• Colosseum, Rome, Italy
    The Colosseum
  • Tour guide at the Colosseum, Rome, Italy
    Roman Forum
  • Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
    Vatican Museums
  • Pantheon and its fountain, Rome, Italy
    Pantheon
  • Evening at the Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy
    Spanish Steps
  • St. Peter's Square and Basilica at night, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
    St. Peter's Basilica

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Best of Rome in 7 Days Tour

from $1,795 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $525

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

Dates & Prices

2018

2019

    • Mar 10–Mar 16 (Su–Sa)
    • $1,795 + Air

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    • $1,895 + Air

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 2428 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Rome come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 16 sightseeing events • Pantheon • Evening walk through Rome including Trevi Fountain • Rome panoramic bus tour • Catacombs of San Sebastiano • 7-day Metro Pass • Ancient Rome walking tour • Roman Forum • Colosseum • San Clemente Church • Rome neighborhood walking tour • Trastevere food tour • Day trip to Ostia Antica • Vatican Museums • Sistine Chapel • St. Peter's Basilica • Borghese Gallery…and more
  • All group transportation during the week in and around Rome
  • 6 nights' accommodations in a memorable, centrally located hotel
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2019
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Rome

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

Day 2: Ancient Rome

After breakfast we'll ride the metro back in time to ancient Rome. We'll arrive at multilayered San Clemente — a 12th-century church sitting atop a fourth-century basilica and a previous Roman temple. Then we'll tour and hear vivid tales of the larger-than-life Colosseum. After a break for lunch, we'll tour ancient Rome's birthplace: the Forum. You'll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to wander through the nearby Palatine ruins, see Michelangelo's Moses at St. Peter-in-Chains Church or climb to the top of the Victor Emmanuel Monument to enjoy the city view (don't forget to savor a foamy cappuccino in between). Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Neighborhood Rome

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

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

Today we'll focus on Renaissance Rome. We'll meet our local expert on the other side of the Tiber River and take a guided tour of the sprawling Vatican Museums, where we'll see an endless collection of treasures as we make our way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. We'll continue on to the greatest church in Christendom, the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica. The rest of your day is free to wander through this immense church and explore more of the Eternal City on your own. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 5: Day Trip to Ostia Antica

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

Day 6: Rome's Baroque Treasures

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

Day 7: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Daniel

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well planned and coordinated. We visited areas and got insiights into Rome and its history that were eye opening.

Leanne

Grand Junction, CO

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an awesome trip, exceeded my expectations. Our travel family really meshed & great to travel with all. Stacy did a phenomenal job in coordinating, scheduling, and organizing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The San Clemente Basilica and seeing/hearing the Pope were "wow" moments. Also no lines at museums is of incredible value."

Teresa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves tour was Best of Rome in 2004; I had a fantastic time. The tour itinerary in 2018 is mostly the same as it was in 2004 -- still fantastic -- but with a couple of inspired changes: San Clemente Basilica is a good interactive introduction to the layers of Rome, and the Trastevere food tour was great fun and very tasty.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Any experience narrated by Francesca is a "wow" moment. Seeing the Bernini statues in the Galleria Borghese with Francesca was particularly enlightening. Touring Ostia Antica with one of the world's leading authorities on ancient toilets was pretty cool too!"

Timothy

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed it, had a great group of travel partners. There were 24 in our group and everyone was very friendly. I recommend it for a city like Rome where its easier to rely on the tour for tickets and reservations to the various sites rather than doing it on your own. A lot of walking as advertised and not much free time with each day being so full. I am 70 and while younger people may have partied at night after the scheduled events were completed, I used the off time to rest lol.

Cynthia

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Like our prior Rick Steve's tour, thus one gave us a deep appreciation on the place we were, the things we were experiencing and the culture we were visiting. The knowledgeable guides provided context for what we were seeing and the group of fellow travelers made the experience fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the forum and st Sebastian church really set the tone for the whole visit. Our guide was so wonderful"

Mark

Muscatine, IA

Tour: 11/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I joined the "Best of Rome in 7 Days Tour" to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We are pleased we did! It is a romantic city. The itinerary was well planned regarding R. Steve's blend of planned activities and free time. WE appreciated the blend. We experienced so much in our seven days that we can't imagine less time. The ideal location for couples that love architecture, history, culture, art, and food! We really felt sorry for other tour groups we saw in the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How does one pick one? In no particular order. 1. walking out of the Colosseo Station the first time to see the Colosseum imposingly looking down on us. 2. Sculpture: Bernini's Ratto di Proserpina - impressive! 3. Painting: Sistine Chapel Wow! 4. St. Peter's Basilica 5. Victor Emmanuel Monument Observation Deck. 6. As an engineer.....the Pantheon. 7. Ostia Antica - Impressive and we were the only bus there that day! LIke our own personal tour. 8 Villa Borghese art!!"

Mary

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 11/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "guided tour" experience. We had some trepidation because we typically like to discover places on our own. We were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed our experience. The tour provided a wealth of information and priority access to sights but yet maintained a personal experience. We felt we were provided ample time to explore on our own. The information provided by our tour guide for our free time was always helpful and spot on.

David

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was our 2nd time touring Rome. Being with a guide made it much easier, and we felt we saw much more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Best moment for me was seeing the paintings by Caravaggio"

Danny

Argyle, TX

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Could not give it an excellent because of the particularly bad weather we encountered for most of the week. Not your fault. Jamie did an outstanding job of making alterations from the planned itinerary to deal with the weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Your guide (I've heard her many times on the Rick Steves podcasts), Francesca, did a marvelous job of taking us through the Capitoline museums. They were not planned stops but the itinerary was altered because of weather. Francesca gave the most enriching tour of an art museum I've ever experienced, showing us how to look at museums and accounting for message, context, and the connections with the past. She was fabulous!!!! It was like having a legendary storyteller with us."

