three tour-group-participants that were unable to physically manage the needs of the tour and were disruptive and negative to our experience. We wish they could have been offered a ‘my experience’ option that would not pair them with a group. Everyone else was delightfully willing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! Ostia Antica in the morning light, the Borghese museum with Francesca’s magic weaving the story, our incredible final dinner with Cecilia’s family wine; we’re telling everyone we know about this wonderful itinerary. We loved this trip so much and hope to return to Rome to learn more again in the future!"

Jim

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides were great and the free versus planned time was good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going thriugh the Sistine Chapel"

MaryLouise

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Pretty intense schedule , great to have easy access to sitesdeta

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Details of the coliseum history since it was built "

Susan

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the tour, made seeing Rome easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Colosseum"

John

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Like our travel agent we at this time of the into October month and so many out visitors to Rome became the way over crowed to the City, but all in all very enjoyable even with so to many people. Might of waited another year because of the virus which I did come down with and would of came the 1st of June of 2023.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What else, the Coliseum! and the museums of statues. "

Ellen

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized. Enjoyed the structure, but appreciated the free time to explore on our own. The tour guides were exceptional, so knowledgeable and it felt like they were taking us back to Ancient Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning and seeing the work of Bernini. I am still overwhelmed."

Teren

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

While I consider this tour well planned and worth every cent, I cannot rate it "outstanding" because I, and many others, felt far too rushed throughout. The Vatican tour, in particular, was ridiculously fast, missing any options for museums and barely 20 minutes (including bathroom time) in the Sistine Chapel. Thank goodness it the was led by the exceptional Francesca, who helped us develop a personal connection with what we were seeing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Italians themselves. So gracious and easygoing I fell in love with the culture!"

Kevin

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredibly informative and personally enriching; a broad, balanced exploration of Rome's history and its foundational, enduring impact on Western European civilization. Excellent opportunities to also experience contemporary Italian cuisine, culture, and current events. Mille Grazie, Cecelia!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostia Antica; to explore an ancient Roman city, in a park-lie setting and with Francesca's guidance and expertise, was truly memorable."

Patricia

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun trip, excellent guides, esp local guide Francesca, lots of interesting sights. The only disappointment was the itinerary for Monday said we'd see San Clemente as a group and have a chance to see Palatine Hill on our own but we did neither. Instead of San Clem we went straight to the Colosseum and Forum then exited for a group lunch.We saw & pd for San Clem on our own but chose not to buy another Colosseum ticket and reserve a time just for Palatine Hill so missed a sight we had hoped to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter's Basilica! I've seen it three times and it wows me every time. Or maybe it was Ostia Antica. Or maybe the pasta."

Tony

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our RS guide Ceclia was absolutely wonderful and all the local guides as well. With special recognition to Francesca who was so knowledgeable and very insightful. Couldn't have asked for anything more....even getting soaked in the rain while touring the Coloseum. Loved our time in Rome and Ostia. Personally I thoroughly enjoyed Ceclia and her leadership and her sense of humor. She is most charming and kept all of us on our toes. She is a treat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe Francesca pointed this out but coming to realize that every step we took we were standing on 2000-3000 years of history. That was my "WOW" moment"

Carrie

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved my time in Rome. Had the perfect amount of guided time vs free time. Meals were great, planned activities were interesting and the guides were so incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca really made Ostia and our 2 local sites (Colosseum/Forum and the Borghese Gallery) really come alive. I loved Ostia so much."

Pat

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Thomas

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent leaders great experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one, daily wow moments "

Jeffrey

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very organized and covered all of the main sites. The hotel was very nice and it was in a convenient location. Very much enjoyed getting to know Rome and its history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Borghese Gallery with local tour guide Francesca. The Bernini sculptures were amazing and Francesca made them come alive for us. "

Mary

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was one of the best weeks of my life. The comparison of Rome to a lasagna is utterly apt, but it’s a lasagna with all the layers exposed so you can see how they build on one another. And you’re not just seeing Italian history being developed, but the history of Western civilization. By visiting Rome, I became acquainted with part of my own past.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking along the street casually, with my mind on something else, and glancing down at a hole in a ground only to find an excavation underway from the 3rd century BC. Connecting that to what Francesca Caruso said about Rome being the “eternal city” and thinking about how being surrounded constantly by millennia of history would have helped to mold the Roman character."

