What are your hours of operation?
We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year - including holidays
Are your vehicles non-smoking? Air conditioned?
All of our cars are non-smoking and air-conditioned.
Also, they meet all the safety requirements of the Italian Ministry of Transportation.
When do I make a reservation?
As soon as you have your flight information.
Where can I change money?
We suggest you use the ATM machines that are avaliable at the port/airport.
What happens if my flight is delayed?
We track your flight on the Internet and by WAP, so we are aware if you will be arriving late. Whether you are 1 hour late or 6 hours late, we will have a driver for you at the airport.
When do we pay our driver guide for the tour?Payment for the tour shall be made in Euro funds at the end of the tour.
If you prefer not to have to worry about payments on the day of the tour, you may also pre-pay in advance via PayPal, which is a fast, easy, and safe means to make online payments. We do not take your credit card information. If you decide to pay for the services you booked in advance, you may take advantage of the opportunity when currency exchange rates are in your favor so when you make your advance payment you can save money in the process.
How do we pay for the tour?
Payment for tour services are to be made in the Full Amount, and in Euro funds at the end of the tour.
We do not accept Credit Cards, nor do we require you to give us your personal credit card information to secure your reservation. We have full trust in our clients to honor their reservation.
If you are in need of an ATM machine to retrieve necessary funds, your Driver Guide will be happy to assist you in locating a facility. Please make sure you know in advance how much funds you can retrieve per day so you do not come short in necessary financial obligations.
We also accept advance payment for services booked with us via PayPal, which is a fast, easy, and safe means to make online payments.
If you decide to make advance payments, you may make your payment when currency exchange rates are in your favor so you can save money in the process.
Can we share tours with others in order to save money?
Sharing your tour with others is a great way to save money. One way is to travel with a group of friends and family to share expenses.
You can save on your Shore Excursions by posting an ad on Cruise Critic for shared tours. You can save a lot for a group of 8!
Tour sharing is a great way to save money. Whether booking your vacation with friends to share expenses, or posting an ad on Cruise Critic (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=34) for shore excursions, you can save quite a lot for a group of 8.
We are sharing our tour with others, how do we pay for it?
You may split the cost of the tour amongst you and pay your Driver Guide separately or together at the end if your journey.
What is included in the price of the tours?
Your quoted tour price includes a professional licensed English Speaking Driver Guide, a private deluxe vehicle, fuel cost, tolls fees, insurance, parking fees, and Italy VAT tax.
Are tips included?
Listed prices don't include gratuities. You may tip your Driver Guide the customary gratuity of 10%-15% if you are pleased with the service he or she provided for you.
What is your cancellation policy?
Unlike other car service companies, we do not ask our clients for their personal credit card information. We operate on the Honor System: you place your trust in us to honor your reservation and provide you with the service you contracted us to provide for you, and we in turn trust our clients to honor their contract as well.
We understand that emergencies happen and in certain cases our clients need to cancel their reservation, so we will not penalize you for it. We do ask that you kindly give us at least 7 days in advance notification of your cancellation needs so we can re-book your reserved driver guide and vehicle to other travelers in need of our service, and your driver guide will not be left without income for the day of the cancellation.
Do we have to give you our credit card information to reserve a tour?
No, you do not. Unlike other car service companies, we don’t require our clients to give us their personal credit card information. We operate on the Honor System: you place your trust in us to honor your reservation and provide you with the service you contracted us to provide for you, and we in turn trust our clients to honor their contract as well.
May I pay by credit card?
No, payments are made in Euro funds at the end of your journey or via PayPal in advance prior to your tour date.
ATM machines are available throughout Italy, and your driver will happily assist you in locating ATM facilities if you need to withdraw funds.
Can I pre-pay in advance?
Of course! You may pay us in advance via PayPal which provides a secure, easy and quick way to pay for your services in advance. You may also take advantage when currency exchange rates are in your favor to pre-pay so you can save money.
