• 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 $1,895 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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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

2019

2020

    • Apr 26–May 2 (Su–Sa)
    • $2,095 + 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 2020
  • 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 awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, the greatest church in Christendom. 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

William

Napa, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fast moving, fun and engaging.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in the gate where the gladiators walked through in the Colosseum."

Jill

Broadview Hts, OH

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I were visiting Italy for the first time and chose Rick Steves. I am so glad we did. We saw all the major site as well as a few things that were a little off the beaten path. Enjoyed the guides and fellow travelers very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the visit to San Clemente church very much. The explanation of the history was very informative."

Ronald

Cary, NC

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I survived. The experience was as if I was in grade school or a hatchling in a nest being pushed out and told to fly. The tour would be great for someone seeking to learn how to live and travel in Rome. If you're looking for a guided tour to see the sights, I would recommend looking elsewhere. Too often we were taken somewhere and told to get back on our own. Walking to and from the sights was excessive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a couple of halls in the Vatican that were unbelievable. One was the maps hall. I forget the other. In general the Vatican was a sensory overload though. The most enjoyable day was the one when we were bussed to Ostia Antica and then to the beach for an hour. That was the only day that seemed like a normal tour experience."

Janis

Pella, IA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was so excited to be going to Rome- my first trip abroad. I was not disappointed. I learned so much about the history of Rome and the customs. I also loved learning so much about the artists and their work through talks and being exposed to it. Sometimes I was tired, but not to the point of missing out on anything. I'm not an extrovert and was afraid I might have to interact too much with people; But the way it was set up allowed me to get to know people on the tour at a good pace.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few. One when my husband and I were exploring on our own. We happened upon the painting "The calling of St. Matthew", By Caravaggio. This was after our guide explained to us about experiencing art in situ. I would recommend encouraging people to explore as much as possible on their own. The second, the painting by Rapheal in the Vatican, Peter and the angel. The best was seeing the art at the Borghese Gallery and having Francesca explain it."

Jason

Napa, CA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've used and told all our friends to use Rick Steves Travel guides for years; but, we believed todays Rome, with its deep historical context and long lines to get in anywhere, would require greater care. Throughout the 7 day tour Rick Steves guides proved repeatedly they were experts in navigating this likely overwhelming city. These guides were also great teachers thereby allowing us to see more and thus enjoy more making this trip truly a life changing experience for my family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day of our tour I thought, 'Wow!'. We learned to see the world differently. Not only did Rick Steves guides lead us past the hours long lines throughout Rome. They did. Nor did they just explain each of the exhibits in Rome each day. They did so expertly. They were actually able to tie together 2000 years of Roman history including all of the sites in and around Rome in a way that was literally life changing for my family."

Sherri

Buffalo, MN

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour, and our firs Rick Steves tour. The only negative was the extremely hot, which was obviously not something that could be controlled.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Borghese, in large part because of our local guide, Francesca. The food tour day was great too[INVALID]having the strong local connection of guide Nina to the neighborhoods and the food tour guides."

John

Allen, TX

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was everything we expected and more. All of the people were great including the Italians we met while there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters Basilica, the Borghese Galletry and the Pantheon."

Laurel

Saint Petersburg, FL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a special trip for my husband and I as we were celebrating meeting in Rome 50 years ago. And this experience was everything we wanted it to be. I never could have put together the same combination of daily experiences on my own. It was a jam-packed week that brought over 2000 years of history together in a comprehensive comprehensible package. We enjoyed the company of a wonderful group of people. And we just loved the Hotel Lancelot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my first "wow" moment was walking out on my balcony and seeing the Colosseum just two blocks away. And my last "wow" moment was seeing the Colosseum at night from above the Colosseo Metro Station on the last night. And overall it was a total "wow" moment to find myself back in Rome after 50 years - the Trevi Fountain worked - it just took a while!"

Janet

Deland, FL

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves Tour and our first planned tour except cruising. We've always done it all ourselves. We felt a freedom to just experience the grandeur of Rome without having to plan, coordinate, book and then monitor all of the details. It was liberating. The primary and local tour guides were professional, personable and generous in their behavior. The tour agenda covered a substantial base for seeing Rome while affording travelers the time to create special memories. Anonymous

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Husband - Gelato Wife - The fountains"

James

Pella, IA

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed my tour very much. It was well organized and covered all the important and interesting sites. There was enough free time to explore areas of personal interest (i.e.:cathedrals) and do a little shopping.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the tour of the Borghese Gallery & gardens. I also enjoyed strolling through the narrow, winding streets of the older neighborhoods."

Elizabeth

Cary, NC

Tour: 06/09/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Good. I got to see much of Rome that otherwise may not have found. I am in good physical shape but was pushed more physically than what I expected. Mixed feelings about our tour guide. She was knowledgeable but not hospitable from the start. The trainee who accompanied us was wonderful and we wished she was our tour guide instead. THe guide for several specific tours, Franchesca, was also excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THe connection from the Roman gods in early periods (100 B.C. - 300 A.D.) to the development and evolution of the Catholic church."

Ann

Menlo Park, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the ability to stay at one hotel and see many sites. The Hotel was very kind in helping us to have a good stay. I think we got a great overview of Rome and had a good balance of programed and free time.

