• The Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Vatican Museums
  • Pantheon
  • Spanish Steps
  • St. Peter's Basilica

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Best of Rome in 7 Days Tour

from $1,795 + Air

Optional Single Supplement $525

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

Note: Rome is likely to be very crowded December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016, due to the Vatican's special Jubilee year.

Dates & Prices

2016

    • May 8–May 14 (Su-Sa)
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    • May 15–May 21 (Su-Sa)
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    • May 22–May 28 (Su-Sa)
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    • Jun 5–Jun 11 (Su-Sa)
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    • Oct 23–Oct 29 (Su-Sa)
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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 • Panoramic bus tour • Catacombs of San Sebastiano • 7-day Metro Pass • Ancient Rome walking tour • Roman Forum tour • Colosseum tour • San Clemente Church tour • Rome neighborhood walking tour • Roman neighborhood food tour • Day trip to Ostia Antica • Vatican Museum tour • Sistine Chapel visit • St. Peter's Basilica (when available) • Borghese Gallery tour…and more
  • All group transportation during the week in and around Rome
  • 6 nights accommodations in a memorable, centrally located hotel
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2016
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement 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 oriented 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 multi-layered San Clemente — a 12th-century church sitting atop a 4th-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 a quintessential Roman neighborhood, learning about the tradition of Italian cuisine from the generations of families producing these tasty Roman specialities. 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 guide on the other side of the Tiber River and introduce you to the greatest church in Christendom, the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà. Then we'll take you to the sprawling Vatican Museums, where you'll see an endless collection of treasures as you make your way to one of the world's most famous works of art: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Your afternoon is free to explore more of the interesting market streets in this neighborhood. 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 that 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 hrs. 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. We'll say our final farewells and head for home — or further adventures in Italia. 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 (several blocks possible) 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

Kathleen

Camp Hill, PA

Tour: 04/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Rome in 7 Days is just that, a little bit of everything that Rome has to offer. Food, Art, Culture, History, and much more, I could easily spend a few more weeks focusing in greater detail on the things that I enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had the wonderful Francesca as a local guide, teaching us how to 'read' art and architecture. The most profound moment of our tour was when Francesca taught us how to understand art. I never really understood art before so I became emotional when, as a result of Francesca's teaching, it took on meaning and value. I felt like I had gained access to an elite club that once held private all the mysteries of the masters."

Christina

Valrico, FL

Tour: 04/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I liked that we had some time every day for our own exploration of the city. I don't think I would have gotten so much information about the history of Rome without the guides. Suzanna, Francesca, and Paulo were excellent in picking highlights and relaying so much information about what we were experiencing. I appreciated learning the variety of transportation options available to us. I very much liked the day we spent eating our way through Travestere. It was a very physically demanding week

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one. I enjoyed St Clemente a lot. Going back in time in this great church was breathtaking. The colosseum and berghesi museum were also top on my list."

Gail

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 04/17/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susanna & Franchesca both are so passionate about their work, the best. Lancelot H. would stay there again. I had a list of must see and your tour did not fail my expectations. From Ostia Antica Appian Way, Borghese, food sample day,Colosseum I certainly had only a few must do's on my own time. Exceeded my expectations, my 1st tour. ps guide at catacombs not very good, only 20% I would say I understood what he said. Done by rote, mumbled, not clear. Couple went right before tour better guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick just one ,but I have over 2050 photographs to remember this trip... 3 favorite places Colosseum and Ostia Antica , Catacombs ALL 3 on my to do list.. wonderful! Also lovely people on this trip, ONE WOW moment was because I MET a woman who is from Penn. but has lived in my small hometown in NC. SHE KNOWS my uncle people with my family surname, other people with my family surnames. My first RS tour and I meet her on one of many RS trips you offer.. WOW !"

Scott A

Chicago, IL

Tour: 03/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the first time we took my entire family to Europe. Me, my wife, my two sons, ages 14 and 13, and my 9 year old daughter. I also have never done a tour trip. We all loved it. It was one of the most memorable experiences of our family's lives. Everything was wonderful. It was organized without being overbearing. The tour guide included are kids in everything and never made them fell out of place. They were so comfortable the entire trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was visiting the Vatican and the Papal audience. Our tour guide got us tickets for the Papal audience and then we visited the Cistine Chapel and St. Peter's. At night we did a walking tour of Rome sights. Absolutely a beautiful day."

Katy

Metamora, IL

Tour: 03/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved every minute of it! The atmosphere of the city was just entrancing and charming. The food was great, the people were welcoming, and the tour was very educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was when Francesca led us down to the Forum. She told us that the stones we were standing on were the exact same ones that the ancient Romans stood on. Everything about the Forum was so fascinating to me. It was incredible knowing that I've walked where Caesar has walked. I have stood where ancients have stood. I've even sat on some of the same stones they would have. It made the ancient people seem more real rather than myth."

Ruth

Columbus, OH

Tour: 03/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful, exceeded expectations. Lisa was our mother hen taking care of us in ways we didn't even realize!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All things Francesca"

Sofia

Chicago, IL

Tour: 03/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm only 9 years old and I came with my parents and with my 2 brothers ages 13 and 14. The tour guide was so nice to me and made me feel so included the entire trip. I had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the Trevi Fountain walking tour at night."

Karen

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 03/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was that it exceeded my expectations. Everything was well organized, and yet we had options and flexibility. Lisa, our tour guide was excellent, knowledgeable, explained everything clearly and concisely. I thank you ALL so much for a memorable, beautiful and fun tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Coloseum and Roman Forum were two places I was not too excited about prior to the tour but with guides, Lisa and Francesca, they came alive and were wonderful. It is so difficult too pick just "one" as I feel that the entire tour was a "wow"."

Liesye

Arlington, VA

Tour: 03/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour changed my impression of Rome for the better from a negative one I had when transiting to Florence back in the 90s. It enriches my knowledge of contemporary Rome and ancient Roman history, my goals before joining. Least enjoyable (although a valuable experience) was the Vatican because of the crowd. The least interesting was the catacomb. Rick Steves tour is definitely different from and superior to other conventional tours. Last, but not least, great tour participants. No grumps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gastronomic tour as I learn interesting things about Italian food. Ferrara for the pasta tasting is the best. Happy to discover that tasting is pretty much lunch covered in tour cost. Delicious tartufo and Trevi Fountain after dark (with a lot less crowd that I was able to touch the fountain water and my husband was able to throw coin over his shoulder) courtesy of Lisa."