If we are staying at a rental apartment or a B&B without a lobby, where will our driver meet us?
You will be met by your Driver Guide at the door outside your apartment or B&B building at the precise time of your scheduled pick up.
In some cases accommodations are in areas of Rome where it is legally forbidden for us to park our vehicles or leave them unattended. In such cases your Driver Guide will park the vehicle as close as possible, meet you at your entrance door, and escort you to the nearby vehicle.
How should we dress for our tour, and what do we need to bring with us?
Comfortable shoes and clothing are highly recommended. Many of the streets in Italy are made of cobblestone, which makes it rather dangerous to walk on with high heel shoes, strappy sandals, or flip flops.
Summers are hot and sunny, therefore sunscreen, sunglasses, summer hats or umbrellas are recommended.
Be sure to bring important personal items such as your wallet with enough money to cover your day’s expenses (and some extra for unforeseen expenses, such as shopping) and a government issued ID. It is not necessary to bring your passport if you worry about losing or damaging it. Valuable personal artifacts such as expensive jewelry, large sums of money in excess of what you are anticipating to need on your tour, should be kept in a safe place inside your hotel or place of accommodation.
Why should we book a private guide for Vatican Museum or the Coliseum if our driver guide is so knowledgeable?
According to Italy’s stringent laws and regulations intended to protect official licensed guides, it is unlawful for Tour Driver Guides to offer narration about sites after exiting the vehicle. Your Tour Driver Guide will provide narration and information only inside the vehicle.
In order to comply with Italy’s laws, Tour Driver Guides cannot accompany our guests inside monuments, museums, or piazzas or provide tour services reserved for licensed tour guides.
In Italy licensed tour guides must successfully pass rigorous examinations, therefore they are extremely knowledgeable about history, art, culture, architecture and archaeology.
Driver Guides possess general information, but not as extensive as a licenced tour guide.
Are the tour guides whose services you use licensed, local and fluent in English?
We only use the services of experienced, reliable, local professionally licensed tour guides who also speak fluent English.
Why is it recommended we book a private licensed tour guide for the Vatican Museums?
Private licensed tour guides are recommended for Vatican Museums visits during Day Tours in order for guests to get the most out of the limited time inside the museums.
The labyrinthine system of halls and galleries that make up the Vatican Museums make it difficult to know where the most important pieces of art are if you are not well familiarized with the museums and the locations of the art. Your guide knows precisely where to escort you so you have the opportunity to see the best the museum has to offer, provide informative commentary about what you are seeing, history, culture, art, and is open to any questions you may have so you have a better understanding of the masterpieces showcased inside the museums.
In addition, easy access to St Peter’s Basilica through the Sistine Chapel is only made available to visitors accompanied by a licensed tour guide. General public, or unlicensed tour guides are not permitted entrance. This time saving shortcut will save you precious time so you have the opportunity to see more on your visit to Vatican City.
On Shore Excursions when time is of essence, your private tour guide will make certain you will experience the best the museums and basilica have to offer, and return you to your awating Driver Guide and vehicle on time.
It is very easy for novices to get lost inside the Vatican Museums and difficult to find the correct exit where your driver and vehicle are waiting for you. When this happens not only do you risk exiting late and arriving late to your ship, but you will miss out on seeing the Museums and the Basilica as intended.
For guests’ optimal experience inside Vatican City and peace of mind, it is highly recommended your visit is accompanied by a licensed private guide.
What is the payment policy for private licensed guides?
Payment is made directly to your guide at the end of the tour he or she provides for you. RomeCabs or your Driver Guide do not accept payments on behalf of your tour guide which operates independently from us.
Where do we book our Uffizi Gallery or Accademia Gallery tickets online in advance?
You may book either your Uffizi or Accademia tickets in advance for the 12:00 PM time slot here:
You MUST bring the printed ticket voucher with you in order to be allowed entry into the museum.
