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flygirl Apr 13th, 2006 12:45 PM

Context: Rome
Hi all

trying to get this sorted for my days in Rome.

If you have taken this tour, who was your favorite tour guide (you know how they can sometimes make or break the tour) and which was your favorite tour?

So far, on my dates, Rome Antica and The Rise and Fall of Rome look quite interesting, but I'm open to others.


smalti Apr 13th, 2006 01:23 PM

Hi, flygirl!

This sounds like a question for...ParadiseLost! Walter, are you out there?

smalti Apr 13th, 2006 02:05 PM

flygirl--I can't make a recommendation myself, but I can pass on a recommendation (taken from another post) by ParadiseLost, who is a Fodor's board expert on classical Rome (and who I hope won't mind my paraphrasing him).

He says Darius Arya is the guide to get for the Forum and Ostia Antica tours. He has spoken highly of Context Rome for some time now.

Have a wonderful time in Rome!

Dayle Apr 13th, 2006 02:19 PM

Hi Flygirl,

I did 2 tours with Context Rome in Sept, but I did not get the pre-announced guide on either tour. There is no guarantee or obligation for them to have a certain guide.

I took the Antique Rome tour with a Roman History Master's candidate named Carlos. Very knowlegable, but skipped over the Forum, which was my main interest.

I also took the Arte Vatican tour with a wonderful Rennaisance PhD professor, named Lilliana, Scicilian native. Her tour was fabulous!

Loved the small groups.

buon viaggio!

ParadiseLost Apr 13th, 2006 02:21 PM

smalti :)

flygirl; For Rome Antica I liked Darius Ayra.

He has actually lead a dig in the Roman Forum a few years ago and has also excavated at the Ostia Antica Synogogue.

Darius isn't exactly what you would picture as your stereo-typical archaeologist :).
He's a handsome young man, very personable and gives a great tour.

I did pass on the 'Rise and Fall' because I have been to both of those sites a few times. St. Clemente on my own and an English tour of the underground Saint's homes when it first opened.
Plus I have 7 other tours already booked for next month :).

But yes it does look like an excellent tour and I was debating on it :).

It is a fairly new tour so you might not get any feedback.
Regards, Walter

ParadiseLost Apr 13th, 2006 02:37 PM

Dayle; I've taken 2 Rome Antica tours although they didn't entirely skip the Roman Forum it was too quick IMO with just the major sites pointed out.

I agree with you I think that they should spend more time in the Roman Forum.
Regards, Walter

flygirl Apr 13th, 2006 03:27 PM

wow, thanks Smalti and Walter and Dayle!

Walter - which tour group should I try for the forum? I spent so little time there the last time, this time, I want to really spend a lot of time there - if not Context Rome, who else might I try?


dina4 Apr 13th, 2006 08:31 PM


How is it doing San Clemente by yourself? do they have any tourguides or audio guides?

I really want to visit when in Rome this July.


flygirl May 15th, 2006 07:30 AM

I just got my confirmation for the Roma Antica tour, Sunday May 28. yay! Italy here I come...

ParadiseLost May 15th, 2006 11:02 AM

flygirl and dina4; Sorry I must have overlooked this Thread in my final hectic week before I left:(.

flygirl; For an indepth Roman Forum tour I know there have been a couple of private guides mentioned here that others have used.
You might want to search or post if you are still interested.

I mentioned this a few months ago in email to Paul the owner of ContextRome.
He didn't think it would have alot of interest (a strickly Roman Forum tour) but he thought possibly a Roman Forum and Capitoline Hill Museums tour might have some merit.
I think it would be a great tour especially now that the Capitoline Museums no longer rents audioguides!

dina4: There is a little bookshop at San Clemente (can't miss it) that sells a nice guidebook for a ~4e.

I haven't been in a couple of years so I don't know if they now offer tours of audioguides.

A tour or an audioguide would be better but that little guidebook is fine. Regards, Walter

dina4 May 17th, 2006 05:53 AM

thank you, Walter!

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