Michael

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rome was a bucket list destination and I finally got there after having to cancel two other RS tours due to COVID. So, the bar was set pretty high and the experience exceeded my expectations. The tour was incredible. Our main guides, Maryella and Wally, were fonts of information and very welcoming. Francesca gave an amazing tour of the Coliseum, the Forum, and Ostia Antica! The pacing of the tour was great, leaving blocs of time for me to see sites of particular interest to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. The porchetta we at in Trastevere. Incredible. Francesca's Coliseum and Forum tour brought the place to life. The Raphael Rooms at the Vatican. Breathtaking! My first time seeing the Mediterranean! St. Clement's basilica: going from the 21st to the 1st century as I walked downwards through time. The Bernini sculptures at the Borghese (and Francesca's description) were amazing. Rome is just one big Wow moment and this RS tour gave me an incredible introduction to it."

Mary

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group of fellow travelers, stimulating guides, comfortable hotel, good eats and saw new places and works of art- my idea of a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bernini sculptures at Borgheze Gallery - a first for me"

Linda

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Met our expectations, although Rome was more crowded than we thought for September.

Deborah

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was exceptional. Our guides, Cecelia and Francesca along with specialists at the Vatican and the Borghese were absolutely phenomenal. The itinerary was expertly designed and although we were quite tired by the end of a full day, we felt the pace was comfortable and each element of the day was interesting and compelling. There was a good balance of organized touring and time to explore independently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The colosseum visit on the first day was amazing! We also thoroughly enjoyed the final dinner along with Cecilia's wine tasting presentation."

Adrienne

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide Cecilia was fantastic, as were all of our local guides. Enjoyed the hotel and feeling that we were in a neighborhood setting and close to metro. Enjoyed the sights included, would have enjoyed being able to walk down to the floor of the Coliseum and a little more time to explore around the Pantheon

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Aside from ALL the food, we enjoyed our farewell dinner that Cecilia arranged with the guitar player and wine tasting."

George

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed everything about the Rome Tour. Only one short bus ride on one day. Tour description lived up to description of the itinerary as well as the "information sheets" provided prior to the vacation

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having Francesca and CiCi "in our ear" while touring. Wonderful to experience the museums, streets and transit systems with such ecperts. "

Steven

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Craig

Tour: 09/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was superb. The sites were excellent. The guides generated excellent conversation. There was a right amount of scheduled tours and free time. The food was superb. The hotel was good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It wasn't a "wow" moment, but rather a "wow" person. Our local guide Francesca Caruso is brilliant. Her grasp of history, art and culture is staggering. I could listen to her lecture any time. She said that she will appear in a Rick Steves video in 2023. I will be looking forward to it. Francesca is an invaluable asset. "

Janice

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Italy Rick Steve's Tour, and this tour was outstanding like the past tours. Nina, the Tour Guide is exceptional. The itinerary was well-balanced with the major city-highlights and the walking tours through different neighborhoods for the Rome of today, and outside the city excursion to Ostia.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having been to Rome before, my "wow" day was at Ostia Antica; beautiful archaeological site different than others in Italy, a beautiful day excursion from Rome, not crowded, and a wonderful tour guided by Francesca gave me more insight into ancient life there."

David

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina --was very Knowledgeable and ALWAYS helpful -- Was glad she got me out of just getting Pizza --and trying other Italian Food --- B/C of Nina--learned a lot about the culture too --Very pleasant to have a Tour Guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters Basilica ---the church I attend will NEVER look the same --- Plus , understanding the history of Rome --just amazing"

Patricia

Tour: 06/05/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Action packed 7 days of the best of Rome as promised! The guides made the experience so meaningful…thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese gallery….Bernini sculptures…took my breath away. "

When To Go & Weather

Rome is a vibrant city to visit nearly year-round. However, the months of April, May, September, October, and early November are the best for combining the convenience of peak season with the most pleasant weather. Visiting between late November and March offers the benefit of missing out on the sweat, stress, and crowds of the tourist season, along with cool and crisp weather.

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's hotel is included in your tour confirmation email as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your tour hotel in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Rome guidebook.