Failure to book your tickets online in advance for the specific 12:00 time slot may result in waiting in long ques that can be over 2 hours long. Stefano Rome Tours accepts no responsibility for guests who fail to book their tickets in advance or forget their printed vouchers and must either wait in the long lines or skip the museum visit altogether.
Where can we book our tickets in advance for the Coliseum or Roman Forum online?
The price for each Coliseum ticket booked online is 13.50 Euros. You may book online here: http://www.ticketclic.it/database/B2c__/order.cfm?siteDefID=170&LN=1
You MUST bring the printed ticket voucher with you in order to enter the site. Stefano Rome Tours accepts no responsibility for guests who fail to book their tickets in advance or forget to bring their printed vouchers.
Where do we book in advance our no-line Vatican Museums tickets?
The price of Vatican Museums VIP tickets per person with no line booked in advance online is 19 Euros.
Please book your admission tickets for the 2 PM time slot.
You MUST bring the printed ticket voucher with you in order to enter the Vatican Museums. Stefano Rome Tours accepts no responsibility for guests who fail to book their museum tickets in advance or forget their printed vouchers.
Are Credit Cards and Travelers Cheques widely accepted in Italy?
Major retailers and chain stores in Rome, at shopping centers and outlet malls generally accept major credit cards (Visa or MasterCard). If you plan to use your credit card internationally, be sure to let your credit card company know in advance so your purchases abroad are not denied.
Smaller boutiques and shops, restaurants and cafes usually do not accept credit cards.
Travelers Cheques are also not widely accepted in Italy, therefore it is advisable to cash them in advance, or make use of ATM facilities to access necessary funds.
How close to the sites that we are visiting are you able to drop us off at?
Our professional license permits our vehicles to stop as close to historic sites as legally possible. In Rome for example, we can drop our guests off right next to the Coliseum and Roman Forum, we can drive right past the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, and pick you our guests after their Vatican City tour conveniently next to St Peter’s Square.
When visiting many of Italy’s small medieval towns, we are permitted to drive our guests through most narrow streets to their destination inside the town.
We are also allowed by the port authority of Civitavecchia and Livorno to pick up and drop off our guests right by their ship.
In contrast, vans and buses with capacity to seat more than 9 passengers cannot drive close to historic centers or monuments like we can, pick up clients inside Civitavecchia or Livorno cruise ports, or drive through most medieval towns. This results in extra walking distance that can be exhausting for many of our guests, while extremely time consuming and taking precious time away from seeing the sites you came to visit.
Can we extend our tour if we are enjoying our day? And how much will it cost us?
We are always very happy to accommodate your requests, so if you’d like to extend your tour, just let your Driver Guide know.
Your Driver Guide will let you know when the tour officially ends and it is time to return to your hotel. Please know that your tour ends at the moment you are dropped off at your hotel, not when you depart for your hotel.
There is a 50 Euros per hour fee for each additional hour past the standard return time. For example, if your return time is 5 PM and you wish to extend your tour by 2 extra hours, you will return at 7 PM and there will be an additional 100 Euros added to the total amount of the tour.
Where do we meet our Driver at Civitavecchia port?
For either a Shore Excursion or Port Transfer, your driver will meet you on the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your last name.
Our professional license permits us full entrance inside Civitavecchia port, so you do not have to walk far to your vehicle. Taxis and Buses cannot enter this area, resulting in extended walking distance.
Where do we meet our Driver at the port of Livorno?
Your Driver Guide will meet you on the pier next to your ship holding a sign with your last name.
The port authority of Livorno does not permit entrance prior to 8 AM, accordingly, all pick ups must be scheduled at 8 AM or later.
Where do we meet our Driver at the Port of Naples?
The port of Naples requires cruise ship passengers walk to the taxi and car service waiting area, which is the only location vehicles are allowed to park and for drivers to meet their clients. You can spot your Driver Guide standing next to his or her vehicle, holding a sign bearing your last name.
How do you make sure we don’t miss our cruise ship while on a Shore Excursion?