Peter

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was warm to hot and crowded in Rome when we arrived in early June and Nina helped us navigate the city quickly and efficiently. I especially appreciated her guidance on crossing the street, an early lesson. She was an outstanding guide, knowledgeable, friendly, and very well organized. She had great rapport with all the local guides, people at the venues, and the hotel and ensured we got the most out of our time in Rome. I would recommend her to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two. Visiting San Clemente al Laterano. It encapsulated the layers of civilization that is Rome and was right around the corner from our hotel. The second was the Pantheon, really for the same reason but it also is such an impressive building. There were many wow moments and Nina plus her colleagues, allowed us to visit and enjoy an almost overwhelming number of them. The eating tour of the Trastevere neighborhood was also right up there."

Karen

Bedford, TX

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We went with another couple that were friends of ours and we had a very nice trip. Nina was great, knowledgeable and very personable. We met wonderful people in our group And I liked how they paired us up with somebody we didn't know to be responsible to make sure they were always there.My husband and I have never taken a tour and usually do things on our own but we would have never seen and learned as much as we did being with Nina and the other tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was being there to see the pope on Wednesday morning and being at the Vatican that day."

Edwin

Pottstown, PA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was incredible. I enjoyed every minute of my trip. I am very much looking forward to my next European trip with Rick Steve's Tour and hope to return to Rome as well. Thank you. Ed B

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was visiting Ostia Antica. The ruins and the fields were absolutely incredible. Another "wow" moment was seeing the actual Pope at the Vatican and taking in a small Mass inside the Vatican Church as well as the Sisten Chapel. Ed"

Stephen

Manchester, MO

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great decision I made selecting this Best of Rome Tour. Our tour Guide Nina helped create an experience my daughter and I will never forget. We visited all the major sites and the pace was brisk but there was also plenty of free time to explore on our own, do some shopping and try restaurants hidden in back alleys. In addition to Nina, we had several local guides that added insight to many historic sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow' moment was viewing the vastness of the Forum from high above on Capitoline Hill and imagining what it must have been like to stroll through it in its glory all those years ago."

Valerie

Upland, CA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd RS tour and it was just as excellent as our 1st in 2016. Our tour guide, Nina was awesome! Our favorite day in Rome was when she took us through her favorite neighbor. Rome was crazy busy, yet this tour made it enjoyable. The hotel was like living with the owners, they took such good care of us. We had time to rest and go out each night after the adventures on the tour. We especially appreciated the little surprises RS tours seem to add. I don't want to spoil any newbies.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We especially enjoyed getting out of the city to tour Ostia Antica. RS Tours give you a cultural and historical perspective of Rome in a way that you experience the people and understand chronologically the many layers of this eternal city. We could never have done this on our own."

Eileen

Webster, NY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Best of Rome tour went above and beyond our expectations! Our guide, Stephanie, having lived in Rome and fluid in Italian was a fabulous member of our "family". Our Rome "family" was great. We were old and young, outgoing and quiet, from all different states, retired and working. We truly enjoyed each others company. The itinerary was perfect - we hit all the highlights and then some. Our free time was a blessing too. We had just enough time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment - or, I should say "wow" day was going to Pope Francis' general audience, the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and having gelato at Old Bridge in between."

Cathy

Loganville, GA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time in Rome and our first Rick Steves' Tour. The experience was incredible! The hotel was very nice and in a convenient location. The itinerary was well planned out with lots to see and do but with ample free time to explore on our own. The tour was pretty active and we walked miles each day. Which was great because you were able to really get a feel for the city and the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was in awe of everything Rome so it is hard to say what my favorite "wow" moment was. I especially enjoyed the Sistine Chapel, our day trip to Ostia Antica, and seeing the Pope."

Valerie

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. I have traveled a bit in Europe in the past and always did my own planning, etc. Using your tour helped to make the most of my time by allowing us to skip the lines at attractions and the help to learn the transportation system for use on free time was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stephanie was able to get the tour tickets to the papal general audience at the Vatican, which was not something on the tour itinerary. It was an unexpected and exciting treat to see the Pope."

Thomas

Eugene, OR

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We found the included itinerary to be outstanding in that each day was very different through the week in the same city. Also, we were able to move about independently because our guide did such a good job of teaching us how to get around Rome with public transportation. Felt like we took in all Rome can offer in a jam packed week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was an outstanding opportunity to visit Vatican City earlier in the day that was set up for the Vatican museums tours. This was because Wednesday morning is a Papal Audience given at St. Peter's square. Enjoyed taking in the whole event and snapping beautiful photos ten feet from the Pope. Not only wow'd us, but our friends back home."

Patricia

Hinton, WV

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We took the Rome tour a few days after our Sicily tour ended. This was a different tour as we stayed in one place in a city rather than move from town to town. We enjoyed all the places we went with the tour and liked the Hotel Lancelot as our place to return to each night. We probably would not have used the Rome subway if not for our guide Stephanie, and we were glad that she showed us how to ride as it saved some time walking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese gallery was amazing and had I understood that it was only two hours and out, I would have purchased additional tickets prior to the tour for later in the day. That being said, the local guide was excellent and knowledgeable, and the two hours that you are allowed to stay we were able to hit all the highlights."

Phillip

Webster, NY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My experience with the tour is that it was the best it could have ever been in touring Rome. It exceeding my expectations, Stephanie was outstanding and I cannot say enough about her abilities as a tour director. That applies to the other three guides as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Colosseum was a wow moment for me, however, all the other sites are a close second."

