• 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

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2020

    • Mar 15–Mar 21 (Su–Sa)
    • $1,995 + 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

Tamela

Saint Joseph, MI

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nina was very professional and full of energy. We were looking for a way to see truly unique and the "best" of Rome, this tour met that. Surprisingly, the things we did that were not on the top ten to see, where above average! Everyday was full of surprises and great experiences. I believe the fact that we were in Rome in November was a huge benefit. And I personally was hoping for a small group, this group of 12 was almost too small, especially with 5 being from one family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two WOW moments... Seeing Pope Francis at the Wed Audience was more than a WOW! If we had not had that opportunity my WOW was seeing and hearing about Bernini's Sculptures."

Patricia

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Italy. I can't think of a better way to see Rome than with your tour. I would have been overwhelmed trying to plan even half of what we did on this tour.

Shelby

Millsboro, DE

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another amazing Rick Steves tour! Well planned and thought out. I love that the tours are designed for one to see the most sought after places within the region of the tour and also offering lots a free time to explore on your own. The hotel was lovely and the staff were amazing. Even throwing us a Halloween Dinner Party!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ruins at Ostia Antica were incredible. Such history to be walking among these ruins."

Leticia

Stillwater, OK

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first trip to Europe and it was more enjoyable than I ever expected. I'm so happy it was on a Rick Steves tour. Our guide seemed so experienced with a group our size, twenty-four of us. He made it easy for me to feel comfortable exploring the city on our own. Saw more beautiful things and places than I ever had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing how ancient Rome is and being able to still see and touch it."

Kevin

Moneta, VA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect balance between guided sites, local eateries, and free time. Incredible local guides knew their stuff, how to communicate it and how to maneuver their group around the busy venues to maximize your time. The provided weekly transit pass and training on how to get around on the Metro and bus system made it easy and cheap to explore on your own. Feel like we saw and learned a lot about Ancient Rome, the religious sites, Renaissance & today's Rome. Loved hotel and service.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to say as it was a series of wow moments. Loved the Colosseum, St Peters, Pantheon, Borghese and the food tour was special."

Diane

Green Bay, WI

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 2ed RS tour and it was fantastic! The location, staff and quality of our hotel, Hotel Lancelot, was great...I would stay here again and recommend it to friends. Our RS guide, Rainer, was a wonderful teacher and really made the trip fun all the while keeping us safe. The local guides were fantastic; their knowledge and passion for Rome was evident. There was plenty of free time built in the week so I didn't feel I couldn't keep up or become exhausted and not enjoy the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had been to Rome before so I had seen the Colosseum and Vatican, so although I learned so much on the tour about the biggies I didn't get the same Wow that I did the 1st time. So it was the side trip to Ostia Antica that really impressed me. I am so glad that was part of the tour. I also took a side trip to Pompeii (not a RS tour) so it was great to compare."

Mark

North Oaks, MN

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of Rome was great. We enjoyed the mix of structured and free time. We felt that the trip had a nice balance of Ancient Rome, Italian Art, Italian Art and religious Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the multilayered San Clemente has to be my WOW moment. It was fascinating to see how a 12 century church was built on a fourth century basilica. In turn the fourth century basilica was built on a Roman temple."

Elizabeth

Miami Springs, FL

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I don't think anything could have been improved upon. Unfortunately, I was astounded by the number of tourists, which seemed to be a human river in the Vatican Museums and the Borghese Gallery. I won't be returning to Rome again, and value my previous two trips there as there were far fewer tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery never ceases to amaze me."

Dennis

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We covered a lot of ground and learned a lot about Rome. Can't see it being presented any better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't actually pick out any favorite "wow" moment. We were sponges absorbing new and amazing experiences every day."

Susan

Evergreen, CO

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I booked this tour with Rick Steves because it would cover all we wanted to see in Rome. It proved to be the right move. Rainer was very well versed on the history of Rome and gave us information on ways of local living and how to get around the city. He was an excellent guide. As well, Francesca and Paulo were excellent guides.

