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Best of Rome in 7 Days Tour

from $2,295 per person + air

Single Supplement $575

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Our Rome tour serves up Europe's most intoxicating brew of dazzling art, earth-shaking history, and city life with style. On this Rome vacation, your tour guide will resurrect the grandeur of ancient Rome's Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, and nearby Ostia Antica. From the Renaissance and Baroque eras, you'll marvel at St. Peter'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!

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What's Included

You'll get at least 16 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

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

  • 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

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Rome come alive for you
  • All group transportation during the week in and around Rome
  • 6 nights' accommodations in a memorable, centrally located hotel
  • All breakfasts and 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
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2021
  • 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

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rome

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

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

Day 2: Ancient Rome

After breakfast, we'll 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 an even older 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).

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

Day 3: Neighborhood Rome

This morning we'll take a more intimate look at Rome, with a Vespa-dodging walking tour through our guide's favorite neighborhood. Then we'll 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'll have a free evening to make your own neighborhood discoveries.

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

Day 4: 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.

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

Day 5: Day Trip to Ostia Antica

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

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

Day 6: Rome's Baroque Treasures

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

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

Day 7: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Linda

Redmond, WA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an absolutely wonderful experience! Thank you so much!! Seeing the ruins that are 2000 years old, walking in the same ancient footsteps and hearing the stories that accompany the site bring the full picture to mind. The hotel amenities were clean, the bedroom quiet with fresh laundered sheets for a great night sleep, the attention to cleanliness and small details was remarkable, and the morning breakfast was plentiful with a great variety of fruit. A thoroughly enjoyable hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first "wow" factor was the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's drawings along with seeing the Pope on screen. The best highlight of the visit was the Borghese Museum with all the beautiful marble statues. Bernini made exquisite sculptures with attention to many small, intricate details, filled with body action and animated faces projecting the look of being alive. Iliana, our tour guide, filled in the art details with her passionate love of Italian history. Excellent guide!"

Julie

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good trip. Only negative are the unethical cab drivers in Rome. Several could not make change, could not find hotel. Cab from airport charged extra for luggage.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sistine chapel."

Lizzie

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great! Rome is an interesting city. NEVERTHELESS, I STILL LOVE PARIS AND FRANCE THE BEST- ABOVE & BEYOND ALL THE OTHER PLACES THAT I HAVE BEEN TO IN EUROPE- ABSOLUTELY NOTHING- NOTHING!- BEATS PARIS AND/OR FRANCE, NO MATTER HOW MUCH I LIKE THE OTHER PLACES IN EUROPE THAT I HAVE BEEN TO IN EUROPE WITH RICK STEVE'S- NO MATTER WHAT!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I love how peaceful Ostia Antica is- both the ruins we visited and the modern-day town where we stopped for gelato and I saw the indoor natatorium with the green roof. "

Diana

Bountiful, UT

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first visit to Rome and it gave me a good overview and working knowledge of the city, its sites, customs and procedures (ie how to cross streets without being rude or being struck.) It was an excellent balance of ancient sites, museums, and churches, but also a delightful food tour and visit to the Mediterranean. It was fast paced but allowed time for personal exploration as well.Our guide was friendly but firm and (blessedly) easy to understand. The group was congenial.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"After our visit to Ostia Antica (where I sat, hidden in the ruins and picnicked alone in the sunshine) we got gelato and walked out on the jetty to view the Mediterranean. A breeze was blowing, the sun was shining and a guitarist was plying his trade. A delight for all five senses."

Bill

Torrington, CT

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My Rick Steves tour in Rome was a highpoint of my life. It brought years of schooling and study to vibrant life and was simply a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Coliseum from the little restaurant just around the corner from my hotel and realizing that I was staying right in the heart of 2700years of history."

Calvin

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall great experience. I feel there was a great balance of things that we did during the tour. I especially liked the way Susanna and the local guides wove the thread of humanity and time through our stops. They showed us how the city of Rome has grown and reinvented itself over the millennia. It was a very effective way to structure daily activities by having the 'lessons' double back on themselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm a history and architecture nut, so the first full day at the Forum, San Clemente and the Colosseum was my favorite day. A day full of impact seeing the sites up close."

Angela

Redmond, WA

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have arranged my own traveling for years, many times using the Rick Steves books as reference; however, this 25 person group was led by an amazing woman who was the "responsible adult" in that she had arranged the tour times for the Coliseum (or whatever), got the tickets (for whatever), and was able give us the historical background and current context of what we were looking at. This trip was great value for the money and created built-in socialization with each other for the evenings,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Michelangelo's The Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica and all Bernini scuptures, but especially the "Saviour of the World" at St. Sebastian's Catacombs."