Brittany

Glendale, CO

Tour: 03/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and provided a nice balance between doing things together and independently. Most of the sights are ones I'd recommend others to see. The only thing I probably would consider changing is the catacombs. I would maybe opt to do a short bike ride on the Appian Way instead and give people enough time to check out the catacombs by themselves if they want.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think I had multiple favorite "wow" moments. First, seeing the Forum and the Colosseum really gave me the tools I needed to visualize ancient Rome. Absolutely wonderful! The second, was the Borghese Gallery and the Sistine Chapel. I'm still having dreams about the artwork from these two places! Third, I think my last favorite "wow" moment was experiencing the food, language, and general culture of the city. Truly an experience I'll never forget. Lisa and Francesca were fantastic!"

William

Lakewood, CO

Tour: 03/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed it very much. Enjoyed the trip to the Roman Village and the tour of the various current Italian folks giving us a taste of their foods.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the food tour and the Roman Village. Also the Jewish Ghetto."

Cheryl

Alpharetta, GA

Tour: 03/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our overall experience was very good. We saw all the major sites. Our guides were knowledgeable especially Francesca. She transmitted her passion directly to her tour group. We learned a lot about Roman history and art. We really appreciated the way Cecilia was able to handle my husband's food issues. Our hotel room was very clean and centrally located. The people were very accommodating. We had the right balance of tour time and free time. It was a very memorable trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite moment of the trip was learning about Michelangelo from Francesca and then applying what we learned to his Moses or his Pieta at the Vatican."

Ryan

Poughkeepsie, NY

Tour: 03/20/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a life changing experience. Our local tour guide Francheska was outstanding. She evoked emotion from the places in which we toured. She added so much value to my trip. She opened my eyes to art and to places that I thought I knew but now know on a different level. The hotel location and quality of the services was outstanding. The overall format of the tour was great. I walked away from Rome truly feeling as though I know the city now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In the Collusem with Frencheska speaking about the building and getting in touch with it."

Jennifer

Overland Park, KS

Tour: 03/20/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very nice experience. This was my second tour with RS. Wonderful group. I found Rome to be an intimidating environment but because of the group element and great tour guides I quickly felt very comfortable venturing out on my own to explore or re-visit places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour the initial day with Francesca at San Clemente. She is an incredibly gifted storyteller and as a result of her information I felt like I was able to see Rome in an incredibly different and more impactful way."

Barbara

Lafayette, IN

Tour: 03/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was fantastic! We saw so much in a week.The guides made the art,scuptures and ruins come to life. They were able to put the places into perspective as to when they were created and the situation at the time they were made. I didn't like art museums before this trip but with a great guide like Francesca, I will go again. Cicelia did a great job with tour orgainization and explaination of the culture and daily life of someone who would live in Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Trevi Fountain was the most impressive thing that I saw. The Bernini scuptures were also fantastic after hearing about them in the museum. Wow I never thought about how amazing these things were to create."

Vicki

Ames, IA

Tour: 03/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have always traveled on our own and wanted to visit Rome. The tour appeared to have a good mix of history, big sights, neighborhood experiences and free time. We were not disappointed. Wireless radio mics were invaluable, especially in museums. Tour guide Cecelia and both local guides were knowledgeable, approachable and helpful. Hotel was clean and service always friendly. I felt like a local using transit on my own. Food was delicious. Bus day was comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking at the sculptures in the Borghese Gallery while the local guide described the story portrayed. She made each come alive so much that I had tears in my eyes, feeling the determination or horror portrayed. I have never had an emotional response like that to art. Amazement and appreciation, yes, but this went much deeper. She placed the art in its time period, showed me the artist's strokes, and helped me find meaning."

Michael

Lafayette, IN

Tour: 03/13/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable. We will take another RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The final group dinner was great!"

Nancy

Darien, CT

Tour: 02/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was amazing. We saw many of the "must sees" as a group, but there was so much else to do that we kept very busy. The group was very compatible, traveled well together and looked out for each other. The hotel was in a great location. It was the perfect time to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Seeing the colosseum - THE COLOSSEUM - from the room of our hotel. The state of David at the Borghese Gallery. Every church we went into, once you looked up."

Michael

Darien, CT

Tour: 02/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour members constituted very congenial group. Don, our tour leader, was superb as was Francesca who very knowledgably guided us through the Colosseum, the Forum and the Borghese Gallery.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican. And, the view from our hotel room at the Lancelot."

Margaret

Laurinburg, NC

Tour: 02/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an incredible trip! I think of all the places I have traveled to, this was by far the very best. I think that is because it was a guided tour and getting to hear from our awesome guides instead of just reading from a guide book is what made all the difference.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was the first night I arrived, driving from the airport to my hotel and seeing the Coliseum. Absolutely incredible!"

Steven

Tampa, FL

Tour: 02/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was another great Rick Steve's tour!! After having just been on someone else's tour that was less than stellar, it was nice to be back with a tour company that provides such an excellent experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was arriving jetlagged coming up out of the metro station and there was the Coliseum front and center. There were many wow moments being in the presence of so many things I had only read about. The forum, Borghese Gallery, Trastevere food tour, the Tiber were all awe inspiring."

Cynthia

Apo Ae,

Tour: 02/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From day one I believe that Donald made this journey through Rome an incredible experience. He was very informative and helpful. His communication with everyone was very impressive, especially with the local's. I enjoyed him so much. I would most definitely do another Rick Steve's Tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local guides, Francesca and Paolo were just amazing. They are truly unforgettable tour guides. The story's they told made you feel like you were right there in the very moment and time. And to me, that is a priceless gift. Anyone could feel the passion and appreciate the knowledge they have. If not for Rome, for the Roman's but the astonishing history. Bravo !"

Jason

Broken Arrow, OK

Tour: 02/14/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about our Rome tour was top notch! An excellent hotel, wonderful tourmates, and sights each and every day that was organized with great detail and effort by our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking up the stairs, out of the Colosseo Metro station, to the awe of seeing the ancient Colosseum right in front of me!! From the very get-go I was humbled by Rome's history and wonder."

Gary

Richmond, TX

Tour: 12/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a last minute choice for us. But luckily, there were openings and we were able to get airline tickets. Having been to Rome on the "Venice, Florence and Rome" tour we did not think we were going to see much more that what we had before. Once we arrived in Rome and met our guide, we knew that this tour was going to be completely different than our other tour. AND IT WAS. We saw museums, church's, historical sites, and restaurants that we had not seen before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning that our guide's family owned a vineyard!!"

Kelly

Fairbanks, AK

Tour: 12/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rome was intoxicating: culture, history, art, a "gawkers" dream come true.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Gallery with Francesca. No explanation required, right?"

Denise

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 12/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another demanding tour - lots of walking and lots to see and enjoy! I especially appreciated the way in which we right away jumped into the public transit system which I think will help me a great deal if I return to Rome. This was a tour in which I felt the sum of the parts was greater than the parts themselves. It was an overall lovely trip even if some parts seemed a bit too long or a bit too much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think that doing the Coliseum with Francesca was an absolute highlight. She brought the whole place and experience alive. She wasn't interested in dates or facts but rather the overall purpose and reality of the Coliseum. It was a beautiful day when we were there and it was a breathtaking experience."