Celie

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much about Rome, art history, art interpretation, how to use public transit in Rome, how to find my way around Rome, where to find great works of art in Rome. I enjoyed the on-site word etymology lessons - the English derivatives of Latin words really make sense when you are standing in the place where the Latin word had meaning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Calling of Matthew by Caravaggio. I would go back to Rome to see it again."

Lori

Bloomingdale, IL

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Not only was it educational, it was fun. It was organized perfectly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What can I say, it was Rome so almost everything was a wow moment. But I think seeing the Pantheon for the first time took my breath away."

Donald

Templeton, CA

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We both loved the excellence of all the guides, and the variety of experiences. The ancient history, the world renowned art, architecture, and artists, the food and modern Italian culture kept us engaged every minute. The personal stories about the artists, the grounding in ancient morality and history were important for a well rounded understanding of what we saw and experienced. The walking (5+ miles/day) over uneven cobblestones and very hard surfaces was challenging!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca in the Coliseum: really brought the ancient history to life. We felt the same way about the Appian Way: magical. The weather was wild one night with spectacular sunset over Spanish Steps."

Kevin

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide was very good. Rome is a beautiful city. The hotel was in a good neighborhood. I would definitely use this tour group when visiting Rome for the first time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything we did and saw was a "wow" moment. Going to the top of the Victor Emmanuel Monument was probably the the best "wow" moment for me. I am glad our guide took us up there. I loved the view and the "grandeur" of Rome really hits you."

Ann

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really had a good overview of what Rome has to offer. We had a very knowledgeable Tour Director and some very impressive experts chosen to teach us about Rome's most famous and notable attractions. It was a well-balanced week with just enough down-time to recharge our batteries. We had never thought of all the layers of Roman history but can see them clearly now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first day's tour was the most interesting, with its exploration of the earliest layers of Rome in San Clemente Church. Our local guide was extremely knowledgeable and poetic in her delivery of fascinating tidbits of history. We also enjoyed the Colosseum and Forum tours, and had never known about the Ossia Antica site. It was uniformly a good tour."

Tammy

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rome has so much to see and we were looking for a tour where we would actually get to see it rather than just skim the surface. This tour was really good for that. We got to see the ancient, the medieval, the renaissance, and life in modern day Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to see the Colosseum was the "wow" big thing. Very pleasantly surprised with our food tour. Wasn't so high on our list to see but it was wonderful, as was our guide, Luca. Also very pleasantly surprised by the bread they brought at the restaurant in Ostia. It was like the flat pizza bread with olive oil and rosemary. Delicious!"

Jan

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved Rome, we loved Italy, we loved our tour leaders and our tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the sculptures and paintings in the museums were incredible. There is nothing in the US that compares to the workmanship and artistry from centuries ago."

Mary

Carrollton, TX

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Remarkable. Lisa is wonderful. The weather was beautiful. Hotel quite nice. Spending seven days in Rome allowed more exploration. Good mix of historic vs modern day. Also, a good balance of group tour time and individual time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After several days of walking and riding around Rome, Lisa took us to the Sky Elevator at the Vittorians Monument for the city view. This brought Rome together. Rome actually seemed a bit smaller, because we could identify the areas we visited. We had the confidence to walk from the Borghese Gallery back to the hotel (even though it was across the map - lol). This became our first step in not just being tourists, to becoming travelers in Rome."

Richard

Carrollton, TX

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. Appreciate corporate office aggressive acquisition of behind the scenes and limited access tours early in the day. Great balance of organized tour and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Pope from 30 feet, followed by taking the glass elevator to the roof to see the whole city. We could see locations we had visited in earlier days and "tied the city together"."

William

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the format of the tour giving us independence to get around Rome on our own, wonderful guides and free time and tips for things to do on our own. Lisa was wonderful, she was very flexible and helpful in dealing with our issues.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The church of Saint Clementine was amazing in showing the history of Rome and how it was built in layers."

Peggy

Richmond, VA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Lisa Anderson was terrific! The buddy system proved to be efficient and a good way to meet someone new. The introduction to public transportation, teaching us how to use the different means of getting around the city was great. It was very helpful, especially when we were on our own. Lisa split our group in two and had aides guides us through the museums and Rome's Trastevere neighborhood. This made it much easier to converse and become more intimate with our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually, it was one of the first places we visited, San Clemente Church. I was a skeptic about the layers of century old buildings beneath the city of Rome. Showing us the three previous structures under the present day church was awesome."

Janis

St Paul, MN

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time even though I had hip problems that were unexpected. The hotel location was wonderful and easy to find when using the busses. The tour of the Church of St Clementine was a high spot. I had been to Rome twice and thought that was very helpful to understand the layers and the importance of the area in all history. Lisa was especially suited to show us the differences in life here and there and such a wonderful cheerleader for your tours as well as for Italy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Vatican was wonderful. Our guide was so qualified and prepared and taught us a lot."

Kira

St Paul, MN

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with how the whole tour was organized. There was a very good balance between group time and free time. I really enjoyed that our group was smaller than most tour groups we passed throughout the city. My in-laws had picked out this trip and I honestly was not thrilled about doing a group tour, but everything was such a pleasant surprise that I'd now be delighted to do another Rick Steves' tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient Rome was my favorite overall day, just wow after wow. I also really loved the fountains at night, which we did as a group our very first night as a group."

