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Rome For Jews

#395 of 1,616 Tours in Rome
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Rome for Jews is a Jewish cultural association dedicated to providing people of all backgrounds with an easier, more comfortable and more fulfilling stay in Rome.
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Arlene S wrote a review Sep 2019
Miami, Florida1 contribution
We took three separate tours in Rome and found them all excellent. Plenty of historical information. The tour guide showed an extensive knowledge of Italian history as well as a passion for their city. Thoroughly enjoyable
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Moses2020 wrote a review Aug 2019
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Rome for Jews and David Walden came highly recommended by a number of friends who had toured with him. We booked our 3 tours well in advance and communication via email was very easy. We did the Ancient Rome tour and found it to be informative and our guide included a lot of connections to the Jewish History of ancient Rome. The Evening Stroll was also very nice and informative. Marco was our guide and he had a passion for the Jewish History of Rome and did not hesitate to share it with us. The Jewish Rome tour with Laura was very enjoyable and filled with a lot of very interesting historical facts. All of our guides were fabulous, but David did not do any of our tours. He was highly recommended and not having a tour with him was disappointing.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Libby613 wrote a review Aug 2019
Passaic Park, New Jersey63 contributions37 helpful votes
I agree with some of the other reviews of this tour company - though I liked our tourguide, Sarah, personally, it was clear that she was pinch-hitting for David and his regular tourguides. We were way too rushed in the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and got there so late because the group consisted of several parties who kept dilly-dallying for family photos and sharing their own knowledge with the guide, so the Forum closed before we could see everything!. As others have said, for this price - $250 Euros per couple, for a 3- hour tour, they're certainly making a lot by having 3 or four groups per tour guide. Really not worth the money, and we did not even get beyond the first level of the Colosseum!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Debra D wrote a review Jul 2019
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This is a very expensive tour 250 Euro for a couple or 350 Euro for a family, and it was not a private tour. At the meeting point, the tour guide had not had us on his list, though i had received an email with confirmation, though he immediately contacted the tour operator, who told him we had not confirmed but to include us. So, It was us, another couple and 3 single women- this was not what i expected- but it was our next to last day and i was not going to waste the day and miss out. In spite of this, and the number of people, the tour guide, Emanuel, was knowledgeable and personable and was able to connect with all of us as we walked and walked from location to location in horrific heat. He really made the experience special
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Larry H wrote a review Jul 2019
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I do not often write reviews, but hope my comments will assist fellow travelers,as well as, encourage Rome for Jews to improve their business practices. My Jewish family with children ages 13 and 15 just returned from Italy after visiting Venice, Florence and Rome. Our rating of the Vatican tour by Rome for Jews, is based on a lack of specificity as to if this is a group tour or private tour. In emails before the tour, I saw rates of 250 per couple and 350 for a family for a 3 hour Vatican tour. On our other "private" tours in Venice and Florence the rates for my family were 350-400 EU, so our expectation was that this would be a private Vatican tour. On our private tours of Venice and Florence we were able to communicate prior to our trip with the guides as well as do a quick plan at the start of the tour to best tailor the experience. In this case, both my family and a very nice couple were surprised when we each thought we were having a private tour we were introduced and told this is a group tour. The end result was a tour that needed to accommodate both my family and this couple. The bottom line, is that using Rome for Jews for the Vatican (likely also the other tour offerings by Rome for Jews) will be hit or miss as to if you get a private tour or if you are paired up with other people. You do not know who your guide will be prior to the tour, so you cannot exchange a few preparatory emails. There is no change in fees regardless of private or group. In the end, more uncertainty compared to other tour organizations offering truly private tours. During this same trip, we utilized with success Viatours appx 50 US dollar per person for 3-4 hour tours and a private Florence tour thru Toursbylocals. Toursbylocals does provide more formality in scheduling tours and we were able to locate a Jewish guide in Florence-Paola B who was wonderful. We communicated with her before, knew our costs and it was clear the tour was with my family only. Payment is made thru the organization web site not directly to the guide. Costs are still much more than group tours with Viatours, We enjoyed the group tours thru Viatours as they were very organized and the guides were good, but you are with 10-20 people with the radio headsets, but it was never a problem to ask the guides questions. Religion plays such an important part of the history for both Jews and non Jews, in Venice, Florence and Rome. I was pleased to find tours by Toursbylocals and Rome for Jews to allow my family to experience this type of niche tour. There are also many group tours that do offer some Jewish perspective to these same historical sites in Venice, Florence and Rome. Sara, our tour guide for Rome for Jews was good and enthusiastic. However, David Walden from Rome for Jews needs to improve his business practices to be more in line with how other tour companies in Rome and Italy are handling clients. Unfortunately, despite a wonderful guide, my rating needs to get the attention of future travelers so they can really understand the arrangement when booking thru Rome for Jews. I hope on my next visit to Italy, I can find more options for Jewish touring including an improved Rome for Jews, so I can continue to enjoy learning about the wonderful Jewish history of Italy.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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