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“3 wonderful days” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rome Connection Private Tours

Rome Connection Private Tours
Ranked #111 of 755 Tours in Rome
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Owner description: Live the unforgettable experience of a Private Tour in Rome.Let yourself be led by historical and cultural itineraries that only the Eternal City can offer. Our great expertise and enthusiasm will guide every tour in Rome. Discover all the advantages of choosing a private tour labeled Rome Connection.
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Sydney, Australia
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“3 wonderful days”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

In 2013 I visited Rome with a group of 12 friends. We had limited time and wanted to make the most of our stay so arranged to have a tour guide for our group. Andrea Valentini was exceptional and listened to my interests making sure he tailored a trip to suit our needs.
He met us at sights and then spent the day explaining so much about Rome and its fantastic layer history. He suggested a trip to Ostia Antica which I knew very little about. we had spent the morning at the Colosseum and ancient centre so took a 40 minute train trip to edge of Rome. Here we were all surprised by the well preserved and relatively unknown ruins of Rome's ancient port. He was a wealth of knowledge and helped us to see and learn things many people who visit Rome will never get to see. He spent a grey deal of time before we arrived corresponding with me to ensure he would meet the needs of the group and even recommended some great places to eat that were not on the tourist track.
His knowledge of history, art and the people of Rome made our visit amazing. He was professional and friendly and addressed the needs of our diverse group.

Visited August 2013
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Davie, Florida, United States
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“Great choice of tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

Our family spent two terrific days with Marco. He was terrific. I cannot say enough how great he was with my two kids, ages 17 and 14. He whisked us around the Vatican and showed us the high points of the ruins. Importantly he got to know us and tailored the tour based upon what he felt most interested us. For example my youngest was very interested in the catacombs and other similar things so he made sure that we got to see the catacombs and a Capuchin monastery that had a peculiar macabre way of displaying the remains of departed monks.

Marco is a very proud citizen of Rome and his love of country shows through in the pride in which he conducts his tours.

By the end of the two days we felt like he was an honorary family member. He will always be a part of our memories of our family Rome adventure.

Visited July 2014
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Issaquah
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“Wonderful family vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

My son wanted to visit Rome as a family before he headed to Spain. With limited time I hoped to let him experience as much of this wonderful city as we could. Gian Lugo was our guide and I confess we had a wonderful time and learned so much. Thanks to Gian Lugo we visited everything we had hoped to and a few gems that he suggested that we would never have known about. Such amazing views from above the Vatican as well as on the Aventine hill. I would not hesitate to book again.

Visited June 2014
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Chula Vista, California
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“Rome Connection in Florence & Rome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

We booked Rome Connection through their website and left them a credit card number to hold and paid them cash on the day of the tour to avoid the credit card surge charge. We used them for Pisa / Florence and Rome and both tours where great. They pick us up right on time and our group of 8 had a great time at both places. I would highly recommend Rome Connection tours and if I ever get back to either place I will use them again.

Visited June 2014
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Austin, Texas
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“"Marco helped us conquer Rome in a day!"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

On Wed, June 11th, we stepped off our Disney cruise ship at 7:30 a.m. and Marco was right at the ship's exit door waiting for us. Our group of eight including three kids (8,8 & 5), had a very short walk to Marco's large Mercedes shuttle where we comfortably enjoyed our drive to Rome in style. I would also like to mention he provided water and more importantly the shuttle had Wi-fi which was a huge bonus after having no access on-board the cruise ship.

We had planned a packed itinerary for Marco which did not seem to phase him. First stop was the Coliseum for the Underground Tour. He dropped us off directly in front of the Coliseum and we walked right in as we had already purchase our tickets in advance. To say the drop-off was very convenient would be an understatement as the popular landmark was already extremely crowded (at 9:15 am) and it was also very hot. Marco provided us with a phone when we exited the shuttle and told us to call him as soon as we were done.

Our Colisseum tour did not conclude until a bit after 11 and our Vatican entry was scheduled for 11:30 am. We had no time to lose. We called Marco and voila, there he was waiting for us right in front (again a VERY short walk to the shuttle). He whisked us away over to the Vatican. I'm really not sure how he maneuvers his large Mercedes shuttle in and out of the INSANE Rome traffic, but he does it with ease (maybe from lots of practice). We arrived at the Vatican and he parked about 15 yards away from the main entrance. We felt like rock stars. In we walk without any wait in line. Marco secures our headphones (which are a nominal extra fee) and we're off for a whirlwind tour as we only provided him with 1 1/2 hours before our next scheduled tour.

Marco was thorough and insightful with his knowledge of the Vatican. He's also very good and patient with children. If I remember correctly he has 7 of his own kids so he can definitely tolerate the young very well. He made sure to highlight all of the important relics and paintings prior to entering the Sistine Chapel. He let us explore Sistine Chapel on our own since inside it's mandatory silence. He advised us to head out through the right exit doors from the chapel and he would meet us at the bottom of the stairs. This group exit door drops you off at the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica. So again, no waiting in line and straight into the church. Again, he shared with us the rich history and guided us through all of the important elements of the church.

At 1:15 pm we had booked the underground Scavi tour. Since children are not allowed on this tour, Marco walked us to the entrance of the tour and then took the children and one of the adults in our party to a local restaurant for lunch. When our Scavi tour was complete, we called Marco and he met us right behind St. Peter's square on a side street (again VIP parking and hardly any walking).

From St. Peter's, Marco expertly navigated the traffic and dropped us off right beside the Pantheon. He recommended a great pizza shop for us adults who had yet to eat and then pointed out an amazing Gelato stop for dessert. We had an hour to explore the area before we met him at our drop-off location.

Following the Pantheon, he drove us through the crazy streets of Rome to the Trevi Fountain. Since cars are not allowed anywhere near the fountain, he dropped us off at the entrance of a side street for a very manageable walk. We reached the fountain, threw in our coins for good luck and headed back to the shuttle for the trip back to the cruise ship.

Prior to our day with Marco, we thought for sure he would not be able to accommodate our crazy requests to tour the Colisseum, Vatican, St. Peter's, Scavi, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain especially considering the 1.5 -2 hour each-way drive to and from the port of Civitavecchia. But low and behold, Marco was cool, calm and collected and easily fulfilled our requests. He definitely exceeded our expectations.

Upon returning to the ship, many of the cruisers had booked excursions through the cruise line spending around $250 per person. They had not pre-purchased any tickets so many of them only enjoyed the incredible Roman landmarks from the outside. On the flip side, we hired Rome Connections at a fraction of the price of a cruise excursion (about 100e per person with tip) and had VIP parking and front of the line tickets (which we booked on our own per Marco's advice), everywhere we went.

Booking Rome Excursions was the best decision we made for our visit to Rome!!!

Visited June 2014
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