Charles

Matthews, NC

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip outside of US. Rome had been a dream for at least 15 years. This trip was all I had hoped it would be. Looking forward to a trip next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. I stepped out of the subway the first day and the Coliseum was in front of me. It was enjoyable to see others have that same experience as I passed the station during the week."

Tj

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really came away with an enhanced understanding and appreciation for the city's history, modern way of life, and character of the people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the food tour of the Trastevere neighborhood. We met food shop purveyors with delicious food and wonderful family run business stories, so important to neighborhoods."

Thomas

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves promised the best of Rome in seven days and guide, Julian, delivered. Our tour group was diverse, first rate, and very nice people. Each day had its own charm and thoroughly intellectually stimulating. From the Colosseum to St Peter's (a personal highlight) to Borghese Museum, it was all good. The guest lecturers were entertaining and knew what they were talking about. One learns about how ancient Romans lived as well as modern Romans which helped when I wandered about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was out and about exploring Rome on my own. I was on the Metro when I looked about and realized: I am traveling about in a strange city in a foreign country and didn't speak the language, but I was totally at ease with the situation. At that moment, I felt I owned Rome"

Stephen

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I love Rome. It was my fourth visit. But specific to Rick Steves tours, was our guides, specifically our head guide Julian who made the entire experience both rich and easy for us. The hotel choice was excellent. If I go to Rome on my own I will definitely use the same hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. I love all the icons. I'm always most impressed with the pantheon but St. Peters is a close second."

Jane

Fishers, IN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband Eric, adult son Max, and I thoroughly enjoyed our 7 days in Rome. Our guide, Julian, was competent, knowledgeable and kept our safety as prioritized as he did our pleasure in exploring this great city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My son was amazed by the vastness of the Vatican,our guide was passionate & clearly loved sharing her knowledge of the intricacies of that site. My favorite "wow" moment was at the Borghese Galleria when our informative guide showed us how to appreciate details behind the most beautiful sculptures and paintings imaginable,one sculpture brought me to tears.Our first guide also gave us a powerful lesson in how to read the age of bricks, art icons, and details;"the more you know the more you see"!"

Carolyn

Elmhurst, IL

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I was very pleased with it. I was pleased with the amount of free time we had as well as the sites chosen to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Borghese Gallery. I felt the tour guide was excellent and added much to seeing the museum."

John

Hilton Head Island, SC

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our tour of Rome and our accommodations at the Hotel Lancelot. It was our first Rick Steve's tour. We arrived two days before our tour started and explored Rome a little on our own. We had a couple bad meals around the Colosseum. Once our tour started, we enjoyed our included meals and shared dining information with our fellow travelers. Every day was a 'wow moment". While traveling in Rome and once our trip was finished, my wife and I agreed we made the correct decision t

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a 'wow moment". While traveling in Rome and once our trip was finished, my wife and I agreed we made the correct decision to take a Rick Steve's tour."

Kathryn

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My family and I had an AMAZING time in Rome with our FANTASTIC guides, Sarah and Francesca! I'd never been to Europe and I quickly realized all that I'd been missing.. From the charming Hotel Lancelot to the kind and considerate staff - that smiled and shook my hand as I completely butchered their language, all was right with the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican grounds with fabulous Pablo and the food tour with Michele were outstanding! Their knowledge, interpretation and charm impressed my whole family- and they're pretty harsh critics."

Patricia

Chico, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Sarah and Franchesca were awesome. They made us feel like we were right there with the Romans. The weather was not so good, but that didn't keep us from enjoying everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's really a hard thing to answer because it was all great. We went to the Wednesday Pope blessing and got to see the Pope close up (5 ft away) That wasn't part of the tour, but Sarah got us tickets and told us the best place to stand and it was perfect. I am not even Catholic, but it was special. I'd have to say that experiencing the Forum and Borghesi Gallery with Franchesca were pretty awesome. She is so enthusiastic knowledgable about ancient Rome, she made it come alive."

Diana

Essex Junction, VT

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having a balance of scheduled & reserved tours with free time to see other things we were interested in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostia Antica, comfortable hotel, Saint Clemens & our tour guides Franchesca & Sarah."

Alan

Folsom, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We booked this tour because of the outstanding experience we had on the RS London tour, after having visited London several times prior. Likewise we had spent time in Rome. This tour was marred by unseasonably rainy weather. But we had a great group and made the best of it. The tour should get to the Coliseum and the Vatican much earlier. The crowds were unbearable. Overall, too much free time compared to our London tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Bernine sculptures with our local guide Francesca."

Diana

Palm Harbor, FL

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was pleased with our hotel, our guide who managed the group, the guides that gave us a deeper sense of Rome, and the sights, sounds, and tastes. It was a lovely experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Colosseum and into the Forum."

Richard

Brush Prairie, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time on a Steves tour and I must say it was well worth it in terms of the content, tour planning, sights and the guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman Colosseum and the Baroque Art"

Susan

Dallas, TX

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The first of two back-to back Rick Steves' Tours (and first ever guided tour) and our first visit to Rome, we loved every minute of this adventure! We've always traveled on our own with a fluid itenerary and without reservations, so booking a tour, much less two back-to back tours was risky! We'd watch Rick's shows on PBS for years and finally in early January, we decided to take the plunge. Our guide Rainer, his humor & knowledge of history, made for a fantastic week in Rome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite WOW moment has to be seeing the Coliseum for the first time and walking into the Coliseum thru the gladiators entrance. WOW!!! Our local and excellent guide Francesca, pulled us back in time and into the moment as we walked onto the floor of the Coliseum, describing the sounds and sights seen by the crowd, as well as, the gladiators. WOW!"

