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Gerard, the organizer, has amazing communication. He sent me everything I needed to know for meeting and prep by email and sms. He also was very quick to reply to me and help me when I got there so that I could find the group more easily. I paid for the Colosseum (undergound and main), palantine, and forum. Francesca was our tour guide. it was a group of 3 so pretty much a private tour. Francesca was kind and knowledgeable of the sites. The only reason I don't give 5 stars is because I wouldn't say that the tour exceeded mu expectation. although the guide new the sites, she didn't animate much. She seems to have told us just the bear minimum of what we needed to to know based on main things that we needed to see there. I would have given 5 stars if I had a guide that was a great story teller showing an obvious passion for the history and the sites with additional historical anecdotes about the roman sites. overall would recommend 🙂
Incredible tour worth the money for sure! Extremely knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. Knew the entire history of Rome and told us a great story of the city while taking us through the Colosseum, Palatine, and the Forum. Were able to see the underbelly and the main floor of the Colosseum as well which was really incredible. 3.5 hour tour and a lot of walking. Would recommend at least 1L of water per person, especially if traveling in warm summer months like us. There are water fountains, restrooms, and street vendors that sell water as well. You can take a small backpack/purse into the colosseum as well. Really great experience. Would strongly recommend.
We had an incredible tour with Marlee! She has a wealth of knowledge and ties together the history of Rome at a level easy to comprehend. It was a very hot day, but she moved us from shaded area to shaded area. Excellent tour! I would ask for Marlee!
We had a very enjoyable tour of the colosseum, underground and Ancient Rome with Nic. It was very informative and well worth the money.
I took the tour of the Colosseum with Maria Leticia and loved it! She was very knowledgable about the history of Rome and the Colosseum and you can tell she is really passionate about what she does. I would really recommend taking your tour with Maria Leticia!
We took a 3.5 hour group tour of the coliseum (including underground and upper levels, accessible only with very special tours), Palatine Hill, and the Forum. Our guide Nick was superb.
C. L. C.
We booked two tours with Real Rome Tours the first was a semiprivate tours. The first was the Treasures of the Vatican Tour. We met our guild at the Real Rome Tour offices after a nice lunch at a restaurant in the area. Our guide provided us with audio devices and ear phones (I used my own ear buds) so we would be able to hear him during the tour. We walked to the Vatican and after a couple of minutes waiting we entered the Vatican. Our guild was very knowledgable about the Vatican and the history of the site. He took time to give us additional information about the Vatican and what to expect on the tour. We walked the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica. He also recommended good locations for pictures and how to navigate the Vatican after the tour. Our second tour was the Real Ancient Rome Tour with a larger group. Again it was a great tour and the guild was very knowledgable of all the sites. I highly recommend Real Rome Tours if you are planning to visit Rome and want to know more about what you are seeing.
We booked a private tour to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum. Our guide was Alessia and she was wonderful. She tailored the tour to our needs -- including my kids' need to rest and sit down at times. She did a great job of engaging my two kids in the tour, making them feel comfortable enough to ask questions, and giving them information they would be interested in (gladiators!). Our experience with Real Rome Tours has been excellent from beginning to end. All the staff -- including the office staff answering the phone -- is professional and friendly, and they delivered on everything they promised. We would definitely use Real Rome Tours again!
We did the Rome In a Day tour and it was splendid. We saw so many great sites in such a short amount of time: Colosseum, Pantheon, Forum, Palentine Hill, Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's, and many, many other sights! Our guide, Patriza was wonderful! Highly recommend this group!
Our tour of the Colosseum was awesome! Leonardo was enthusiastic and professional, and very knowledgeable and informative!
The tour was amazing! Our guide Francesca was fantastic and we learned so much more than we would have if we were on our own. It was also much easier to get in with the tour guide so I'd highly recommend booking with them. In one of the descriptions it said you have to bring your passport or ID but it has to be a passport so make sure your name is the same as that document if you're in the middle of changing your last name!
Tammy Lanham Gibson
Awesome tour. Loved learning the history as we toured the colosseum underground, palatine hill and Roman forum. Heidi was an awesome tour guide with so much great info to share. Would definitely recommend going with a guided tour.
Thank you very much for a really fantastic tour, would definitely recommend! Special thanks to our tour guide Esther who was a wonderful guide! Thank you!