James

Hemet, CA

Tour: 12/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been to 20 different countries. I have been on many different tours. This may have been the best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We came a day early. Some of the streets were closed to cars on Sunday and Christmas Day. People walked in the middle of the streets. We went to a museum on the top of Capital Hill (sp) mid-morning. It was great! And there was hardly anyone there. It has observation decks overlooking the Forum. It was a nice start to a wonderful vacation. "The School of Athens" by Rafael at the Vatican museum was special. I have used it in my physics classes since the 1980's to illustrate the difference"

Bonnie

Hemet, CA

Tour: 12/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 3rd tour to Rome. It was definitely the best! So informative!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The superior tour guides made all the difference."

Jana

San Diego, CA

Tour: 12/20/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was WOW. This was the first "tour" I have ever done and I have traveled a lot. I respected Rick Steves' travel philosophy so I thought I would give a tour a try. The experience was fantastic and we had a great group. Cecilia was SUPERB. Our local guides were great, too, and we were fortunate to get Francesca for two of our days and, besides making us cry with her descriptions, she was FANTASTIC.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the special touches that Cecilia did for us - the chocolates on the bus with a story, the guitar player at the final group dinner, the mozzarella balls at the Pantheon - the small touches she did made it so very special."

Isaac

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour that finally helped me to understand the greatness of Rome throughout the ages, and appreciate Renaissance art. Stephanie was helpful and organized, and our local guide Francesca was beyond incredible. She opened up worlds of art and history for me with her wonderful storytelling, deep knowledge, and passion. The "extras" of our experimental itinerary were all awesome bonuses. And we lucked out with a great group that all seemed to gel. I couldn't ask for more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As we entered the Sistine Chapel, a phalanx of guards cleared all the other visitors out of the room, leaving just 13 of us the in vast, overwhelming, echoing silence to truly experience Michelangelo's masterpiece of the Renaissance as it was intended. I can't imagine seeing or enjoying the Vatican Museums in any other way than with a private tour like this. Our guide, Paolo, was beyond fantastic. And each of our special private stops, including the pope's own private chapel, felt special."

Patricia

Palatine, IL

Tour: 11/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved my trip! Our guides were fantastic - friendly, well-informed and well-organized. Our group all got along together quite well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost everything we did was amazing, but the top three were: 1) Attending the Papal Audience - our guide, Stephanie, got us there early enough to get excellent seats. 2) The private after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums - we got the whole Sistine chapel to ourselves for over a half-hour. 3) Both days with local guide, Francesca - her passionate love of Roman art and culture is infectious."

Steven

Little Rock, AR

Tour: 11/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much more interesting and educational than anticipated. I expected a simple view of a big city but learned the true essence of the ancient civilization that makes up its roots.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We experienced a private tour after normal hours of the Vatican that "wow" seems inadequate to describe. I don't know if this had been done before or can continue but it was a life highlight and not merely a trip highlight."

Melvin

Bedford, TX

Tour: 11/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were somewhat skeptical/apprehensive about being a part of a tour group. We have always traveled alone – doing the research and planning our own itinerary – afraid a tour group would require us to wait on others or do things we really didn't want to do. This tour was the most fun thing we have ever had on a trip! The guides were exceptional and the other tour members were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a private tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. We were so impressed! Normally the Sistine Chapel is completely full and the guards "push" people through so the 50,000-65,000 people who come to the Museum each day can see the Chapel. When we entered the guards cleared the entire Chapel. We, group of 14, were in the Sistine Chapel alone for 40 minutes – able to spend time admiring and experiencing all of wonders created my Michelangelo."

Art

Warrensburg, MO

Tour: 11/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A perfect week. The guides were wonderful. The weather cooperated. I had a great time with my fellow tour mates and made new friends. The hotel was great and in a nice location. Also, I really enjoyed the extra activities that were added after I signed up, which included the Trastevere Food Market tour and the After Hours Private Vatican tour. I definitely felt like this tour was worth every dollar I spent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being about 10 feet from Pope Francis before the Wednesday morning Papal audience, and hanging out in the Sistine Chapel all by ourselves on the After Hours Vatican tour. I wouldn't call this a "Wow" moment, but the cooking class will be one of my fondest memories."

Gary

Chapin, SC

Tour: 11/15/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, exhibited flexibility when necessary, paid attention to each traveler, took care of any special needs with care.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private tour of the Vatcan Museums and the Sistine Chapel."

Janet

Campbell, CA

Tour: 10/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every minute of our trip to Rome. Stephanie our guide was excellent as were all the other individual guides for the sights (Colloseum, Forum, Vatican and Borghese). The group size was nice too... not too many not too few.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Papal audience tickets. I know this was not on "officially" part of our agenda but Stephanie managed to get us tickets and we loved having that as the beginning to our "Vatican" day. Cooking School was way too much fun. Loved that. And Ostia Antica was also pretty cool too!"

Clinton

Cochrane, AB

Tour: 10/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Never been outside of Canada before. Rome is an exceptional place to visit. Being a part of the Rick Steves was incredible, the level of detail and explanation they went through on the tours was above my expectation. Stephanie our tour guide put on a lot of extra activities that allowed us to explore the less toured parts of Rome. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who truly wants to experience Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The size of the buildings that were built over 2000 years ago is unfathomable."

Sam

Pryor, OK

Tour: 10/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything worked like a "well oiled machine". Good hotel which was near the action. Not overly stuffy but with enough serious comments to be educational. I was skeptical at first but changed my opinion to be a strong supporter. Guides were "teachers" with a passion for the subject. I would do it again!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming out of the metro station and "bang" the colosseum fills 180 degrees of view. WOW!!!"

Thomas

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 10/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In general the experience was wonderful. We are older, so the walking was a challenge, but we were prepared for it. Used the Metro and took taxis when we needed to. No buses. We saw and did everything we wanted to and more. The extra items, not in the tour description, were delightful surprises (top of the Victor Emmanuel Monument, Mediterranean Sea, Metro at rush hour!, lots of gelato). The Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel disappointed because of the crowds. Excellent weather!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bernini sculptures in the Borghese Gallery were the high point for me. A close second was the unexpected side trip to the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Sandy beach and small waves. And of course one can't leave out the GELATO!"

Fay

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 10/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All of my comments throughout this survey will be skewed by the fact that I am vision impaired and walk with a white cane. I was not sure how I would handle this tour but it all went very well. I don't see details but am able to see big stuff so Rome had a lot to offer me. The ancient Roman sights were amazing. The many churches were awe inspiring in size and décor. The many sculptures were wonderful. It was a great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have 2 wow moments: Ostia Antica and the Borghese Gallery. In Ostia Antica, I was able to get right up into the ruins and touch and fell. So much is still visible there that I found it most fascinating. Since the Borghese limits admissions, the crowds were small. In addition, the art does not have wide barriers in front of it. This made it possible for me to get right up close, I could see the toes of Daphne turning into roots of the laurel tree!"

