How Is This Rome Tour Different from a Standard Tour?
The Miles & Miles Rome Tour was especially good for us as our group of four included my mother-in-law who has limited mobility. She never would have been able to see all this without such a fabulous tour. The tour really enhanced her visit to Rome.
What Was the Rome Tour Like?
The four hour Rome tour covered most of the major sites of Rome, including all the top ancient Rome sites within the city, although we didn't go into all of them. Some places Luca would stop near the site and let us look from the car if it was something easy to see. Luca also had an interesting Rome book with overlays that allowed him to illustrate to us how something would have actually looked in ancient times.
Although I have been in Rome many times, he took us to see several interesting places where I had never been. We visited the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, St. Peter in Chains, where he told us to look at Michelangelo's statue of Moses. We peeked through a special keyhole for a great view of Rome and St. Peter's Church and Luca even helped us get a good photo through the keyhole.
Touring the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Church
Caron gave us a tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and the Church of St. Peter. Although you can visit these places yourself, our visit was much better with the guide. I would have been overwhelmed on my own, but my guide knew the best routes to get around the huge crowds and where to see the highlights. Best of all, our highly knowledgable guide gave us excellent explanations of what we saw making our visit much more valuable and rewarding.
Essential Rome and Italy Tour Information
The guide starts the tour by talking with the clients to determine what they want to see and do. Each guide likes to personalize the tour a little, too. The usual sites include the Pantheon, Colosseum, Forum, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. The guide adds other stops to please the client. The client pays for any admissions and lunch.
Miles&Miles offers guided day trips from Rome, including Amalfi Coast, Tuscany and the Roman countryside. Francesco, one of the guides, told me "The Amalfi Coast is a fantastic day trip where we organize the tour in Pompeii with one of our local guides and then drive through Sorrento and stop in Positano for lunch and some shopping. Back in Rome at the end of the day."
Although they don't book hotels, Miles&Miles can offer help with choices and prices. They also offer airport and port transfers or a private car and driver.
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