By Rick Steves, Tribune Content Agency on Jan 7, 2020 Rome is nicknamed "The Eternal City" and nowadays it could also be referring to the lines you'll wait in. Loved the passion of Francesca!". "Well, this is hard to pick as there was not any part of the tour that I didn't enjoy. Provides a lot of details and how-to knowledge. "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 ". I am not Catholic but a very powerful moment. 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?" Extremely well organized and educational. The adjacent cabbies were backing away pretty fast. 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.". Your guide will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. "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. The itinerary was well planned. Our guide, Julian, was competent, knowledgeable and kept our safety as prioritized as he did our pleasure in exploring this great city. He was probably 8 feet away when he made the rounds through the crowd. A thoroughly enjoyable hotel. I loved the local neighborhood tour and eating in the Trastevere area. Also loved the night-time stroll the first evening!". My husband and I loved everything about the tour: the laid-back feeling combined with absolute confidence that all would go well were wonderful. The itinerary was perfect - we hit all the highlights and then some. Most everything was covered and our tours were well timed and planned. The local tour guides were great too. The hotel choice was excellent. Pace was not as difficult as I had anticipated and the local guides were exceptional. I highly recommend this book. Excellent guide, helping us plan 4 days in Rome prior to 2 cruises. Thank you, "Blown away at the Borghese museum. The hotel we stayed in was charming with a very friendly staff. We really enjoyed the tour and the immersion in Rome. We'll meet at our hotel at 3 p.m. this afternoon. We sat and listened and were amazed. Loved the old ancient sites of Rome & the tour guides' expert opinions, knowledge, & insights of the ancient sites, art, buildings, areas. Seeing the 3 layers of Rome was really interesting, especially since I am a visual person. Our guide seemed so experienced with a group our size, twenty-four of us. Top 2020 Rick Steves Guidebooks – just $10! "I enjoyed the visit to San Clemente church very much. Wonderful guides. Most tour members arrange to fly in and out of Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport (FCO). We saw and learned about all the top spots in Rome, but experienced it all on a much more personal level . The guide Lisa is knowledgeable and entertaining. As ancient Rome crumbled, the Pantheon was spared. The tour encompassed all I wanted to see & learn about! Obviously I knew we had to be flexible with our schedule with closings and odd hours, but I think Stephanie (our guide) did her best to try and accommodate the group based on our interests. See our FAQ | Call ANOTHER fabulous RS experience--Thanks! The food tour was a great experience. It felt so good to get out in nature on Thursday and see this phenomenal place. We were surprised and pleased at how easily we learned to get around on our own in Rome. Plenty of free time to do other sites not included on the tour. Anonymous, "Husband - Gelato And my last "wow" moment was seeing the Colosseum at night from above the Colosseo Metro Station on the last night. We were sponges absorbing new and amazing experiences every day.". No crowds and great audioguide by the prince. I was skeptical about whether we "needed" a tour group, as we've traveled elsewhere in Europe just fine on our own. We built so much of the things that we learned there into the rest of our experience. 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. Our local guides except one were outstanding. ‎ Explore ancient ruins and view Renaissance masterpieces in this truly modern Eternal City. "The Borghese Gallery and the food tour.". Rainer was a fantastic guide. 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. Everyday was just such a different way to look at Rome yet woven into one piece. I believe the fact that we were in Rome in November was a huge benefit. Fabulous experience with a great group and skillful leadership. Not only wow'd us, but our friends back home.". The activity scale was also helpful. Get this from a library! Each day was different and we did more than just focus on the high profile ruins like the colosseum. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. To request advance notification of when a tour will be available for booking, please select ‘Notify Me’ next to the departure date and join the list. I liked the ability to stay at one hotel and see many sites. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Rick Steves Italy 2020. Inside Rick Steves Rome 2020 you'll find:. The second was the Pantheon, really for the same reason but it also is such an impressive building. Easy and interesting introduction to Italy and Italians, designed for travelers. All the members were kind, friendly and supportive of each other. Karin was so friendly and knowledgeable and wanted to share her love of Italy with us all. I have long admired these in books and on-line, but to see the delicacy and detail in person was amazing. "There are many to choose from, but #1 was probably seeing and hearing the Pope speak on Wednesday morning. The layers of Rome exposed in such a nondescript place. I feel there was a great balance of things that we did during the tour. Terrific sites, good weather, and good food. 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. One was the maps hall. "The Basilica San Clemente was my "wow" moment. 