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 http://www.contextrome.com

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 http://www.grayline.com 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