Theresa

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 10/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip had the "wow" factor for me. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this trip and tour. I am very pleased that I went now in my life and not 20 years down the road in retirement. I believe I was able to take it in more and better with the activity level needed. The history of Rome is very impressive. Rome is doing something very right by preserving it. The citizens of Rome treated us better than I had expected as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was seeking the pope in person. Thank you Stephanie for the last minute surprise of having obtained tickets to go to the Papel service. There were many other "wow" moments as well."

Loretta

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 10/25/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first group tour. I was pleased with the experience and would recommend it to others. Trying to appreciate Rome amidst the throngs with no help is not possible. Tour group leader Stephanie was very kind and always took the time to explain things. The hotel was very comfortable. The group was full of interesting people. We did a lot, but not too much. I have arthritis and can't walk too much, but the activities were not strenuous in walking, just standing was sometimes difficult.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Roman forum was awesome."

Penny

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 10/25/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an in-depth tour of Rome with a relatively small and manageable group of 25. Loved not worrying about transportation or standing in line for tickets. Totally enjoyed the knowledge of our tour guides. The diversity of touring historic sites followed by an Italian cooking class kept our itinerary interesting. Flexibility in our daily schedule allowed our guides to include some surprises that were not expected yet most enjoyable. Out guide Stephanie was fabulous!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting within 10-15 feet from Pope Francis!!"

Janis

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/18/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband has chronic back problems and this Rick Steves tour was a test. He did okay considering the amount of walking. We loved this tour. Nina, our guide, spoke of us being "immersed" in Rome, and from day one we were up and running. Loved the different neighborhoods and all the wonderful sights. I've always been interested in the early Roman history (2 years of Latin). This tour was so informative of the past and present. I thought I'd say "I crossed the Tiber".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose one. Standing in the Colesseum was awesome. Being in Ostia Antica was going back in time. The Borghese Museum was mind-blowing and just being in Rome and being able to turn every which way and see beauty and history was almost overwhelming. Being Catholic, viewing the Sistine Chapel, all the exquisite artisanship of the churches and works by Michaelangelo were things I only dreamed about."

David

Lunenburg, NS

Tour: 10/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour. I have traveled and lived in Germany during the 80's and 90's and did a lot of exploring on my own thru Europe. I found this tour very rewarding in that we were introduced to the city and culture right away and did not have to find our way.( no time wasted trying to fine hotel/etc) What a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time spent visiting local shops food tasting."

Laura

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 10/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We joined this tour after the Village Italy tour and two days in Florence on our own in between, so we switched gears from small towns to a big city. Staying in one hotel for a week was welcome and the Hotel Lancelot was wonderful. This tour covered alot of ground in a big city in October, which was still tourist season. Well organized, good choices from among dozens.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Church of San Clemente. An extraordinary church in its own right built on top of layers of other buildings that are visible in various areas of the church. An underground stream is audible and also visible. This church illustrates the various religions that dominated Rome over time, the ever-changing geography, and the practice of building on top of buildings rather than starting over. A second favorite was the Borghese Gallery. Gorgeous artwork with timed tickets to limit the crowd."

Anne

Powhatan, VA

Tour: 10/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! Every day was filled with a wonderful mixture of sightseeing and immersion into local Roman culture. We were able to breeze right into the most popular sights with our group and then had plenty of time to explore other parts of the city on our own. We would never have learned as much or seen as much had we not been part of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the church of San Clemente set the tone for the entire trip. I could not have truly comprehended just how much history has taken place in this one city just by reading Roman history. Seeing the ruins that spanned thousands of years, one on top of another, in this one spot brought home the realization of just how ancient our culture is and of how that culture has flourished in different times."

Linda

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a week! My friend and I walked some 75 miles on the streets of Rome, according to the app on my phone. That included the two days prior to our tour we spent acclimating and excluded our bus and subway rides. Fortunately it did not count the number of gelatos or the glasses of red wine that we consumed! The total experience: 3,000 years of history; the world's most beautiful art, from Michelangelo's masterpieces to neighborhood street art; food in 3 words: porchetta, porcini, panna cotta.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from. Our time at the Vatican was pretty amazing. Standing among thousands of others from every corner of the globe to get a glimpse of Pope Francis (and I'm not Catholic), staring up at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel as crowds milled around me and a man at the front called for "quiet," seeing Michelangelo's "Pieta" and marveling at his amazing talent, standing in the center of St. Peter's Basilica and gazing at the largest church in Christendom."

Cheryl

South Euclid, OH

Tour: 10/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour but we hope to take another one soon. The tour was nicely arranged to provide both group activities and free time for exploration. We came home tired but feeling that we had seen the best of Rome in a very short time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Bernini statues at the Borghese Galleries were stunning."

Thomas

South Euclid, OH

Tour: 10/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first experience with a Rick Steves Tour, and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Although the days were somewhat rigorous, especially getting our feet adjusted to the cobblestones throughout our walking tour of Rome, the scope and organization of the tour was truly outstanding. There was a nice balance between antiquity and the present. Nina was a pleasantly assertive taskmaster. She showed genuine warmth, charm and humor throughout our time together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was seeing the Caravaggio paintings in the elegant surroundings of the Borghese Gallery. Our local guide, Francesca, was marvelous. Her descriptions and observations of the artwork made this segment of our tour truly memorable."

Anne

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 10/18/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Nina and the local guides were terrific. The tour was well-planned and seamless. I could not have imagined a better experience in Rome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Museum and getting up close and personal with the magnificent sculptures."

Laura

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every detail was organized with consideration for those of us who have navigational challenges and did not bring our iPhones. I loved that Rainer paced us perfectly. He helped us to appreciate intellectual and sensory aspects of this great city. It was like kindergarten in the best way crossing streets and learning to ride public transportation as a group. As we gained in understanding and confidence we graduated to independence by the end of the week-it could have been 2 weeks for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente Church"

Elizabeth

Louisville, KY

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a lifetime! Well-organized, fun, educational, delicious, and enriching. We made friends with many of our tour-mates and plan to keep in touch. We received a warm welcome and outstanding customer service from Hotel Lancelot. Reiner was exceedingly prepared and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is difficult. There were so many! Top choice would have to be Reiner's "tasting tour" through Piazza Navona market, the Jewish Quarter and Trastevere area. We are still craving that warm Jewish Pizza!"

Peter

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice balance between group and "on your own" activities, which is good for people who aren't especially extroverted. On the plus side, we got right into all the headline sights. The organization and guides were superb. On the minus side, it's tough to spend so much time with a lot of people you don't know, but overall it's great for people who haven't been to a city to be able to get first class interpretation and see the highlights and some unexpected treasures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of art by Bernini, Michelangelo and Caravaggio."