James

Clearwater, FL

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I've been to Rome four times before since 1992, twice with an RS group. I must say Hotel Lancelot was the v best hotel I've been registered in over all my 11 previous RS trips. Mr Khan is someone special. And his meals are superb. Rooms are wonderful especially if you're away from the street. The group was typical RS peeps, maybe better than ever despite only few being return customers. A better group of people can not be imagined. Guide managed all contingencies competently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"OSTIA, by far. A beautifully excavated site that rivals much in Turkey and Pompei. As usual, our local guide was superb here. Kudos to RS. A good second was the half- day in Trastevere, sampling exquisite boutique formaggio, dolce and more. BUT WE DID NOT ENTER Sta Maria in Trastevere as expected.. ??"

Elizabeth

Stoneham, MA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and first trip to italy. After a week in Rome, we continued on our ownto venice, Florence and Sorrento. I learned so much more from Karen and our other tick Steves guides in Rome. The group size of 24 was just right. Having an area inthe hotel to hang out with other travelers was great. By the end of the week , I felt like I was part of a family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many 'wow' moments in Rome it is hard to pick one. I guess the Borghese might win number 1 for me."

Rene

Nashville, TN

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

That was wonderful! I will never forget it. I had never gone with a travel group before but I would consider another one with Rick Steves group! Our tour guide Karin was wonderful. One of my big choices to go to Rome was to enjoy the Italian food. I never had one meal there that was not so delicious! The choices Karin made for us for meals was incredible. We walked miles & saw so much history there, it was overwhelming. I loved everywhere we went & that we had time to spend on our own too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the history there is amazing but I think one of favorites was the day they took us to see Ostia Antica. And having Francesca taking us through it made it even more interesting. I will never forget that."

Cathy

Canton, MS

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I hoped it would be. It was the perfect mix of organized sightseeing, knowledgeable guides, along with the time and ability to explore on our own. The hotel was a wonderful little boutique hotel in the heart of the city. The included meals were authentic and delicious. The walking was fun and energizing. I really can't say enough good about this experience. Can't wait until my next Rick Steves' tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was literally a "wow" moment around every corner. St. Clements' basilica, just two blocks from our hotel was such a hidden gem. The fabulous Coliseum was unforgettable, as was the trip to the Vatican and the audience with the Pope. Ostia Antica was just unbelievable. Walking the streets of Rome in the evening, enjoying a 'passegiata' was so, so special. Every day seemed to top the one before."

Carol

Williamsville, NY

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though my husband broke his foot at the Spanish Steps and I developed a sinus infection, we still had a lovely tour of Rome. This was largely due to the efforts of Faris at the Hotel Lancelot, who went out of his way to see that my husband got proper medical attention. A big thank you to him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While all of the Roman tour sites were worthy of admiration, the Borghese Gallery gets my vote as the "wow" destination. The sculpture there is exquisite. I consider the gallery and grounds a "don't miss" destination."

George L

Burlington, MA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and we were extremely please with the accomodations, guides and participants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to enumerate."

Ronald

Park Ridge, IL

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time traveler to Europe and was just awestruck by Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseum. Marvel of engineering 2000 years ago."

Mary K

Park Ridge, IL

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many of them, it's hard to pick just one. Thought the Colosseum was larger than life, Vatican museum overwhelming, all the other ancient ruins scattered throughout Rome."

David

Mount Laurel, NJ

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with this tour. I thought it was first-rate and worth the money (the tour is expensive). I was particularly impressed and happy with the local guide (Francesca), the hotel (Hotel Lancelot), and the tour itinerary. I also think that Rome was the perfect destination to utilize a tour due to the city's history, the amount of things to do and see, and the how busy the city is.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was St. Peter's Basilica. It blew me away. I also had wow moments listening to Francesca describe a painting or a sculpture. The education she provided made me "see" the paintings, sculputures, etc."

James

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was truly a lovely experience. Our RS tour was days two through nine of twenty days in Italy. As first-time travelers it served to train us up for the rest of the trip and to provide a wonderful guided experience of Rome. Nina was perfect as our main guide and host, Francesca as our San Clemente, Colosseum Forum Borghese specialist and Paolo at the impossible but un-missable Vatican. The Lancelot Hotel was a dream as well

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having the Forum illuminated by Francesca's narration of Julius Caesar's last days. An unexpected and overwhelming experience in which the immensity and depth of the history of Rome and that place in particular just came crashing down on me. Thank you Francesca! Also loved the moment when Francesca announced the next days agenda and as she said "Nina" the church bells began to ring out! The "Chad" incident....(Ask Nina & Francesca)."

Carol

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Interesting and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Peters Bacillica"

Linda

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, the hotel was excellent in location, appointments, and staff. In fact, one of the staff went out and purchased a charging cord for my phone, a kindness that rescued my ability to read, take photos, and navigate. The tour guides, Francesca and Nina, could not have been better in their depth of knowledge, ability to convey knowledge, and pacing. The itinerary was comprehensive without being "stuffed." I was able to learn and marvel without feeling rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the Coliseum was the most "wow" moment for sheer size, achievement, age, and iconic stature."

Christina

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I could not of imagined or experienced the magnificence of Rome on my own. Our guides brought the many layers of history up to and with the present. Going back in time and understanding the lives of an ancient Roman while immersed in the Rome of today was amazing. I enjoyed the variety of places we saw; hitting the major attractions and equally enjoyed the local flavors of the city. Being my first trip abroad; I could not have imagined a more wonderful way to step into European travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese museum and Francesca's describing the Bernini sculptures."