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. Followed closely by our first night group dinner.". Each day had its own charm and thoroughly intellectually stimulating. The "math" of a Rick Steves tour is two-parts tour and one-part classroom. Our hotel was in a great location. Do you worry about finding vegan food on your travels? FREE Shipping on orders over $25 shipped by Amazon. After a week, I still can't put it into words. We really enjoyed the other people on our tour, who became fun and interesting tour companions. I'm not an extrovert and was afraid I might have to interact too much with people; 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. Old means different things to the Italians. We found the included itinerary to be outstanding in that each day was very different through the week in the same city. Very organized. Loved the old ancient sites of Rome & the tour guides' expert opinions, knowledge, & insights of the ancient sites, art, buildings, areas. I really came away with an enhanced understanding and appreciation for the city's history, modern way of life, and character of the people. "THe connection from the Roman gods in early periods (100 B.C. And, with a group so many thoughts to share and reflect with!!!!!". Using public transportaion was very helpful in learning how to get around on our own for free time. As with our two previous RS tours the last two years, I learned and experienced more that I expected. 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. Our tour Guide Nina helped create an experience my daughter and I will never forget. They were dry gracious and accommodating. It was wonderul. I enjoyed seeing what the culture is like during the holiday season in different places. They did so expertly. Thank you so much!! 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. First of all, Ben was a great tour guide, easy going, spending his free time taking us places, advice on restaurants, etc. I enjoyed learning about the history and culture of this great city and finally getting to experience it first hand. Our tour group was diverse, first rate, and very nice people. It was like taking a college level course in ancient history. Ben our guide was such a pleasure. This book has everything you need! So it was the side trip to Ostia Antica that really impressed me. Events and history that I'd only read about came to life. 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. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Or get 4-5 business-day shipping on this item for $5.99 I would have been overwhelmed trying to plan even half of what we did on this tour. Both Stephanie and our fabulous local guides told the story of Rome, both past and present, in a very accessible way. Visits to the "newer" sites like the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and all the other churches and art museums were also spectacular. We had an absolutely delightful week in Rome with this tour! A wonderful experience made even better by our guide Stephanie. It was beyond fantastic! My first time to do travel with a group! Bus: 3 hours. Great tour. Excellent instruction on use of public transportation. 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.". Rome was great place to visit over Christmas. A close second though was the grandeur of St. Peter's Basilica.". and touring the Roman forum.". I really got a sense of how ancient the times were when it was intact. Walking to and from the sights was excessive. Also include more break/bathroom time and not have to choose between seeing things or eating and bathroom. The hotel was centrally located and the staff was WONDERFUL. "Borghese Gallery. They brought the art and history of Rome alive! Stephanie our tour guide was AMAZING and was able to navigate us through the history and brilliance of the city. From avoiding Colosseum crowds to making dinner plans, learn how to see Rome like a savvy local. "I enjoyed when we visited the church of San Clemente and were introduced to 3000 years of Roman history at one site! Get our latest editions to Ireland, London, Paris, Sicily, Rome, Barcelona, and our #1 best-seller, Italy — just $10 Each! We enjoyed all the places we went with the tour and liked the Hotel Lancelot as our place to return to each night. Francesca was a special and memorable guide. Well planned and thought out. Our Rome "family" was great. "Found the San Clemente church to be fascinating - the 4th century church underneath and the pagan temple were amazing!". ", "I am very Art ignorant. We loved that each day gave us the opportunity to explore diversely different experiences, from ancient Rome to a food tour. I can't wait to plan the next one! The local guides were nicely detailed in their presentations and clearly passionate about their subject matter. We saw what I wanted to see and do! Perfect balance of group time and personal time. The pace was pleasant. 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. Typically we would avoid a group trip but since this was our first experience traveling overseas we decided to embrace the idea. has been added to your Cart. Not only did Rick Steves guides lead us past the hours long lines throughout Rome. "Many! and we got some wonderful pictures there. It was incredible! The tour was a wonderful exploration of Rome, from ancient ruins to modern food markets. Very positive energy throughout the tour. 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. 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. Inside Rick Steves Rome 2020 you'll find: I also marvelled at the Basicalla de San Clemente and seeing the 3 different churchs on that site. I am so glad that was part of the tour. So much history overlapping, and each time layered gently on each other, forcing you to think about all of the history in your own city that you will never know or recognize. Reiner was a fun and knowledgeable guide and Francesca was wonderfully passionate about Rome. Inside Rick Steves Italy 2020 you'll find:. Local guides were top notch professionals; each having a wealth of knowledge. I really enjoyed how our primary tour guide (Nina) was punctual, knowledgeable and interested in how much we enjoyed each day of the tour. a Rick Steve's tour.". 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.". Then going to the Vatican Museums. After a break for lunch, we'll tour ancient Rome's birthplace: the Forum. 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. This was my first trip to Italy. Our guides were outstanding. 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.) My overall tour experience was very positive. This was because Wednesday morning is a Papal Audience given at St. Peter's square. Which was great because you were able to really get a feel for the city and the people. