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    David Kim

    City Walking Tour = Amazing! I loved this simple and beautiful tour through the ancient city center. It's remarkable the amount of world-famous and world-class art, out in the open, free of charge and no tickets needed that you can find in Rome. Having a guide to point out the things you may have missed along the way, as well as the stories behind these great monuments and the great people behind them was indispensable. I do recommend this tour, and be sure to throw a coin in Trevi Fountain so you'll come back to Rome!

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    Stewart Owens

    I've heard that the Catacombs in Rome are quite impressive, and something that I should definitely see. Can you guys tell me a little bit more about them, like which catacombs you tour and if they are good for kids, etc. Thank you,

    Stewart

  • Hi Stewart! Great question about the Catacombs.

    Most people coming to Rome focus on the Vatican and Colosseum, while the Catacombs go largely unnoticed...but not by you!

    The Catacombs are fascinating. In summertime, they offer much needed relief from hot summer temperatures. Year-round they are an intriguing look into the early Christian history of Rome.

    Our Catacombs Tours take you to two sites: The Basilica of San Clemente's underground, and the Catacombs of Priscilla. At both sites you'll still see a few bones, nearly 2000 year-old frescos and other whispers from the distant past. Kids especially love the dark, damp and cool tour, along with the stories of escape from persecution and various mysteries and legends.

    In my opinion, no visit to Rome is complete without descending into the undergrounds where you'll see a different side of the Eternal City.

    See you underground,

    Mara

    Eyes of Rome

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    Georgia Hughes

    Hello, do you think it will be possible to add St.Peter's Basilica to your Great Basilicas of Rome Tour?

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    Tour Design Team

    Ciao Georgia!

    Usually we do not recommend to include St.Peter's Basilica; being a religious Site the is no access ticket available and, for this reason, it is not possible to skip the long lines outside it. 

    We can for sure extend your tour and include the explanation of St.Peter's from the outside. If you wish to book a tour of the Basilica, please check our Vatican Tours section, we do offer tours with direct access to St.Peter's through a secret shortcut :) No need to line up at St.Peter's Square!

    For any further information please feel free to contact our Team Designers at info@eyesofrome.com.

    A presto!

    Eyes of Rome Team

     

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    Phi-Phi Wong

    Hey, Is the Great Basilicas of Rome a tour focused on a Christian tradition? I am secular and I do not want a religious / fervent guide. I'm mostly interested in mosaics and architecture.

     

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    Leona Cotton

    In reference to the comment by Phi-Phi, I am rather religious (both my husband and I are Catholic Christians) and I would like extra time to pray in the main Basilicas. Is it possible to have a patient guide? Can the duration of the tour be extended?

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    Tour Design Team

    Hi Phi-Phi and Leona! It is a pleasure to answer your questions!
    This tour focuses on the visit of the three great Basilicas of Rome, rich in history and marvelous artistic and architectural elements. Our guides will lead you to their discovery by placing the tour under a secular or religious perspective, according to your preferences.
    @Leona, we can certainly extend the duration of the tour in order to allow you a spiritual break before leaving the Basilicas. 

    For more info please contact us at info@eyesofrome.com!

    A presto!
    Eyes of Rome Team

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    Karol Wilmerman

    Ciao! I am interested in your Private City Walking Tour; I'd like to add Trastevere and the Jewish district but my dad walks with a cane and I'm not sure a 4h walking tour would be feasible....Can we include those areas and shorten the standard itinerary? 

    Karol W.

  • Ciao Karol!

    This is Stefania writing, I am one of the tour guides here at Eyes of Rome! You know, one of my favourite tours is the City Walking Tour! I love to show my guests around my city and, among the best sites to visit, I definitely recommend the Jewish district and Trastevere! There are many stories about the Roman Tradition to tell.....I usually arrange this tour in the afternoon so that, at the end of the visit, I can recommend you a couple of genuine roman restaurants where to have dinner! Regarding your dad, don't worry! Having a private tour allows you to keep your own pace and choose the itinerary that suits your needs the most! I wait for your email then :) Please write us at info@eyesofrome.com if more info are needed! A presto!

    Stefania

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    Roberta Shelman

    Hi, I have a question: does the "One Extra Hour" extension mean that the guide will slow down the regular tour or it rather means that you can choose to visit some Site else?

    Best,

    Roberta

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    Tour Design Team

    Ciao Roberta! 

    Good question :) Both options are actually correct: whether you think you need an extra hour to slow down and take it easy, or if you want to add a place of interest to your itinerary! If you already have something on your mind please contact us at info@eyesofrome.com and we will be happy to discuss it together!

    A presto!
    Eyes of Rome Team

     

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    Fiona Miller

    I remember as a child my grandmother who is Siciliana always asked me to decorate the nativity scene at her house during the Christmas period....I will be in Rome for the New Year celebrations... I will only have two days but I think I can't miss the Christmas Walking Tour tour! I've been looking for it for a long time!