Highest recommendation possible for Real Rome Tours! Before we even arrived, Gerard was fantastic at communication, tailoring the tour to our interests, and figuring out the best times to arrive at each spot. They were always on time to pick us up at our hotel and stayed on time throughout the day. The Mercedes van was always clean and had water in it for us. There was only two of us but it would have comfortably seated 6 people. We booked them for the evening walking tour--a must to see Rome at night with Heidi, the next day a full tour of Rome complete with the Vatican, Colosseum, and more with Max and Fabio, and in our final day an amazing drive to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast with Fabio and Katerina. Highly recommend all three tours. At the end of each day they always gave their recommendations on dinner choices and dessert. Gerard, Heidi, Max, Fabio, and Katerina, many many thanks!
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and our guide Donatella was wonderful! I value enthusiasm and inclusion as well as knowledge and she was all that. I highly recommend the tour and if your guide is Donatella, you will be pleasantly surprised!
Heidi was an amazing tour guide and this was our favorite tour of Italy! So thorough and interesting for both us and our kids! HIGHLY recommend this tour!
We had a wonderful experience with Real Rome Tours. I had booked a tour of the underground of the Colosseum with another company, which cancelled our tour with no explanation only weeks before our trip. When I contacted Gerard at Real Rome Tours I was not hopeful he would be able to provide us tickets with such little notice. Gerard was extremely helpful and transparent about everything, explaining there had been a recent regulatory change which requires all tourists to the underground be identified in advance and allows no changes to the names of attendees, which made arranging the tours quite difficult and meant they could not be cancelled (something the other tour agency didn’t bother to explain even when cancelling our tour). He kept in regular contact and updated us on securing the tickets. Miraculously, he was ultimately able to get us access to the underground. The tour itself was exceptional. Our guide Heidi was friendly, professional and incredibly knowledgeable. She taught us so much about the history of Rome, the Roman Forum, and the Colosseum in an engaging and accessible way. I could not recommend this tour agency more highly. I particularly recommend doing the Colosseum underground tour. I appreciate it’s quite expensive, but it’s a once in a lifetime experience and well worth it to gain access to the most fascinating parts of the arena.
First, this is hands down, this is the best tour company in Rome. I have been to many places and booked many tours and they are, by far, the easiest to deal with. Booking is simple and straight forward and the guides are friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend them
Our tour guide was so knowledgeable, and friendly. I can't imagine finding my way around the busy sites without her. My family will never forget our tour of the Forum and Colosseum.
No regrets! Book Real Rome Tours! Highest recommendation possible for Real Rome Tours! Before we even arrived, Gerard was fantastic at communication, tailoring the tour to our interests, and figuring out the best times to arrive at each spot. They were always on time to pick us up at our hotel and stayed on time throughout the day. The Mercedes van was always clean and had water in it for us. There was only two of us but it would have comfortably seated 6 people. We booked them for the evening walking tour--a must to see Rome at night with Heidi, the next day a full tour of Rome complete with the Vatican, Colosseum, and more with Max and Fabio, and in our final day an amazing drive to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast with Fabio and Katerina. Highly recommend all three tours. At the end of each day they always gave their recommendations on dinner choices and dessert. Gerard, Heidi, Max, Fabio, and Katerina, many many thanks!
Amazing In July 2022 my family began planning our European vacation. When it came to our trip involving our visit to Rome I sought out professional tour companies to assist with our four day visit. After searching Google and reading customer reviews, I contacted Real Rome Tours and a gentleman by the name of Gerard Breen responded promptly to my email in English. I went over our timeframe and what we were looking for during our trip, and he made a proposal, which sounded exactly what we were looking for. After we finalized our travel dates we again made contact with Gerard, who made detailed plans for our four day visit. During our visit is my wife, yes, myself and our 42-year-old daughter. My wife has MS and walks with crutches. So traveling for her is a little slower than normal. We didn't want to partake in a large group because we felt like we would be holding up other tourist. Through Gerald's company, we were able to arrange private tours to old Roman Colosseum, the Vatican and the Sistine chapel, a day trip around Rome, as well as one day trip to Tivoli. We had two tour guides for our four days stay. Heidi was our first tour guide when we went to the Colosseum and old Rome as well as a one days driving tour around Rome to see numerous site including Trevi fountain, the Spanish steps and much more. Our time with her was very high-quality, and she tailored the tour to our needs, and our ability to walk on the uneven pavement. We were able to take frequent breaks as needed and what was very nice about the individualized tour was we were able to interact frequently and ask all types of questions regarding what we were