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“Vatican Museum tour - worth every penny!”
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Real Rome Tours
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Skip the Line Ancient Rome and Colosseum Underground Tour
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Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica Ticket
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$70.68*
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Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour
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Owner description: Special Offer for TripAdvisor members! Enter the promotion code TRIPADVISOR-RRT on our booking page and receive a 10% discount on any of our walking tours. Real Rome Tours is a small team of local guides, licensed and experienced in giving guided tours of Rome and the Vatican in English. Although all of our guides are licensed tour guides in Rome and the Vatican, they each have our own areas of expertise. We have archaeologists, art historians, and university lecturers among our ranks, and as our reputation has grown we continue to invite similarly-qualified guides to join us. Our philosophy is simple: We believe that tours should be fun as well as informative. We also believe that our customers are best served in small groups. For this purpose, we strictly limit our semi-private tours to only 13 people. Our fees are honest and reflect the small sizes of our groups. We include ticket prices in our tour fees where tickets are applicable, and we always skip the lines. Headsets are provided so you can walk around and still hear your live guide. Our customer base and reputation have been growing steadily over the past few years, and we promise to continue to strive to deliver the perfect Rome experience for all our future guests. We hope to see you on one of our tours in 2016!
Reviewed April 22, 2010

Caitlin, our American guide, made this a tour to remember. She kept the whole afternoon moving along but paused at all the relevant points to give enlightening information. Her knowledge of the buildings, artefacts and paintings was impressive and the thorough explanation of the Sistine Chapel prior to entering it made the experience all the more worthwhile. We were 'blown away' by the tapestry that Raphael had designed and appeared to move as you walk past it !! Fantastic! A lot of information to absorb but really made the place 'come alive'. You need these facts as you go around or else it's just another museum. Thanks Caitlin, we really enjoyed our afternoon.

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RealRome, Manager at Real Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2012

Hello sradford

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Sorry for taking so long to respond, but we only recently discovered the facility of Management Response, which we are now using to respond to all of our clients' reviews of our tours and services.

I am very glad that you enjoyed your tours with us.

I do hope that we will see you, your family and your friends in Italy again in the future. Certain tours are recommended for first-time visitors – tours of the Vatican, the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain etc – but on your second visit you will want to expand your knowledge of Italy’s history, as well as your sightseeing, so get in touch if you are returning and we can make recommendations based on your personal interests on the best places to visit that are “off the beaten track”.

Thanks once again for your kind review, it really is very much appreciated, and is a great help to other visitors, as well as ourselves.

Warm regards
Gerard.

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Reviewed April 19, 2010

Thank you Real Rome Tours for your 'company to client' service to detail and your Tour Guides Knowledge of the Vatican City & the Sistine Chapel.
I am soooo glad we chose you to guide us round & show us everything including the little things that connect everything else together. It was money well spent to know 'whats what' instead of wandering around aimlessly just looking and guessing.
Fully recommended 5* !!!

Thank AussieAbroad76
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RealRome, Manager at Real Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2012

Hello Aussieabroad

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Sorry for taking so long to respond, but we only recently discovered the facility of Management Response, which we are now using to respond to all of our clients' reviews of our tours and services.

I am very glad that you enjoyed your tours with us.

I do hope that we will see you, your family and your friends in Italy again in the future. Certain tours are recommended for first-time visitors – tours of the Vatican, the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain etc – but on your second visit you will want to expand your knowledge of Italy’s history, as well as your sightseeing, so get in touch if you are returning and we can make recommendations based on your personal interests on the best places to visit that are “off the beaten track”.

Thanks once again for your kind review, it really is very much appreciated, and is a great help to other visitors, as well as ourselves.

Warm regards
Gerard.

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Reviewed April 15, 2010

Our tour guide was Catherine and she was brill. we were part of a small group of 5 tour was Vatican City, Catherine made it interesting and ensured we saw everything we could. She was knew her stuff but did not come across like a teacher as some tour guides do. Worth every penny!!!!!!

Thank katmc57
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RealRome, Manager at Real Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2012

Hello katmc57

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Sorry for taking so long to respond, but we only recently discovered the facility of Management Response, which we are now using to respond to all of our clients' reviews of our tours and services.

I am very glad that you enjoyed your tours with us, and that you found us to be great value for money.

I do hope that we will see you, your family and your friends in Italy again in the future. Certain tours are recommended for first-time visitors – tours of the Vatican, the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain etc – but on your second visit you will want to expand your knowledge of Italy’s history, as well as your sightseeing, so get in touch if you are returning and we can make recommendations based on your personal interests on the best places to visit that are “off the beaten track”.

Thanks once again for your kind review, it really is very much appreciated, and is a great help to other visitors, as well as ourselves.

Warm regards
Gerard.

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Reviewed April 5, 2010

We were in Rome last month and booked an Ancient Rome Walking tour with RR tours.
First of all, Will was extremely helpful and informative during the scheduling process. I booked the tour because of his wonderful customer service. When we arrived for our group tour, we were unexpectedly surprised and delighted to have a custom tour. Katherine was
extremely knowledgeable and provided much information and insights about Ancient Rome. It was an amazing history lesson! She also took us to a delicious gelateria which was an added bonus. Would highly recommend this tour company!!

Thank Nashville_TNJill
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RealRome, Manager at Real Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2012

Hello nashvillejill

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Sorry for taking so long to respond, but we only recently discovered the facility of Management Response, which we are now using to respond to all of our clients' reviews of our tours and services.

I am very glad that you enjoyed your tours with us.

I do hope that we will see you, your family and your friends in Italy again in the future. Certain tours are recommended for first-time visitors – tours of the Vatican, the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain etc – but on your second visit you will want to expand your knowledge of Italy’s history, as well as your sightseeing, so get in touch if you are returning and we can make recommendations based on your personal interests on the best places to visit that are “off the beaten track”.

Thanks once again for your kind review, it really is very much appreciated, and is a great help to other visitors, as well as ourselves.

Warm regards
Gerard.

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Reviewed April 5, 2010

Our tour through Ancient Rome would not have been the same without our tour guide from Real Rome Tours. Our tour guide was American and although young, she was very knowledgeable. She was able to use examples from our everyday life to "take us back" and imagine what life was like thousands of years ago. There was a lot of information but she presented it so that it was very clear and she broke it down so that it was easy for anyone to understand. You can tell that she enjoys her job and was very open to questions. I read a lot about Ancient Rome to prepare for my trip but I wouldn't recommend going through it w/o a Real Rome tour guide! You'll miss out on a lot of the rich history that brings this place to life!

Thank MrsSale
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RealRome, Manager at Real Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2012

Hello mrssale

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Sorry for taking so long to respond, but we only recently discovered the facility of Management Response, which we are now using to respond to all of our clients' reviews of our tours and services.

I am very glad that you enjoyed your tours with us.

I do hope that we will see you, your family and your friends in Italy again in the future. Certain tours are recommended for first-time visitors – tours of the Vatican, the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain etc – but on your second visit you will want to expand your knowledge of Italy’s history, as well as your sightseeing, so get in touch if you are returning and we can make recommendations based on your personal interests on the best places to visit that are “off the beaten track”.

Thanks once again for your kind review, it really is very much appreciated, and is a great help to other visitors, as well as ourselves.

Warm regards
Gerard.

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