Majid

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Mithra temple"

Robert

Hartwell, GA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rainer was a fantastic guide. Great command of Italy's history and has a great sense of humor. The guest guides were passionate knowledgeable and patient. Overall a great experience I highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We took the subway from the train station and popping out of the underground to the view of the Colosseum was our first vision of Rome. Walking into the Colosseum from the tunnel the gladiators used was awe inspiring. The tour of the Basilica di St. Clemente really set the tone for the week in Rome in terms of understanding the ancient history of the city. Getting within 20 feet of the Pope was also worth the chilly early morning taxi ride to the Vatican."

Kathleen

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente was the best because of the layered history Borghese Gallery was the second. but really, the whole experience was a wow because we really were part of Rome."

Sylvia

Greenbrae, CA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first RSE tour; I did not know what to expect. I was surprised that about half the guests were first-timers also. I thought there would be more repeaters. I was glad to find another woman solo-traveler and we buddied up, eating all non-included dinners together. If I were the only solo-traveler, it would have been a very lonely experience. In October, it was dark by 6:30 and I was happy to not have to walk to restaurants for dinner by myself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Pope in his Wednesday AM 'audience'. Not an included part of the tour, but we had the AM to ourselves and this was available to us."

Marian

Hartwell, GA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very organized. I was pleased with the quality and knowledge of the guides. So much fun! I can't wait to plan the next one!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the church of St Clements. We built so much of the things that we learned there into the rest of our experience. Loved the passion of Francesca!"

Mikael

Pawtucket, RI

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rome tour was phenomenal from start to finish! We walked all over town and I feel that I know the layout of Rome as well as my home town. We had free time to explore. If I could do one thing differently, it would be to have a picnic in the Borghese gardens after the tour of the museum and spend the afternoon riding bikes through the park.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment about he Eternal City was when I saw a Renaissance painting of Rome and the Colosseum was a ruin like it is now. I really got a sense of how ancient the times were when it was intact. The Pantheon is remarkable for being over 1800 years old!"

Mark

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour and the immersion in Rome. What a fabulous city! We particularly liked the pacing of the tour, i.e., museums one day with the nxt day being more experiential. We really enjoyed the other people on our tour, who became fun and interesting tour companions. Everyone had an open, friendly attitude which really enhanced the tour for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were only highlights so it's hard to pick just one. Seeing the Colosseum lit up at night was spectacular! What a welcome to an amazing city. I really loved the Ancient Rome Day of the tour."

Audrey

Arlington, VA

Tour: 10/13/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have been to Europe before, but not for a while and never on a tour. What a fabulous choice to go with a Rick Steves group! Lovely hotel in a great neighborhood, excellent pacing, good mix of group/independent time. The guides informed and deepened our experience in ways we could never have achieved on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to pick? There were so many! The ancient Rome tour, guided by Francesa, would have to be it. She brought ancient Rome alive, opened my eyes to details, and made our visit to the ancient sites so meaningful. What a rich experience to be guided through the past by such a sensitive and knowledgeable Roman. Also loved the night-time stroll the first evening!"

Phil

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful exploration of Rome, from ancient ruins to modern food markets. Out guide, Ben, was amazingly knowledgeable about the city, and its ancient and modern inhabitants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery was astounding, and the guide that led us through it brought the art to life for us."

Donna

N Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all, Ben was a great tour guide, easy going, spending his free time taking us places, advice on restaurants, etc. The most enjoyable trip I've taken in a while.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"might have been the Borghese gallery; again tour guide was very good"

Jennifer

Huntington, IN

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After fighting for years to get a passport his was my first trip outside the US so I had high expectations. RS and Ben did not disappoint! The group size of 20 was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed vacationing with each person. Typically we would avoid a group trip but since this was our first experience traveling overseas we decided to embrace the idea. We were pleasantly surprised at all the extras that were added to the schedule. The free time permited us to explore & learn more

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How does one picked a favorite? Everyday we had new experiences that were unique. Art, History, Architecture, Culture, Religion, Food, and Community. We traveled over my birthday. Ben was so thoughful he gave me birthday card, a Roma calendar, and taught the group to sign happy birthday to me in Italian. Perhaps the biggest wow is that after 7 days I feel I know Rome well enough that I could take someone there and show them the city."

