Our family of four (parents, 14 year old daughter, 11 year old son) spent 8 days in Rome & 3 in Venice this summer, three of those Roman days touring with Giovanni. They were, by far, the best of our entire vacation.
We’re not an easy bunch. All four of us talk incessantly, love history & want to learn - but we don’t necessarily love the same *aspects* of history - lots of conflicting interests for a tour guide. We prefer to make our lives easier when vacationing, so wanted to be met at our hotel for every tour. Before we left, I researched dozens of options for tour sites and emailed Laura about almost all of them. Hardest of all, our son is a special needs kid (adhd, anxiety, aspergers) and he is *very* challenging. Difficult but very intelligent.
Finding a guide who likes children, can relate to teens, is endlessly patient, smart & engaging, fun, and flexible enough to cope with us seemed an impossible task.
But it wasn’t. Laura, in her kindness & perfect planning, and Giovanni, in the days he spent guiding us, were absolutely wonderful. Giovanni’s depth of knowledge was impressive, and right up our alley. He’s an archaeologist possessing an impressive knowledge base of Roman history. Truly fascinating. He’s also fun, with a great sense of humor & ability to converse on lots of topics. As another reviewer said, it’s like having a friend in Rome, and certainly someone with whom you enjoy spending several hours. Or, in our case, days.
In addition, their tours were complete customizable (witness all those options I showered on Laura, & the great tours she devised), and totally personalized to our interests & priorities. Most importantly, they were flexible. That is priceless. For example, one day we were supposed to visit a mostly outdoor site after touring for a couple hours already, and it was crazy hot. When I wimped out, Giovanni found a perfect alternative - the Crypta Balbi. Indoors, not inundated with other visitors, captivating, kinesthetic for the kids, and a place we never would’ve known about or visited on our own.
Above all - above the personal attention, customized tours, flexibility, and Giovanni’s knowledge & disposition - we appreciated his connection with our son. His ability to be patient, interesting and kind made those days special for us, truly enjoyable & memorable. We’ve travelled to Europe often in the last 8 years and toured with private guides many times. I cannot recommend Roads to Rome highly enough.
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