Rome is Beautiful as it is, but to truly appreciate it, I think a tour is essential. That said, our Essence of Rome private tour with Through Eternity was wonderful. From inquiry to booking, from confirmations to actual tour, Through Eternity was wonderful. Pip, my initial contact, was very helpful -- explained my different tour options and responded very quickly. Website was easy to navigate and booking went smoothly. Our tour guide, Francesca, was amazing.
We were 2 families with older teens, a total party of 8. Francesca, was knowledgeable and untiring, providing us with chock-full of information on the ancient ruins and the Vatican. Her tour was interesting, made all the better with her friendly personality.
Our walking tour began in the morning from our hotel (by the Spanish Steps), to the Ancient City (Roman Forum, Colosseum, etc), then a Metro ride to the Vatican City. The whole time, Francesca pointed and explained statues/sites along the way; she never, not once, rushed us or made us feel we were taking too long. By the time we finished the Vatican City it was past the 7 hours and she offered to walk us back to our hotel (as she had to pick up her bike anyway), and she still continued to point out and explain things along the way. We felt she went over and above what was expected of her as a tour guide.
The Essence of Rome tour is a pretty exhausting tour (7 hours) yet it truly is exhaustive (you get to visit ancient Rome and the Vatican in one day).
I would definitely recommend Through Eternity -- prices are competitive and it was such a memorable experience. Loved Rome!
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