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Lisa nailed it. Our favorite day in Rome was when she took us through her favorite neighbor. "The Colosseum was every bit as awe inspiring as I had hoped it would be. around the Colosseum. Seeing the Pope up close! Thank you for a great trip!! "The size and story of the Coliseum was my wow moment. Rick Steves Italy 2020 - Ebook written by Rick Steves. "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. I could not have had a better adventure of Rome. "I fully expected the Sistine Chapel to be the "Wow" moment of the tour. An outstanding whirl wind tour of Rome; all of the sites visited and presented by Ben were perfect for a 7 day tour. "To see Rome lit up by fireworks on New Years Eve was incredible and a once in a life time experience. The tour guides were knowledgeable and well prepared. It was a very effective way to structure daily activities by having the 'lessons' double back on themselves. Hotel was very good, we'll stay there when we go back. Got goosebumps when Francesca brought us in to the Colloseo the way the Gladiators came in! If we had not had that opportunity my WOW was seeing and hearing about Bernini's Sculptures.". The tour was wonderful from the meet-and-greet meeting to our farewell dinner.. "There were so many "wow" moments that it's difficult to choose only one. The local guide pushed us in the Coliseum, resulting in a syncope, fall and injury. "might have been the Borghese gallery; again tour guide was very good", After fighting for years to get a passport his was my first trip outside the US so I had high expectations. Best travel book. We'll send the notification email when a tour opens within a season (spring, summer, fall, winter) or region. "I think my first "wow" moment was walking out on my balcony and seeing the Colosseum just two blocks away. Very relaxing with an excellent itinerary of key points of interest. The tour should get to the Coliseum and the Vatican much earlier. I found the experience both pleasant and educational. We learned to see the world differently. I really enjoyed the tour. No bus. Everyone had an open, friendly attitude which really enhanced the tour for us. It was my fourth visit. From the guidance in preparation to the connections when we arrived (pre-tour), through the entire week and when we extended beyond the tour. If you like genuine history, passionate guides, and being an in-the-know visitor, then you’ll love this travel guide! "Visiting the Colosseum was a wow moment for me, however, all the other sites are a close second.". We learned a lot from these people as well -- not only about other destinations in Europe but around the world!". The walk back to the hotel through the beautiful Borghese park was beautiful it was a nice way to appreciate all that we had just seen. "The visit to the Vatican, it's museums, church art, St Peter's Basilica were all amazing. It was an inspiring moment. Wife - The fountains", "Walking in the gate where the gladiators walked through in the Colosseum.". "The colosseum and Forum / Palestine Hill experience were outstanding. I loved getting to know the history of Rome . 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.". Our local guides were fantastic as well. And the food was delicious! The tour would be great for someone seeking to learn how to live and travel in Rome. This was a wonderful surprise for all of us on the tour as it was not listed in the itinerary! Francesca, Ludovi a and Paolo were excellent museum guides. - 300 A.D.) to the development and evolution of the Catholic church.". Not part of the tour but arranged by Lisa was a Papal audience. I was pleased with the quality and knowledge of the guides. My husband Eric, adult son Max, and I thoroughly enjoyed our 7 days in 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. Tour Questions? Can't see it being presented any better. I won't be returning to Rome again, and value my previous two trips there as there were far fewer tourists. I learned so much that I would have otherwise completely missed and/or would have been unaware of. Loved the thought of walking on the same stone paths as people did thousands of years ago. What a great decision I made selecting this Best of Rome Tour. My experience with the tour is that it was the best it could have ever been in touring Rome. 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. I thought the entire week was planned well relating to sites and scheduling of events. If you're looking for a guided tour to see the sights, I would recommend looking elsewhere. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. "It is a tie. It's all excavated and there for us to retrace steps of the ancients. Tells you about the sights to see and the history behind them. Ready to unlock the secrets to smarter Rome travel? "For me the wow was touring the Vatican with an expert guide. "The fact that Karin took time out of her day to get our entire tour group tickets to the Papal Audience on September 11th. Personable, well informed guides who made the attractions come to life. The hotel was lovely and the staff were amazing. We had been to Europe several times before but we had always travelled independently. ", This was my first trip to Europe. A truly memorable experience. Everyone was friendly and adventurous. I will do it again!!!! This is my second Rick Steves tour and by far it's the best one. "Tour guide Francesca shivering at the Forum, but bravely soldiering on with her talk. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your tour hotel in the Documents section of your tour account. I was in awe at all the history and how well preserved so much of it is and they think that 80% of Ancient Rome is still underground. That's not a criticism of the tour, it's just how I am. I highly recommend any of this series! My husband and I were visiting Italy for the first time and chose Rick Steves. Another (#4) outstanding RS tour. A delight for all five senses.". Peters.". I can't wait to take another Rick Steves tour! Her storytelling makes the art come alive and have meaning. Join us for the Best of Rome in 7 Days! 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. Today we'll focus on Renaissance Rome. Nina was very helpful with suggestions as to what to see that was not on the tour. It was well organized and covered all the important and interesting sites. We loved the whole trip. It was a jam-packed week that brought over 2000 years of history together in a comprehensive comprehensible package. 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