Janice

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I loved everything about the tour: the laid-back feeling combined with absolute confidence that all would go well were wonderful. We were drawn to the way the tour was arranged as far as giving us tours to do with the group as well as time on our own each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum was every bit as awe inspiring as I had hoped it would be. We had crummy weather, but Francesca and Rainer were very calm and handled the variance in schedule beautifully."

Sherry

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour hits the highlights of Rome with great diversity and the right amount of free time to explore. Thank you to Rainer for prepping us to be successful at navigating the transportation options and crossing the street. The Lancelot Hotel is a very nice place as a base in terms of location and gracious hospitality, not to mention the fine meals prepared by Chef Faris.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour guide Francesca shivering at the Forum, but bravely soldiering on with her talk. Personally, the gladiator entrance into the Colosseum and the Pauline Napoleon reclining statue in the Borghese Museum."

Gerald

Palm Harbor, FL

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Reiner was a fun and knowledgeable guide and Francesca was wonderfully passionate about Rome. All the guides were knowledgeable and warm and friendly. We loved the Hotel Lancelot and the location could not have been better chosen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the coliseum through the gladiator gate and walking through the forum even in the rain. Going down into Basilica of St. Clement and the secret area of the Church of St. Francis Ripa. Also the food tour of Trestivere. The Benini statues especially his David which I likes better than Michelangelo's"

Scott

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guides. Rainer was knowledgeable, personable, and communicative. We also enjoyed our local guides, especially Francesca. The tour was perfect for us. We liked staying in one place and each day was a good balance of structured and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the gladiator tunnel and emerging on the floor of the Colosseum."

John

Grove City, OH

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We, Janet and I, both were excited to see things that we had read about our entire lives. Your overall tour guide, Rainer, was a delight. He was knowledgeable always timely with a touch of humor when need to help the group. The local guides were nicely detailed in their presentations and clearly passionate about their subject matter. We will obviously recommend the Rome in 7 days tour to our friends. Also we will be looking for other Rick Steves' tours that meet our needs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum. drop the mike."

Richard

Lafayette, CA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour was weary good and all the guides were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The colosseum and Forum / Palestine Hill experience were outstanding. Better yet, the wow moment was probably the Borghese Gallery for me."

Deanna

Haverhill, MA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour of any kind and I wasn't sure I'd like giving up the planning of our trip. But I'm happy to say that I can't wait to go another Rick Steves tour. I loved that they did all the planning and work and all I had to do was show up outside the hotel at the designated time and enjoy our adventure in Rome. The trip was a wonderful blend of together and alone time which was appreciated since I was in Rome to also visit with my nephew. Thank you for a great trip!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do you choose just one?? I enjoyed learning the ancient history of Rome, visiting all the varied neighborhoods. I especially loved our "foodie" tour in Trestevare. But if I have to pick my favorite "wow" moment it would be visiting the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica where I was in awe to see Michelangelo's Pieta with my own eyes."

Cynthia

Lynden, WA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina, Francesca, Ludvica were our delightful guides in Rome & all three were polite, knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. Hotel Lancelot was a great hotel in the middle of old Rome & a wonderful base for visiting the sites. Enjoyed the pace of the tour (experienced everything we wanted to & Nina had great recommendations for other things to do during our free time) and will definitely book another Rick Steves tour for our future travels abroad. Loved the intimate/personal 20 people group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Italy in itself is a "WOW!" experience! We started with a Rick Steves 7 day tour of Rome then spent 20 more days touring Italy on our own with a Rick Steves Italy book. Loved the old ancient sites of Rome & the tour guides' expert opinions, knowledge, & insights of the ancient sites, art, buildings, areas. I would say I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, but was looking forward to seeing the art of the masters: sculpture, paintings, architecture, etc."

Wendi

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Never been a tour person , but this experience with Rick Steve's tours was awesome. We saw and learned about all the top spots in Rome, but experienced it all on a much more personal level . We walked ALOT - 6-9 miles daily , which was good because we also ATE impossible amounts of pasta , pizza and Italian pastries and drank amazing table wines every day ! We had blocks of free time daily to do our own exploring and shopping of course .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As my daughter and I wandered "lost" in a tiny neighborhood in Rome , no visible street names, our Maps app not really working for us and leading us in circles , I remembered the sage advice of our tour guide , " when in Rome, navigate by the landmarks- the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain ,etc ,to get your bearings and find your way home ". That piece of advice became our mantra when we went off to explore on our own ."

Patricia Jo

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our hotel was a perfect location. In our free time we were close to so many places to go and discover.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going under ground and seeing the OLD Rome our leader was wonderful she educated us on how Rome was originally at that level amazing!!!!"

Brendan

Yardley, PA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was fabulous. Hotel was great. Nina is a rockstar. Francesca is a treasure trove of fabulous information.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Deep dives into the art at the Vatican museum and the Borghese. The art told us a story and Francesca taught us the language to understand what the art was saying."

