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“Family trip to Rome”

Rent a Local Friend - Tours
Ranked #525 of 824 Tours in Rome
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Owner description: Rent a Local Friend and Live the Local Spirit of different cities. Explore local's favorite spots and get authentic tips, behind the touristic scene. Don't be a tourist! Be a local traveler!
Reviewed June 14, 2012

Simone was our local friend whilst on a family holiday in Rome. Our children were 8 and 10 years and we wanted a way to take the stress out of discovering a new city.
This worked perfectly and Simone's passion for and knowledge of Rome was immediately apparent. Our first afternoon was spent discovering the art and sculpture of The Vatican as well as one of Rome's best ice-cream parlours. The second afternoon was spent roaming other sights around Rome. We hopped on and off buses and trams without the worry of uncertainty, discovering hidden gems along the way, which we wouldn't have found on our own.
We would certainly recommend this way of seeing/experiencing a city and would use this service again ourselves.
Thank you Simone for the generous use of your time.

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Reviewed June 3, 2012

I recently went on a trip with Simone, from Rent a Local Friend. Simone made everything happen easily. His coordination and planning make it so that everything runs smoothly and without the added stress the normally comes with touring. We went on a day trip that toured the Appian Way, the old Jewish neighborhoods, and some parts of the main historical district. While most other tour guides have huge groups of people that prevent an intimate experience of Rome, Simone's groups are kept small and personal, and by the end everyone is friends. His small groups allow for a faster travel time, encouraging you to see a lot (but not all) that Simone has to offer. His extensive knowledge of Rome, combined with his enthusiasm for the subject, truly made it an enjoyable experience. Simone took us off the beaten path, away from almost all of the other tourists. He took us to places that only locals go to, and by the end we felt like locals as well. The places that he took us were absolutely beautiful as well as peaceful, away from the hustle and bustle. He then took us to hidden caffes and a gelateria that was amazing. In all, I highly recommend going on this tour with Simone. I absolutely enjoyed the experience and will come back soon, except we will be going on a bike tour with him!

1  Thank L R
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Earlier this month my husband and I, both seniors, participated in a half day, morning walking tour of Rome with Simone. The tour was booked on-line with absolutely no hiccups. We had agreed, through e-mails with Simone, to a tour highlighting 'Baroque' Rome, 17th-18th century. He met us at our hotel, on time, and off we walked. Not only did we see many sites featuring works of Bernini and Borromini but we received an enlightening historical overview of this unique capital, Rome. Much of the time was spent off the beaten track, to catch a peak of some unique feature of a building and/or its surroundings and whenever possible away from the busy centres . The time just flew by and before long it was lunchtime. Lunch was at a bustling café where the pizza and spaghetti carbonara, both delicious, came in record speed. We continued on and later Simone got a taxi for us and we were off to an afternoon tour of the underground Colosseum. We can't say enough good things about our guide, Simone. It is quite evident that he loves his job. He was energetic, well prepared, carrying in his backpack, maps and additional literature to enhance his tour. We highly recommend this company and Simone, a new friend of ours and a 'Rome Local'.
The Dupuis' Canada

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Reviewed October 23, 2012
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Reviewed June 1, 2012
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