Richard

Novato, CA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although my wife and I have been to Europe before to visit relatives, we don't consider ourselves "experienced" travelers and this was our first Rick Steves tour. It exceeded our expectations, the perfect balance (for us) between "hand-holding" and free time. It gave us the confidence to venture out on our own to Orvieto (which was beautiful) after the tour ended. I would definitely recommend your tours to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one but seeing the Bernini sculptures at the Borghese gallery was stunning. I have long admired these in books and on-line, but to see the delicacy and detail in person was amazing. I also had a very emotional reaction to the Pieta in St. Peters."

Graciela

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have never been on a long tour. And I had my doubts about it, since we are supposed to spend time with people we have never met. I have to admit that our group was marvelous. All the members were kind, friendly and supportive of each other. No problems whatsoever, the main tour guide was ready to help us at any time. The Italian tour guides were very knowledgeable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ben, the tour guide, took us to the Mediterranean Sea, and bought us ice cream. It was unexpected."

Tom

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After hours of confusing and contradictory research trying to plan a trip to Rome, we threw up our hands and made one decision: Trust Rick Steves! This was our first fully guided tour; and it exceeded my expectations in every measure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was ready to be disappointed that we wouldn't be touring Pompeii, but the trip to Ostia Antica gave us a close-up look at life for the average citizen, and was a pleasant escape from the crowds and bustle of the rest of the week."

Michele

Redondo Beach, CA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well informed local guides. Very positive energy throughout the tour. Personalized attention. Excellent instruction on use of public transportation.

Michele

Cambridge, MA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so well run and very interesting. No waiting in lines. All good

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were able to get really close to see the Pope as he rode around the Vatican grounds"

Vivian

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was a good experience a great way to get to see a learn about Rome. Ben did a good job in guiding us and the other specialized guides provided a lot of knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca and her knowledge and way to look at Architecture, sculpture and paintings. Provided a new dimension on the experience."

Gregory

Brawley, CA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben was a terrific tour guide. I learned more independent travel skills. Francesca, Ludovi a and Paolo were excellent museum guides. Ben knew exactly where to stand to get closest to Il Papa during the papal audience. The "front of the line" experience was just perfect. Especially liked the owners of Hotel Lancelot. They were dry gracious and accommodating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Papal audience was my favorite wow moment. Seeing the religious leader of a billion people was impressive."

James

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The "personal" touches, the extra guides (from and living in Rome), the knowledge of the area and sites was beyond excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was the whole week. Our guide took interest in each person in our group, took time to make sure we knew how to get around on our own, what to do and how to do it."

James

Galena, MD

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Ben, was terrific. Funny, knowledgeable and always helpful. We saw what I wanted to see and do! Ben was a great facilatator and always was on top of what we were doing. I think we saw the high points of what I wanted to experience. Bringing in Paolo and Francesca to tour the Forum and Colloseum along with the churches and the Borghese Museum was a real plus! They brought the art and history of Rome alive! The churches of Rome were awe inspiring!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed so many things we did! So cool to go into the neighborhood shops and sample the foods! Got goosebumps when Francesca brought us in to the Colloseo the way the Gladiators came in! The side by side existence of goodness and evil as part of everyday life in ancient Rome. The churches were so beautiful and the Bernini sculpture at the Villa Borghese was so lifelike! So, I didn't have just one "wow" moment!"

