Subject: Re: Advice needed about Rome
Hello Margy and other Ziners,

I have been to Rome nine times and am planning for the tenth. I have taken many tours. Among the very best are those offered by Context Rome and Scala Reale

These are small group tours--6 to 8 people--and they are led by highly qualified people, artists, art historians, architects, etc. The prices are reasonable too.

I would recommend two of their special four hour tours, Art Vaticana and Roma Antiqua. Sorry I am not exactly sure of the spelling. I have taken each of these twice and probably will again. I always learn someting new. They are great introductory tours. The group offer other tours as well. I would highly recommend the evening walk that starts in Piazza Navona. This one has a new name and I am not sure what it is.

Another answer mentioned seeing Tivoli and Villa d' Este. I believe this is a very interesting trip to take. Grayline offers a half day tour that also includes Hadrian's Villa. The fountains of Villa d' Este are indeed beautiful. You can read about this tour by going to Finding Destinations, Europe, Rome.

The advice about dress is exactly right. Rome is worth a lot of walking so be sure the shoes are very comfortable. It may be quite warm when you are there. I was last there in late fall and did not put the lining in my coat until it was time to come home. One day in early December was almost 70.

I hope this has helped. Be sure to enjoy my favorite city.

Joan in Illinois