"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. ", My wife and I enjoyed our tour of Rome and our accommodations at the Hotel Lancelot. 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. I plan on taking the Germany, Austria and Switzerland tour with Rick Steve's in 2012. Loved the old ancient sites of Rome & the tour guides' expert opinions, knowledge, & insights of the ancient sites, art, buildings, areas. We had been through the Vatican on our own many years ago but didn't know the significance of what we were experiencing. My wife and I were absolutely THRILLED with our group tour of Rome! I'd have to say that experiencing the Forum and Borghesi Gallery with Franchesca were pretty awesome. Not only did Rick Steves guides lead us past the hours long lines throughout Rome. That was the only day that seemed like a normal tour experience.". San Clemente was such a surprise, such a gem. "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.". It was great! Nina, our guide, was FANTASTIC! I was particularly happy that all the sights were fairly close to each other, or just a short trip by bus or tram. We had an outstanding week in Rome. It set the perfect framework for understanding everything else we would see throughout the week". When we found the 7 day best of Rome tour, it sounded perfect. "San Clemente Basilica. It did. "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. It's all excavated and there for us to retrace steps of the ancients. There were multiple people in our group who have been on tours with your group, "Going to Vatican City was my favorite if I had to choose just one event. It was like taking a college level course in ancient history. ▲▲▲ Colosseum Huge stadium where gladiators fought. I especially loved our "foodie" tour in Trestevare. 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. Excellent instruction on use of public transportation. It was a nice blend of ages, personalities and experiences. Enjoyed learning about the idea that Rome is a historical "lasagna" and then seeing one example after another.". I won't be returning to Rome again, and value my previous two trips there as there were far fewer tourists. The hotel made accommodations for an early arrival and late departure. Rainer's knowledge was great also. Perfect of attractions mixed with visits to neighborhoods. I felt like a kid again as we walked back in time going down 30 feet revealing pieces each building. The activity scale was also helpful. 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. Then we'll tour and hear vivid tales of the larger-than-life Colosseum. Even throwing us a Halloween Dinner Party! Rick Steves does a great job of preparing one for a trip to Rome. We covered a lot of ground and learned a lot about Rome. I loved the local neighborhood tour and eating in the Trastevere area. Therefore the very good rating vs outstanding. As with our two previous RS tours the last two years, I learned and experienced more that I expected. "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. The tour was very well managed and organized without any major or inconvenience issues. (18:31), Antiquities and Archaeology II 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. 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. I have long admired these in books and on-line, but to see the delicacy and detail in person was amazing. Having it be a beautiful weather event was a gift too. This trip was all I had hoped it would be. ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | The tour was fantastic and no waiting time to get in. 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. A moment of suffering overlapped with daily living, that somehow seemed more poignant than the Colosseum.". I would have been overwhelmed trying to plan even half of what we did on this tour. He was probably 8 feet away when he made the rounds through the crowd. What else could I ask for? Ben our guide was such a pleasure. Seeing opera singers and a chamber orchestra perform. Good trip. We've always done it all ourselves. She is so enthusiastic knowledgable about ancient Rome, she made it come alive.". 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. Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Once our tour started, we enjoyed our included meals and shared dining information with our fellow travelers. The tour was wonderful, and I enjoyed the Hotel Lancelot immensely. THe guide for several specific tours, Franchesca, was also excellent. :)". It was fascinating to see how a 12 century church was built on a fourth century basilica. The scheduled events and personal time was great. The hotel was excellent, the daily guides were very good. "There were only highlights so it's hard to pick just one. "The visit to the Vatican, it's museums, church art, St Peter's Basilica were all amazing. Sarah and Franchesca were awesome. 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. 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 think it was the whole week. They have their own digital communication portal and are constantly rendezvousing, sharing ideas, lessons, and having fun. 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. "Borghese Gallery. Karin, our guide, was friendly, knowledgeable and well organized. It's a showcase of Western civilization, with astonishingly ancient sights and a modern vibrancy. Nina was great, knowledgeable and very personable. 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. What a fabulous choice to go with a Rick Steves group! This map is excerpted from the guidebook Rick Steves’ Rome by Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw. No problems whatsoever, the main tour guide was ready to help us at any time. But, it was the trip of a lifetime. The hotel choice was excellent. Perfect balance of group time and personal time. 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. 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. A breeze was blowing, the sun was shining and a guitarist was plying his trade. Totally met expectations. The Pantheon is remarkable for being over 1800 years old!". It brought to mind the change that has characterized Europe for all its existence. Ben was awesome!! 