Blackberry House

Via Emanuele Filiberto 233, Rome, 00185, Italy
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Which Tour Company for Vatican Tour?

by Californiagal62

I've been researching online for a Vatican Tour Company and there seems to be so many that it is impossible to decide who to choose. The three main ones that i have come across are angel tours, viator tours and presto tours. Has anyone had any experience with these companies? Who do you recommend? They all seem to have good reviews. Viator seems like a larger company or maybe just a middleman where you can use their site to book other tours? Presto offers tours that skip the long lines at the vatican with great reviews and angel tours also looks pretty good. Any advice?

Re: Which Tour Company for Vatican Tour?

by 1dolcetto13

Hi there my friend Ashely just got back from Rome she stayed at the HOTEL OXFORD in Rome and she did some the vatican and theone of the fountain and stuff that were like really cheap, she went to her travel agent but i think you can do it onl-ine to check out alitours she lives in london ontario but the company is in toronto

Re: Which Tour Company for Vatican Tour?

by sirgaw

We used for both the Vatican Tour and Colloseum. Guides were excellent (English speaking) although they do charge quite a lot.

Re: Which Tour Company for Vatican Tour?

by bertoli11

We used Tickitaly last week and were very happy with the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendley and well organised and also regularly managed to get our small group (9 including the guide)infront of the large groups. She also helped get us to the front of the line for a tour of the crypt.
ciao bertoli

Re: Which Tour Company for Vatican Tour?

by bertoli11

We used Tickitaly last week and were very happy with the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and well organised and also regularly managed to get our small group (9 including the guide)infront of the large groups. She also helped get us to the front of the line for a tour of the crypt.
ciao bertoli

Re: Which Tour Company for Vatican Tour?

by rocast

Whoever you settle on avoid Tickitaly. I booked a tour and had an issue with the date (it was incorrectly booked for three months after I was due in Rome)Needless to say I had to buy fresh tickets but more importantly, despite telling Tickitaly about the mistake three months before the event they refused to refund. So if you want to enjoy Rome avoid this lot.

Travel Tips for Rome

Not so nice custom

by Turska

We were little shocked how much trash people leave on the streets,throw to Tevere(Tiber),and how they can even draw a trafic-signs full of words and drawings and put stickers on it.And people throw candy-papres and empty bottles where ever.And most of the toilets are broken-and you can see,that they are broked.
One night we notised Tevere full of empty waterbottles.It was sad to see.I hope they will stop this before it´s too late.They say allways,that in Finland people leave trash everywhere,but it´s nothing compared to this.We have noticed same thing in Spain.I hope they will learn recycling soon.

Roaming from the Pantheon 2

by alza

Near the Pantheon, I took a small street off Via del Seminario, called via dei Pastini. There I found a magical artisan shop called Bartolucci, where working with wood is an art. (Bartolucci has shops all over Italy.) Here, Pinocchio is king! very amusing and great photo opps!

(Without knowing it, I was approaching Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and Bernini's elephant and obelisk, which I've already written about here.)

I followed Via del Pie' di Marmo, left on via di San Ignazio then slight right on Via del Seminario. Here you face Piazza San Ignazio, a stunning small square straight out of a movie set! or rather, a theatre décor. I'm very sorry I didn't take a pic of the square and only got the Church of San Ignazio... by then, I wanted a restroom... I stopped for a pastry on the square, at a rather famous restaurant with terrace called Le Cave di San Ignazio (in Restaurant tips.)

The Church of San Ignazio has a famous cupola in trompe-l'oeil, It is a Jesuit church, like the Gesù. On the ceiling, the influence and diffusion of the Jesuit vocation is illustrated by the words of Ignace de Loyola "Go and light up the world!"

Don't be afraid to use taxis

by Vallelde

We really did a lot of walking in Rome but during the heat when we had done our sightseeing and wanted to get back to the hotel or to some where else fast (and cool!) we took a taxi. You can hail them yourself or they tend to hang around tourist attractions. Several times we went into a hotel lobby and asked the desk to call us one! We always had polite drivers and from one side of the city to the other it was never over ten dollars and that included a tip. We found the buses very confusing....certain bus stops only service certain destinations. Confusing and there was a slight language barrier. We opted for the ease and conveninece of a taxi and were glad we did.

Absolutely miss Navona Notte

by biloune about Navone Notte

Tis restaurant is recommended by the Guide du Routard... but it was horrible! Tourist food, tourist service stink street and dirty toilets... Don't go, there's a lot of good restaurants, no more expansive, in Trastevere for example... No comment

When do they feed the lions?

by smschley

We arrived at the Coliseum at lunch time and decided to have a picnic there. Having a bit of wine and food with the Coliseum in the background… you can’t get better than that.

Think of Rome and it's hard not to have a vision of the Coliseum pop into your mind. The proper name is actually the Flavian Amphitheater and was started by Titus in 71AD and finished by Domitian about 10 years later. What was most striking to me was the size of it. To think that it was able to hold 50,000 people almost 2,000 years ago is amazing. With its 80 entrances, it is believed that it could be emptied out within 15 minutes. For those of us who have visited any type of modern Coliseum, that is truly amazing.

At one point they were able to flood it and have boat battles, other times they staged gladiatorial games. Underground the floor was a series of elevators that were able to move animals quickly from their cages to above ground. The show was heavily choreographed and if the Emperor or the crowd did not like it, the stage manager could be executed.

The best seats were around the wall of the arena and were reserved for the Aristocrats; some even had their names engraved on their seats. The upper levels were for the slaves the rest of middle are was for the citizens of the empire. To help avoid the heat from the sun they were able to pull a canvas cover over the top. The complete mechanics of which is still unknown. On another note, there is no historical verification that Christians were ever killed there.

A typical “game” started with animal hunts and ordinary executions in the morning. In afternoon one could enjoy a feast of the recently animals killed in the hunt and watch the gladiator games After that the arena floor could be flooded for a sea battle re-enactment or some other special event. All of this was free and provided for by the elite to basically keep the city population off their back and make them forget their lot.


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Address: Via Emanuele Filiberto 233, Rome, 00185, Italy