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“Worth every penny - like we had our own scholar traveling with us.”
Review of Icon Tours

Icon Tours
Ranked #350 of 852 Tours in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: SMALL GROUP & PRIVATE TOURS LED BY LIVELY EXPERTS Our original tours are led by scholars and authorized guides with academic qualifications and permission to skip lines at museums and monuments. A DIFFERENT KIND OF TOUR EXPERIENCE Perfect for travelers who don’t like standard, boring tours. Spending time with an icon guide is like visiting with a friend who is excited to share insider secrets and history. What makes our tours unforgettable We are a network of over 30 carefully selected scholars, professors, researchers, authors and licensed guides specializing in the study of art history, archeology, architecture, literature and other subjects. Many of the scholars who lead our original tours hold MA, or Ph.D. degrees, and are known for their vibrant and enthusiastic presentations, bringing each location into historic and relevant detail with personality. Our guides provide accurate information, dispelling legends and myths recited by countless guides, and answering questions with a depth of knowledge that only comes from scholars with academic qualifications. We are able to customize private tours to met the specific interests of our guests. Today we are recognized by travel writers, travel agents, and online travel sites for having some of the “Best Tour Guides in the World”.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed June 27, 2009

We were on a tight schedule and decided last minute to book a private tour for to minimize lines and getting around. Pick ICON upon a friends recommendation. Smartest move we made! Sarah was great. not only did she zip us around with ease, the best part was all of the preparation and knowledge she shared about the art, arch. & history. Main spots we hit were Pantheon, Colleseu, Forum in morning. and Vatican in the afternoon. She knows how to avoid long lines, which quick routes to go by taxis, (like "go to the gelloto place on the corner where the vatican choir goes after practice, not to the vatican!" saved us half an hour in the tax). She explained which pieces of art were most significant and why, told us what to look for in the various works and the stories behind the places. She had a whole 'kit' of drawings and pictures to enhance the history and art lesson She was an absolute gem. We would have totally blown it in Rome on our own. Thanks Sarah, Thanks ICON Tours

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Reviewed April 11, 2007

My sisters and I recently enjoyed a tour of the Vatican with Icon Tours. We sped through the security and ticket process with our leader Joanne. There were only 14 in our group. She was great. Very informative, and did NOT act as if she had done this zillions of times before. I hope to go back to Rome soon, and would take more of their tours.

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Reviewed August 20, 2010
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