Grete

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish this tour was absolutely amazing. Our days were seamlessly organized, filled with information, and peppered with authentic experiences. Our guide, Ben, was fantastic. He was lighthearted, knowledgeable, organized, and fun. The local guides were also amazing and added an additional layer to enlighten and inspire us along the way. Francesca had such a unique and approachable style that made the art and architecture so accessible. I would most certainly recommend a tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If only I were able to name just one wow moment. Strolling through the Forum with Francesca activating our imaginations to picture life in ancient Rome. Studying the sculptures at the Borghese was so moving, I would have never approached the art this way without her guidance. I loved strolling down the streets, eating amazing local treats on our food tour...I loved just about everything!"

Edward

Centralia, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled in Europe using RS guide books, and did a RS tour in Greece 11 years ago, so our expectations were high. This tour exceeded them all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Basilica San Clement – literally going back in time as we descended the steps. The experience was heightened by our guide Francesca (see below)."

Carol

Hollywood, FL

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had such an amazing time in Rome!! The tour was fantastic and no waiting time to get in. Ben was awesome!! He was very knowledgeable and a great sense of humor?? The local tour guides were great too. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can'the pick a favorite moment. The whole trip was spectacular!!"

Cynthia

Centralia, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fast-paced week of learning and adventure. Ben was an amazing guide who kept us on track, surprised us with new adventures, introduced us to Italian food, transportation, history and culture. Loved the tours, the meals together and the adventures of trying new things.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Three things stand out: 1: Visiting San Clement Basilica, getting to see the Pope up close and the food tour in Trastevere."

Geraldine

Yardley, PA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rome was always a dream of mine from a child. It took a long time to realize such a dream so my expectations were high. Well, the experience was exceeded!! Everything about this trip was amazing. From the tours (& guides!!) to the accommodations & food. Ben our guide was such a pleasure. He, and all the guides throughout were so knowledgeable & fun to be with! The tour encompassed all I wanted to see & learn about! Also, new friends. A truly memorable experience. Thank you

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Blown away at the Borghese museum. The Bernini statue of the man carrying his father & his son holding onto his leg, truly brought tears to my eyes."

Brenda

Springfield, OH

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first European tour experience, so I have nothing to compare it to, however I would say that my expectations were met....and more! Rome has been a dream of mine for years, but looking at going on our own was very intimidating for us. We wanted to focus on Rome, and not spend time moving from place to place. When we found the 7 day best of Rome tour, it sounded perfect. Our goal was to see the "big" sites with a tour, and then stay another week on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into St. Peter's Basilica was unforgettable. We went back the next week, when we were on our own, and I think that sight would never grow old."

Philip

Springfield, OH

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful time with a very seasoned guide who took excellent care of everyone on the tour. Hotel and staff were outstanding and went out of their ay to make our visit exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viaiting St Peters. The local food and History."

Mike

North Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From day one till the last day was just amazing. Ben was super and did an amazing job. Each day was planned well and was full of excitement. Ben was so helpful and his knowledge was amazing. He made everyone feel special. The group tour, the guides, hotel, food. What can I say but It was a life time adventure, and thanks to Ben and everyone associate with Rick Steves tour. THANKS! A dream come true!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have to say seeing the Pope and able to get a nice picture was great but the truth is the whole seven days with everyone and the locals, food sites with guides was a WOW! I could not have had a better adventure of Rome. I just loved it."

Jim

Oro Valley, AZ

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An outstanding whirl wind tour of Rome; all of the sites visited and presented by Ben were perfect for a 7 day tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose from, but our tour of the Galleria Borghese was my highlight. Our local tour brought "life" to all of the pieces of art that we viewed; it has motivated me to learn more regarding art appreciation."

Cheryl

Jackson, MI

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful from the meet-and-greet meeting to our farewell dinner..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments that it's difficult to choose only one. For me, visiting the Borghese Gallery had to be the highlight. It was exciting to see the beautiful sculptures in person. Our guide Francesca was amazing. We were able to experience so much more as she provided excellent commentary on the sculptures and paintings."