Vincent

Warwick, RI

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steve's Rome tour exceeded my expectations. The tour was well organized and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. I never would have experienced Rome in the same way on my own. The hotel chosen as the base was also great. I would strongly recommend this tour for anyone interested in ancient Rome and other sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments but one of my most memorable was having the opportunity to see the Pope at the Vatican. The tour provided passes and instructions on how to get to the Vatican early in order to get the best seating."

David

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience was excellent! I liked the selection of historic and contemporary places to visit, and the mix of activities. Rome has so many options that making the right choices is critical, and I felt that the tour did it right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the best "wow" moment was on Monday with the visit to San Clemente Church: I was impressed by the 12th century church, by the 4th century one underneath and blown away by the 2nd century Temple of Mithras underneath that. It was a great place to start because it illustrated that Rome is a city with history literally at many levels. Francesca did an excellent job of explaining how this site related to much of Rome."

Laura

Lodi, CA

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hotel Lancelot exceeded my expectations in comfort, location (near the Colosseum), and wonderful staff. Loved our tour guide, Rainer, and our local guides Pablo and Francesca, who were excellent teachers. I learned so much! We kept an ideal pace. I've seen the majority of the ruins only in National Geo, to see it all in person is life-changing. On our "free" half-days, we knew exactly how to get around. We were tired but not exhausted, slept well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was amazed by being in the presence of all that ancient architecture, and awed by the scope of items on display in the Vatican museum. The Pantheon was so impressive, inside and out. I was surprised how much I loved the Bernini sculptures at the Borghese, but Francesca had brought them to life for us! She got our imaginations and curiosity going!"

John

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I told a friend I wanted to visit Rome. He said you must take a Rick Steves tour. I had never heard of Rick but took his advice and the tour was fantastic. You could never hope to accomplish so much in a week without the tour. We got right into crowded place without having to wait on long lines. We had an expert tour guide as well as expert local guides. We got to see all the major sites and still had enough time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Colosseum and the Forum was my "wow " moment because it was so well done. The history of the sites was beautifully told so that they came alive in all their grandeur but at the same time we were made as aware of the horrors and tragedies that occurred at the sites. Our local guide, Francesca Caruso, was not only a scholar but an very passionate and effective speaker. She provided information that was so essential to later parts of the tour as well."

Kathleen

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We visited the maximum number of sites possible given the number of days and the need for some free time, and the sites were the iconic ones that no one wants to miss on a tour to Rome. Tour members were all friendly, engaging, interested in getting to know the city in as much depth as possible, and that helped make the tour great. Amount of walking was not too much for me, something I had feared. Loved learning to take public transportation--bus, tram, subway.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Pantheon, which I visited twice. Somehow with Rainer's explanation I was able to imagine myself in the space with the sun coming straight down and with pre-Christian statues in every nook & cranny and with old Romans all around me. Magical!"

Jeanne

Eau Claire, WI

Tour: 10/11/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rome would be amazing no matter what group you went with. What set the Rick Steves tour apart for me was the people. My fellow tour participants were a wide mix of folks who brought energy and enthusiasm to the trip. Rainer, tour guide, was personable and funny, kept us on task and yet was laid back. Our two local guides, Francesca and Paolo, were especially good. They were committed to helping us understand Rome, rather than just showing us around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to beat the Sistene Chapel, even if I was packed in like a sardine. Still, I think attending the Pope's Wednesday blessing and audience was the most moving moment."

Becky

Novato, CA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I did not expect to be able to experience so much of Rome's history and sites in such a short amount of time. It was an incredible experience and so very well planned. I would not have been able to enjoy this experience without the expert guidance and knowledge of our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many!! The visit to the Borghese museum and experiencing the Bernini's was my favorite of the tour."

Chris

Alexandria, KY

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing trip. The city of Rome was larger than life and more than I could have imagined. Rainer and Francesca were unbelievable guides for the entire week.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our day of Ancient Rome was my favorite. From the levels of San Clemente to the larger than life colosseum to the Roman Forum. They were all amazing in their own way, and then we finished it off with a walk of our own to Palatine Hill which had the best views in the city."

Christine

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Rome and first tour experience. It was a relief not to have to plan each day and to have someone familiar with the city and knowledgeable with its history and culture guiding us.

Pamela

Naperville, IL

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'd rate my experience as enjoyable beyond my best expectations. This being my first visit to Rome, I was apprehensive about my ability to compress the richness of Italy into such a short time frame. Kudos to Rick Steves tour for giving me a robust experience that will be highly memorable for years to come. In essence, it was La Dolce Vita...marvelous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The combination of seeing the Pope, the Basilica and the Square was both a poignant and awe inspiring highlight. Indeed a "wow" moment."

Elinor

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour experience exceeded my e pertains. Rainer was a gracious, knowledgable and energetically tour guide. I would definitely reccomend this trip to friends,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. Going to the Papal audience and getting close to Pope Francesco was thrilling. I appreciate Rainer giving us this optional opportunity. Frames was a excellent tour guide for the Roman Forum and Colliseum. She provided us an outstanding in-depth experience. I was moved to tears by some of her commentary. The food tour in Travestere was a great deal of fun. The food was delicious."

Jennifer

Novato, CA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This tour was amazing! It was my first time doing a full tour package and it was worth it! Not only is everything taken care of for you, but you also get to experience Rome for what it is, a beautiful city with an amazing hitory. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and love what they are teaching you. I left knowing more than I ever thought I would learn on a vacation and yet have a thirst for more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had several "wow" moments on this tour, however, one took my breath away. I have never been an art person but I can say after seeing Bernini's statues at the Borghese Gallery, I am an art person. The feelings that came over me while starting at these hard marble statues that seemed so real and life like, where something I was not expecting. I wanted more, to know more, to feel more and to see so much more. This was the last day of our tour and the best is always saved for last."

David

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour covered an amazing amount of territory in a short period of time while still leaving moments to wander around on ones own. The strategy of having members learn to bus and use the subway leant to a quick understanding of where one was and how to get to where one wanted to go. Including history, art, and food together provided a broad palette from which to experience the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the knowledge that Rainer could apply to whatever event was occurring and particularly enjoyed Francesca moments for their love inspired intensity. Top moments were the Borghese Galleria and Saint Peters Cathedral. That's one really big church you betcha."

Christine

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I could hope for. Our guide, Rainer, was fantastic! Every time we went around a corner he seemed to have a tidbit to share with us. Francesca at the Roman forum and the Borghese gallery was really lovely and so informative and really into what she knew with her heart and soul.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the Borghese gallery there was a painting that Francesca had us look at and make an opinion then she gave us her description of the painting which really opened my eyes up to what I was looking at. Or, getting to do the Eat Italy tour which I tried to book before but they were full! Nice surprise there."