Bryan

Orlando, FL

Tour: 02/16/20

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The other travelers were fun and interesting and everybody was accommodating. A testament to your trip descriptions and expectations. I enjoyed learning about the history and culture of this great city and finally getting to experience it first hand. I liked the wide variety of experiences we were able to enjoy such as visiting a 1st century church one day and then walking the local food market and tasting some of the local delicacies the next day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be the church we visited on our first full day. Actually 3 churches in one. An 8th century Christian church built on top of a 4th century Christian church built on top of a 1st century Pagan place of worship utilizing much of the previous buildings construction materials. I felt like a kid again as we walked back in time going down 30 feet revealing pieces each building. Our guide had me on pins and needles with excitement and anticipation as she told the story of these people."

Carolyn

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Organized, professional, friendly! My first time to do travel with a group! I followed Rick Steve's for years, used his books, and now finally experienced one of his tours! I will do it again!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have been asked this question by so many and the answer is difficult to narrow down! My WOW moment was walking the amazing city of Rome. And, along the way, every walk included a church, a ruin, a museum, great food, and always a moment of amazing reflection!!!!! And, with a group so many thoughts to share and reflect with!!!!!"

Michael

Geneva, FL

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our second tour with RS in Italy. This time we asked my parents to join us so they could experience the things we raved about after returning from our honeymoon on the Venice, Florence, Rome tour in march of 2018. Couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Europe and the RS way of traveling for my parents. The time we spent wandering through Rome for a week with my parents is something I will always remember.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to experience the fantastic history of such an awe inspiring city with my wife again and being able to see my parents reaction to this amazing city. Being able to witness my parents see the Colosseum, and the majesty of the Sistine Chapel and St Peters was special and made the whole trip and the year of planning completely worth every second."

Hugh

Duluth, MN

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an outstanding week in Rome. Our tour guide Stephanie was outstanding. We were fortunate to have Stephanie as our tour guide on a previous tour of Italy in 2016 and were pleased to have her again. She made us feel like family as we toured through the city. She is clearly one of Rick Steve's best tour guides. Our local guides were fantastic as well. We loved the whole trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the wow was touring the Vatican with an expert guide. We had been through the Vatican on our own many years ago but didn't know the significance of what we were experiencing. Our guide was fantastic and we really experienced the Vatican in a whole new light."

Erin

Duluth, MN

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Rome was phenomenal! Traveling during the Christmas season made for a truly unique trip. Our guide Stephanie treated us like family and went out of her way to show us not only the sites but the cultural nuances of this historic city. This trip really made history come alive as we saw layers of different civilizations built one on top of the next. We so enjoyed our Rick Steve's adventure!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experience was visiting St Clementi church with our tour guide Franchesa. This church has such a unique view of how the city of Rome has stood the test of time--one layer built on the next. Franchesa taught us to "read the stones" which helped to paint a picture and envision the splendor of ancient Rome as we toured all the sites of Rome throughout the week."

John

Rio Rancho, NM

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful experience made even better by our guide Stephanie. She had an excellent sense for the city as a whole and knew where to take us at the right time. She was also very dialed into the needs and requests of the group as a whole as well as individuals with special requests. We would definitely tour with Stephanie again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The museum tours and Coliseum tour led by local guide Francesca. She was a wonderful story teller and set the stage for an excellent visit to the Vatican Museum, the Borghese Museum and the Coliseum."

Trisha

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Spending part of the holiday season in Rome was an amazing experience. Our tour guide was wonderful, our fellow travelers were delightful, the itinerary was the right mix of busy and relaxing and getting to see the holidays through the lense of another culture was priceless. Even the weather cooperated. I really cannot say that I would wish any part of the trip had gone differently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is really hard to pick one. The first was in the cab from the airport to the hotel when all of the sudden we turned a corner and found ourselves riding along ancient ruins. For me, walking into the room at the Vatican and seeing the real full-sized School of Athens for real in context was like a dream I never even expected to come true. And finally, standing on the rooftop patio of the hotel at midnight on New Year's Eve and seeing fireworks all over the city was magical and priceless."

Michael

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The best tour I have ever taken. Stephanie was excellent and the local guides were brilliang, especially Francesca.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many! But walking into the Colisseo literally took my breath away."

Autumn

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very special to be in Rome for Christmas and New Years. Every site and activity, both those we did on the tour or on our free time, either met or exceeded my expectations. The food was great, thanks to our guide or the guidebook for the great suggestions, the hotel was wonderful and we couldn't have asked for better weather. Both Stephanie and our fabulous local guides told the story of Rome, both past and present, in a very accessible way. We had a great trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am the type of person that would look at something like the Colosseum or the Forum and seen nothing but a pile of old rocks. However, our local guide Francesca painted a tangible, vibrant, emotionally charged picture of what life was like for the real people who lived, worked and died in these ancient places. Stepping through the Gate of Death and onto the Colosseum floor, hearing the echos of 60,000 people screaming, was something so special thanks to Francesca's evocative story telling."