Molly

Oro Valley, AZ

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful guides. Well balanced itinerary. Enriching experiences with great people. Our hotel was in a great location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Borghese Gallery. Followed closely by our first night group dinner."

Lisa

North Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. I LOVED IT!!! The museums, basilicas, ruins, art galleries, the Colosseum, Vatican, catacombs, landscape, sea. It was all breathtaking. And the food was delicious! We enjoyed how walkable Rome was. Loved the thought of walking on the same stone paths as people did thousands of years ago. The people in our group were AMAZING! It was a nice blend of ages, personalities and experiences. The tour of Rome was wonderful. What I was looking for and then some :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borgese Gallery housed some of the most beautiful artistry I have ever seen! Bernini is my new favorite artist. After that tour, Ben took those of us who were interested for a walk through the gardens and to a place that overlooked the city. It was beautiful! My husband and I have picture taking contests (although he won't admit it because he copies my spots!) and we got some wonderful pictures there. I told Ben he was at the top of my list of favorite people that day. :)"

Geraldine

Gretna, LA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip was wonderful. We were 4 members of our family touring Rome, we called it a sister trip. We saw everything described in tour material and more. Ben, our guide, was great. He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and kind to all members of our tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to the Vatican, it's museums, church art, St Peter's Basilica were all amazing. In fact, we kept saying we needed a new word for the Amazing, Awesome places we were seeing."

Karen

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the trip was exceptional: food, lodging, tours, tour leaders, participants, timing, promptness, sight planning and execution. Using public transportaion was very helpful in learning how to get around on our own for free time. Tips from the guides on culture, food, other sights and activities was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery and the food tour."

Norman

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very relaxing with an excellent itinerary of key points of interest. Each day was different and we did more than just focus on the high profile ruins like the colosseum. Local guides were top notch professionals; each having a wealth of knowledge. It was like taking a college level course in ancient history. Ben was excellent. We knew we were in good hands with his guidance. His low key style and excellent sense of humor made everyone confident that each day would be a success.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Borghese Gallery was the icing on the cake at the end of the tour. Incredible art with our own private expert guide to help us appreciate many things that most people would easily miss when observing a masterpiece."

Ellen

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an absolutely delightful week in Rome with this tour! Not only was our tour group guide/ leader for the week exceptional in his local knowledge, helpfulness, promptness and ability to keep the groups moving harmoniously while honoring the differences in those traveling with us, the local expert specialty tour guides were all so knowledgeable- each was a subject matter expert!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through the Borghese gardens and grounds after the art tour of Borghese Museum at the villa, then walking up to the terrace overlook- it was our last full day and I looked around- most of us were all enjoying the moment with at least one or two people other than the individual(s) who had been the people we came with- such a sense of newly facilitated friendships and camaraderie had been fostered and facilitated all week, it was easy to feel the love!"

Linda

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As this was my first Rick Steves tour, I really have nothing to compare it with. Therefore the very good rating vs outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Literally everything!!"

Lucia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful to have a visit to Rome well orchestrated. Perfect of attractions mixed with visits to neighborhoods. Personable, well informed guides who made the attractions come to life. Perfect balance of group time and personal time. Great introduction to local food.

James

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another (#4) outstanding RS tour. Loved how this tour hits major sights but starts with a visit at the amazing San Clemente where there were almost no tourists. Nice balance of scheduled activities and time on our own. Karin, our guide, was friendly, knowledgeable and well organized. Like the guidebooks, all of her tips/suggestions were spot on. And the sight-specific guides may be the best part of this tour. Hotel Lancelot is a top-notch hotel with great staff and convenient location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one but probably the Borghese Gallery tour with Francesca Caruso. Her storytelling makes the art come alive and have meaning. Enjoyed learning about the idea that Rome is a historical "lasagna" and then seeing one example after another."

