Having not been to Rome before my husband and I decide to splash out on a pre booked tour of the Colosseum. All the reviews indicated that this would be £80+ money well spent. We were hosted by Luisa. She had a very strong accent that you had to strain to understand which switched my husband off very quickly and her insistence in repeatedly talking about the cleaning of the Colosseum was irritating. (I don't tend to want to hear about cleaning too much when I am on holiday). She was continually repeating herself and padding out her tour. It took 1 and a half hours of a 3hour tour to make it half way round the Colosseum. Because her grasp of the english language wasn't so good I was reluctant to ask her questions because the ones that were asked by other people, she didn't seem to answer. We left after and hour and a half and missed the Forum and Palatine parts of the tour because we were so fed up. All that we can imagine is that the others learnt how to clean those two sites. I learnt more about the Colosseum by reading about it in my guide book, talking to other members of my party who had seen it with another tour company and from the "When In Rome" guide during my trip round the Vatican. Maybe she was having a bad day, but not my cup of tea. Money wasted.
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