seeing. During the day driving tour, our driver on this day was Selvio, and unlike many of Romes drivers his ride was smooth and relaxing in a very nice luxury van. For the final two days in Rome, our guide was Antonella. She took us through the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Saint Peters Basilica and on the second day we went to a much less crowded venue of Tivoli to tour the grounds and garden and fountains. This was a more laid back day and a nice way to wind down our vacation. We had lunch with our guide at a restaurant called Il Ciocco, eat on their terrace with a most spectacular view. Antonella who is a wonderful tour guide, taking time to explain all of the key elements of what we were observing and not bugging us down with a lot of unneeded detail. She also was able to accommodate and make sure my wife was able to safely navigate all of the cobblestone and steps that we encountered during our trip with her. Our driver on the second day was Fabio. Lke our first driver, we found his driving style, very relaxing and smooth and again we were in a luxury van. He spoke good English, and really contributed to our enjoyment that day. Everything about our trip in Rome was outstanding, thanks to real Rome, tourism, and the guides and drivers that we had. If I go back to Rome, I will definitely be using Real Rome Tours and Gerard Green for any future trips to Rome. I would love to have Heidi and Antonella again as my tour guides. I cannot give a high enough rating for the excellent service they provided. The photos below show our group along with our tour guides. At the Colosseum pictured from left to right is Brian (me), Heidi our tour guide, Juli, my spouse, and Meghan, our daughter. And lunch is our guide, Antonella, my wife, Juli, myself, and Meghan
Amazing monuments and statues The sights were amazing, and we learned a lot on our tour with Francesca. It’s was busier than expected and we were tired from several days of walking so be prepared for that. Our favorite were the monuments, statues, and being inside St Peter’s Basilica. Truly amazing.
Fascinating underground tour Thoroughly enjoyed our VIP tour of the Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome. Our tour guide, Nic was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Wear comfortable shoes and plan on a lot of walking before, during, and after. It’s worth it. Gerard was very good at organizing, communicating, and confirming everything.
Excellent Colosseum experience with Real Tome Tours Booked the small group tour of the colosseum. Was expecting a group of 5/6 people in total however we were the only two which was a bonus. Heidi was a great guide. Very friendly, knowledgeable and the tour flew by. was impressed by the contact before and after tour to ensure we got to our meeting point firstly and then checking in how we got on after. Very impressed and would definitely recommend.
Highly recommend - learn about the Colosseum and Ancient Rome from an expert I took the Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome tour with Real Rome Tours. Heidi was our guide, and she was absolutely wonderful. Full of knowledge, and a lovely person too. I had heard great things about this tour company, but my expectations were far exceeded. The main difference between Real Rome Tours, and other companies, is that Real Rome Tours are very small and tailored. I noticed many other guides with up to 20 people, whereas we had a very small group which made it much easier to ask questions and have a very personalized tour. Thank you so much to Heidi for making this tour so memorable.
VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Tour VIP Colosseum Underground & Ancient Rome Tour This tour exceeded our expectations. Heidi, our guide spent so much time with us and was able to answer all our questions, plus expand on every possible topic. Do not hesitate to book this tour. It might be a bit more expensive than other companies, but the outcome is definitely worth the price. We saw other groups with 20+ people traipsing through the Colosseum. Our group was supposed to be a group of 6, but turned out to be just the two of us. Who doesn't like a private tour. Thank you so much Gerard and Heidi. I highly recommend your company to anyone wanting an indepth tour of Rome.
Coliseum and underground tour The incredible knowledge of the guide and the ease with which the tour was booked and all the information about the tour was provided. Heidi the guide was friendly and extremely helpful and as I said knowledgeable. Well worth the cost of the tour!!!
Perfect Colosseum tour! We had a wonderful tour with Heidi! She was very knowledgeable and kind, answering all of our questions with ease — we would definitely tour with this company again!
Good Tour Gerard, the organizer, has amazing communication. He sent me everything I needed to know for meeting and prep by email and sms. He also was very quick to reply to me and help me when I got there so that I could find the group more easily. I paid for the Colosseum (undergound and main), palantine, and forum. Francesca was our tour guide. it was a group of 3 so pretty much a private tour. Francesca was kind and knowledgeable of the sites. The only reason I don't give 5 stars is because I wouldn't say that the tour exceeded mu expectation. although the guide new the sites, she didn't animate much. She seems to have told us just the bear minimum of what we needed to to know based on main things that we needed to see there. I would have given 5 stars if I had a guide that was a great story teller showing an obvious passion for the history and the sites with additional historical anecdotes about the roman sites. overall would recommend 🙂
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