Frances

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rome in 7 Days Tour is perfect for travelers that can't quite meet the rigors of the normal bus tour: lugging luggage through the streets or up flights of stairs. This tour had just the right amount of walking. The tour included all the sights I wanted to see along with some very interesting, not-so-famous places. I have been to Rome before but this tour gave me an insight to the history of Rome that I did not have before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery! Of course, St. Peter's Basilica is always on the top of everyone's list to see, but I had been there before. I had not been to The Borghese with all its fabulous treasures."

George

Ellensburg, WA

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All aspects of the tour were well thought out and [INVALID]d. Rick Steve's said what it was going to do and followed through. Their help in preparing us for the tour was invaluable. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and helpful (as well as the hotel staff). Everyone involved were focused on us achieving our goals. The tour was well thought out and the pace was perfect. Not too strenuous. We even had time to explore other interests (as they developed from learning from the guides).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On day one, the guide (Francesca) had a unique ability to take us back in time. We could feel the years strip away as we descended down into the past of St Clemens church. This learning experience was used every day since then. Especially at the Forum. We could actually envision the daily lives of Romans thousands of years ago. What an incredible team of guides."

Jennifer

Antioch, IL

Tour: 10/04/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew that this trip was going to be good. But it far exceeded my expectations. It kept my body and mind active. I had to do very little planning, but allowed for freedom to explore. The guides were superb. I saw fellow travelers in Rome with their Rick Steves travel guide and I wanted to brag that I was on the tour!(but I didn't. Must maintain some composure) The hotel was perfect. I feel like I Left the city with a complete experience. I don't feel like I missed anything. thank you so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While so much of the tour was amazing, I literally gasped as I entered the various levels of San Clemente and began to grasp the complexity and depth of the history and foundation of the community. It is both beautiful and haunting. And it set a great foundation for our understanding of this city for the rest of the week."

Ryan

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. It had the perfect balance between structure, where you got the most out of each day, and freedom, where you had enough time to explore and relax on your own. There was zero hassle in terms of figuring out transportation, obtaining tickets for attractions, selecting an authentic place to eat, finding a good local guide, and picking a hotel that takes care of its visitors. Rick Steves built a great template for getting the most out an experience like this.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"You'd think it would be a moment such as touring the Colosseum, perusing the Roman Forum, admiring the Sistine Chapel, or even standing just feet away from the Pope, all of which were extraordinary moments, but I have to say that walking through the Borghese Gallery, with Francesca by our side, takes the cake. I actually said "wow" while she captivated us and brought the statues and paintings to life. It's like seeing, appreciating and understanding art for the very first time."

Rhonda

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a nice stay in Rome. The full week gave us plenty of time to learn about the city, see many sites and learn a lot about the amazing history. The tour was a good balance between sightseeing and cultural experiences with time on our own to explore. The guides were great. I think the best thing about this type of tour is being with other people on the trip, making new friends and sharing the trip with other travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On this tour we were lucky to have an audience with the Pope. That would have to be the biggest "wow" moment. I also enjoyed the Borghese Gallery with Francesca."

Jeri

Mountlake Terrace, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought it was excellent. Our tour guide for most of the trip was Sarah and I can't say enough wonderful things about her. You are correct in stating the amount of walking we would be doing and thank goodness I walk at least a mile every day and also play golf so that was not a problem. I thoroughly enjoyed the excursions we were doing and the info we rec'd. I felt it was a bit heavy on the museums (3 partial days) I love paintings and sculptures but felt three days was a little much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The little side trips Sarah took us on especially when we went to the local food shops and sampled the cheeses made on site and also the meats. We were able to speak with the owners and get a little education on how they process everything. Wonderful. I need to include our cooking class in this area also. FUN FUN...Everyone really bonded after this outing."

Ann

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "specialist" tour guides that were provided for the Vatican and the Coliseum and Borguese Gallery were exceptional, giving us a lot of information and focusing our attention on details we would have missed. They were also personable. It was also nice that we were given free time to explore on our own and given the necessary skills by Sarah (although we were unsure of our abilities at first to strike out on our own!)to be successful. The hotel was also great (Hotel Lancelot).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Only picking one is difficult. I'd say going to Ostia Antica was a special time learning a lot about Ancient Rome. Going down the Appian Way - think of it, actually on THE Appian Way! was another special moment. Seeing the coliseum for the first time. And visiting all the little shops sampling things in Testeverde were some of the highlights for me. Oh yes, and the Vatican museums!"

Helen

Gresham, OR

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour! The accommodations at The Lancelot Hotel were very good, especially the breakfast. The tour sites were very well-[INVALID]ed and the tour guides, Italian and American, were very knowledgable and helpful. I liked the mix of activities from ancient sites, to local Roman neighborhoods, to churches and museums, placing opposing time periods one day to the next. It was a nice number so that I was able to meet and do things with a variety of people on tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is really hard to say just one. Each day had its "wow" moment. It is too hard to compare the experience of St. Peter's with that at the Roman Forum and that of the lovely walk in the neighborhoods of "Roma". The Borghese Museum was an outstanding experience as well as the Sistine Chapel. How can I compare seeing the Pope with all of the other wonderful, overwhelming experiences in Rome?"

Janice

Los Gatos, CA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've travel the world but never was very interested in Rome. I'm so glad we took this tour. I have a totally new appreciation of Roman history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca's tours. She made Rome come alive."

Denise

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized but allowed time to rome freely on your own. Sarah was an exceptional tour guide. Her many years of experience shone through. I especially liked the guide who led us us through the Coliseum and the Borghese Gallery. The guides for the Vatican and the Catacombs were also very enlightening. The insights gained by the various guides helped make my solo trip to Florence and Venice more insightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I do not have a favorite "wow" moment. The Pantheon, the Borghese Gallery and the Sistine Chapel were highlights."

Neil

Centennial, CO

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Rome with fantastic weather.The tour provided us with a wide range of experiences from learning about the history and visiting the awe inspiring sites to sampling the local fare. We enjoyed the guidance from our overall guide Sarah along with the freedom to explore on our own. We also enjoyed making new friends and spending time with them. I also appreciated the special side tour and gelato stop at the sea that Sarah arranged for my birthday.Overall great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were fortunate enough to get a chance to see the Pope just before he came to the U.S. I was excited to get a fantastic picture of the Pope from less than 10 feet. I was also just in awe of the Coliseum which we went by every day."

Robert

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 09/06/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We visited many of the historical and outstanding historical sites in Rome but also had the opportunity to see how the modern Roman citizen lives in their neighborhoods. We were shown how to use the Metro subway system and encouraged to travel around the city in our spare time. Sarah is an absolutely outstanding guide and communicates very clearly and openly. I am ready to do it again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Borghese Museum"

Donald

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very informative and very well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"realizing was in someones home from the 4th century"

Terrance

North Hills, CA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was an eyeopener historically and culturally.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Colosseum."