Mikhail

Plymouth, MN

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I can't really think of anything we would change. There were no hitches along the way with the planned schedule, and all the guides were right on time and very friendly and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Galleria Borghese and Vatican Museums - based on presentation provided by the local guides!"

Donna

Dublin, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

The reason I chose a tour over planning it myself was based on two previous RS tours within the past year, both of which were outstanding. The included meals were excellent and we were never concerned about transportation. For most of this tour, we had to find our own way back to the hotel or to the metro - it would have been nice if our guide offered the option to walk anyone who was interested over to the metro. This tour only had two dinners included. In the future, I'll plan my own trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Found the San Clemente church to be fascinating - the 4th century church underneath and the pagan temple were amazing!"

Mary Beth

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As with our two previous RS tours the last two years, I learned and experienced more that I expected. It was at times overwhelming but in a most positive way. I'm glad we planned an additional two nights in Rome both before and after the tour. So much to see, take in, digest, appreciate. The tour was a perfect way to be introduced to the many aspects and layers (the lasagna) of Rome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From a learning/understanding/experience basis, our first day tour of the Basilica of St Clement with Elaria was a "wow" moment, introducing me to the many layers of Roman history. My "wow" moment for art was The Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio in San Luigi dei Francesi, which we saw in our free time. My favorite activity was the Trastavere food tour: great guide, great food, and a special treat to interact with several of the business owners."

Joanne

Estero, FL

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The visit to old Rome was an incredible and rewarding experience. To see the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon and Palatine Hill was something never to be forgotten. Visits to the "newer" sites like the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and all the other churches and art museums were also spectacular. We had a great group to travel with and we meshed quickly. Our local guides except one were outstanding. Plenty of free time to do other sites not included on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Obviously it would be easy to list any other the afore mentions sites but we really enjoyed our guided trip through the Borghese Gallery and the insights shared by our local tour guide."

Anne

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We are glad that we did Rome through a Rick Steves tour. I was skeptical about whether we "needed" a tour group, as we've traveled elsewhere in Europe just fine on our own. But Rome is crowded, confusing and complicated, and we were glad to have a tour guide to help us navigate. For example, we would have spent many hours standing on line for both the Vatican museums and getting into St. Peter's, so we would not have been able to view both in one day without this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were pleased to learn that our guide had snagged tickets for us to attend the Vatican Square audience with the Pope. We didn't know this was even an option as part of the tour. It was an unexpected highlight of the trip."

Steven

Long Beach, IN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steves team and the experience was outstanding. The tour structure provided us the opportunity to get to know Rome's history, evolution and culture as a group and allowed for further personal immersion during the ample free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The guided tour of ancient Rome with Francesca. She gave a voice to the stones allowing us to not only understand the ancient city but of the people who built and used these structures."

Rose

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were surprised and pleased at how easily we learned to get around on our own in Rome. We do not travel a lot, but with the fabulous support from the hotel personnel and our guide Karin, we felt like experienced travelers. We also thought there was a good balance of tour time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Peter's Basilica. We prepared for the trip by doing an online course on Michelangelo, but seeing the Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in person blew us away. I could have spent a couple of hours just sitting there."

Gabriela

Yuba City, CA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time!

Brian

Romeo, MI

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 7 day tour of Rome gave me in depth experience including Ancient Rome, history, art and food. Events and history that I'd only read about came to life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring The Coliseum, Ancient Rome, The Roman Forum. On personal time, I saw Michelangelo's Moses at St. Peter in Chains, as recommend in the RS book. These were the most memorable "wow" experiences for me."

Cindy

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an excellent adventure I had on my tour with your company from the minute I arrived until the minute I departed. Karin did an outstanding job ensuring we were all comfortable, informed and happy! What else could I ask for? I loved every minute of my experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The fact that Karin took time out of her day to get our entire tour group tickets to the Papal Audience on September 11th. Another situation that stood out in my mind was when we had two member of our tour group get separated and she ensured that they were safe and they were able to meet up with us at our next stop!"

