Before I review the tour, I must say how happy I was with the office staff of this company. Especially Oana. Oana was very prompt in all correspondence prior to our trip and made everything so easy for us.
Our tour of Rome was on July 17, 2013 and my family of four was paired with another family of three. We were in a nice Mercedes mini van. We had plenty of room and we were so happy that we had such a small group. Our Driver/tour guide was David. He met us at our ship, Norwegian Epic. He was very friendly, yet quiet until we approached Rome. Once we were close to Rome he impressed us with his knowledge of the historic city. Our first stop was the Colosseum. We had skip the lines tickets and this perk was so helpful such we were on a tight schedule. We went on to see the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain (David gave my young son a coin to toss in the fountain), a quick stop at the Knights of Malta with a secret St. Peter's view. Peek through this keyhole on a piazza designed by Piranesi in 1765, and you will see a garden path that ends with bushes perfectly framing the dome of St. Peter's in the distance. Quite breathtaking to say the least!
We had to be at the Vatican by 2 pm, so David dropped us off at a market area which had several restaurants. He told us that they were all good, and didn't recommend one in particular to us. I was disappointed that he didn't have a reservation for us and that we had to pick a restaurant on our own. I was unhappy with our restaurant and service. No air conditioning either on this very warm day, but this really had nothing to do with the tour. I would ask your driver to recommend a place.
Our last stop was the Basilica and St. Peter's Square. We were in awe of all the history and art.
David gave us plenty of time to see everything and got us back to our ship in time. As we got out of the car, he gave each of us a small gift. David is very charming and I am so happy that he showed us around Rome. His English was very good and I highly recommend this company if you are looking for a great experience on your trip to Rome.
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