Mary

Winston Salem, NC

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are so glad our son signed us up for the tour. Visiting Rome on our own would not have given us the history of the beautiful city. We could not have had better guides. Maria Cecelia made me fall in love with Rome and Francisca made me fall in love with art. Everyone we met was so friendly and helpful. We now have friends across the U.S. that we met in our tour group. I would highly recommend a Rick Steve's tour to anyone. It was well worth the money.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Sistine Chapel and the marble statues done by Bernini."

Margaret

Washington, DC

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great time on the Rome tour! The best part was our incredible guides. Francesca and Cecilia were amazing and helped me see the city in a much richer light. I also appreciated that we had a good amount of free time to do things on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente. Francesca did such a beautiful job explaining how the layers of the church are a lens through which to see the layers of Rome. It set the tone for the whole week."

James

Middletown, OH

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with the tour guide, Cecilia, and our local guides, especially Francesca. We were able to see so many sites and I really would be comfortable getting around Rome on my own now. I have not been on a guided tour in many years but would take another with your company. Your style of touring fits how I like to visit a foreign country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery was stunning, especially the Bernini statues."

Shirley

North Hills, CA

Tour: 08/30/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

1. Outstanding location of the hotel. Central to everything. Hotel staff so helpful. 2. Outstanding tour guide and local guides. Cecilia went above and beyond to help me as the only camera I brought was my iPhone 6 plus and the recharging cord failed to charge my phone on the day we went to the colloseum. She did everything to make sure I had a charging cord but I was able to find an Apple Store nearby the hotel and replace it. 3. Loved every minute! 4. Exhausting heat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Art history by Franchesca, the local guide. 2. Cecilia's arrangements for our farewell dinner with wine pairings and entertainment. 3. We had a very friendly group of travelers."

Elba

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time to travel with Rick Steves tour company. Our daughter recommended it and I'm glad we did. Everything was great, we enjoyed our time! our guide Ferdinando "Ferdi" was awesome; everything was scheduled perfect and I love the fact the they accomodated the elderly at all times. We will definetely do it again!!!!! Happy travels everyone!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"when we attended the Pope's Audience!"

Karen

Calgary, AB

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I really enjoyed myself. Rome is overwhelming. So much history underfoot.The local guides brought things to life for us. The group was great and the hotel with its proximity to Vatican City was perfect. The heat and sun put a bit of a damper on things for us. Slowed us down a bit and we found it hard to keep up with the pace of things. Days spent in Ostia Antica where we had time to ourselves to slowly wander and absorb the atmostphere were a grateful respite.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been to Vatican City once before but had chosen not to visit St. Peters...when I entered it this time my first thought (unprintable) was mind blowing! I'm still shaking my head over the grandeur of it. I went off on my own afterwards and visited the tombs underneath. Very powerful."

Jose M

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ST. PETER'S BASILICA"

Beatriz

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

VERY GOOD.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"ST. PETER'S BASILICA."

Ivan

Spring, TX

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

IT WAS ALL AWESOME!!! WE WILL DO IT AGAIN.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"VATICAN MUSEUM"

Richard

Leawood, KS

Tour: 06/07/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ferdi our tour Director was the best. His knowledge and organizational skills made the tour an excellent experience so much so that we are planning on taking the 17 day tour of Italy with him in the future. Ostia Antica and the Colloseum were our favorites although all tours were excellent. Francesca did a superb job on the Colloseum/Forum part of the tour - she's a keeper. Provided dinners were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostia/Antica gave us a real feel of ancient Rome."

Janet

Brandon, MS

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Couldn't ask for a better trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese gallery"

Vicky

Nogales, AZ

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So much history,beauty and grandeur. We had an amazing time with a lovely group and amazing guide Julian. Loved the hotel and the local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments! My favorite day was the tour of Ostia Antica and the catacombs. Just a beautiful day!"

Rick

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I'd always wanted to go to Rome but had held back because it seemed that it would be overwhelming to try alone. This ended up being an outstanding way to see and experience Rome like a local. We were first given Rome transit passes which gave us access to all modes of transport and we were immediately shown how to use them. We used them to the full extent and were able to see all of Rome. We had a great group and we hit all of the highlights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ostia Antica was quite the surprise. As good as Pompeii but without the crowds. Going to the gorgeous beach afterwards was a real plus too. Another "wow" moment we did on our own, visiting a small wine bar (Antica) which is in the RS guidebook. Sat at the bar and had great wine, great service (thanks Marco)and good food while watching the locals come and go."

Sandra

Coupeville, WA

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ostia Antica was the best part of the tour.

Emily

Newport News, VA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having a tour in a city like Rome was wonderful! I feel like I got way more than my money's worth. The tour was packed with sightseeing, yet still very relaxing due having some evenings to wonder on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I thought the Roman Forum was one of the most amazing parts of the tour. It included a little of everything you think of when you think of Rome- the best view of the Colosseum, ancient Bascillica layouts, original frescos, great examples of the cities layers, botanical gardens, museums, wide views of the city, and more. Plus Francesca is a great tour guide!"

Charles

Larue, TX

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time, but the first couple of days were a bit more arduous than we had expected. Heat plus hills plus lots of sun equals tired people! Rome reminded us of Fayetteville, Arkansas - - - everything you want to see is up a hill! The people of Rome were the friendliest we have seen on any Rick Steves tour! Other tour members were also a delight. The tour guide was excellent - - and patient!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese gallery. We have been to other world-class museums and galleries in New York, LA, London, and Paris, but the art here was "special", especially the sculpture. Most "life-like" we had ever seen. We had not expected it to be so awesome."

John

West Lafayette, IN

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great experience! We had exceptionally good guides who not only knew their information but made the stories of the area come alive. The people in the tour were delightful - cordial and easy going. I thought the schedule was excellent and the variety of activities was just right. It was a marvelous experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably walking into the Colosseum arena. I was a bit overwhelmed by the sense of history and the reality of all those who have come before us on whom we have built our lives."

Cherilyn

West Lafayette, IN

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the first Rick Steves Tour I experienced and I was not disappointed. I appreciated the balance of group and individual time. The guides' extensive knowledge made every walk interesting. I also liked the size of the group. Having experienced a tour of 40+, the group of 20 was much more enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was not so much a moment as a mounting realization. Francesca said during her first "lecture" that Rome is not so much a layered or chronological experience as it is a tapestry and throughout are threads of memory and power are woven. That was foundational for my understanding of everything from the ancient ruins we toured together to the museums we toured on our own that had various popes' names inscribed on the statues they donated."