Linda

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was such a wonderful tour in so many ways. Well organized, good communication from Karin, excellent local guides, comfortable hotel, and good food! Karin was so friendly and knowledgeable and wanted to share her love of Italy with us all. The local guides knew the details about the places we visited and the art, but they also shared their philosophies about the Romans and their approach to life in ancient times. I appreciated that. It was also fun learning to use public transit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Seeing the Pope up close! 2. Seeing opera singers and a chamber orchestra perform. 3. Riding a 4 person bike in the Borghese Gardens. 4. Seeing the Colosseum and St. Peters from my hotel room! 5. The statues in the Villa Borghese."

Anne

Bruce Twp, MI

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 7 - Day tour of Rome was outstanding. It was well organized, with a good balance between tour and free time. The for tour helped us understand Rome, unfolding day by day with wonders of history from the ancient to the bustling modern-day city. Our tour guide, Karin Kibby, was exceedingly gracious, assuring group cohesion and organization, creating a tour "family". The tour guides for individual sites were deeply knowledgable and easy to understand.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"General Audience with Pope Francis on September 11, 2019. We were lucky that the Pope was hosting the Audience during our tour, Karin helped those of us who wanted to go get tickets and reversed the day's schedule in order to cover the tour schedule that afternoon. Being in St. Peter's Square with our friends from the tour made the experience especially meaningful. Unforgettable."

Edward

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous experience with a great group and skillful leadership. Exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning to maneuver the city, esp rapid transit"

Linda

Long Beach, IN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the afternoon our tour began to the last day our experiences were absolutely amazing. Karen did an excellent job organizing to the last detail and presenting us with the astounding history of Rome. Giving us the knowledge of the transportation systems during our first tour gave us the confidence to explore independently. We loved that each day gave us the opportunity to explore diversely different experiences, from ancient Rome to a food tour. We came home with so many incredible memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be our guide Francesca who covered our San Clemente, Coliseum and Forum tours. I will forever remember the heart she gave to each of these ancient areas, giving us the perspective of being a Roman citizen living during these times, at one point moving me to tears with her descriptions. She has an incredible gift of sharing her passion for the people's stories from the history of these areas."

Holly

Lago Vista, TX

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I arrived a day prior to the tour start and did a little sightseeing on our own. We saw some amazing things, but it wasn't until our tour began that we could begin to grasp the true meaning of what we were seeing. Having tour guides who could explain the architecture, the history and the stories behind the marvelous sights made my trip to Rome absolutely wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two. The visit to San Clemente church was where I first began to understand how seamlessly the past and present were integrated into the city of Rome. The other was the visit to the Borghese Gallery where I fell in love with the intricate sculpture "Apollo and Daphne"."

Jonathan

Saline, MI

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful. From the guidance in preparation to the connections when we arrived (pre-tour), through the entire week and when we extended beyond the tour. Just the right amount of guidance without being intrusive, condescending or smothering.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The quality of the guides. So many "wow" moments, but many of them were facilitated or enabled by the guides, so the guides get the biggest "wow" credit!"

Michael

Campbell, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Highly educated and passionate tour guides enthusiastically shared their knowledge and opened our eyes to the many many layers of the Eternal City. We paid for a guided tour but got so much more. It was immersive and that is just what I had hoped for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente Basilica. Top level: 12 century Byzantine church. Rediscovered in the 1860's due to a loose tile, a 4th century church complete with large frescoes and tomb of St Cyril, inventor of Cyrillic alphabet has been unearthed. And beneath that, a 1st century altar to pagan god Mitheros with a still functioning water system and ancient Roman alleys. It's all excavated and there for us to retrace steps of the ancients. Wow."

