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Rick Steve's audio tours vs. Tour Guides, please help!

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I've done a lot of searching online, and from this, have decided that Rick Steve's audio tours seem to be better than the audio tours you would rent at the site. Tour guides emphasize that they allow you to skip the line, but Roma Pass can help with that. I've emailed with guides that have high trip advisor ratings, but the cost is pretty high. I'm just not sure which tours are worth the money, and which is better to save the money and use the podcast. It's my husband and I, so all the prices I've listed are for two people total.

*Rome Sights (we're only staying 2 nights in Rome)- Tours showing you the main points of the city are around $500 (and its by car and they don't go inside the ancient city with you) and we found one to show you the Colosseum and Forum for $120 (not incl entry). Rick Steve's has audio tours for the city and for the Ancient city. I'm thinking we'll probably do the audio tours for the city (to hear more about Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, etc.), but for the Ancient parts, I'm not sure if an in person tour guide would bring it to life better and point things out.

*Vatican CIty- We found a highly rated guide (with a max of 15 people in the group) for $118 including entry tickets total. It's 3 hours. We know nothing about art, and need to hit the high points, with explanations, and not spend too much time (given our short time in Rome), so I was thinking this guide might be best. Rick also has a podcast. Ideas?

*Pompeii- $160 for 2 hours. I've really looked forward to seeing Pompeii for a long time. I was thinking that a tour guide could make it really come alive, be available for questions, and make sure we're hitting the most important parts (since I've read it's pretty big). However, we could spend longer and take our time without a tour guide, and maybe Rick Steve's audioguide illustrates the history just as well as a guide, which would save us money!

I appreciate any help that you can give me!!

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