Susan

Mount Laurel, NJ

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent adventure of the beauty, art, and history of the eternal city of Rome. The diverse experiences and knowledgeable Rick Steve's tour guides were entertaining and educational. The opulence and enormous scale of the Roman architecture and breathtaking art came to life on this vacation. Thank you for the memories!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery Museum tour and the education of how to interpret marble sculptures, frescos, religious symbolism and paintings has awakened my artistic eye and has changed the way I appreciate artistic talent."

Lorraine

Moorestown, NJ

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a wonderful time and felt that the tour gave us a nice balance of planned and free time. I especially appreciated the "orientation" to Rome which introduced us to the public transportation system, common phrases and cultural norms so that we didn't feel so awkward. We visited most of the sites I had on my "list" but the tour enabled us to bypass many lines and provided us the local expertise that enhanced the experience.

Gordon

Richmond, VA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hot & tiring but such beautiful art, informative history and enriching experience. Our guide led us around and thru the wonders of Rome. We were also able to see other sights on our own. My expectations were exceeded in seeing the art and sculpture that resides in Rome. I had many a Bellini moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were three: #1. Pantheon - overall structure and internal beauty combined. #2. Sistine Chapel - wondrous beauty with vibrancy of colors. #3. Borghese Gallery - sculptures of Bernini and art of Caravaggio"

Heather

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My week in Rome hit all the high spots with a fine tour guide and excellent local guides, while leaving time for personal discoveries. The downsides were the grueling heat, even in mid-September -- which was not Rick Steves' fault -- and the difficulty I found in using public transportation on my own. Luckily, there were a lot of taxis, which provided their own adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the tour group reached "The School of Athens" in the Vatican Museum, the guide said, "This is why you came here" and she was absolutely right. So many of the paintings and sculptures I saw were pieces I had studied in my art history books. It was thrilling."

William

Fairport, NY

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was simply wonderful. Ben is a resourceful, friendly and informative guide; Rome is amazing, but we wouldn't have enjoyed or understood it half as much without him. Plus, our fellow travelers were lovely, interesting, and fun loving companions for the week. It's been a month since we returned and haven't stopped raving about the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This could be a dozen things but the one I'll pick speaks to Ben's awesomeness as a guide and the amazing food in Rome: we were in the Jewish Ghetto and Ben noticed that a particular bakery was open. He said wait here for a minute and then came out with a tray of a warm almond-paste based confection with fruits and nuts that was out of this world delicious. (Please, whoever reads/edits this, if you know the name of this please add it to my description!)"

Roxann

Manzanita, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Glad to experience a "stay in one place" tour. I like the different pace it allows.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wow sites, still "wow" - but feeling like I could navigate Rome solo - WOW. Thanks Ben!"

Patti

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is no way we could have learned or seen so much of Rome without this tour. Ben is an expert tour guide and a truly delightful person. His height was a benefit since I could see him from a distance in the crowded streets, museums, churches and ruins. I felt very safe with him in the crush. The local tour guides added much richness, too, especially Francesca. She offered a human and romantic perspective that enhanced the day we spent with her. It's obvious she loves her city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We saw the Pope, which was totally unexpected. Ben mentioned that when the Pope is in town, he gives an audience on Wednesday mornings--our free morning. Ben was planning to head over to the Vatican and welcomed us to join him. What a thrill to see one of the most influential people in the world (and I'm not even Catholic!). My second favorite thing was all of the free flowing fountains about the city--so much clean, cold water! What a treat for a drought-plagued Californian."

Jane

Guilderland, NY

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time, Ben was great and we were glad to have some free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca was great, loved the food tour."

Debbie

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our trip, and would highly recommend it. Having a full 7 days to explore Rome gave us time to see and experience more in depth, and not just skim the surface.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having Ben as a guide. The fact that he had lived in Rome and knew it inside out allowed him to really share the city with us. Also, first night dinner was awesome."

Thomas

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben, the lead tour guide along with the supporting local tour guides were outstanding. The depth and breadth of knowledge covering such a wide range of topics during the tour was most impressive. To say each of the guides could legitimately be considered subject matter experts is no exaggeration. That, combined with the genuine comradery developed by Ben Cameron during the tour, while ensuring each participant achieved their maximum value and enjoyment was the icing on the cake!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was fascinating to experience the 3 different local guides deliver their knowledge and expertise during the tour. Each brought a unique personality and delivery method which kept everyone's attention and interest. Their subject matter knowledge was top shelf."

Mary

Fullerton, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and it surpassed every expectation that I had. I was not expecting the pre-trip preparation, the assistance with travel plans, the organization of the tour, or the knowledge of our guides. I learned that instead of the attention and care most groups give only until you sign up for a tour is with your company the level of attention you receive until the last day of the tour. I most certainly will sign up for another tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our first day, the local guide Francesca took us through the church of San Clemente to educate us about how we should look at Roman ruins. It made the tour of the Colosseum and the Forum even more interesting. I have to mention the group celebrating my birthday!"

Michael

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Best of Rome in 7 days was absolutely spot on. I could not have imagined a better itinerary! The leadership and guides were beyond outstanding. I came away enriched and part Roman!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Francesca 's introduction to the Colliseum experience."

David

Pelham, GA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe. My wife and I got to Rome a day early and we were quite overwhelmed. But after we met with our tour group and with our guide, Ben , our experience dramatically improved. Ben taught us to navigate the city, some basic Italian phrases and answered our questions. I would highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments: from exploring San Clemente, the Forum and the Coliseum, to seeing the Pantheon for the first time, to gazing in awe at Bernini's masterpieces at the Galleria Bourgese. These were all amazing. Our local guides were especially wonderful. We loved Francesca Caruso, who not only explained the history but also taught us how to look at what we were seeing. She effortlessly wove the story imperial Rome into our experience. We also loved Paulo and Francesco."