Joel

Lynden, WA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed how our primary tour guide (Nina) was punctual, knowledgeable and interested in how much we enjoyed each day of the tour. The local tour guides (Francesca and Ludovica) were very knowledgeable as well and provided a wonderful, focused experience. My wife and I also enjoyed the company of the other travelers in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Francesca interpret the symbols contained in several of the paintings we saw on the tour. I felt that I had a better understanding of what the artist was trying to convey when I had context for the sociopolitical influences active during the time period they lived in."

David

Haverhill, MA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome city!! Visually stimulating!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters Basilica"

Gregory

Irving, TX

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "Best of Rome" Tour was simply outstanding. The combination of "must see" sites along with "off the beaten path" sites really made the difference. The "math" of a Rick Steves tour is two-parts tour and one-part classroom. The knowledge I learned throughout the tour will make it easier for me to visit Rome again with the confidence to do it on my own and know how to move around and experience Rome like a local.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpected visit to the Cimitero dei protestanti, or non-Catholic Cemetary of Rome, took my breath away. This solemn place of peace and grace was filled with the most beautiful and ornate sculptures that serve as both memorials and tombstones. I wondered how many Romans outside the cemetery's wall live their whole life in Rome and never visit this place or even know of its existence. The peace of this place will stay with me!"

Terry

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was good. I loved Nina, she really cracked the whip. Hotel was very good, we'll stay there when we go back. I especially liked when we went to her neighborhood and she shared her life as an expat. I wanted to gripe about taking a cab to the Vatican, but then we would have been deprived the experience of getting into an argument with the cabbie overcharging us and the cabbie police getting on his ass. The adjacent cabbies were backing away pretty fast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Nina used the phrase "winds of change." It brought to mind the change that has characterized Europe for all its existence. We were in Eastern Europe two years ago and that was all the tour guides could talk about. That and their indecision about whether they would stay."

Olivia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had such a great time in Rome. Nina, our main tour guide, was so amazing. Francesca, our other tour guide was also wonderful. They made our experience so interesting! They are so knowledgable about Rome, it felt like listening to a story teller all week!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment from the tour was definitely seeing the first chapel we went to, where we went under ground (I forget the name but I loved it!) and touring the Roman forum."

Stephen

Sunnyside, WA

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had steeled myself a crowded, pressing tour, but the guides made it a personal, intimate, comfortable tour. The pace was pleasant. The information provided made it easy to go out on our own. I am not much of an "arts" person, but the guides made it really interesting for me. I loved the local neighborhood tour and eating in the Trastevere area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two moments, actually. San Clemente was such a surprise, such a gem. The layers of Rome exposed in such a nondescript place. The second was the Borghese Museum. Fransesca made it so interesting that I enjoyed art for two hours--a record for me. I have since read more on Bernini because of the tour."

John

Danville, CA

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was great and very helpful. Terrific sites, good weather, and good food. Totally met expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bernini's statues at the bourchese (sorry about the spelling)"

Roger

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was in Rome in September, 2018 at the end of my "Best of Italy in 17 Days" tour last fall. It was hot, chaotic and intimidating. The local guide pushed us in the Coliseum, resulting in a syncope, fall and injury. This tour was entirely different. Lisa Anderson led us to many of the sites on the first evening and over the course of the week I was able to find my way around. Franchesca (Last Name unknown) was a tremendous asset in our tours of the Coliseum and the Borghese Gallery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Capitoline Museum had a surprising variety of painting masterworks, including Rubens, Caravagio, and Raphael, as well as the suckling she wolf, Dying Gaul and the ancient bronze equestrian statute or Marcus Aurelius."

John

Louisville, KY

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour, second visit to Rome. There is a lot of walking which will limit some people. Our guides were outstanding. Lisa was always available and knew the history better than anyone. She was a gem and is a plus to your organization. She made it clear this tour was for "US" and to always come to her for questions or problems. She made everyday a new and exciting experience and I learned much more with this trip than I did in the past.

Thomas

College Station, TX

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour of major artistic and cultural monuments, good introduction to layers of Rome (even physically, in S. Clemente), Franchesca gave wonderful lectures and Lisa made it all run.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Villa Borghese. The place is incredible and the information on the Bernini sculptures a mini-art history lesson."

Gwen

Holly Hill, FL

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had so much fun and learned an incredible amount about the history of Roma.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending the Papal Audience and see the Pope. Then going to the Vatican Museums. and seeing the Sistine Chapel. One wow moment after another."

Robert

Fort Stockton, TX

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were blessed to have an excellent tour guide who always seemed to have us at the right place at the right time, arriving before the crowds, and properly prepared to have the best experience at each sight. Our guide was bright, well spoken, and highly knowledgeable and had arranged for local guides to lead us through specific portions of our tour who were similarly gifted with the abilities to enlighten and entertain us throughout the tour. A wonderful time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I fully expected the Sistine Chapel to be the "Wow" moment of the tour. And it was powerful. But the Borghese Gallery tour was the surprise "wow" moment for me. Perhaps because of the outstanding knowledge and commentary from our tour guides, and the way it exceeded my expectations. What a fine way to end our tour!"

