Walks Inside Rome is the best tour company we have ever used. On-line booking was so fast and efficient, we decided to sign up for three different tours with them rather than trying different companies. All of the guides and tours were excellent: Katya led us through the Doria Pamphilij Gallery and nearby churches. She is a delight, bubbling with enthusiasm and deeply knowledgeable about Roman history and art. She was able to point out many things we had failed to notice on previous visits to Rome. The Doria Pamphilij itself is gorgeous, a Renaissance palace still owned by the original family, and worth a visit.
Our second tour was the Trastevere Evening Food Stroll with Sara, which was a fun window into uniquely Roman cuisine. The tour started with stops at neighborhood food shops to try and compare various salumi (cold cuts) and cheeses. Then we moved on to the Jewish ghetto to try Roman Jewish specialities including delicious fried artichokes (that taste like potato chips but look beautiful) and finally ended up in Trastevere.
Our final tour was a trip out of the city to Tivoli to see Hadrian's villa (Villa Adriana) and Villa d'Este. A driver picked us up right on time at our hotel and we met our guide, Barbara, in Tivoli. This history of both villas is fascinating and, of course, the beauty of Villa d'Este and its fountains is legendary. Barbara is deeply knowledgeable about the history and was an excellent guide. The tour was scheduled for 6 hours which is barely enough. You might want to add another hour to permit more time to explore the inside of Villa d'Este while also allowing a break for lunch. Tivoli is definitely worth a visit once you've seen the top sights in Rome.
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