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“Good tour but didnt live up to the hype”
Review of Walks of Italy

Walks of Italy
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Ranked #5 of 787 Tours in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Walks of Italy offers one-of-a-kind experiences! As featured in Rick Steves' guidebooks. Day trips, activities & guided tours in Italy's greatest destinations. Our tours are truly small group (maximum 12) or private, giving you the maximum choice and flexibility for all budgets. Discounts offered for seniors, students & children, so bring the whole family! Unlike other companies, Walks of Italy secures exclusive access to sites aross Italy, unlocking hidden gems like the private suburban baths in Pompeii, Doge's Secret Passages in Venice, a private Renaissance palace in Florence, the Colosseum's underground & top tier in Rome, and even VIP access to the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City—just to name a few! All our guides are hand-picked, English-fluent passionate experts in their local regions. Our company is committed to the principles of sustainability in travel, providing carbon offsets for transfers, patronizing local artisans and farmers, and bringing you off the beaten path away from tourist crowds whenever possible. Walk with us, and fill your vacation with unforgettable experiences that will last a lifetime!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Adelaide, Australia
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64 reviews
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“Good tour but didnt live up to the hype”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Perhaps doing as much research as I did raised my expectations, as all this comany's reviews are positively glowing.

We booked a few months in advance a tour for early Jan on the colosseum - at the time of booking the VIP undergroud was not available (as often during the winter period this area is closed to visitors) I contacted the company and was told that I should book the Premium Colosseum and if the VIP underground became available they would offer us the upgrade and we just pay the difference. We never heard from them before the day.

We arrived at the meeting point to find they were running two tour goups that morning, the VIP underground (we initially wanted) and the standard one we had booked - I enquired to the group leader about upgrading but was disregarded and asked to join our group leader. Then it turned out that the only people in our group was myself and my husband, which was great in that we essentially had a private tour, but then I dont see why they couldnt accomodate my request to upgrade to the other tour style/route and allow us to do the VIP underground and pay the difference as the head office said we would be able to do.

The information provided was interesting delivered at fast pace, there were always opportuinities for questions and with opportunities for photos (this did feel a little pressured at times) - The Paletine hill and Roman forum was a little bit of information overload due to the speed of delivery but as there are so many significant sites in the area this is also understandable.
The tour finished early, probably due to the fact that there was only the two of us and the timing is normally worked out allowing for a group dynamic for walking/question time.

Unfortunately the pictures we did get in the colosseum were poorly exposed due to the bright direct sunlight light early in the morning within the colosseum. This is obviously no fault of the company and has no effect on my rating, however we did return to the site again, and found that all the information we were given in the tour was exactly what is provided on the walls/signs all available in English so we could have saved ALOT of money by just doing it ourselves

- if you are willing to do the reading, save your money for a tour of the streets/churches that have layers that you wouldnt otherwise notice without a guided tour - these are sites well catered towards tourists we wouldnt reccomend doing a tour of either the colosseum or paletine hill/roman forum - read the signs or get the audio guides at the gates and do it at your own pace!

Visited January 2013
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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“Walks of Italy”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

While in Rome last November, we were referred by some friends to a company known as "Walks of Italy" for our tours of the Colosseum and The Vatican. Five Stars!!! Excellent in every possible respect. Prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, friendly, and very English proficient tour guides. They were also reasonably priced, actually the bargain of the century for what they delivered. We HIGHLY recommend this tour company, we were thrilled and totally satisfied.

Visited November 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Pristine Sistine tour”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Wonderful! Tyson got us into Vatican City when they opened and we went directly to the Sistine Chapel. It was overwhelmingly beautiful! Tyson's knowledge was impressive and well-told as he explained so many nuances of the most beautiful room I've ever seen. The period, the artists, their stories... Tyson was better than I had hoped. Highly recommend! Thank you!

Visited October 2012
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“Twilight City Stroll 1/26/13”
Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I booked this tour for our second day in Rome and loved it. It helped that it originally had only three guests and one never showed, so it truly was a private tour. Filmeana (sp?) was a knowledgable and delightful guide. The time flew by and were sorry it could not continue into the chilly evening. When asked, she gave us a recommendation for dinner nearby which turned out to be wonderful. I think we were the only tourists there and we were certainly made to feel welcomed. We have booked two other tours during our stay and because of such a positive result from this one, are now truly looking forward to them.

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“Great Service and Information by Kieran”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Kieran was great and very knowledgeable. There is a lot of information and history that goes along with the Vatican and she did an excellent job of keeping our tour group entertained.

Visited October 2012
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