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    Tour Design Team

    Ciao Fiona, it would be a pleasure for us to arrange this tour for you, it would have great sentimental value. Here at Eyes of Rome we are like a big family and traditions are always honored :) Come on, we will wait for your booking! A presto! Eyes of Rome Team

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    Dale Coleman

    Hello! I wonder if it's possible to book the Christmas walking tour in January... I will take my parents to Europe during the Christmas period. We will be in London until Dec. 27th, then in Paris for New Year's Eve. We'll land to Rome on 2 January. Will there still be Christmas decorations and traditional sweets? Thanks, Dale

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    Tour Design Team

    Hi Dale, you can certainly book the tour for one of the dates of your stay in Rome. Our celebrations will officially end after January 6, which is the day of the Epiphany... and until then: Parties, Sweets and Christmas Lights! A presto! Eyes of Rome Team

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    Dale Coleman

    Great! I have one more question: my mom is insisting to end the tour at St.Peter's Square....when she visited Rome almost 30 years ago she saw the Nativity scene and the Christmas tree at the Vatican. She would like our tour to end at St.Peter's Square. Is this possible? 

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    Tour Design Team

    Of course Dale! We can extend the tour without problems, including St. Peter's Square. We will take advantage to tell you some anecdotes about the history of the Vatican, of the Papacy and the Basilica that gives the name to the Piazza :) We are waiting for you soon! 

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    Colin Greenberg

    Hi, I've already been to Rome twice, I will come again in May for a Convention. I'm looking for a special tour, I'm interested in your "off-the-beaten paths" ones and also your A Dive into Roman History. The tour will be for 4 or 5 people, we're all colleagues. What would you recommend? We would like a tour focused on ancient history but at the same time your In the footsteps of Julius Caesar tour looks very interesting...

  • Hi Colin! This is Elisa writing!

    Thank you so much for your interesting question... I believe that both tours are fantastic! They are exactly the experience you are missing if you have already visited the classic itineraries :) ... the Capitoline Museums are wonderful and most of the works of Art that make up the collections come from the city of Rome. The tour In the footsteps of Julius Caesar instead is certainly more itinerant and told; it follows a story to which our storytellers will make you passionate! We could arrange for you a customized itinerary, a mix of Julius Caesar and Capitoline Museums! Please send us your request at info@eyesofrome.com! Our Tour Designers will be pleased to arrange your tour based on your interests! 

    A presto!

    Elisa T.

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    Thiago

    I would love Michelangelo's tour! But also interested in Bernini’s. I am an architect and very much interested in both works. I am wondering whether you can customise a tour that includes in the foot steps of Michelangelo and Bernini. Perhaps in 4 hours?

  • Hi Thiago

    Great question! We can certainly customise this tour for you, and we will make it a great and interesting walking tour. The itinerary will change and it will not be possible to fit everything in in 4 hours. However, we are more than happy to design a tour tailored upon your interests. Please send us an email at info@eyesofrome.com with perhaps your must-seen places.

    Thank you!

    Marco (tour guide)

  • Most people identify Italy as a Catholic country, and this is obviously true. However, Rome, also claims to be the oldest Jewish community center in Europe. According to tradition, the first Jews likely arrived in the city as messengers sent by Judah Maccabee in the second century B.C. The history of the Jews in Italy spans more than two thousand years and persisted throughout the centuries when Christianity established itself, despite periods of extreme persecution and expulsions. We can say that, possibly, no single historical period has been more defining to Rome’s Jewish community than the 315 years–from 1555 to 1870–that it spent inside the Ghetto.

    The Jewish neighborhood today is dramatically different from those times: the amount of sky and light you have between the buildings now is huge when compared to the narrow streets of the Ghetto times. Tourists have also helped breathe new life in the area. Being the Ghetto one of Rome’s lesser-known gems, and, because of its long history, one of the most authentically Roman places to visit, we highly recommend including this itinerary in your to-do list while in Rome. It will provide a complete overview of the multi-faced history of the city and narrate the soulful stories of those who encouraged the formation of tight community bonds and allowed peculiar culture and customs to develop and flourish.

  • Here I am again! I am stepping into this conversation just to remind that we'll be soon celebrating the Shoah Remembrance day, on January 27th. During our Jewish Rome Tour we'll be visiting the area where the very first Jewish community in Rome, the firs in Europe, settled in the II Century B.C. Established as a ghetto in 1555 until 1870, it became the scene of a tragic Nazi raid on October 16th, 1943. 

    The deportation of 1259 Jewish people, 1053 of them being sent to Auschwitz concentration camp, led to the survival of only 16 of them at the end of World War II. We are honored to celebrate the memory of those men and women who took part to this controversial, sad and infamous moment in time, the Nazi occupation of Rome (September 1943 - June 1944), as well as the one of all the Roman citizens who helped out the Jewish community by trying to avoid the deportation. 

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