My husband and I will be in Rome for 5 days in May and a friend has recommended an excellent tour guide. We were thinking of using her to see a few sights but are trying to decide which ones are the most worthwhile to have a guide. She has offered the following "packages" though she seems flexible:
Ancient Rome tour: Coliseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill or Coliseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline hill, Pantheon (4 hours).
Vatican tour: Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (4 hours).
From Trevi Fountain to Piazza Navona. This walk includes highlights such as Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps, Via del Corso, Montecitorio, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and fantastic treasures such as Caravaggio in San Luigi dei Francesi and the church of Sant'Ignazio with its incredible false dome (3 hours).
From Trajan's Forum to Tiber Island. This walk includes Imperial Forums with the Trajan's Forum, Trajan Market, Capitoline hill, Theatre of Marcellus, Portico d'Ottavia, Jewish ghetto,Tiber Island (3 hours).
Basilica of St. Clement (with 2 subterranean levels!) and Roman Houses on Caelian Hill. A fascinating descent into the deepest levels of Ancient Rome to discover houses, places of worship and alleys where once people lived (3 hours).
A wonderful archaeological site with lots of evidences on daily life in Roman times, just half an hour from Rome, very easy to reach with a local train (4 hours).
The Appian way: Bath of Caracalla, Catacombs of San Callisto, Tomb of Cecilia Metella, Quintili's Villa (4 hours). For this magnificent tour is necessary to hire a private driver. The driver with whom I usually work costs 30 euros per hour.
Villa Borghese and Borghese gallery. Formerly a cardinal’s palace, the Borghese gallery is one of the most gorgeous museums in Rome. It houses famous statues and paintings by masters such as Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Raphael.
Tivoli: Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana. This is a 5 hours tour, as Tivoli is about 45 minutes from Rome. Also in this case is necessary to hire a driver.
Rome in 1 day. In order to include all the major highlights, we visit in the morning: Coliseum, part of the Roman Forum, Capitol Hill, Piazza Venezia, Pantheon, Via del Corso, Montecitorio, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps. Lunch in the Spanish steps area. In the afternoon we visit the Vatican (Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica). 8 hours.
Though it would be lovely to have her the whole time, it's not feasible.
Thanks so much
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