Gary

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 03/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I were absolutely THRILLED with our group tour of Rome! We had been to Europe several times before but we had always travelled independently. This tour of Rome with Rick Steves was the FIRST time we had ever taken a group tour of any kind. Given that we were in Italy on this trip a total of 5 weeks (4 weeks of independent travel and 1 week of group tour in Rome), our time with the Rick Steves tour was a special joy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was learning from both Lisa and Francesca (our tour guides) about making a "personal" connection with the history, people and art of ancient Rome. Also, we throughly enjoyed getting to know our fellow tour participants who were absolutely delightful, well-educated, and well-travelled. We learned a lot from these people as well -- not only about other destinations in Europe but around the world!"

Diane

Birmingham, MI

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was very positive. It met my expectations in every way. The activities were well planned and delivered as advertised. I was safe, well supported and able to fully enjoy the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite 'wow' moment was the Borghese Gallery Tour with Francesca's thoughtful insights."

Darunie

Lunenburg, MA

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an experience of a life time for me to see Rome. I had such a fantastic trip with wonderful tour guides both locals and our tour leader Lisa. Everything went smoothly. I had enough of my own time to visit places that were not on schedule. The tour guides were knowledgeable and well prepared. Thank you so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many... the St.Clement church, Borghese Museum, The Pantheon OMG I learned a lot. I love churches, architecture, sculptures, so much to see. The tour guide Francesca did bring the Borghese Museum to life"

Marissa

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rome tour was every bit as wonderful as I hope it would be. I was particularly happy that all the sights were fairly close to each other, or just a short trip by bus or tram. I sure did love that 7 day travel pass for the bus/tram/metro. I could ride 81 bus all day! The best part for me was walking through the different neighborhoods, because it is always the best way to get to know a new place. I enjoyed the other folks in the group, too. Everyone was friendly and adventurous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the Trevi Fountain from a block away and then coming around the corner to suddenly see it all lit up our first evening on the tour!"

Michael

Estero, FL

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The combination of excellent guides, ease of access and abundance of free time worked very well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "lasagna" of San Clemente"

Edmond

Toronto, ON

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fantastic tour that provided my wife and I with a great introduction to Rome and Italian culture!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed when we visited the church of San Clemente and were introduced to 3000 years of Roman history at one site! It set the perfect framework for understanding everything else we would see throughout the week"

Mike

Novato, CA

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall experience was very good. This was my first "city" tour where we stayed in one location for the entire tour. Rome offers so much to do and see that we never ran out of new things to see and do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The San Clemente Basilica provided such a perfect metaphor for the city of Rome. Getting to "travel back in time" to see the separate levels of the building from the different centuries was amazing."

Joyce

Cape May, FL

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had some trepidation about being part of an organized tour group, however, most of my anxiety was alliviated within the first 24 hours. I found the experience both pleasant and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in front of the Bernini statue "Enea e Archie" at the Borghese."

Thomas

Seattle, WA

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very hesitant as this was a 30th anniversary trip and my wife had never been on a tour nor gone to Rome. It had to work. It did. If you think of the variety of life and time periods in Rome, it's a huge undertaking to expose a varied group of strange people to. Lisa nailed it. History, art, architecture, food, the current aspects of living as a Roman and Italian. Everyday was just such a different way to look at Rome yet woven into one piece.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is a tie. The Borghese was it for me. Caravaggio is a favorite and I can't believe I've been to a place so filled with riches the Bottecelli is ignored. The other was the porchetta. Incerdible. Not part of the tour but arranged by Lisa was a Papal audience. I am not Catholic but a very powerful moment. We were very close, closer than I ever thought possible. Lisa gave great advice. To be honest everyday was a wow moment."

Lorena

San Diego, CA

Tour: 03/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time in Rome. The tour was very well managed and organized without any major or inconvenience issues. This is my second Rick Steves tour and by far it's the best one. Everyone just clicked with each other. I don't know if it's Italy or our guide but I really enjoyed everyone's company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome itself is a wow moment. I don't think there's a city like Rome that you walk past a 1,000+ year old monument at every corner."

Kathy

Orangevale, CA

Tour: 03/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing adventure to walk amongst 2000+ year old ruins and learn about all that had taken place there over the centuries. My head was swimming with all the new things I was learning. It was incredible! I appreciated the guides who helped me "see" what I was looking at. Without them I would have overlooked and missed a lot. But, because I had hurt my Achilles tendon a month before the trip, every step I took hurt, taking away from the enjoyment of the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved going away from the crowds in Rome to explore Ostia Antica. I also marvelled at the Basicalla de San Clemente and seeing the 3 different churchs on that site. Although I am glad I saw the Colloseum and the Vatican I do not enjoy being herded around like a bunch of cattle, so both of those tours were places I was gad to get overwith. That's not a criticism of the tour, it's just how I am. (I was the same way when I was in the Louvre last summer)"

Carol

Churchville, MD

Tour: 03/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent organization and tour guides. Ranier was wonderful, as was Francesca and Paulo (?) Food was delicious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Gallery!"

Timothy

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 03/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rainer was a very friendly, relaxed, informed leader of our group. The hotel was excellent, the daily guides were very good. There was a good balance between "group" time and "on your own " time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Museum!"

Veronica

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 03/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From booking to leaving everyone was so helpful. The hotel made accommodations for an early arrival and late departure. Very clean and friendly staff. The smaller group we had made it enjoyable and we got to meet very nice people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to narrow down to one but the Galleria Borghese."

