Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour
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- Duration options: 5 - 9 hours
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The tours themselves were great! The company hosting the tours was...less great. We made sure to get there the 25 minutes early and thank god we did. They did not have our tour purchase on any list so they ended up upgrading us to a semi-private group for the Vatican (which was awesome!). Our guide was excellent but she didn't explain anything until we were already through security at the Vatican. Then, in the afternoon. we went to the Colosseum to meet at 1pm and no one was there. The summer hours state 1pm and winter hours 3pm. Well, we called and they said the tour started at 2pm. Very confusing. But our guide, once again, was fantastic and the Roman Forum portion was really fascinating. Recommend the tour but the company could do with some organization improvements!
Had a combined same day tour : with a beautiful, witty & fun Sicilian tour guide lady Linda (Cristina) at 8.30am in Vatican - the only one to visit Rafael Rooms as well & not crowded as usual; and with Massimo of Coliseum, Rome Forum, Paladine Hill, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon & Piazza Navona - both excellent , informative but also easy tours & guides! Highly recommended & cheaper & any other option. Quite intense to fit in one day but very doable, enough time in between for a lunch & getting to the other meeting point. Kids 8y.o. & 12y.o. survived & enjoyed!
Ludwig, our Vatican tour guide was excellent! He was very knowledgable and passionate about the artwork we were reviewing. This tour was definitely worth the money! Our afternoon Ancient Rome tour was a real disappointment! Our tour guide, Barbara, rambled on ad nauseam and it was very hard to make sense of her commentary. At times, she seemed to be talking to herself. At the end of the tour, we were left in the middle of Rome with no idea as to how to get back to our hotel (and no help from Barbara). Not a very nice way to end the tour!
We visited the Vatican early in the day and it wasn't too busy. Don't forget to have your knees and shoulders covered, even in really hot weather. Our guide Ivana was really passionate about the Vatican and knowledgeable about art. After a trip on the subway we arrived at the Colloseum. It was very hot and we saw a lot. It was almost too much to take in after the Vatican in the morning. Still, this tour achieved the aim of fitting everything into one day. The chocolate gelato near the Trevi fountain was GREAT.
Overall great experience, would 100% recommend to anyone wanting to do both tours in a day! We had two separate guides for the Vatican and Colosseum/Roman Forum but nothing Davide and Julio were amazing and very knowledgeable