Whenever my husband and I vacation to different cities in Europe, we try to book a tour at the beginning of each trip to get an introduction to that particular city. When I found Eddie's Fun Roma on Trip Advisor, it seemed to be everything that we were looking for. We learned after the experience that it was quite misleading and left us having to spend an additional full day of our vacation making up for lost time.
We chose the "Eddie Day" tour ("voted best Rome in 1 day tour") which costed us 240 Euro (equivalent to $311) for both of us to join the tour group. My first reaction was, "Wow, this is expensive", but I figured it would be worth it considering it was 7 full hrs of sightseeing. According to the description, we were supposed to have a one-on-one tour with two tour guides. Upon our arrival to Eddie's Fun Office, we were asked if we minded if three other ladies could join us. We didn't necessarily mind, but this is the first example of misleading information. Next, the online itinerary promises a "quick Italian breakfast at a typical pasticceria" (This did not happen) as well as sights visited to include "Colosseum, Circus Maximus, San Giovanni, magical keyhole of the Botanical Gardens, Largo Argentina (Julius Ceaser) and more" but we only had time for two of those sights: The Colosseum and Circus Maximus that were fairly close to each other. From Circus Maximus, we boarded a train which took us to a town called Marino.
The town of Marino was very lovely. We walked around for a while before having lunch at a very quaint, intimate Italian restaurant. The food and wine were authentic and amazing.
Little to our knowledge, we spent the entire rest of the afternoon in Marino. This was disappointing because we were only able to see two sights in Rome...how is this voted the best "Rome in 1 day" tour when half of the day is spent in another town?
This tour is meant for people who have already seen all of Rome and are in need of a break from the city--not for people like us who were enjoying our first full day in Rome. My husband and I both believe that the overall cost of the Eddie's Day tour should be reduced by half, and we also feel that people should be aware of the false advertising.
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