I think most people would agree with me when I say "A tour guide and/or driver can make or break an experience." Such was the case on our recent trip to Rome. We knew our visit would be time critical as we needed to take a couple of hours off our day due to driving to the port and back. This was not a huge concern to either of us as we had both enjoyed the sites of Rome on previous occasions. This time our focus was to be the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel.
Our experience began with an on time pick up at the dock, where our driver from "AVVENTURE BELLISSIME " was waiting to greet us. With his excellent English , he was able to keep us entertained to such a degree as to make the one hour journey fly by. His driving skills were unquestionably sharp, and his awareness, second to none.
Luca, our tour guide for the day, was waiting for us as we entered Rome. His greeting was warm and confident, and we knew that we were totally in the hands of professionals. Luca became the consummate host as he showed us "HIS" Rome. Fully attentive to our needs, he set a pace that was arguably the best we have ever experienced. His skill set was in "setting the scene," using building blocks to set the way to a clear understanding of the subject under discussion, and his clever use of techknowledgy to round out the discussion was just icing on the cake.
Lunch was off the beaten tourist track at the rear of a small deli, where we felt right at home, sitting and making small talk with the owner as we devoured the food that was waiting for us, along with, of course, a bottle of wine.
Luca was not only informative, but also witty, with many anecdotes to make his point as we walked from attraction to attraction.
As has been mentioned in previous reviews, the day in Rome can be pricey, but if you consider a car for the day, a driver with superior driving skills, and a guide who is second to none, then I think you will find it is worth every euro it takes.
Would we use the services of AVVENTURE BELLISSIME, and Luca in particular, again? Without a shadow of a doubt.
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