My family of four just returned from an amazing weeklong trip to Rome. We have two kids aged 10 and 12. When we got home I asked the kids "what was your favorite part of Rome?" and the response was overwhelmingly "Chiara!" our tour guide. If you are a family traveling with kids, I highly recommend Chiara Mataloni. I just cannot say enough positives about her.
We saw many large tour groups everywhere we went and I am sure our kids would have hated those tours. The cost of a private tour is only a small amount more than group tour and it is worth ever penny!! The personal attention from Chiara was exceptional. She was great at adjusting the tours to our interests. If the kids looked at all disinterested, we quickly moved on before they got bored. If they were excited about what we were seeing, we stayed a few extra minutes. I was really impressed with the way she interacted with the kids and answered all their questions. She always spoke directly to them, looked them in the eye, and made them feel comfortable and part of the group. Her enthusiasm for Rome's history definitely rubbed off on them.
Chiara made everything so easy. She speaks English very well, quickly responded to all my questions and emails, and was always on time. She planned everything head of time, purchased our tickets in advance, and we never waited in any lines.
Our family spent 3 days with Chiara touring Rome. We did the Walking tour of the city, the Ancient Rome/Colosseum VIP tour, and Vatican tour. All three tours were fantastic, do not hesitate, and just do them! I recommend you start with the walking tour first and then do the others in any order. Also definitely do the VIP tour of Colosseum. You are able to go down into the underground of the Coliseum and up to the very top for a great view. Places you can only go with a tour guide.
Go to Rome and do the tours with Chiara. Trust me you will have the best time!!
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