Nice half-day tour in the morning starting with the Palatine hills, ending with the Colosseum. The tour says to meet at 8:45, but the guide didn't show up until closer to 9 so I thought I was at the wrong place for a while. There was a lot more to see at the Palatine Hills than expected and it was interesting to see. Our tour guide.. I think his name was Jan.. was informative and kept picking up random plants along the way telling us the significance of the plant which was interesting. He also smoked a lot. I was watching smoke, roll a new cigarette, and smoke some more during the three hour tour.
I liked that the tour was a smaller group, about 10 of us total. We were also given a headset so we could hear him clearly . I'd recommend this tour. The Colosseum and the Palatine Hills are a must see and it's nice to have someone tell you the history and significance of things as you look at it.
This was the highlight of our trip to Rome, the guide was excellent bordering on a comedienne, We would never have gone to Palatine Hill if not for this tour and it was great loved every minute of it ! Don't think twice book it ! Also do the hop on/off open top bus while there, its a great cheap way to get about and see the sights.
While I enjoyed seeing all the ruins, I was disappointed with our tour guide's ability to speak clearly and directly. It sounded like she was talking to herself for the most part, which makes it hard to follow what she is saying or stay engaged in absorbing whatever information she was provided. There were also some families in the group that made the experience less enjoyable as they caused some delays with their strollers getting stuck or losing their phone behind part of the ruins. I'm sure with better luck on the group and a better guide this would have been an awesome tour.
Our tour guide was hilarious! She shared information well, but spent too much time on Palentine Hill and not enough time near the Forum or the Colosseum. While she did share a thoroughly amount of information about all three sites, I wish we could have learned a bit more about the history surrounding the Colosseum. The audio was terrible, as well. We had a hard time catching every word because it kept cutting out. We had to stay extremely close to her to hear things, which is fine, except our tour group was really large, so it was difficult for everyone to be near her. This was a bit frustrating. Thank you!