Michele

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour experience was really good. The leader, Ben really made the tour interesting and memorable. He is a plethora of Roman knowledge. Ive been to Italy three times before and still learned so much - primarily because of Ben.He would coach us up on how to use the local transit system - to what to buy in the grocery store. I liked that he made the team members use Italian - because...... when in Rome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the redone Sisten Chapel. It had been 25 years since I have been inside. Also - the old mama's cooking at the local restaurant and definately the food tour."

Pamela

Battle Ground, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I literally said "WOW" out loud when we first stepped into the Vatican Museum. I was prepared to see the Sistine Chapel and knew the St. Peter's Basilica was right next door, however I was blown away by the magnitude of the rest of the Vatican's art collection! Our local Vatican guide, Ludo, skillfully explained key pieces of the Vatican's collection, building up to our lesson on "The School of Athens" masterpiece by Raphael, then culminating with our time in the Sistine Chapel."

Linda

Vancouver, MB

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. Ithad a perfect balance of tour time and time off. The content has been well thought out and there was a lot of variety. There is so much to see in Rome it would have been overwhelming to do it without the tour. Ben, our guide was excellant as were all the local guides we had. The hotel was lovely and in a perfect location. The included meals were all good and I felt that there was no stinting on quality or quantity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments, the colosseum and Ostia among others, but seeing Bernini's sculptures in the Borghese gallery was my favorite"

Alexandra

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt well-looks after, and, at the same time, was given the skills to feel comfortable forging out on my own in Rome. I loved that i didn't have to deal with any details, but could focus on simply being in Rome! It was very busy, but I enjoyed all that we did. Good variety of activities, high quality guides and an interesting group of travellers. Hotel location perfect. Loved that tips were included. Loved not dealing with money, except for meals on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Coliseum, directly onto the floor level... in silence...taking in the inside of the building for the very first time. Francesca had verbally set the scene for us beforehand, and she allowed the building to deliver the impact And it did! Wow."

John

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organised by Ben, nicely paced in terms of content, outstanding guides every day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese."

Maureen

Boynton Beach, FL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben was outstanding. So helpful, friendly and went out of his way to help in any way..even helped with medical issue. His knowledge made our trip great. The daily guides made this trip so much better...you never realize what you might not have learned by taking this tour. The group was fantastic. The daily guides helped us see and learn to love Roma as native Italians. Their knowledge surpassed anything I could expect. I have passed so much information to friends.A tour for all

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many...food tour, coliseum, mommas dinner and the last dinner, I truly loved every day....great program."

Tom

Snoqualmie, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time in Rome. Tour oriented us to all forms of public transportation which was of great benefit when we set out on our own to travel in other parts of Italy. Local tour guide assistants were very knowledgeable and added insight into the history and life of Rome. Assigned guide was personable and attentive to group. Group size was small enough to get to know other travelers while allowing plenty of time to explore and experience on one's own. Pleasantly surprised by all the extras.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour as a whole was exceptional. Put it all together and reflect and the entire experience added up to a great WOW!"

James

Keene, KY

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was slightly apprehensive about taking my first Rick Steves Tour because of my age. I am 84, and I wondered whether I would be able to keep up the pace. After the first couple of days, I was relieved to find that I could stay right with all those "young" members of our group. I had been in Italy twice in the past but never in Rome. I loved the history, the art, the architecture, the people, and just learning to be a part of the scene. Ben was an excellent guide, helpful and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going down through the history of Rome in the layers of San Clemente church."

Stephen

Henderson, NV

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina kept our days filled. We had individual tours of baroque churches and museums, ancient Roman ruins, and modern street art.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Etruscan Museum that was a short walk from the Borghese Gallery."

Patricia Anne

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WOW. Beginning to end. We saw all the big, expected sights, but it was the offbeat, the stories from our guides, the adventures they inspired that truly made it special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite Italian restaurant back home treats us like family & to end every meal, the owner comes out and offers us his homemade limoncello. We wandered beyond our comfort zone 1 night, found a little restaurant, had a simple meal. As we got up to leave the owner called for us to wait. He came over with glasses and a bottle of limoncello. Salute! I felt so welcomed, so Roman, so at home. As for actual tour planned moments Trastevere tasting tour. Beyond enjoyable."

Stephen

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour immensely, but felt there were a few things that would have made it better. During our first night's tour we stopped at the Church of San Luigi, but were not able to enter to see the Caravaggio's that were inside in order to move on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Forum tour barely beat out the tour of San Clemente Church. Our guide, Francesca, made both of these places come alive and provided a context for these amazing sites."

Timothy

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I have watched Rick Steves' PBS for years. The tour, hotel, and guides exceeded our expectations and they were high. Rick Steves'tours, and our guide Nina, prepared us for everything we needed to know for an enjoyable trip. I mean the details, money belt, tissues, sound advice. We didn't have any problem with warned about pickpockets. I wasn't concerned about my backpack, it just contained Rick Steves' tour books etc, if picked maybe Rick would have a new client.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Colosseum."

