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“Made all the difference ! Just wonderful !” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of A Friend In Rome Tours

A Friend In Rome Tours
Ranked #89 of 755 Tours in Rome
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Owner description: "A Friend in Rome" is a new personal way to build up YOUR tour! The itinerary is discussed and created with you, based on a deep knowledge of the city of Rome and an informal friendly attitude to let you feel at ease. The tour is private just for your and your party, at your pace and focused on what you are really interested in seeing and enjoying in town!From now on, you too have a friend in Rome!
Somerset West, South Africa
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“Made all the difference ! Just wonderful !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

Thank you Silvia for 3 wonderful days in Rome. The orientation day was wonderful and made the rest of our stay so much more worthwhile. The Colosseum & Roman Forum tour needs to be a definite - and after all your explanations - everything e
lse we saw on our trip made much more sense. The Vatican - well - just awe-inspiring - and all the more so, due to you sharing your in-depth knowledge. And - above and beyond all that - it was wonderful to spend the time with you. The airport transfers you arranged for us were also flawless - so thank you again BIG time. We have and will be recommending your services to both friends and clients ! Our Rome and Italy experience would definitely been less enjoyable had we not met you !
I'd also like to add that all the pre-trip advice and making all the arrangements was really easy - with quick responses to emails. Very professional, efficient and above all friendly !

Visited July 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Truly like having a Friend! The BEST!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

We recently travelled to Rome for our 20th Anniversary, and we researched many many tours very thoroughly before landing on Silvia (A Friend in Rome). There are many, many options out there ranging from large group tours, to semi-private small group tours, to private tours (and the prices range accordingly). They are all appealing from the internet, but something kept us wanting a private guide. We found Silvia's prices to be very reasonable for a private tour and it also gave us the flexibility on time and tour content. In fact, in some cases she is less expensive than small group tours. She truly knows her ins and outs on how to beat and avoid crowds before and during the tours (trust me, you'll appreciate this when you show up at a place and see the mobs!). We came in July when the heat was sweltering and we were so hot, but she held our attention and kept us in shaded places and away from crowds as much as possible. .

Before our trip to Rome, Silvia was so accomodating with all my requests, for restaurant recommendations to "must see places" suggestions, and all. I wish we were able to utilize her for more tours but we wanted some to time explore alone as well. She is a native of Rome, and lives there now, and this truly shows in everything she does and knows. She is super accomodating, very knowledgeable (historical facts weaved in to modern day info), patient and very easy to understand. She will tailor her information to your needs. I knew when we first met her and she hugged us with a warm Ciao greeting and a double sided kiss that we had made a great choice! She was fighting a cold when she was with us, but this didn't stop her from showing up and being amazing for our entire six hours.

We did a 3-hour Vatican trip with her, and a 3-hour Ancient Rome tour. I highly recommend both. Silvia, grazie mille for enhancing our anniversary trip to Rome!

Visited July 2012
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afriendinrome, Owner at A Friend In Rome Tours, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
It was a pleasure to be part of your 20th anniversary trip! Come back soon :)
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“Organized, knowledgeable, warm and friendly!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

I highly recommend A Friend in Rome! I planned our Roman itinerary with Silvia using email and Skype from our home in Canada. She was very understanding and knowledgeable regarding our needs as a family with children ages 11-16. Silvia was highly organized, and sent us sample itineraries which we continued to adjust until we were satisfied that the schedule would work of us. Once we arrived, everything went as scheduled without any frustrations or complications. We all very much enjoyed our tours spent with Silvia and Ennio, and we had a wonderfully relaxing day sailing! During our tours, our kids were engaged and were excited to be learning so much about Roman history and culture. We very much appreciated being in the capable hands of native Romans, who are passionate about sharing the amazing sites and treasures of their city.

Visited June 2012
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“Three hours with Silvia are better than three days with anyone else!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

I had a great introduction to Rome with this brilliant lady. We covered the important historical sites, as well as the lesser known sites. Not to mention the best gelato of my life! This is a true friend in Rome.

Visited February 2012
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“Great Vatican tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

Our group of 16 (including six children, ages ranging from 11 to 2 years old) had a wonderful tour of the Vatican with Silvia. We had previously been a couple years ago with a hotel-recommended guide, but this was a whole different experience. Silvia was an extremely knowledgable and interesting guide, even keeping the kids' attention with almost a scavenger hunt-type game she worked into the tour. Unfortunately, she was not available other days as the group quickly decided additional tours with Silvia would have been a great idea. Highly recommended. Grazie mille, Silvia.

Visited July 2012
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