Over 65's concessions for EU citizens. All national museums are free entry on production of proof of age. This made it unnecessary to get a Roma Pass which is the most publicised tourist reduction. Sites include the Forum, Palatine and Colosseum also the Villas Adriana and d'Este at Tivoli. The wonderful Villa Borghese has free entry but must be pre-booked so do it when you are in Rome. If you do it before leaving the U.K. use their own on-line site, not a commercial ticket site, as the booking fee is much less.
This tour will take you down paths less trodden and provide you with a different outlook on Rome and its superb landmarks. The tour is taken at night and, as mystery and your imagination take over, the guide will provide an entertaining side to the capital that you are not likely to get during the day. Particular landmarks explored include the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and the beautiful Campo de Fiori. This is a really cool way to explore this magnificent city, especially if you have children.
Sant'Andrea Della Valle Church - Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
While in Rome, I took Presto's tour of the Vatican (prestotours.com I think). Excellent guides, although we ended up waiting in line at the Vatican for quite some time, despite the claims to quick entry. Still, the quality of our guide (Michael) made the wait worth it.
The Colosseum as of July 2008 is approx 11 euros entry for an adult. You will queue about half an hour or so and then you can purchase an audio guide for four euros.
Be careful - you will get approached many times by people offering you the chance to queue jump as they have a reservation and they will take you on a 40 minute tour for 20-25 euros. Sounds good, but don't go. Basically there are real tours that go through a different queue. When these tour groups get to a certain part the group leader will pay for everyone at the ticket office and then take you on a tour. However they do not really check whether the tours are official. So what these other people are doing are taking you through to the ticket office using the tour queue which may be ever slightly quicker, and then they are purchasing your tickets and keeping ten euros themselves after giving you a quick unofficial tour. I would advise you queue in the normal line and use the official audio tour guides for four euros.
If you are unsure whether the people you are talking to are real staff at the Colosseum, I can tell you that they all wear a uniform. The uniform we witnessed was black t-shirts and black trousers. So all these others outside in their own clothes are unofficial guides.
The Colosseum can be found easily but I advise going to a newsagent or to the kiosk at Termini Station or another metro station and purchasing a seven-day pass. It is 16 euros and entitles you to seven days on buses, metro and trains, unlimited use. Get off at Colosseo stop for Colosseum or Termini for Trevi fountain, Spagna for spanish steps, etc... or travel for 40 minutes to Loro Central and it's a ten minute walk to a lovely beach! Great value for money! Metro comes every three minutes, absolutely fantastic!
Me and my girlfriend visited Rome at the beginning of May 2008. During our week in Rome we went on two tours through the Hotel Felice (our hotel in Rome) and both were amazing. From start to finish the tour was simply excellent. The staff were amazing and friendly; we had a wonderful time even on a low-budget trip.
We were really lucky to try the Hotel Felice Vatican Museum tours. If you are in Rome and planning to go to the Vatican museum this is the tour to take.
Hotel Felice, Tiburtina street, number 30
Nearest Station: Termini station
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I would recommend everyone to take a Vatican Museum, St. Peter and Sistine Chapel tour by the Hotel Felice - great price, pick-up and drop-off from to/the hotel; the hotel’s staff booked the tour for my wife and me and we paid the agency directly for this. If you are now in Rome and you have no idea where to start, I recommend to choose one tour, you can skip the line!
A friend of mine and I decided to book travel in Italy through our local tourist agency here in France. Probably this web agency had been helped by an Italian local tour operator that arranged us the whole trip.
Services and hotel were provided by them: we enjoyed Rome and our stay in Italy very much. If you are a group of people and you need help in finding a hotel or a special itinerary, just contact them via mail or by phone call.
Last, but not least, their website is absolutely amazing!
Missing Italia | Local Tour Operator
If you're new to Rome, and have no idea where to start, I recommend swallowing your pride and getting a ticket for one of the Big Bus Sightseeing Tours. These can be purchased at the main bus terminus in Rome. Once you're on the bus, you'll be taken round ALL of the sights, and you can hop on and off etc. And no, I don't work for this company, and this isn't a marketing ploy; I just found it an invaluable way to plan your attack on this beautiful city.
Main Bus Station - Rome
Walking tours around Rome. More expensive than other tours, but the tour guides are reputedly experts in their fields and group sizes are small. Our tour of ancient Rome (forum, Palatine etc) was excellent - just 3 of us plus the guide, who really seemed to know his stuff. Would definitely go on another tour with them if I go to Rome again.
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