Rebecca

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my 7 day tour of Rome. The hotel was in a fantastic location, close to historic sites of Rome. The size of the tour was wonderful, with about 20 people in attendance, all of whom were easy to get along with. I had been to Rome before, but only for 2 days and did not get to see other sites of interest in the area on my first trip. There seemed to be more time on your own than longer tours in multiple cities, which I appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was on entering the Pantheon, with its perfect oculus and in-floor drainage system to rid the floor of rain. It seemed to stop time for me when I realized when it was built. Always my favorite ancient building."

Theodore

Naples, FL

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour. My first time in Rome...I've read about and studied Roman history for years, and so glad I toured with with RS.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one favorite. Colosseum and Forum tours were outstanding. The day at the Vatican was unforgettable. But maybe the most memorable moment was actually before the tour began. Arrived in Rome the night before the tour. Checked into the Lancelot Hotel and then went out to get some dinner. Walked down the street, and there's the Colossuem with an almost full moon overhead! Had dinner at sidewalk café, and the location and view just set the tone for the whole tour."

Bruce

Dallas, TX

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding is really the right word, both for our tour experience and for our guide, Nina. She was truly exceptional in all respects and made the trip even that much better. This was our first experience with a Rick Steve's tour and we would not hesitate one minute to do it again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of my "wow" moments was waking up one morning very early, on Nina's suggestion, and going to see the Trevi Fountain and the Piazza Navona when they were both completely empty. Having been there when it was packed, it was truly a new perspective to see it all alone. To make it even better, we wandered off the Piazza on our own and into an unmarked and unheralded Basillica Andrea Della Valle with no preconception of what it was like. That was really a "wow" coming into it cold."

Regina

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was outstanding. It exceeded all of my expectations. the guides were fantastic, the sights were amazing, and the food was delicious! Bravo!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Raphael rooms at the Vatican Museum completely blew me away. I had missed them on a previous trip to Rome, and couldn't wait to be so close to such magnificence. As a painter, and an art history teacher, I was humbled to be in the presence of such beauty."

Kelly

Bend, OR

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour was very interesting. We enjoyed seeing the sights and learning about the layers that the city consists of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The forum was amazing."

Patricia

Dripping Springs, TX

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We have toured with other companies to include Scenic and Taulk: Rick Steves is equal to these especially the professionalism and knowledge of the local tour guides. The guides were truly "into" their work and did wonderful work in introducing and explaining details normally not give by other local guides hired by other companies. The days are filled with different experiences and the meals offered were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "touring" the food markets of Rome was a highlight. Our guide Luca was just the best. The Bernini Gardens tour was excellent!"

Maxine

Kearney, NE

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I valued this tour for its friendly, down to earth realism. We had some roadblocks, but they were handled well. This was also due to the fact that we had become quite familiar with the city, so these problems weren't overwhelming. Also Cecilia was our first guide, but on Thursday she handed over the program to Staci, due to a family emergency. I thought the hand-off went very well and applaud the Rick Steves Company for letting Cecilia handle her private issues, also realistic in life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery, which I am shocked to admit. And it was due to the fantastic guide, who explained the history around, and the artistic value of what I was looking at. Through her eyes it became so much more beautiful and understandable."

Amanda

Washington, DC

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great introduction to life in Rome. Despite having traveled for work to Rome for several years, the tour exposed me to tremendous history, contemporary Italian/Roman dynamics, and the metro in ways I had not anticipated. The guides (we had two: Cecilia and Stacy) had very different approaches to leading tours, and we benefited from both.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "happy hour" discussion about contemporary life in Italy - from healthcare, to politics, to education . . . this is the stuff we crave to fill in the cracks and make a tour less about history and more about the real world we are seeing."

Carol

Escondido, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Impressive...just the right amount of time touring combined with free time. Breakfasts were very good and we were on the move from early morning to afternoon. Very nice having everything arranged and tickets for everything pre-arranged. The tour guides were informative and made the entire experience more enriching. Enjoyed the variety of experiences provided by the tour: ancient Rome, churches, beach, food experiences... Plus the free time afforded us the opportunity to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was attending the papal audience. We sat towards the back by an aisle. When the aisle was gated and the Pope drove by, one person held up a baby and the Pope stopped. He has such a kind countenance. We were blessed to be able to attend. The same day we toured the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter's Basilica. Plus, Stephanie treated us to a relaxing happy hour."

Connie

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! The trip met & exceeded my expectations.Everything, from learning how to catch the Metro, visiting the Vatican, the Museums, Ostia Antica, eating together, spending time at happy hour. At times I had problems keeping up with the lead but there was always someone in the group picking up the rear - the group size was just right. Hotel location was ideal, only a few minutes (whether walking or taking the bus or Metro) to most of the sites. The weather was hot hot hot - and I loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course Rome, itself WOW! WOW! WOW! There is so much to see & experience. I am very impressed at the safety one feels walking alone in Rome. People in general would smile and assist if you ask for help :-) whether they understood english or not ha ha ha WOW!"

Jose L

Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Comparing with 3 Globus Tours I've taken in the past, I can say this Rick Steves Tour topped Globus because of the following reasons: 1. Fewer people in tour group and therefore more personalized service. You can ask any question to the tour director and it will be addressed promptly. 2. Although having a private bus to go to places is a convenience, I prefer using public transport because it gives us a chance to learn to go on your own in our free time. 4. All optional tours and tips included.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If this were my first time in Rome, there will be a lot of WOWS."

Paul

Torrancw, CA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephanie was honestly one of the best people to have host this tour. She was caring and very patient with our group. Overall, Rome was an awesome city to see, and the tour only enhanced the experience with lots of helpful, insightful information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were no particular "wow" moments of the tour, because there were so many moments that were truly amazing. It is hard to rate one as being the favorite."