John

Columbia, SC

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ann [INVALID]What can I say[INVALID]A dream come true! I loved being with other enthusiastic travelers. By having all of the transportation and the tickets arranged in advance, all I had to do was to sit back and soak it all in. The Lancelot was within walking distance of many sidewalk cafes, gelaterie, beautiful churches, and the Colosseum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ann--I knew that I would be impressed with Michaelangelo's work, but I had no idea that I would be so moved by Raphael's Deposition which I saw at The Borghese Gallery. John--The ability of the Romans to build a structure as large as the Colosseum so many years ago"

Stephanie

Carmichael, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the planning stages through the end of the tour everything was well organized. The welcome package and all available information from Rick Steves' got us excited for the trip and was very helpful. The hotel was very nice and in a great location. Julian was a wonderful tour guide and extremely knowledgeable. The local tour guide, Francesca, was amazing!!! All the sites, activities and meals were fantastic. Our tour members were nice and fun to share this experience with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Vatican was even more amazing that we imagined! Pictures cannot describe how it feels to actually be there. The museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican grounds are beautiful and meaningful. The Forum was also very interesting."

Jeffrey

Waldorf, MD

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide, Julian, was extremely knowledgeable in all things Rome. As were the local guides, Francesca and Paolo. All three made the tour fun as well as educational. The tour was structured well, yet allowed for a very relaxed atmosphere. I felt that I saw every important site that I had hoped to see, as well as a number of them that I did not expect. Everyone in the group got along very well. It was a great pleasure from start to finish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me that would be seeing the Coliseum. A truly amazing site, inside and outside. After that it would be the Borghese Gallery. The art there was breathtaking to say the least. Having said that, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Ostia Antica (Julian's knowledge of this area was very impressive)are all must see locations."

Randy

Waynesville, NC

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I never imagined myself as a tour person. i did not want to "follow a flag". This was my first tour ever and I am 66. But it was a great tour, with plenty of time to wander off on your own should you decide to do so. There is no way in a place like Rome you are going to be able to see what you need to see by waiting in line for 4 hours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the Pantheon. I know it should have been some other place like the Sistine Chapel, but the way the light came into that large room was just amazing to me."

Monica

Snow Camp, NC

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I knew what to expect because it was my 4th RS Tour. I like the size of the group, hotel, the mix of group and individual time and the guides. RS provides the type of tours that are just right for me. I am already thinking of which tour will be my next!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but a couple stand out. After we finished the Forum tour with Angelica, we climbed to the view point from Palatine Hill. The view was amazing and after hearing her explain the setting we were able to "see" the Rome of 2,000+ years ago. The other "wow" moment was being in St Peter's Square during his noon Sunday papal blessing. Even though I don't understand Italian it was exciting being there and seeing and hearing the crowds reaction."

Sharon

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 6th Rick Steves tour and it was another wonderful trip. I had been to Rome before for just a couple of days, so it was great to spend a full week and see all the sights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente...it was fascinating."

Linda

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time. Rome is awesome. Interesting group of people. Julian was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michael Angeles Pieata."

Barry

Lake Tomahawk, WI

Tour: 05/10/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a perfect blend of scheduled and free time; and the metro pass (with instructions), street map and central location of the hotel allowed us to fit right into the local scene.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Roman Forum."

Joayne

Salisbury, MD

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderfully organized experience. Tour guide Susanna was very attuned to needs of guests. Readily gave advice on "what to do if..." , how to exchange money, where to eat, lent me a small bag to use rather than my sling bag, waited while we were "gift shopping". Tour sites were wonderfully diverse, and specialty guides added extensive knowledge and varied self experiences. (Francesca and Paulo). Alot of walking was perfect! Buses very comfortable and clean.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really loved the serenity and openess of Ostia Antica"

Barbara

Topeka, KS

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Susanna did a terrific job of orienting us to the basics so we felt confident exploring on our own. I especially appreciated her attention to showing us many hidden spots (outside of the typical tourist spots on everyone's list). The walking tours we took with her were excellent! I think she used great judgement for our group in choosing to have the farewill dinner in the hotel as there were some in our group who had been ill and/or would not have ventured out for the evening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Will try to narrow it down to 2. One is the excellent job Susanna and Francesca did of helping us to grasp the span of history seen in Rome. The other is the outstanding tours by Paolo and Alesandra of the Vatican and Borghese museums."

Cheryl

Maple Grove, MN

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall we had a wonderful experience in Rome. It was a well rounded tour with a mix of historical sites and local culture and lifestyle. All of our guides were outstanding and Suzanna our main guide made it great fun. We also met a great group of people in our tour. The hotel was also a great home base. The location and ambiance was wonderful. We came away with a great love of Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peter's Basilica was the "wow" moment for me. It was so beautiful. I especially loved Michael Angelo's Pieta. It's beaTuty was overwelling to me. Our tour guide Paolo also made it very special with his expert views and understanding of it's history and art."

Vicki

Lewisville, TX

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was fun to be in Rome during it's 2,783rd birthday. And, it was really great to have a tour guy like Suzanna who is so knowledgeable and passionate about her city. Rome is overwhelming, after all there IS a LOT of history there -- but Suzanna made it more understandable. Everyone has heard of the coliseum, St. Peter's Basilica, and aqueducts, but to see those things and realize that those facilities were built without using power tools, superglue, or overhead cranes is remarkable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The art and statuary in Rome is without doubt some of the most famous artistic endeavors, but my Wow moment was seeing the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica -- especially the Pieta."

Jerry

Missoula, MT

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

"Rome in seven days" was an incredible experience helped primarily by the local guides provided on this tour: Susanna, our weeklong leader, Francesca, our knowledgeable guide through the Colosseum and the Forum, and Paolo, the guide at St. Peter's and the Vatican Museum. All the guides were patient yet strict, willing to answer all sorts of questions, well educated, well spoken, and compassionate about the subjects they discussed. We came away with a better understanding of an amazing city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several vow moments: of course, the Colosseum and the Forum...walking by the spot where Julius Caesar's body lay...and also the Vatican, especially the papal audience on Wednesday...standing two feet from Pope Francis as he drove by in his Popemobile and stopped to hold up and kiss a child right in front of us!"

Terri

New Hope, MN

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great. The hotel was very nice and the hotel staff was very polite and helpful. My husband requested ice for his knee almost everyday which the hotel staff gladly provided. Susanna, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable about Rome, and experienced in handling tour groups and situations that came up. We had the right amount of scheduled activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Vatican City."

Wanda

Enumclaw, WA

Tour: 04/19/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of my. best decisions I ever made.This was the 1st trips out of the country before. Your group leaders put me completely at ease and I loved it.I learned so much about Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's square"

Weather

Italy / Rome

Planning Tips

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

Trip Resources

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

Transportation

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your tour hotel, as well as contact information for your hotel in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

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

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

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

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

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

Sightseeing On Your Own

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

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

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

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

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

Packing

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