Betty

Robbinsdale, MN

Tour: 03/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

IT was a first experience on a Rick Steves' tour. I completely enjoyed the event, even though I came down with a cold the first night we were together. Rainer was a wonderful guide, patient, kind, thoughtful. Rainer's knowledge was great also. I thought the entire week was planned well relating to sites and scheduling of events. Since I had gotten sick, the timing of events worked well with returning to our room to nap. The scheduled events and personal time was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The day at Ostia Antica was a stunning day and the timing was wonderful. It felt so good to get out in nature on Thursday and see this phenomenal place. Having it be a beautiful weather event was a gift too. It was wonderul. Friday at the Borghese Gallery with Francesca was exceptional also. Her love of art and enthusiasm in sharing were wonderful gifts also."

Jason

Wichita, KS

Tour: 03/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The members of the group were very pleasant and interesting. I enjoyed spending a week with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife and I visited a medieval church recommended by Rainer. There was a choir practice going on with nuns singing beautiful harmonies. We sat and listened and were amazed. They sounded like angels."

Gordon

Bailey, CO

Tour: 03/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First time in Rome and couldn't have enjoyed a better trip. Rick Steve's tour is the best way to see Rome for the first time. Rainer was an excellent guide and the guide specialists were exceptional. Agenda did a very thorough job of seeing all parts of Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ancient Rome."

Melanie

Bailey, CO

Tour: 03/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This Rome tour was excellent. The days were full, but not overwhelming. I felt like we had a good taste of both food, wine and (above all) the sights. The combination of old world history and the influence of the Catholic church was the perfect blend. The hotel we stayed in was charming with a very friendly staff. Our guide was great. He was informative and easy to relate to. His choice of additional guides to better educate us as we toured was the icing on the cake.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Galleria and our guide Franchesca. I fell in love with the sculptures of Bernini and Canova."

Wanda

Eureka, CA

Tour: 03/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE WITH LOTS OF HISTORY, AND OUR GUIDES TO THE MUSEUM AND OTHER AREAS MADE LOOKING AT ART IN A NEW WAY.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"THE TRAFFIC WAS FUN TO WATCH, EACH PERSON WAS AGGRESSIVE TO GET IN LINE, BUT SHOWED PATIENCE AND WILLINGNESS TO LET OTHERS IN. i LOVED THE CHURCH ON A CHURCH ON A CHURCH AND THE HISTORY THERE. I AM SO GLAD THE ROME HAS KEPT SO MUCH HISTORY FOR US TO SEE, IT MAKES THE BIBLE COME ALIVE AS WELL AS OUR HISTORY LESSONS IN SCHOOL."

Doug

Malaga, WA

Tour: 03/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful, and I enjoyed the Hotel Lancelot immensely. Rainer was absolutely fantastic. Although I enjoyed all the local guides, I especially appreciated Francesca's tour of the Borghese Gallery and Paulo's tour of the Colosseum. The two dinners and two lunches, in addition to the breakfasts provided by the hotel, were wonderful. I was able to try foods I wouldn't likely try if I were to have only dined on my own. After seeing everything provided the tour was an excellent value.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's Basilica"

James

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 03/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rome trip was fantastic! The tour was very well organized and our guides were excellent. The tour activities were structured to give us the type of complete Rome experience we would not have had on our own, yet there was plenty of time to be on our own to explore or relax. I can't wait to take another Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's difficult to pick a particular "wow" moment. Each day had it's own incredible experiences."

Michelle

Cocoa, FL

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The balance of time with tour guide and time to explore on your own is perfect. I feel that on the days you go to places that require a purchased ticket(Coliseum and the Vatican) those need more time to explore on your own or more time given to explore with tour guide. Also include more break/bathroom time and not have to choose between seeing things or eating and bathroom.

Frederick

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 7th R.S. Steve's tour and they have all been great. Never having been to Rome before our tour guide, Jamie , got us feeling very comfortable with the city and how to get around in it. I was in awe at all the history and how well preserved so much of it is and they think that 80% of Ancient Rome is still underground. It was an amazing experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, this is hard to pick as there was not any part of the tour that I didn't enjoy. I guess having Francesca as our guide for two days would be right up there. The is so knowledgeable and passionate about Rome and has a unique way of getting you to understand what she is talking about. As far as the sights we went to, Ostea Antica, was my WOW moment with ancient buildings and history that you can walk through and envision the life back then."

Shirley Lynn

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great. I loved getting to know the history of Rome . Seeing all the sights in which I had only read about or seen on TV. This was our first trip to Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My Wow moment was the Borghese Gallery. The walk back to the hotel through the beautiful Borghese park was beautiful it was a nice way to appreciate all that we had just seen. There were so many wow moments, everyday brought a new one. The food tour was a great experience. Lots of fun."

Ruey

W Bloomfield, MI

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Viewing the ancient ruins of Rom for the first time after seeing them in countless pictures and movies was a once in a lifetime experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of our guide Francsca's comments. It was quieting at a higher level , akin to lectures ifrom an art historian."

Dixie

Farmington, UT

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been asked repeatedly "what was your favorite part"? After a week, I still can't put it into words. But I know this, I left with a big desire to return to Rome. And that's a reflection on our guides. Jamie made Rome accessible, understandable, and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I walked into the room with at the Borghese where Bernini statue of Apollo and Daphne is housed I audibly gasped (I didn't realize it until Francesca looked at me and smiled ??). It took my breath away.?"

