During July 2014 my wife and I along with some very good friends of ours, decided to book Rome Connections 2 day imperial tour. The booking process was quick and easy; your credit card is requested solely to confirm the booking although the preferred payment (which we used) is cash. Any questions you have after the booking are answered very quickly via email.
We were picked up at exactly 8:00am at the entrance to our hotel. The tour vehicle is very clean (I actually asked if it was brand new) and as mentioned stocked with water which is a necessity in Rome during July. I feel very privileged that our tour guide for day one was the owner Marco. Marco loves Rome and truly wants you to see the city he loves through his eyes. During the morning we visited the Pantheon, Trevi fountain, Spanish steps (had they been not covered in scaffolding), the tomb of the unknown soldier (Bring water to the top, it's very hot), Circus Maximus, the catacombs and then lunch at a classic Roman restaurant that was actually the remains of a mausoleum (try the classic Roman items). In the afternoon we visited St Paul's basilica. By the end of the day, you don't feel rushed; Marco has designed the tour so you spend enough time in each attraction, while supplying all the information you will ever need about each.
Day 2: We were picked up again at exactly 8:00am by Giorgio, who would be our driver for the day. We were quickly joined by Georgia who was our tour guide. Both our tour guide and driver were excellent; they showed the same amount of love and passion towards the history and culture of Rome as Marco. Day 2 was the Vatican museums/St peters basilica and the Colosseum/Roman forum. I have to say, if we hadn't been with Rome Connection, we would still be in the line outside the Vatican museums today; the line skip is glorious. Again, the attractions were all toured in what felt like our own time, nothing felt rushed and all our questions were answered. We had lunch in a small restaurant close to the Colosseum. The food and service was excellent! The hand picked restaurants you are taken to for lunch could not be better; we were very impressed.
To summarize, we only had 3 days in Rome. After the tour we don't feel as though we had missed anything. We will go back one day and will without a doubt take another one of Rome Connection's tours. We highly recommend this tour for anyone, it is worth every penny!
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