Janet

Canton, GA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Going on this tour changed our approach on how to do travel. Packing light, being active, tour guides that go deeper, and travelling with a small group of people that you want to hang out with. It was our first Rick Steve's Tour and yes, we would do it again. Especially going to Rome, which would have been overwhelming without the guidance and reservations and showing us around. Some of the days were hard, even a bit too hard with all the walking. But, it was the trip of a lifetime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Rome is full of wow. Hard to choose one moment. But, our tour guide told us that Mass at St Peters Basilica was starting in 10 minutes and anyone could just walk up to the guard and ask to be let in and we did. I wept. Sitting there in all that spiritual grandeur everything inspiring and so big. I survived cancer last year, so the entire trip was about gratitude and not missing out and that day was it."

Patrick

Richland, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have always wanted to see Rome and the trip did not disappoint. Old means different things to the Italians. Nina and Francesca were great guides. They made the city easy to move round in. The Forum, Colosseum, the neighborhoods, were all excellent. I did not think I would see and hear from the Pope while visiting the Vatican, but I was wrong. It was an inspiring moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are many to choose from, but #1 was probably seeing and hearing the Pope speak on Wednesday morning. He was probably 8 feet away when he made the rounds through the crowd. Second would have to be the Colosseum which is such an engineering marvel. Francesca made you feel what it would have been like to attend a session as a spectator or participant. She made you feel the plight of the slaves. Romans were not nice people if you were not a citizen."

John

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Good location for hotel, close to transportation and important sites.

Catherine

Sherwood Park, AB

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely well organized and educational. Pace was not as difficult as I had anticipated and the local guides were exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"San Clemente Church. Although other locations may have offered a more 'wow' experience, the timing of San Clemente Church (first full day) set the stage for all other sites. The guide was exceptional in explaining the building of Rome through the ages. I feel like I not only had a tour, but learned so much."

Diane

Temecula, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The 7 day tour of Rome was what I expected and more. Nina, our guide, was FANTASTIC! There is a lot of free time built into the tour to explore on your own. Nina was very helpful with suggestions as to what to see that was not on the tour. This is the first tour that showed you how to use public transportation that was extremely helpful. The hotel was centrally located and the staff was WONDERFUL. I would stay at the Lancelot again when in Rome. The activity scale was also helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Basilica San Clemente was my "wow" moment. Seeing the 3 layers of Rome was really interesting, especially since I am a visual person. My second "wow" moment was the food tour. That was a lot of fun and the pork we had was FANTASTIC. I tried things I probably would not have tried. Didn't care much for the potatoe pizza......"

Diane

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Great experience, Nina was also great. Enjoyed all the sites and info we received.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the Vatican"

Robert

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well run tour as usual, great new experiences and nice people to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Pope and the Borg. museum."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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.

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"!"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

David

Haverhill, MA

Tour: 04/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome city!! Visually stimulating!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St Peters Basilica"

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."

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."

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!!!!"

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.

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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)"

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."

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.?"

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."

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."

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.

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."

Diane

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 12/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful way to see Roma

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine Chapel"

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

Leanne

Grand Junction, CO

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Teresa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Timothy

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 11/18/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

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.

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"

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.

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."

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."

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."

Tammy

Lenexa, KS

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jan

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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"."

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."

Kevin

New Orleans, LA

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Ann

Austin, TX

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

Peggy

Richmond, VA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janis

St Paul, MN

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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.. ??"

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."

Elizabeth

Stoneham, MA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Rene

Nashville, TN

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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.

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."

Carol

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Interesting and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Saint Peters Bacillica"

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."

Christina

Eugene, OR

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Susan

Mount Laurel, NJ

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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)."

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."

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"

William

Fairport, NY

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Roxann

Manzanita, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Patti

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Jane

Guilderland, NY

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Francesca was great, loved the food tour."

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."

Debbie

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Thomas

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Mary

Fullerton, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Kelly

Bend, OR

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The forum was amazing."

Patricia

Dripping Springs, TX

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Maxine

Kearney, NE

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

Charles

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food tour."

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."

When To Go & Weather

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

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's hotel is included in your tour confirmation email as well as in the Itinerary section of your 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.