We carefully plan our Shore Excursion tours with extensive consideration to distance from your port of all, timeline, and traffic conditions to assure our guests have an exciting excursion with prompt return to their cruise ship. We never guide our guests in areas that may possibly place them at risk of arriving late to their ship. Our vehicles are well kept and frequently maintained for optimal safety. In case a vehicle breaks down, Stefano Rome Tours is part of a strong network of reliable expert drivers where a replacement vehicle will be provided to our guests immediately so they can continue with their tour. We take every possible measure and precaution to ensure our guests have the most enjoyable experience on our Shore Excursions and arrive to their cruise ships on time.
If the weather is unfavorable in the area we booked a tour can we exchange with a different tour not affected by the weather?
We provide many tours in various regions of Italy that you can select from either via Stefano Rome Tours or our sister company RomeCabs. You will not be disappointed if your chosen is affected by inclement weather, there are many more wonderful places to visit and exciting things to do in Italy!
Please note that prices may vary among different tours and different destinations. Any price difference will be appropriately adjusted when you select a different tour.
How do you select the restaurants you take your clients to?
We only select restaurants after we personally visit them ourselves as paying clients and always based on the quality of food served, caliber of service, pleasant ambiance, value, and overall enjoyable experience. Only the best overall restaurants are suggested to our clients.
Does Stefano Rome Tours make receive kickbacks from private tour guides and restaurants that you recommend to your clients?
No, we certainly do not. Stefano Rome Tours believes in providing each client with highest level of service so you enjoy you tour experience. We never receive commissions, kickbacks, or favors from anyone we recommend to our clients.
Can you accommodate elderly clients on your tours?
Yes, we certainly do. We can also adjust our tours and make recommendations for tours that are best suitable for our guests with special requests.
Are you able accommodate passengers with disabilities?
Please inform us about what we can do to accommodate you, and we will do our very best to meet your needs.
What if we exit the ship late for our pick up in the morning?
If you are anticipate meeting your Driver Guide later than the planned pick up time, please call us immediately at (011 39) 339-352-5028 so we can notify your driver of your delay.
Can we change our tour itinerary during our tour in case we’d like to stay longer in one place or less in another? And can we skip any sites completely if we prefer to spend more time in others?
Whenever possible you certainly can do that. Your experienced Driver Guide will make sure you will not run behind schedule and miss important sites, or cause you to arrive late to your ship, therefore we strongly suggest you follow the suggested itinerary in the tour description and the guidance of your driver to ensure the best possible experience on your tour.
Please keep in mind that, if you book your museum tickets online (Vatican Museums, Uffizi Gallery or Accademia Gallery), you will need to enter the museums for the time slot you indicated. Failure to arrive for your visit at the pre-arranged time may result in your ticket being invalidated.
Your Tours and Shore Excursions have so much to offer in terms of itinerary. Can you guarantee that we will see everything listed without feeling rushed from place to place?
Our Tours and Shore Excursions are carefully planned and selected to offer as many wonderful places to see and things to do as possible in the allotted time without feeling rushed or exhausted at the end of the day. There is plenty of time to enjoy each site with ample time to see everything listed on the itinerary.
However, if you would like to extend the length of the tour, you may do so at any time during your tour at a rate of 50 Euros extra per each additional hour. Your Driver Guide will be very happy to accommodate your wishes and do his utmost best to help you create many wonderful memories on your tour.
I emailed an inquiry to you but didn’t receive a response yet.
We greatly appreciate your giving us your business so we make sure to respond to all inquiries we receive within 24 hours. If you haven’t heard from us, please check your spam box in case our email correspondence was sent there.
What do we do if a museum or a site on our Monday tour is closed to the public? Can we substitute that with something else?
Of course! There are plenty of exciting places to see and great things to do when we substitute a visit to a site that’s closed on the day of your tour. We are more than happy to offer suggestions to you based on your interests and desires.