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. Arrivederci, Roma! And, along the way, every walk included a church, a ruin, a museum, great food, and always a moment of amazing reflection!!!!! It was our first Rick Steve's tour. From start to finish this tour was absolutely amazing. We were 4 members of our family touring Rome, we called it a sister trip. The best highlight of the visit was the Borghese Museum with all the beautiful marble statues. Also include more break/bathroom time and not have to choose between seeing things or eating and bathroom. Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. "Realizing how ancient Rome is and being able to still see and touch it.". We traveled over my birthday. 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. She made everyday a new and exciting experience and I learned much more with this trip than I did in the past. This is my second Rick Steves tour and by far it's the best one. I learned so much about the history of Rome and the customs. The side by side existence of goodness and evil as part of everyday life in ancient Rome. My first time to do travel with a group! "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.". I feel like I not only had a tour, but learned so much.". It felt so good to get out in nature on Thursday and see this phenomenal place. Request a CD from them on their tour experience. How it works I plan on taking the Germany, Austria and Switzerland tour with Rick Steve's in 2012. I would recommend her to anyone. But the Borghese was the highlight of my trip. It was at times overwhelming but in a most positive way. I forget the other. 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. 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!!! This was a wonderful surprise for all of us on the tour as it was not listed in the itinerary! Rainer was a wonderful guide, patient, kind, thoughtful. That piece of advice became our mantra when we went off to explore on our own .". Thank you for a great trip!! She was also very dialed into the needs and requests of the group as a whole as well as individuals with special requests. 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.". We do not travel a lot, but with the fabulous support from the hotel personnel and our guide Karin, we felt like experienced travelers. Our tour group was diverse, first rate, and very nice people. He, and all the guides throughout were so knowledgeable & fun to be with! "The day at Ostia Antica was a stunning day and the timing was wonderful. Opportunity to experience Christmas in Rome! It was unexpected.". It was very special to be in Rome for Christmas and New Years. May 30, 2016 - Explore Sandra Kent's board "Rick Steves" on Pinterest. On personal time, I saw Michelangelo's Moses at St. Peter in Chains, as recommend in the RS book. Incerdible. Local guides were top notch professionals; each having a wealth of knowledge. Going to Rome prior to Christmas was great as it wasn't crowded and the holiday lights are gorgeous. Wonderful guides. Exceeded my expectations. This was a special trip for my husband and I as we were celebrating meeting in Rome 50 years ago. See more ideas about rick steves, europe travel, travel. 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! So many "wow" moments, but many of them were facilitated or enabled by the guides, so the guides get the biggest "wow" credit!". 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.". Hotel and staff were outstanding and went out of their ay to make our visit exceptional. The Benini statues especially his David which I likes better than Michelangelo's". "Can'the pick a favorite moment. "The Capitoline Museum had a surprising variety of painting masterworks, including Rubens, Caravagio, and Raphael, as well as the suckling she wolf, Dying Gaul and the ancient bronze equestrian statute or Marcus Aurelius.". Hotel was very good, we'll stay there when we go back. For me, touring wi Also the food tour of Trestivere. "My Wow moment was the Borghese Gallery. A shared tour is a smart way to experience the sights, while meeting up with fellow Rick Steves readers. The other was the porchetta. I also marvelled at the Basicalla de San Clemente and seeing the 3 different churchs on that site. In other words, we covered Rome from the bottom to the top. Packed with indispensable tips and recommendations from America's expert on Europe, Rick Steves' Tour: Borghese Gallery, Rome is a tour … I loved strolling down the streets, eating amazing local treats on our food tour...I loved just about everything!". It was a good experience a great way to get to see a learn about Rome. Using public transportaion was very helpful in learning how to get around on our own for free time. 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. I also enjoyed strolling through the narrow, winding streets of the older neighborhoods.". "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. "Each day of our tour I thought, 'Wow!'. The weather was not so good, but that didn't keep us from enjoying everything. 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. My wife and I knew nothing, and had the best trip of our life. Loved how this tour hits major sights but starts with a visit at the amazing San Clemente where there were almost no tourists. Everyone was friendly and adventurous. Just the right amount of guidance without being intrusive, condescending or smothering. Expert and friendly guides and a great group of traveling companions - definitely time well spent, as I saw and learned an great deal. "Walking through the Jewish ghetto, making a turn into a square where brass plates marked the final breakdown of Mussolini to Hitler's demands to genocide--which then opened up to a site of an ancient Roman ruin. The included meals were excellent and we were never concerned about transportation. Riding a 4 person bike in the Borghese Gardens. Our local guides except one were outstanding. While traveling in Rome and once our trip was finished, my wife and I agreed we made the correct decision to take What a great decision I made selecting this Best of Rome Tour. We paid for a guided tour but got so much more. The art told us a story and Francesca taught us the language to understand what the art was saying.". "Galleria Borghese and Vatican Museums - based on presentation provided by the local guides!". Loved the tours, the meals together and the adventures of trying new things. Even the weather cooperated. I had such a great time in Rome. Terrific sites, good weather, and good food. 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