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“Wonderful day trip”

Stefano Rome Day Tours
Ranked #200 of 1,497 things to do in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Naches, Washington
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102 reviews
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“Wonderful day trip”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

We booked our wine tasting trip the day before on a whim. We were really surprised to find an email saying okay, the driver will meet us at the hotel the next morning at 8am. Massimo was our driver and his english was very good and he was a very cautious driver, which is almost unheard of in Rome. The mercedes was very comfortable and because it was Saturday, there wasn't much traffic. We started at Orvieto. The cathedral there is amazing. Definitely worth the admission. The wine tasting was at a little cafe across the plaza. What a gem this was. The owner did our tasting and he is the 3rd generation to own the cafe. He did an excellent job explaining the food and wine pairings. The best porchetto we had our whole trip! He let us into his cellar and told us the story of how his grandfather started the business. What a wonderful experience!
Next we were off to Montepulciano. We had a little mix up at restaurant and were getting very annoyed. When we met up with Massimo, he spoke to the owner, who in turn gave us a private tasting of reserve wine and the history of the farm. Then she took us into their cellar, which is also a museum of relics they find when they plow there fields. There are dinosaur bones, medieval tools and weaponry, all kinds of neat things. She was very knowledgeable and made up for the confusion in the restaurant. The bad part was that we had to pay 70 euros for a meal we didn't want or like. We were expecting to pay 30 euros for a wine tasting and food pairing.
Overall, the day was very nice. We got to see the Tuscan country side, which reminded me a lot of San Diego. We couldn't have asked for a better guide than Massimo. His knowledge of the area was amazing. Be aware that this trip costs 500 euros and that does not include any of the tastings or museum fees. We spent about 650 euros in all.

Visited June 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful tour, wonderful company.”
Reviewed May 21, 2012

I originally met Stefano as the owner of the excellent Rome Cabs transportation service.

I had such a great experience with Rome Cabs, I booked two tours with Stefano Rome Tours for my parents and myself. The website provided a good explanation of each tour and what to expect. Prices were as advertised - no problems there. The guides pick you up at your hotel and bring you back - quite a relief.

Our first tour was a day trip to Assisi from Rome. Assisi is such a wonderful place, and our tour guide Alex made the day even better. He was easy to talk to, gave us insight into the daily lives of Italians, and was always flexible with our requests. At the end of our stay in Rome, for the 4:00AM drive back to the airport, we had Alex as our driver. What a welcome send-off.

The second tour was to Florence. Our tour guide this day was Andrea. There is a lot to experience in Florence in one day, and Andrea worked so hard to make sure we had the best time. While we were visiting one attraction, Andrea would be off preparing for the next. We started with a beautiful overlook of the city, and then went on to see Santa Croce, the Accademia, the Duomo, the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, plus some shopping in between. He also found a very charming place for lunch recommended by the locals, which my father enjoyed immensely. (Fiaschetteria) We were a bit late arriving back at our hotel, but after seeing so much that day, how can one complain. Andrea was charming the entire time.

Stefano Rome Tours is highly recommended. In fact, we are traveling back to Italy this fall, and are planning to schedule more trips with Stefano.

Visited June 2011
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Terre Haute, Indiana
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Tour Pricing Beware”
Reviewed April 28, 2012

We booked a price based on website disclosure of the Rome in Depth tour. We received confirmation of pricing, but they added $120.00 for the service of a guide. On the Website it stated that the guide was included. I questioned the price and was told that they had made an mistake on the website and it would be corrected, pricing would now be the higher amount.
We were afriad that other costs would be included that were not disclosed, so we avoided this company. Beware!

Visited April 2012
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