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“Roman reprise”

Understanding Rome Tours
Ranked #238 of 826 Tours in Rome
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Owner description: Private tours of Rome taking the Eternal City at your pace, and focusing on what interests you. Proud to be licensed as a guide by the Province of Rome, I organize tailor-made private and small group tours of the city and environs. I've lived in Rome for 12 years, am a naturalized Roman, and love exploring the city's multiple layers; the only way to understand Rome. Understanding Rome is recommended by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Rough Guide to Rome, the Sydney Sun Herald, and Conde Nast Traveller's Rome App.
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Tossed the coin into the Trevi in January this year and got lucky. Returned in June. Top of the pre trip to-do list was an email to Agnes to set a date for another journey into the baroque kicked off back in January.

I particularly wanted a guided tour of the Palazzo Doria - Pamphilj. Agnes prepared a very enjoyable and engaging walk kicking off with the Palazzo, followed by other relevant locations within walking distance. Our last meet up was with the family. This time I was solo. Agnes again impressed with her ability to intuit the customers' interest and pitch her talk accordingly. She also clearly gets a kick out of noticing changes around her Rome. A couple of times we stopped while she took a photo and related a little story about some small change to a building or square - these stops feel a lot like little extra treats.

Sadly the Trevi is under repair so no opportunity to throw a coin this visit. Who knows when I'll get back, but if I do, it’ll be a pleasure to meet up with Agnes again. Satisfied customers always come back.

A most engaging walk, thanks Agnes.

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Agnes C, Owner at Understanding Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2014

Lovely to see you again so swiftly! Best, Agnes

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We recently had three private tours of Rome (June 2014) with Agnes Crawford. We made specific requests that she fulfilled easily. Her dialogues were not only factual and thorough, but also entertaining, as Ms. Crawford has an excellent sense of humour. She was also able to answer our individual questions.

If our schedule permits, we'll return to Rome next year and seek her guidance once again.

We would definitely recommend her as a tour guide for Rome, and send her our thanks and best regards from Canada.

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Agnes C, Owner at Understanding Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2014

Thanks Romano, great meeting you all!

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Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

We booked two half day tours with Agnes and loved Agnes' engaging, informative guidance. She enabled us to skip the immense lines which saved a great deal of time. Agnes was both knowledgable and humorous. She kept us enthralled.

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Agnes C, Owner at Understanding Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2014

Thanks for taking the time, much appreciated and I'm glad you had a good trip. Best, Agnes

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We have used many guides over the years with our now adolescent kids, and most have been pretty wonderful. But what we look for is someone not only with expertise and facts, personal passion for the subject, but a willingness to listen and have real conversation (sometimes guides are on script). And it is emphatic for us that they talk to our kids like adults. Agnes was perfect in all regard. Funny, smart, passionate, engaging, conversational, solicitous. She arranged a car to pick us up at our hotel to tour Rome and Water -- an amazing tour of the Baths of Caracalla and then out to the spectacular aqueducts outside the city walls. We also detoured at our request to see the very moving Ardentine Forest tombs -- where random Romans were executed 70 years ago after a partisan attack on Via Rassela in Rome. She could not have been more flexible and insightful. I would work with her again instantly for any unique look at Rome.

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Agnes C, Owner at Understanding Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2014

Thanks Christopher!

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

A great experience. My husband and I only had two full days in the Eternal City, and I am so glad we made the wise choice to spend them with two different “Understanding Rome” tours. Agnes shared a wealth of knowledge with us in that short time, and did so with efficiency, good humor and patience. There is no question that we learned and enjoyed the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica and Colosseum/ Palatine sites in much greater depth thanks to her tours. I highly recommend Agnes as your guide in Rome.

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Agnes C, Owner at Understanding Rome Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2014

Thanks so much Hiliary. Best, Agnes

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