Michael

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am very Art ignorant. But the Borghese was the highlight of my trip. We had plenty of time and Francesca made it come to life."

Lynn

Geneva, FL

Tour: 12/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip abroad and with a tour group. The overall experience was wonderful!! Stephanie did an outstanding job as our tour guide. I will definitely plan to use Rick Steve's tours again. There were multiple people in our group who have been on tours with your group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Vatican City was my favorite if I had to choose just one event. I honestly enjoyed everything with the tour!!!"

Rene

Elk Grove Village, IL

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Expert and friendly guides and a great group of traveling companions - definitely time well spent, as I saw and learned an great deal. The guides (both RS and local) did everything they could to make the trip time-efficient and packed with the most edifying experiences. I appreciated having the experts choose the location of the hotel and the sites most worth seeing. Some changes could make the trip more solo-traveler friendly, as I suggest below.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a toss up between 1)entering the Colosseum on the "floor" level through the "gladiator's tunnel" and 2) suddenly finding myself face-to-face with a first century fresco of Jesus in the midst of the San Callisto catacombs."

Charlene

Tinley Park, IL

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was outside the tour but the Pamphilj gallery was amazing. No crowds and great audioguide by the prince."

Sally

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a return to visit to Rome--and the able guides Stacy and Anna helped us to make the most of it!They were fabulous, and took into account our interests and needs. ANOTHER fabulous RS experience--Thanks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is always hard to pick one---but because we were in Rome for the pre-holiday rush, we were able to enjoy many popular sights without the usual throngs. Especially surprising was to find ourselves in the Sistine Chapel with just a few other visitors!"

Kathryn

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was beyond fantastic! I've been back home a week and can't stop thinking about Rome! Going to Rome prior to Christmas was great as it wasn't crowded and the holiday lights are gorgeous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The best part was seeing Pope Francis as part of the Papal Audience inside the auditorium! My friends and family can't believe how close we were to the Pope. This was a wonderful surprise for all of us on the tour as it was not listed in the itinerary! After that, we had a tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and concluded with St. Peter's Basilica. The timing was perfect as I was able to attend mass at 5:00 pm in the Basilica. Truly my favorite day of the tour."

Kelly

Lake Forest, IL

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience, as the tour covered all aspects of Rome and the most remarkable sights, group and independent tine were nicely sequenced and guides were knowledgeable, engaging and attentive

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The magnificent view of ancient and modern Rome from the top of Palatine Hill; the view of Spagna while enjoying Prosecco on a rooftop bar at the top of the Spanish steps; Claudio's Extravaganza - accompanied by fabulous wine - at Ristorante il Gabriello, per Rick Steve's' recommendation"

Lori

Bellville, TX

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was phenomenal. Stacey and Anna were wonderful tour guides and the sights shared with the group were amazing. I really enjoyed the visit to the Jewish Quarter and the synagogues along with the "foodie" tour of Tresevere. Seeing the Colosseum from the ground floor was a treat too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 2 wow moments - one was in the Borgheshe Gallery - being present when the "David with head of Goliath" by Caravaggio was rehung and the other was walking into the St. Maria Majorie Church."

Yadira

Gainesville, FL

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very excited to do a tour in such a historic location and it did not disappoint! I learned so much that I would have otherwise completely missed and/or would have been unaware of. The friendliness and information that came from our tour guide, Nina, as well as the three local guides we had was awesome! I also really enjoyed the variety of activities offered, the free time that was allotted each day to explore on our own, the amazing location of our hotel, and the group dinners. So fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many! One of my favorite aspects of our tour was our hotel's close proximity to the Colosseum. I also loved the city of Rome and how the everyday life is lived within and around such unbelievably ancient, striking and significant monuments. Such a seamless mix of the past and present!"

Christina

Clarksboro, NJ

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was a wonderful, amazing experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I believe seeing the underground formations under San Clemente Church and the Pope at the Vatican were awesome. All extensions were great with the exception of viewing the graffiti run neighborhood."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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."

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.

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."

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."

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!"

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."

Majid

San Mateo, CA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed it

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Mithra temple"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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!!"

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)."

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. :)"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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.

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!!"

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."

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!

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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"."

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."

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."

John

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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.

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."

Patricia

Hinton, WV

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Phillip

Webster, NY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Eileen

Webster, NY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Cathy

Loganville, GA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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."

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."

Charles

Matthews, NC

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Tj

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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"!"

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Susan

Dallas, TX

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Janice

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Sherry

Ridgefield, WA

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

Gerald

Palm Harbor, FL

Tour: 04/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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

Favorite "WOW" moment

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

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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!!!!"

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 ."

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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"

When To Go & Weather

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

Italy / Rome

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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