Lawrence

Ames, IA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my fourth Rick Steves tour and the third time I have been to Rome on a Rick Steves tour. I enjoyed seeing some of the same sites as before as well as the new/extra places our great guide Stephanie Bergman took us to on the trip. This Rome tour is for anyone that enjoys history, art or architecture. The tour content and mastering of the subway, buses and trams is a great experience and training for future visits to Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the whole city of Rome from atop the Victor Emmanuel Monument was a special and inspiring moment. I have seen Rome from the top of Hadrian's Tomb, St. Peter's and the Janiculum Hill, but I think the elevator ride to the top of the "typewriter" opened up a new view that was really exciting for our group."

Patricia

Toledo, OH

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had been to Rome for a few nights on a prior tour, and I wanted to revisited some highlights but get a better feel for some of the other things the city has to offer. I feel this tour met my goals. Rome has so much to offer- and this tour was a good fit. At first glance, the itinerary looks a little light- but believe me this is an active tour, with plenty of activities and options available depending on your interests. Overall it was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unfair question! I am surprised how much I enjoyed the opportunity to see the Pope. I consider that a once in a lifetime experience."

John

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. I appreciated having the guidebook, suggestions for what the tour did not cover (we had 2 days in Rome before the tour). The tour group was less couples and singles than some family groups. We had to adjust to how to plan meals on our own, but we worked it out. I felt we hit many of the high spots, and whetted our appetite for further Rome adventures. Stephanie, our guide, was terrific at adding special extras that made a wonderful difference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "moment" was the entire first full day with Francesca, exploring ancient Rome - the layers of St. Clemente, the story of the Colosseum, and the place of the Forum in Roman life. She is an outstanding storyteller, and passionate about the story. I have an appreciation for Rome's draw as a destination."

Nhan

St Catharines, ON

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is very well organized. Our group leader is competent, knowledgeable and thorough. The everyday excursions were well thought out so I've learned a lot about Rome's history. I enjoyed the food tour in Trastevere, very informative, a good occasion to try a diverse Italian dishes. Francesca, our local tour guide for two days are absolutely wonderful, so well versed in her subjects that I felt I gained a true understanding of Roman history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent with Francesca in San Clemente!"

Henry

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Julian, our guide, was extraordinarily knowledgeable, and was patient with all questions. He was aware that the six days of touring were forming a mosaic of history in our minds, and was careful to keep the chronology intact. Museum experts Francesca and Paolo were just perfect for on-site history. The group itself was cooperative and congenial, and the "buddy system" requiring each of us to look after one other member was effective both as a safety device and a "get-acquainted" technique.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In the Sistine Chapel with the "Creation of Man" just over my head. Another was seeing Bernini's statue "Aeneas and Anchises" in the Borghese. For decades I have taught this moment in Virgil's epic the Aeneid, but I had not been aware of this magnificent work marking the three ages of human beings. Francesca's enlightening commentary on the differences in skin tone and muscularity made me understand better the pathos of the hero's rescuing of his father and son from burning Troy."

George

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect, a good mixture of tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colessium tour with Francesca."

Edmond

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was excellent. One sour note is the Sistine Chapel was so crowded (almost shoulder to shoulder and no place to sit) that it was difficult to appreciate and more tiring than enjoyable or enlightening. I would have preferred to skip the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel and gone on something like the Pilgrim's tour in the guidebook or other museums like the National Museum or the Capitoline Museum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the moments when we were faced with great art and could absorb them with some quiet and focus. One example (of many) is walking into the Santa Maria in Trastevere Church when it is mostly empty ( which we only did because our group was ahead of schedule!!)."

Jennifer

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour guide Julian, was Beyond educated and full of information on Rome. I highly reccomend him. The 7 days Rome tour was wonderful. In fact, I want to go back a second tour, so I can soak in all the information that Julian told us. if any of you are lucky enough to get Julian as your tour Guide, consider yourself Very Fortunate!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "Wow" moments."

Roy

Marblehead, MA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first tour I had ever taken. I usually plan them all out myself. I was extremely happy with the results. All of the guides on this trip were outstanding and I learned a great deal. Julian and Francesca especially made me think about the culture and art from a different perspective than I would have received from my usual guide books. Everything was very well organized and I still had plenty of time to go off on my own to see the things on my list.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican Museums were unbelievable. The three museums recommended by Julian ended up being fantastic. I loved walking through the Ancient part of Rome that first night and of course Francesca's Colosseum and Roman Forum Tours. Skipping the long lines so as to not waste the entire day was extremely important. I also had plenty of time on my own to see parts of Rome off the beaten path."

Judy

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The many layers of San Clemente; walking in at the Coliseum lower level."

Charles

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food tour."

Robert

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was just of Rome.It fell in the middle of a 4-week vacation in Italy. We had not been back to Italy/Rome in 10 years and wanted to experience a mix of "old" trips and "new" sights. Mostly, that is what happened. Between the Rome tour experiences and what we could do in our free time it was a great visit and one of the highlights of our overall vacation. We left having done all that we hoped to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no "wow" on this trip, but there were new, fun, and learning times. Best on the tour was being on the floor of the Colosseum looking up at the stands. Not too far behind was the guided tour of the Borghese Gallery collection. Our guide (for this and the Colosseum/Forum tour) Francesca is so knowledgeable, things come back to life."