Nancy

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thanks to Jamie and our local guide Francesca, we learned about Rome from the catacombs to the ceilings of the amazing basilicas. In other words, we covered Rome from the bottom to the top. The trip was fast paced, however, we had a few afternoons and evenings to explore on our own. We learned a tremendous amount and really got the feel for the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The size and story of the Coliseum was my wow moment. A close second though was the grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica."

Kelly

Pelham, AL

Tour: 02/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I've always wanted to go to Rome. It was everything I expected and more--lush with art, expresso, and ancient ruins. Each church was a revelation in sculpture or canvas. The hotel was a delight, and the service was exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Jewish ghetto, making a turn into a square where brass plates marked the final breakdown of Mussolini to Hitler's demands to genocide--which then opened up to a site of an ancient Roman ruin. So much history overlapping, and each time layered gently on each other, forcing you to think about all of the history in your own city that you will never know or recognize. A moment of suffering overlapped with daily living, that somehow seemed more poignant than the Colosseum."

Dineane

Mount Wolf, PA

Tour: 12/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded all expectations! Our group guide Stephanie was excellent in giving us the confidence to explore and in providing all sorts of interesting sites to see and foods to try. We were able to find our way around in our free time and enjoyed all the planned activities as well. We had an unplanned day and felt confident and relaxed on our own The group dynamics were great - new friends Additionally the local guides were thorough and entertaining. We learned so much!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the forum and hearing the guide say that the Romans wanted people to believe the city was built by the gods. The timing was perfect and described exactly the feeling I had. It's not just the antiquity of the ruins it's the sheer immensity. I was awestruck."

Diane

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 12/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful way to see Roma

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine Chapel"

Linda

Kingston, NY

Tour: 12/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Stephanie was a fabulous tour manager--patient, clear, effective n re-directing, setting agendas, dealing with issues, and generally setting a positive and cooperative tone. The specialized guides who led particular tours were very articulate and qualified, and it was valuable to have appointments and go straight in, instead of waiting in line.

Suzanne

Newcastle, ON

Tour: 12/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were overwhelmed by how well prepared and researched our tour was. Most everything was covered and our tours were well timed and planned. We whisked through lineups that allowed us to maximize our time in Rome and take in as much as possible. As a result, there is very little left for us to visit in Rome and the surrounding area now that we have completed this tour. Stephanie our tour guide was AMAZING and was able to navigate us through the history and brilliance of the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To see Rome lit up by fireworks on New Years Eve was incredible and a once in a life time experience. However we were definitely taken in by our walk through Ostia Antica. We walked freely for hours through the ruins and were amazed by the history still remaining."

Dave

Nashville, TN

Tour: 12/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. The guides were fantastic, especially Stephanie and Francesca. The itinerary was well planned. The tour group was fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. There were many. Walking the Sacred Way was one. The Bourghese was another. The Sistine chapel. The Pantheon.The walks were great -Rome has art and history everywhere, the whole town is a museum. Afterwards I went to St Paul outside the Walls and the Museum of the Wall which I liked."

Ricardo

Mt Pleasant, MI

Tour: 12/20/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow is Francesca, the local guide. Instead of just reciting facts, dates, names, etc like every other guide, she puts context/perspective on the sights/monuments: "The more you know, the more you see." Hopefully, she changes her mind and decides to guide for RS groups the Vatican Museums and St Peter's as well. But our guide to the VM and St Peter's was excellent though."

Andrea

Mt Pleasant, MI

Tour: 12/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rome was great place to visit over Christmas. I enjoyed seeing what the culture is like during the holiday season in different places. Obviously I knew we had to be flexible with our schedule with closings and odd hours, but I think Stephanie (our guide) did her best to try and accommodate the group based on our interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to see the pope give his Christmas Day address in St. Peter's Square and any tours led by Francesca Caruso-particularly St. Clemente and Borghese Gallery."

John

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an exciting and educational tour of Rome. Great guides and a fun group of travelers. It was well planed and lead by our tour guide Stacy.

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."

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"

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.

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.

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!"

Michele

Arlington, MA

Tour: 11/11/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the sites and the beauty of Rome. A good mix of free time and sightseeing. Loved the hotel, the location and the breakfasts. Francesca was a special and memorable guide. I enjoyed the variety of other guides as well. Being there off season was a plus too. I was surprised how beautiful Rome was at night and the way it was lit; that was especially good since it got dark early this time of year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very moved by Francesca's approach in combination with the sites. She is unique and special."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

Nadine

Coatesville, PA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. The guide Lisa is knowledgeable and entertaining. She is great in dealing with the uncertainty of Rome cultures! Hotel and location is okay but the neighborhood is not the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Museum is awesome. The Park outside the Borghese Museum is beautiful with those pretty umbrella pine trees."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.. ??"

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.

Carol

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Interesting and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Peters Bacillica"

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)."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!)"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!)."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Charles

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food tour."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

Robert

Cypress, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Debbie

Cypress, CA

Tour: 04/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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"

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"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

Lavon

Albany, OR

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ruth

Plainfield, IL

Tour: 03/11/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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"

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."

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.

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!""

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!"

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"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

Sam

Dallas, TX

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Kelly

Battlefield, MO

Tour: 12/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca!!!!!"

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"

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."

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."

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Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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