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Should I participate in this exclusive tour in Rome?

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Should I participate in this exclusive tour in Rome?

I have the opportunity to take this tour with the group I am going with in Rome this July - it appears that it isn't something that is normally available to the public and might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. This specific tour would cost me $170 to do (for me and my spouse). My question is - have any of you done this before??? - going inside these private residences? Is it worth it? Thank you!

The Spendor of Private Palaces

Rome’s historic center is defined by palaces once in competition for pre-eminence in the Eternal City. This exclusive program invites you into three of Rome’s most representative and exclusive residences closed to the public: Casino dell’Aurora Pallavicini, Palazzo Sacchetti, and Palazzo Colonna. A private art historian will accompany you to each property, providing insight into the rise and fall of these powerful Roman families and their influence on Rome’s architecture and history.

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1. Re: Should I participate in this exclusive tour in Rome?

If I were in Rome, I'd go on this -- the price for two people seems quite reasonable. Palazzo Colonna is the better known of the three but they all appear interesting and it sounds like you'll see some terrific architecture and art as well as hear about the histories of the families.

So, it's a personal preference -- is this something you are very interested in, or is there something else in Rome that interests you more? If it is not something that really interests you, there are plenty of other places to see in the Eternal City.

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All 3 of these are well worth seeing.

Two of these are generally open to the public, but at restricted times. The Palazzo Colonna is open every Saturday morning. The Casino dell’Aurora Pallavicini is open on the 1st of every month (except January) for a couple of hours in the morning and again in the afternoon.

So whether it is worth taking this tour may depend on when you are in Rome. If you are able to see these 2 without the tour, then you have to ask whether the Palazzo Sacchetti alone is worth the money. It may depend on whether you will get to see more than is normally open (At the Colonna for instance, you are not mormally allowed into the gtardens - I don't know if your tour will include this?)

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3. Re: Should I participate in this exclusive tour in Rome?

Depends perhaps whether you're good retainers of information, or not?

On tours of that sort, I'm rather "in one ear, out the other"... and rarely find enough sticking to justify the extra cost!

Less cachet probably, but at 11 Euro each, you might consider this place - open almost every day of the year, and one of the most memorable palazzi visits on offer:



... with an audioguide, at least when we did it several years ago now, that had been recorded by one of the family - who still use the Palazzo themselves.


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4. Re: Should I participate in this exclusive tour in Rome?

Would second Peter's recommendation of the Palazzo Doria Pamphili - a wonderful building, and the audio guide is quite informative and interesting. Deserves to be better known. It is very close to The Palazzo Colonna, and not very far from the Casino dell’Aurora Pallavicini.

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