Robert

Cypress, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bonita

Arlington, VA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Muskegon, MI

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Andy

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lale

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Anne

Riverton, NJ

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debbie

Cypress, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Duncan

Chicago, IL

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was excellent. The hotel was very nice and the Colosseum was at the end of our street! The tour guides who met us and took us through the Colosseum, Forum, Trastevere neighborhood, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Borghese Gallery were top notch experts!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because Rick Steves Tours had made special arrangements for our group, we were able to enter into the Colosseum on the main floor, just as the gladiators had done in ancient Rome! It was indeed special and exciting. As we walked through the covered walkway and into the open Colosseum, I swear I could hear the roar of the crowd cheering us on! In addition, Rick Steves Tours had tickets for us to an audience with the Pope."

Julie

Tallevast, FL

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Novi, MI

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Diana

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Margaret

Clinton Twp, MI

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group and a wonderful guide!!

Carolyn

Durham, NC

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Elizabeth

Fox Point, WI

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Sugar Grove, IL

Tour: 04/15/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Papal audience on Wednesady."

Paul

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Decatur, GA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery!"

Kenneth

Wimauma, FL

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful exposure to Rome, it's ambiance & la solve vita. Loved every minute! Our group was fun and we made many new friends. Our Guides were knowledgeable, well rounded, considerate & fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peters"

Jim

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel - except for the crowded conditions"

Carol

Clinton, NJ

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Wimauma, FL

Tour: 04/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Peter

Plantation, FL

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Albert

Mequon, WI

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jo

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephanie

Everett, WA

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathryn

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Leslie

Sparks, NV

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Victoria

Plantation, FL

Tour: 03/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Matthew

Mcdonough, GA

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ruth

Plainfield, IL

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carole

Cleveland, OH

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lonni

Tampa, FL

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gina

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patty

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Colosseum and Borghesse"

Lavon

Albany, OR

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephanie

Mcdonough, GA

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathi

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coleseum and Our guide Francesca"

Mary

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Franchesca!""

Rose

Fairbanks, AK

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Inga

Sunnyvale, CA

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

San Ramon, CA

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Laura

Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Scott

Marion, IL

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tom

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the tour. Loved the itneary. Loved the guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Site tours"

Martin

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on the floor of the Coliseum"

Luke

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 02/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

William

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Idaho Falls, ID

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Keysha

San Jose, CA

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tina

Tallahassee, FL

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Theresa

Bloomfield, CT

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sandra

Olympia, WA

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kris

Peyton, CO

Tour: 02/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tara

Visalia, CA

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kelly

Battlefield, MO

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca!!!!!"

Sam

Dallas, TX

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Karla

Dallas, TX

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tae

Granger, IN

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Battlefield, MO

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Marta

Glendale, AZ

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Geri

Trumansburg, NY

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maria

Glen Allen, VA

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Barry

Glen Allen, VA

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exception guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Forum"

Allen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Yorktown, VA

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robert

Cherry Hill, NJ

Tour: 12/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Dousman, WI

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tana

Nipomo, CA

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Amy

Fort Mitchell, KY

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Geneva, NY

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

James

Chicago, IL

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judi

Mechanicsville, VA

Tour: 11/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Robin

Rueil-malmaison,

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joseph

Glen Ellyn, IL

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Seaside Park, NJ

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brett

Springfield, IL

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Justin

La Vernia, TX

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bill

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kristin

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 10/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Alan

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pamela

Marshall, MI

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Frances

Marshall, MI

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

David

Williamsburg, VA

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sally

North Bend, OR

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Carol

North Bend, OR

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Merced, CA

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Brian

Oroville, WA

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Martha

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Catonsville, MD

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Gallery"

Jennifer

Hubbardston, MA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Edmond, OK

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kathleen

Catonsville, MD

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Galleria Borghese and seeing Pope Francis."

Sara

West Liberty, IA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Angela

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Randall

Keystone Hgts, FL

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

AWE, Awesome, Wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tracie

Keystone Hgts, FL

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was Wonderful Thank You.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire trip was WOW."

Nellie

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sharon

Boring, OR

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lillian

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Clinton Township, MI

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bob

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jerry

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eric

Hudson, OH

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trastavere food tour and visit to the Vatican."

Pamela

Salem, OR

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The colliseum."

Carol

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joyce

Napa, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Charles

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paulette

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

James

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ed

Boise, ID

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edward

Grand Haven, MI

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca's commentary in the Colosseum."

Douglas

Annandale, NJ

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the last evening's dinner"

Christine

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Nancy

Chico, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michele

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ken

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Edith

Brooksville, FL

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Reginald

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the Vatican and seeing the Pope."

Daniel

Dayton, OH

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Lorri

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Daniel

Ballston Lake, NY

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Stephen

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Holly

Irving, TX

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Pete

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Doug

Hockessin, DE

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Vicky

Dayton, OH

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Joan

Horicon, WI

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mina

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Bradford

Wheaton, IL

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary Sue

Arlington, TX

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Paula

Little Rock, AR

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Farmington, UT

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jodi

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 06/04/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The full moon as seen through the Coliseum"

Marjie

Fort Davis, TX

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gordon

Monroe, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostia Antica blew me away!"

Douglas

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Marian

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our guide, Julian!"

Brenda

Baton Rouge, LA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese gallery!"

Juanita

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Christine

Nampa, ID

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Fred

Calgary, AB

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Linda

Terrell, TX

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Michael

Huntington Beach, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mark

Evanston, IL

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Deborah

Riverhead, NY

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janet

Terrell, TX

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tisha

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Larry

Northampton, PA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Judy

Boise, ID

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Spokane, WA

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Richard

Paradise Valley, AZ

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Grace

Big Rapids, MI

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Catherine

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 04/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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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 first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in your online customer account. About one month prior to the tour departure, in your customer account you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport.

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.